Google Runs Superficial Video Ads
From contextual text advertising to image banners to rich media advertising, Google has now extended what it can do with its AdSense network.
This one, based on Flash technology, delivered an ad for Magazines.com as a playable video complete with volume control. The 15-second advertisement pitches the Magazines.com site, and at the bottom right of the ad the familiar “Ads by Google” appears.
GoogleRumors noted that the inclusion code for the ad was the typical AdSense code in use by numerous members of Google’s publisher network. At press time, the ad running in place of that video was a basic image advertisement for AOL high speed access.
One commenter on the GoogleRumors site brought up an interesting point: how will site publishers be paid for this type of ad? It looks like Google should at least pay on a CPM basis, since the video displays an image even if it isn’t played.
Publishers may not be happy if the model is CPC, requiring users to play the video to get credit for the impression. The ad occupies a 300×250 space, substantial on-screen real estate for an ad on a blog.
Nathan Weinberg blogged on InsideGoogle his approval of the new video ad format:
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.