Native Advertising Mistakes Observed by 14 Industry Experts

August 23, 2016 | by Tara Stephenson

Relevance, digital marketing agency, publication, and events producer, asked Storygize CEO David Osman his thoughts on mistakes marketers commit within native advertising. Following is the resulting article, highlighting over a dozen industry experts. We're honored to be featured in such great company!

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Topics: Native Advertising, Best Practices

How to Use Content Marketing to Maximize Customer Engagement & Leads

August 11, 2016 | by Tara Stephenson

With so many brands doing content marketing, the amount of information and content on the Internet has exploded. In fact, according to Mark Schaefer’s book, “The Content Code,” in 2020 there will be five times more information on the Internet than what was on it in 2015. That’s his conservative estimate, too.

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Topics: Native Advertising, Content Strategy, Content Promotion

Why Programmatic Native Advertising is More Than Just a Trend

August 9, 2016 | by Hana-Lee Sedgwick

We live in a world where everyone and everything does more and more online. It makes sense, then, today’s world of digital advertising is constantly evolving; marketing trends change just as fast as the way consumers engage with digital information changes. Despite ever-evolving trends, one tactic has generated the most hype in the digital space as of late: programmatic advertising.

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Topics: Native Advertising, Tracking & Metrics

What You Need to Know About Native Ad Campaign Metrics

August 5, 2016 | by Tara Stephenson

Publishers and other websites often provide advertisers with a list of metrics by which to judge a native ad’s performance. While helpful, a brand should create its own metrics. Why? Native advertising typically relies on much subtler metrics to prove success than traditional banner ads (as most native ad campaigns seek to understand user attention and time spent with content versus driving immediate conversions).

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Topics: Native Advertising, Tracking & Metrics

6 Steps of Native Ad Story Sequencing

July 28, 2016 | by Tara Stephenson

Regardless of what format a content asset takes (e.g., a blog post, a bylined article, a guide, a white paper, etc.), the actual words, visuals, and other elements constitute the collective message that will be delivered to a target audience. So, it’s important for a brand to prudently craft its messages.

This generally takes the form of aligning content production with each buyer’s journey. This is the exact process marketers take when building out lead nurturing or email drip campaigns. Brands that use marketing automation tools in a robust way should have this done already. If not, appropriate research of the audience, analytics, competitors, media, and trends can help align content to the buyer’s journey.

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Topics: Native Advertising, Consumer Journey, Story Sequencing, Best Practices

The Value and Benefits of Native Advertising [Infographic]

July 26, 2016 | by Tara Stephenson

Believe it or not, native advertising has been around for over 100 years. It has existed in magazines and newspapers, on radio and television, and today, it has become a major distribution channel for many digital media buyers and content marketers, alike.

Media buyers are finding it to be a fruitful alternative to display advertising. Unlike native advertising, display advertising is only a few decades old. However, its effectiveness at driving clicks and engagement has been steadily declining in the last decade. According to Solve Media, a person is more likely to survive a plane crash than click on a banner ad.

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Topics: Native Advertising

What is Programmatic Native Advertising?

July 25, 2016 | by Cassidy "Cattie" Yost

For those familiar with the terms “programmatic” and “native,” the concept of “programmatic native” probably sounds counterintuitive at first. After all, the success of native advertising relies on its ability to mirror exactly the form and function of its host publisher, while programmatic refers to automated buying and selling of digital ads However, the merging of automation and customization is achievable, and the benefits of doing so can be huge. Programmatic native advertising applies real-time data to individual ads, ensuring that they are placed on relevant and appropriate sites that will enhance the consumer’s experience.

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Topics: Native Advertising, Programmatic

4 Mistakes Marketers Commit with Native Advertising

July 21, 2016 | by Tara Stephenson

Programmatic native advertising supports content marketing. That means, in order to use in-feed native ads to promote a brand or product, a brand must have a solid content and distribution strategy. We’ve observed mistakes some marketers commit seemingly stemming from a misunderstanding of how in-feed native works.  The good news is, they're fixable! But first let's acknowledge what goes wrong.

Four major mistakes as follows:

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Topics: Native Advertising, Best Practices, Content Marketing

Quality Metrics: How to Determine the Value of Your Native Ad Campaign

July 12, 2016 | by Hana-Lee Sedgwick

We’ve mentioned it before, but we’ll say it again. Native Advertising kicks butt in today’s ever-changing world of online advertising. It’s a tactful way to deliver valuable content—your brand story—to prospective customers, leading to impactful impressions and brand lift. Advertising that’s beneficial to both the consumer and brand? Yeah, that’s pretty powerful. Of course, sponsored content doesn’t automatically guarantee engagement. Creating relevant, meaningful content is only part of the equation. You also need to take a strategic approach by using quality metrics to inform and ultimately define the success of your Native Ad campaign.

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Topics: Native Advertising, Tracking & Metrics, Best Practices

The Five Elements of a Successful Native Ad Campaign

July 5, 2016 | by Hana-Lee Sedgwick

Just as five feng shui elements can help you to balance your environment, five native ad elements can help you to place your campaign on the road to success. Native Advertising provides an opportunity to reach, engage and build a relationship with prospects in ways traditional ads simply can’t. Although the nature of native ads is to seamlessly blend in and appear native to the page—hence the name—the goal is to encourage consumer interaction in a less invasive, more impactful way that benefits both the consumer and brand.

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Topics: Native Advertising, Best Practices