Tangozebra has released a rich media plug-in for Macromedia’s Flash MX software to simplify the production, delivery and tracking of both standard and rich media advertising formats. This is the second Flash MX plug-in from Tangozebra, following the successful Tangozebra Video Plugin for Flash MX released last year which made it possible to incorporate video into all its rich media ad formats.
Today on ClickZ Tessa Wegert pictures a brief state of the art of rich media ads. Following the recent guidelines issued by the IAB, it’s interesting to get an overview of the rich media future. Brands are increasing the budget allocated for this kind of advertising, while loosing their interest in “poor” standard banners. Rich media can be an excellent tool for online promotion. But let’s not forget that the success of an advertising campaign is not only linked to the ad format. Timing and relevance of the message are the key parameters we need to focus on while planning a campaign. Just because everybody is now talking about rich media, let’s not become a fashion-victim ourselves.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) last week announced that over 30 of the leading online publishers, representing 65% of total advertising inventory, are or plan to be in compliance with its voluntary Rich Media guidelines Version 2.0 for in-page units. Version 2.0 of the voluntary guidelines builds upon the success of the Universal Ad Package which was issued in April, 2003. The guidelines developed by the Rich Media Task Force are explained in the
The risk of too much fragmentation is emerging on the UK rich media market. In an article on New Media Age Chris Dillabough says that increasing competition among suppliers of rich-media technology to online media owners and agencies could lead to a price war over the coming months. Actually, what we hope is that competition and so called “rich media wars” will bring a formats’ standardization rather then a further proliferation of ads.
In the US 38 percent of all home Internet users now connect to the Internet via broadband. And, as a consequence, advertisers are increasing the use of rich media in their online campaigns. The data are provided by Nielsen/Netratings, in an article on Network World, which explains that in November 2003, 17% of all online advertising impressions were rich media ads, compared to only 7% in November 2002. Marc Ryan, director of analysis, Nielsen//NetRatings said:“Broadband enables both content providers and online advertisers to create more rich media based content. This rich media based content leverages the power of television as a medium and brings it to the Internet offering Internet users a �best of both worlds� experience.�
On ClickZ, Jeremy Lockhorn has compiled his wishlist for Christmas 2004. He complains about the lack of standards for rich media ads and wishes the industry will soon come up with guidelines. Basically he says that agencies and marketers are learning to build engaging interactive experiences using rich media ads but…“Powerful ideas get bogged down, and sometimes destroyed, by the disparity of standards, especially when it comes to things like K-weight.”
I agree with Jeremy, there’s too much chaos in the rich media world and this might prove negative both for consumers and for the online industry itself. In the UK the IAB has formed a Rich Media Standards Task Force (RMSTF), it should soon come up with standards which will provide guidelines for file weights, browser compatibility and frequency capping.
Microsoft is ready to launch a new version of its MSN, with a new advertising campaign, that includes print, television and online media. “It’s better with the butterfly” claims MSN, which seeks to inform people about the benefits of the new MSN and entice them to experience the value that these services can add to their online activities. MSN will feature several home-page takeover ads as well as other rich media ads displayed on partners sites as well. Della Quimby, account director of Avenue A, the agency that partnered with MSN for the online creative said:“The sophistication of today’s digital marketing landscape offers an array of innovative ways to reach consumers online. MSN is pushing the envelope with its ad elements and media mix, while at the same time focusing on delivering the right message to the right audience. In our latest online effort, we’re focused more than ever on reaching today’s broadband audience. The new MSN is a compelling new product for this high-speed enthusiast.”
Further details about the ad campaign strategy are unveiled in a press release available today on Biz Yahoo!.
… it’s doing it faster and faster. iMediaConnection presents today the results of DoubleClick�s Third Quarter Ad Serving Trend Report. Rich media usage continues to grow faster each quarter and larger, newer ads are replacing smaller, traditional ad sizes.
According to the German research firm Pilot Group the use of rich media ads triple in 2004. This estimate is provided by Pilot Group on the basis of the current market tendency as well as different expert opinions.
Advertisers plan to put significantly more money into rich and streaming media in the next year, BUT… they are concerned about ROI and high costs. IAR reports the results of a recent survey by Jupiter Research on rich and streaming media. Rich media will account 11% of online ad spending in 2004, while streaming media will growth up to 4%. In 2005, rich media will represent 15 percent of online ad spending, and streaming will account for 6 percent.
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