Publisher’s Next 30 days: What to do about the Chrome Ad Blocker Release Feburary 15 2018

At ResponsiveAds our mission is to make it fast and easy to produce awesome creative that users want.  How do you do that in a world where ad blockers are becoming mainstream. As the free web has been built by a business model of advertising, sponsored and marketing content it is hard to believe that all of the ad business with just evaporate when the industry is seeing YoY growth in digital spends and the transition of offline traditional media dollars to digital.

On Feb 15th,  With Google’s own ad blocker in Chrome, they plan to eliminate the need for users to install other ad blockers with a solution to the “bad” ad problem.  As one of the largest advertising companies, it is in their best interest to deliver a solution that works.  Between Google and Facebook alone a majority of the digital media dollar spend is through their networks.

The promise with this new ad blocker is to follow the standards laid out by the CBA “ Coalition of Better Advertising”  The spec can be found here at https://www.betterads.org/standards/.

The key messages we find for Publishers is to follow these three common-sense principles:

  1. Limit anything that animates, moves or plays video.  With sound, it must be muted with to user-initiated trigger only.
  2. Eliminate anything that covers the content.  This conversation is good for websites and your applications (e.g mobile iOS or Android apps)
  3. Work with ad tech companies that prioritize load performance and high-quality creative
  4. Less-is-more approach by developing a few high earning positions, instead of as many small multiple square ad slots all over the page that gives ad clutter.

As a first of many posts to come,  Here is a quick summary of three starting options we have available for your digital responsive ads:

[1] Employ Responsive Native and Flexible Formats: Develop and work with better ad formats that fit-more natively on the page and the content.  Native Ads have been a success, but we believe they can be taken to a much more rich, dynamic, immersive and interactive level with creative delivered from tools such as ResponsiveAds Narrator™ Studio.   We believe to get the fastest loads and the best performance it is imperative to keep ad sizes under 200K

[2] Better Placement Strategies:  As you must kill your Pop-ups or ads that cover the content, develop strategies such as these positions.

  • Top Edge-to-Edge Responsive Expandables:  These are your most premium positions when the prestitial and interstials must be eliminated.
    • 1×1 placement in the top header of the content.  The ad can push down to a nice height ( from 300~600H) for high-impact with a certain frequency cap for users, and then close-up (66~90H) or disappear.
    • Top 970×250 IAB Slot to have similar expandables that can go edge-to-edge or even just and edge-to-edge Responsive banner
  • Develop edge-to-edge placements: In the top and middle leader placements with Page-Scrollers™, Edge-to-edge parallax units and also dynamic expandables
  • Immersive First: Leverage solutions such as carousel galleries, engaging gamified content or highly immersive creative approaches that bring some value to the end-user.  The ResponsiveAds platform enables designers to embed anything they want as long as the loads are light.  When deploying video units assure that there is a progressive delivery system to optimize the performance of the video.

[3] Scrutinize the animation and develop rich-engaging creative:  When building out ads with animation, we have found that subtle animation that flows for only several seconds is better than the 5~10 sec animated banners. The attention span of the user scrolling down the page in many cases is even less than 2 seconds unless they are reading an article and the ad is a companion.  Even if this is the case, you never want to interrupt the user, but bring value to your readers with engaging strategies.

As there are only 30 days left till the Chrome Ad Blocker update with hit millions of users.   Time is now to get this right.

Happy Planning….

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Chameleon or Fruit? Publisher’s Integrated Ad Strategy Challenges

1/15/2018  – *Blue Monday with the Blue Chameleon

Matthew Snyder

Amidst the challenges Publishers are facing in 2018 monetizing with advertising that culminated  from low commoditized CPM’s, regulated social syndicated growth (e.g. Facebook’s announcement of deprioritization for pubs)  and Google’s end-user power play by taking control over Ad Blocking  (Chrome with Adblock Feb 15th 2018) should embrace chameleon or flower-like strategies for integrated advertising.   Let me explain.

 

When one thinks of a chameleon,  we think of a beautiful creature that blends into its environment.  This is how I see the how native advertising has evolved.   Content that tries to blend into the look-n-feel of the page.  Even with the propensity to see more personalization, targeted relevancy the content is still pushed to the end-user in an environment that makes it the least interruptive as possible.  There is no question this part of the future of advertising as the combination of content-marketing and ads blend further together.      Some of the problems we have seen with Native advertising has been the overabundance of low-quality content feeds like thousands of geckos running loose in your garden,.  As a consumer, they are great to watch, but what value to they bring…. Makes me think about “fake news”.

