App Developers Gain Power From Native: InMobi’s Majumdar

BARCELONA — The move to native mobile advertising formats will give a much greater say to one of the most important participants in the mobile app ecosystem, according to mobile ad network InMobi. App developers, until now, didn’t have a say,” says the firm’s head of publisher-side products Krishnendu Majumdar. “If they have to monetize, they’re […]

 
 

Native Ads 10x Better Than Mobile Banners: InMobi’s Bengani

BARCELONA — The so-called “native advertising” opportunity, which sees straight-up display ads replaced by sponsorships that look like content, may be young – but mobile ad network InMobi is moving aggressively in its direction. “We’re going to break up the banners,” InMobi global strategic partnerships VP Pankaj Bengani tells Beet.TV. “Instead of showing banners to users, […]

 
 

AOL Set To Launch Mobile Native Ad Unit

BARCELONA — AOL will soon launch a native advertising unit aimed specifically at mobile publishers, AOL Networks global media director Chad Gallagher told Beet.TV at Mobile World Congress. “We’re going to have a major announcement here in a few weeks about our native solution which we think will be really interesting,” Gallagher said. “If you look […]

 
 

Messaging Could Light Up Mobile Monetization: InMobi’s Yu

BARCELONA — WhatsApp’s mega acquisition by Facebook should be welcomed as another pointer that mobile messaging could be a money-spinner, according to one mobile ad exec. (Mobile) will go either toward commerce or toward advertising,” InMobi north America MD Crid Yu tells Beet.TV. “It’s amazing to me that, after all these years, the most commonly […]

 
 

The New York Times Readies Front Page Module for Native Ads

PALM SPRINGS, CA – It is “early days” for paid posts, the new native advertising program just introduced by The New York Times, but it is set to grow and become increasingly discoverable, explains Meredith Levien, EVP for Advertising, in this interview with Beet.TV. The publisher has launched with campaigns for Dell, Intel and Goldman […]

 
 

Jun Group Driving Native Video Ads To Apps

Jun Group is a video advertising platform on the move after raising $2.5 million in debt funding last month – and one direction it’s moving is mobile. The New York-based outfit helps brands place video ads and sponsored content on Jun’s network of premium web publishers like Business Insider and CNN. “Seventy percent of the […]

 
 

Content Recommendation Engine Taboola Has Big Increase in Mobile

VIEQUES, PR – Taboola, the fast-growing content recommendation engine, which displays some three billion suggested thumbnails on Websites and mobile apps on a daily basis, is finding that 20 percent of its traffic is coming from mobile devices, says CEO Adam Singolda, in this interview with Beet.TV Taboola, which had started as a content discovery […]

 
 

New York Times Plans Branded Content In Video

VIEQUES, PR — The New York Times’ recent website redesign introduced sponsored articles from brands like Dell. Next up, the paper plans to let marketers reach viewers of its video content. “A brand could sponsor one of our bigger editorial offerings – Dealbook or Bits, 36 Hours, Corner Office,” says NYT video GM Rebecca Howard. “Those […]

 
 

GroupM’s Rob Norman: For Content Marketing, Context Is King

VIEQUES, PR — Everyone’s talking about “content marketing”, “native advertising” or “branded content” – the hybridization of editorial and marketing materials in to a single content type of mutual benefit to publishers and brands. That’s forcing the ad agencies to offer their services in these spaces. But, for agencies as used to the traditional church-and-state […]

 
 

BBC.com Opens Its Doors To Native Advertising

The BBC is known for its editorial integrity and, at least in the UK, its aversion to advertising. These facts would seem to make an embrace of the current “native advertising” trend difficult. But that’s just what BBC Worldwide, the corporation’s international, revenue-making arm, is doing. “We have a native advertising program, we’ve had a […]

 
 

AOL’s Armstrong: Native Ads Need ‘Human’ Familiarity

LAS VEGAS — Marketing land is abuzz about “native advertising” – the hybridized presentation of marketing in the guise of publisher editorial. As different publishers and agencies approach the opportunity in different ways, the commonly accepted notions of what constitutes an ad and how you recognize it begin to break down. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong wants […]

 
 

Media Agency SMG Lets its Brands Run Publisher Content via New Platform

LAS VEGAS — Branded content is hot in marketing land. Now Starcom Mediavest Group (SMG’s) is saving brands the trouble of creating their own content – by obtaining publishers’ permission to re-publish theirs. SMG’s new Content@Scale CMS, launched this week, ingests text articles and images from Ahalogy, Demand Media, Glam Media, Forbes, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Parade, […]

 
 

Flite CEO: ‘Content@Scale’ Will Turn Videos In To Ads

LAS VEGAS – Content@Scale, the new content marketing platform launched by Starcom Mediavest Group, will soon add video capability to its text article re-distribution offering. The service lets marketers licence “evergreen” articles from 15 US publishers to re-use as content in display ad units. Flite CEO Will Price, whose technology powers the service, says he […]

 
 

NYT’s Zimbalist: Redesigned Site Wants Sophisticated Paid Posts

LAS VEGAS — The New York Times’ web redesign on Wednesday opened the site up to paid articles from sponsors – but a distinction will always be clear and the publisher wants only “sophisticated” examples of the format including video, the exec in charge tells Beet.TV. “We are going to give marketers a platform to […]

 
 

Livestation Tries Brand Videos, Mid-Rolls To Make Live News Pay

SAN FRANCISCO — Live TV news rebroadcaster Livestation has spent the last few years building up its portfolio of 49 partner channels. Now it is trying to strike a balance between those conventional linear news sources and a new line-up of ad formats. “We have pre-roll advertising, we also have display advertising,” CEO Lippe Oosterhof […]

 
 

Outbrain Serves Content Marketers In To Editorial Stream

CANNES – Time was, New York-based Outbrain mostly helped news site readers find interesting stories to read on other news sites. Now that any brand can be a news outlet, however, Outbrain is finding a growing content customer base amongst marketers, too. “We are just enjoying this huge uptake in content marketing that brands are getting […]

 
 

Forbes Ups its Native Advertising with “BrandVoice”

LONDON – With the same publishing platform used by its staff and its network of 1,000 contributors, Forbes.com is increasing branded content in the form of articles published on brands’ microsites. The company is publishing about eight such articles a day and is expanding into branded video projects, says Mike Perlis, President and CEO of […]

 
 

VC Eric Hippeau: Why We Are Investing in Mobile Video News Start-up “NowThisNews”

News consumption is inexorably moving to mobile devices and New York-based start-up “NowThisNews” is making important strides in creating a mobile-first video news platform says veteran publisher Eric Hippeau, managing director of VC firm Lerer Ventures, an early investor in NowThis News. Today, Lerer and other investors announced they would provide $4.8 million in new […]

 
 

Digitas CEO: Why Real-Time Advertising Matters

While most of the NewFronts events were focused on Web-original video, the theme at the Digitas event was around real-time advertising. In this conversation, Digitas North America CEO Tony Weisman tells BeetTV why real-time advertising matters, what the agency is doing with the HuffPost Live and the role of video in all this which he […]

 
 

Arianna Huffington: We Will Power Real-Time, Native Ads on HuffPost Live

At the Digitas NewFront event last week, the Huffington Post and Digitas announced an arrangement by which the agency can activate real-time, native advertising cmapaigns on HuffPost Live within two hours, says Arianna Huffington in this interview with Beet.TV. We spoke with her briefly at the Digitas NewFront event after her presentation, and just as […]

 
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