The banner ad has been around for almost two decades now, but it has little to show for itself. Not only is it unimaginative and intrusive, but most readers blithely ignore it. Industry experts agree: the banner ad symbolizes the very worst of what online advertising can offer.
It should come as no surprise, then, that numerous studies show that the banner ad is a dead end, a black hole with no redeeming features. Just look at some of the stats.
In 2012 alone, US users were served a staggering 5.3 trillion display ads, which represented an increase of one trillion since 2009. Each month, the typical Internet user is served a neat 1,707 banner advertisements, while the 25-34-year-old set sees 2,094 such ads in the same time period. You’d think that with such high numbers, banner ads would have a massive influence on potential consumers. But that’s an erroneous assumption.