Gannett Aims To Scale Local Branded Content Nationwide

LAS VEGAS — These days, the Consumer Electronics Show is about more than just electronics. Marketers and ad agencies also flocked to Vegas to find out about new opportunities to reach consumers. But what was a newspaper publisher doing amongst the tech crowd? USA Today publisher Gannett was in town to unveil its latest branded content offering, […]

 

Native Video Advertising is Center Stage for The New York Times

Native advertising has become a central focus for revenue at The New York Times, according Chief Revenue Officer Meredith Levien in this profile article in Digiday. And, video has become an integral part of the solution says Sebastian Tomich, SVP for Advertising and Innovation and head of the publisher’s native advertising unit, in this interview with […]

 

Outbrain Uses Data To Improve Content Marketing: LaCour

PHOENIX — Since founding in 2006, Outbrain has built up to serving 200bn content recommendations on publisher sites every month, most as suggestions at the bottom of online articles. Now it wants use some of that breadth to improve the relevance of those recommendations. “As publishers get smarter in content recommendation, we’re able to better understand the […]

 

Teads Aims For Wider Footprint After New Funding

FORT LAUDERDALE — “Out-of-stream” video ad tech supplier Teads is targeting global expansion in 2015, after it raised another $30m in funding in January. Speaking with Beet.TV, North America GM Jim Daily expects “more expansion” this year: “We’ve opened up in the US. We’re going to be expanding further in to Canada and some other key markets. We’ve […]

 

Taboola’s $117mn Round Welcomes Comcast, Publishers

FORT LAUDERDALE — Content marketing discovery platform Taboola has completed its latest fundraising above the $100mn rumored in recent reports, with its founder saying some advertisers are spending eight-figure sums through the company. Taboola is announcing a $117mn Series E round, led by Fidelity Management and Research Company along with previous backers Marker LLC and […]

 

Native & Social, Not Search, Hold Mobile Key: NYT’s Zimbalist

LAS VEGAS — The New York Times wants to make a big deal out of crafting sponsored articles for advertisers on mobile. “Native is the ad format for mobile … discoverable in-stream right alongside our own content,” says ad products SVP Michael Zimbalist. “We see a big opportunity for The New York Times and for […]

 

Satisfying Readers Is Key To Content Marketing: Digitas’ Mark Book

CHICAGO — DigitasLbi’s “Perceptions Of Care” video campaign for Whirlpool has won rave reviews from ad watchers, after the agency worked with popular web publisher Upworthy to craft the campaign as a pair of videos. The campaign has generated some hefty social media views. So what was the secret? “It has a real brand product […]

 

BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti: Native Advertising is Not Easy

COLOGNE –  BuzzFeed, has pioneered “native advertising” as it has long eschewed conventional display banners.  While “native” is widely cited as an emerging monetization strategy for publishers, it’s not easy to do, there is a “high bar” to reach success, says Jonah Peretti, CEO and founder of BuzzFeed, in this interview with Beet.TV We spoke […]

 

Brands Should Define Goals Before Content: IPG’s Power

At this point, many brands will have heard enough about the “branded content” craze that they might seek out a “native” campaign. But decisions about which campaign tactics are used are best left to agencies, says one agency division exec. “Clients want to tell brand stories – they’re more open to us helping them figure […]

 

Time Inc’s Marvel: How Editorial and Advertising Collaborate

The wall between editorial and and advertising is lowering a bit at  Time Inc, as writers and ad salespeople collaborate on native advertising, says the publisher’s video and mobile sales director Mark Marvel. “The two can function in a way that’s meaningful,” Marvel tells Beet.TV. “There’s no longer that separation – there’s a little bit […]

 

Millennials Are Cool With Brands Changing All The Time: Initiative/IPG Study

Brands need to mimic the characteristics of millennial-age consumers to curry their favor, according to research, The Reset Generation, conducted by media agency IPG’s Initiative group. “Their expectations of brands are what they think people expect of them,” says Initiative’s US chief strategy officer Sarah Power. “They’re comfortable with brands trying to change who they […]

 

Digiday’s Morrissey: Native Is Growing Up, But Mustn’t Fool

CANNES, France — The blurring of editorial and advertising remains a hot topic. Now that implementations are commonplace, the opportunity needs to scale up to become easily repeatable, just like conventional ad formats. “Native is growing up,” says industry news site Digiday‘s editor-in-chief Brian Morrissey. “Custom things don’t scale. Advertising is a scale business. We’re seeing […]

 

VivaKi’s AOD Wants Industry Platform For Native Ads

LONDON — It’s only natural that native advertising articles exist only on the websites of the individual publishers who sell and create them – after all, they depend on the tone and content production skillset boasted by that publisher. But Danny Hopwood wants native’s small reach to break out of their creators’ own confines, with […]

 

Quartz Publisher Lauf: No Plans For Paywall

LONDON — Quartz, Atlantic Media’s online-only journalism offshoot, may be pitched at providing premium-grade analysis, but don’t expect the site to start charging any time soon. “Social mechanisms (are) the primary way that traffic is derived for most content sites today,” Quartz publisher and Atlantic Media SVP Jay Lauf tells Beet.TV. “Anything you do in […]

 

The Washington Post Plans ‘Video, Video, Video’ In 2014

LONDON — The Washington Post already invested in its Post TV online video brand last year. Now it plans to increase editorial video volume and to make more video available to native ad brands. “We’ll be telling more stories using more video content than ever before,” chief revenue officer Kevin Gentzel tells Beet.TV. “We’ll lead […]

 

BBC Native Ads ‘Can Bring Brands’ Stories To Life’

LONDON — It may be forbidden from running even traditional display ads at home in the UK, but elsewhere in the world, the BBC’s commercial wing is embarking on blending marketing and editorial material, having recently embarked on sponsored content production effort. “There’s no reason why a brand … shouldn’t have a voice; anyone can […]

 

Xaxis’ Schlickum: Native & Programmatic Can Co-Exist

LONDON — Media people are talking a lot about “barbells” – Tim Armstrong’s metaphor for an advertising world that is coalescing around the seemingly polar forms of sponsored content on the one hand and data-driven display sales on the other. But one ad exec reckons those opposite ends aren’t as distinct as the metaphor suggests. […]

 

BuzzFeed’s Perelman, We Offer Video Scale To Brands

LONDON — BuzzFeed’s commercial stock in trade is offering sponsored editorial articles to brand marketers. Now it is extending the offering to digital videos. “We’ve done roughly 1,300 videos, 20% of them have over a million views.” says the publisher’s agency strategy VP Jonathan Perelman, who also recently took on its video GM role. BuzzFeed […]

 

New York Times CEO Mark Thompson: Finding an Upside with Custom Ad Solutions & New Paid Services

LONDON — The New York Times must halt its digital advertising decline as a priority, says CEO Mark Thompson in this interview with Beet.TV Advertising, which historically has only ever grown since digital media are themselves growing platforms, fell again by a small amount during the publisher’s last quarter. “We are absolutely determined to get […]

 

Taboola CEO: Native Will Go Programmatic When It Hits Scale

The problem with the new native advertising concept, according to some display ad veterans, is – how can the format ever hit display’s heights when each new deployment may need to be customized for editorial fit? But Adam Singolda, CEO of a content discovery network that is also trying to deploy native ads, says things […]

 
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