5.35bn Rich Media Impressions Wasted on Mobile in Q1 2015

By Tim Maytom

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Mobile default ads, where static images are served in place of rich media when Flash-based ad formats aren’t supported, resulted in 5.35bn wasted rich media impressions on mobile devices in the first quarter of 2015 alone.

The figures come from Sizmek‘s Mobile Index, which examines trends and growth in mobile inventory, and also found that HTML5 ads, which typically perform equally well on mobile and desktop, outperformed Flash ads by 400 per cent in terms of interaction rate, thanks largely to this advantage.

Rich media ads that relied on Flash served their default image on mobiles an astounding 98 per cent of the time, while those in HTML5 only defaulted for 8.3 per cent of impressions, highlighting the considerable difference between the two options.

However, the relatively slow uptake of HTML5 has meant that 12 per cent of advertisers have never successfully served a rich media ad to a mobile device, considerably impacting click-through rates for publishers, advertisers and brands.

“Advertisers are using more rich media on mobile to reach potential customers, but they’re wasting a lot of opportunities,” said Andy Kahl, director of research at Sizmek. “By converting rich media ads to HTML5, brand advertisers can ensure their ads are seen …read more

Source:: Mobile App News