Native advertising is having its Snow Fall moment. When The New York Times published Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek, a multimedia feature that made simple words on a page feel suddenly old-fashioned, it was heralded as “the future of journalism storytelling.” It would go on to win a 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing as “a distinguished example of feature writing giving prime consideration to quality of writing, originality and concision, using any available journalistic tool.” Now, a year and a half later, it’s clear that Snow Fall did change the landscape for old and new media. Suddenly digital tools made it possible to enhance a story and tell it in a new - and better - way.
We’re at that precise inflection point with native advertising too. Here’s why: