Facebook Exchange — Facebook’s ad network that allows advertisers to “retarget” ads to Facebook users — is expanding into Facebook’s prime real estate, the Facebook news feed.
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FBX ads, until now, had been located on the right-hand side of Facebook’s layout. Now, they’re also going to appear within Facebook’s main news feed.
“We want to make sure we’re giving advertisers and agencies the ability to deliver more relevant ads in news feed, where people are spending most of their time on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson told me.
Here’s an example of how they’ll appear:
Facebook is calling the rollout of this an “alpha test,” one that’s working with a small number of demand-side platforms, DSPs that include TellApart, MediaMath, and Nanigans. It says that in the coming weeks, the program will expand to additional DSPs and advertisers.
Facebook’s post about the program also notes that more ads won’t appear in news feed because of this. Rather, it’s just that ad units already showing there will now include Facebook Exchange-powered units.