Display advertising

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Display advertising is a type of advertising that typically contains text (i.e., copy), logos, photographs or other images, location maps, and similar items. In periodicals, display advertising can appear on the same page as, or on the page adjacent to, general editorial content. In contrast, classified advertising generally appears in a distinct section, was traditionally text-only, and was available in a limited selection of typefaces.

Display advertisements are not required to contain images, audio, or video: Textual advertisements are also used where text may be more appropriate or more effective. An example of textual advertisements is commercial messages sent to mobile device users, or email.

One common form of display advertising involves billboards. Posters, fliers, transit cards, tents, scale models are examples of display advertising.

On the Internet[edit]

Display advertising also appears on the Internet, as a form of online advertising. Display advertising appears on web pages in many forms, including web banners. Banner ad standards continue to evolve.


Typical web banner, sized 468×60 pixels.
Advertisement from early 20th century