Native monetization: “The best ads, in other words, aren’t ads anymore.”

A content focused agencies point of view on all the rage about native ads:

I guess we have Fred Wilson to thank (or blame) for all this. In September he gave a speech in which he spoke of “native monetization systems” for Web sites. These are little bursts of marketing tailored to the look and feel of a specific platform. Think Facebook Likes, promoted Tweets, special deals via Foursquare, and Google paid-search ads tied to keywords. Mashing up the blogs, we learn that native can also be a repackaged version of advertorials defined by the users and delivered “in-stream” as digital ads that don’t suck, disguised as content. Media firm BIA/Kelsey predicts approximately $3.85bn of social ad spend will go to these native ads in four years in the US alone.

via Native advertising will fail if it means “Let’s lie to the natives”.

Native Advertising Will Save Us All. Maybe.

Native ads don’t scale:

Native ads, driven by startups that are careful, picky snobs (for good reason), could change online advertising for the better. Except for one little problem: They don’t scale.

But wait, there’s a silver lining:

That may not be the case forever. “Mass customization is the new paradigm,” Cunningham said. He expects that one or two major players — likely Facebook — will eventually dominate native ads across many platforms, making them easier to purchase at mass scale.

But wait, if you use Facebook ads on other platforms, wouldn’t they be less native on other platforms? The article continues:

The tipping point will be when large brands begin to ask how they can optimize their creative work for native ads before they build it, rather than backward engineer it into this new format. For those of us who absolutely detest traditional display ads this can’t come soon enough.

via Native Advertising Will Save Us All. Maybe. | PandoDaily.

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