What is Native Advertising and Why Is It important for Seattle Social Media?

What is Native Advertising and Why Is It important for Seattle Social Media?

Native advertising is a term that is extremely common in marketing, but if you don’t know what it is, it can be confusing. For Seattle social media marketers, native advertising is a must, because it allows you to market to users, in a way that blends with the content they are coming to see. This applies to Facebook, Google, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and pretty much any other social media site, because Native Advertising is essential to marketing on any specific site. We will use Facebook as an example, because it’s the most popular social platform, but you can apply the following to any website, social media platform, or app. If you have a local Seattle social media manager, you can ask them for more information.

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What is Native Advertising?

Native advertising is the process of presenting an advertisement as native content, or content that blends in with the content that people are coming onto the site to see. Native content is valuable, because it allows users to see your brand as a person, as informative, or as something valuable, rather than simply as an ad. This is complex, difficult, and often doesn’t seem like advertising, which is the point, because it boosts brand awareness and increases brand trust, which boosts sales when you do post an actual ad.

Examples of Native Ads

Native ads are those that look like something a person would post. They are interesting, informative, valuable, funny, or otherwise something that people want to see. Dove’s Sketch Beautiful Video is one example. It fits into Facebook’s videos, is sharable, moving, and entertaining. It’s also a very strong emotional advertisement for Dove, and raised brand awareness considerably. Other examples include Mountain Dew sharing photos and stories about the sports teams and skaters they support, who are usually doing the advertising for Mountain Dew themselves, by holding the bottles and cans. This sort of advertisement requires thought, planning, and an understanding of your brand and demographics because instead of just posting about your product, you have to post about the things that your demographic do, enjoy, and like.

Facebook Sponsored Stories – Facebook sponsored posts allow you to use content that your fans have already vetted and shown that they like as a native ad. When you have posted content that is performing well, you can boost the post, allowing more than the standard 3-5% who would otherwise see it, to considerably more people. This allows you to show the content to more people, which boosts your Edge Rank, so that future posts, and ads, are seen by more people. When the content stops performing, you can simply stop paying for promotion. Why would you pay for promotion? It’s the same concept as using a TV or radio ad, except instead of hoping people see, hear, or listen to it, you know when people engage, and it’s for pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of traditional ads.

Native advertising is extremely valuable, especially for small and medium sized businesses who need to be social, interactive, and personable to make sales. The best plan is to focus about 90% of your social media efforts on driving engagement, brand awareness, and interest, rather than sales, because you need that to make sales, and native ads will do it for you.

If you want to know more about native advertising on social media, contact Rory Martin, a local Seattle social media management company.

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