Interpolated Advertising: Enhancing Mobile Ad Interactive Experiences

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Many individuals strongly dislike the current implementation of advertisements. However, can you identify instances in real-life scenarios where people are accepting or even welcome the presence of ads? Let's delve deeper into how advertising can be more effectively tailored to people.


In the realm of online advertising, the challenge lies in creating interactive ad experiences that seamlessly integrate with users' content consumption. With smartphones dominating our digital lifestyles, the focus shifts to redefining mobile advertising—historically known for subpar techniques.

Exploring Acceptable Advertising Moments

Many people typically view advertisements with some reluctance. However, are there instances where ads are not only accepted but also potentially welcomed? Consider various everyday scenarios:

1. Watching Trailers Before a Movie

  • Context: In cinemas, movie trailers are commonly shown before the main feature.
  • Opportunity: The audience is generally receptive to trailers as part of the cinema experience. Ads that are entertainment-focused are well-received in this context.

2. Reading Ads During a Road Trip

  • Context: Passengers often engage with billboards and reading materials that include advertisements during long drives.
  • Opportunity: Ads in travel magazines or on billboards, especially those relevant to the journey (like local attractions or services), can capture the attention of travelers effectively.

3. Halftime Shows at Sports Events

  • Context: The halftime break in sports events often features entertaining shows.
  • Opportunity: This is an ideal moment for engaging ads, as the audience is already in a relaxed and entertained state. Well-crafted ads can complement the experience.

4. Reading Magazines While Waiting for a Haircut

  • Context: People typically read magazines in waiting areas, such as at a hair salon.
  • Opportunity: Advertisements in these magazines can be more effective, as readers are likely to spend time looking at them. Ads that are relevant to the salon's clientele or offer local services tend to be more successful.

Introducing 'Interpolated Advertising'

The concept of interpolated advertising revolves around strategically inserting sponsored content between points of user interest without disrupting the normal flow. Unlike conventional mobile ads that hinder user experience, interpolated advertising aligns with familiar navigation patterns, leveraging the essence of timing during transitional moments.

Example Concepts

  1. Parallax Ads:

    • Utilizing parallax scrolling for targeted audiences.
    • Displaying ads during side-swiping transitions between content pages.
    • User-controlled viewing, requiring a minimum view time of 3-5 seconds.
  2. Pull-Down Refresh Ads:

    • Triggered when users refresh content.
    • Displaying relevant ads during the content loading period.
    • Minimum display time of 3-5 seconds.
  3. Navigation Flip Ads:

    • Leveraging transitions during scrolling for ad display.
    • Displaying ads over headers or footers with quick, long strokes.
    • Ads retract when the screen slows down or a touch event occurs.

In Summary

While these concepts are just the beginning, the essence of interpolated advertising lies in the careful synchronization of timing and user-generated events. Collaboratively, with input from the community and users who encounter less-than-optimal mobile ads, we can design a superior ad experience. It's worth noting that this case study prioritizes enhancing user experience over click-through rates, aiming for a positive shift in users' ad encounters.