Responsive Ads Blog

Responsive ad campaign for George by Asda…Responsive to Weather

Asda has unveiled a weather responsive ad campaign for its George brand, featuring digital advertising banners which respond immediately…


ResponsiveAd‘s insight:

When we think of Responsive Ads,  we do not think of them as only responsive to the device size and shape as in Responsive Web Design, but responsive to the context of places, things and times around you.  Weather just happens to be one of those things that gets very interesting when we think of how Responsive Ads go “Native”

We really believe that Responsive Advertising and Native Advertising are one  in the same thing with Responsive Advertising covering more of the scope of scalability and cross-platform strategies.

Stay tuned as ResponsiveAds brings more and more products and services to the market that leverages real-time context and native advertising formats.

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune goes Programmatic… is it working?

The Minneapolis newspaper is a publisher that has embraced the world of automated ad buying.


ResponsiveDaily‘s insight:

This seems to be the growing trend for publishers that can not maintain their ad sales teams.  They have found a balance and leveraged the private marketplace to do so.


“Programmatic for me becomes a way for me to capture brand and direct-response dollars while still pushing high impact premiums that are directly sold,” Faust said. “Once upon a time, we looked at the workhorse as all we offered — leaderboard, skyscrapers. Now those opportunities are programmatic. We push direct for Rising Stars units. Ideally, programmatic would adopt scale around those ad units; the workhorses need to be put out to pasture.”


The Rubicon Project’s private marketplace gives the publishers the ability to manage the advertisers and let them bid out the inventory.  We see this as an opportunity where they want to start to balance between mobile and desktop and need creative options to do so.

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MediaShift Idea Lab: Why Media Sites Should Adopt Responsive Design

We were mentioned in this article….


Yes. More screen sizes mean more ad sizes, which means you could have more ad inventory to fill. Ad Networks such as are taking the lead by encouraging sites to sell their ad inventory in packages that include the full spectrum of mobile and standard-display ad sizes. Many sites are tackling this issue on their own and tasking their developers to create responsive ad spaces using clever CSS configurations.

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Is Native Advertising Blurring the Line Between Content and Advertising?

On March 26, Paul Adams (@Padday), global head of brand design at Facebook, sent out this tweet:

This post triggered a controversial discussion on Twitter over whether all content is advertising or all advertising is content and vice versa. Here is the conversation:

We can understand how the implementation of native advertising, ads that runs in-stream with editorial content, can blur the line between content and advertising. After all, nobody can agree on the definition of native advertising industrywide.

We know that all content is not advertising. However, all advertising is content. The FTC recently updated its “Dot Com Disclosures” to state that all online ads, even ones in tweets, much be marked as such in the content of the ad.

Digiday recently asked a slew of publishers what they think the definition of native advertising is. Here are their responses:

Ryan Manion, CTO, Politico
It’s still being defined. You want to provide the advertiser with the best experience you can and also provide the best experience for the users who want to view those advertisements.

Will Pearson, president, Mental Floss
Native advertising is about taking what the advertiser is wanting to communicate and integrating it with what our users are expecting.

Matt Sanchez, CEO, Say Media
Native advertising is anything that takes on the form of the medium.

Tom Cochran, CTO, Atlantic Media
It’s similar to TV or movies. It’s a way to promote the content of our advertisers in a way that’s more ingrained way that’s built into the design of our properties.

Carolyn Bekkedahl, svp of digital media revenue, Meredith
Advertising that stems from a brand that is more than just one piece of creative. It can be video or text that robustly describes whet a product or service an advertiser has.

Mary Mucko, president of digital sales, Gannett
When we’re able to take advantage of the platform the advertiser’s on.

As we have previously mentioned, our perspective is that native advertising is Responsive Advertising plus scale.

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Facebook’s Phone Could Mean FREE Cell Phone Minutes? User Opt-in Mobile Advertising?

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There has been a long promise of the FREE model…. but it must be powered by Advertising?  There was Blyk that tried to do it…..

Then Google launched Android as the FREE open OS that created much debate,

It there now a shift further that — “Carriers should be worried. They could become nothing more than “dumb pipes.”  Business Insider

ResponsiveAds  insight:

It was just a matter of time before the competition between Google ( Android) and iPhone (Apple) would lead to a further unique business model of scale.   FREE minutes.


How many of you have used skype to talk for Free on your iPhone over wifi?   How many of you dred that $70~$150/month bill for internet usage, talk and text when you are doing it all over wifi?


Could this be another disruption to the ecosystem to bring a unique form of mobile advertising that is very location sensitive and relevant to our social graph because we have opted-in?


Facebook could have the moment to make this kind of announcement and make it free for all users that want to have this benefit of real-time location basd advertising cross-platform.


It does not have to be a one-size-fits all model.  Only for the individuals that want to “opt-in” for this kind of service… and buy a Facebook phone.

( 50M or 5% of the users would be a nice big market nevertheless)

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Should Publishers Implement Facebook Exchange?



While the majority of advertisers still have not used FBX, the social network’s real-time bidding exchange for serving retargeted ads, data shows Facebook is taking an ever-greater share of these impressions.

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Facebook Exchange (FBX), the real-time bidding platform that launched in 2012, partners with retargeting companies such as AdRoll to let advertisers purchase and deliver retargeting impressions on Facebook.

AdRoll partnered with Facebook early on after the launch of the Exchange. According to eMarketer, Facebook Exchange is increasing in popularity, and AdRoll alone has more than 700 brands advertising on the Facebook platform. Overall, the number of retargeted clicks Facebook has seen is rising.

