Display advertising is a type of online advertising that comes in several forms, including banner ads, rich media and more. Unlike text-based ads, display advertising relies on elements such as images, audio and video to communicate an advertising message.

Adap.tv And FreeWheel Will Power Programmatic Pilot With ABC

ABC Premium Programmatic In a move to automate the buying and selling process of premium digital TV ad inventory, AOL's Adap.tv and Comcast's FreeWheel announced a new partnership today. Adap.tv's demand-side platform (DSP) will power the buying side of the programmatic pilot that ABC announced during its TV Upfront this spring. The DSP will integrate with FreeWheel's Fourfronts private marketplace on which ABC will sell its digital video inventory. Agencies MAGNA GLOBAL, Optimedia and Starcom MediaVest Group have signed on to test out the technology partnership during the trial. The pilot brings together all [...]


AdSense Class-Action Lawsuit Offers Up No New Evidence From That Self-Proclaimed Ex-Googler

Google legal A class-action lawsuit filed against Google this week claims the company has bilked publishers out of millions owed to them through its AdSense program. AdSense publishers that had their accounts shut off and final payments withheld due to perceived invalid activity have been threatening to bring this type of suit against Google for years, but this appears to be the first actually filed. You may recall a few weeks ago a self-proclaimed ex-Googler claimed to have damning evidence that Google proactively keeps high-earning AdSense publishers from getting big payouts by abruptly shutting down [...]


New Display Research: State Of The Industry Retargeting Report #4

soti-retargeting-q2-2014-chango The fourth edition of the State of The Industry Retargeting Report has just been published and with some surprising results. With the support of Digiday, the survey (conducted by my employer) received responses from 333 agency executives and 117 brand executives; questions covered site retargeting, paid social marketing and mobile marketing. Paid Social (FBX, Twitter Tailored Audiences and LinkedIn) has shot onto the scene relatively recently; yet, respondents reported having their own dedicated budgets for them and reported this channel as their path to solving the problem of connecting [...]


Is Our Industry Finally Maturing? Thoughts From Internet Week NY

logo_IWNY_2-bigger For many a year at many a major seasonal conference, seasoned attendees would look around and see no end to the hype. While legitimate, long-standing business themes -- integrated marketing, leveraging your media mix, standards, attribution and allocation and, of course, ecosystem "complexity" -- always get their airtime... we often see sort of a hazy frenzy around a few new bright shiny objects. For a while, that was search, and then social had its day. Then it was mobile. It stayed mobile for a while. Next up, we swirled around programmatic. Then it was Big Data. But, it seems to m [...]


Publicis, Facebook Partner In Long-Term Ad Deal Worth Hundreds Of Millions

facebook-like-featured Facebook and advertising holding company Publicis Groupe announced a sweeping, long-term partnership today. The deal is said to be worth around $500 million, according to AdAge. The multi-year partnership is "focused on co-creation of product around data, video and images, including core Facebook and Instagram," said Laura Desmond, CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group, the Publicis agency that managed the agreement. The deal is said to include integrating Facebook data into Publicis' media platform, access to Facebook engineers, analysts to develop better measurement tools for rich media as we [...]


Growth Hacking Your Marketing Strategy

Visitors Ignore Your Ads GAAAHHH!!! I can't escape digital marketing! Every time I open an email, an app, my social media account, even some of my software tools, somebody is sending me an ad message that I just can't turn off. Everybody wants my attention -- and advertisers are getting sneakier all the time by being more personal, more unique and more compelling. That's great for the advertiser that has the money to spend, but it's becoming harder for the small guys to compete.  It's also teaching the consumer to ignore everything. We've known about banner blindness -- in which people naturally learn t [...]


