Originally Posted by sugarbutch
The Nike ad at least starts playing music for three seconds before the full-screen pop-up happens.
Sort of a wierd compromise, I know. It's like, either you get a warning that's not that most pleasant sound, or you don't, and it's like "bam".
Anyway, the story is that our hosting partners decided to team up with SAY Media, which, from what I've been told, wants to learn how to do integrated advertising and marketing, and is going to learn these things from Huddler. The affiliate threads (which we've had since 2005), for example, allow you to interact with vendors and brands directly, and a lot of our members elect to do so, but if you don't want to, your reading and posting enjoyment is not impaired in any way. Of course, in the tech industry, they always have name everything, and the term "native advertising" is what this type of thing got called it after Facebook and others decided that they'd invent something that has been going on on much smaller platforms for a long time.
Back to the point, SAY media also got the lion's share of the banner space on the site. There are fewer banner ads now, and the pages load faster (hope you guys have noticed that) because there doesn't need to be a bidding process, and then loading from different networks, etc... All good, right?
Of course, there is always a price to be paid, and well, you guys found out what it was pretty much the same time as did I. I've been on this for a while now. I've gotten all audio except for the countdown taken down, and I've been assured that the frequency cap is as tight right now as it can be made. There are glitches though. For example, if you scroll over a banner, and commence the countdown, and go to another tab, the software doesn't detect that, and it keeps the countdown going. That is what Piobaire saw. Obviously, this is not cool, and it's being worked out. You can also opt out of the ads by going to the website through the ad. I haven't tested this, for obvious reasons - the captain is also the guinea pig.
Anyway, I hope that you guys will bear with me as we get all the kinks worked out. I've got no interest in seeing you guys blowing up full page ads by mistake. I'm sure you can figure out from looking at other sites that we've left considerable money on the table because we are not interested in maxing out revenues at the expense of our community.