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Visual Quality

Made for Sound Off

Video content is now more widespread than ever on Facebook. However, when you’re sitting on the bus and scrolling through your feed, you don’t want to hear an ad blare at you. Now Facebook wants advertisers to rethink their ads: it’s not video ads. It’s video ads with the sound turned off.

Who's done it well

See who’s doing this well in retail.

HUEL

Whether the user has the sound on or not, Huel's core message resonates due to a combination of white-on-black text, and visual prompts. The message translates visually, making the most of each and every impression.

BIRCHBOX

Birchbox use a mixture of stop-motion, text overlays, and a constant call-to-action to convey meaning which works whether or not the user has the sound enabled.

Key takeaway

Subtitles and text overlays aren’t necessary for all ads, but should be used when the subject matter is predominately verbal, feature people in action, or when you’re trying to explain a scene. Facebook also says that including text overlays on video ads increases the amount of time people spend watching them.

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