How HTML5 Banner Ads Can Have Click Rates As High As Video Content

Everyone is talking about the HTML5 banners these days, and it makes you wonder why it has become such a big thing. It’s been 6 years since HTML5 was first released, and it has shown amazing results for product marketing. 

HTML5 (Hypertext Markup Language) banners are essentially the animated banners that brands use to advertise their products/services online. Sometimes it contains an interactive feature that makes the customers even more excited to purchase the product, and it also allows people to be more creative with their advertisements. This new format of digital advertising is also called ‘rich media’ because of its rich content that includes audio, video, animation, and other features. 

Mazda, Nike, BMW

How effective are these banners? The Adform research shows that click-through rates of rich media ads are 267% more than from static ads. The main reason for this phenomenon lies behind the movement and interaction feature of those ads, the user can’t simply ignore the changing images, and automatically checks the banner which leads to the increase of clicks.

Here are three examples of rich media from different brands such as Mazda, Nike, and BMW.

Each of these HTML5 banners has an eye-catching design and a feature to click through a link and have the page open. The main goal is to get the attention of the users and make them interact with the advertisement. 

The HTML5 banners are memorable, making them stand out from the rest of the digital ads, and nowadays, they can successfully compete with video formatted ads. HTML5 can be quick and easy to make, they can also be complex and time-consuming but yield amazing results. Through our design and marketing team, we have specialised in scalable HTML5s to function as a content marketing piece and have the ability to track their performance.

According to Ironpaper, banner ad sales will increase at least by 7% each year from the US$ 19,554 million in 2016 to the unprecedented US$ 27,472 million next year. It is highly suggested to start implementing HTML5 banners into your marketing plan. At Blackmilk, we provide different services, including making HTML5 banners, which can effectively increase the number of your future customers.

Best Creative Marketing Campaigns of The Past Decade

The advertising and marketing industry keeps progressing, and it only challenges us to be more creative and original with new ideas. For the past decade, some ads have motivated, moved, or even changed our perception of the world. In this blog, we’d like to reflect on the impact they have left and discuss three marketing campaign examples that carry important messages and show creativity in the process. 

Spotify – #2018Goals

Agency: Spotify’s in-house agency

Each year in December, people get overly excited for one thing – and no, it’s not Christmas – it’s Spotify’s end-of-year holiday campaign!  

In recent years, Spotify has successfully increased its brand awareness by launching creative data-driven campaigns that attracted public attention. The campaign was created in-house with the Spotify creative team, along with the help of their regional teams worldwide. Spotify first analyzed the data of their 2017 listeners and used those numbers to create 2018 goals.  

Spotify campaign

Seth Farbman, CMO of Spotify, told Creativity: “There has been some debate about whether big data is muting creativity in marketing, but we have turned that on its head.” Additionally, the Cambridge Analytics incident made the brands and the general public avoid discussing user data analytics. Nonetheless, Spotify turned it around and used this opportunity to build trust with their customer by being transparent and reveal data in a hilarious yet clever way without harming the brand name. The results show the number of subscribers increasing each year, and by the end of 2019, Spotify had over 100million premium listeners on its platform.

Spotify data

Metro – Dumb Ways to die

Agency: McCann Melbourne

Dumb Ways to Die

Without exaggeration, this marketing campaign has become a national anthem for all the transport commercials out there. In 2012, McCann launched the campaign ‘Dumb Ways to die’ to make people pay attention to the safety around the trains, which then led to its global success. Through sharing on social media, the ad generated about $50 million worth of global media value, and nowadays, it has over 180 million views on Youtube.  Later, it went to become a mobile game to make learning about safety more entertaining and engaging. Watch the campaign video here.

Stabilo Boss – Highlight the remarkable

Agency: DDB

In 2018, pens and stationery company Stabilo launched a campaign highlighting (literally) women who left a mark in history as being ‘remarkable achievers’. 

Stabilo campaign

The message of this campaign was to bring attention to women who were overlooked by society and to raise equality issues. The advertising agency DDB chose three historical pictures and highlighted women in each picture with the Stabilo highlighter. 

The campaign went viral on social media platforms collecting over 10 million impressions and won an award at the Cannes Lions International Festival. The campaign is still active, and people want Stabilo to extend the campaign and add more women to the list.

Marketing Trends 2020

Marketing is an ever-changing field that never ceases to evolve. The industry keeps bringing new trends, and the year 2020 is no exception. As we enter the new decade, we researched the creative marketing trends that will shape the industry this year. The article shares three key trends that marketers can use in their practices and, as a result, improve the image of the product: experimental, sustainability, and transparency.  


