Snapchat Shows – How Snapchat Discover is Transforming Social Media

Snapchat Shows Are Game-Changing and The Future is Premium Mobile Video

Last updated: November 13, 2017

Snapchat’s Discover section is unique. For the unfamiliar, Discover is made up of daily content produced by professional publishers (think CNN, ESPN, NatGeo, People, New York Times, etc.), exclusive to Snapchat. The content, just likes Snaps themselves, is only available for 24 hours. But Snap, Inc. has a bigger vision for Discover: Snapchat Shows.

Before we dive in to Snapchat Shows, think about the video content you consume on mobile. Twitter is full of GIFs, Instagram is full of memes, Facebook is full of “viral” or political content, YouTube is full of garbage. Yes, you can find great video content on all of these platforms. But Snapchat is aiming to be the premiere hub for mobile video, and their approach is truly a unique one.

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It was recently reported that Snapchat is looking for a head of brand integration to develop more branded Snapchat Shows. As we can see, Snapchat is going all in on original content.

Discover itself has daily editions of interesting content. But “Shows” is what can truly set Snapchat apart.

As of now, there are over 30 Shows on Snapchat or in development for Snapchat. Here are some:

  • The Bachelor: Watch Party – A weekly show on Tuesdays that recaps The Bachelor episode from the previous night – by ABC
  • The Rundown from E!  (NBC just announced this gets 8 Million viewers/episode)
  • Good Luck America – A Snapchat original show (episode one of the new season had over 6 million viewers)
  • Game Day – A weekly show on Saturdays during college football season – by ESPN
  • The Voice – Additional, exclusive content from the network hit – by NBC
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – Additional, exclusive content from the late night show – by NBC
  • Saturday Night Live – Additional, exclusive content from the comedy sketch show – by NBC
  • Hungry Hearts with Action Bronson – A reality show about dating – by VICE
  • Second Chance – An unscripted reality TV drama series – by A+E
  • Phone Swap – New original dating show from Vertical
  • Winter Olympics 2018 – Snapchat and NBC announced a partnership for the event
  • “Ask Kylie”, a new show hosted by Kylie Jenner
  • NBC’s “Stay Tuned” has 29 million viewers in first month
  • CNN is launching a news show as well
  • Phone Swap gets 10 million viewers per episode
  • Snap just announced a partnership with NBCUniversal and Donut for a new scripted series
  • SportsCenter (arguably the highest profile Snapchat Show to date) launched a twice-daily show on November 13, 2017

Snap recently announced a deal with Discovery Communications to develop shows for the platform under the Shark Week and Mythbusters properties.

Additionally, MGM Television inked a deal with Snapchat. MGM Television is the first major entertainment studio to sign on as a partner. MGM is involved with popular shows such as Fargo, Survivor, Vikings, and Shark Tank.

Recently, the biggest show of them all premiered: BBC’s Planet Earth II. Planet Earth will also be sponsored by Goldman Sachs, who will be running Snap Ads throughout the episodes.

Raj Mody, vice president of social media at National Geographic (one of Snapchat Discover’s partners), recently told Kerry Flynn at Mashable: “It started out as an experiment, but it’s become really, really real. When you look at our brand we’re a leader in social media and in visual storytelling. The fact that they’re evolving the platform, that’s something that has been enormously helpful.”

Discover has grown to over 40 partners now. And these partners produce more than just the Shows mentioned above. They produce digital magazines, “Editions”, “Our Stories”, and more. In aggregate, this original content on Snapchat is getting hundreds of millions of views per month. Some Discover partners are generating tens of millions in revenue. Vertical Networks’ Discover channel, Brother, now reaches over 1 billion views per month. And that’s not even the largest one.

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One of Snapchat’s Originals: Good Luck America

If Snap can continue to build out original content through partnerships, the platform can continue to evolve and be a go-to destination for premium mobile video. Snap has some inherent advantages that will allow them to pursue this venture: being headquartered near Hollywood and the “cool” factor. Snap seems to zig when other social platforms of the past have zagged. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds over time. As we have written before, Snapchat is the future of television. And here at Wallaroo, we believe in Snapchat.

