Facebook is providing advertisers with new techniques to flaunt their products, including augmented reality.
At its F8 developer conference held in the early months of 2018, Facebook declared that it was working in an alliance with different businesses to use AR to show off products in Messenger. Now a similar experience will begin to appear in the News Feed, with a select group of advertisers testing out AR ads.
Ty Ahmad-Taylor, vice president of product marketing for Facebook’s global marketing solutions, showed off ads that integrated his face into Candy Crush gameplay footage, and other ads that allowed shoppers to see how virtual sunglasses and makeup would look on their own faces.
“People traditionally have to go into stores to do this,” Ahmad-Taylor said. “People still really love that experience, but they would like to try it at home” — so this “bridges the gap.”
These ads look like normal in-feed ads at first, but they include a “Tap to try it on” option, which opens up the AR capabilities. And of course if you like the way it looks in AR, you can move forward with the purchase.
Facebook says Michael Kors was the first brand to test out AR ads in the News Feed, with Sephora, NYX Professional Makeup, Bobbi Brown, Pottery Barn, Wayfair and King planning their own tests for later this summer.
Ahmad-Taylor made the announcement this morning at a New York City event for journalists and marketers highlighting Facebook’s advertising plans for the holidays.
Facebook is also planning to continue the expansion of its support for shopping in Instagram Stories. It made shopping tags available to select brands in Stories last month, and for the holidays, it plans to roll that out to all brands that have enabled shopping in Instagram.
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