Digital display advertising is graphic advertising on Internet websites, apps or social media through banners or other advertising formats made of text, images, flash, video, and audio. The main purpose of display advertising is to deliver general advertisements and brand messages to site visitors.
According to eMarketer, Facebook and Twitter will take 33 percent of display ad spending market share by 2017. Google’s display campaigns reach 80 percent of global internet users. Desktop display advertising eclipsed search ad buying in 2014, with mobile ad spending overtaking display in 2015.
Digital display advertising is an outbound display advertising format where you target predefined audiences with images or banners. There’s also native ads and text ads in the mix in there. You target them on different websites, on social media platforms, and on mobile apps.
Note that outbound advertising is a concept where the advertiser targets the audience and sends their message out to them as opposed to something like inbound, which would be search where the audience comes to you. So, there’s a key difference between the type of marketing that display is. It’s an outbound advertising format.
Awareness and interest
When we visualize a funnel, it’s quite clear to see where display fits in the consumer intent journey. We begin with awareness and interest. This is where display fits in. We’re sending our message out there to people, to audiences who may potentially be interested in the product.
With a retention piece, the remarketing fits back in there too, because if you think about remarketing, we’re sending ads out to pre-existing customers or people who’ve been in that site before. So, if we want to retain these people as repeat customers, it makes sense to kind of remarket out to them with special offers for people who have been on the site before.
Consideration and conversion
As we move down the funnel, as they get more and more aware, as they align it to their needs, we start moving into the consideration and conversion areas. So, consideration and conversion can be with around channels like remarketing, and shopping, as well as search as well.
As advertisers collect data across multiple external websites about a user’s online activity, they can then combine this information to create a picture of the user’s interests to deliver even more targeted advertising. This aggregation of data is called behavioral targeting. Advertisers can also target their audience by using contextual and semantic advertising to deliver display ADs related to the content of the web page where the ADs appear. Retargeting, behavioral targeting, and contextual advertising all are designed to increase an advertiser’s return on investment, or ROI, over untargeted ads.
As advertising needs become more sophisticated, display ADs can also be personalized based on a user’s geography through geotargeting. Basic information such as a user’s IP address can indicate a user’s rough location with a limited degree of accuracy. This information can be supplemented further through the use of a phone’s GPS or the location of nearby mobile towers to have a clearer indication of the user’s current position for a mind boggling array of advertising possibilities.
Programmatic, Real time bidding (RTB)
Programmatic display advertising, or real time bidding (RTB), transformed the way digital display advertising is bought and managed in recent years. Rather than placing a booking for advertising directly with a website, advertisers will manage their activity through a (demand side platform), and bid to advertise to people in real time, across multiple websites, based on targeting criteria. This method of advertising quickly gained popular, as it allows for more control for the advertiser (or agency), including of the individual target audience, rather than just the website. It has become a threat to website operators and generally the cost paid for advertising in this way is less than the old method and so the earning potential for them is reduced.
Programmatic is not without its drawbacks, as without the appropriate management adverts can appear against unsavoury content or inappropriate news topics. This issue became front-page news in February 2017, when advertisers on YouTube were found displayed on terror group websites and fake news sites. As a result, a number of major advertisers paused all of their online advertising until they could put the appropriate measures in place to prevent this occurring again.
it is important to choose the right format because it will help to make the most of the medium. It is also possible to add:
- Rich Media Ads: flash files that may expand when the user interacts on mouseover (polite), or auto- initiated (non-polite);
- Overlays: ads that appear above content and that are possible to remove by clicking on a close button;
- Interstitials: Ads that are displayed on web pages before expected content (before the target page is displayed on the user’s screen);
- Sponsorship: including a logo or adding a brand to the design of a website. This can also can fall under Native advertising, which is an ad that can seem like Editorial, or “In-Feed”, but has really been paid for by the advertiser.
Banner Ads: One of the oldest and traditional forms of advertising, banner ads usually appear at the top of websites in a “banner” format.
Interstitial Ads: These ads appear as web pages that are served to users before they are directed to the original page they requested.
Rich Media: These ads include interactive elements, such as video, audio and clickable elements.
Video Ads: The YouTube advertising platform, as well as social networks like Instagram and Facebook, have opened a whole new avenue for marketers. Video ads allow you to reach your audience and connect with them on a personal level, and are well worth investing in.
- Diversity: Display ads come in many shapes and sizes. And as you’ve seen above, they can be presented in a number of formats, too. This means you can choose a style and advertising format that will help you achieve your goals.
- Reach: Thanks for the Google Display Network (GDN), you can access millions of sites straight from your Google Ads account.
- Targeting: Because of GDN’s extensive reach, you can also target the right audience by placing your ads on the right websites. This includes demographic and geo-targeting, along with specific interests of your target audience.
- Measurable: Clicks, impressions and conversions can all be tracked from Google Ads, as well as Google Analytics for more granular performance and engagement tracking.