Are your brand’s ad annoying consumers? One out of three consumers will leave a website because they’ve been annoyed by ads on the site. More than one in ten will stop using the product advertised or boycott the company doing the advertising if an ad annoys them, and nearly one in ten will complain to their friends about it. An even higher number, nearly two out of three customers will unsubscribe from future emails from the company behind the ads while nearly one in two will simply ignore future emails from the company.
Bottom-line, your online ads must be relevant and must never appear “spammy.” That means an increased effort to target relevant ads and a focus on transparency to clearly communicate your company’s honest advertising practices are more important than ever.
This data comes from a Harris Interactive study by InsightsOne (via eMarketer), which shows that consumers do understand the difference between spam and non-spam ads. However, irrelevant ads are often put in the “spam” category simply because they annoy consumers. In fact, when asked what kinds of online ads annoy them the most, consumers listed irrelevant pop-up ads as the most annoying type of ad (70%). Ads for products and services consumers don’t need were ranked as the most annoying by 58% of consumers.
Keep in mind, online ads aren’t the most annoying to consumers. That award goes to television ads. Online ads ranked in third place. Here is the breakdown of the leading source of annoying ads according to internet users in the United States:
- Television ads = 60%
- Email/sidebar ads = 55%
- Website = 52%
- Postal junk mail = 37%
- Social media = 37%
Again, the most important takeaway from this study is that targeting is absolutely essential. An annoying ad isn’t simply ignored by consumers. Instead, an annoying ad moves consumers to take actions that advertisers and website owners don’t want. When a consumer clicks away from a website upon seeing an annoying ad, stops using the advertised product, and complains to their friends about it, the negative effects can be quick and far-reaching.
In other words, if you can’t get the data you need to effectively target your online ads, don’t bother. The days of putting an ad out there and hoping for the best are over. No data should mean no ad.
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