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Since it first appeared in October 1994 to promote seven art museums, sponsored by AT&T, to the readers of HotWired.com, the banner ad has earned publishers billions of dollars in revenues.Its ubiquity has also driven ad prices down to levels that have bankrupted dozens of old media companies, and web users largely revile them Indeed, there's an entire industry of digital agencies currently devoted to dreaming up ways of marketing on the net that don't involve banners.
And yet it persists. (Business Insider = guilty!)The first banner ad was made by Modem Media, a digital agency where McCambley worked, that was later acquired and folded into Digitas.
Of those who saw the ad, 44 percent clicked, McCambley remembers. Here it is: