Interactive Video Ads Are Better Than Standard Ads: Exponential Study

Interactive Video Ads Are Better Than Standard Ads: Exponential Study

Digital ad solutions company Exponential Interactive has released its study titled The Power of Video-Driven Experiences: What Attention, Emotion and Perception Can Tell Us About Good Advertising – which finds that interactive video advertisements are significantly more impactful than standard banner and pre-roll video ads.

Exponential commissioned EyeSee, a market research firm, to investigate the effectiveness of interactive video. The study compared Exponential’s proprietary VDX video units to 30-second pre-roll units and standard banner units, focusing on three key KPIs – attention (length of browsing and interaction time), emotion (type of emotion and strength of emotional reaction) and perception (impact on brand lift).

These KPIs were evaluated via eye tracking and interaction rates, facial expression and surveys, respectively.

The study found that interactive video ads are more effective at seizing attention, provoking emotion and driving brand impact. Key takeaways and statistics include:

  • Interactive video impacts purchase consideration. 17 percent of users who viewed a VDX Pre-roll and 19 percent of users who viewed the VDX Rectangle units stated they “definitely will” consider purchasing the brand in the future. That statistic was only 13 percent for the standard pre-roll.
  • Interactive video advertising units generate positive brand perception and make a lasting impression. Compared to standard pre-roll units, video-driven units held attention for over twice as long, produced higher ad recall rates and boosted brand perception.
  • An invitation to engage with video advertising is more than just a gateway to a compelling experience; it can be valuable real estate in itself. 69 percent of users spent over five seconds looking at the interactive teaser compared to just 11 percent who viewed the standard animated banner of the same size. Interactive teasers are also 3x more likely to stimulate a positive emotional reaction (particularly ‘Focus’). Further, 82 percent of those who viewed the teasers reported “favourable” or “very favourable” brand perception on the surveys compared to just 68 percent of those who viewed the standard banner.

“This study validates what we’re seeing every day – that interactive video is a powerful digital vehicle for brand impact,” said Tyler Greer, head of strategy APAC, Exponential. “The choice of ad format has huge implications for marketers and advertisers; advertising focused on engagement delivers more compelling, memorable experiences.”


In the study, a sample of 500 panel-recruited U.S.-based participants were asked to browse a series of realistic mock websites how they would naturally – at home and using their own devices. Throughout exposure, users were monitored via their webcams for their facial expressions, visual gaze, and navigation while surfing the pages.

After users finished browsing, they were then exposed to an additional mock webpage with generic editorial content and additional dummy advertisements. To assess brand lift metrics, users were presented with a seven-question survey assessing recall and brand perception.

The study can be found here.


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