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The Impact of Content and Design Elements on Banner Advertising Click-through Rates


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    This study investigates the impact of content and design elements on the click-through rates of banner advertisements using data from 8,725 real banner advertisements. It is one of the first empirical studies to examine banner advertising effectiveness (measured by click-through rates) and also one of the first to examine the differences between business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) banner advertisements.The authors acknowledge the financial and data support of Michael Moore and Marianna Dizik in the conduct of this study.Content elements examined include the use of incentives and emotional appeals. Design elements examined include the use of interactivity, color, and animation. Results suggest that content and design elements do not work the same way for B2B and B2C banner advertisements.

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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Journal of Advertising Research.

    Volume (Year): 43 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 04 (December)
    Pages: 410-418

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:jadres:v:43:y:2003:i:04:p:410-418_03

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