Why Is The Video Ad Industry So Slow To Adopt HTML5 As Standard?

Why Is The Video Ad Industry So Slow To Adopt HTML5 As Standard?

With all the hype surrounding HTML5 over the last few years you would think that HTML5 video advertising and rich media ads would be widely adopted by now, but that's not quite the case. A whitepaper that Google released last month called Unlocking the HTML5 Opportunity: What's the Holdup? goes into some of the obstacles still in the way for the new standards. There's a considerable amount of hype surrounding the adoption of HMTL5 across the board but there are still barriers in place. Before we take a look at at some of the issues, let's remind ourselves what HTML5 is:

Unlocking the HTML5 Video Ad Opportunity: Barriers To Adoption

In the first quarter of 2013, 79% of all website traffic came from desktops with 11% from smartphones and 10% from tablets. Perhaps that helps explain why advertisers and publishers have been slower to adopt HTML5 when almost 80% of their audience are experiencing their Flash ads just fine. Until the traffic is more evenly split it makes it easier for the industry to keep using what their systems are built for without pushing forward with new technology. The Google report also talks about insufficient client demand as an obstacle to HTML5 adoption. I think there is actually some chicken and egg happening here. The clients aren't demanding it because they don't fully understand the options or the benefits. On the other side, the incentive isn't quite strong enough yet for the agencies and publishers to be pushing it forward. A last point that I've heard, which the Google report didn't mention, is the consistency of the creative delivery. When you create a Flash advertisement, that ad will look exactly the same on every computer and browser that has Flash installed. With the current HTML5/CSS3 standards that's not always the case. There will be slight differences that you need to account for in order to make sure that it will look right in each environment.

Why Is The Video Ad Industry So Slow To Adopt HTML5 As Standard?

Having said all of this, the trend is still clearly heading in the direction of HTML5. The above graphic I found from Statista shows that global internet traffic from mobile was 17.4% as of August 2013, that's pretty rapid growth from 11% just a few months earlier. Creating experiences that can easily be translated across devices is a requirement. At the end of the Google report they say that 79% of creative agencies have been asked to develop creative that works across smartphones and tablets. It's time to start thinking about those experiences at the same level as the desktop experience to get ahead of the trend. You can read the full report at the link above or embedded below.

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CJ Bruce is a Founder and the Managing Director of New Antics, a video marketing company with patented interactive video technology called PayRoll®. CJ regularly consults and creates video marketing strategies for businesses and content creators to drive awareness, traffic and revenue. View All Posts By -

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  • Clayton

    This is unfortunate because of how much more flexible HTML5 is when compared to the various plugins. I've recently started playing around with Google Web Designer and must say that it's the easiest platform I've used for creating rich media. And it's also free.

    We're working on creating rich media ads at Sun Bird Interactive for several clients. We've found that awareness has to be created first for clients to adopt HTML5 into their ad campaigns. Sadly, it seems most are still in the dark about it and continue to ask for things in Flash.

  • Eric McClatchy

    Readers of this article may be interested to know that Viddler offers advertising integration with a HTML5 video player using an iframe embed code. https://support.viddler.com/entries/20710723-How-to-Embed-a-Video