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QUIZ: Which Native Ad Works Best on You?

Image from Joe Pulizzi's The Ultimate Guide to Native Advertising.

While the rest of the industry is going crazy over what publishers will do about ad blocking, the team is already looking toward potential solutions. We know that traditional display ads are slowly driving readers crazy; and, many publishers believe that native advertising can help. So we’ve gone ahead and figured out how to create the perfect native ad.

[ pats itself on the back.]

Let’s face it, you have to make money to make money (see what we did there?!). And digital publishers make most of their money — which they use to create more great content — when you see their ads. So how can they show you ads in the least annoying way possible? By catering to your specific “native ad personality type,” of course.

We’ll explain: The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has defined six core types of native ad formats in its Native Advertising Playbook — ranging from paid search units to recommendation widgets. And although there is no clear indication of what type of native ads will resonate best with readers as a whole, the team put together the following quiz* to help you determine what type of native advertising might work best for you, personally.

Understanding different types of native advertising and connecting these with how your audience engages with your content will help digital publishers to make informed decisions about where and how to distribute native ads.

Here’s an overview of the six IAB-categorized native ad formats:

  • In-feed units, which appear on news outlets and social networks in the form of labeled “sponsor content” or what’s been liked or picked as a favorite by a connection
  • Paid search units, in which an advertiser pays to be listed at the top of search engine results for certain keywords
  • Recommendation widgets, which pull related content from “around the Web” based on topics and keywords, then list them on the side or bottom of a media outlet’s website
  • Promoted listings, which function similarly to paid search units but appear on e-commerce marketplaces like Etsy and Amazon
  • In-ad with native element units, which are placed alongside editorial content based on contextually relevant topics and keywords, but link to an offsite page
  • Custom units, which are extremely platform-specific, such as customized playlists on Spotify and Pandora

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR PUBLISHERS: There’s no better way to engage with your audience (and to make money) than by matching the personalities of your readers to these ad formats. You’re welcome, for that tidbit!

And now that has solved the problem of how content will be paid for over the next few years, we give you permission to get on with your day. Before you do, let us know your “native ad personality type” on Twitter by tagging @parsely in your tweet.

*This quiz is for entertainment purposes only. But, you just might learn something!