2020 is a time to be bold and experiment with new marketing channels. Without a doubt, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook dominated the past decade, but it might be changing very soon. According to the CEO of VaynerMedia, Gary Vaynerchuk, LinkedIn and TikTok will potentially be the next Facebook or Instagram: “LinkedIn and TikTok are two platforms that are incredible for people starting out with no audience because of the amazing organic reach”. Gary explains that there’s no other platform that gives the brands organic growth for free as LinkedIn does. LinkedIn remains an empty platform and is seen more like a digital resume for recruiters, but media influencers continue to encourage people to try LinkedIn for their brands.  

TikTok is another platform that hasn’t been considered as an essential tool for marketing. For years, the TikTok brand name has been attacked because of the risk of safety and data protection policy. While TikTok is working on rebuilding the brand image, many known brands such as Chipotle, NBA, and The Washington Post are using TikTok for their creative marketing campaigns and expanding their consumer range. Compared to other known platforms, TikTok has a wider demographic of young consumers, also known as Generation Z. 

100% organic 

Last year, everyone around the globe witnessed the largest climate protest in history. 185 countries participated and gathered millions of people protesting to cut emissions and stabilize the climate. The Swedish school activist, Greta Thunberg, started to spread the message of immediate sustainability and inspired thousands of people to do the same. Many brands and industries such as Starbucks and Zara have also joined the movement by setting sustainability as the main goal of 2020. 

This year, the demand for ‘100% organic’, ‘free-from’, ‘made from recycled materials’ agenda will only grow bigger. People want to know more about the products they use and some brands have already started their new year goal by implementing sustainability in their products and use it for their marketing strategy. For example, this year, L’Oréal has decided to make products with less environmental impact and promote sustainability to their customers.

Sustainability will mostly impact the food products and the customers will be more likely to support the ‘100% organic’ food than fast-food chains. People want to be more considerate of what they consume, and many brands will need to rebuild the image of their product and promote a sustainable lifestyle. 


Building trust with your audience is a major factor in any marketing strategy. In 2018, after the Cambridge Analytics incident, people were collectively reminded about data analytics and how brands use personal information to market their products. The scandal has raised the question of transparency between the customers and brands. 

Going back to Gen Z, the study shows that this generation will search for truth. The core value of any brand will become authenticity and transparency. McKinsey & Company shares that companies will need to focus on three major factors to build trust with the emerging population: “consumption as access rather than possession, consumption as an expression of individual identity, and consumption as a matter of ethical concern”.

Since the implementation of GDPR, it has become even more important to be open and have a genuine interaction with the customers. At Blackmilk, our top priority is transparency and we believe that it should come first and foremost in every marketing plan. Explore our marketing solutions here or contact us directly and we’ll be more than happy to help you!

We hope these trends will help you succeed this year and bring more creativity and ideas to explore in the future. Happy new 2020!

The History of Programmatic

Advertising is an industry that has its roots in ancient civilisations. From Ancient Egyptian carvings on Papyrus and the 15th century revolution from which the newspaper emerged, to the production of radio, TV and now the Internet, Advertising has survived the ages and has continued to adapt to technological advances, becoming a force to be reckoned with.

The first recorded printed advertisement in England was in 1472, and with the establishment of the English newspaper (going back to the early 17th century), print advertisements became increasingly common. This was because, at the time, newspapers were the only medium through which the public could consume news and entertainment. The emergence of the television, however, would change everything.

In the 1950s the Independent Television Service (ITS) was established, laying down the foundation of modern advertising, as the ITS allowed businesses to connect with TV viewers via a TV set.

The 1980’s and 1990’s saw the rise and eventual dominance of satellite and cable TV. With this came increasing competition and choice from other companies, something that grew the more access to target-able audience grew. This continued well into the 90’s and 00’s through TV channels such as Sky, ITV and Channel 4, all of whom vied for advertising revenue.  

Whilst this was occurring, there was an online revolution. In 1994, the first digital banner ad appeared. Advertisers soon began to grow increasingly interested in targeting certain consumer demographics as a way to narrow down their target group and achieve a higher Return on Investment (ROI).

Advertisers soon started to pay for their placements on search engine websites, making digital advertising more and more competitive, something that only continued between the years 1999 to 2002. During this time, the web was rapidly expanding, and the pay for placements turned into pay-for-clicks. Thus, the market for digital advertising was created.

Today, the possibilities are endless. The market has shifted from just digital to mobile and programmatic advertising. One of most recent developments is Dynamic Creative Optimisation (DCO), which allows advertisers to play ads depending on the user’s web behaviour, local conditions and external influences.

