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Mobile Rising Stars Added to IAB Standard Ad Unit Portfolio, to Propel Brand Advertising in Mobile to Scale

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>New IAB Study with Vibrant Media and comScore in Collaboration with OREO Shows Mobile Rising Stars Yield Near-Double the Interaction Rate of Standard Banners & Generate Positive Brand Impact</b></i> </p>

Monday, June 10, 2013

Mobile Rising Stars Added to IAB Standard Ad Unit Portfolio, to Propel Brand Advertising in Mobile to Scale

09:00 EDT Monday, June 10, 2013

NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Today, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) announced the inclusion of five Mobile Rising Stars formats into the official IAB Standard Ad Portfolio to enable brand marketers to tell bigger and bolder stories on smaller, mobile screens. The news was released along with findings from an in-market study conducted in partnership with Vibrant Media and comScore related to the “OREO Cookie vs. Creme" marketing campaign, which shows that the IAB Mobile Rising Stars ad formats garner greater user interaction and deliver higher brand and message recall than do standard mobile banner ads.

Mobile Rising Stars inspired nearly twice the number of people to slide, swipe or tap than did standard banners. When presented with both types of ad formats on a mobile device, one in 10 (9.3%) respondents interacted with the Mobile Rising Stars ad, a sharp contrast to the 5.2 percent that interacted with the traditional banner.

Other key findings:

  • Nearly all (98.1%) who interacted with a Mobile Rising Stars ad recalled the brand, with 18 percent more likely to recall the brand name advertised than users who viewed a standard mobile banner ad
  • They are also 23 percent more likely to recall the message advertised compared to users who viewed a standard mobile banner ad
  • Two-thirds (67%) who interacted with a Mobile Rising Stars ad rate the ads “better” or “much better” than a standard mobile ad

“Mobile has the potential to become a primary venue by which marketers can deliver visually compelling creative to consumers,” said Peter Minnium, Head of Brand Initiatives, IAB. “Bringing the Mobile Rising Stars into the IAB Standard Ad Portfolio signifies a turning point in being able to deliver on mobile's promise – at scale. This is the next step in driving adoption, so publishers, media buyers, and creatives can work together to enhance the interactivity and performance of mobile ad campaigns to the benefit of both consumers and brands.”

“Working on this research has shown that the IAB Mobile Rising Star formats' enhanced interaction functions and consumer controls deliver an innovative brand experience that has positive impact,” said Cella Irvine, CEO, Vibrant Media. “The findings demonstrate the need for brands to adopt more ad experiences that deliver interactivity and creativity at scale to connect brands and consumers in engaging ways, as opposed to standard, non-optimized mobile experiences that consumers have come to expect from mobile advertising.”

“Consumers interact on smartphones and tablets with a series of swipes, taps, scrolls and flips that go well beyond the basic click that we're used to focusing on with other digital screens,” said Anne Hunter, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing Strategy, comScore. “That is why it is vital that marketers embrace mobile ad units that not only encompass those activities, but brings them to the forefront in rich canvasses that effectively deliver brand messages. This research clearly illustrates that the Mobile Rising Stars meet these criteria.”

The IAB Mobile Rising Stars are part of the larger IAB Rising Stars initiative, which seeks to create new canvasses for brand advertising on digital platforms. These formats are intended to work across all major mobile platforms and allow mobile ad buys at the same scale and scope as typical online display buys.

The news was announced at the “IAB Cross-Screen Content & Consumers: AfterFronts” conference, held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel in New York City.

The complete study is available at iab.net/mobilerisingstarsstudy. To download all of the IAB Standard Ad Unit Portfolio's ad format specifications, please go to iab.net/displayguidelines.

Methodology

Standard experimental design utilizing control/exposed groups were used to measure brand lift, user attitudes and interaction rates among nearly 1600 adults, ages 18-54 on iOS devices. Fieldwork took place March 28 – April 15, 2013. Recruited respondents were invited to take a survey on their mobile device, either a tablet or smartphone. After viewing a mock web page created to simulate web viewing, respondents were exposed to one of eight test scenarios: six different IAB Mobile Rising Star units, a standard mobile banner or no ad. Tracking pixels was implemented on test ads to collect interactions by respondents. Results were layered to provide a comprehensive examination of attitudinal results integrated with mobile behavior (swiping, sliding, clicking). For the purpose of the study, interaction rate was defined as the percentage of users who intentionally enter the frame of an ad for at least half a second.

About Vibrant Media

Vibrant Media (vibrantmedia.com) is the world's leading provider of in-content contextual technology that gets brand content and advertising discovered across platforms. With over 6,600 premium publishers, reaching more than 300 million unique users per month (comScore, 2012), Vibrant gives top brand marketers the opportunity to deliver highly targeted, user-initiated campaigns, within relevant text and images. Vibrant works with top brand advertisers such as Microsoft, Unilever, Chrysler and AT&T. The company was founded in 2000 and has offices in New York, San Francisco, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlanta, London, Hamburg, Munich and Dusseldorf. For more information about Vibrant, please visit vibrantmedia.com or facebook.com/vibrantmedia or twitter.com/vibrantmedia. Vibrant's blog with insights on the digital marketing industry can be found at RelevanceMatters.com.

About comScore Inc.

comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in digital measurement and analytics, delivering insights on web, mobile and TV consumer behavior that enable clients to maximize the value of their digital investments. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.

About the IAB

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is comprised of more than 500 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in the United States. On behalf of its members, the IAB is dedicated to the growth of the interactive advertising marketplace, of interactive's share of total marketing spend, and of its members' share of total marketing spend. The IAB educates marketers, agencies, media companies and the wider business community about the value of interactive advertising. Working with its member companies, the IAB evaluates and recommends standards and practices and fields critical research on interactive advertising. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City with a Public Policy office in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit www.iab.net.

IAB Press
Laura Goldberg, 347-683-1859
laura.goldberg@iab.net
or
Vibrant Media Press
Morris & King
Ken Bruno, 212-561-7459
ken.bruno@morris-king.com
or
comScore Press
Stephanie Flosi, 312-777-8801
press@comscore.com

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