Twitter extends conversational ads to all advertisers and launches 'Instant Unlock' option

Twitter has introduced a new feature, Instant Unlock Card, to its conversational ads, which roll out to all advertisers today after a seven month beta.

The Walking Dead, Coca-Cola and Marvel are among advertisers to have used conversational ads so far
The Walking Dead, Coca-Cola and Marvel are among advertisers to have used conversational ads so far

The social media platform first introduced conversational ads – which contain call-to-action buttons, inviting users to share personalised versions of a brand’s content with their own followers – in January, alongside another advertising option, Promoted Moments.

Twitter said that during the beta stage, the brands using conversational ads had achieved a 34% earned media rate – meaning for every 100 paid impressions, they achieved another 34 earned impressions from their content being shared by users interacting with their ads.

The new feature, Instant Unlock Card, allows an advertiser to hide exclusive video content behind the ad, which can only be unlocked once a tweet has been sent using the ad’s response button.

Twitter is also introducing advanced analytics for conversational ads.

One of the first brands to use the Instant Unlock Card was US cable TV channel AMC, which sought to increase online conversation about The Walking Dead around Comic-Con in San Diego last month.

AMC created an exclusive trailer for the show, only available to be viewed on Twitter through an Instant Unlock Card ad.

Suzanne Park, VP of marketing at AMC said: "In a crowded environment, this powerful new feature helped us keep the #1 show on television top of mind and give fans at Comic-Con and beyond what they were hungry for – more of The Walking Dead."

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