Meta Boosts Video Shopping Ads With New AI-Powered Tools

Meta Boosts Video Shopping Ads With New AI-Powered Tools

Published: March 13, 2024

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta is making a significant push toward automation and AI-powered advertising with a recent update to its Advantage+ suite.

These new tools focus on bolstering video shopping experiences and offer functionalities specifically tailored for retail media networks.

AI-Driven Enhancements for Video Ads and Catalogs

One key update involves the ability to integrate video content within Advantage+ catalog ads.

Advertisers can now leverage customer testimonials, product demos, or branded videos alongside static images for product listings. This functionality is backed by promising results.

According to Karin Tracy, Meta’s head of industry for retail, fashion, and luxury, Swiss sneaker brand On saw a 41% increase in return on ad spend (ROAS) and a 45% decrease in cost per purchase after integrating video into its Advantage+ catalog ads.

Advantage+ utilizes AI to automatically optimize video ads for different placements, such as Instagram Reels, Meta's TikTok competitor.

This includes resizing videos and generating multiple personalized ad variations for bucket testing and audience targeting.

Collaboration and Measurement Tools for Retail Media

Meta is also extending its reach by introducing a collaborative self-service solution for retail media networks.

This offering allows brands and retailers to partner on performance ad campaigns across Meta platforms.

Additionally, Meta's advanced analytics tools provide insights into in-store, online, and in-app sales, empowering retailers to gauge the effectiveness of their media network campaigns.

“We can now run collaborative ads [with retailers] using our fully automated Advantage+ shopping campaigns, end-to-end performance campaigns," Tracy explained during Monday’s press event.

"So, it’s bringing AI-powered performance to these collaborative ads, again, giving more efficiency and effectiveness for the retailer,” she added.

The Power of AI in Advertising Automation

Meta's heavy investment in AI for its ad platform stems from the growing dominance of video content consumption, as well as the increasing use of AI tools.

The company reported a 25% increase in average watch time during Q4 2023, with Reels being a significant driver, as Meta found that users reshare its content 3.5 billion times daily.

By leveraging AI, the tech giant capitalizes on the vast amount of user data it possesses to optimize ad targeting, delivery, and overall campaign performance.

“Nearly all of our advertisers are using at least a piece of AI today in terms of how they’re setting up their ads,” Tracy said.

With a growing suite of AI-driven tools and functionalities, Meta is aiming to empower brands and retailers to create data-driven video ad campaigns that resonate with audiences, and ultimately, drive sales.

Check Out Meta's AI Tools: Emu Edit and Emu Video
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