More Reasons Not To Use Pop-up Ads

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Jakob Nielsen’s “Most Hated Advertising Techniques”:http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20041206.html provides some hard data on what many of us have known for a while now – aggressive online ads alienate site visitors out of proportion with the potential upside of clickthroughs.
Here’s a particularly relevant part of the article:
bq.. “Users have started to defend themselves against pop-ups. The percentage of users who report using pop-up or ad-blocking software increased from 26% in April 2003 to 69% in September 2004, which is an astonishing growth rate.
Users not only dislike pop-ups, they transfer their dislike to the advertisers behind the ad and to the website that exposed them to it. In a survey of 18,808 users, more than 50% reported that a pop-up ad affected their opinion of the advertiser very negatively and nearly 40% reported that it affected their opinion of the website very negatively.”

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