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making the case for content in uncertain times
making the case for content in uncertain times

This Week in Native Ads 4/3

Recapping an internal note we sent to clients this week. We’ve put up a page covering Covid-19 and impact on marketing, media and content. We’re updating it daily. We continue to offer Nudge to the community, COVID causes and insights sessions. One big thing This tweet stream from Alex Russell caught my eye – on mobile CPUs and the performance inequality gap. The outtake is that the cheapest high… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
April 3, 2020
esports
esports

This Week in Native Ads 3/20

Thanks to everyone who participated, Gustaf passes on thanks for the invaluable feedback. If anyone else wants to join just let me know. One big thing Content consumption is up. I was delighted to receive the latest edition of The Explorers Journal, I’ll treat myself at the weekend over coffee. It got me thinking, during this disruption print editions of major publications are likely to stop, or be paused. And some won’t come back. A… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
March 20, 2020
attention
attention

This Week in Native Ads 3/13

We're hearing more people are WFH, if you've got time for a 30 minute coffee over screen share, Gustaf would still love to chat. He is looking for marketers to provide feedback on a new initiative. If you would like to be involved, in exchange for a treat on us, let me know. Much appreciated. ? A lot of info is flying around about Covid, Noah put together a simple verified list about it in an… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
March 13, 2020
tv ad spend the lowest its been since 2015
tv ad spend the lowest its been since 2015

This Week in Native Ads 12/6

Next week I’m hosting some drinks for smart folks in the sports media industry. LMK if you’d like to join us. Informal, small group. I shared my top books of 2019, what were yours? One big thing The Columbia Journalism school has been undertaking a multi-year study on the relationship between large-scale technology companies and journalism. In their latest update, they summarize the present state of affairs. A couple of takeaways: How publishers use the… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
December 6, 2019
verizon
verizon

This Week in Native Ads 10/18

One big thing This week I caught the Carat webinar focused on 2020 and Attention. With the election and Olympics coming up it’ll be a big year, a hard one to A couple of points which To cut through, you need to be relevant and to be relevant you need good content. One TIL was that for political advertisers, they have to be careful with targeting – because the right message to the wrong audience, can actually drive donations… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
October 18, 2019

This Week in Native Ads 10/11

We’ve been thinking about renaming the newsletter from This Week in Native Ads, native is now the norm and de-facto. Any thoughts or ideas? Format will stay the same, covering the pillars of native; programmatic, content, balance of art and science and the intersection of advertising and media. One big thing The only constant is change. And this week’s stories only highlight that, we see mobile time is growing 27% YOY, DTC brands pulling from social to invest in… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
October 11, 2019
positive graph
positive graph

Guide to Content Measurement

I’ve been a content marketer before it was even called that. Our platform measures content for hundreds of brands each year. And we get a sneak peek on what works and what doesn’t. There are a lot of posts covering content ROI and measurement. But most are outdated 🙁 and aren’t relevant. So I thought I’d give it a jam – and share my lens on it. In this post we cover:– Back to basics–… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
July 19, 2019
marketing metrics
marketing metrics

The measurement problem facing modern marketers

It is 2021, and measurement is more of a moving target than ever. The industry, platforms, and content are all in flux. Lets take a look at recent data points we’ve seen: – 87% of ad execs say they hold back spending on media and platforms due to poor measurement. – MediaPost – Half of the marketers in this survey discard at least half of their data. – eMarketer – Centralizing marketing data remains a top priority… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
February 4, 2019
dmexco
dmexco

This Week in Native Ads 9/21

One big thing I saw another post from DigiDay, marketers upset at lack of transparency. It’s worth calling out – transparency is an option, if you want it, go get a partner that will deliver it. Dmexco thoughts Dmexco was a bit sweet and sour. That is, I love catching up with peers and meeting new folks in the industry. But it’s largely just one side of the industry so feels tone deaf. There isn’t enough… Continue reading

Ben Young
Ben Young
September 21, 2018
Optimize Native Content Campaigns on the fly
Optimize Native Content Campaigns on the fly

5 Tips to Optimize Native Content Campaigns on the Fly

  All successful native advertising campaigns have one thing in common – premium content.   However, there’s a misconception that once content has gone live, you can’t improve your outcomes.   As soon as your native content goes live you need to continuously analyze performance data in order to understand what is/isn’t working, and why.   In this post we’re going to let you in on our top 5 tips on how to… Continue reading

Gustaf Stenlund
Gustaf Stenlund
April 6, 2017