New in Gmail: Display Ads

Next time you're using Chrome and get one of your new Gmail message notifications, you might notice another new addition when you visit your inbox: a display ad.

Google began testing the addition of display ads in Gmail Jan. 21. Here's what it looks like:

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(via Search Engine Land)

"We're always trying out new ad formats and placements in Gmail, and we recently started experimenting with image ads on messages with heavy image content," Google told Search Engine Land in a statement.

Gmail is part of the Google Display Network, which also includes Google Finance, Google Maps, Blogger, and more than 1 million partners. Google last year projected display would bring in $2.5 billion in revenue for all of 2010.

Google has been pushing display hard of late, even erecting a billboard in Times Square last year.