You have valuable content on your website, but do you know if it’s being read? Or read by the right people? Even the best content won’t achieve your marketing goals if it doesn’t reach your target audience. By sponsoring stories on SCTimes.com, you can ensure your branded stories reach a highly engaged local audience.
What is Branded Content/Native Advertising?
Branded content, also called native advertising, matches the unique look and feel of a publisher’s site so it fits seamlessly into digital environments. Branded content is not brand-biased and focuses on informing, rather than convincing, a target audience. These sponsored stories are most often listed in the form of “suggested articles” on popular websites. Sponsoring content on your local or state newspaper’s website is one of the most successful, effective forms of native advertising because:
- Native advertisers experience a 33% lift in perceived credibility for native on well-regarded news sites.
- Newspaper digital audience has grown twice as fast as the Internet audience in the past 12 months.
- Newspaper content is 50% more likely to be retweeted than all other local media, including television & radio.
Source: IAB/Edelman, Getting In-Feed Sponsored Content Right; comScore, January 2015
Sponsored Stories on SCTimes.com
Argus Leader Media is the only vendor for sponsored content on SCTimes.com. Sponsored content is typically provided and authored by the advertiser, and appears simultaneously on SCTimes.com desktop, iPad and mobile web platforms.* These stories are clearly marked with brand logos and ‘Sponsor Story’ headers to differentiate them from the newspaper’s editorial content. Therefore, advertisers utilizing sponsored content not only educate and inform their target audience, they also build brand loyalty and authority.
*Native advertising options also available in St Cloud Times' print publications.
Benefits of Branded Content/Native Advertising
- Enjoy guaranteed, quality media placement on SCTimes.com—native ads are undetected by ad blockers
- Break through the clutter of other digital ads and gain attention by local audiences
- Match both the form and function of the user experience in which sponsored content is placed
- Educate, inspire, entertain or inform your audience on St Cloud's top local news source
- Engage in a way that adds value to the consumer relationship
- Position your brand as a thought-leader and seek brand affinity
- Determine what branded content is engaging users most and use this information to develop future marketing strategies
Why Sponsor Content on SCTimes.com?
Many local and regional brands sponsor articles on blogs or other online publications with large preexisting audiences that are global, not local. In other words, they pay for reach that won’t affect the bottom line. When you sponsor a story on SCTimes.com, your native content will reach a local, affluent audience:
Over 4 Million Monthly Page Views
More than 735,000 Monthly Unique Visitors
As a part of our native program, we offer a promotional plan that drives traffic to sponsored articles, ensuring they get engagement.
Source: Omniture, Jan.-Aug. 2016; comScore, Jan.-Aug. 2016
Get your content seen by the right audiences! If you are interested in establishing a sponsored content program with Times Media Solutions, contact us today.