When I worked as a business journalist, I used to have an editor who wouldn’t let me begin working on a story idea until I had first pitched an eye-catching headline to accompany the finished piece. Initially, I found this idea counter-productive, and quite frankly, infuriating. After all, how could I know what the headline of a story was going to be before I had done the interviews and the research necessary to write my piece? Over time, though, I began to see the error of my ways. If the body of a story is the product you offer to the masses, the headline — along with the thumbnail image you use — is the packaging that tells people what’s inside and gets them excited to open it. Today, the headline is an integral part of my process for developing story ideas, as I know that I can’t serve readers […]
Ziff Davis CEO Vivek Shah has done a remarkable job transforming the 88-year-old publisher into a digital-first media organization. The company’s portfolio of sites reaches some of the web’s largest and most influential audiences, and includes trusted brands such as PCMag.com and IGN.com, and popular lifestyle sites like AskMen.com. Today, we’re excited to announce that Taboola is teaming up with Ziff Davis to bring content discovery to its entire network of sites, reaching over 120 million monthly unique visitors, spanning desktop and mobile websites, and native mobile apps. We believe there is an untapped opportunity for brands to engage these audiences through ROI-driven storytelling. Tech and gaming enthusiasts browse their favorite sites with high-intent, and targeted content can be the catalyst that helps them discover and purchase new products and services they may like and never knew existed. This is the first time that brands have been able to […]
Today, we announced an exclusive, three-year partnership with Gannett Co., Inc. to integrate Taboola’s discovery platform across their network of digital publishing assets in more than 110 markets. Gannett is one of the world’s leading media companies, featuring some of the most trusted names in news, including USA TODAY, and we’re honored to be working with such a talented team of people. Together, we’ll bring personalized content recommendations to Gannett’s audience on all platforms, and empower editorial teams with insights around how consumers are behaving across the network. We’ll also be experimenting with some exciting initiatives around audience segmentation, leveraging data to adapt the on-site experience for different groups of users. This type of next-generation personalization has become a key priority for us in years to come at Taboola as we see the web grow increasingly fragmented. When we started our mission around “discovery” over eight years ago, the […]
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: […]
One of the biggest questions we hear at Taboola is how our platform is different from PPC on search and display networks. I’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 and existing customers, regardless of whether you’re promoting top-of-the-funnel branded content that builds relationships, or performance campaigns that drive to conversions. Here’s how […]
Earlier this morning, we announced an exclusive, 2-year partnership with The Associated Press, the largest U.S.-based news agency and one of the most respected and trusted sources of independent news in the world. In our work together, Taboola’s personalized content recommendations will appear across the AP’s desktop and mobile websites, as well as in APMobile, the AP’s native mobile app for global and local news which has been downloaded over 13 million times. This is a huge step for publishers worldwide, as more and more are making mobile app monetization a growing priority. We’re excited to collaborate with The Associated Press on improving the in-app user experience, driving both engagement and revenue goals, and creating new value for AP’s readers and members alike. To learn more about Taboola’s partnership with The Associated Press, please read the full press release here.
Conversion rates can fluctuate day-to-day for an array of unexpected reasons, but there are several tactics marketers can employ to significantly (and sometimes permanently) lower their cost-per-acquisition (CPA) on Taboola. By being more strategic about bidding, targeting, and testing, the below “hacks” can help optimize your campaigns to generate the most bang for your buck. Separate by Platform Rarely (if ever) should you target desktop, mobile and tablet all at once. User experiences and behaviors vary across platforms, and people on a particular device may be more inclined to engage with your content. For example, a desktop user that enjoys fashion content at home may prefer other types of content while on-the-go and using a smartphone. Experimenting with platform-specific promotions can help you learn where your audience is most engaged, enabling you to better focus your campaigns. Platforms have different levels of competition for clicks (e.g. cost-per-click, or CPC), so […]
Earlier this month, we announced Taboola® Native, the latest addition to Taboola’s discovery platform, and an extension of our long-standing mission to help publishers better monetize their sites and marketers reach high-quality audiences across the web. As more and more companies adopt content marketing strategies, Taboola Native gives brands a powerful new way to reach audiences through exclusive in-feed and mid-article placements, on top publisher websites, across all devices. These premium real estates offer our partners 100% share-of-voice, maximum visibility, and the opportunity to generate higher CTRs and deeper engagement for their promoted stories. Taboola Native also includes more prominent and customizable interfaces on mobile, where the majority of audiences are now consuming content. Taboola Native is powered by our advanced predictive engine, and includes comprehensive brand safety features, such as negative keyword targeting and the ability to view performance by publisher site. Taboola also provides full transparency to consumers, […]
Though it is a comparative newcomer to the advertising landscape, native advertising has come to occupy a significant portion of the conversation surrounding digital marketing. Stellar examples of native ads in BuzzFeed and The New York Times have received a great deal of attention, and last year, John Oliver dedicated a lengthy (if cynical) segment of Last Week Tonight to the topic. In each instance, native advertising is discussed as something new. But while the name itself is only a few years old, native advertising actually has a history dating back almost a century—or longer. Native’s Predecessors: Advertorials and Branded Entertainment The precedent for native was first established in the form of print advertorials, which were sufficiently common by 1917 that a nationally syndicated column spoke out against “the paid write-up.” But the practice gained traction—and acceptance. In 1927, for example, the Honolulu Advertiser ran an eighty-page advertorial, sponsored by […]
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.