Rich Media banner ads usage in online campaigns is one of the key traffic drivers to your brand landing page, this is a known and measurable fact, and in the race and chase for the viewers’ attention – innovation is key.

Innovating rich media ads mean more than just using home page takeovers or heavy formats such as multi panel expandable banners, VPAID units or HTML5 mobile units. Innovation in your Rich Media ads means new, fresh, and smart and eye-catching concepts that are integrated in with the ad unit in a way that will get the users attention, and even better- make him remember your brand thus sharing it on a social network or by mouth to ear.

Innovation rich media banners can come in many different ways, and its goal, it always similar- to get the users attention between the rest of the ads that he/she are being exposed to, and to encourage the user to engage, interact and have an overall positive experience.

Here are a few examples of Creative Banner innovation in Rich Media ads, for your inspiration:

1) Virgin Mobile 

Virgin mobile “blackwashed” ad.

High impact creative - virgin-mobile-ad

High impact creative – virgin-mobile-ad

In this Interactive Video ad – interactive production, the agency and designers behind Virgins’ mobile new ad were using face and blink (!) recognition to get the user to interact with the ad in a different way than usual.

The initial setup process is quick and easy, requiring the user to:

  1. Allow the ad to access his webcam
  2. Blink twice to calibrate the ad.

No other gestures using the traditional mouse or keyboard are needed from this point on, the user can control a TV, and can switch between the 25 different TV channels by only blinking.

The process is easy, the setup is quick, and the result is users spending a lot more time browsing (intentionally) through the ad, exposed to the brand’s message and having fun in a very unique way at the same time.

2) Under the Dome: 

Draft FCB’s ad

Digital Production Agency - under-the -dome-ad

Digital Production Agency – under-the -dome-ad

  1. Innovations means good timing as well, a good example is Draft FCB’s ad for the show “under the dome”.

Aware of privacy concerns that were a hot topic during the last year, this Digital Banner Production censors the website it is running on, to promote the show.


IKEA assemble banner yourself  

Rich Media Production - IKEA-ad

Rich Media Production – IKEA-ad

User engagement is key, in this ad the user have to actually use the familiar IKEA instruction manuals to build an… Ad! Having the user interact and follow all the steps to see the brand’s message when the ad is fully built.

4) Hobbit 

The Hobbit”

Digital creative agency - Hobbit-ads

Digital creative agency – Hobbit-ads

In this execution, not a traditional ad per say – but more of a landing page that is entirely built in HTML5 (meaning, supported on (almost) every mobile device, and specially formatted for tablets). This execution for the movie “The Hobbit” takes you through the storyline and characters in a very gesture familiar way to the user, optimized for mobile devices.

This format is also available as a rich media HTML5 format by DG/Mediamind

5) Dual screen (2nd screen) 

Samsung in Spain- Smart TV

Rich Media Banners

Rich Media Banners

Your user is most likely exposed to your ad while interacting with his/her phone, why not connect the two?

Here’s a great execution for showing the features of Samsung’s new smart TV series by allowing him/her to control it via their smart phone. (The phone becomes a remote control)

These types of executions span beyond the boundaries of computer and phones in the world of connected TVs, allowing users to interact directly with a TV and sync the brand’s message across devices.

6) Augmented reality

London Zoo 

agument reallity example

agument reallity example

This form of interactivity allows the brand to project an object on an image that was printed and positioned in front of the users’ web cam, nowadays the printing is not mandatory as they can use their smartphones to display the AR stencil.

Innovation in Rich media banners should be a major part of your campaign strategy and the more innovative, new, clever and on point the execution will be, the more ROI the brand and the Digital creative agency will receive.

A free step-by-step guide to producing on-time, on-budget rich media banners

A free step-by-step guide to producing on-time, on-budget rich media banners