WhatsApp confirmed some months ago that ads were coming to the service, but till now we did not really know what they would look like.
At Facebook’s annual Marketing Summit in the Netherlands this week however the company showed off their ad plans to marketers, and Be Connect’s digital marketing agency’s Olivier Ponteville managed to tweet out some pictures.
Shown on the right, the ads will show up as part of the Status stories, and are called Status Ads.
The full-screen ads can be swiped through like your other Status updates, and users can swipe up for more information.
The ads will arrive sometime in 2020, and we expect will not be very well received, at least initially. WhatsApp had been ad-free since its inception, with the company initially charging a few dollars per year per user only. Facebook, however, intends to integrate the service with Messenger and Instagram, with the three apps becoming increasingly similar in time.
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