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Consumers Left Increasingly Confused by Rise of Native Advertising
By: The Drum
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Consumers are finding it increasingly difficult to differentiate between advertising and editorial content as publishers muddy the waters through their choice of wording and placement, according to new research.

A study conducted by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia found that adverts prefaced as a ‘brand voice’ or ‘presented by’ were far less likely to be identified as paid for content than content labelled ‘advertising’ or ‘sponsored content’.

In all respondents were seven times less likely to pick up on the former wording.

Furthermore eye-tracking software showed that the position of any disclaimer was also key, with only 40 per cent of readers clocking a disclosure at the top of the page – whilst 90 per cent picked it up ‘in an outlined box’ in the middle of the story and 60 per cent at the bottom.

Report co-author Bartosz Wojdynski said: “If the goal is to minimise the likelihood that a consumer will miss the label, publishers need to do a better job of putting these labels in places where readers’ eyes will go. That means not at the top of the page with the banner and navigation, and not in the right rail, where consumers are used to seeing display ads.”

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