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An archive of our newsletter. This Week in Native Ads was a curated weekly newsletter to help make you smarter on all things native, branded content and the shifts in marketing. It evolved to just the Nudge Newsletter as the native ad industry grew.

Why Web3

Edition #349 Why are marketers flocking to Web3? Hint: there are now more of us than before. We have a one, maybe two content advisory slots available for the next quarter. If you’d like some help, do ping me. Next week we’re partnering with the Content Writing Jobs newsletter, a great place to post jobs but also if you’re looking for a new gig. One big thing Why are marketers flocking to Web3? And tokens? It’s what… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
November 23, 2021

Newsletter #320 – Are we in decline?

A brief thanks to Gustaf, who I collaborate with on the newsletter, this is his last for a while. ?One big thingA story this week was on how advertising was down YOY, notably February (should be) the last ‘normal’ month before the covid declines. My underlying feeling though is, is that the right thing to be watching right now? Well yes, it is factually correct. But is watching advertising spend the best way to understand what is happening with advertising… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
March 26, 2021

Newsletter #319 – Ferraris and newsletters

After a week hiatus, we’re back, with a juicy line up of stories. We’ve also started sharing more of our commentary on our website, over here.One big thingThese Google Slides digging into how 7-figure newsletters make money was brilliant. Despite the cheesy title, it shows how you can tell a rich story using Google Slides. Even without a voice over. And the information is useful. It anticipates the questions you might have,… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
March 19, 2021

Newsletter #318 – Crypto Community

One big thingReader David Berkowitz put me on to Rally.io, a way to create tokens for rewarding engagement in your community. The tokens are backed by the website. It’s early days so really what you can do with it is quite open. Users can be gifted tokens or buy/sell them.David mused on some of the things he’s thinking about here, I think if anything this helps community managers get better and more… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
March 9, 2021

Newsletter #317 – Creator Economy

This week, I’ve been listening in on a few Clubhouse chats. When there is a good moderator, a clear topic and duration, the experience is pretty good. When there’s not, well, it feels like those panels you leave early. If you’re on there, give me a follow @bwagy, or if you need an invite, I think we have a couple more. One big thing There’s been a bit of discourse on the creator economy, what is it? Why is it… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
February 26, 2021

Newsletter #316 – The Peoples Economy

One big thing At the Goldman Sachs Technology and Investor conference, Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey suggested they were exploring tipping tweeters. Thus providing a financial incentive to those who create the best content. Now, what does that sound like? Kind of like SnapChat’s Spotlight or TikTok’s Creator fund. If content creators are able to wrangle the cosmos to entertain, educate and draw attention they’ll be rewarded for it. Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
February 19, 2021

Newsletter #315 – The Peoples Stimulus Part 2

One big thing You might have seen a few mentions of Snapchat Spotlight in the newsletter in the last few months. Spotlight is where any (and yes any) user can send in content to be featured. And if they get featured, they get a cut. In this Guardian piece, they shine the light on 19-year-old Jack, whose video of his dog scampering across a conservatory roof earned him $20k. I mean, this is great. Commentators have… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
February 12, 2021

Newsletter #314 – Does Google need us?

One big thing What happens when Google doesn’t need you anymore? It’s still a ways away but it kind of is the trajectory. The same way Uber was considering a world without drivers. Google is moving towards a world without click out search results. When you consider things like GPT3, an AI that can create copy to fulfill a result, having been trained off data. A search results page that fully caters to your needs is… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
February 5, 2021

Newsletter #313 – The Peoples Stimulus

One big thing With GameStop this week, we saw what can happen when collective action happens, the emergence of a subculture (WallStreetBets) clashing with another (traditional Wall Street). When I (and others) made the call of the roaring twenties at the start of last year, no one could have imagined that this would be the kind of thing that it could lead to. But what does this have to do with content… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 29, 2021

Newsletter #312 – Bill of rights

One big thing This week Axios shared the Axios Bill of Rights, their promise to readers. Check it out. I’m always a fan of a mission statement, or an outline of principles, the act of sharing it, itself tells something about the publication. With theirs, the very first one is: Every item will be written or produced by a real person with a real identity. There will be NO AI-written stories. NO bots. NO… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
January 22, 2021