Social Advertising Best Practices


Create thumb-stopping ads with these best practices for Facebook & Instagram ad media.

The Basics of Media for Facebook & Instagram

Media is the visual portion of an ad. Of all the campaign’s components, Media will always take up the most space. Media is displayed as one of three formats.

Single Image 

Resolution: 1,080 x 1,080 px

Aspect Ratio: 1:1 to 4:5


Number of cards: 2 (min); 10 (max)

File Size: 30MB (max for images); 4GB (max for videos)

Resolution: At least 1,080 x 1,080 px

Aspect Ratio: 1:1 to 1.9:1


For Facebook Feed

    • File Size: 1MB (min); 4GB (max)
    • Dimensions: 120×120 pixels (min)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1:1 (for desktop or mobile) or 4:5 (for mobile only)
    • Video Duration: 1 second to 241 Minutes

For Instagram Feed

    • File Size: 250MB (max)
    • Dimensions: 500 pixels
    • Aspect Ratio: 4:5 
    • Video Duration: 1 second to 60 minutes

Tiger Pistol’s platform automatically adjusts the image ratio for the desired format or placement.

How to Leverage Media Effectively

Media should be used to support the ad’s objective and copy. To leverage media effectively, we recommend the following:

  • Use media that is relevant to what’s being advertised
  • Use media that supports the key selling point detailed in the ad copy
  • Follow general best practices for images and videos
Image Best Practices
Media Best Practices Images
Video Best Practices
Media Best Practices Video

Media Practices to Avoid

 Media, like copy, can cause error flags. Avoid these 4 things to ensure your ad doesn’t error out or underperform. 

Non-Existent Imagery

  • Images should not include call to action or play buttons that do not work, mouse cursors, or other interactive elements.

  • QR codes are also not allowed.
Non Existent Best Practices Media

Shock Imagery

  • Images should not be used to evoke shock from the user.

  • Do not use personal distress, injury, violence, or gore to promote a product or service.
Shock Media Best Practices

Idealized Imagery

  • Do not use images that promote unrealistic results or promote certain ideals.

  • Be mindful of how products are positioned and how they will be received by the user.
Idealized Best Practices Media

Closeups & Sexualizations

  • Images should reflect the product or service without over-sexualized models or close-ups on body parts.

  • Models should be clothed, and photos staged so that their whole face or head is visible.
Closeups and Sexualization Best Practices Media
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