Eye-Tracking Study: How to Beat Display Ad Blindness

By February 14, 2014Social Media, Tidbits

native-eye-infolinks-270114Advertisers looking to boost the effectiveness of their digital display ads should be focusing on in-content units, nontraditional placements, contextually relevant creative, and above-the-fold locations, according to recent data from Infolinks.

Below, key findings from the study.

Native Ads vs. Banner Ads

  • Native ads—units delivered within core content areas were seen 47% more quickly than banner ads in traditional locations on the same pages.
  • The time spent in the main content areas was 4,000% more than the time spent in the areas containing the banner ads, resulting in significantly higher brand recall.

Above the Fold

  • The top content area of a webpage (above the fold) does function significantly better than the bottom content area (below the fold) in terms of visibility ratio, time spent, and time to notice.
  • In the study, 156% more people saw the top content area of the page compared with the bottom content area.
  • However, being at the very top of the screen, where leaderboard ads are often placed, is not always beneficial. An ad unit at the bottom of the screen, just above the fold, was seen 225% more quickly than standard leaderboard ads at the top of the page—suggesting that users were skipping over the leaderboard placement, anticipating its irrelevance.

Non-Traditional Placements

  • The study found ads delivered to unconventional page locations—at the edges, nestled between content areas, or integrated into navigational elements/search results—were more effective than ads located in traditional areas.
  • In one test, respondents saw ads placed in the margins of a webpage 50% more quickly than standard display units on the page.


  • Placement was found to be an extremely important element in determining the effectiveness of display ads, but by no means the only factor. Relevance, in particular, also greatly affected the impact of the ads examined.
  • In one test, an ad for the lesser-known brand fluless.com was recalled by 82% more people than an ad for AT&T/Android on the same page, likely because that the fluless.com ad was relevant to the page content (an article on the common flu).
  • Read the full article at MarketingProfs

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