Windows 8 developers have several options when it comes to monetizing apps in Windows Store. Besides asking for money upfront, developers can alternatively use in-app transactions to make money, or display ads and earn money from those ads.
A new post on Microsoft's Advertising blog demonstrates some of the possibilities that developers have to earn money from display ads.
The blog post highlights two different types of display ads. The first type of ads are displayed in the content, much like the ads you see on many Internet sites these days.
Many Windows 8 apps right now display contents in tiles, similar to how different apps are displayed on the start page of the operating system.
The Delta Airlines ad used in the example expands when clicked on.
When in the NBC News app, a user can initiate the ad by touching on the Delta tile so that it expands up the screen. The user can swipe ‘up’ to continue a visual journey of a travel experience—from checking in at the airport, to bags going up the ramp, until the plane is up in the sky—that is simple and aspirational. Once the experience is closed, users are returned to the NBC News app content.
The second type of ad format demonstrated in the post is a Jeep sidebar ad. It is displayed on the right of a weather app, and expands into a full screen ad when clicked on.
Once inside the AccuWeather app, the user scrolls through the content to the right until they come to the end and ‘bump’ into the Jeep ad, which features engaging animation and a beautiful experience that encourages users to click.
It is not really clear if the ads are static or dynamic in nature. With ads becoming an integral part of the Windows 8 apps experience, will we see adblockers for the operating system as well? What's your take on the development?
Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
We are committed to keeping our content free and independent, which means no paywalls, no sponsored posts, no annoying ad formats (video ads) or subscription fees.
If you like our content, and would like to help, please consider making a contribution:
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.