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19 posts categorized "Native"

23 March 2015

Is “native” another buzzword we can live without? [infographic]

There is so much debate right now around the subject of Native Advertising: should advertisers be carving out budget for it and if so to what extent? But the degree of hype around Native is masking the fact that there is no singular definition for it. While on the one hand anything with the word 'native' in its name must mean that a degree of effort is being made to ensure that the reader experience is a more fluid and intuitive one, unless the nomenclature is clear and common across all users, measuring what works against what doesn't becomes a huge challenge.

As the market bifurcates ever more starkly between standard brand advertising and integrated content marketing, there has never been a more important time either to take a stand and clearly commit the 'Native' tag to one type of activity over another or to simply lose the tag altogether.

Check out all the findings from our recent study into native advertising in the infographic below: 

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28 July 2014

The two key ingredients of native ads done right

Say venn

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:

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11 July 2014

If content is king, who is the heir?

Five questions to keep in mind for your next content marketing initiative.

Say venn

“Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet.” - Bill Gates, 1996

It’s hard to believe Bill Gates coined the phrase “Content is king” only 18 years ago in a 1996 essay about the Internet - at a time when most people weren’t even online yet. The phrase is such a familiar saw now that marketers are starting to argue for other heirs to the throne including “context” and “distribution.” While it’s unlikely anything will unseat content, it’s an interesting discussion to have. At a recent Cynopsis Digital Monetization Summit, Steve Bradbury, COO of Zazoom conducted a panel discussion that included audience members in an exercise to fill in the blank, “Content and _________ are King.” If we concede that content is king, then what is the next most important element that helps content rule the marketing kingdom?

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19 May 2014

It's time to bring accountability to content marketing

More articles for less money and media metrics that skip engagement get us away from what was central to the value of content marketing in the first place? There is a better way.

Say venn

“I love the artistic challenge of doing something kind of impossible.”- Phillippe Petit, high-wire artist.

The last couple of years have ushered in an explosion of content marketing and “native” advertising activity. These concepts are not even a little bit new, but what is new is that as an industry, we’ve been feverishly working on standardization, scale, and efficiency in the name of truly making content marketing a meaningful part of the digital advertising revenue pie.

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02 May 2014

Why Tinder’s move into native ads could challenge the social media elite

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So the big news this week came from popular mobile dating app Tinder, with its parent company InterActive Corp (IAC) announcing during its earnings call that it may start to introduce native advertising in a bid to make money from the free app.

IAC chairman Greg Blatt said: “The nature of the Tinder user experience presents itself with real opportunities for native advertising that certain of our other products don’t.”

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24 March 2014

The art and science of great branded content

Say venn

“To build important companies, the best people live in the future and then fix its problems.” - Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator.

Content marketing, branded content, native advertising...whatever you choose to call it, it has become one of the fastest growing parts of the advertising ecosystem. When created with a little art and sophistication it can surprise and delight readers, transcending traditional advertorials and becoming authentic, engaging editorial. Across the media industry, old-school publishers and digital natives are getting into the act.

So now that you've accepted 'native advertising' is hotter to advertisers than cronuts to Manhattan's hippest, let's see if we can shed some light on how to make it engaging - and still keep it classy.

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03 March 2014

Don’t waste your time with native advertising (do this instead)

Say venn

“If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative” - David Ogilvy

It's a brilliant piece of native advertising. Visually appealing and information rich, this sponsored content walks you through numerous variations of oysters, where they hail from, and interesting facts about each. The New Orleans, we learn, was the preferred oyster of Jean Lafitte, and is the key to Oysters Rockefeller. The sweet and succulent Tangier oyster captivated Captain John Smith when introduced by Pocahontas, and the rest is history.

Next, you're hit with the ultimate pairing sensation, as you imagine washing down these delicacies with a cold beer. Not just any beer, of course - a Guinness Extra Stout.

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24 February 2014

When you're telling a brand story, every touchpoint matters

Sayvenn

“Branding is storytelling, and storytelling is a creative work” - Steve Jobs

The outfit. The restaurant. The conversation. The goodnight kiss. The journey from acquaintances to something more is filled with moments that connect one to another, and while more romantic, it's not much different than the relationship between customers and brands.

While we do love some brands, we ignore most - or at least tune them out. Misguided ads and unoriginal marketing concepts have desensitized us to most brand communications. But those brands that are loved are the ones that were heard. These brands connected with their audience in ways that guided them not just to a sale but also to a relationship. Online or off, the way in which your brand engages its customer along their journey can mean the difference between browsing and brand evangelism.

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