Ads are coming to Twitter’s version of Stories, known as Fleets. The company announced today it will beginFleet ads in the U.S., which will bring full-screen, vertical format ads to Twitter for the first time, allowing it to better compete with the vertical ads offered across platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok, among others. The new Fleet ads will appear between Fleets from people you follow and will support both images and video in 9:16 format. The video ads help with up to 30 seconds of content, and brands can a “swipe up” call-to-action within their ads.
how often you’ll see a Fleet ad as you swipe, saying only that it will “innovate, test and continue to adapt” in this area as it learns how people engage. Advertisers, meanwhile, will receive standard Twitter ad metrics for their Fleet ads, including impressions, profile visits, clicks, website visits, and more. For video, this is shorter than what Instagram offers (up to 120 seconds) or TikTok (up to 60 seconds) but is in line with best practices, which stress that faster ads can be better. Twitter will views, 6s video views, starts, completes, quartile reporting, and other metrics for video ads.
The company is launching the pilot program in the U.S. with just ten advertisers, including tech, retail, dining, and CPG verticals. Twitter says the pilot will help the company understand howon Twitter, informing the company how to optimize Fleet ads better in the future and other areas where it may launch full-screen ads further down the road. In addition, it wants to learn how about and engage with full-screen ads as the test continues.
Twitter began experimenting with Fleets in the feature was rolled out to global users in November 2020. They were initially criticized by some who felt that Fleets were yet another example of how all were starting to look the same. Nevertheless, Fleets have now become a core part of the Twitter experience.could post ephemeral content. At the time, the company hoped. Fleets would encourage more hesitant users to share content to the platform, as Fleets disappeared after 24 hours, reducing the pressure to perform that comes with posting directly. They also don’t circulate Twitter-like retweets and quote tweets, nor do they appear in Search or Moments. The
Today, people use Fleets to point to other posted tweets or share, photos, and commentary. However, unlike , like Snapchat or Instagram, Fleets still offer a reasonably bare-bones experience with creator tools. You can change the background color aand add stickers and text, but that’s at. Twitter declined to how many or what percentage of Twitter’s active user base has now adopted Fleets, noting that 73% of those who post Fleets say they also browse what others are sharing. The company says it plans to roll out new updates and to invest in the product.