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Complete List of Facebook Ad Sizes & Specs for 2018


Let’s be real for a second–if you’re spending even a penny on advertising, you should be considering Facebook. Why? Nearly everyone is there.

New data from eMarketer forecasts marketers to spend $21 billion on US Facebook ads in 2018. This would account for 19.6% of the market (Google claiming 37.2% of the share). And to compare Facebook’s dominance against other social media networks, total shares equal 83% of ad spend in the US.

So we can all admit Facebook ads are a pretty big deal. And that’s why we’re here to make sure your content looks pristine by using the correct Facebook ad sizes. Click the jump links below to skip ahead!

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Facebook Feed Ads

Every advertiser is fighting for space on a user’s Facebook Feed. This is the prime real estate for Facebook ads to stand out to users. Available both in image or video format, these ads will appear on both mobile and desktop. Let’s get started:

Image Guidelines

  • Recommended image dimensions is 1200 x 628 pixels.
  • Minimum width and height of 600 pixels.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9, but crops to 1.91:1 with a link.
  • Recommended image formats are JPG and PNG.
  • Images with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 215 characters.
  • Headline: 25 characters.
  • Link description: 30 characters.

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Facebook Feed Video Ads

In the US, Facebook video posts have increased by 94% year over year with a video audience of 8 billion daily views. The ridiculous growth in video has many businesses shifting all of their focus on video. Below is the information for Facebook feed video ads–which is not to be confused with in-stream videos (we’ll cover this next).

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended to upload the highest resolution video possible.
  • Minimum dimensions 600 x 315 (1.9:1 landscape) or 600 x 600 (square).
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9 (Horizontal: 16:9, Square: 1:1, Vertical: 4:5 or 2:3 and Full Portrait: 9:16).
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV (see full list here).
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Video length max is 240 minutes.

Character Limits
Text: 125 characters.
Headline: 25 characters.
Link description: 30 characters.

Facebook Carousel Ads are a perfect way to showcase your brand with multiple images or videos. For retailers, it’s great to show various colors, sizes and other key details to convince users to buy. This format is available for both video and image for all Carousel ad placements. Additionally, Facebook Carousel Ads are available on six different ad types:

carousel image ad
  • Facebook Feed (Image and Video)
  • Facebook Right Column
  • Facebook Instant Articles
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Facebook Audience Network Native, Banner and Interstitial
  • Messenger Home

Luckily, there’s only a few differences between each ad type within Carousel for image and video ads. See the specs here:

Image Guidelines

  • Minimum width and height of 600 pixels (minimum 254 x 133 pixels for Messenger Home Carousel Ads).
  • Minimum 2 cards and max of 10 cards per Carousel Ad.
  • Recommended ratio is 1:1.
  • Max image size of 30MB.
  • Recommended image formats are JPG and PNG.
  • Images with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.
target facebook carousel ad

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution is minimum of 1080 x 1080.
  • Minimum 2 cards and max of 10 cards per Carousel Ad.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Video length is 240 minutes.
  • Video thumbnails with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 125 characters.
  • Headline: 40 characters.
  • Link description: 20 characters (optional on Instant Articles).

Ah–the sneaky right column photo ad. Everyone knows it and for businesses, this ad type can work extremely well. However, while they only appear on desktop, data shows they have the highest CPC (cost per click) among other Facebook ad types.

facebook right column ad

Image Guidelines

  • Recommended image dimensions is 1200 x 628 pixels.
  • Minimum width and height of 600 pixels.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9, but crops to 1.91:1 with link.
  • Recommended image formats are JPG and PNG.
  • Images with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 215 characters.
  • Headline: 25 characters.
  • Link description: 30 characters.

Facebook In-Stream Video Ads

Facebook in-stream video ads are different from regular feed ads as they only last 5 to 15 seconds. According to CPC Strategy, the average on-target rate is nearly 90% and have a completion view rate of 70%. The quick, digestible videos are perfect for brands trying to catch the attention of users with small interactions.

facebook in stream ad

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended to upload the highest resolution video possible.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is 16:9 (ratios fall between 9:16 to 16:9).
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Video length is 5 to 15 seconds.
  • Highly recommended to include video sound.
  • Video thumbnails with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 125 characters.
  • Headline: 25 characters.
  • Link description: 30 characters.

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Facebook Instant Articles Ads

Looking to promote a piece of content across Facebook? The release of Facebook Instant Article ads allows quick-loading and interactive content through Facebook’s app. Additionally, advertisers have the option to place ads within the articles as well. This ad format is available for image and video:

national geographic instant article ad

Image Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution is 1,200 x 628 pixels.
  • Minimum width and height of 600 pixels.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9, but crops to 1.91:1 with link.
  • Recommended image formats are JPG and PNG.
  • Images with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended to upload the highest resolution video possible.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Video max length is 240 minutes.
  • Video thumbnails with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 125 characters.
  • Headline: 25 characters.
  • Link description: 30 characters.