Reddit – The Overlooked Social Network With Massive Upside

Reddit Has Almost 300 Million Active Users Who LOVE The Platform – Here’s Why You Need to Be Actively Marketing There NOW

LAST UPDATED: October 30, 2017

Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, recently released the following statistics: 270 million unique visitors/month, 13 billion pageviews/month, 12 minutes spent per site visit, 53% men, 47% women, and 87% under the age of 35. And it’s about to become a full-fledged social network.

From its inception until current day, Reddit has always been a place to share links. You can browse said links, up- or down-vote them, and discuss them. But Reddit just made a HUGE announcement. They’re creating user profiles, reminiscent of Facebook and Twitter, that will allow users to share posts/links directly to their own profiles. Reddit also announced that you will now be able to follow the profiles of different users. These moves mark a pivot for Reddit from the “front page of the Internet” to a true social network (and one that is larger than Pinterest and almost as big as Twitter).

So, now more than ever, you need to be marketing and sharing content on Reddit. At Wallaroo Media, we do a lot of content creation and content marketing. We always try to share content that we create on relevant subreddits. We’ve had pieces of content get hundreds of thousands of visits from Reddit by sharing them at the right time and the right place. Reddit can drive real results and impactful revenue. But you really need to know the ins and outs of the platform, the users and their behavior, and how to share content without devaluing your brand or getting a backlash from power Redditors. This post will teach you how…

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How to Market on Reddit

The best place to start with Reddit marketing is by identifying the best subreddit for your content, and by doing keyword research on the platform.

Keyword Research on Reddit

Keyword research on Reddit can be an in-depth project that takes several hours. There are some nice shortcuts you can take. This piece is not meant to be an in-depth article on keyword research, so I will link to the piece I recommend on the subject, here. That link takes you to a nice 7-step Reddit keyword research process using the tool Keyworddit, which is a tool I explain more below.

Subreddit Research on Reddit

To find which subreddits make the most sense for your brand to be sharing content on, use RedditMetrics and Redditlist (I explain these tools more below). The other way to do subreddit research is quite simple: Google it. For example, if your company sells nail polish, Google “nail polish subreddit” to see which ones come up. You can also search for subreddits that would be tangentially related to nail polish, like fashion or accessories or style.

Curating Social Media Content with Reddit

There are many different ways to curate social media content for a brand. One very effective but under-utilized technique is to create a private “Multi-reddit”. A multi-reddit can be created by combining relevant subreddits into one. So if I was running a nail polish company, I would combine subreddits related to nail polish, fashion, accessories, style, and perhaps a few more into one multi-reddit. Then, each morning, I would check my private multi-reddit to see what content is trending the most in my space. Then I would create social media content based off those trending items. To learn more about this awesome strategy, click here.

Building Karma and Finding What Works

Reddit Karma is a form of gamification that the platform employs that allows users to gain points for posting popular links and comments. The higher your Karma, the higher your links appear when they’re initially submitted. So building up personal or company Reddit profiles is a must.

As mentioned above, it is crucial to do subreddit research to find what type of content works on the subreddits that you are interested in posting on. Some subreddits only allow comments. Others prefer images. The majority prefer links. But knowing how to posture the link correctly so as not to be overly promotional is important. Reddit users are notoriously anti-advertising/anti-marketing. So be careful here. Again, you need to analyze content that has performed well on your desired subreddit(s) to inform your own posting strategy.

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Essential Reddit Tools & Resources

There are a few key tools and resources that are essential for a truly effective marketing campaign on Reddit. Below is a list of our favorites. Feel free to let us know if we missed some!

  • TrackReddit.com – Social listening tool that offers real-time tracking and alerts when your phrase is mentioned.
  • RedditMetrics.com – Leaderboards of the fastest growing, top, or new trending subreddits.
  • RedditInsight.com – Tool that offers user tracking, post tracking, interaction data, and more.
  • Reddit Submission Time – A tool that shows you when the most successful posts are submitted to each subreddit.
  • Redditlist.com – Similar to RedditMetrics, but this site offers some different data as well as subscriber growth and totals by subreddits.
  • How The Internet Talks – Fun tool that shows how keywords have trended on Reddit over the last decade.
  • Reddit Web Scraper – Tool that allows you to scrape data from Reddit.
  • Which Subreddits Send the Most Traffic – A deep dive into which subreddits send the most traffic to websites.
  • Top Posts All Time – Interactive about the top Reddit posts of all time in different categories.