Bye, Bye Banner: Emerging Display Formats & What Marketers Need To Know

iab-ad-formats-600 A renaissance in digital display advertising is underway which will finally put an end to the tyranny of the banner. Smart publishers, brand marketers and agencies will participate in creating the new digital advertising order by adopting and experimenting with new mobile, native, digital video and, yes, browser banner formats like the IAB Rising Stars. (Disclosure: IAB is my employer.) A digital ad ghetto, consisting of the right rail and leaderboard, became embedded in the digital advertising world early and has stubbornly held on despite advances in device forms and capabilities, band [...]


Report: Mobile Video Ad Consumption Rises, Native Ads Yielding Higher Engagement Rates

Celtra mobile ads Celtra issued its Mobile Display Ads Performance Report covering the first quarter of 2014 today. The report shows ad performance rates leveled off for the first time since Celtra began reporting on it in 2012. However, areas of growth include video ad consumption, and native ads performed quite strongly. Native ad formats accounted for just 1 percent of the total impressions, yet engagement and click through rates on native ads outperformed both standard formats and IAB Rising Stars ads. Native ads saw engagement rates hit 14 percent, well above 9.8 percent and 3.4 percent for standard and [...]


Infographic: Everything You Need To Know About Real Time Bidding For Display Ads

Real time bidding, or RTB, is nothing new to search marketers. They're used to the concept that all advertisers are constantly bidding against each other in real time for good ad positions on Google, Bing and other search engines. But RTB has continued to grow in the display ad space, where advertisers compete with each other, purchase placement and are displayed in under a second. The folks at Who's Hosting This have created an infographic guide to RTB. Below, it covers the Demand Side Platform (DSP) tools used by advertisers to place their bids through ad exchanges where publishers offer [...]


Understanding Live Intent Data: Lifting The Veil Over Marketers’ Eyes

data management In last month's column, "Real Time" In Display Advertising Doesn't Really Mean Real Time, we discussed how despite the industry talking about doing "real-time marketing" or "real-time bidding" (RTB); in most cases, they are not actually using real-time techniques to run their campaigns. The media itself might be traded in live auctions, but the data being used are typically not live. In this month’s column, we are going to address the common questions that arose from that article -- what is live intent data, where is it, and how do I use it? What Is Live Intent Data? Intent data helps u [...]


Solve Media Makes Its CAPTCHA Ad Validation More Mobile Friendly With Gestural Technology

Mobile Friendly CAPTCHA Ad Validation Solve Media, the company that enables simple, branded CAPTCHAs on digital display and video advertising to engage users and verify that ads are seen by humans rather than bots, has updated the mobile version of its ad validation software. Now, users on smartphones and tablets can choose to double tap or swipe on an ad for activation rather than typing a brand message in the CAPTCHA field. Microsoft/Nokia has been testing the new Gestural TYPE-IN ad solution for touchscreens, using it to highlight the zoom feature on the Nokia Lumia 1020 phone starting in late 2013. When a user double ta [...]


Viewability In Display: Your Path To “VIP” Status

viewability-as-gateway Viewability. It almost sounds like a new, trendy term used by models on the catwalk in LA, New York or Paris. After all, it’s important to be seen and remembered whether by the paparazzi or adoring fashionistas. Viewability has much the same impact in the digital advertising world. To be seen and remembered is "mission critical" for brands, publishers, marketers and media companies across the spectrum. Of course, there's much more to it than that. Viewability is no passing fad or fashion trend in the ad-tech ecosystem. Nor should it be. For a number of reasons, as discussed at the r [...]


VIDEO + SLIDESHOW: The Display Ad Of The Future

esurancesave30 What does the future of online display advertising look like? A landscape very different from today's, and one that disrupts current advertiser practices and beliefs. Ads will evolve from interruptions in other activities to voluntary views that users seek out. Ads will be more interactive, and beautiful. Ads will be connected across devices and time, and thanks to better retargeting, will be more useful to your personal life. Finally, measurement of ads will be much more complex and accurate, allowing advertisers to even more precisely tune messages to individuals -- at scale. Learn how [...]


