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There are a ton of great online advertising formats available to you.

From Search to Display, Social and Video, there’s something for every campaign objective.

To help you get a big picture view of your options and choose what’s best for you, we’ve rounded up 33 popular ad formats available across Google, Facebook & Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and LinkedIn.

You’ll find examples of each ad type and links to further info.

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Google Text Ads

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Google Image Ads

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  • Google Image Ads are designed to showcase your product or service in a visual way. Ads can be static or interactive graphics.
  • Google Image Ads can appear across the Google Display Network, which includes millions of sites.

Google Shopping Ads

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  • Google Shopping ads allow you to show an ad featuring your product to people shopping online for that product or related products.
  • The Shopping Ad format features an image, title, price and your shop or business name inside your ads, and is powered by a feed containing the products you sell.
  • Google Shopping Ads can include enhancements such as special offers, product ratings and the Google Certified Shop badge

Google Outstream Video Ads

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  • Google Outstream Video Ads expand your ad reach across the web while giving users the ability to choose how they interact with the ad. They are mobile-only (phones and tablet devices) video ads that play on partner websites and within apps.
  • Outstream Video Ads begin playing with the sound off. Users tap the ad to unmute. Advertisers are only charged when more than half of the ad screen space is shown for two seconds or more. The format is designed to increase your video reach at an efficient cost.
  • Available Outstream Ad formats include: skippable in-stream ads, non-skippable in-stream ads, video discovery ads, Outstream ads and bumper ads.
  • With outstream ads, you pay per one thousand viewable impressions of your video ad (vCPM). An ad counts as “viewable” when 50% of the ad screen space is visible for two seconds or more.
  • Outstream ads are best for building brand awareness and reach.

App Promotion Ads

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  • Google App Promotion Ads enable you to drive app downloads and engagement.
  • App Promotion Ads can appear in Google Search results, Google Play, YouTube and across the Google Display Network.
  • App Promotion Ads can send your customers to download your app from an app store, or include a deep link directly into your app. Ads will appear only on devices compatible with your content.

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Facebook


Facebook Video Ads

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  • Facebook Video Ads are designed to reflect the way people consume video, from bite-sized videos that can be watched on the go, to longer video styles that for relaxing on the sofa.
  • Get inspired with the Creative Hub where you can see examples and mockup ideas.
  • Facebook Video Ads can appear in most places across the Facebook ecosystem

Facebook Image Ads

facebook image ad example

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  • Facebook Image Ads are flexible and fast to launch.
  • Options range from simple to interactive experiences.
  • Can appear in most places across the Facebook ecosystem.

Facebook Collection Ads

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  • Facebook Collection Ads make it easier for people to discover, browse and purchase products and services from their mobile device in a visual and immersive way.
  • Each Collection Ad features a primary video or image with four smaller accompanying images below in a grid-like layout. Customers who tap on your collection ad to browse or learn more will be seamlessly taken to a fast-loading visual post-click experience powered by Instant Experience – all without leaving Facebook or Instagram.
  • Collection Ads can appear only in the Facebook Feed and Instagram Feed.

Facebook Carousel Ads

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  • Facebook Carousel Ads allow you to showcase up to 10 images or videos within a single ad, each with its own link.
  • You can highlight different products, showcase specific details about one product, service or promotion, or tell a story about your brand that develops across each carousel card.
  • Carousel Ads can appear in most places across the Facebook ecosystem

Facebook Slideshow Ads

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  • Facebook Slideshow Ads make a video-sized impact without a video-sized budget, using motion, sound and text to tell your story.

Facebook Instant Experience

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  • Facebook Instant Experience (IX) Ads provide a full-screen, post-click experience.
  • In an IX, people can watch engaging videos and photos, swipe through carousels, complete a form, quickly view products and explore lifestyle images with tagged products.
  • IX Ads can be used with almost all Facebook ad formats – carousel, single image, video, slideshow and collection.

Facebook Lead Generation Ads

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Facebook Offer Ads

facebook offer ads

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  • Facebook Offer Ads enable you to create and extend timely discounts and promotions to the people who you want to reach and encourage to shop.
  • People who claim in-store offers receive a barcode or QR code that can be pulled up on their mobile phone at the till.
  • People who claim online offers receive a discount code and are sent to your website to shop. They can use the offer code when checking out to redeem the value.
  • People who claim offers are notified when the deal is about to expire, so they use it in time.

Facebook Post Engagement

facebook post engagement ad example

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  • Facebook Page Post Engagement Ads help you share information about your business with your current audience and beyond.
  • See how many people liked, shared or commented on your ad to help you understand the kinds of stories and content your audience prefer.