Also, here is a quick intro to Reddit’s new self-serve advertising platform.

Our Favorite Subreddits

Reddit is full of incredible and interesting subreddits. Below are some of our favorites.

InternetIsBeautiful

DataIsBeautiful

Photography

80’s Design

Retro Futurism

Ask Me Anything

fast and furious data is beautiful

Fast & Furious content on Reddit

Summary

Reddit should be an integral part of every content marketing campaign. It can be used to place content, learn about your target demographic and what they like, social media research, and more. Good luck!

 

 

 

Facebook Debuts “Watch”, a New Platform for Shows on Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg has been predicting the video boom for years. Today, he launches “Watch”, a new platform on Facebook for shows.

Facebook will debut original shows made by media partners exclusively for the social network. Amazon, Netflix, Google, Snapchat, and Apple are all also beefing up their original video content. Now Facebook gets into the game. Online video, especially on mobile, is here to stay.

The video tab in Facebook’s mobile app will feature a new section called “Watch” to highlight the initiative. “Watch” will also appear on desktop and Facebook’s TV apps. Facebook will roll out “Watch” to a small group of users today before expanding it more widely in the weeks to come.

From the Facebook Newsroom:

“We’re introducing Watch, a new platform for shows on Facebook. Watch will be available on mobile, on desktop and laptop, and in our TV apps. Shows are made up of episodes — live or recorded — and follow a theme or storyline. To help you keep up with the shows you follow, Watch has a Watchlist so you never miss out on the latest episodes.

Watch is personalized to help you discover new shows, organized around what your friends and communities are watching. For example, you’ll find sections like “Most Talked About,” which highlights shows that spark conversation, “What’s Making People Laugh,” which includes shows where many people have used the “Haha” reaction, and “What Friends Are Watching,” which helps you connect with friends about shows they too are following.”

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Facebook debuts “Watch”, for shows

Here’s a list of some of the original programming that will be available on “Watch”:

  • Tastemade’s Kitchen Little – This cooking show sees kids watch a how-to recipe video, then instruct a pro chef how to make the dish with comedic results
  • Major League Baseball – The MLB will broadcast one game a week live on Facebook
  • Major League Baseball “12:25 Live” –  A comedic look at baseball with help from the fans
  • Mike Rowe – Rowe finds people who’ve done great things for their community and gives them a special experience in return
  • Nas Daily – Vlogger Nas (Correction: Not the rapper) makes videos with his biggest friends each day
  • Gabby Bernstein – Motivational speaker and author answers fans’ life questions in live and recorded segments
  • A&E’s “Bae or Bail:” – Reality TV game show where couples face their fears and see who runs
  • All Def Digital’s “Inside the Office” – A look inside the office life at Russel Simmons’ hip-hop media empire
  • Billboard’s “How it Went Down” – A documentary series of musicians sharing crazy stories
  • David Lopez’s “My Social Media Life”  – A reality show about the social media star’s life
  • Golden State Warriors’ “Championship Rewind”  – A behind-the-scenes look at the Bay Area’s NBA championship 2016-2017 season
  • Univision Deportes’ “Liga MX” – Live coverage of LigaMX soccer matches
  • National Geographic’s “We’re Wired that Way:” – Mini-documentaries about weird quirks of humanity like songs you can’t get out of your head
  • National Geographic’s “Safari Live” – Watch live safaris led by National Geographic’s guides
  • NASA’s “Science @ NASA” – Explore science topics in quick four to five-minute episodes
  • NBA’s “WNBA All-Access” – A behind the scenes show with women’s basketball stars
  • The Dodo’s “Comeback Kids: Animal Edition” features determined animals facing difficult conditions or challenges meet people who refuse to give up on them.
  • Tommy Mac – A master woodworker gives live tutorials on how to make furniture

We think this is going to be HUGE. If you are not creating video content for your brand, you need to be. Need help? Contact us today.

