Google Testing Special Video AdSense Units?

Feb 27, 2007 • 7:34 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Google AdSense

youtubevideo-in-adsense-ad.pngVia a DigitalPoint Forums thread a user points to his blog post that says he spotted an ad on this page for Gmail that is in the form of a video ad.

As you can see from the screen capture, there is an embedded Google Video a Gmail logo, a video link, a secrets tip link, and previous and next video links.

Amit Agarwal explains more about the ad he saw:

» The Adsense gadget has an embedded Youtube player that serves the four videos of GMail Theater Ads directly from Youtube.

» The YouTube player is 250x200 pixels while the Adsense Ad size is 300x250 pixels.

» The Adsense Flash widget is actually served by Lab Pixies, a company that also creates gadgets or widgets for personalized pages like PageFlakes, Google Personalized Homepage and Microsoft

» Though the images in the ad are served by LabPixies, they are redirected via - a Google owned site.

» Clicking the Tips Tab on the Ad will show the following tips: (1) "Is any chat really complete without a flying monkey? Spice up your messages with these Gmail emoticons.", (2) "You can make any endless email thread invisible, but just a quick search away if you ever need to catch up.", (3) "Choose any photo as your Gmail pic and it will pop up next to your name on people's inbox and Contact lists.", (4) "Keep your social life hopping by easily adding event info from your Gmail messages to your Google Calendar.", (5) "To find all emails from a certain someone, type from: and their first or last name into the Gmail search box.

I personally saw several ads there on refresh, yes, one for Gmail, but not a video ad. I did see an animated ad, so I believe this screen shot above. When I clicked on the gmail ad, it took me to the Welcome To Gmail page (screen capture here).

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