Programmatic & Native: How Content & Data-Driven Marketing Can Co-Exist

nytimes-scoop-citi-bike Advertising is always most effective when it is well integrated into the customer experience. Over this past year, programmatic buying and native advertising (both popular buzzwords in our industry) have taken two very different approaches in enabling marketers to create engaging and relevant experiences for their audiences -- one by using data, and the other by masquerading as content. However, regardless of the channel or advertising strategy, the overall brand goal generally remains the same: to reach audiences, evoke brand experiences and, essentially, sell more products. The better the [...]


Google Ad Review Center Gets Updated Interface, Navigation & New Ad Review Options

Google AdSense Logo Google announced yesterday on its AdSense blog that the Ad review center has been updated with a new user interface, navigation and added features. According to the announcement, users will now have more options for reviewing ads, including a "Show reviewed ads" checkbox, located at the top right of the Ad review center, that displays ads already reviewed. Google has also added a new ad size widget, allowing users to review ads by size: Another new feature includes an enhancement to the related ads feature. From now on, different ads containing the same logo or video will be g [...]


Reading Keywords’ Future In Interactive Marketing

shutterstock_120330325-crystalball If you think keywords have any place in the next-generation, digital marketing world, you’d be mistaken. If you haven’t taken notice of recent announcements about keyword restrictions, you really should take a minute or two and have a look. Right now, Google is moving away from providing third parties with the depth of data it once did. With the change, advertisers will be more dependent on Google itself for data. The once laughed off “never gonna happen to search ads” comparison to organic Not Provided is suddenly less funny. As is often the case, search marketers focus on wh [...]


Marketo Announces New Capabilities, Partnership With Acxiom For B2C Real-Time Personalization

Marketo Logo At Marketo Nation Summit, its annual customer conference this week, the company is introducing a new platform with several added capabilities and a big new partnership with third-party data giant Acxiom. The platform updates signal a market repositioning for Marketo as the provider of a powerful, yet simplified marketing platform - or more formally, a customer engagement platform -- that facilitates marketing automation, email and campaign management, real-time personalization and budgeting and planning. Jon Miller, VP, product marketing at Marketo discussed the market and Marketo's posi [...]


Bizo Aims To Scale Anonymous Visitor Nurturing, Extends Marketing Automation To Display & Social Ads

bizo-logo Marketing automation continues to move beyond email drip campaigns. Today, B2B audience targeting firm Bizo launched a new version of its Multi-Channel Nurturing solution aimed at scaling outreach to anonymous website visitors who don't provide contact information or sign-in during their visit, which can be more than 95 percent of visitors according to a SiriusDecisions Benchmark study. The solution extends nurture campaign targeting to display and social advertising. The initial version of Multi-Channel Nurturing, introduced in October 2013, was only available to Bizo and Eloqua customers [...]


Display To Eclipse Paid Search Ad Spend In 2016, Mobile Set To Become 4th-Largest Ad Medium

display-ad-featured Spending on display advertising will soon overtake paid search. That's according to ZenithOptimedia's latest global advertising forecast. With display advertising growing at 21 percent a year, it's expected to hit $74.4 billion in 2016. While paid search, which is experiencing 13 percent annual growth, is estimated to come in at $71 billion at that time. Zenith expects search to keep dominating this year, however, with search spend projected at $55.7 billion versus $ 51.8 billion for display. Programmatic buying is boosting the pace of expansion of display advertising, now the fastest [...]


Media Ratings Council Ushers In “Viewable Impression” As Currency Metric For Display Ads

Viewable Impression Ad Metric In a major milestone, after a year-and-a-half-long review process, the Media Ratings Council has lifted its November 2012 Viewable Impression Advisory for Display Advertising, effectively raising the start flag for publishers to begin selling digital display advertising based on viewable impressions. The announcement "means that—as of today—for brand advertising, agencies can and will expect guarantees on viewable display impressions. This means that one of the major obstacles to being included in brand allocations has finally been removed," wrote Sherrill Mane, SVP, Research, Analytics [...]


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