Sometimes, it feels like new technologies pop up out of nowhere.
When some clever piece of tech comes along, you have to rush to adapt. If you don’t, there are plenty of other marketers out there who will.
But here’s the thing…
No new technology, or idea, comes out of nowhere.
Every single time, there’s always a trend towards that idea before it really takes off. And if you can catch onto the trend before it hits the mainstream, you’re able to get a head start on everybody else.
That’s what a world-class marketer does.
Right now, there’s one trend that I think all marketers need to know about…
What is that?
Let me explain what it isn’t first.
Imagine that you’re watching a TV show. You enjoy the show for about 15 minutes and then you have to sit through a few minutes of adverts before you can carry on.
You didn’t sit down to watch the ads.
They’re just a thing you have to sit through before the show comes back on.
That’s what we call “interruptive advertising”. It’s marketing that gets in the way of what you want to experience.
We see this on the internet, too.
Whenever a webpage serves a pop-up ad, it’s interrupting what you’re doing. It’s breaking your train of thought to try to get you to pay attention to some new product or service.
Native advertising is the exact opposite of that.
It’s advertising that’s built into the content that you’re consuming.
For example, let’s say you’re reading an article about autonomous cars. You make it through the whole thing without interruption. And at the end, you see a little bio at the bottom that says the electric car company Tesla wrote the article.
That’s not an ad.
At most, it’s a bio or attribution.
But that little footnote, which is part of the piece, puts Tesla in your mind. And that means you’re more likely to look them up if you’re in the market for an autonomous car.
Native advertising is a new trend that will change the way that we talk to customers.
If you can start building your skills in it now, you will benefit from it in the future.
Howard ‘Going Native’ Kingston
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