John Oliver

4 big threats native advertising faces in 2015

Recently I’ve been hosting roundtable discussions over dinner in New York and London with publishing executives who are betting big that native advertising will drive major revenue growth in 2015 for their businesses. We often end up debating what the biggest threats to the industry are, and there are four notable threats I wanted to share.

From the FTC's presentation at its workshop on native ads

FTC to native ads: Wear a sponsor’s hat

Native advertising is one of the Biggest New Things in that realm, but now the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is pointing out that the genre needs to avoid being just another version of a very old game: Let’s deceive the customer.

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Bye-bye, Google Buzz (again)

Shockingly, most people didn’t want a social network in their email inbox, so the experiment that consisted of Google taking your inbox and insta-poofing a social network into sudden awkward existence never had a prayer of upsetting Facebook, Twitter, or even MySpace.