Content Roundup: What’s New in Native Advertising

Orange on NYT

Native advertising is the marketing technique of creating content that looks and feels like the surrounding editorial. When done correctly, the sponsoring company presents content that is both:

  1. High quality and of interest to the site’s audience
  2. Strategic and relevant to the sponsoring company

For example, Orange is the New Black, the addictive, binge-worthy Netflix series, advertised on The New York Times via an interactive piece on the state of female prisons (pictured above). This is a newsworthy topic of interest to NYT readers that ties back logically to the brand. (More on this particular example below.)

Make sense? Here’s a deeper look at what’s going on with the native advertising industry — the good stuff, the bad stuff and the controversial.

1. Native Ad Production Values Keep Growing With ‘Orange is the New Black’ Promo, AdvertisingAge

This 1500-word native ad is one of the first from The New York Times’ new custom content division, T Brand Studio.
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2. British Newspapers Embrace Native Advertising, ClickZ

News UK has joined the native ad bandwagon. (Guardian and Metro UK were already onboard.) Here’s their plans for the program.
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3. Native Ad Tech Study: Plenty of Vendors but Confusion in the Marketplace, AdExchanger

According to a survey by the Online Publishers Association, 94 percent of publishers claim to have a native offering, yet 47 percent of marketers said they were unsatisfied with their ability to distribute native content. Two-thirds of marketers surveyed dubbed native advertising “interesting and valuable.” The takeaway: Although there’s vast interest in native, it’s still a young field. Publishers need to better define and market their native offerings.
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4. The Wall Street Journal’s Guide to Making Great Native Ads, DigiDay

WSJ launched its native advertising program at the end of 2013. From the beginning, it emphasized a dedication to transparency. While there’s been ample interest, they’ve also faced challenges, which they talk openly about here.
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5. Why Google Getting into Native Ads is Great News for Content Marketers, Contently

Google is reported to be launching a native advertising solution, predicted to compete with the likes of Outbrain and Taboola. The new program could help native advertising become more scalable and introduce SMBs to the practice.
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6. 5 Major Publishers React to AdDetector, the plug-in that Calls Out Sponsored Ads, Contently

AdDetector, adds a red banner on top of sponsored content articles to add an extra layer of transparency,” explains the author, Sam Petulla, who polled leading publishers to get their reaction to the concept.
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7. 4 Big Threats Native Advertising Faces in 2015, VentureBeat

This thoughtful piece explores native advertising’s potential hurdles, most notably the risk of losing readers’ trust and the challenge of creating scalable native ad solutions.
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Questions? Comments? Hate/love native and want to talk it out? Let me know!

By Jacqueline Lisk

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