Heads up, advertisers: Facebook is shrinking mobile News Feed ad space
Starting August 19, Facebook is rolling out changes to mobile news feed post and ad layouts, taking them from a 2:3 aspect ratio to 4:5.
Facebook is making changes to the aspect ratio for posts and ads in its mobile News Feed. Beginning August 19, posts and ads in the mobile News Feed will display at a 4:5 aspect ratio, which means they’ll be shorter than at the original 2:3 aspect ratio.
For advertisers, this means ads will show fewer lines of text and the maximum height for photos or videos in the ad will be reduced to fit new design: “The tallest supported aspect ration for images without links and for videos is now vertical (4:5). Media taller than 4:5 will be masked on Facebook’s mobile News Feed.”
Why we should care
According to Facebook, the new ad layout will only allow for three lines of text, after which users will see a prompt to display more of the text. That’s a change from displaying as many as seven lines of text before the “See More” prompt. Ad copy will need to be tighter than ever to get your messages across — or entice users to click to “See More.”
Videos will also need to be optimized for the new size, otherwise they will be automatically “masked” when the changes take effect next month.
“Less text, so it’s skimmable. Imagery that gets to the focal point quicker. These two things force marketers to synthesize their message into something instantly understandable,” said Wenograd, “It makes sense given the insane amount of content we are now seeing on a day-to-day basis.”
“The slimming down of creative real estate furthers the need for marketers to be thinking in terms of the long game on their branding. They have less space to try and sell, so they need shorter messages delivered more frequently to cut through the noise,” said Wenograd.
More on the news
- Facebook first introduced the newly redesigned mobile News Feed redesign during its F8 conference, calling it FB5.
- The company says these changes were designed to simply formats and improve mobile experience consistency.
- Last month, Facebook rolled out new editing and resizing options to its Video Creation Kit, making it easier for advertisers to create videos with multiple aspect ratios.