Facebook Brings Autoplay Video Ads to Mobile

BELCHATOW, POLAND - APRIL 06, 2014: Facebook application on smart phone screen.

Facebook is letting advertisers open some gifts a bit early this holiday season.

This story was originally published by AdAge

Facebook has announced autoplay video ads will now be available on mobile devices, giving more options for advertisers to target audiences.

Advertisers can now run autoplay video ads within Facebook’s mobile apps, the company announced on Tuesday. That’s a big expansion for the social network’s eight-month-old video ad unit, considering that 703 million of the 864 million people who check Facebook every day do so on mobile. It’s unclear how many of those mobile visitors are using Facebook’s mobile site versus its mobile apps.

By bringing its pricey video ads to a much bigger chunk of its users, Facebook may expect to see an even bigger chunk of its revenue coming from mobile, assuming more advertisers buy autoplay video ads because of the expansion. In the third quarter 66% — or $1.95 billion — of Facebook’s revenue came from mobile.

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