Facebook Introduces Prefetching

22 September, 2016    |    Social Media    |    Traff1k D1g1tal

How quickly your mobile site takes to load will soon impact whether people will see your Facebook ads.

As Facebook put it, they will consider “website performance and a person’s network connection in our ad auction and delivery system.”

Could that mean advertisers will pay more if they have slow-loading websites? That isn’t clear yet, but it will be worth watching over the coming months to see if advertisers with slow load times have to pay higher costs than advertisers with speedy sites.

To help advertisers provide faster experiences, Facebook is introducing prefetching.

How Does Prefetching Work on Facebook?

This means Facebook will download mobile content (both organic and advertising) in advance.

“This can shorten mobile site load time by 29 percent or 8.5 seconds, improving the experience and decreasing the risk of site abandonment.”

What Are The Benefits of Prefetching?

Prefetching will help advertisers in two ways, according to Facebook. It will:

  1. Reduce mobile site load time. More people are on mobile devices and they want fast sites.
  2. Reduce the number of people who abandon your site before it fully loads. Facebook noted that 40 percent of people will abandon a site that doesn’t load in 3 seconds.

The big goal here is increasing ad performance and engagement. If you have an ad that takes users to a slow-loading site, that ad will most likely underperform in terms of engagement, which means you’ll pay more.

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