5 ways to make sure your display ads deliver.

What are digital display ads?

Digital display ads are visually engaging advertisements that appear on websites, social media platforms and apps. These ads come in various formats, including banner ads, video ads and rich media ads, making them versatile and adaptable to different marketing goals. Whether you’re aiming to boost brand awareness, drive traffic to your website or generate leads, digital display ads can help you achieve your objectives.

We’ve put together a guide for small business to help you learn more about how to setup and run a digital display advertising campaign. Click here to learn more, or keep reading to find out how to make your display ads work smarter and harder.

Are your display ads doing their job?

Usually managed through the Google Display Network (GDN), display ads can be a great way to get in front of new audiences or remind past customers about your products or services.

But, if your ads aren’t aimed at the right people, are lacking crucial elements or are too cluttered, you could be missing the best returns.

Here’s how to get display advertising right:

1. Make it personal.

How do you stand out from the online ad crowd? Personalisation is one piece of the puzzle. According to one study, ads with personal elements or products aimed at the consumer are ten times more likely to be clicked than generic ones. This means it’s worth trying tactics such as retargeting, which uses browsing data to show customers products they have already viewed or searched for.

RELATED: Why personalisation is king.

2. Add video, sound and responsive elements.

Traditional display ads are just an image and short text – newer versions can include video, sound and elements that move or expand when the user hovers over the ad. These features, called rich media, can help make your ads more engaging. They’re also a way to jump on the video content bandwagon. In 2023, for example, online videos recorded an audience reach of 92.3% worldwide.

RELATED: Simple tips for creating short-form video content.

3. Keep it simple.

Display ads must be simple, straightforward and to the point – they’re not the place for clever wordplay or vague hints. Show the benefits of your service or product, and then tell people what you want them to do with a strong call to action (CTA).

4. Stay focused.

When you have a whole range of unique benefits, it’s tempting to shove them all into every ad, but that’s a recipe for cluttered ads that will only serve to confuse your audience. Instead, focus on a single benefit or feature and include the in-depth details on your landing page.

5. Test, tweak, test.

The bad news? You can’t just create a batch of display ads and let them run forever. The good news? Digital ad platforms like the Google Display Network include built-in tools and automation to help you optimise your ad content, so they’ll be more successful in the long run.

When you launch a campaign, test out different versions and placements and tweak as you go. This could mean removing less-effective ads, adjusting your target audience or changing your keywords.

RELATED: How to measure the success of your small business digital marketing.

Need help making display work for you? Talk to the experts at Yellow Pages about tailoring a digital display campaign to suit your business. Find out more here.

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