It Now Pays To Watch Ads On Facebook

Facebook has introduced a program on Thursday that offers consumers a credit incentive to watch ads on the site.

Facebook will now reward fans who watch certain ads with Facebook Credits, which in turn can be redeemed to purchase other goods on Facebook Deals, the company’s new Groupon-like daily deals venture. The incentive, however, is not very huge. Initially, the average ad will only yield 1 credit, which is equivalent to only 10 cents.

The ads will be mostly in games. Zynga, Digital Chocolate & CrowdStar are among the participating game publishers. Facebook is working with SupersonicAds, SocialVibe, Sharethrough & Epic Media  to serve ads on the program as well as TrialPay, which will provide cool analytics.

The CEO of Sharethrough, says Facebook’s move represents “a step away from disruptive advertising.” Sharethrough’s clients include Nestle and Microsoft, who say their network won’t deliver traditional advertising but rather very branded entertainment, which consumers will want to share & watch with their friends.

Giving incentives to consumers to watch ads is one solution for Facebook’s very low banner click-through rates. This move comes after Facebook expanded its Credits program last week to allow consumers use their Credits to buy real-world things advertised in the Deals. Last time, the credits, which were awarded for fans who signed up for various programs  or bought outright could only buy virtual goods.

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