Posts Tagged ‘American Society of Magazine Editors’

ASME pushes clarity in online advertising

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The American Society of Magazine Editors this week released additional guidelines aimed at online product placement, paid links and interruptive advertising, which are aimed at making sure the reader is “able to distinguish ads from edit,” AdWeek says.

“The new guidelines say paid or sponsored links should be identified as such; Web sites should not promote products in exchange for advertising; and sponsored microsites should be visually distinct from the main Web site. A section on interruptive advertising says such ads should be subject to editorial approval. ASME wants such ads to have a prominent ‘close’ or ‘skip’ button and last no more than 10 seconds.”

Also, ads for tablet media should “look different from editorial pages to avoid confusing the two, since tablets’ ads often aren’t displayed opposite editorial the way they are in print.”

The guidelines, like ones released last fall, are purely voluntary and, particularly in this economy, are likely to be ignored, the report says.

Forbes, for one publication, is unconcerned. It is expanding a program begun last fall that puts advertisers and outside contributors on equal footing with its editorial staffers, AdWeek says in another report this week.

“Under a three-month-old program called AdVoice, advertisers could pay to have their labeled blogs appear alongside those of editorial staffers. Now, their contributions can run anywhere on the site that a staff writer or contributor can appear, not just the blogs section,” AdWeek says.

Microsoft and Toyota have signed on.

“The idea of Lewis D’Vorkin, the company’s new chief product officer, to mix advertising content with edit is a dramatic shift for a historic business brand that once prided itself on not using freelancers,” the report says.

Condé Nast lowers ethics bar for online staff

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Condé Nast has found a hole in the wall separating editorial from advertising, and will have its online staff produce a six-page advertorial supplement to run in several of its magazines.

The ad supplement will promote Samsung and run for eight months across Wired, Bon Appétit, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler, Architectural Digest and GQ.

Having the online staff produce the supplement was seen as a way  “to avoid ruffling the feathers of print editors, who are seen as more sensitive than their Web counterparts to being asked to serve up content on a directive from the advertiser,” MediaWeek says.

“Condé Nast insisted that editors and writers had free reign to select and reject content for the Samsung insert,” Paid Content says in its report.

Condé Nast did the same thing a few years ago for a section promoting Microsoft.

“Advertisers like advertorials when they contain original edit, because they can direct the theme if not the actual content, ensuring it’s relevant to their message,” MediaWeek says. “Meanwhile, the publication technically is abiding by American Society of Magazine Editors rules because it has the final say over the edit content.”

As best we can tell, MediaWeek means Condé Nast is abiding by the rule, technically, that says: “In order for a publication’s chief editor to be able to monitor compliance with these guidelines, every effort must be made to show all advertising pages, sections and their placement to the editor far enough in advance to allow for necessary changes.” But not necessarily: “A magazine’s editorial staff members should not be involved in producing advertising in that magazine.”