Blurring of digital ads with digital content in social media

The workshop MEDIA EXPO 2016 to explore efficiency of blending advertisements with news, entertainment, and other content in social media.

October 10-12 2016, Berlin

Increasingly, advertisements camouflaged as digital content in social media that more closely resemble the content in which they are embedded are replacing traditional advertisements – graphical images that typically are rectangular in shape – on social media channels websites and mobile apps. The workshop will bring together publishing and advertising industry executives, consumer advocates, marketing professionals, and government regulators to explore efficiency of camouflaged forms of advertising in social media and consumers’ recognition and understanding of these messages.

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What is it all about?

This 3-day interactive workshop provides participants with a comprehensive, practical understanding of advertising and marketing in social media. This course equips participants with the knowledge and ability to deliver strong messages across different social media channels.

The practice of blending advertisements with news, entertainment, and other content in digital media, referred to as “native advertising” or “sponsored content”. Advertising and marketing professionals find themselves in a tight spot balancing the demand for sophisticated social media services and maintaining high quality standards. The workshop explores mechanisms by which consumers can identify advertisements as advertising wherever they appear. The participants are invited to offer original insights, recommendations for topics of discussion, and requests to participate as panelists. The workshop also invites the submission of case studies and mock-ups that can be used for illustration and discussion.


What You Get

Blurring lines

What is the origin and purpose of the wall between regular content and advertising, and what challenges do publishers face in maintaining that wall in digital media, including in the mobile environment? In what ways are paid messages integrated into, or presented as, regular content and in what contexts does this integration occur? How does it differ when paid messages are displayed within mobile apps and on smart phones and other mobile devices?

Questions to ask

What business models support and facilitate the monetization and display of native or integrated advertisements? What entities control how these advertisements are presented to consumers?

Did rules change for current marketing techniques, such as blogging and word-of-mouth advertising? Are these new techniques subject to the same truthful advertising laws that other forms of advertising always have been? Should the marketers who are compensated to promote or review a product disclose it?

What should be done

How can ads effectively be differentiated from regular content, such as through the use of labels and visual cues? How can methods used to differentiate content as advertising be retained when paid messages are aggregated (for example, in search results) or re-transmitted through social media?

Learn to Love and Respect Your Consumers

What does research show about how consumers notice and understand paid messages that are integrated into, or presented as, news, entertainment, or regular content? What does research show about whether the ways that consumers seek out, receive, and view content online influences their capacity to notice and understand these messages as paid content?

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