product placement

What does native advertising have in common with an erotic French film?

“You know it when you see it”. This, of course, is the famous Potter Stewart quote from the Jacobelis vs Ohio court case (1964) which found the French film “The Lovers (Les Amants)” to be too obscene.

As the definition of native advertising continues to evolve this quote is incredibly fitting. But I’ll get to that later, let me first go back to the origins of this marketing tactic…

Will 2013 be the year of native advertising? [infographic]

Digital channels continue to provide advertisers with an ever-growing number of options for marketing to consumers, but there’s a problem: many of their messages don’t get through.

Many consumers, bombarded by ads, many of which they see as annoyances, have blinded themselves to certain types of ad units, and some, in an attempt to squash ads altogether, have turned to ad blocking software. Coupled with poorly-placed units, advertisers often have no idea how many of their ads have actually been viewed or were even viewable, prompting calls for viewability standards.