It’s March! This year is zipping by too fast.
Last week, we did a Periscope chatting through This Week in Native, would love your feedback if you caught it.
Our own Ari Levine was at the ANA this week, Marc Pritchard opened with a succinct summary: “As we all chased the Holy Grail of digital, self-included, we were relinquishing too much control—blinded by shiny objects, overwhelmed by big data, and ceding power to algorithms”.
Notable stories this week
- LittleThings closes down, the Facebook centric publisher wasn’t able to diversify revenue fast enough. Lucia Moses write up on it is good too.
- New Chrome update results in push towards branded content. All signs point to yes.
- Twitter asks for proposals on health metrics.
- P&G contends too much digital advertising is wasted.
- Transparency in branded content, creates better content. Win/win. Notes from The Drum’s branded content event in London earlier this week.
- It’s all gravy for BuzzFeed as they launch their own Tasty branded kitchen products at Walmart.
- Finance brands have a content sameness problem.
- I’ve been starting to see ‘Google AMP Stories’ in mobile search results, if you Google Will Ferrell or Vox on your phone you can see some examples. Anyone have first hand experience they could share?
Campaign of the Week
- Okta on TheOnion: How to protect your data from hackers. The piece is just a riff, which I don’t mind.
- For your Friday watching check out this short film from BMW called Someday.
- Volvo on The Atlantic, going in to Volvo and their focus on people-centered design. <- a nice piece.
- “The spirit of transparency forces the producer and the sponsor to level up,” she said. “They are not going to put their name behind something that is terrible or false and misleading. By that token the audience can say, I know this is not an ad, but the content is still good and now I am having the brand affinity moment you intended me to have.” –Elizabeth Valleau, Global Creative Strategist at Facebook Creative Shop.
- “We are spoilt when it comes to innovation & technological advancements and the way we tell these stories. But we still have to start with a good story.” –Nelly Gocheva, Global Editorial Director T Brand Studios.
Datapoints of note
- The average publisher now lists six different revenue streams. Reuters Institute Study.
- Nearly 40% of advertisers intend to invest more heavily in branded video in 2018, and 62% feel it’s the most effective content marketing medium. –RYOT UK Study.
Transparency creates better content.
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