Facebook Marketplace Ads

Facebook Marketplace works as a hub on the network to buy and sell items with others in your community. While scrolling through this feature, you’ll run across Facebook Marketplace ads. This is ideal if you’re wanting to attract users to your site searching for a specific product or even location. Both video and image are available formats.

facebook marketplace ads

Image Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution is 1,200 x 628 pixels.
  • Minimum width and height of 600 pixels.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9, but crops to 1.91:1 with link.
  • Recommended image formats are JPG and PNG.
  • Images with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended to upload the highest resolution video possible.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Video max length is 240 minutes.
  • Video thumbnails with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 125 characters.
  • Headline: 25 characters.
  • Link description: 30 characters.

Audience Network Native, Banner and Interstitial Ads

If you’re looking to advertise to users on other valuable spaces, but through Facebook, this format is perfect for you. Facebook Audience Network ads work natively, on banners and interstitial ads. Whether it’s pre- or mid-roll placements, it’s nice knowing your content will appear on trusted publishers. Think of this as Facebook’s own Display Ads. Again, there are both image and video options here:

jack in the box audience network native ad

Image Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution is 1,200 x 628 pixels.
  • Minimum width 254 pixels and height of 133 pixels.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9, but crops to 1.91:1 with link.
  • Recommended image formats are JPG and PNG.
  • Images with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended to upload the highest resolution video possible.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Video minimum length is 10 seconds and max of 121 seconds.
  • Video thumbnails with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 125 characters.
  • Headline: 25 characters.
  • Link description (optional): 30 characters.

Did you have a user interact with you on Facebook Messenger, but they didn’t convert? If you want to re-engage and target these users, you can use Sponsored Messages to reach back out. However, selecting this format turns off other placements and again, you can only target those with existing conversations.

facebook sponsored message ads

Image Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution is 1,200 x 628 pixels.
  • Minimum width is 254 pixels and height of 133 pixels.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9, but crops to 1.91:1 with link.
  • Recommended image formats are JPG and PNG.
  • Images with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 125 characters.
  • Headline: 25 characters.
  • Link description: 30 characters.

Facebook Messenger Ads

When users scroll through their Facebook Messenger Home, sponsored ads are available to appear between conversations. This ad format is only available for image content and only appears on the Facebook Messenger app.

facebook nectar messenger ad

Image Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution is 1,200 x 628 pixels.
  • Minimum width is 254 pixels and height of 133 pixels.
  • Recommended aspect ratio is between 9:16 to 16:9, but crops to 1.91:1 with link.
  • Recommended image formats are JPG and PNG.
  • Images with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 125 characters.
  • Headline: 25 characters.
  • Link description (optional): 30 characters.

Facebook Collection Ads (Including Canvas Ads)

Facebook Collection Ad is a great way to provide a highly visual browsing feature all within the ad placement. While it’s only available in Facebook Feeds, this ad type allows a cover photo or video (both available on Collection ads) to showcase several products. Additionally, when users click the full-screen version, users are sent to Facebook Canvas. Here, users are brought to a scrollable mobile engagement experience to learn more about a brand.

facebook collection ad

Image Guidelines

  • Minimum width and height of 600 pixels.
  • Recommended ratio is 1:1 for square and 16:9 for landscape images.
  • Max image size of 30MB.
  • Recommended image formats are JPG and PNG.
  • Images with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Video Guidelines

  • Recommended resolution is minimum of 1200 x 628 pixels.
  • Recommended video formats are .MP4 and .MOV.
  • Max video file size is 4GB.
  • Video length is 120 minutes (recommended less than 2 minutes).
  • Video thumbnails with 20% text or more could increase chances of failed delivery.

Character Limits

  • Text: 90 characters.
  • Headline: 25 characters.

For more information on the various ad sizes and specs, check out Facebook’s video requirement page and ads guide.

This post Complete List of Facebook Ad Sizes & Specs for 2018 originally appeared on Sprout Social.

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Show of hands, B2B marketers: How many of you know which Hogwarts house you belong in? Or which Disney princess best represents your personality and relationship ambitions?

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Don’t be shy. I’m a Gryffindor wizard through and through—and apparently, I’m more of a Jasmine than an Ariel. And I know all this thanks to the rise of interactive content.

From quirky quizzes to ROI calculators to guided eBooks, interactive content is a rising content marketing star. BuzzFeed is perhaps the most prolific example, creating dozens of quizzes each week that are making their way into social feeds and search results. (And almost all users reportedly finish them).

