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Content marketing may be a timeless concept, but its role within the digital media ecosystem is brand new. It’s known that that blog posts, infographics, and videos are critical tools for building long-term customer relationships, but it’s also hard to connect ROI and effort. When it comes to content, purchases and transactions tend to happen over the long-term. Unlike other forms of marketing like search campaigns on AdWords and homepage takeover ads on mainstream media sites, your audiences won’t be looking at ads—they’ll be reading helpful, entertaining, and engaging educational materials from your company. Success, here, looks different from an immediate transaction, and as a content marketing leader, you need to focus on metrics that illuminate the full buyer journey. Most likely, you’re already tracking these data points to quantify reach and engagement. What you need to do is give your metrics a human story. Here’s how: What you’re tracking: […]
What is content discovery? Content discovery is the process of finding something––be it information, entertainment, etc.––online across websites, blogs, social media, and more. One of the biggest questions we hear at Taboola is how our platform is different from PPC on search and display networks. We’ve found that there’s a very simple way to approach this topic: It’s all about discovery. On search, for instance, audiences are typically looking for something in particular. By advertising through Google AdWords, you’re generally positioning your company to provide a very specific answer to a question. By advertising through display, you’re likely delivering a healthy dose of product-related messaging. When it comes to Taboola, however, none of these dynamics apply. Audiences are likely in-the-moment, looking to discover great content, new topics, and sources of entertainment. As a result, there is a strong opportunity for brands that are looking to build long-term relationships with new […]
Content marketing has gained popularity in recent years, due especially to its wide reach. These four brands fill you in on their secrets to success.
People seem to be creating more content than ever before, and the number of digital formats available can be overwhelming: text, video, slideshows, infographics, quizzes, the list goes on. Although content marketing helps cut through the clutter, the format you choose plays a big role in whether or not that piece of content actually resonates with your target audience. Taboola teamed up with ClickTale, the leading customer experience firm, to take a closer look at how people consume two of the most widely used formats: text and video. Video Creates an Empathetic Connection Studies show that watching video activates our brain’s “mirror neuron mechanism,” enabling us to experience (to a lesser degree) the behaviors and sensations of the people on-screen. This neurological activity makes the spectator much more emotionally involved in a way that text alone cannot replicate. Reading Activates Our “Inner Voice” While watching video is a passive experience, […]
Forrester Research predicted that 2015 will be the year that online brand communities make a comeback, and there are many reasons to celebrate the occasion. Brands have increasingly found that investments in social media communities aren’t paying off. After spending significant time and resources building out Facebook pages, the platform has continually tweaked its Newsfeed algorithm to the detriment of brands, dropping the organic reach of their content to a mere two percent of their fans. Rather than submit to these closed ecosystems, and the whims of ever-changing platform features, brands can regain control of their online communities by hosting them on-site. Below we’ve highlighted some of the ways these communities can drive real ROI for brands. Help Consumers Find Answers Brands can leverage their particular expertise to educate consumers and help them find relevant answers in a timely manner. These efforts provide real value for consumers, and can foster […]
They say images are worth a thousand words. We’re not sure about that, but we do know that they get at least 30% more shares on social media. Gallery pages are a great way to display image-driven content and provide organization and structure. Decide If Gallery Pages Would be an Effective Format for Your Content Galleries help user engagement because they require continuous interaction with the page, and give the user a sense of control. When is it effective to use a gallery? Ask yourself these questions: Are there clear steps or numbered items in your content? Can you add an image for each concept you are introducing? Do you have more than 4 items but less than 25? Will breaking up your content improve readability? Use Your Titles to Encourage Clicks The best titles for galleries promise something. Consuming gallery content takes time, so be sure to provide something […]
There are over 5M pieces of content currently promoted through our content discovery platform, and thousands of brands running content campaigns. It’s fair to say that we’ve pretty much seen it all, and on the way learned a thing or two about what makes people click and engage across our platform. Garnering clicks and engagement is not an exact science. Fads can come and go. But over time, we’ve managed to figure out specific things that work better than others. We decided to create an infographic chock full of highlights, so that if you decide to set up a sponsored content campaign, you’ll have a few simple tips in your back pocket to help put your content front and center so it gets noticed by just the right people. Click the thumbnail below to see the full infographic.
You’ve created the most spectacular, engaging content in the world and you just know it will resonate with your target audience, but how do you reach those people? “If you build it, they will come” just doesn’t apply to content marketing. Publishing content is simply not enough to attract the right people to consume your content and hopefully take action. If you’re like the millions of marketers out there who are rethinking their advertising strategies, then you’re contemplating whether or not to work with a content discovery platform. The question is: With the array of choices on the market, how do you best select a platform that will help you achieve your goals? In our recently published Content Discovery Guide, we created a checklist of key aspects you should consider when choosing a content discovery solution. Quality of Publisher Network – Where exactly does the recommendation widget appear? Do the […]
This week’s Taboola Think Tank kicks off with The Onion, which along with its sister site The A.V. Club, reaches more than 11 million unique visitors every month.