Performance

Triggit Expands Dynamic Retargeting Beyond Facebook To Native Ads Across The Web

Facebook retargeting provider, Triggit, is branching out to give advertisers more scale and reach for the dynamic retargeting campaigns that have proven so effective on Facebook. Triggit is partnering with premium publishers to bring dynamic retargeting to news feed-style ad formats across the web. Triggit declined to name specific partners already lined up for the […]

Performance

VIDEO + SLIDESHOW: Defining The Native Advertising Landscape

The term “native advertising” has so rapidly become endemic in digital marketing circles that there’s been little effort (and even less agreement) to understand what it actually is. With brands, agencies, publishers, social media platforms, and technology vendors venturing into new, uncharted territory, clarity and definition are called for. Native advertising promises very real benefits […]

Experience

Native Ad Disclosures Come To The Forefront, Again, In ASA Ruling Against Outbrain

We’ve all seen the “Around The Web” and “You May Also Like” content recommendation lists at the bottom of articles on publisher sites such as CNN, Slate and NBCNews.com. Now a UK-based advertising watchdog has ruled that these lists do not properly disclose that the article suggestions are actually paid ads. The Advertising Standards Authority […]

Operations

The SocialChorus Lesson: Use “Nofollow” In Native Ads, To Avoid Google Penalties

Brand building service SocialChorus has learned a lesson that other native advertising players should also know. Even when you’re focused on building awareness through social media, you can’t ignore Google and its rules, not if sponsored posts and links in native advertising are involved. The company’s platform came under attention this week after an agency […]

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Tumblr Ads Can Now Run Across Yahoo Via Yahoo Gemini

In a sign of how Yahoo’s new mobile search and native ad marketplace, Yahoo Gemini, is becoming integral to the company’s ad growth plans, Yahoo announced today that Yahoo Gemini will power the syndication of Tumblr Sponsored Posts across Yahoo content. For the first time, content from Tumblr Sponsored Posts will be seamlessly promoted across […]

Experience

The New Anything/Anyone Goes Competitive Landscape For Content Marketing Firms

Recently, I was chatting with the CEO of one of the leading digital agencies. Talk turned to competitors, and I asked what firms his firm found itself bidding against most frequently. Usual-suspect names cropped up (Digitas, Sapient Nitro). But so did PwC, a name that would have never cropped up in the same discussion five […]

Performance

Is The Opposite Of A Viewable Display Ad…‘Unviewable’?

Out-of-view ads are the black sheep of the ad-tech industry. Long considered wasteful, inefficient, and ineffective, they have been relegated to the flotsam and jetsam on the water’s edge of advertising. But does that have to be an accepted “meme”? Maybe not. Every toddler learns absolutes: the opposite of up is down, and the opposite […]

Performance

Bye, Bye Banner: Emerging Display Formats & What Marketers Need To Know

A renaissance in digital display advertising is underway which will finally put an end to the tyranny of the banner. Smart publishers, brand marketers and agencies will participate in creating the new digital advertising order by adopting and experimenting with new mobile, native, digital video and, yes, browser banner formats like the IAB Rising Stars. […]

Performance

Yahoo Adds Mobile-First Image Rich Ads To Native Lineup

Yahoo today announced the availability of new image-driven native ads across Yahoo properties including weather, mail, sports and finance. The ads feature larger images and are now included in Yahoo Gemini, the ad marketplace for Yahoo’s mobile and native ad formats that the company launched in February. With nearly half of Yahoo’s traffic now coming […]

Performance

Programmatic & Native: How Content & Data-Driven Marketing Can Co-Exist

Advertising is always most effective when it is well integrated into the customer experience. Over this past year, programmatic buying and native advertising (both popular buzzwords in our industry) have taken two very different approaches in enabling marketers to create engaging and relevant experiences for their audiences — one by using data, and the other […]

Performance

Disqus Expands Sponsored Comments Test After Initial Trial

Online commenting platform Disqus announced it’s been testing a native ad product in the form of Sponsored Comments and will be expanding the test “based on early, promising results.” The Sponsored Comments appear at the top of discussion threads for publishers that opt-in to advertising on Disqus.”A Sponsored Comment can use all types of media […]

Operations

Is Native Advertising Legal? Does It Matter?

I start this article with three controversial statements: Native advertising likely violates Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules on deceptive advertising Native advertisers and publishers will profit tremendously from these violations and receive little to no punishment or regulation from the FTC This concept, which I call “regulatory arbitrage,” has been proven to be highly profitable, […]

Performance

In-Image Advertising Primer From IAB Highlights 5 Powerful Case Studies

As the web moves to a more visual landscape, it’s not surprising that advertisers are becoming more attracted to in-image advertising, and publishers are recognizing the untapped source of revenue their editorial images now hold. As it recently did with native advertising, the IAB has issued a primer on in-image advertising to help establish common […]

Performance

OpenX Pushes Programmatic Into Mobile Native Inventory With New Ad Exchange

OpenX Technologies has launched a private real-time bidding exchange that caters specifically to native ad inventory on mobile devices. The exchange, called Native O|X, is meant to help app developers and mobile publishers buy and sell native ad inventory at scale — and couples the two hot trends of programmatic and native for the first […]

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Yahoo Gemini Brings Together Mobile Search & Native Ads In Single Ad Marketplace

Yahoo has announced a new ad marketplace that combines mobile search and native ads. It’s called Yahoo Gemini and it’s available as part of Yahoo Ad Manager, the company’s existing self-service ad buying platform. Here’s how the blog post from Yahoo’s Jay Rossiter and Adam Cahan (both SVPs) explains Yahoo Gemini: With Yahoo Gemini, advertisers […]

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7 Things BuzzFeed Can Teach Brands About How To Be Social

Last week saw the official launch of social news behemoth BuzzFeed here in Australia. In typically BuzzFeed style, they celebrated their launch with headlines such as “17 Kangaroos That Can Kick Your Butt” and by giving out bags and badges plastered with equally tongue-in-cheek Aussie catchphrases and clichés. But you don’t build a business that now […]

Experience

Federated Media Sells Content Marketing Business To Focus On Programmatic

Media-seller Federated Media Publishing, which began in 2005 with big native advertising ambitions for independent bloggers, has given up that mission to focus on programmatic media. The company is selling its content marketing business to LIN Media, and is re-branding what remains, founded on FM’s acquisition of Lijit in 2011, as sovrn holdings. Federated Media […]

Performance

Pinterest “Promoted Pin” Ads Debut Today

Promoted Pins, the first true ad product on Pinterest, started rolling out today. The company announced it had begun testing Promoted Pins three weeks ago. The ads are distinguished from organic pins by a subtle “Promoted Pin” tag and information icon, as shown in the screenshot below. Promoted Pins can be seen on both the […]