Meta, the tech giant behind Facebook and Instagram, has recently announced a series of updates to enhance the capabilities of Reels, aiming to improve the performance of ad creatives and streamline the campaign creation process for advertisers.
1. Collection Ads: Already available on Instagram, Collection Ads are currently being tested on Facebook Reels. This format features a large video or image alongside smaller images, allowing users to swipe through to learn more about the products they’re interested in. While still in the pilot phase, Meta plans to release Collection Ads more widely in the near future.
2. Multi-Destination Reels Carousel Ads: Meta has introduced multi-destination call-to-action features for Reels carousel ads on both Facebook and Instagram, accessible across iOS and Android devices. This enables brands to direct potential customers to multiple product pages through displayed images, enhancing the ease of finding desired items and potentially boosting sales.
3. Swipe Left Functionality: Available on both Facebook and Instagram Reels ads, the swipe left functionality allows users to explore more details about products they find interesting. This feature aims to simplify the shopping experience and improve user engagement, potentially leading to increased sales.
4. Advantage+ Creative Suite Enhancements: Meta is investing in its Advantage+ creative suite by introducing new automation solutions for Reels ads. This includes automatic templates, 3D motion and depth, aspect ratio variance, and image and video enhancements. Additionally, all Facebook and Instagram advertisers now have the ability to add music to their single image Reels ads during the campaign creation process, enhancing engagement and conversions.
5. Brand Suitability: Meta is rolling out its brand suitability Inventory Filter control and third-party brand suitability verification solution with Meta Business Partner, Zefr, to Facebook and Instagram Reels. This tool provides advertisers with an extra layer of reassurance that their campaigns will not be placed next to offensive content that does not align with their brand values.
A spokesperson from Meta emphasized the company’s commitment to making Reels ads more engaging for users, citing impressive performance statistics. Ads using creative built for Reels reportedly demonstrated better campaign performance, with lower cost per action, higher click-through rates, and higher conversion rates compared to other types of video.
As the popularity of Reels continues to grow, these updates reflect Meta’s efforts to capitalize on this trend and provide advertisers with tools to create more effective and engaging campaigns.
Shadrack Biwot: Digital marketer & Founder of Sedi. Pioneering digital strategies since ’21. Passion for tech, transforming businesses. #SediFounder