From our Native Advertising desk
Advertising Age is on the branded content beat like Brown on Williamson.
Publishers and Marketers Seek Solutions Beyond the Traditional Display Ads
If you’re having trouble seeing past the glare emanating from some of your favorite websites these days, it might be the “new” shiny monetization method that carries one of the following labels: native advertising, custom content, sponsored content, branded content, content marketing or perhaps the very latest: collaborative content.
While there are varying definitions of each, the underlying thesis beneath them all is that web readers, viewers and social-network users are more likely to respond positively to marketing tactics that don’t look like advertising and instead take the form of the rest of the content on the website or platform. On Twitter, that means promoted accounts and tweets; on Facebook, sponsored stories. And on media properties, that amounts to written, video or image-rich posts that look a lot like the editorial content on the site and which would make proponents of church-and-state divides between advertising and editorial departments cringe.
And at TheAtlantic.com, that amounts to Mercedes-Benz in the driver’s seat . . .
Read the rest at Sneak Adtack.