Facebook to enable promotion in news feeds of non-fans

Facebook has announced that brands may soon be able to pay to have page posts shown in the news feeds of non-page fans, extending their reach beyond users who have ‘liked’ the brand.

Tests of the new ‘ad unit’ will begin soon, Facebook wrote in an email to Marketing:

“Starting soon, we are beginning a very small test that will allow marketers to promote page posts to people beyond their fans in the news feed… These ads will look like other page post ads in news feed and be labelled as sponsored.  We think this will make it easier for businesses to reach more people.”

The ads will appear in both desktop and mobile versions of the social network. It is another extension of ‘sponsored stories’ which Facebook made available in the news feed of page fans in March. Described as a ‘reach generator’ product, it allowed brands to pay for a guaranteed reach of 75% of their fan’s news feeds. The new ad product will allow brands to take reach a step further by targeting people who are yet to ‘like’ their page.

Facebook says they will gather feedback from participants in the test to help improve their ad experience.

New Facebook ad unit