Display Advertising

An introduction to clickbait

‘What you’re about to read in this article has never been discussed before!’ This may not be entirely true, because the topic of clickbaiting is already commonplace in the world of social media. But by using sensational titles and descriptions like we just did, marketers and publishers aim to generate clicks to boost their ad revenue. And for the most part, it works. So how is this tactic so successful? And if it’s working, why is it so heavily criticized? We’ll take you through the function, tactics, benefits, and criticisms of clickbait. [...]  

Malvertising: what’s behind the cruel scam

Malvertising is a growing problem for webmasters, online marketers and, last but not least, the millions of people who are affected every year. Behind this term is a sneaky method in which advertising banners are used to spread malicious software. No website is safe from this deceit – even well-known websites with millions of visitors have been compromised by these viruses. There are, however, countermeasures that you can take. Our article explains everything you need to know about how malvertising works and how to protect your website against it. [...]  

What is affinity marketing? Definition and overview

What is affinity marketing? This form of online marketing is relevant to all of us, whether we want it to be or not. The techniques of affinity-based advertising are particularly successful in e-commerce. This article defines the term affinity marketing, and provides information about the methods and relevance of this marketing technique. [...]  

What are advertorials?

Native advertising is the new buzzword in marketing. But not everyone correctly understands how advertorials and other native advertising work. Advertorials should not be confused with flat advertisements: As an advertiser, you have to stick to certain game rules. An advertorial should not only fit in with its editorial environment, but also needs to lay all its cards on the table – Two words: Labelling requirements. We answer all lingering questions in our guide. [...]  

Display advertising vs. real-time advertising (RTA)

Banner ads and other forms of display marketing have been proven to be effective marketing strategies for products and services online. The new practice in this field is real-time advertising (RTA) and its real-time bidding (RTB) approach. This new strategy carries out an automated bidding war in milliseconds to decide which ad will be displayed. But how does it differ from traditional display advertising? And which practice is best for your company? [...]  

Adblockers’ impact on web development

Approximately a quarter of all internet users in the United States use adblockers in order to circumvent pop-ups or ad banners. And while it may be nice to peruse through your favorite content unhampered by advertising, these extensions cut into the profits of both advertisers as well as those running ads on their brand or company. However, only few seem to be aware of the fact that it’s precisely these ads that are responsible for financing such free content. That’s why it’s up to the designer of these apps to come up with viable solutions so that website designers can adjust the today’s rapidly changing internet landscape. [...]  

5 beginner tips for Google AdWords campaigns

Starting your first online marketing campaign is a serious challenge. Alongside e-mail marketing and search engine optimization (SEO), display advertising is a key component of any good online marketing plan. When it comes to running your first Google AdWords campaign, you’ll need a great strategy, sensible planning, and expert know-how to give yourself the best possible chance of success. Here’s our top 5 Google AdWords tips to help get your campaign started. [...]  

Native advertising: the right context

Unlike traditional online advertisements, native ads are designed with both their target groups as well as the context in which they are to appear in mind. Native advertising is most commonly implemented within editorial contexts. Here, it’s important for ads to blend in with their natural surroundings as much as possible. And while this type of advertising needs to be labeled as such, it functions best when users aren’t able to immediately distinguish it from organic content. This is due to the fact adding value for the customer, and not promoting the brand nor the product in question, is the top priority. The overall goal is to increase brand recognition through positive user experiences. [...]  

Banner blindness: explanation and impact

Advertising banners, pop-ups, and similar ad formats are not popular within the internet community. The user consciously as well as unconsciously ignores this kind of advertisement while surfing the web with more and more internet-savviness, as well as being increasingly wary of untrustworthy fake dialog boxes. This phenomenon is known as 'banner blindness', which was identified by Benway and Lane is 1998. [...]  

AdWords – Advertising Guidelines at a Glance

Anyone who advertises with Google AdWords must follow certain guidelines. In addition to content, these guidelines define unauthorized practices as well as editorial and technical requirements. If an ad does not satisfy these requirements, it is automatically rejected by the system. This article provides an overview of what to look for when creating an advertising campaign. [...]