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One of the biggest hurdles keeping advertisers has always been simply making ads for the platform. While you can use the same horizontally-oriented videos for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and more, Snapchat has always demanded that you use vertical videos only. Typically, that meant creating a video specifically for Snapchat from scratch.

That changes this week with the launch of Snap Publisher.

Snap Publisher is the new browser-based ad creation tool that promises to help you create a stylish Snapchat vertical video ad in just a few minutes – even if you don’t have a vertical video ready.

The tool is able to take any photo or video – including horizontal formats – and turn them into vertical video ads. Snap Publisher also allows you to import and use any photos or videos from your website, though it says you “may only import from sites in which you have the legal right to obtain media from.”

From there, you can either manually crop and edit the video or images or let Snap Publisher do it for you. The most practical use would be to chop longer videos or ads into shorter scenes fitting Snapchat’s three- to 10-second limits.

If you don’t have any videos or images that work as vertical ads, you can also choose from 13 templates Snap Publisher provides. The templates include a number of photos, videos, logos, and text you can use or customize to get the style and message you want.

With just a few minutes of tweaking, you can build a complete Snapchat video ad in just a few minutes, with or without any pre-existing footage or photos.

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For years, the only way to advertise on Snapchat was by spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to work directly with the company for custom advertising. Gradually Snapchat has been opening the doors to advertisers, but still require interested businesses to work with third-party partners to purchase ad space.

Starting this June, that all changes. Snapchat is preparing to throw the doors open to businesses of all sizes and budgets with a new self-service ad manager and Snapchat Mobile Dashboard.

Combined, these new tools allow any business or publisher to create and track video Snap Ads from anywhere. Most importantly, they also simplify the process so that anyone can get involved – instead of just high-level advertisers with massive marketing budgets.

Compared to other social ad platforms, Snapchat’s Ad Manager still looks to be relatively limited. For example you can’t directly purchase Sponsored Geofilters or Lenses through the tool, however, there is a separate self-serve tool for geofilters. However, it is a significant step forward for the platform that has always seemed like a walled garden when it comes to advertising.

In addition to the new Snapchat Ad Manager and Mobile Dashboard, the company is releasing Snapchat Business Manager to let you control permissions and roles for team members helping publish and monitor your ads. All three will be available in June to everyone in the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Australia, and select other countries.