Facebook Becomes Latest Enterprise To Adopt GPS Tracking

Facebook Becomes Latest Enterprise To Adopt GPS Tracking
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Major companies continue to create innovative uses for GPS tracking.

Last week, we learned that Domino’s will use GPS tracking to ensure that pizzas are still warm when customers arrive to pick them up.

This week, an even bigger business announced a commitment to GPS tracking technology. Facebook is partnering with several software companies, including Square, Marketo, and LiveRamp, to provide a more accurate assessment of how effective its ad spots are.

When a business buys ad space on a site such as Facebook or Instagram, it’s difficult to determine how well these ads are working. Currently, businesses have to review ad clicks and site visits and match these measurements up to sales figures to see if there’s any correlation. It’s a very imperfect system.

Keep Your Drivers On Schedule

With the help of GPS tracking technology, Facebook will soon be able to tell when a user physically visits a store after seeing an ad. Foot traffic is a much better measure than ad clicks for evaluating an advertising campaign’s effectiveness. Companies will actually be able to know if their ad dollars are going to good use.

“When you think back to the beginning of online advertising, this is what advertisers have been waiting for,” said Maz Sharafi, Facebook’s Director of Monetization Product Marketing.

Users with privacy concerns will be able to stop Facebook from tracking them by turning off location services in the Facebook app.

GPS Tracking Is Transitioning From Niche Tool To Mainstream Business Strategy

What was once limited to logistics and delivery businesses has become a critical tool for many other industries as well. We’ve already discussed why GPS tracking is a must-have tool for driver management in the following article:

Why Your Competitors Have No Lazy Employees (and How GPS Tracking Helps Them)

What uses might your business have for GPS tracking? Let us know in the comments section below.

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About author: Rahul Dasgupta

Rahul Dasgupta is a content writer with over 20 years of work experience. He holds a master’s degree in computer science and has written thousands of blog posts on route planning and scheduling, making it easy for readers to learn about these complex topics. Rahul enjoys playing tennis in his spare time and loves cuddling with his pet labrador Shinu. Rahul is a big fan of Roger Federer, Messi, and Bill Gates - he admires their drive to be the best at what they do and their philanthropic efforts.


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