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Ad Testing Via New Facebook Application

The Ad Battle application for Facebook is a new app that’s getting a lot of buzz lately.  The Ad Battle app was created by Buddy Media and Jason Culbertson of Atmosphere BBDO.  It’s been compared to the popular Hot or Not website by Advertising Age, and it gives Facebook members the ability to compare two randomly displayed ads then vote on which one they think is better.  Once a person votes, the voting results to date are displayed to see if he or she voted with the majority or not, and then that person can move on and vote on the next pair of ads.  Users can also upload their own ads to add to the voting mix.

Albeit, Ad Battle is far from an exact science, and most users at this early stage are ad industry insiders, but the potential is huge.  The basic concept could be applied in so many ways to create a social web buzz, to test ad concepts, to rate ad performance, and more. 

Of course, the app is currently only available on Facebook to members who agree to add it to their profiles then take the time to play around with it.  That’s a two step opt-in process that narrows the audience significantly.  However, imagine if a similar application was used on branded websites where consumers have already prequalified by visiting the site to find specific information in the first place.  Offering a similar “game” allowing them to rate ads during the concept testing stage could provide valuable insight.  Alternately, what if a similar app launched independent of Facebook and gained as much popularity and traffic as the infamous Hot or Not site? 

Bottom-line, the potential is huge not only for information gathering but for creating an online buzz about brands.  It will be interesting to see where the Ad Battle application goes from here.

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Susan Gunelius is the author of 10 marketing, social media, branding, copywriting, and technology books, and she is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She also owns Women on Business, an award-wining blog for business women. She is a featured columnist for and, and her marketing-related articles have appeared on websites such as,,, and more. She has over 20 years of experience in the marketing field having spent the first decade of her career directing marketing programs for some of the largest companies in the world, including divisions of AT&T and HSBC. Today, her clients include large and small companies around the world and household brands like Citigroup, Cox Communications, Intuit, and more. Susan is frequently interviewed about marketing and branding by television, radio, print, and online media organizations, and she speaks about these topics at events around the world. You can connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+.