Twitter imitates Instagram with new carousel ads

Twitter is rolling out an Instagram-like carousel ad more than six months in the making.

The new type of ad unit that lets brands place multiple tweets, in some cases from users themselves, in a carousel format that lets people swipe through. Digiday first reported in January that it was working on this.

The unit, called a “Promoted Tweet Carousel,” lets companies jam up to as many as 20 tweets into it, including videos, pictures and tweets from satisfied customers as long as they give the advertiser explicit permission to use their tweet. Twitter is charging companies only when a user engages with a tweet in the unit.

“Since people tweet about their favorite brands and products every day, we developed this powerful solution to help marketers leverage social recommendations,” Twitter explained in a blog post.

Agencies welcomed the new unit of using people’s tweet since a post from a normal sometimes holds more clout than a celebrity.

Twitter is also likely hoping to replicate Instagram’s monster success because people are 10 times more likely to engage with a carousel ad compared to a static ad on the Facebook-owned platform. Even just a little bit of Instagram’s advertising success could be a boon to struggling Twitter.

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