 

Then  I think of a comparison to fruit.   As fruit grows it becomes rich with beautiful colors as well and fresh at the point of ripening.  Fruit do not necessarily blend in totally like a chameleon, but they do not look out of place either.  They can still be highly integrated and when a consumer reaches out to engage, they get a sweetness that is satisfying.  Isn’t this what ads like branded content should be?  Beautiful and sweet to the senses.

As we progress into 2018, we look forward to continuing to share our thoughts on how advertising evolves…   Happy New Year.   Are you embracing a Chameleon or Fruit strategy?

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* BTW-  Today is Blue Monday.  A concept originally created for the saddest day of the year as part of an advertising campaign for Sky Travel.

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Natural Time To Rethink The Banner?

In a great article in the Mediapost,  they highlight some great points around the banner.

 

1) Think beyond creative

Changing creative standards time and again is not enough, no matter how rich the media is. Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Over the years, we have gone from static banners to animated GIFs, to rich media and high-quality video — and none have moved the engagement needle significantly. Creative isn’t the issue. We have to adjust other levers if we want to see any substantial change to CTRs and engagement rates. We have to start thinking differently about the importance of relevance and placement.

 

2) Relevance matters most

No matter how beautiful an ad is — how interactive and cool — if it’s not relevant to the consumer in the moment, it’s not going to engage them. Intent is everything. You could be targeting the right demographic in the right DMA at the right time of year — and the audience buy itself could be spot-on — but if the intent isn’t targeted in real-time, relevance is lost.

Targeting must go beyond audience and deeper into context in order to reach customers while they’re in a buying frame of mind. Think about search engine marketing, which captures a user’s search query and surfaces ads that are specific to that query. I saw an ad for Google recently that read: “You know who wants a haircut? People looking for a haircut.” Display advertising can learn something from this kind of intent targeting. The goal is to get so granular with our targeting that advertising becomes helpful rather than irrelevant and irritating.

 

3) Just try to look natural

Can we agree once and for all that the “golden triangle” is over? Why do we insist on putting ads along the top and down the right margin? It’s not effective. This may be one of the biggest drivers behind the native advertising movement.

Native advertising allows publishers to create advertising unique to their site or platform, so that ads fit seamlessly into the page. The ads often look like publisher content, although the best practice is to clearly identify them as ads. Examples of this include Sponsored Tweets, Sponsored Posts on Facebook and Google AdWords. Publishers like Slate, The Cheezburger Network, Funny or Die and Salon are offering native options, which tend to be unobtrusive and often helpful — or at least, entertaining or intriguing.

This is where advertiser and publisher heads should be, even if they can’t technically go native. Not everyone has resources to create their own platform, but it’s the right path — ads that don’t attempt to disrupt, but fit naturally into the flow of the user experience.

4) Cue the bugle

It may be premature to call the banner dead, but we have to stop using the same tired methods to revive it. No amount of glitter and glitz can make it work — we need to think beyond appearance at the root causes of banner blindness. If we can make display smart and relevant enough to be worth seeing, we can end the problem once and for all.

See on www.mediapost.com

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New York Times can reinvent its future, The Story-Telling of Snow Fall

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“Blame my enteprenurial tendencies, but when I was experiencing Snow Fall, all I could see was stunning brand-advertising opportunities, that went beyond the dumb, commoditized advertising the Times is forced to put on its website. Why not embed a tasteful Land Rover ad or throw in one for Moncler? That is native advertising that actually allows organziations like the Times to live by their ethos and maintain the fidelity of their brand”-  Om Malik

 

ResponsiveAds comments :

We really see this as an example of where the premium publishers could go to create these holistic story-telling experiences that embed everything in a “native” way.  From content to advertorial to brand integration…   I expect will will see this evolve with conversations and continuing community engagement as the stories progress.

 

An interesting platform that takes this to a softer more scalable level on a technology side is Circa.   It makes it easy for a community to build around a story.

 

This is the new shift in premium.

See on gigaom.com

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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.

See on www.thedrum.com

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