But why should B2B marketers consider adding interactive content to their mix?

Because B2B is often pegged as bland and boring. And in a crowded content market, not to mention the fact that buyers' content preferences are turning increasingly visual, interactive content is the next evolution.

But if that doesn't convince you, read on for a few more reasons why its time for B2B to embrace interactive content.

#1 – Interactive content is more engaging than static content—for the long-term.

Interactive content may seem a little gimmicky for some marketers—especially those in the B2B space. But the vast majority of marketers who use interactive content agree that it not only grabs attention, but can also hold that attention beyond that initial view.

In fact, according to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and Ion Interactive 2017 Interactive Content Study:

  • 87% of marketers agree that interactive content grabs the attention of the reader more effectively than static content
  • 77% of marketers agree that interactive content has reusable value, resulting in repeat visitors and multiple exposures
  • 73% of marketers agree that interactive content, when combined with other more traditional content marketing tactics, enhances message retention among their audiences.

So, if you’re aiming for awareness, engagement, and attention, interactive content holds incredible potential. But I’d also add that this is only true if you deliver quality, relevant content in an interactive format.

As my colleague Josh Nite points out: “[Interactive content is] absolutely designed to grab attention. But if your content provides value—if it’s worth paying attention to—interactive elements can help you bring in an audience.”

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#2 – Interactive content can differentiate you from your competitors.

Content has always been a foundational element of B2B marketing. Buyers don’t make hard and fast decisions. Instead, they do their research, weigh their options, and have multiple engagements with sales reps before they sign on the dotted line. Interactive content can help you make an impression and stand out in a crowed, competitive content landscape.

In addition, according to the aforementioned report, just 46% of marketers report using interactive content right now—which was flat year-over-year. And if history is any indicator, I’d wager that interactive content adoption among B2B marketers is far lower since the industry is typically slower to adopt new tactics.

But that won’t always be the case. Harnessing the opportunity right now has the potential to differentiate your B2B brand from the competition early on, showcasing your commitment to innovation.

For example, Prophix, a leading provider of corporate performance management (CPM) software solutions in the FP&A industry, wanted to drive awareness in a unique way around its report on the evolution of financial planning and analysis, as well as its solutions.

By repurposing its original research and adding influencer perspectives, we created an interactive quiz to help empower their audience to "crush" their jobs to succeed now and into the future.

Prophix Crush It Interactive Quiz

This anchor asset, which was promoted using a supporting mix of blog content, social amplification, email, and more, saw a view rate 6-times higher than the benchmark for a similar resource. In addition, the page where it lived garnered 3-times the average share rate. This unique approach to interactive influencer content made Prophix stand out from the competition and deliver a great resource that performed.

#3 – Interactive tools can provide you with exclusive data and analytics.

Savvy marketers are driven by data insights. And many of the interactive content tools you’d leverage for an asset come with their own analytics dashboards, allowing you to get near real-time data on how your audience is interacting and absorbing your content.

For example, Ceros, an interactive content software that simplifies the creation process, provides all the basic KPIs such as visitors, opens, and pageviews, as well as engagement metrics like time spent and interaction clicks. But they also track inbound referrals, social shares, video plays, and outbound link clicks.

Oh, and that data is viewable in its Analytics Dashboard within second of it happening.

Ceros Interactive Content Tool

While traditional analytics platforms and the data within them is invaluable, from my perspective, this more niche data can help uncover some insights that can help you refine your asset on the fly or consider how to improve other content types moving forward.

#4 – Interactive content can drive results at every stage of the funnel.

From educating buyers to creating customer loyalty, interactive content can serve a purpose (and drive results) at every stage of the funnel. Interactive content users report using the tactic for lead generation, lead nurturing, customer retention, and the list goes on.

And interactive is especially powerful, when combined with other tried-and-true content marketing tactics.

To help promote the Influencer Marketing 2.0 report based on research conducted by Traackr, Altimeter Group and TopRank Marketing, we partnered with interactive content platform Ceros to produce an Influence 2.0 interactive infographic.

Influence 2.0

The infographic was promoted via blog posts, social channels, email, and through the influencers that contributed. With calls to action embedded within the interactive infographic, this content succeeded at attracting over 1,700 prospective customers to download the full report with a 43% conversion rate.

What Opportunity Does Interactive Content Hold for Your B2B Brand?

Interactive content is here to stay. But the real opportunity doesn’t lay in the interactivity itself. The real value creation is in the excitement or connection that you can make with your audience, as well as the potential to hold their attention for long enough to engrain your message or inspire action.

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So, B2B marketers. If you’re ready to break away from boring and drive better engagement, interactive content deserves your consideration.

How can you leverage interactive content? Check out our post featuring five ways of making marketing magic with interactive content.

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