Effective Online Advertising: In Spite Of And Thanks To Technology

Publishing and advertising companies expend a lot of effort trying to create effective online advertising. They attempt to formulate their ads so that people who see the ad will be intrigued and follow the ad. Getting the consumer’s attention is easier than keeping it. For example, when online advertising first began, basic banners were effective. Over time, though, consumers gradually started ignoring simple banners.

So, advertisers began producing more complex, creative, and sometimes obnoxious ads. (Think pop-ups). Soon, the growing popularity of social media offered another avenue of advertising. In the past few years, native advertising has become more and more common, with ads and sponsored content blending with the natural content of the websites.

Despite the many different avenues and different types of media available for online advertising, display advertising is still a highly effective way of reaching consumers. Consumers tend to ignore banner ads, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who loves banners. However, display advertising can reach people on a wider scale, and in ways that other advertising media simply cannot. Of course, to be competitive, an ad needs to be more creative, more engaging, stronger, and more prolific than in the past. When this is the case, a well-designed display ad is hard to beat.

While technology has opened up many new and beneficial ways to advertise and consume media, it has made it difficult for advertisers to control their ads. For example, how and to whom their ads are portrayed. This same technology, though, can help advertisers regain control and ensure their ads are more effective than ever.

Advertisers now have the ability to make sure their brands are well-placed and relevant, especially in terms of context and geographic location. They can also see how viewable their ads are and even have the option of direct viewability with automated ad buying. In addition, advertisers can protect themselves from traffic fraud by using real-time anti-fraud techniques. Effective online advertising, then, comes down to how an ad is developed, placed, and viewed.