At the first mention of pop ads, there is generally less than enthusiastic reaction. They are almost like a summer blockbuster movie that failed to resonate with the critics, yet fared really well on the box office. Here’s why we made that comparison: users actually engage with these types of ads on a regular basis, despite the overall “anti-pop” attitude. They are a proven cost-effective option with solid CTR and boost-inducing email and subscriptions opt-ins. That’s just a general overview of what still makes pop ads a force to be reckoned with. On to the nitty-gritty of why you should still make your ads pop.
It’s THE reason, no need to look further. Pop-ups and pop unders have changed, eliminating the annoying factor (for the most part) that was so closely related to these ads. These are not the separate dialogue boxes of the early 2000s which got the pop ads a bad reputation. Now you have pop-ups that slide above page content either in full-screen mode, at the center, from the side, and so on. There are also pop unders, a variation of pop ups that open under the active window. Hence, these ads are not interrupting the user momentarily but appearing when the covering window closes. In addition, there are various trigger options for when these ads should appear. When all these elements are implemented properly (along with a few best practices listed below), pop ads undoubtedly work. In fact, they work really, really well.
How well? AWeber found that a pop up form converted a whopping 1,375% better as opposed to more traditional forms for subscriptions. In another research done by Sumo, the top performing 10% of pop up forms had an average conversion rate of 9.3%, while some pop ups saw rates as high as 50.2%. The numbers are definitely there but all of this needs to be in line with user experience, otherwise, your pop ads won’t matter diddly-squat. Remember this: nothing beats user experience.
To an extent, pop ads are largely misunderstood. It's easy to copy what other marketers do great but it takes a whole lot of understanding what makes people interact with these ads in the first place. The end results come down to how you use them and personalize them to your audience’s liking. There are numerous factors that constitute a successful 50% converting pop machine, yet one wrong cog in the engine can slow down or entirely stop your conversion rates. You cannot simply shove pop ads into your reader’s faces every time they visit a website with your ad on it. Well, you can but it’s not recommended. There are more than enough tactics and settings that restrict pop ups from being annoying and enable maximum efficiency.
If you are going to opt for pop up and pop under ads to represent your campaign, you are walking a thin line between annoying and alienating prospects and winning them over. Here’s what you need to do in order to create a high-converting pop up ads:
For all of this to work, you need a quality traffic source to build on. Among several fine ad networks on the market, SelfAdvertiser is one of the few options that offer a full range of pop ads and targeting features. Our self-service platform allows you to target websites as broadly or narrowly as you like with advanced targeting options such as keywords, domains, and subdomains. Depending on the user’s browser, your ad will display in the exact browser size they are working in, full size or any custom size set by the user. There is also an available dedicated account manager for assistance regarding all kinds of topics (not just pop up/under related), from campaign optimization to knowing which programmatic advertising mistakes to avoid and everything in between.
One thing that doesn’t work in your favor is that people don’t like pop ads. With these ad types in play, there has to be some user experience disruption. The good news is that the general annoyance when coming across pop ups and unders is, for the most part, due to the lack of knowledge and concerted effort in taking advantage of all the options they deliver. That also means utilizing them to create minimal disruption rather than alienating visitors. By using everything you’ve read in this post, you’ll start seeing benefits of using pop ups and have no trouble crafting ads that will win over people and convert them into customers.