Federated Media Publishing, or the FM network, is rolling out a new option for advertisers called Ad Stamp. Ad Stamp combines two of the industry’s largest ad units with a companion banner that pulls social media content.
FM currently offers a large “pushdown” ad, which is a 970×418 pixel banner at the top of Web pages that collapses to 970×60. With Ad Stamp, FM will also place a “tower” ad on the right side of pages that measures 300×600 and they will add a social touch to their package with a 300×250 “conversationalist” ad that is placed at the bottom of pages and pulls in brand-related feeds. The “conversationalist” ad pulls feeds from blog post, Tweets and also includes options for friending the advertised products or services via Facebook, or as a follower on Twitter. According to the FM CEO, the goal of Ad Stamp is to build a Web ad product that serves the similar purpose as a 2-page spread in magazines or a 30-second commerical spot.
There is of course risk involved with advertising like this, where most of a web page’s real estate is dedicated to advertising. Consumers may not like this new format and could express distaste for Ad Stamp, as consumers have mentioned their dislike for pop-up, pop-under and interstitial ads. Ad Stamp’s rebuttal is that the three units the program provides work in concert for a single brand and actually provide a better user experience than the scattered advertising units we see now.
For more about the Ad Stamp program, including statistics and ad caps, go to: http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS112587+10-Sep-2009+BW20090910