Station Sites Roll Out Hover Ads: Will They Expand Impressions, Sales?

In what it claims to be a breakthrough new online advertising format, Internet Broadcasting has begun rolling out a new, collapsible advertising unit it says creates a more indelible impression for advertisers and premium advertising rates for the Web sites of the local TV stations it represents. But the new format, dubbed a "hover ad," will require a new level of interaction that may remind some users of the highly detested "pop-up" ads of old.

The ads, which initially show up as a banner filling the bottom of a Web page, allow users to collapse them into a small banner ad that hovers up on the left-hand side of the screen and remains there unless the user clicks off, or opts - for reasons that would likely depend on innovative creative executions - to expand it again.

David Lebow, CEO of Internet Broadcasting, says initial consumer testing is promising, but that the success of the new format ultimately would depend on the ingenuity advertisers and agencies bring to their messages.

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He says the goal behind developing the new format was to give advertisers more flexibility to experiment with advertising messages on the Web sites of the TV stations that comprise Internet Broadcasting's network. He cites the kind of innovative advertising publishers like the NewYorkTimes.com have generated by developing new technology and formats, and by allowing advertisers to experiment with how they appear on its pages. The Mac vs. Microsoft character takeovers of the Times' pages were especially inspiring, Lebow says, adding that Internet Broadcasting plans to add rich media capabilities to the hover ads that would allow advertisers to create motion and action within the collapsible and expandable advertising units.

Internet Broadcasting works with some big broadcasting groups, and the Post-Newsweek Stations are among the first to begin using the new hover format, and Lebow says initial sales results have been very strong, and that station online sales executives are excited about its potential.

2 comments about "Station Sites Roll Out Hover Ads: Will They Expand Impressions, Sales?".
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  1. Michael Winner from WBAL-TV, March 29, 2010 at 2:58 p.m.

    This is an exciting new ad format that provides a leap forward for online marketers.

  2. Di Posable, March 29, 2010 at 10:26 p.m.

    Thanks for the heads up! Was able to get this added to my AdBlock filters before I ever ran into it in the wild. When will marketers learn that seizing attention by force is not the same as advertising?

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