10 December 2015

We’ll look at the ways that personalization can improve publisher on-site engagement and drive users to high-value types of content.

27 August 2015

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 […]

25 June 2015

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, […]

17 June 2015

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 […]

4 June 2015

  When I first met with Jon Steinberg, we had a meaningful disagreement. But much like in life, that disagreement has evolved into an especially strong partnership (and friendship). I was already impressed by Jon’s previous work at BuzzFeed where he became known as the “Godfather of Native,” monetizing BuzzFeed without a single banner ad ever shown. Asking him questions over the past few months about what works and what might be broken around Native, I joked that his direct answers made me feel like he is “half Israeli” — transparent, and to the point. As we talked about the rapid changes sweeping through the web, and his current role as CEO of Daily Mail North America, it became apparent that the category Jon helped pioneer years ago was ready for another revolution, and a big one. We experimented with a new expansion of our Discovery platform as a test […]

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