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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.

For more information on social media character limits, check out our guide below!

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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:

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  • 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.
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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.

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The Art Of Crafting More Powerful Content: 5 Top Tactics from the Experts

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Welcome to the second piece in our new multi-part “Collective Wisdom” series of content marketing strategy articles, where you’ll learn proven methods taking you from the beginning of the content planning cycle to its final post-publication conclusion, and featuring insight from some of the world’s most respected and successful digital marketers.

Previously in “How to Boost Your Content Marketing Efforts By Planning Ahead,” we looked at implementing a smart and robust content planning strategy. Now it’s time to take a look at the intrinsically important content creation stage of any successful content marketing campaign.

Crafting Powerful Content

As we’ll explore, skillfully crafting content is one of the most important steps on a successful content marketing journey. After all, content is the centerpiece you present to the digital world — so let’s examine some of the strongest tactics to incorporate in your next campaign.

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Tactic 1: Incorporate Appropriate, Effective, and Engaging Visuals

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Should you use visual elements in your content? Here’s a hint: Yes!

Today’s marketing draws heavily on the use of interesting and compelling images and other visual content to both draw people in and clearly illustrate messages.

It’s no surprise that marketers use more visuals of all types — images, animated GIFs, videos, in-content playable games, and others — than ever before. Over time, a barrage of studies have shown their superior ability for us to remember them. Compared to plain text copy, which by some calculations has only about 10% recall after three days, some 65% of visual content stays in our memories after the same period of time, according to Dr. John Medina’s “Brain Rules” and other studies.

Furthermore, according to HubSpot research, visual content is over 40 times more likely to be shared on social platforms, and brands have become increasingly creative in using techniques including animated GIFs, such as the good examples shown in “10 brands using beautifully creative GIFs right now.”

Videos, graphic presentations, charts and other data visualizations, animated GIFs, stock photos, fine art photos, screenshots, scans, and experimental imagery should all be considered and used to fill your specific content needs. The trick is knowing what to use and where to incorporate it, and understanding your audience helps narrow down the most appropriate and effective visuals for any particular piece of content.

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TopRank Marketing Senior Content Marketing Manager Joshua Nite has looked into the importance of choosing dynamic and compelling images to include in written content campaigns, as he deftly explains in “How to Choose Dynamic Images for Your Blog Posts.”

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Aside from its use in blog posts, great imagery’s power of engagement carries over into the realm of content promotion.

Josh Nite

“Good visuals are doubly important for amplification, too: Your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn shares will all include an image,” Josh noted.

Knowing your intended audience and where they’re most likely to encounter a link to the shiny new content on your website is an important factor in choosing which visual elements will have the greatest pull and engagement.

For example, if your audience is clicking on a link to your new blog post or other content primarily on Reddit, the imagery and overall experience those people expect and find engaging is usually quite different than what someone finding your content on LinkedIn in looking for.

Use authoritative research on user experience to guide the visual imagery you choose, including the latest statistics on these elements, such as those Jeff Bullas has compiled in his “15 Visual Content Marketing Statistics That’ll Blow Your Mind.”

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Tactic 2: Make it Easy For Readers to Share Your Content in the Ways They Prefer

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You can have plenty of winning content in place, but without intuitive and expected methods in place to share your carefully-crafted work, it will likely remain largely a content island unto itself — a phenomena Lee Odden calls Invisible Content Syndrome.

Every audience has their own preferred means of sharing the things they find and love online. So, part of your content creation process should be to see that these methods are fully implemented, whether its as simple as having easily-found social sharing buttons and functionality, offering click-to-tweet messaging, or as advanced as using automatic copying of shortened and trackable URLs.

Heidi Cohen, Chief Content Officer at Actionable Marketing Guide, has gathered together some of her favorite ways of giving readers a variety of ways to share content, in “7 Ways to Get Extra Mileage From Your Blog Posts.”

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Heidi Cohen

More content than ever is including click-to-tweet functionality, as it provides a useful way for readers to quickly and easily share key takeaways or especially insightful quotes, however, it may not be right for your content if your audience is not generally using Twitter.

Tactic 3: Harness the Power of Gamification

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Interactive content and entertaining game-based or game-like content, including elements such as quizzes, polls, and surveys, are a proven way to boost engagement and content stickiness, raising time-on-page rates as fast as racking up a high score.

