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Different types of ads and their usefulness

A quick guide to the best ads for different purposes

In a Digital Marketing: Integrating strategy and tactics with values, published 2014, Ira Kaufman and Chris Horton wrote that we’re well beyond the stage in which digital media is a fad. In fact, it is quickly becoming the means by which consumers communicate with their friends and families especially when making purchase decisions.

This is the main reason why marketers embrace the Internet and digital marketing. Consumers these days give more preference to online ads than any other medium. In a survey by Brightroll, it was revealed that as much as 72 percent of consumers believe online video ads are the same or even better than TV ads. But there are more than a dozen types of advertisements online.

Which ones are effective? Which among them actually help businesses reach their bottom line and business goals?

We listed some of them to help you figure it out which works best for your targeted audience.

If you are a marketer and still in doubt which one is best, take a look at these types and see which ones you can use to reach your customers.

1. Static display ads

It is an ad on a web page that does not change. A static banner ad is generally a still single frame with a catchphrase. John O'Toole, a senior performance marketing consultant, analyzed the data of four advertisers to identify which one is better between static and animated ads. After reviewing the advertisers’ data for 12 months, he learned that static ads prevailed over animated ads in almost every single campaign.

He theorized that static ads were more effective since previous visitors would recognize the brand logo instantly, whereas the animated ads have a series of images that do not contain the brand logo at all. However, static is not limited to banner ads. They can be in other forms like one-way webinars, website pages, eBooks, emails, and landing pages.

static ads example

2. Interactive ads

Marketing expert John McTigue explained the advantages of interactive content. Besides the fact that they’re cheap to set up, an interactive ad increases brand loyalty and reputation. It can be in the form of customer reviews, mobile apps, social media

It can be in the form of customer reviews, mobile apps, social media updates and shares, as well as blog comments. However, it comes with a few drawbacks, too. It’s easy to setup but it’s not cheap since you have to monitor the channels at all times. You have to provide fresh and relevant content to keep your customers engaged. Indeed, it requires manpower, training, and talent to do well.

Another example is the Interactive advisor banners, which are minified versions of SMARTASSISTANT advisors, in which only the first question is displayed and then upon interaction, it leads users to a campaign-specific landing page where they are able to answer additional questions and get immediate suggestions on suitable products. Interactive advisor banners are an engaging approach to help create an emotional experience for consumers, build powerful brand awareness, and increases click-through rates through relevant content. Studies have

Interactive advisor banners are an engaging approach to help create an emotional experience for consumers, build powerful brand awareness, and increases click-through rates through relevant content. Studies have shown that consumers are 2.5 times more likely to interact with these type of ads than with regular ad options.

interactive ads example

Source: helpscout.net

3. Animated ads

Animated GIF or flash ads take more time to create than a text or standard image but they are worth the investment. Animated ads give your customers up to 30 seconds to get your message across. Graphic designer and entrepreneur John Harbison said it can give you more freedom than the limited space of a static ad.

animated ads example

4. Banner ads

These are similar to static ads, and are displayed across a users screen - usually at the top.

Banner ads example

Ad Placement

Writer Kim Gordon said you have to put your ads where your customers are. This allows you to reach your ideal customers with the right message, in the right place at the right time. If you’re thinking about social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube you already have an idea about the best places to put your ads. Indeed, social media is a game changer in the world of digital advertising. Let’s take a closer look on different types of ads online.

  • Search ads- you can utilize this by activating your Google Adwords account or similar advertising platforms.
  • Pay per click (PPC) ads- they provide instant gratification simply because you can expect increased traffic to your website hours after launching a campaign. Advertisers can monitor how much they spend with PPC as well as what keywords did trigger traffic to the website. Some of the biggest advantages of PPC Ads are lower advertising expenses, greater control over your ad campaigns and more accurate customer targeting.
  • Bing- Just recently, Bing Ads announced the launch of remarketing for search and shopping campaigns. Advertisers can now serve ads on Yahoo or Bing search results to users who have visited their site.
  • Facebook- through Facebook, you’ll have the opportunity to approach exactly your target group. Before starting your Facebook marketing strategy, make sure you’re clear about the ad design and content, segmentation, ad formats, and your budget.
  • Twitter- the site offers three types of ad options—promoted tweets, promoted accounts, and promoted trends. According to Penna Powers, promoted trends will cost you around $200,000 per day.
  • Google Display- Google said the Display Network (GDN) reaches over 90 percent of global internet users expanding across two million sites. Display ads are those banners or small boxes you see when you skim your favorite sites or blogs.
  • Retargeting Ads- AdRoll said retargeting works by keeping track of people who visit your site and displaying your retargeting ads to them as they visit other sites online. Generally, they help convert window-shoppers into buyers.
  • Mobile Ads- it’s growing faster than all other digital advertising formats. A recent data from Business Insider Intelligence found that US mobile ad spend will top nearly $42 billion in 2018.

Designing Ads

After you’ve decided which types of ads to use and where to place them, it’s also important to consider their designs. If you’re planning to have a clickable banner ad, the first thing to consider is the size. Use a standard size as much as possible. By that, Google AdSense noted that the most successful sizes are the following:

  • Large 336x280
  • Medium 300x250
  • Leaderboard 728x90
  • Wide Skyscraper 160x600

You have to maintain hierarchy if you want a clickable banner ad. With these in mind, you should always have the three basic components in your ad to ensure that they would be accepted by the ad platforms and help your ad convert better – the company logo, a value proposition, and a call to action.

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