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Tribal Fusion Launches New ‘Rising Star’ Creative Ad Formats

Tribal Fusion, the global display advertising provider owned by Exponential Interactive, has launched Sidekick and Pushdown, its own versions of two of the online industry’s new ‘Rising Stars’ online ad formats.

The new executions take the basics of the Sidekick and Pushdown formats promoted by industry trade body the Internet Advertising Bureau but differ in key ways to drive higher rates of interaction and make them available at greater scale. The move allows advertisers to combine the benefits of advanced online audience targeting with highly engaging ad formats.

Sidekick and Pushdown both aim to deliver high-impact campaigns and user-initiated brand engagement in online campaigns through mini-website experiences that open up when a user clicks or rolls over the basic ad. Once initiated, the units move the page content either to the side or down to reveal a much-expanded ad in which advertisers can add product information, video content and social sharing features. On closing, the unit collapses and page content moves back to its normal place.

Tribal Fusion’s versions of the units work in exactly the same way but run in more commonly used display banner sizes, enabling them to be offered by many more web publishers. Also, Tribal Fusion has direct relationships with web publishers, which, combined with its technical integration with their web pages, enables the company to deliver new formats at greater scale. Tribal Fusion’s global display network reaches more than 450 million unique users worldwide every month and more than 75% of its display banner inventory is enabled for the new units.

The greater reach enables advertisers to combine the benefits of new, high-impact formats like Sidekick and Pushdown with the scale needed to use advanced online audience targeting techniques.

Doug Conely, senior director of global data and targeting at Exponential, said: “Innovating these new forms of ad units has meant that the scale available to advertisers wanting to use them reaches a whole new level. Because an advertiser can leverage our advanced audience targeting capabilities, they will be able to reach their most valuable prospects with these new highly impactful and engaging campaigns.”

The new units have also been designed to provide a consistent and recognizable end-user experience. Both include similar animation features in the basic ad that invites the user to interact. Consumers that have engaged with one of the units before will recognize the same invitation in future campaigns.

Ittai Shiu, executive director, ad solutions, at Tribal Fusion, said: "Our versions of Sidekick and Pushdown take the best of the Rising Stars initiative and evolve them to grow the scale at which they can be delivered and establish consistency in the user experience that drives consumer acceptance and engagement rates.”

About Tribal Fusion

Tribal Fusion is a global online advertising provider that drives sales for the world’s top brands by helping them learn about, reach and engage their online audiences more effectively.

We combine our premium publisher network, advanced online ad technology and integrated audience data on a single platform to deliver audience insights, targeting and creative solutions that transform the way brands connect with their prospective customers.

Tribal Fusion is a division of Exponential Interactive, Inc., a global digital advertising company headquartered in Emeryville, California, which offers its solution to brand advertisers in 26 countries worldwide.

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