Friday, August 29, 2008

The Most Hate Advertising Techniques, on Yahoo

Summary:

Studies of how humans acknowledge to online advertisements acquire articular several architecture techniques that appulse the user acquaintance actual negatively.

Advertising is an basic allotment of the Web user experience: humans again appointment ads as they cream the Web, whether they're visiting the better portals, accustomed newspapers, or tiny claimed sites. A lot of online Advertising studies acquire focused on how acknowledged ads are at active cartage to the advertiser, application simple metrics such as clickthrough rates.

Unfortunately, a lot of studies hardly carelessness the user acquaintance of online ads. As a result, sites that acquire ads apperceive little about how the ads affect their users and the amount to which ambiguous Advertising tricks can attenuate a site's credibility. Likewise, advertisers don't apperceive if their reputations are base a part of the all-inclusive majority of users who don't bang their ads, but ability able-bodied be affronted by them.

Now, however, we acquire abstracts to alpha acclamation these questions. At my contempo User Acquaintance 2004 conference, John Boyd from Yahoo! and Christian Rohrer from eBay presented a ample physique of analysis on how users apperceive online advertising. Here, I action a few highlights from their presentation (my comments on their allegation are alone my responsibility).

What's Bad

When users were asked how assorted aspects of online ads afflicted their Web experience, they rated the afterward attributes a lot of negatively.

Design Element Users Answering

"Very Negatively"

or "Negatively"

Pops-up in foreground of your window 95%

Loads boring 94%

Tries to ambush you into beat on it 94%

Does not acquire a "Close" button 93%

Covers what you are aggravating to see 93%

Doesn't say what it is for 92%

Moves agreeable about 92%

Occupies a lot of of the page 90%

Blinks on and off 87%

Floats beyond the awning 79%

Automatically plays complete 79%

These numbers are based on 605 respondents in 2004; agnate numbers were begin in 2002 and 2003.

People generally acquire able abrogating belly reactions to ads that accomplish the sins listed in the table. One user, apropos to an ad that automatically started arena audio, wrote: "IF ANYTHING COULD BE WORSE THAN POP-UPS, THIS IS IT. I HATE THIS AD. HATE HATE HATE."

Another user entered the afterward animadversion on a above website's acknowledgment form: "You humans should be abashed of yourself! I did not ask to acquire 3 pop ups appear beyond my awning if I appointment you. I do not appointment singles sites, and I don't wish to add 4 inches to my penis. As a amount of fact, I don't use any of the casework that pop up on my screen. I anticipate it is abominable that you money athirst bastards acquire abandoned on my computer for your own egocentric gain. From this moment on, I am boycotting you, and I am advising EVERYONE I apperceive to do the aforementioned thing. Down with you and your pop up ads."

Although it vividly illustrates user annoyance with pop-ups, this added animadversion is arbitrary because the website didn't host or apostle the abaft ads. The ads were delivered by "spyware" that the user had accidentally installed. In accession to assuming the able animosity engendered by advancing or extraneous ads, the animadversion aswell illustrates the admeasurement to which pop-ups acquire become associated with acid content.

Users acquire started to avert themselves adjoin pop-ups. The allotment of users who address application pop-up or ad-blocking software added from 26% in April 2003 to 69% in September 2004, which is an amazing advance rate.

Users not alone animosity pop-ups, they alteration their animosity to the advertisers abaft the ad and to the website that apparent them to it. In a analysis of 18,808 users, added than 50% appear that a pop-up ad afflicted their assessment of the advertiser actual abnormally and about 40% appear that it afflicted their assessment of the website actual negatively.

People are accepting ever-more affronted by pop-ups: During a fourteen-month aeon from December 2001 to February 2003, user ratings of pop-up advertisers grew added abrogating by about one abounding appraisement point on a 1 to 7 scale.

What's Good

Not abounding ads are actively admired by users, but some Advertising techniques do acquire a absolute appulse on the user experience. Users were decidedly admiring with ads that clearly:

* announce what will appear if humans bang on them,

* chronicle to what humans are accomplishing online,

* analyze themselves as advertisements,

* present advice about what they are advertising, and

* accommodate added advice after accepting to leave the page.

These architecture elements are deeply affiliated to acceptable Web account guidelines: accomplish the users' options clear, allege plainly, and accommodate the advice users want.

Lessons for Websites

Sites that acquire Advertising should anticipate alert afore accepting ads that 80 to 90% of users acerb dislike. The consistent bead in chump achievement will accident your abiding prospects.

Advertisers themselves ability be tempted to abide with these awful architecture techniques as continued as they can acquisition sites that will run them. After all, they about crop college clickthrough rates. But clickthrough is not the alone goal. Users who are bamboozled into beat on a ambiguous ad ability drive up your CTR, but they're absurd to catechumen into paying customers. And your cast suffers a audible abrogating appulse if you alienate barter and use techniques that are associated with the affliction algae on the net.

Corporate websites can aswell apprentice from these studies, even if they don't run ads. Abounding elements that users animosity in ad architecture are aswell accepted in boilerplate Web design, with appropriately bad affects. A few things to avoid:

* Pop-ups

* Slow amount times

* "Teasing" links, ambiguous categories, and added elements that ambush users into clicking

* Agreeable that doesn't acutely accompaniment the site's purpose or what a accurate page covers

* Agreeable that moves about the page

* Complete that plays automatically

All of these techniques acquire acquired problems in acceptable account studies of non-advertising sites, and I've warned adjoin them abounding times before. The actuality that they're associated with the a lot of hated ads is one added acumen that admirable sites should abstain them at all costs.

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