According to data from DemandGen, 91% of B2B buyers prefer interactive and visual content, which should come as no great surprise considering that such content stands out and is often a sign of well-thought-out content strategy.

Caitlin Burgess

Live-streaming platform Twitch has grown to become the twelfth most-visited site in the U.S. according to Alexa data, and its 15-million-plus daily users have helped bring active audience participation into the mainstream, as our own content strategist Nick Nelson detailed recently in his fascinating “How Twitch is Breaking New Ground In Audience Engagement #CMWorld.”

Our own Caitlin Burgess recently examined the power of interactive content in “Interactive Content Marketing: Why B2B Marketers Should Take Their Content from Boring to Bold,” a helpful deep-dive into not only why this form of content creates such strong engagement, but how to best use it in your content marketing campaigns.

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Or, as Liraz Rahmin Postan noted in her look at gamification for Outbrain: “As content marketers, it’s so important to keep your audience engaged and motivated to keep going. Fun, game-based and interactive content does this really well.”

Gamification can include video, as our team did ahead of this year’s Content Marketing World conference, with retro 8-bit videos featuring event speakers:

TopRank Marketing digital strategy director Ashley Zeckman shows the entire series of video in “Ready Player One: Top CMWorld Speakers Dish Go-To Classic Content Marketing Combos.”

Tactic 4: Run With Traditional On-Page SEO Tactics

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Crafting content wouldn’t be complete without using longstanding, tried-and-true SEO tactics such as basic metadata, some of which are so fundamental that they should always be used. Some of the same metadata elements I first used in 1993 during the pre-Google days are still wise to incorporate, including the ubiquitous-but-important HTML title and description tags.

Eighty-two percent of marketing influencers say that the effectiveness of SEO is generally increasing, according to MarketingProfs and Octos statistics.

Our own CEO, Lee Odden, explores some of these fundamental SEO questions in his “Power Pages and Best Answer Content: Should You Go Long or Short Form?” In addition, SparkToro’s Rand Fishkin, co-founder of Moz, also takes a look at just what SEO means today in his helpful piece “What Does It Mean to "Write for SEO" in 2018?

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SEO is so ingrained in the structure of the web that it’s been surprising to hear it being given the last rites by some in the industry.

However, from our perspective, SEO is not only still a viable tactic, but also necessary — you just need to put the time into thoughtfully analyzing the data so you can pull actionable insights.

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Tactic 5: Creativity Is Key For Making Best-Answer Content That Stands Out

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No matter how many technical tricks or contraptions you use in a content marketing campaign, the road will be a long uphill one if you don’t present creative and useful information that fills a need for your audience.

Being the best answer is the key tenet of Lee’s “Be the Best Answer: 5 Steps to Grow Influence for Your Brand,” which shows how creating or co-creating relevant and credible content is a vitally important step in a successful digital marketing campaign.

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The best content creation involves both art and creativity, as comic author Scott Adams once summed up by pointing out that, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep,” or as artist Paul Klee said, “One eye sees, the other feels.”

The greater the creativity you and your team have, the more of an an edge you can have on the competition, and creative content draws audiences in, entertains, and when done well, enlightens. It’s one of the main ways to differentiate your content.

Tying It All Together — What Next?

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By incorporating appropriate, effective, and engaging visuals, making sharing easy, harnessing the power of gamification, using fundamental SEO tactics, and offering best-answer content, your content marketing will include the elements that give your strategy a much better chance at success.

These aren’t the only elements you’ll want to include in your content crafting tool bag, however, and next up we’ll take a close look at another group of important content creation tactics as we continue our “Collective Wisdom” series.

In the meantime learn more by catching us at an upcoming conference or webinar, including these four:

  • Pubcon Las Vegas 2018 on October 17 in Las Vegas — “5 Secrets to Growing Influence in Marketing”
  • ITSMA Marketing Vision 2018 on November 7 in Cambridge, MA. — “Influence the Influencers – How B2B technology companies can build brand awareness with content and influence ”
  • MarketingProfs 2018 Marketing B2B Forum on November 15 in San Francisco — “The Confluence Equation: How Content & Influencers Drive B2B Marketing Success”

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