Native Advertising Is on the Rise. Are You Ready?

Why Advertisers Are Going Native

 

Native ads are those whose style and format mirrors the surrounding content. The ad format has been designed to look at home, or “native”, on the publisher’s platform.

The approach seems to work. According to a research by IPG Lab, consumers look at native ads 53% more often than regular display ads. Native ads that appear in-feed get 25% more views than comparable display ads. Most importantly, native ads produce 18% more purchasing intent and 9% more brand affinity.

According to the same study, consumers spend almost as much time looking at native ads as they do reading the editorial content. In another study by eMarketer, 97% of mobile media buyers rated native advertising as either very effective or somewhat effective at achieving branding goals.

Unsurprisingly, in recent years native advertising has exploded in popularity. Industry analysts have recorded a 35% annual growth rate, and by 2018 the industry is expected to be worth $12 billion.

Indeed, native advertising is now the marketing tool of choice for many of the world’s biggest companies. According to the Harvard Business Review, four out of five consumers find banner ads intrusive and annoying. Advertisers and publishers have realized that going native delivers a better user experience. And all the more so since the rise of the mobile.

 

The Anatomy of a Native Ad

 

Two key traits distinguish native ads:

  • Location: Native ads appear in the main part of the publisher’s feed, along with the editorial content.
  • Design: Native ads are dynamically formatted, which means their fonts, colors, and layouts automatically change to match the publisher’s style.
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Simplaex Best Practices

 

Another big advantage of native advertising is that it’s easy to get started. With Simplaex’s in-feed native ads, you can offer your users a richer, more engaging experience.

All you need are four simple assets: an image title, an image description, an icon, and a URL.

You don’t need any custom content to publish a native ad. You can simply reuse assets from your website, social media, blog, or product catalog.  

It’s best to avoid text-heavy images. Instead, place your text in the headline and caption. Choose an image that clearly conveys the lifestyle benefit of your product, rather than just the product itself.

As with any type of advertising, you should test different versions of your creative and track the performance of each. The headline and caption should work together to create a cohesive message, but they should also work independently of each other. And make sure you include a clear and persuasive call-to-action, so the user knows where the ad will take them.

LATEST NEWS

Simplaex Is Leading The Next Mobile Wave In Transforming Data Into Insights And Insights Into Action

Simplaex, experts in marketing mobile games, has recently closed its successful A-round funding. The Berlin-based company will use the capital to expand into new verticals and deliver its proprietary technology to a broader customer base. To this end, Simplaex is positioning itself as the most advanced data insight & activation platform. Below is our recent interview with Jeff van Ede, Co Founder & CEO of Simplaex:

First-party Data Innovator Simplaex Closes $2.6 Million Funding Round

Simplaex, experts in marketing mobile games, has successfully closed its A-round funding. The Berlin-based company will use the capital to expand into new verticals and deliver its proprietary technology to a broader customer base. Helping to drive this expansion will be Perry Ofir, Simplaex's newly-appointed CRO who was formerly VP of Sales & Business Development at Adgorithms.Simplaex launched in April 2016 as a groundbreaking marketing platform for game developers. In the twelve months since, it has grown into a sophisticated data marketplace with over 300 million unique user profiles. On the back of this impressive growth, the company is now looking to expand beyond the gaming industry.

Simplaex Surpasses 150 Million Players for Game Developer Platform

Simplaex, a revolutionary peer-to-peer platform for game developers, now offers direct access to over 150 million players. The important milestone comes just ten months after the Berlin-based start-up set out to transform game marketing. Developed together with some of the world's leading game companies, Simplaex is laser focused on the two main pillars of the industry's business model: Acquiring players and finding a way to monetize them. The groundbreaking technology completely bypasses the traditional way of game marketing, giving developers immediate access to a transparent and effective player marketplace.

First-party Data Innovator Simplaex Closes $2.6 Million Funding Round

Simplaex, experts in marketing mobile games, has successfully closed its A-round funding. The Berlin-based company will use the capital to expand into new verticals and deliver its proprietary technology to a broader customer base. Helping to drive this expansion will be Perry Ofir, Simplaex's newly-appointed CRO who was formerly VP of Sales & Business Development at Adgorithms.Simplaex launched in April 2016 as a groundbreaking marketing platform for game developers. In the twelve months since, it has grown into a sophisticated data marketplace with over 300 million unique user profiles. On the back of this impressive growth, the company is now looking to expand beyond the gaming industry.

Simplaex Surpasses 150 Million Players for Game Developer Platform

Simplaex, a revolutionary peer-to-peer platform for game developers, now offers direct access to over 150 million players. The important milestone comes just ten months after the Berlin-based start-up set out to transform game marketing. Developed together with some of the world's leading game companies, Simplaex is laser focused on the two main pillars of the industry's business model: Acquiring players and finding a way to monetize them. The groundbreaking technology completely bypasses the traditional way of game marketing, giving developers immediate access to a transparent and effective player marketplace.

Simplaex launches the first peer-to-peer marketing platform for game developers to buy, engage and sell players

Simplaex is officially launching its next generation marketing technology platform at GDC 2016 in San Francisco that solves the problem of today's user acquisition and retention in both mobile and online gaming. Since the introduction of the F2P business model the gaming advertising industry has developed into an ecosystem that is controlled by networks, agencies, brokers and resellers. Game developers and game players are more disconnected than ever before.

Why the game marketing ecosystem is ripe for disruption

For many game developers, the traditional way of promoting their products online is broken beyond repair. With no direct digital access to potential customers, they depend on an ungainly mix of ad exchanges, media buying platforms, data aggregators, agencies, and resellers. The results of such a tangled web are predictable: Unfair prices, low-quality leads and surging churn rates. This unsatisfying situation has led many game developers to shift their focus from customer acquisition to retention in the hope of boosting the cost-effectiveness of their marketing strategies.

Why game developers are neglecting their players

Can you imagine going to a restaurant that made it increasingly harder to get through each course of a meal? Sure, you can have your appetizers, but to eat your entrée you’ll have to cross the street to another location. And don’t forget to bring your spoon with you — otherwise you can forget dessert! No, I can’t imagine that either. But that’s exactly what the game industry does to its customers. It makes products that are by their nature progressively more difficult to consume. It’s the developer’s conundrum: Every gamer is intrinsically different yet they’re all playing the same game. They have various levels of skill and determination, as well as a range of ideas about what constitutes success and brings gaming satisfaction. It’s impossible to make a game that’s a perfect fit for everyone, but you can try to look after your active users and make sure they’re happy.

Why game developers should embrace player churn

Churn. It’s an ugly word. Game developers are naturally concerned about player retention. But eventually even the most ardent player loses interest in a game. It’s normal. It’s part of the cycle. And so it’s also normal when developers are inclined to squeeze the absolute maximum revenue out of people before they’re gone forever. However, trying desperately to monetize your players only increases churn, aggravating the problem.

Why game developers must rethink their advertising strategy

What if you could go to the movies for free, but every 15 minutes the film would stop for a commercial break? A few very cost-conscious people might tolerate it, but I reckon most would refuse to ruin their cinema experience that way. Similarly, there’s a good reason game developers dislike in-app advertisements: They distract your customers — and frequently discourage them from using your product. “Gamers want to game. So disturbing the gamer’s experience, even if it brings value, isn’t always the way to go,” wrote Avi Hadas, in a recent guest column on in-game advertising for VentureBeat. The stakes are high. In an industry concerned about churn, retention, and monetization of players, in-game ads might save your business — or end up killing it.