Driving Forward > Digital Marketing Blog

Are Banner Ads Dying?


There are a lot of people in the industry that believe that standard banner advertising will slowly be phased out for “native” advertising, which weaves a brand’s content (videos, photos, articles, etc.) in with the site’s content. In a recent Ad Age article, it is argued that publishers are beginning to “pin their business models on native inventory” and that “today’s agency must be thinking about a wide range of content.”

Key vendors that have already begun to incorporate more native advertising opportunities are:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Tumblr
  • Forbes
  • Google Search

Native advertisements do seem promising, as they average CTRs of 1% – 3%, which is close to 2,000% higher than the 0.05% industry average for a standard banner. A recent campaign for an Overdrive client demonstrates this finding as well. A B2B sponsored article listing received a 204% higher CTR compared to its standard banner counterparts running across the site, which also translated to efficient back-end conversions for the client.

While native advertising becomes more popularized, it is the Overdrive media team’s belief that the standard banner still holds an important place in clients’ media plans. Standard banners are still the primary media formats used for audience targeting, retargeting and other forms of behavioral intent targeting. What do you think? Will the standard banner eventually be replaced?


How AI is Reshaping Digital Marketing


Artificial Intelligence design studios are opening everywhere, adding to our marketing technology stack choices. Many platforms have already integrated components of AI into their existing marketing system offerings. Clients need to transform digitally, squared Today, clients are asking digital marketing and advertising agencies to embrace more technological change, as their marketing tech stacks grow larger and…

Read the full article

Contact Us

Schedule a presentation. Tell us about your marketing goals. Find our offices. Or, just say hello. We would love to hear from you!

Contact Us   


Google World Infographic

Overdrive Google World Digital Marketing Infographic

Visualize the world of Google's companies, technologies, and services. Get the PDF with live links to over 200 assets.

Get Access!   


The Digital Advertising Guide – 2nd Edition

Overdrive Digital Advertising Guide - PDF

Get your head around the many advertising options available to digital marketers today.

Get Access!   


Google Gallery

Google SEO and Search Gallery: 16 Years of Search Results Presentation

Explore how Google’s results page has evolved with 54 images illustrating 16 years of development.

Get Access!   
Dev Tool:

Request: are-banner-ads-dying
Matched Rewrite Rule: ([^/]+)(?:/([0-9]+))?/?$
Matched Rewrite Query: name=are-banner-ads-dying&page=
Loaded Template: single.php