Snapchat Adds Links, Voice Filters, & Backdrops to Snaps

Snapchat added some key new features to its app. The features are already rolled out globally. The new features are titled “Paperclip”, “Backdrops”, and “Voice Filters”. Below is a video tutorial from TechCrunch on how to use them. Here’s an explanation of the new creative tools:

  • Paperclip: Paperclip lets you attach a website to a Snap that friends can swipe up to open in Snapchat’s internal browser. Previously only ad campaigns and Discover content could include links. Just tap the Paperclip button in the Vertical Toolkit and enter your link. Snap will use its own automated trust and safety tools, as well as information from Google’s Safe Browsing service, to warn users about potential phishing scams, malware or other dangerous sites.
  • Backdrops: Backdrops allow you to cut out an object from your Snap and put a colorful or artsy pattern behind it to make it stick out. First tap the Scissors in the Vertical Toolkit and then the Backdrop icon. Trace around the object, select one of the Backdrop designs that rotate daily, and you’ll be able give a certain part of your snap the spotlight.
  • Voice Filters: Voice Filters let you remix the sound of voices in your Snaps. Previously, voice filters were only part of visual augmented reality lenses. Now you can tap the speaker icon at the bottom of the screen and select from a range of character voices to give your Snaps some extra humor or style.

We’re really excited for these new features. The enhanced ability to storytell on the platform will be fun for users and brands alike.

How long before Instagram copies these new Snapchat features? We give it a month  :).

In other news, Snapchat just said that every minute, geofilters are viewed over 1.5 million times by message and Story viewers. That equals 2.16 billion views per day. Crazy numbers!

Why You Should Be Running Instagram Stories Ads

Instagram Stories Are Exploding, And You Need to Be Advertising On Them

Instagram Stories is growing extremely fast, like hockey stick fast. They recently announced that they have 250 Million daily users. The company just announced the ability to run ads inside of Instagram Stories. Here are the details…

To start, the ads are unclickable. You can do 5-second image ads and 15-second video ads. As a business, you will get analytics on reach, impressions, replies, and exits. These will be viewable in the Insights section of the business profile.

Instagram Stories ad example

Currently, Instagram Stories ads will be sold on a CPM basis, and priced via auction. Also, at launch, the ads will not have the ability to click through to a website. That will be introduced in the near future, according to Instagram’s VP of Business James Quarles.

As a user, the following is nice: we won’t see ads until you start cycling through multiple stories from friends.

As we get more information about new Instagram Stories Ad formats and details, we will update this post. If you’re interested in an ad campaign, contact us today!

Digital Marketing Weekly Update – Snapchat, Google Algorithm, Instagram, & More

This week has been full of news in the digital marketing world. Here are the highlights:

  • Snapchat releases “Custom Stories”. You can Geofence a story to a custom location, send it to certain people, and more. Watch the video:

  • James Corden gets his own Snapchat Show, called “James Corden’s Next James Corden”, where he will chronicle finding his predecessor.
  • Mozcast is showing a high of 119 degrees today, indicating that the Google algorithm is highly in flux. We will expand on this as we learn more information.

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  • Facebook adds social chat features to its Live video features.

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  • Twitter enables chatbot promotion for the first time.
  • How does content marketing work? Read this.
  • Instagram launches story search for hashtags and locations.
  • More original Snapchat Shows are launching.
  • Great timely content from Lego on their Snapchat about fidget spinners.

Snapchat Introduces Three New Advertising Products

Snapchat Rolls Out 3 New Ad Units Related to its Lenses and Geofilters



First reported by TechCrunch, Snapchat introduced three new advertising offerings today, its largest update since 2015. For a full rundown of Snapchat advertising options, click here.

World Lenses

Snapchat’s creative tools are extremely popular with its users, which makes them appealing to potential advertisers. 33% of users play with Snapchat Lenses every day, and snaps with Geofilters are viewed over 1 billion times per day.