Programmatic advertising allows for advertisers to target their ads to individuals, depending on their online habits. From studying this, Programmatic can then ensure that the right ad is played at the right time and in the right place.

Digital advertising has cemented itself as the future. The industry is forecasted to grow exponentially over the next few years. By next year, 85% of mobile display ads will be purchased in a programmatic manner. At Blackmilk Media, we place Programmatic at the centre of our campaigns. We pride ourselves on working with clients to achieve the highest ROI possible, through narrowing down their preferred target audience.

Advertising as we know it today is a far cry from its predecessors, having been built upon through the ages, as a result of technological advances. These days, advertising comes in the form of the personal. Ads, specifically created for each individual, dependent on the category they have been placed in, means that only what we want to see is shown to us. No longer are we bombarded with a plethora of unnecessary information. Thus, advertising has become streamlined, yet its purpose remains the same.


GDPR: What it is, What it does & What it can (or can’t) do for you:

One of the best known acronyms in the data-world, GDPR is set to impact businesses and the way they interact with data.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), four years in the making, will define the way in which data ought to be treated and protected, aligning itself with the ever-evolving manner in which data is utilised. It’s a legal update on its predecessors, such as the Data Protection Act of 1998, as current legislation does not factor in recent technological advances such as cloud technology, which can supersede existing laws that do not feature the latest innovations and exploit data. Furthermore, GDPR is a way for businesses to operate within an even and clear legal framework, as it will be rolled out across Europe.

A long time coming, some might argue, but what will GDPR mean for consumers? It will mean the protection of sensitive information from those who relinquish their data to companies, and give individuals more say over what happens to their information.

Its impact on companies, especially those whose entire foundation is based on controlling and/or processing data, is as yet unknown. However, GDPR will signal an entirely new era of data management, acquisition and protection, one that will require a lengthy education on the matter. So, here are the 10 key points of GDPR:


Businesses that extract data from EU citizens, even if they reside outside of Europe, will be subject to GDPR.


The Data Protection Authorities will have a wider scope of power with regards to penalties for breaches of personal data. In comparison to the UK, where a breach under the Data Protection Act can cost up to £500,000, under GDPR a serious violation can cost a business up to 20 million Euro or 4% of one’s annual global turnover.

Personal Data:

The definition of personal data now includes online identifiers such as IP addresses and mobile device identity


Under GDPR, companies will be required to be explicit in their intent with the data received, and will be bound by law to seek clear consent from the consumer, rather than passive acceptance (pre-ticked boxes, opt-outs etc.) Additionally, a record must be kept of how and when an individual consented to having their data recorded, with the understanding that said individual may withdraw their consent at any time.


Both technical and organisational measures, in relation to the protection of personal data, are set to become compulsory. GDPR will outline examples of said measures, which include but are not limited to the encryption of personal data and processes available to test the effectiveness of security measures.


Companies will have to keep an electronic record of personal data processing activities. This means the lifecycle of the data, as well as the contact details of the data controller


Tests relating to data protection will come into effect under GDP, and will be required for technology that are seen as a high risk to individuals.


From May it will be a requirement for companies to report violations of personal data to the DPA within 72 hours of becoming aware of the situation. High-risk breaches (e.g: accessing non-encrypted personal data) require the individual be informed immediately.


Companies that either monitor individuals on a large scale or process certain areas of data are required to work with a Data Protection Officer, who will monitor company compliance with GDPR, performing in an independent manner.


Fundamentally, GDPR is concerned with data protection, advocating both privacy by design and by default.

Data protection is of paramount importance within the GDPR narrative and beyond. The need to protect individuals from identity fraud and phishing is more urgent than ever, with criminal responses to technological advances becoming increasingly sophisticated. Thus, both consumers and data-driven industries need to be shielded from dangers that are not covered in legislative Acts currently adhered to by various EU countries. For companies, it has been recommended that they appoint an aforementioned Data Protection Officer, who will be responsible for overseeing data protection strategy, in addition to its implementation, to ensure compliance with GDPR requirements. Their role will include, but is not limited to:

  • Training staff involved in data processing
  • Conducting audits to confirm adherence and addressing potential issues proactively
  • Being the point of contact between the company and GDPR Supervisory Authorities

There is not much one can ascertain from GDPR, in spite of its in-depth nature. However it is imperative that companies adhering to the legislation fully comply with the new laws of the tech-land in order to avoid a hefty fine. GDPR is a long-awaited update on legislation that could have never envisioned the direction that the Internet has gone in. it will redefine the way in which data is handled and utilised; creating a fairer, safe tech-society.

