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I was looking for a little advice on the creation of great banners. My company is about to pay a large sum of money to have a button ad placed on a popular site.
Now, here is the thing.. the button ad is only 50 x 50 pixels. Ever made a meaningful ad that small? It’s a pain. You have to play around and make sure what you end up with is not a blob of colors that only makes sense to you.
So, anyways, I am asking for a little advice. What really makes a banner stand out? (This banner can not be animated). What colors do the human eye see better? What would get people to click on it? Ive read that simply putting the words ‘click here’ will actually cause more people to click it. Would making the ad look more like a ‘button’ work?
Any advice? And good websites relating to this topic out there?
new widgets are they really better?
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People will be more inclined to click and see what is there. Point the banner to a page with the article. Then sell it like crazy in the article content.
Using the same idea, and assuming you know which page/s the ad is going to be placed on, why not copy the page to you computer and play around with different things until you get one that stands out.
Of course,that is only the first step, getting your message across once you have their attention is another matter.
I seem to remember a site that had tutorials and examples of banner tests, can't remember the name though. I'll have a think.
<added>I believe non-serifed fonts are the most ledgible small.</added>
At least i hope it will. it's what i told muh boss. (yikes.)
Our company logo is longer than it is high, so it actually will not fit into that square.
I am thinking of shaving off 4 pixels to the right and the bottom, making 2 pixels long and high the background color of the page, and the other 2 pixels a shade of grey and black to make it look 'elivated'. Then I am going to have a tiny pic of our company product and the words CLICK HERE around it.
If it was longer i would make it look like a text link, but text in that little square doesent look so good.
The one thing I will say is, rather than branding, if it is appropriate try to get a price on it. If peoples first impression is a picture of what you sell and a good price for it then thats your job done.
p.s. you have the added bonus of it being an image, so, you don't have to worry about cross-system font support :). If that doesn't brighten up your day I don't know what will ........ Sunshine or a lightbulb I guess.
The best way I have found to use banners like that is to impersonate the content of the page.
Korkus, you're giving away some great advice, which almost no one follows because they all want a print-slick look.
I once did a split run test between a page impersonation banner and full graphic look. The dull and boring all-text banner won by a landslide. I mean, really, no contest at all. Across many different ad campaigns, the all-text version got more than a 2X CTR over the graphic.
People really do tune out graphic ads to a large degree. And yet the client was not buying the results we got. The next time they wanted a banner, they forced another split run, which had the same results.
If I were designing a small ad, I would look to find one really stand-out word - along the lines I discussed in this post about "Flavah Words" [webmasterworld.com].
As I mention in that post, you can get a lot of good ideas by studying magazine covers for techniques. They've got to grab you with very short headlines.
Your target users might completely gloss over it and not even see it.
I've had varying successes with this method, and after some user testing found that if a particular ad blended too well, users thought it was "site noise" and didn't bother even looking at it.
Here's another weirdie:
We just ran an interactive ad, and one of the partners didn't upload the background image ... so it was just a blank form on a page. And this ad ended up with a higher click-through percentage than we've ever seen on this kind of ad. Made our graphics guy want to curl up in a ball and die. :)