For the co-branded native ad product I developed for doityourself.com, the challenge was to deliver a modular system that was super efficient to implement while also being flexible enough to accommodate the drastically different types of content each brand had available.
Advertisers essentially “took over” a section of the doityourself.com website. We gathered relevant content both from its massive library of articles as well as that of the advertiser. As much as possible, we stuck to instructive or inspiring content.
- The “product” is essentially the website’s targeted (do-it-yourselfers) and substantial traffic.
- The site owns abundant content highly relevant to DIY advertisers.
- These are max 3- to 6-month campaigns, so longtail strategies that content-based sites like ours generally rely on won’t work.
- Advertisers with the most content (any combination of articles, photos, videos and/or community features), the least “salesy” content, and the best organized content had the best results.