The results are in! Banner advertising raises awareness,
builds brands and can drive traffic to your website. Having
banner ads is to get the attention of the end user to click on
the ad so they will end up on your main website. So, how do
you do this effectively? Let’s go into detail on the Four C’s
to help you keep up with the trends of banner advertising.
Colors affect the eye differently. Using bright colors can
attract the user’s eye, which contributes to higher response
rates. The key thing when choosing colors is that you need to
choose carefully. If you spend a considerable amount of time
on the Internet, you can see that yellow, green and blues are
the most common colors that are used for banner ads since they
are pleasing to the eye and the content is easy to read within
those colors. Colors that are in hues of red, black, gray and
purple are too dark, and it makes it harder to read the
information in it. Do your research and find which colors you
would like to reflect your website and make sure that it will
be enticing for the end user to click on as well.
Give a benefit for clicking on your banner. Keep the message
short and to the point. The approach of keeping it concise on
the banner ad is similar to one you would use for a highway
billboard. Keep it simple and not so wordy. Stick to one
message and get it across in the animation or content. For
example, “Do you want more traffic?” or “Need help with taxes?” It can be in the form of a question, or a statement. Once they click on your banner ad, they will find the answer right on your website. Make sure that the ad will take the visitor directly to that page within your site.
CALL TO ACTION
A call to action is known to raise response rates. Simple
phrases such as “Click Here” or “Visit Now” and “Enter Here”
tend to improve response rates by 20%. These phrases should be
strategically placed in the ad, preferably on the right side.
This is where the eye is normally drawn.
The real nice thing about banner ads that there isn’t too much
creativity involved since you’re working with an area that is
relatively small to begin with. Making sure that you select
an appropriate color is the big factor in banner ads. The
second factor is that the creativity comes in the form of
designing. For example, a creative strategy is to design a
trick banner ad, in which the graphics look like links or
buttons. As long as the banner ads take the viewers to the
kind of site they’re expecting when they click on it, clever
“trick” banner ads are acceptable enticements to get people to
click. There are other creative solutions that you can use,
but the key thing here is when you design the banner ad, make
sure you test it considerably to see what kind of click through
ratios you are receiving. If you find that it isn’t working,
then you need to change the design or the approach you’re using.
A good place to get started is to find banner ads that appeal
to you and see how they work.