How people's attention flows on the web
16 January 2015
Native advertising done well.
Few implementations of the form get it right. Here’s one, which also appears on a platform where if you get it wrong, there will be consequences.
They ran a second advert more recently which caused a few problems as new customers were being offered a very nice Hario V60 dripper – existing customers were a little aggrieved. Pact handled it well.
Their follow-up about their experience was a clever move; r/selfserve is the subreddit for people who want to advertise on reddit so sharing this is in the spirit of the community.
With the New Year they are back for more; I signed-up recently myself.
Clearly there are dimninishing returns in terms of interactions with other redditors but it would be interesting to know the amount of business this generated.
Responses like this are gold:
What I like about the most recent advert is how well it suits the platform. This medium suits Pact far better than a banner advert or a piece of advertorial ever would.
- It’s longform (for an ad)
- In the right tone of voice
- The offer is clear and direct
- They say who they are and what they do
- They focus on the benefits of their service
A nice touch is they reference the comments on their first very successful post.
Ultimately omfgcoffee is a redditor who is promoting what they do rather than Pact appearing as a brand using reddit for advertising. And that is the note you want to hit without lookng like you’re trying to hit it.