Since the 1950s, advertorials and product placements emerged, and, as the internet and online commerce took hold, Amazon blazed trails by serving up book recommendations to users based on their previous purchases and online behaviors. Today, these sorts of activities-designed to deliver advertising content, online or via mobile devices, to consumers who have demonstrated their potential interest in the product or service-are known as native advertising. The practice lives on a continuum between "annoying" and "useful," depending on the perspective of the consumer. The goal for marketers is to land somewhere closer to the useful end of the spectrum.
Jarrod Gingras is an Analyst covering technology across the enterprise information landscape including web content management and enterprise content management.
Since joining The Real Story Group, Jarrod has contributed to research across the enterprise information landscape, with a special focus on the end-user experience for the technologies we evaluate. He has also advised clients such as the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Nokia, and MIT-Sloan Business School on their enterprise information challenges.
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