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How to create Facebook slideshow video ads from static images

Author's avatar By Marie Page 24 Nov, 2015
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Use the latest Facebook ads with ease

There's been an exciting new development in the world of Facebook advertising - video ads made up from a sequence of static images. They are called Slideshow Ads and are an option for a number of the common ad objectives.

Video has been where it's at on Facebook for some time now. And new (novel) ad formats generally tend to get good traction anyway, so I decided to try one in anticipation of our Black Friday sale at Musicademy.

What you need

  • A series of static images
  • Power Editor (and a bit of knowhow on using it)
  • Copy, landing page etc etc as per usual

What you do to create an ad

  1. Create your Campaign and Ad Set (targeting, etc) as you usually would in Power Editor. Check the Instagram placement at Ad Set level if you want the ad to show there too.
  2. Create an Ad - select "Ad with an image or video"
    How to create a facebook ad slideshow with images
  3. Ad in the Website url (I'm using utm tracking on mine), Text, Headline and Description (you can tweak these later).
  4. Slide down the page and click on the "Video" button and then click "Create Slideshow"
    Create Facebook slideshow ad with static images
  5. Upload your images in the order you want them to show. You can use 3-7 images - either your own or stock
  6. Select the total video duration time of 3 to 15 seconds (note that this is not the delay between slides but the total video play time). You may want to experiment with how this looks - create the video then preview it. Delete and start again if you want to change the transition. effect Adding images to Facebook video slideshow
  7. Select "Create Slideshow" and wait. You should now be able to see a preview of your video. If not open Power Editor in a new browser tab and/or start again. I've found the process of creating these new ad formats very glitchy. If you can't see the Preview, the upload to Power Editor will probably fail with an error message.
  8. Choose your thumbnail image
  9. Choose your Call to Action and select if you want to create an audience from people who view the video
  10. Preview Facebook slideshow video adChoose your conversion tracking pixels and obviously remember to upload the add within Power Editor.

You can click on my ad below to see how it looks (it's a video screen grab of my video). The eagle eyed amongst you may spot that a couple of my static images (including the BASS one) is not showing in the video. I am assuming this to be a temporary Facebug!

I'm sailing close to the wind here with more than 20% text in one of the images so we'll see if that gets picked up. Very quick to make a change of image though and then reload.

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By Marie Page

Marie Page @marie_page is one of the UK’s leading Facebook marketing experts. She is a founding partner of digital marketing consultancy The Digiterati and the Digiterati Academy, an e-learning portal for marketers and entrepreneurs. She recently published a book and online course “Winning at Facebook Marketing with Zero Budget”.

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