Meet Monica

This week it is the turn of Monica, our lovely Account Manager. Having joined us in January, she is responsible for a number of our clients’ needs and wants. Think client lunches, plenty of phone-calls and an abundance of emails!  


Hi Monica, how are you doing today?

Hi I’m good, how are you?


Fabulous! Would you mind terribly if I asked you a few questions?

Sure, go ahead!


Brilliant, let’s begin: do you know the origins of ‘Blackmilk’?

I sure do: it has its origins in Eastern folklore, where the ‘blakmilk’ was seen as an elixir of life, something that we aim to be within the advertising industry!


Lovely, 10/10! With regards to the company, what attracted you to Blackmilk?

I think what attracted me the most was the energy of those who interviewed me. For me, Blackmilk seemed like a place (thankfully I was right!) with an open-door policy and where you can really be yourself and thrive, all without the pressure of a corporate structure that is normally seen in other advertising companies.


What is a day in the life of an Account Manager – could you give us an insight?

My primary job is to be the main point of contact for the client. If they have any questions about the budget, deadlines or creative questions for example, then I will feed these queries back to my colleagues so that I can answer the clients’ questions.

I’d normally start my day by reading through my emails and prioritising them. Afterwards, I’d consult with the relevant teams on behalf of the client, and then get in touch via email and telephone to update them. I am continuously in contact with my clients, ensuring that there is a high degree of transparency throughout, from the first meeting and beyond. Transparency is a core facet of Blackmilk, and it is a constant seen throughout all our work.


How did you get into the role?

I’ve been working in advertising for a while now, and have experience working in various departments such as product integration and Ops. Both gave me a real insight into the workings of product management and the technical nature of advertising. However, I wanted a position that allowed me to have both a client-facing role and retain a foothold in the goings-on of the office.


What Blackmilk Media plans are you excited for in 2018?

I’m really excited for the training sessions we have planned – we’ll be having a number of external speakers, experts from the industry into the office to speak to us and teach us more about our roles.


What is a pit and peak of working at Blackmilk Media?

Good question! I would say that a pit is the level of self-reliance that is required at Blackmilk. Saying that, it’s also a positive (or a peak!) as it tests your character and allows you to showcase yourself and your skills, thus really enabling you to do the best you can.


Last question: how would your friends describe you in three words?

I’ve prepared for this question – I asked my friends the other day! I think they’d say that I was passionate, unapologetic and free-spirited.

Meet Nick

No online campaign would be complete without a manager to oversee the magic unfold. Here with me this week is the talented Nick, who does just that!

Hi Nick! How are you?

I’m all good thanks – you?

Lovely to hear! I’m swell thank you! I’d like to ask a few questions about yourself, is that okay?

Sounds good to me, hit me with your best shot!

I’ll try my best! First one: can you talk me through your previous job history, how did you get to where you are today?

I studied Popular Music at University, and was really interested in Marketing, so from there I went on to study for a Masters in Marketing and Communications in London to build up my skills. Throughout this time I was interning and working part-time in companies relevant to my interests and my course. After my course, I got a job as a Digital Executive, and was then promoted to Social Media Executive (Paid and Organic) within the same company. I worked on some really big accounts, such as the BMW group and Playstation, so that was really exciting!

What is it about ad-tech that drew you into this career/industry initially?

Fundamentally, I like coming up with creative ideas and steering a brand in a certain direction. Aspects of the industry, such as Granular Targeting really interests me too.

For those who don’t know, Granular Targeting is the specific targeting to a specific person at a particular time/day, thus making the ad tailored and personal to the potential consumer. This enhances their experience on the Internet, rather than annoying them with an advert that is of no relevance to them.

Asides from all the technical reasons, watching Mad Men at University definitely helped!

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

It would have to be the planning and strategy of each company brief that comes in. Learning about the industries they hail from is really interesting, because you’re always expanding your knowledge. Helping to establish a brand is always rewarding, especially when we surpass our targets!

And your least favourite?

The fact that every campaign is report-heavy, it means you get accountable for every penny spent. This transparency can be laborious to maintain, but that’s also a great thing for the clients, especially as they know, throughout the campaign, just where their money is going.

What encouraged you to join BMM?

There were two main aspects really: the first was that I felt like I had almost outgrown my previous workplace, and internal issues there made it quite difficult to stay. The second factor was meeting the COO as part of the interview process for Blackmilk Media. As soon as the interview began, I could tell that we were on the same wavelength in terms of learning and developing each other and ourselves, so at that point it was a bit of a no-brainer really!

What a nice way to end the interview! One last question though, I’ve asked everyone this: how would your friends describe you in three words?

*Thinks for a while* Kind, ambitious and passionate!