Facebook Event Responses

facebook event response ad example

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  • Event Response Ads enable you to advertise your Facebook Events, whether one-time or recurring.
  • Precisely target audiences who may want to come to your event based on things such as age, gender, interests and where they live.
  • If you’re an event organiser who uses a third-party ticketing provider, you can use Facebook’s Official Events API to streamline how you create and manage events on Facebook at scale. With this API, your events will automatically get published as an Official Event on Facebook when you create the event with one of the ticketing providers on the platform.

Facebook Page Likes

facebook page likes ad example

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  • Page Like Ads can help you quickly grow the awareness and visibility of a Facebook page
  • Offers precise targeting to reach people who are likely to be interested in your content or in businesses like yours
  • Page Like Ads appear across Desktop and Mobile

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YouTube


YouTube Display Ads

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  • YouTube Display Ads appear to the right of the video and above the video suggestions list
  • Served only on desktop and laptop computers

YouTube Skippable Video Ads

  • Skippable Ads can be inserted before, during, or after your video.
  • Ads are up to three minutes in length, but are skippable after five seconds.

YouTube Overlay Ads

  • Overlay Ads appear as semi-transparent and occupy the lower 20% portion of the video.

YouTube Non-skippable Video Ads

  • Non-skippable ads can appear before, during, or after your video, and can be up to 20 seconds in length.

YouTube Bumper Ads

  • Bumper Ads are inserted before your video and can be up to six seconds in length.
  • Bumper Ads cannot be skipped, and are best suited to a brief, memorable message.

YouTube Sponsored Cards

YouTube Sponsored Cards Ad Example

  • Sponsored cards display content that may be relevant to your video, such as products featured in the video.
  • Viewers see a teaser for the card for a few seconds. They can also click the icon in the top right corner of the video to browse the cards.

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LinkedIn


LinkedIn Sponsored Content

LinkedIn Sponsored Content Example

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  • Sponsored Content helps you reach an engaged audience with native ads in a professional news feed across desktop and mobile.

LinkedIn Sponsored InMail

LinkedIn Sponsored InMail Ad Example

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  • Sponsored InMail allows you to send personalised messages to the people who matter most to your business.
  • Sponsored InMail messages are only delivered when members are active on LinkedIn.
  • InMail messages are guaranteed to reach your target audience with no risk of bouncing or bad data.

LinkedIn Video Ads

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  • Video ads offer an engaging format that appears on the LinkedIn feed across desktop and mobile.
  • Allows you to instantly collect complete, accurate leads with pre-filled forms, or convert prospects on your website.

LinkedIn Text Ads

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  • Text Ads provide an effective way to get your ad in front of the audiences who matter most and drive them to your website or landing pages.

LinkedIn Dynamic Ads

LinkedIn Dynamic Ads Example

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  • Capture attention with personalised ads featuring each professional’s own LinkedIn profile data, like photo, company name, job title, and more
  • Allow you to expand your audience and acquire more followers for your LinkedIn or Showcase Page

LinkedIn Carousel Ads

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  • Carousel Ads feature a swipeable series of cards to tell an interactive story or showcase multiple offerings

LinkedIn Display Ads

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  • Show a display ad across desktop
  • Reach the professional audiences who matter most to you

LinkedIn Elevate

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  • Designed to empower employees to share content easier.
  • Employee’s get suggestions of trending content by industry and function to help ensure you engage your target audiences
  • Employees see content that is relevant to their interests
  • Provides an overview into how employees’ sharing drives key business metrics, like traffic to your site, leads to your sales team, and new hires

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Twitter


Twitter Promoted Tweets

twitter promoted tweet example

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  • Promoted Tweets are ordinary Tweets purchased by advertisers who want to reach a wider group of users or to spark engagement from their existing followers
  • Promoted Tweets appear in multiple places throughout Twitter (e.g. home timelines, user profiles, search results, etc.)
  • Promoted Tweets can be targeted to show only to people within a campaign and not to your existing followers using Promoted-only Tweets

Twitter Promoted Accounts

twitter promoted accounts example

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  • Promoted Accounts suggest Twitter accounts that people don’t currently follow and may find interesting. They help introduce an even wider variety of accounts/@handles that people may enjoy.
  • Promoted Accounts are displayed in in multiple locations across Twitter, including your Home Timeline, Who to Follow section, and search results. Users may see a Promoted Account listed in these areas if a Promoted Account is relevant to them.

Twitter Promoted Trends

twitter promoted trends example

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  • Promoted Trends are not available for self serve advertisers.
  • Promoted Trends show users time, context, and event-sensitive trends promoted by advertisers. These paid Promoted Trends appear at the top of the Trending Topics list on Twitter and are marked as “Promoted.” They can also show within users’ timelines.
  • Users who click on a Promoted Trend see Twitter search results for that topic, with a related Promoted Tweet from the advertiser at the top. Tweets on the search results page for Promoted Trends are unfiltered, open, and authentic.

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What Online Ad Formats Should You Use? 33 Examples for 2019

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