Instagram made a big advertising announcement on Tuesday as it prepares to add new formats and targeting options, and perhaps most significantly start letting businesses of all sizes buy ads.
Instagram first launched ad a year and a half ago on a limited basis, and has since expanded formats most recently to include carousel ads. The company says that across over 475 campaigns measured globally, ad recall from sponsored posts was 2.9x higher than Nielsen norms for online advertising.
Instagram will begin testing direct response ads in the coming months. These will enable users to buy products or download apps from the ads.
"People come to Instagram to follow their passions, from travel and fashion to cars and entertainment," the company says in a blog post. "They want to see ads that reflect the things they care about. Advertisers also want to target their messages in more effective ways and reach people not just because of their age, location and gender, but because of the people, places and things they love."
"Later this year, we will continue to connect businesses to the right people through expanded targeting options," it adds. "Working with Facebook, we will enable advertisers to reach people on Instagram based on demographics and interests, as well as information businesses have about their own customers. We will also improve the feedback mechanisms within Instagram to give people greater control and improve the relevance of the ads they see."
The company is working to make advertising available through an Ads API and Facebook ad buying interfaces over the coming months in an effort to open op ads to businesses of all sizes. It says it will leverage the best of Facebook's infrastructure for buying, managing, and measuring ads.
They'll be opening the API to a select group of Facebook Marketing Partners and agencies at first, and will expand globally throughout the year.
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