Michael Bloomberg’s Campaign Suddenly Drops Memes Everywhere - The New York Times
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the most successful ad that I’ve ever posted... a lot of it came from people being confused whether or not it was real...the Bloomberg campaign was offering social media influencers $150 to create content in support of Mr. Bloomberg ...

Ev Williams on Medium’s Spotify-ish future, why publishers left, and why he changed his mind about ads » Nieman Journalism Lab
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the future that Medium founder and CEO Ev Williams sees ... doesn’t include advertising, not even the native advertising that was a key piece of Medium’s plan ... a Spotify-ish model that pools subscribers’ $5 monthly contributions and doles them out to a select group of creators based on how many “claps” the creators get... once they’re in the …

Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore
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today’s news outlets are all in a no-win situation where they are forced to contribute to the causes of their own demise to survive... well-meaning people try to “fix” the news. But instead, those methods erode trust in all news outlets... You can draw a straight line from the bad incentive structure forced upon news outlets to the unprecedented d…

Renewing Medium’s focus
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the broken system is ad-driven media on the internet... doesn’t serve people... it’s not designed to... “content” we all consume on a daily basis is paid for — directly or indirectly — by corporations who are funding it in order to advance their goals. And it is measured, amplified, and rewarded based on its ability to do that. Period. As a result…

Native ads are still very confusing to many readers, a new survey suggests
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Forty-four percent of people shown a native ad couldn’t correctly identify the company that had paid for it... 54% ... indicated that they had felt deceived by native advertising before. And 77% ... didn’t even identify native ads as “advertising... I guess they co-created it, so I guess maybe that’s not an ad.”

The Latest Trends in Native Advertising
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many consumers perceive them as scams because they don’t understand that the message/post is actually paid for by the brand... the buyer feels betrayed. This reflects poorly not only on the brand but the publisher as well... The only technique ... is marking native ads. However, due to the very nature of these units, the ‘markings’ are very subtl…

Coda Story, focused on deep dives around single themes, is now tackling a “post-truth” Eurasia
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We have ideas for sponsored Codas, that are of interest to specific groups.

Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake, Stanford Study Finds - WSJ
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Preteens and teens ...often clueless about evaluating the accuracy and trustworthiness of what they find... 82% of middle-schoolers couldn’t distinguish between an ad labeled “sponsored content” and a real news story... according to a Stanford University study of 7,804 students

INMA: New report points to native advertising opportunities, hurdles for newspaper media
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42% use editorial teams for native advertising... Yet 38% say the lack of separation of the editorial and commercial sides of the business is a threat

At The Independent, 'commercial journalists' join the newsroom
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isn’t squeamish about mixing marketing and editorial.... For instance, a commercial journalist sits within the editorial team and creates content for the ESI Media brands across a vertical like TV and entertainment, will help pitch ideas for a relevant TV client

Millennial News Publisher Circa Plans to Create Weekly Ad-Supported VR Spots | Adweek
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Circa 360, will produce two weekly ad-supported VR pieces... brands can run VR-shot pre-roll ads... take our consumers to places that journalists get to go but the public very seldom gets to ... immersive advertising ... augmented reality ad spots... short videos that hand off to each other—they have a purpose or a pathway to see other stuff b…

Why Time Inc. is expanding its contributor networks
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two products, Springboard and Time Inc. Connect to help editors source content from contributors, some for traditional editorial content and some for native or branded content... a way for editors to create more content around specific topics or events rather than just getting content on the cheap... gathering ... people with some degree of social…

Did Facebook Just Deliver a Crushing Blow to Native Advertising?
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One small tag for Facebook, one giant disaster for your favorite publishers... For publishers sharing native ads ... have to tag the brand in the post... that brand’s marketing team gets access to the post’s insights... allow savvy marketers to calculate just how big a margin publishers are taking on these campaigns — and potentially walk away fe…

Native Advertising: Another False Messiah? – Whither news? – Medium
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MediaRadar said the average renewal rate for sponsor content this year is 21 percent.... Polar recently described renewal rates as “weak,”... We give the advertisers what our standards and ethics forever forbade — confusing our readers about the source of content — and then the advertisers wake up and say, ‘Well, that was fun. But we’re bored with…

New York Times buying experiential agency
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The New York Times is acquiring a marketing agency... Fake Love, an agency that specializes in live experiences, virtual and augmented reality... to grow its revenue in part by offering more ad agency services,.. I’m getting daily requests for [augmented reality]... chatbots. And VR, the market is already hot.

