Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network Instagram just went big-time on Madison Avenue, as Ad Age reports that Instagram received a year-long commitment, totaling up to $100 million in ad spending, from Omnicom.
Facebook’s new executive creative director brings a hint of Apple, as Scott Trattner, who held the same title at TBWA/Media Arts Lab, which focused on advertising for Apple, is now on board at the social network.
The Facebook feature that has been long anticipated by marketers and long dreaded by users is one large step closer to becoming a reality, as the social network announced Tuesday that it will officially begin testing video ads this week, with “a small number of people” who will see a spot for upcoming feature film Divergent when they access their News Feeds on desktop or mobile.
The subject of Facebook’s long-rumored and perpetually delayed launch of video ads was raised during the social network’s third-quarter earnings call Wednesday, and the timetable remains up in the air.
The inevitable has drawn closer: Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram confirmed that it will begin introducing advertising into its feed “in the next couple of months.”
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg may have clammed up about video ads on the social network during the company’s second-quarter earnings call last week, but sources close to the situation are talking, specifically to Bloomberg, and the price tag on those video ads has reportedly risen to as much as $2.5 million per day.
The next big revenue-driver for Facebook will likely be its long-rumored introduction of video ads, but the social network has made no official announcements on when that product will debut, and sources close to the situation are all over the place with their guesses on the topic.
Facebook Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions Carolyn Everson touched upon several topics in a conversation with Ad Age, including the future of right-hand-side ads, the social network’s mobile advertising prospects, potential advertising on Facebook-owned photo-sharing network Instagram, and possible monetization of Facebook’s new hashtags.
The video ads Facebook originally planned to launch this month or in July are now on hold until at least mid-October, Ad Age reported, with sources telling the magazine more development is needed on new features the social network plains to release simultaneously with its video ads.