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Image courtesy of TechCrunch

World Lenses are an extension of Snapchat’s Sponsored Lens. With Sponsored World Lenses, advertisers can create content for the rest of the photo beyond the face, including floating 2D or 3D objects, interactive content, and other items. This is arguably the most innovative and unique form of advertising out there right now.

There are 4 types of World Lenses: ones where you can place a 2D or 3D film character or product into the photo (for those photos snapped with the outward-facing camera); action-based lenses where you look at or tap an augmented reality object to trigger something to happen; an “interaction” World Lens (like an in-app game); and environmental lenses which can be used to add floating lights or ambiance.

Audience Lenses

Snapchat is also rolling out Audience Lenses, which allow advertisers to buy regionally targeted Lenses for the first time. Previously, advertisers could only be purchased on a nationwide basis.

Audience Lenses allow advertisers buy a guaranteed number of Lens impressions for a specific audience. This includes those that are targeted by demographics like age and gender, as well as those identified as falling in one of Snapchat’s “Lifestyle Categories” (see more on those in our Snap Ads article)

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Image courtesy of TechCrunch

Smart Geofilters

Snapchat’s third new advertising offering is a new take on its Geofilters product. These new Smart Geofilters automatically add location information or other real-time information to a nationwide or chain Geofilter. For example, these could be updated automatically to include things like a high school or college name, airport name, state, city, neighborhood or zip code.

Warner Bros. ran Smart Geofilter ads for its movie “Everything, Everything,” in order to target high school users by featuring the name of the school in its ad (see image above).

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Snapchat recently announced that its daily users launch the app over 18 times per day, on average. Snapchat’s daily users now spend over 30 minutes on Snapchat each day. More than 3 billion Snaps are created every day — up from more than 2.5 billion in Q3 2016. And over 60 % of Snapchat’s daily users create content every day.

Want to run Snapchat ads? Contact us today!

Pinterest Introduces Live Camera Search

Pinterest’s New Feature Is a Gamechanger

Last week Pinterest debuted a new feature to the Lens aspect of its app. The new feature identifies what’s inside an image in real time, tags the items accordingly, and allows users to search for those items on Pinterest. See it in action here:

pinterest live camera search

Pinterests utilizes “Visual Guides” based on what it detects inside your live camera feed. Pinterest is trying to figure out what you are doing in the real world, and they are using augmented reality to enhance that experience. This is something that Snapchat has begun to experiment with as well. Which means Facebook is surely working on its version to be released soon. We expect Google is trying to keep up on their end too.

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We expect Pinterest to soon roll out ads within Lens, and allow marketers/advertisers to engage with consumers around products they are looking at buying in real time. The ROI potential for those campaigns has potential to be extremely high.

 

Pinterest is also adding the ability to read QR codes — a feature available in Snapchat and Facebook. These updates from Pinterest (and Snapchat and Facebook) are them trying to further invade our everyday experiences in the real world and intertwine our use/dependance on these social apps. It will be interesting to see how these social media behemoths continue to evolve…

Facebook & Instagram Continue to Copy Snapchat

Over the last few months, three new announcements came out about Facebook. Each of them points to Mark Zuckerberg taking pages straight out of Evan Spiegel’s book. The three announcements were covered here, here, and here.

First, Facebook is tweaking their live video section to look more like Snapchat’s. Simple enough.

Second, it’s been reported by multiple outlets that Facebook is prepping a competitor for Snapchat’s “Discover” section. It will reportedly be named “Collections”. Everyone wants in on the content game. See side by side examples here (with Snapchat on the left and Facebook on the right):

Third, and the most blatant of all, Facebook has introduced camera effects called “location frames”, which work just like Snapchat’s geofilters. Just like geofilters, users can create and submit illustrations tied to specific locations. Users can also submit more general designs with illustrations not tied to a specific location. No word on if Facebook will create pay-to-play versions of their Location Frames yet. Check out an example below.

Facebook Location Frames

So, it will be interesting to follow along as these two tech titans continue to battle in 2017. One thing is clear – Facebook does not want to relinquish its lead as the go-to social platform.