Can Politico replace Mike Allen at ‘Playbook’?
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Allen tucked favorable mentions of prominent “Playbook” sponsors into his editorial offerings... a State Department official essentially ghost-wrote an item for “Playbook.”The skinny: Mike Allen ran a press-release mill for vested interests in Washington... a weekly sponsorship for the newsletter falls somewhere between $50,000 and $60,000... Ev…

Associated Press Rolls Out Native Advertising Network
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It’s opening up its digital advertising shop for its subscribers, offering an inventory of sponsored content alongside its inventory of news stories... the AP has made the logical jump to a full-on mini agency... subscribers will be able to flick a switch and have the sponsored content show up nicely integrated on the page... surveys measuring…

New York Times on importance of branded content and international ad sales
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Some 63% of marketers plan to increase their native advertising budgets this year... The Times launched its "T Brand Studio".. in 2014... has created more than 100 campaigns for more than 50 brands.. generated around $35.7 million. Meanwhile, BuzzFeed, which only sells native ads, generated revenue of $100 million in 2014, while Media Week estima…

The Washington Post and The Atlantic start running sponsored content on Facebook Instant Articles » Nieman Journalism Lab
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The Atlantic expects native campaigns to drive 70 percent of its ad revenue this year, up from 60 percent in 2015... the NYTimes’ branded content division, T Brand Studio, now includes 70 staffers and will “deliver more than $50 million in revenue this year,” up from an estimated $35 million in 2014

How sponsored content drives more than 60 percent of The Atlantic’s ad revenue - Digiday
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For The Atlantic, sponsored content has proved better ROI than other ad formats. Native advertising is estimated to reach around 75 percent of The Atlantic’s ad revenue this year, up 15 percent from 2015... a spectrum of native ads, from video to infographics to text-based editorial pieces

The Rest Is Advertising
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Also called native advertising, sponsored content borrows the look, the name recognition, and even the staff of its host publication to push brand messages on unsuspecting viewers... the line between what’s sponsored and what isn’t—between advertising and journalism—has already been rubbed away. who would bother pitching a story to The Atlantic …

What BuzzFeed's Dao Nguyen Knows About Data, Intuition, And The Future Of Media
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To understand what makes BuzzFeed tick, you need to know how Dao Nguyen thinks about data... As the value of content approaches zero, "Having technology, data science, and being able to know how to manage, optimize and coordinate your publishing is the thing that gives you a competitive advantage"... One myth is data scientists are telling report…

Forbes guarantees its native ads will work
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Advertisers have to spend $250,000 in native plus display over 60 days (up from the minimum BrandVoice package of $150,000). If they don’t get a lift in at least one of four metrics (awareness, favorability, recall, purchase intent), they get their money back.

With a bet on a platform strategy, BuzzFeed faces business challenges
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BuzzFeed has mastered the art of distributed publishing... 5 billion views per month ... across 30 platforms, from Facebook to Pinterest to Snapchat. In a month it does 3 billion video views, less than 5 percent of which are on BuzzFeed.com.... But BuzzFeed must navigate a thorny transition... What’s the ROI of (brand) cat videos? Marketers al…

Towards a 21st century EU Communications Strategy
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With independent journalism increasingly looking like an endangered species, a EU communication strategy that helped European media build the European Public Sphere would be a smarter longterm move than propaganda and brochureware

Guardian News & Media to cut costs by 20%
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The might of Google and Facebook in the digital market, combined with structural changes such as the growth of mobile, which is proving harder to monetise than print, has increased the pace of change since last summer... Guardian Labs, its branded content division launched in 2014, to “make a far, far greater contribution” over the next three yea…

How Quartz is Bringing Storytelling, Interactive Design to Sponsored Content
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“How data is generating green lights to keep you moving on the road” is a piece of native advertising paid for by Siemens and written by Quartz’s marketing team. It’s also a perfect example of how Quartz is bringing compelling storytelling and design to sponsored content... Quartz uses an in-house creative team to extract relevant stories and ta…

Consumers Can't Tell Native Ads From Editorial Content
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Consumers have difficulty distinguishing between native advertising and editorial content, according to a new study by researchers at Grady College ... only 17 out of 242 subjects -- under 8% -- were able to identify native advertising as a paid marketing message in this experiment... Just 18.3% identified native ads as paid messages in the secon…

Publishers Are Selling Out to Facebook
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Publishers like the New York Times should be having an existential crisis over Facebook’s instant articles. Instead they’re embracing them.. digital content is being divided between a lucrative high-end entertainment world,... and a low-end publishing world where content is expected to be “free,” ... a model that... might work to BuzzFeed’s adv…

Atlantic publishes then pulls sponsored content from Church of Scientology
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Journalists had raised questions about how comments on the sponsored content were moderated, compared to how comments are moderated on other Atlantic content.Initial comments on the story appeared to be exclusively supportive of Scientology... the “Native Solutions” program, started three years ago and supported by a 15-person creative team, “now…

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