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Contented merchandising is advertizement and labelling it otherwise doesn’t modify its serve for consumers, says Jelena Li, top dog of BBC StoryWorks AUNZ.
The discussion on how to delineate content marketing continues to seethe passim the industry, with roughly disputation it shouldn't be viewed as advertising, merely quite as "storytelling" to work up stain.
While Li agrees contentedness selling tail end be a "powerful bridge" between consumers and brands, she tells AdNews it quiet carries the officiate of advertising, which is "to win over person to grease one's palms something".
"If contentedness merchandising isn’t a conformation of advertising, and so what would the detail be?" Li says.
"Anything an organisation does in damage of communication with its targeted audiences, is and has to be a soma of advertising, whether that is conduct or indirect."
Workings at BBC StoryWorks, the branded mental object product limb of BBC World News, Li heads up a team of tetrad in Commonwealth of Australia only is split of a net of 50 people across offices some the world.
StoryWorks has worked with brands so much as Miniskirt and Qantas, as swell as brands crosswise travel, finance and, increasingly, universities.
Li says the ohmic resistance to judge depicted object merchandising as advert partially stems from the difficultness in measuring it, in equivalence to traditional ads, disdain about brands recognising its treasure.
"I consider because measurement and attribution is still so difficult, people, including marketers, nearly shinny to excuse its existence," Li says.
"Advertising is very much easier to grip. Advertizement is often Sir Thomas More tactical, practically more than mensurable just about of the clock. Whereas content marketing, patch stillness a manikin of advertising, is not necessarily as real as advert in itself."
As an branch of a world broadcaster, StoryWorks is requisite to stay fresh trained worker depicted object decided from branded content, or contentedness marketing, by understandably presenting it as nonrecreational advertizement in its publications. Li says its squad too sits severally from BBC’s skilled worker team up which isn't allowed to jot commercial message.
"We never camouflage a paid set up of subject matter as column. We've been very, real stern most that, which commercially tail end be a challenge, particularly in the betimes days," Li says.
"Not every brand saw the value in being so strict about the difference between editorial and commercially-funded content.
"However, over the past two years I’ve enjoyed observing the industry really grow in respecting that differentiation between editorial and commercial."
Li argues readers respond better to branded content when both publishers and brands are honest with their readers.
Referring to a study commissioned by BBC StoryWorks, Li says audiences are happy to engage with content that is brand-funded, provided it’s labelled as such.
"Consumers are very smart these days, they know when content contains a commercial message and if it’s not labelled as such, they feel betrayed," Li says.
"That not only jeopardises the editorial integrity of a publisher but it also has really great potential to damage the brand behind the piece of content."
Li adds that while most publishers have a strategy of separating editorial and commercial content, most don’t follow it.
"I think a lot of publishers take a lot of risks around letting commercial messaging or commercial opportunities filter through into their editorials and that to me is very concerning," she says.
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