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    Which Smartad should I use to meet my goals?

    We offer advertising solutions for every marketers’ goal. Looking to drive engagement, improve sales, or increase brand awareness? No matter what your marketing goals are, we have a Smartad for you.

    Smartads dynamically fit within Outbrain’s proprietary native placements across our publisher partners, creating the most relevant, native consumer experience on the open web.

    Find the Smartad format that’s right for you

    Standard Smartad

    Standard Smartads are the bread and butter to Outbrain’s offering and provide a clean and simple way to showcase your message. Reach your audience, drive leads, and boost sales with quality images, engaging copy, and an optional call-to-action button.

    Carousel Smartad

    Carousel Smartads allow you to utilize up to 10 images at a time to showcase a variety of products and tell your brand story while garnering results. This rich advertising experience provides maximum real estate within a single Smartad while driving action through customized CTAs. This format is best suited for brands that seek to showcase multiple products types or variations, especially those rooted in eComm such as retail or CPG.

    App Install Smartad

    App Install campaigns require a niche approach, and Outbrain’s dedicated Smartad is specifically designed to cater to these nuances. With a custom CTA button, brand logo, app store rating, and the option to use GIFs or static images, the App Install Smartad is eye-catching and engaging. This robust ad format provides the user with a clear and concise path to conversion, ultimately increasing app installs from high LTV consumers.

    Outstream Video

    Increase reach and maximize awareness with Outbrain’s Outstream video. This native video format defaults to mute mode and only starts playing once it is in-view, two features that actively avoid an interruptive ad experience while catering to the user’s attention. Please note, Outstream Video is only available via our internal DSP, Zemanta.

    Click-to-Watch Video

    Increase brand awareness through an immersive video experience that drives meaningful results. This video format is best suited for longer-form videos, as it is 100% user-initiated and only plays when a user opts-in and clicks to watch.  Please note, Click-to-Watch Video is only available through Amplify for managed accounts.


    Harness the power of motion with this animated ad format designed to achieve lower-funnel, performance KPIs. Clip utilizes short-form assets (GIF or MP4) to grab consumer attention while still allowing you to provide an informational title and strong CTA in order to best meet your goals.

    Instant (Beta)

    The newest addition to the Smartad portfolio, Instant boasts an optimized user experience — when the consumer clicks on the ad, the content loads directly on the publisher’s page through an iframe versus driving to a third-party landing page. This creates a more seamless user flow and reduces disruption, leading to increased engagement and conversions. Instant perfect for driving engaged traffic to a piece of content, providing a simple path-to-purchase, or generating leads/sign-ups through a lead form.


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