Are the days of online display ads that direct consumers to buy now coming to an end? These days, more and more brands are directing consumers to like the brands’ Facebook pages or follow branded Twitter profiles, and companies like Flite are allowing brands to do it with unique interactive display ads.
Remember when online display ads were static images or animated gifs? A consumer clicked on a display ad and would be taken to the brand’s website to learn more or make a purchase? With ads like the ones offered through Flite, brands can engage consumers and those consumers never have to leave the originating website if they don’t want to.
Andrew Adam Newman of the New York Times described a recent campaign created by Flite for Mrs. Meyers, a cleaning brand. The display ad used in the campaign looked like a standard ad until you hover your mouse over it. That’s when the ad becomes engaging. The Mrs. Meyers ad expands to show several interactive options. Click to see real-time Facebook wall posts from the brand, Twitter users posting about the brand, or a video about the brand. Consumers don’t leave the website where they saw the ad unless they click on specific buttons or links within the ad.
Many brands use these interactive ads as tools to increase Facebook page likes, Twitter followers, and YouTube brand channel subscribers. Tracking data shows that these types of ads are excellent at increasing consumer brand engagement and click throughs. According to the New York Times article, consumers spent an average of 30 seconds interacting with the Mrs. Meyers ads, which is significantly more than the average time spent with other online ads of just 11 seconds. Furthermore, Google reports that click-through rates for display ads that lead consumers away from a website typically average one in a thousand. For the Mrs. Meyers ad, 35 out of every 1,000 users clicked through to the Mrs. Meyers site destinations.
Moving from a static online ad to an interactive ad that has the opportunity to engage people enough that they willingly click through to learn more and engage with the brand further is incredible and more brands are sure to jump onboard with this trend. When these interactive ads lead to additional interactive and engaging destinations such as branded Facebook pages and Twitter profiles, brands have an opportunity to deliver more meaningful content and deepen relationships with consumers who have indicated that they want to learn more by interacting with the original ad and clicking through. What’s not to like from a brand perspective?
What do you think about interactive display ads and the shift from direct response to direct like or direct follow? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.
Latest posts by Susan Gunelius (see all)
- Coca-Cola Contour Bottle Turns 100 This Year - March 3, 2015
- World’s 50 Most Popular Brands - February 25, 2015
- Brands with the Most Loyal Customers in 2015 - February 18, 2015
- The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2015 - February 14, 2015
- UK Consumers Will Share Private Data with Brands Under Certain Conditions - February 4, 2015