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26 May 2023
#Mobile advertising

How Rich media destroys banner blindness of users

Banner blindness is a problem that advertisers are increasingly facing. People are skipping ads, and businesses are losing potential audiences. Today we’ll talk more about this phenomenon and explain how Rich Media’s interactive formats destroy banner blindness.

What is banner blindness and why it occurs

Can you remember the last time when you really paid attention to the noise of the refrigerator or the ticking clocks? At first these sounds are noticeable, but soon the brain gets used to them.

Banner blindness works in a similar way.

Experts believe that this is the result of the evolution of web user behavior. At the beginning of the Internet era, advertising banners attracted a lot of attention because they were something new and unusual.

the first ads banner
The first ad was created in 1994. By the way, at that time not many people considered this sphere perspective.

Over the years, however, advertising has increased, and because of the growing volume of information, users began to ignore the placement of banners.

The term “banner blindness” was first used by Benway and Lane to describe the outcome of web site usability. During the task ( to find information on a website), most test participants consciously or subconsciously ignored the information presented in banners.

the banner blindness test

Why users don’t click on advertising banners

People have a natural ability to filter out unnecessary information by remembering only valuable data. It’s called selective attention or selective perception of information.

The Scroop test – an excellent example of how perception works. It requires selective attention for successful completion of the task. To assess your abilities, You can take this test.

Scroop test - colors

The digital world also influences this phenomenon. If a user doesn’t have a lot of time and energy, they won’t have much desire to interact with advertising. For example, according to a new report from a market research firm, 2023 is the year of hyper fatigue.

hyper fatigue - new report 2023

Popular reasons for avoiding advertising also include:

  • Placement. Ad placement is important to the user’s viewing experience. If the location or method of placement is incorrect, the possibility of “blindness” increases.
  • Uninformative. Annoying, uninformative advertising is outdated – it irritates the user and keeps them from viewing the content. A person is ready to be distracted only by something interesting.
  • Misconceptions. Some users consider absolutely all ads harmful – they’re afraid of getting viruses on their devices. And some don’t trust ads for privacy reasons. In both cases, users tend to avoid interacting with the advertising message.

However, it is important to remember – banner blindness can be destroyed!

To do this, it’s necessary to understand what tools help keep the user’s attention. This will allow advertisers to place ads effectively. Besides, according to statista, in Turkey, the UAE and many other countries there is an increase in the popularity of banner placement.

digital market - statista 2023

How rich media destroys banner blindness

Rich-media – banners with interactive and multimedia content.

They affect the user with sound, animation and video. These banners can be created by using Adobe Animate based on JavaScript and HTML5.

At BYYD we also work with a rich media placement format. Our company creates creatives based on the latest HTML hypertext markup, which helps structure and present online content.

rich media -  Flash Up
Case Flash Up

The banners created by our production department are placed in mobile apps. The placement options of the BYYD programmatic platform allow advertisers to show their ads in various kinds of applications: games, widgets, household, etc.

Back to the question – how does the rich media format affect user attention and break banner blindness:

• Thanks to interactivity.

Interactivity is a process that requires interaction. And in this case – the interaction between the creator and the user. Psychologists have found that information learns better through play. According to ProProfs, gamification is one of the 10 must-have features of a learning management system.

gamification data

Rich Media also proves this – users are more likely looking at game formats.

students and gamified learning

• Thanks to multimedia.

Multimedia allows to combine different ways of presenting information into a single semantic block. In other words, to use text, sound, video, links, and much more in the one creative.

CIS market statista
In the CIS market there is a clear trend of growth in spending on mobile advertising.

While previously advertising could only focus on one way of transmitting information, here it acts as a multi-channel tool and affects on all available channels of perception.

Thanks to creativity.

Creativity in this segment determines a lot, because it helps to make interesting promotional offers.

Since people don’t want to look at ads for a long time, the main task is to attract and hold the user’s attention. To do this, digital professionals use topical themes, bright colors, simple shapes, and easy-to-read images.

Note, however, that creatives shouldn’t be provocative. Of course, performance marketing quite often uses this approach. But the best strategy would be to implement brandformance tools which allow to create attractive creatives without harming the image of the brand.

These rules we use at BYYD as well.

To know more about the Rich Media format, check out our collection of articles.

BYYD cases

Let’s show on our recent cases how to properly use Rich Media creatives to increase reputation and retain user attention.


The international pet food brands Whiskas and Pedigree decided to advertise on our mobile program platform. The goal was to announce a promotion for “Animal Day”, attract users to the site and encourage users to register and participate in the prize draw.

rich media Whiskas

Interaction invites the user to feed the animals on the screen. To do this, it’s necessary to touch the screen and pull the brand’s products to a specific location. When the user’s attention is attracted by the interaction, an advertising message appears. 

As a result of the campaign, we achieved a high CTR of 2.23%.


Our goals in this case was to draw attention to the “Mindful Training collection”, attract people to offline stores and attract the target audience to the website.

rich media HUMMEL

To do this, we used rich media. Our designers developed a “gallery” format of creative. In the course of interaction, a person studies the brand’s new products. Such a banner increases trust to the brand and gives the right amount of information.


Zarqand is a producer of confectionery products, which has been present on the Uzbekistan market for more than 17 years. Our tasks were to increase brand awareness and knowledge about new products of the company.

rich media ZARQAND

As a promotion tool we used two rich media creatives. The chosen mechanic was a “shopping cart“. The user has to assemble a basket of the brand’s products, and then a box with a call to action appears.

The call to action, contrasting colors, and proper placement of objects in the frame help increase the appeal of the advertising creative and draw attention to the offer.


Rich media is a powerful tool that benefits advertisers, publishers, and users alike. Interactive banners help brands be entertaining and broadcast only useful information to users.

Use Rich Media creatives in your advertising campaigns!

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