Rich Media Banners

In a previous post we saw what an interactive banner ad looks like. Now it’s time to figure out what a rich media banner is, ’cause advertisers are rightfully crazy about them: they work much better than the conventional ones.

Let’s play with an example and then talk a little about it. Roll over:

Now, the first thing that you notice is that it starts playing audio when you roll over it. Thus, from the start we can see that the banner is interactive.  What makes it a rich media banner? That’s pretty simple: images, text, video and sound. Rich media banners are also called multimedia banners.

Let’s try a definition here:

Rich media banners are flash banners that employ images, text, sound and video. They are often interactive, inviting the user to play a game, navigate through different “pages”, turn the sound on/off, select an item from a drop-down, pause the video and so on. Also, a rich media banner can use several other technologies besides flash, such as Java, Javascript, and DHTML.

Note that some sources put the equal sign between interactive banners and rich media banners and even between rich media banners and flash banners, since a flash banner usually employ images and text and thus being classified as a multimedia banner. However, we think it’s useful and “educational” to emphasize the differences between these three types of flash banners.

The ad we’ve used in this article was created with BannerSnack. Can you guess how? We’ve added a YouTube video, we’ve hidden the YouTube player progress bar by covering it with a clipart and text. Easy, right?

Here’s another similar example:


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