In a recent post, we covered the legacy of sponsored content—from advertorials in print publications to “branded entertainment” on TV—that paved the way for today’s native advertising. But despite this long history, and the fact that most of us are exposed to native advertising every day, many people still have a narrow understanding of “native” and the many different forms it can take to help publishers better monetize their business. By expanding our definition of native to encompass more diverse forms of branded content, publishers can tap into a multi-billion dollar market, bolster their overall businesses, and take back revenue from the industry’s “Goliath” that is commandeering too much of the digital media space today. The Native We Know: On-Site Custom Branded Content Most people who are familiar with the phrase “native advertising” think of it in terms of those prominent examples cited in our previous post, namely branded content […]
Today, we’re excited to officially announce a new partnership with Australia’s fastest growing publisher: Allure Media. Reaching over 8 million unique browsers in Australia every month, Allure Media’s network includes some of the most innovative publishers on the Web, such as the Australian editions of Business Insider, Kotaku, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, POPSUGAR, ShopStyle, and more. Over the next few months, Taboola’s personalization technology will be seamlessly integrated across several of Allure Media’s sites, on both desktop and mobile platforms, engaging the publisher’s influential audiences with content they may like and never knew existed. We’ll also be collaborating with Allure Media’s editorial team to uncover new insights around how users behave across the network, boosting audience engagement and generating meaningful revenue. Our partnership with Allure Media signifies Taboola’s ongoing commitment to expanding our digital footprint in Australia. To learn more about the details around our partnership, please read the full press release […]
One of the biggest challenges any content marketer faces is coming up with a way to determine whether their content is actually working. Indeed, even if your brand has produced a series of excellent stories, you’ll need to prove that they are helping your company generate sales if someone is going to give you the budget to create more content in the future. And since consumers usually do not make a purchase immediately after watching or reading a piece of content, content marketers have a much more difficult time showing the impact of their work than, say, a direct-response marketer who can just point to their sales conversions. With that in mind, here are four other metrics you can use to gauge whether your content marketing is having the desired effect on your target audience. An expanded definition of “conversions” Typically, we think of a “conversion” in online marketing as […]
We asked Amura’s paid media manager to provide his perspective on the unique challenges of applying digital marketing to the real estate industry.
In honor of our upcoming joint webinar with content specialists Influence & Co., we’ve created a fun, interactive crossword puzzle about all things content marketing. Use the clues below the squares to complete the puzzle. Stay tuned because we’ll publish the answers next week. To learn how your company can start seeing ROI and actually profit from your content efforts, join our webinar: “How To Create a Content Marketing Machine that Works” on Wednesday, August 26th at 11:00am EDT.
There’s no exact formula for publishing the perfect piece of branded content. As is the case with any creative work, you’re going to go through a period of trial and error before you find the process that works best for you, and there are going to be some hits and misses along the way. Even now, five years into my career as a professional writer, I am still tinkering with how I do things, learning from my peers, and searching for ways to get better. With that said, I’ve looked at thousands of branded content items over the past two years — first as an advertising reporter and later as a content marketing writer — and I’ve noticed that the best stories always have a few things in common. Here are the four elements I’ve found to make up an amazing piece of branded content. An enticing headline that lives […]
At Taboola, we think every day should be a day to explore the world – whether outside or online – because you never know when you’ll discover something new. So, it should be no surprise that we wanted to acknowledge today’s official public holiday in Canada: Discovery Day. Canada’s Discovery Day was established to honor the anniversary of the discovery of gold on August 16,1896. The shiny precious metal was found in the Klondike region of the Yukon and the event marked the beginning of the Klondike Gold Rush, prompting enthusiastic miners from Seattle and San Francisco to join the search. As you might have already guessed, “Discovery Day” is celebrated in several other parts of the world, signifying a variety of different events and sightings. These areas include The Bahamas (commemorating Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World in 1492), Brazil (in honor of Pedro Alvares Cabral who […]
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 […]
As the effectiveness of online “push” advertisements continues to wane, there is a surge of new interest around inbound marketing methods. Content has proven to be a powerful way of attracting and engaging new customers, and software companies like Hubspot are building platforms that help companies manage and optimize lead generation throughout the entire customer decision process. Based in México, inbound marketing agency Grou works with clients around Latin America on incorporating these new methods into their overall marketing strategies. Following its own best practices, Grou began building out its company blog with actionable tips for marketers and insights derived from successful case studies. The company encountered limited success promoting its services across search and social channels, but after partnering with Taboola, discovery soon emerged as the most effective lead-gen channel. We recently published a case study featuring Taboola’s work with Grou, including some of the below key highlights: Discovery […]