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This Week in Native Ads 01/30

It’s a bit longer than normal, that’s because there’s a bit on! We’ve also started to share more, you can see some of our content at the bottom. -Ben Campaign of the Week: Ballantine’s Presents INSA’s Space GIF-ITI Inspired by our founder, George Ballantine, we believe in celebrating the men and women that stay true and leave an impression on everything they do and everyone they meet. Each Stay True Story captures individuals as they bring their… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 29, 2015

The 5 things you can do to improve social metrics on your content

Hey, Thanks for stopping by, you’re here because you want to figure out how to improve some of the social metrics around your content. Let me first say (because this is how I pay the bills) you should explore if Nudge is right for you, as the website gives you the top line social metrics. Right into it. 1) Optimize your share copy So, you want to maximize sharing inside social networks but also the rate at which people click… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 28, 2015

How to enhance your native ad product, in response to: DigiDays Publishers Hack the CMS

I enjoyed reading Lucias post over on DigiDay talking about how publishers are hacking the CMS, she talks about early adopters The Atlantic have transitioned over to programmatic ad serving type models whilst some like Hearst are sticking with the CMS. The long term play is that yes Publishers will have to swap to an ad serving like model. The reason being is, that once brands have the idea that they can bring programmatic and ad thinking… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 26, 2015

The Best Native Advertising Examples

You’re looking for the best native advertising examples, under the IAB native ad guidelines, there are six main types: Infeed units, ads designed to fit in the flow of content, i.e. Facebook promoted post. Paid search units, ads designed to look similar to search results, i.e. Google Adwords. Recommendation units, ads that look like content links under an article, i.e. OutBrain. Promoted listings, ads (often on ecommerce sites) with promoted views. In-Ad, hard to describe. Custom/Can’t be contained, custom ads… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 25, 2015

The best disclosures are native: a study on effective disclosures on custom native ads

In a recent study we completed, we found that the most effective form of disclaimers are in the content themselves. When disclosures were in the content, peoples ability to identify it as an ad went up 89%. The outtake: native disclosures work best for custom native ads. However, the overall identification was still only half of participants. We believe the way to lift it from here is repetition in the article, however we haven’t found enough examples for further testing yet. Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 23, 2015

This Week in Native Ads 23/1

Campaign of the Week: Yaron Galai – the man who decides where you’ll browse to from here Yaron Galai understood that advertising on the internet doesn’t work, so he reinvented it as recommendations to “other articles that may interest you”. His company, Outbrain, directs traffic flow and our perspective from article to article, and it’s already worth a billion dollars. Now on his way to an IPO which will be his second massive exit, Galai explains to… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 22, 2015

This Week in Native Ads 16/1

Campaign of the Week: Time Inc. Tries Out New Digital Strategy with Curated DIY Site Time Inc., the nation’s largest magazine publisher, introduced a new website on Monday that collects articles about do-it-yourself projects and home decor from its magazines and several dozen partner websites, including Apartment Therapy. The new site, called “The Snug,” is aimed at millennials and is part of a Time Inc. strategy to publish digital-only sites that pull in content from… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 15, 2015

Hiring: Engineers

We are seeking an additional engineer to join our team to head up some of our scalability efforts. Our technology stack consists of: – LEMP (what’s the E?) – Python / Django – Utilizing AWS infrastructure Our development process is very agile, with discrete components built rapidly. Our current focus is on scalability to fulfill demand. The best part about this job is we’re still small and solving problems, we have lofty things to crack in the… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 15, 2015