Facebook opens up Stories to Pages so that someone will use the feature

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Facebook’s Stories feature has been a flop compared to Snapchat’s original and Instagram’s clone. So now the social network is opening up the ephemeral format to brands.

On Thursday Facebook announced that over the next month Pages will be able to post Stories through its iOS and Android apps. Unlike normal people, however, Pages will not be able to cross-post Stories simultaneously to Facebook and Instagram, according to a Facebook spokesperson.

“We’ve been listening to our community and working to make it fast, fun and easy for people and Pages to create Stories on Facebook. Over the coming month, Pages will be able to create Stories to share with the people who follow them.” said Facebook product manager Amy Sun in an emailed statement.

Page-produced Stories will work the same as the user-generated Stories that Facebook rolled out in March. The chronological slideshow of vertical photos and videos will appear within the Stories tab atop Facebook’s apps’ home screen and will disappear 24 hours after being published. Stories will not be found on a Page’s own timeline or within the Facebook news feed “unless the Page posts them there too,” according to Facebook.

At least for now, Facebook will not offer a way for brands to pay to promote their Stories within the Stories feed or traditional news feed, the spokesperson said. Not that brands’ Stories would need the boost at the moment.

While Stories has failed to gain traction among regular people, incredibly there’s at least one reason to believe they might fare better with brands.

Since Facebook’s Stories feed is often empty, it presents an opportunity for brands to get in front of people without having to pay for the privilege, as is the case with Facebook’s news feed. And since the Stories feed sits atop the news feed, Pages’ Stories will be able to be the first content that people see when they open Facebook.

Of course that would likely change if a person’s friends and family members start posting Stories, or celebrities’ Pages flock to the feature. If that happens, then the Stories feed would likely become largely pay-to-play for Pages like the news feed.

About The Author

Tim Peterson, Third Door Media’s Social Media Reporter, has been covering the digital marketing industry since 2011. He has reported for Advertising Age, Adweek and Direct Marketing News. A born-and-raised Angeleno who graduated from New York University, he currently lives in Los Angeles. He has broken stories on Snapchat’s ad plans, Hulu founding CEO Jason Kilar’s attempt to take on YouTube and the assemblage of Amazon’s ad-tech stack; analyzed YouTube’s programming strategy, Facebook’s ad-tech ambitions and ad blocking’s rise; and documented digital video’s biggest annual event VidCon, BuzzFeed’s branded video production process and Snapchat Discover’s ad load six months after launch. He has also developed tools to monitor brands’ early adoption of live-streaming apps, compare Yahoo’s and Google’s search designs and examine the NFL’s YouTube and Facebook video strategies.


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