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New Study: Native Advertising Have the Power to Connect

By Stine F. Mathiasen, Head of Content & Creative at Benjamin_Creative
Mar 6, 2015


A new report released by The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) states the power of native advertising by concluding that nearly two-thirds (59%) of consumers find native advertising interesting and informative and a third are more likely to trust it than traditional advertising.

Report about native advertising from AOP The study was conducted by Tapestry Research and combines the results of a quantitative online survey of 1,500 respondents with 10 qualitative interviews. Six advertising campaigns were shown to participants across five premium content websites including Marie Claire, The Huffington Post, Trinity Mirror, The Week, and BBC Good Food, under a distracted exposure technique.

The report is called 'The Power of Native' and it reveals a number of key findings around this highly publicised emerging advertising format. It includes consumer attitudes towards native advertising on premium content websites and the impact of native ads on key brand metrics.

Greater levels of trust

When compared to traditional advertising, native advertising was found to be more informative (32 % compared to 16 %), more interesting (27 % versus 19 %), more useful (21 % versus 13 %) and more helpful (15 % compared to 10 %).

However, native advertising was also perceived to be less eye-catching (21 % versus 23 %) and less easy to understand (23 % compared to 27 %).

Other key insights from the research show that native adverts garner greater levels of trust among consumers with a third (33%) more likely to trust native advertising than traditional advertising, and that clicking on a native ad driver on a premium content website has greater impact than clicking via Facebook.

Tim Cain, Head of Research, AOP commented on the results:

“Native is one of the biggest topics in digital publishing right now. This study is a significant piece of research into the power of native advertising, and provides best practice for publishers and advertisers to make their native adverts work harder. The study is extensive, but one key takeaway from the findings is that advertisers should be mindful of taking ‘the hard sell’ – if native advertising is too direct it can damage positive brand messaging.”

In her position as Head of Content & Creative, Stine is responsible for every piece of quality content the bureau creates. Starting out as a journalist, Stine worked for years at various interior magazines, as well as editing the home and design sections of some of Denmark’s most-read daily papers. Because of her strong will to develop and nurture projects from scratch, she has been on board Aller Media’s office of innovation. Here, she helped develop a lifestyle magazine for the Japanese market. In recent years, Stine helped initiate the Native Advertising Institute’s blog. Today, in her position at the fast-growing content marketing bureau Benjamin_Creative, she produces content and native ads for a large and diverse group of clients — from big shopping malls to even bigger design brands.

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