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The Most Enticing Banner Ad Ever?



It seems that banner ads continue to get a bad rap. But if you have a great offer–and clever message–you can still attract attention.

Endless.com is ahead of the pack with this banner ad running on Amazon.com.

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(Actual ad is animated)

I’m online all day, which means I’m conditioned to ignore ads. I also have no interest in women’s shoes. Still, credit to Endless for getting my attention with their offer to pay me $5 to ship their shoes overnight.

Have you spotted any great ads recently? 

  • http://www.abhishekrungta.com Abhishek Rungta

    Hi Andy,

    Frankly, I do not find this ad to be really enticing. Though the offer is really attractive, but the visuals do not make it attractive at all.

    I think if they could have put up a different visual, this ad could have become interesting and difficult to ignore.

    Abhishek

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  • Aaron

    Endless is owned by Amazon, and they do sell men’s (and children’s) shoes. I believe this offer is part of their effort to build market share over Zappos.

  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    @Aaron – thanks for the extra info. They needed something extreme in order to compete with the excellent service of Zappos. http://www.andybeal.com/2005/01/great-service-from-zappos.html

  • Dan Perry

    The new Virgin American ad (mentioned on your site earlier) was so good, I forwarded to my boss. It’s the first time I can remember forwarding an ad.

  • http://www.seocracy.com Seocracy

    Now, call me a nit picker, but technically its the promotional incentive that caught your eye, not the design or copy writing…I guess I assumed thats what you’d be getting at from the title of the post. That said, it IS an excellent incentive, and in terms of driving customer interest, nothing beats a good incentive.

    The recent offers for “Zero Cash Down” deposits on New Condo’s in Vancouver and Calgary are a great example of that….the firs thing a developer does when he senses a downturn in the market is to try and create hype through promotional incentives.

  • Jordan McCollum

    And yet the incentive is part of the banner. It’s not like they hid the incentive, or only told you when you arrived on the site: it’s the entire message of the banner ad.

    And I have to admit . . . I clicked when the offer came in my email (even though I hate hearing from Amazon).

  • http://lucidprayer.com LucidAdmin

    After consideration I’ve kept my ads very very clean looking. I wanted it to be easy to see when skiming over content.

  • http://www.ThinKlear.net/ Chris [TK]

    I don’t like it – honestly…

    the ad text makes you think “hey – what the… I think I read it wrong”… – so I think it makes you wonder if you read it well, and makes you read it again [just to be sure].

    it’s a good technique, but… I don’t find it so enticing :)

  • http://www.bogaziciperde.com Perde

    My browser, Maxthon, blocks most of the ads agressively anyway but I sometimes find myself visiting adversiters sites just because their banner grabbed my attention. VCars banner that used to be here on MP was one example of that.