Back in August, Morgan Stanley released a report that showed video ads could make billions for Facebook. Even before then there was a lot of buzz about video ads coming to the world’s largest social media network. However, there have been a few snags as of late for the implementation of video ads on Facebook. On top of that, news this morning shows that Facebook is taking a bit of heat for proposed privacy changes that are getting users rather upset.
Facebook Wants Creative Control – Is That a Bad Move?
This morning news broke on Ad Age that Facebook would be delaying its video ads until after the planned month of October. To make matters worse, as Jim Edwards writes on Business Insider, “Facebook wants creative control over the first set of autoplay video ads that will run in your news feed.” That’s quite a demand to make in a field where businesses and agencies need creative control to make advertisements effective. Potential advertisers are not too pleased about this.
As Jim notes, since these video campaigns will likely cost advertisers upwards of $2.5 million, one would assume that the buyers have full control over their advertisements. However, there is a bit of logic behind Facebook’s demands. As Cotton Delo reports on the above-linked Ad Age article, Facebook is “urging brands to create new spots specifically for Facebook that are more social in nature and take advantage of the platform.”
That makes sense, and I think that Facebook will have to push hard to make a case to advertisers to create these “more social” methods of video advertising. Part of this push from Facebook may be out of concern that the video ads could disrupt the normal user’s Facebook experience, especially if they are simply video ads like one would see on television.
Facebook sure is taking their time with this change. Since going public a lot of changes the company made to the platform came about rather quickly. Given the potential revenue stream, it’s good that Facebook is being cautious. However, when it comes to privacy, Facebook is once again characteristically moving too quickly.
Facebook Wants Your Photos
What do you think about Facebook having creative control over video ads? What about its latest privacy problems?