Facebook’s big picture mission is to “connect the world”, to provide internet access to everyone and facilitate better understanding and community through shared knowledge and understanding. And that’s a noble vision, no doubt, and one that everyone can get behind, but at the same time Facebook has often been criticized for this objective.
You see, when Facebook says “connect the world” by extension, they’re also saying “connect the world to Facebook”. That doesn’t lessen the value of the core message necessarily, but there’s obviously a less altruistic driver behind that cause when you also factor in the amount of money Facebook can make as a result. While the ambition to enhance global connectivity is an admirable one, at the end of the day, Facebook is a business, and as such, they need to make decisions that turn a profit, which casts those wider, “global good” goals in a different light.
And this week, Facebook gave another hint as to how they might be able to use those broader connective goals to change how we do business on a broader scale.
Via a post on the Facebook Business blog, The Social Network has launched a new 64-page guide to help businesses “go global” with Facebook. The new guide outlines all the ways brands can use the platform to expand their opportunities across borders, connecting with new audiences in new regions.
As noted by Facebook:
“According to our research, about 50 million businesses use Facebook to find customers, and 30 percent of their fans are from other countries.”
That’s a significant opportunity, and the new guide aims to highlight how brands can use this to maximize their return and grow their business.
The guidebook provides a range of demographic insights on ten influential eCommerce nations, along with notable industry information, data about online shoppers and shopping habits, Facebook usage and key areas of business interest.
Each of the ten nations featured – Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines the UK and the US – has its own data and unique statistical notes, helping provide further context on how to reach each market.
Link: Facebook Releases New Handbook and Tools to Help Brands Maximize International Opportunities via www.socialmediatoday.com
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