The click-through rates for FBX ads was 40 percent less than other web retargeting ads, but the price per click came in at 80 percent lower than on Facebook.

“There’s still plenty of upside for Facebook retargeting advertisers, however. Cost per impression (CPM) and cost per click (CPC) were both significantly lower on Facebook, proving that the social site does offer some substantial monetary benefits, along with ride reach,” the summary from eMarketer says.

ResponsiveAds’ Insight:

Is the Facebook Exchange social re-targeting ad network the Trojan Horse for Facebook’s global monetization strategy?

Facebook has developed a plug-in for publishers’ websites so they can track readers’ behaviors. However, publishers aren’t the only ones who can track users’ behaviors. Facebook can, too.

The social network can place the most relevant ads on the page, but the publisher needs to open up their inventory to Facebook Exchange. This could be the first step toward programmatic premiums.

In addition, Facebook likes screen-shifting, and mobile is part of that bundle. It can be delivered to any screen at a premium CPM.

We think that ad currencies should not be based on channels, but rather the value of the ad impression at that particular moment and time. It’s no longer about the size or shape of the ad — it’s the ad’s effectiveness.

We believe that having one ad that transforms to match the RTB environment of DSPs and exchanges is the best way to go.

One option is to upload different creatives and SWAP them out for different sizes and shapes. The other choice is to have your brand agency on the dashboard, communicating in real time through the ad, just like Twitter.

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Why is ResponsiveAds the Answer for Native Advertising?


For most — including the Atlantic, Politico, Gannett and others — it’s about fitting the ad into the site experience.


ResponsiveAds‘ insight:

What is native advertising, and what does it mean for publishers? Digiday recently asked publishers for their definitions of “native advertising.” Answers ranged from – it’s still being defined to creating an advertising experience that doesn’t disrupt what the user is expecting.

We think that ResponsiveAds is the answer for native advertising because:

  • It provides the best design of ads onto publisher websites;
  • It can be used like The New York Times has designed Riccochet, which was launched last April and allows advertisers to select articles from their archive to attach ads to for a specific period of time. Riccochet provides a unique URL for articles that have these advertisements;
  • Incorporating sponsored content allows publishers to incorporate ads “in stream,” eliminating disruption of the reader’s website experience and flowing with the rest of the editorial content; and
  • It’s focused on brand marketing versus direct response.

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Real Time + Real World + Real Ads (Relevant) = Responsive Advertising

RTB advertising spend chart

In a recent article in Mediapost by Joe Mandese titled “Real Time + Real World = Real World Retargeting” , he talks about what happens  when real-time marketing meets the real world….. he is not just talking about mobile, which is an obvious means of serving ads to people based on their geographic proximities, he is talking about good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar.

 “Ninety-two percent of all retail is still offline,” Jeremy Ozen, one of the co-founders of Vistar Media, told me earlier today, a fact that I have to admit surprised me when I heard it. But it’s for that reason, he says, that Vistar has been developing a new marketing concept he calls “real world retargeting.”
Ozen says the conversions won’t necessarily happen in real-time, because consumers in the physical world cannot necessarily react with the same impulsive speed that they might online, but he says the same attribution models will apply.
If we serve an ad to an office building, a QSR location or a cab in a downtown district, we will be able to see if that [user’s] phone shows up within the four walls of Wal-mart that day, in the next week or two weeks from now,” Ozen explains.
Ultimately, the attribution of those conversions will depend on the type of advertiser and product or service being advertised, but Ozen says, noting, “It will depend on the advertiser, but for people with brick and mortar locations this is a really interesting way to bring accountability to a segment of media spend that didn’t necessarily have it before.
Another company doing similar things with real-time retargeting is a company called Local Response….. they call “intent response..

Read more:  Real-Time Retargeting


ResponsiveAd‘s insight:

Great view but I feel it still falls short…. as it is only 2 legs of the stool. To get the balance and strategy right we need the right 3 legs of the conversational marketing approach.   Having conversations in silo’s just does not work.  There is a continuous stream from screen to screen that begins the interaction that can trigger the next one.  Closing the loop for the right a must come with these relevant real time and place with the right honest messages to make this next shift in advertising work.

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Responsive Web Design: Opportunities and Challenges

Responsive Design growth chart
” For those applications that are best served by presenting all of the same content to users regardless of device, responsive design is the best way we currently have to accomplish it. Responsive design does require a fundamental change in the design/development process for many organizations, but should—in the end—provide a better customer experience.

Responsive design does, however, bring its own challenges. We must be even more aware of customer usage, performance and bandwidth considerations, and deal with them in a responsible manner.

When we combine responsive design with some of the new HTML5 features that are becoming available to us within mobile and other devices, we have the ability to change the way we present on the web to create a truly unique experience for our users. Better yet, this experience can be built on a maintainable and hopefully future-proof codebase. In this way, we will come ever closer to the ideal of responsive architecture, as presented in the physical world. ” –  Bob Holt, Mangager of Interactive Development, Sapient Global Markets
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Intel touts multiscreen flexibility with ‘display as a service’

By hooking displays to a network, users can send video from their devices to any available screen. Read this article by Stephen Shankland on CNET News.


ResponsiveAds’ insight:

…. Just when we thought that software took “all of the steam”.  The hardware industry is also getting very innovated with multi-screen services and offerings.  This is quite an exciting opportunity when we think of WebTV’s and multiple screens connected.  Many tablet users multi-task when watching TV ( hence, second-screen viewing) that has led to an entirely different way we look at content.  This should throw more fuel in that fire.

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