Facebook just announced that it’s starting to run the video ads that it started testing last fall.
In a company blog post, Facebook says it’s working with “a select group of advertisers,” and that users can expect to start seeing the ads “over the next few months.” The 15-second videos will start auto-playing without sound as they enter your screen, and if you tap, they’ll expand and un-mute.
Apparently the ad-buying process (which Facebook has been trying to simplify in other areas) will be “similar to how advertisers already buy and measure ads on TV.” The idea is to “reach a specific audience over a short period of time,” with ad delivery measured by Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings.
It’s probably safe to assume that not all users will be thrilled to see the new ads, particularly since the auto-playing aspect will make it easier for them to grab your attention. However, Facebook executives have said that introducing more ads into the News Feed has had a “limited or negligible impact” on user engagement. Continue reading