GM Reversing Decision on Facebook – Car Pro News

General Motors Co., which said it would stop advertising on Facebook Inc. on the eve of the social network’s initial public offering in May, is talking with the site about resuming the ads, two people familiar with the talks said.
Those efforts have included Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talking with GM CEO Dan Akerson, said one of those people who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. GM said in May it decided to stop advertising on Facebook mid-year after a regular spending review.
The automaker spent $10 million on paid ads on Facebook last year, a person familiar with the spending has said. That’s a fraction of the about $1.8 billion GM spent in 2011 on advertising in the U.S., according to Kantar Media. The automaker is willing to reconsider Facebook if it concludes there’s a proper return on the investment, a person familiar with the discussions said.
GM also decided not to advertise during the National Football League’s Super Bowl game next year on CBS. Joel Ewanick, GM chief marketing officer, said the automaker couldn’t justify the expense. GM wants to revamp marketing and save $2 billion over five years.
Some of the changes have also included spending in new areas, such as sponsoring the Manchester United Ltd. soccer club. Carolyn Everson, vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook, also has met with Ewanick, according to the person familiar with the talks.
Tom Henderson, a GM spokesman, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment after business hours Monday in Detroit. Annie Ta, a spokeswoman for Facebook, declined to comment. The talks were reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal.


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