Update on 12/21/16: Instagram just added a stickers feature, in yet another copy of Snapchat. You can now add “contextual stickers” and “location based stickers” on Instagram. See an example below from Instagram.

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Instagram Location Stickers

Update on 3/8/17: Instagram Stories launches geostickers. Snapchat launched their geostickers in 2014. Below are screenshots of Instagram’s new geostickers, courtesy of TechCrunch. Take a look at how blatant the copy is…

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Instagram Stories Geosticker

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Update on 3/10/17: Facebook launches a new feature inside of Messenger called “Messenger Day”. Take a look at the screenshot of the new feature below.

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Be honest with yourself – is that not an exact clone of Snapchat?! Facebook’s executives are saying no. But I think we can all agree, it’s a clone. Yet another example of Facebook’s inability to innovate. The new feature is only available in the U.S. for now, but it is said to be rolled out to other countries soon.

UPDATE on March 28, 2017: Facebook launches Stories on its mobile app to the whole world. It essentially creates a second Newsfeed for mobile users. This form of “Stories” is basically a straight copy of Snapchat. See below:

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UPDATE on April 13, 2017: Instagram announces three(!) new Snapchat feature copies: Geostickers (custom designed stickers at local landmarks), Sticker pinning (just like Snapchat’s motion-tracking emoji feature), and Selfie stickers (quite similar to Snapchat’s scissors tool).

P.S. – If you need custom Snapchat geofilters, we got you  :).

The Evolution of Facebook Advertising

With the Audience Network, Atlas, Header Bidding, Collections, Canvas Ads, & More, Facebook is THE Place to Spend Your Ad Dollars

Facebook is coming for your wallet. And it’s time to pay up (and be happy about it too).

We manage a lot of social advertising campaigns for our clients. Much of our effort is spent on Facebook and Instagram ads (although Snapchat advertising is growing quickly). We like to explain Facebook/Instagram ads to our clients like this: You hand us (and Facebook) a $1 bill, and we’ll hand you back a $20 bill. It’s like clockwork. And if you’re not on the train, now is the time.

Facebook’s Ever-Improving Ad Product

Everyone knows that Facebook makes money via its ads, so it makes sense that it’s trying to innovate as quickly as possible. We recently wrote about Facebook Atlas, which is a huge move for its ad product. Facebook allows you to target people regardless of browser, device, channel, or publisher. Atlas also allows you to connect your digital advertising to in-store sales for a better picture of your campaign performance.

Facebook also recently announced that it’s bringing advertiser demand from its Facebook Audience Network to mobile web publishers that use header bidding (if you’re not familiar with header bidding, click here). Large publishers like Forbes, the Washington Post, Daily Mail, and many others use header bidding. This new announcement will allow Facebook advertisers to be seen on those publications.

Facebook Collections is another new ad offering from the social network. Collections are a mobile-only ad format. Facebook notes that 45% of all shopping journeys now contain a mobile action. Collections ads are designed to win customers over within the Facebook app before directing them to the advertiser’s website. Collections ads start with a main image, and 4 product images below. When someone taps on the ad, a broader catalog opens up that can hold up to 50 more product images. Then if a user taps on a specific product – the ad directs them to the advertiser’s website. Beta testers of this new ads format have reported a 2x to 5x increase on ad spend. See an example below:

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Facebook Collections ads example

Facebook Canvas ads were introduced last year, and they’re incredible. View a gallery of Canvas ad examples here. Canvas ads are a little more geared towards “storytelling”. This ad format uses a combination of videos, images, text, and call-to-action buttons. In Canvas, people can swipe through a carousel of images, tilt to view panoramic images, and zoom in to images to see more detail. Canvas ads are another mobile-only ad format from Facebook. They are also FAST, loading as much as 10 times faster than the standard mobile web. Facebook reports that the average interaction with a Canvas ad is over 30 seconds, which is incredible.

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In summary, you need to be running Facebook Ads. They work for B2B, ecommerce, large brands, and local retailers. Knowing which format works best for your company and goals is crucial. Understanding the Facebook Newsfeed algorithm is also necessary. If you have any questions or need help in any way, contact us today!