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Facebook to Offer Mobile Ads – HUGE Opportunity

Another piece of news on the mobile marketing front…and once again another opportunity to potentially cash in huge.

According to the Financial Times, Facebook is set to launch advertising on mobile devices.  This comes as no surprise for a few reasons:

1 – Facebook is looking to increase revenues any way possible for the IPO

2 – Over 50% of Facebook access is now on mobile devices (thus they are effectively losing out on almost half of their potential revenue)

3 – They are currently not monetizing mobile as they should be

 The Financial Times said that, “Several people familiar with Facebook’s planning say that it has already discussed proposals with advertising agencies for displaying what it calls “featured stories” in the news feed seen by users on the site with a launch likely in early March ahead of its initial public offering, which is expected in May.”

It looks like they definitely plan to offer featured stories and I’m sure there will be other forms of ads.  Lets take a look at some possibilities you might want to prepare for…although it’s likely they will roll out different ad types slowly and deliberately to ensure user acceptance.

Sponsored Stories

To be able to run a sponsored story, your business must have a facebook page and “Likes”.  So in order to prepare for sponsored stories advertising make sure that you have a facebook presense and get some Likes!


Banner Ads

It’s likely that Facebook will attempt to monetize with display inventory of some type.  Don’t expect your average top and bottom mobile banner placement from facebook.  I would put money on Facebook creating some proprietary ad sizes and placements for their display inventory.

Be prepared to adapt your mobile display banners…and jump on things early while everyone else tries to catch up.


Localized Ads

I would expect Facebook will tap into local targeting capabilities and pass this option on to its advertisers.  This is extremely powerful for brick and mortar local businesses but could potentially be “exploited” by creative affiliates…especially in the beginning when competition is likely to be low.


So here we have yet another mobile marketing opportunity that could potentially be the biggest one yet.  Keep an eye out on this, prepare ahead of time, and get in early!

4 thoughts on “Facebook to Offer Mobile Ads – HUGE Opportunity

  1. Will somebody educate me how this is done? Afraid I’m new to this. Do I need a state of the art mobile phone?
    It’s scary how fast the internet moves. One blink and you’re likely left behind already.

  2. Best thing about this, and not too many marketers realize this and fewer are mentioning is, that FB and Mobile will be combining the Offline world WITH the Online world. There is still infinitely more money AND business OFFLINE that has not yet been tapped. FaceBook and Mobile will change a big chunk of that, while at the same time opening that same avenue to other online interests who wish to pursue larger opportunities.

  3. Can’t wait for this – I’m anticipating high ROIs at the beginning before their mobile ads platform gets saturated. Probably won’t be as great as when they opened up regular Facebook ads for the first time though 😛

  4. Wow, this is major. I mean MAJOR. For those of us buying mobile traffic the last 3 years this is great. Buying mobile traffic is easy, but finding a legit traffic that actually is what it says it is, and consistency? good luck. But FB prides themselves on real users that are verified. So add that to their in-house advertising targeting. Lot of possibilities depending on how it plays out.

    And Joanna, you don’t really need any particular phone, it’ll probably be like buying most mobile traffic-handled in the advertising interface/dashboard.

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