Social media has overtaken email as the most popular consumer activity, according to a recent Nielsen studyIf your department or agency is looking to use any of the online social channels that now exist, from Facebook to Youtube to Twitter, to reach your audiences, these guidelines are a must read.
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This document outlines recommendations for these key social advertising topics and is intended for social networks, publishers, ad agencies, marketers, and service providers delivering social advertising. These best practices were developed via a thorough examination of the critical consumer, media and advertiser issues to help social media further realize its advertising potential.They are available at the IAB website's social advertising section as a PDF download.
The IAB also provides definitions of social metrics for measuring social media sites, blogs, widgets and social media applications.