Facebook, Outbrain, TripleLift, oh my!
SimpleReach works with a pretty long list of social networks and distribution channels where we promote our customers' content, so we know a thing or two about the requirements of designing ads for each one.
Here are the specs you'll need to know to put together promoted posts and ads wherever you're running campaigns with us.
On social networks, users can engage with ads: retweeting, commenting, liking, Facebook-emoji-ing, etc., so your ads should optimize for engagement as well as clickthroughs. Here are the requirements for the social networks we run on:
Facebook: News Feed
News Feed ads appear in the same flow as Facebook's user-generated content, interspersed among the status updates, event shares, and all those #tbt photos that make up your news feed. News Feed ads must be promoted through an existing Facebook page. They look like this:
Facebook News Feed specs:
- Text: no character limit, 90 Characters recommended to avoid text getting cut off on mobile
- Image: 1200x628 pixels, images should include minimal text (less than 20% recommended) to avoid ad disapproval
- Headline: no character limit, 25 characters recommended to avoid text getting cut off on mobile
- News feed link description: no character limit, 30 characters recommended to avoid text getting cut off on mobile
Facebook: Right rail
Facebook's other text/image ad format, right rail ads, appear on the righthand side of the news feed next to the messenger queue. Right rail should be considered if there is no Facebook page available to promote from.
Facebook right rail ad specs:
- Image: 254x133 pixels
- Headline: 25 characters max
- Text: 90 characters max
Facebook’s video format appears in the News Feed in the same flow as Facebook's user-generated content. Like News Feed ads, video ads must be promoted through an existing Facebook page.
Facebook video ad specs:
- Caption: 2,200 characters max, 90 characters recommended recommended to avoid text getting cut off on mobile
- Video length: 120 minutes max
- File size: 4 GB max
- Format: mp4 recommended
Instagram ads appear in the Instagram feed, alongside user generated posts. Instagram supports both link and video ads.
Instagram ad specs for link ads:
- Image ratio: 1:1
- Image size: 1080 x 1080 pixels
- Caption: text only, 125 characters recommended to avoid text getting cut off on mobile
Twitter: Promoted tweets
Promoted tweets appear in the Twitter timeline, same as any ol' tweet, with a small tag to signify that they're sponsored content. Promoted tweets are the best format choice if you're optimizing for Twitter engagement.
Note that there are different formats depending on whether your promoted tweet includes an image.
Twitter promoted tweet specs:
- Tweet without an image: 140 characters max (note: each link reduces character count by 24 characters, leaving 116 characters for Tweet copy)
- Tweet with an image: 116 characters max (24 characters are used for the image)
- Image: 600x335 pixels
Twitter: Twitter cards
Twitter cards present much like a typical tweet, but with extra space to introduce your content. They're optimized for driving website clicks, since the whole card is one big link back to a given website. They also appear in the Twitter timeline.
Twitter tweet card specs:
- Text: 116 characters max (24 characters are used for images)
- Image: 800x418 pixels
- Headline: 70 characters max, 50 characters recommended to avoid text getting cut off on mobile
Twitter: Twitter promoted video
Twitter video looks like a promoted image tweet, but with an embedded video instead of an image. The video plays directly in a user's feed and gives advertisers the ability to reach the audience directly without requiring a click out to another website.
Twitter video specs:
- Text: 116 characters max (24 characters is used for the video)
- Video length: 2 minutes and 20 seconds max
- File size: Under 1 GB recommended by optimal performance
- Format: mp4 or mov
LinkedIn Direct Sponsored Content
Promoted LinkedIn posts appear — where else? — on the LinkedIn homepage, in line with user-generated content.
Unless the publisher chooses an image to be uploaded, all you need to write for a LinkedIn promoted post is a description, including a URL. LinkedIn will scrape the url for the title, intro text, and image thumbnail to feed automatically into the ad. Note that the character limit for the description is inclusive of the URL.
If a hi res image is provided, this is what it will look like:
LinkedIn Direct Sponsored Content specs:
- URL & Description: 600 characters max, 150 characters recommended to avoid text getting cut off on most devices
- Image Display Size: 1.91:1 ratio (1200px x 627px). Image must be above 200px in width.
StumbleUpon: promoted Stumbles
Promoted Stumbles appear much like non-sponsored pages, but are marked as sponsored with a small tag in the top right corner.
Only URL is required. How simple.
Reddit: sponsored link
Sponsored Reddit links appear at the top of a Reddit page, in a separate section from user-submitted links.
Reddit sponsored link specs:
- Headline: 100 characters max. Pro tip: 16–18 words is ideal.
Content Recommendation Networks
Content recommendation networks are channels that recommend content to users in a non-social setting. Unlike promoted posts on social networks, of course, users can't engage with these posts, so you should be optimizing for clicks. Here are specs for the distribution networks we work with:
Outbrain: Promoted Content
You know those “you might also like” links at the bottom or to the side of online articles? Those are Outbrain links.
- Headline: 35–45 characters is ideal, 70 characters max
- Thumbnail: 1200x800 pixels (Min size 400x260) and under 2.5MB in size
Taboola: Promoted Content
Taboola ads appear on the page much like Outbrain links: recommended content to the side of an article.
- Headline: 35–45 characters is ideal, 70 characters max
- Thumbnail: 400x300 pixels and under 50KB in size
Yahoo Gemini: Promoted Posts
Yahoo Gemini promoted posts appear interspersed with non-promoted content on Yahoo platforms. You have two options for image formats in these posts.
AdsNative is a native ad in-feed service, which means that it plants your ads directly into the feed of whatever site you're advertising on. Thus, all your ads will look and feel like the content that originates from that particular site.
- Headline: 60 characters max
- Body: 100 characters max
- Brand Name: included for “promoted by” or “sponsored by” label
- Logo (optional): 35 x 35 pixels min (no max)
- Display Image: approx. 480x360 pixels
TripleLift ads match the vibe of the site they're placed on, so they fit in with surrounding content. They are clearly identified as ads.
- Headline: 50 characters max
- Description: 140 characters max
- Image: 1200-800 pixels wide, under 1MB in size
- Logo: 300-600 pixels wide, transparent background, PNG file
Sharethrough ads are designed to appear visually similar to other content in the feed of the sites they are on, but are clearly labelled as ads.
- Image: 1200 x 900 pixels
- Title: 50 characters
- Description: 140 characters
Connatix ads are placed directly in the feed of the host editorial content, matching the look and feel of the content around them.
- Title: 50 characters max
- Description: 100 characters max
- Image: 300KB in size max