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An open letter to content providers and advertisers

Thursday, June 30, 2016

ook. I'm sympathetic. Really, I am. When I watch YouTube videos, I let the entire ad run even after the "Skip ad" button appears, because I know that your continued content relies on eyes on those ads.

But if those ads are more than 45 seconds? Yeah, no. We're done here. In fact, I need to REALLY like you to give you a full 45. Advertisers, if you can't get your message across in 20 seconds, the company you're working for should freakin' fire your pathetic butt.

This rant is brought to you by a day on my work computer. I don't have any ad-blocker software on that computer, because I generally only access about four sites from that computer. But today I happened to need to find a video online.

Oh. My Freaking. Stars. Pop-ups, ads so large they choke the download of anything else, multiple ads before the video could start.

No. Just, no. I closed everything down, gave up on finding the video I wanted, and from now on I will only search from behind the protection of ad blockers.

You have no right to lament over your lost revenue when you aren't bothering to consider your viewer experience. Piling on more crap to make up for the lost revenue just drives the understanding consumer away.

Pay attention to content, and make a deal with your readers that you will never run popup ads, never auto-start advertising videos, and vet all your ads for malware. Then maybe we'll come back. I don't mind an ad along the side offering products I might be interested in. Even an ad along the top, though it will make me roll my eyes, won't trigger my anger reflex.

But the crap I experienced today? I'm not coming back to your sites because of it. Figure your junk out.
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