The Value of Paid Media

Paid media at its core is data-driven digital marketing. The main advantage of this form of media is the ability to leverage data analytics to inform strategic marketing and communications initiatives in real-time. This crucial business intelligence also helps to quantify PR results as it relates to achieving business objectives. This leads to greater alignment, enhanced targeting, increased engagement, measured amplification, and most importantly, ROI.

Five Paid Media PR Strategies

The PESO model in PR embraces an integrated media spectrum that takes a holistic view of your digital marketing universe from the vantage point of paid, earned, owned and shared media. Below are five paid media PR strategies I’ve identified, that when used together as part of a broader integrated PR & communications strategy, deliver synergistic results:

1. Content Syndication & Distribution

Content syndication refers to the recommendation widgets you see on your favorite news websites. This is a valuable tactic for amplifying the reach of earned and owned media at-scale across thousands of premium publishers with an unprecedented visible CTR of 5-30%.

Content recommendation services such as Taboola utilize Predictive Engine technology to place branded content based on contextual relevance, high-value keywords and reaching a target audience on the websites they frequent the most.

2. Social Media Marketing / Amplification

The decline in organic social media reach is no secret and this category refers to any form of paid social advertising. I’ve broken this up into two main types:

  • Social Amplification: any type of content amplification on a social network designed to foster awareness / engagement on-platform such as Boosted Posts, Promoted Tweets, Sponsored Updates, etc. These posts appear on the brand’s social timeline and are amplified with paid support.
  • Social Advertising: also known as ‘dark posts’ or ‘website cards’ in which a brand seeks to drive traffic off-network to an external site or landing page. The reason these ads are called ‘dark posts’ is because they do not appear on a brand’s social timeline, but rather directly into the newsfeed of a target audience.

3. Search Engine Marketing / Optimization

  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM) refers to pay-per-click (PPC) advertising in which your brand’s content appears in ad units at the top of major search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Google Ad Words is the most widely used SEM platform.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) refers to how well your website and content rank organically in a search engine. A strong SEO strategy is crucial for any content marketing or communications initiative and starts with the development of a high-value key phrase list.

4. Influencer Network Marketing

  • Influencer Networks such as Instabrand and Crowdtap allow marketers to tap their database consisting of thousands of social influencers to reach a target audience at scale based on topic relevance, preferred social channels, demographic info and more.
  • Influencer Partnerships can also be leveraged on an individual basis to promote brand content through a variety of premium social channels.

5. Native Advertising

  • Also known as Sponsored Content or Advertorials, I define Native Advertising as a piece of branded content that appears within a publisher’s main editorial well. This type of content is labeled as ‘sponsored’ but is designed to match the look and feel of regular editorial content ensuring a seamless user experience and much higher levels of engagement.
  • Native Advertising is an extremely effective form of content marketing, especially when paired with the other paid media pillars such as content syndication and social amplification.

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