Facebook Introducing Canvas, A Full-Screen Ad Experience Built For Bringing Brands And Products To Life On Mobile

By Janina Boezaart

Introducing Canvas, A Full-Screen Ad Experience Built for Bringing Brands and Products to Life on Mobile

It's fairly well understood now that of the time people spend online, they're spending it on mobile and in just a handful of apps, including Facebook. What's remained top of mind for advertisers is how challenging it is for them to tell compelling brand and product stories on mobile in ways that are enjoyable for people and effective for their business. The data tells them people are discovering content, brands and products in mobile apps, so advertisers are looking for new and creative ways to share information with people there.

We're committed to building great mobile experiences for people and doing so also opens up new creative possibilities for advertisers. We've invested in engaging experiences like video and the carousel format to empower advertisers with more creative space to share their brand and products on mobile. But the website that opens after someone clicks on an ad is often slow to load and not always optimized for mobile, creating a disjointed and frustrating experience for people. And website pages are only growing in file size. In 2015, the average website page was three times bigger than it was in 2011, and slow load times are a top reason people abandon a website.

These trends tell us that advertisers need a better way to share information after people click on their ad, and the information offered after someone clicks needs to load quickly, look beautiful on mobile and allow people to take action easily.

We built Canvas— a new post-click, full-screen, immersive mobile ad experience on Facebook that loads nearly instantaneously —to solve this problem. Canvas was designed with input from the creative community at every step and is designed to help businesses tell stories and show products on mobile devices in a beautiful way. Canvas is available to advertisers around the world starting today.

Canvas: a better way to tell your brand story and promote your products on mobile

Canvas helps advertisers achieve any objective by giving businesses a fully customizable digital space on which to build multimedia stories. Canvases open from Facebook ads in News Feed to reveal a full-screen experience where advertisers can use a mix of video, still images, text and call-to-action buttons to build beautiful and effective brand and product experiences on mobile.

Within a Canvas, people enjoy moving through digital stories easily. They can swipe through a carousel of images, tilt to view panoramic images and zoom in to view images in detail, making the Canvas experience immersive and engaging in a way that mobile sites aren't. And Canvas uses the same technology that makes photos and videos load quickly on Facebook, so it loads as much as 10 times faster than the standard mobile web.

Burberry used Canvas to build a mobile-friendly and interactive holiday gift lookbook.

"We made the the creative community a priority when we designed and built Canvas. It's a product that represents our commitment to creative craft and delivering the best mobile experience for businesses and people,” - Chris Jones, Head of Creative Technology, Facebook Creative Shop

Canvas is a mobile-only experience and works on both Android and iOS. Advertisers with access to Power Editor can start creating Canvases now. Learn how to create a Canvas .

How advertisers are using Canvas
Canvases are easy to create and are already helping advertisers achieve their goals, whether they want to strengthen their brand or promote products. Here's how a few brands are using Canvas to connect with people on mobile and drive their goals.

Coca Cola built a Canvas that featured the newly launched special series of Aluminum Bottle. They reached nearly 16 million people and had an average view time of 18 seconds.

ASUS created a Canvas with the theme “end bad gifts” during the 2015 holiday shopping season. They saw a 42% increase in clicks on their ad, and people who clicked into their Canvas spent an average of 12 seconds viewing the content. Plus, 70% of the people who clicked on the Canvas ad went to the ASUS website after exploring the Canvas.

L'Occitane created a Canvas that told people more about how they source ingredients and how their products work. The Canvas resulted in an 11% increase in ad recall compared to link ads alone.

Lowe's wanted to connect with aspirational young homeowners about easy and trendy home do-it-yourself projects. On average people spent 28 seconds exploring their Canvas.

Start telling bigger, more beautiful stories today

The Canvas Builder tool makes it easy for anyone to create a Canvas. The tool is available to advertisers in both Power Editor and the Publishing Tools tab on their Page. Learn more about Canvas or create your Canvas now.

Need help with Canvas? Read our help center resources for Canvas .