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The Content Marketing Spectrum can be difficult to understand.  You have Content Marketing on one side, brands creating content on a consistent basis to reach and audience. But, as you start to move down the spectrum, new approaches bring to light new ways to reach your audience. 

In this episode of the Enterprise Marketer Podcast, we talk to Melanie Deziel about two of these topics on the Content Marketing Spectrum, Branded Content and Native Advertising. 

Melanie, who in my mind is the most reliable source when it comes to information on Native Advertising and Branded Content, began her career as a journalism student with an emphasis on investigative journalism.  As a budding storyteller, she quickly found the market did not have a lot of opportunity for a journalist.  Not letting this stop her, she made her way to the Huffington Post, where she got her start in Branded Content and Native Advertising. 

After HuffPo, Melanie landed herself at the New York Times, where she worked with the team that is now known as TBrand Studio.  There, she helped lay the foundation for other traditional print media companies to join the ranks of the Times by starting to produce content for brands that is distributed on their channels. 

One of the pieces she worked on was the Orange is the New Black piece that showed how the prison system in LA County operated and how women in prison were treated compared to men.  This campaign was a masterpiece in the making, as the team put together infographics, 1500 words of newsroom-quality content, and three mini-documentaries.  Little did the team know, but they were creating one of the most referenceable pieces of Branded Content and would kick off a new way of looking at brands and media companies working together in the digital age. 

Now, publishers like the New York Times and the Boston Globe can augment their revenue channels beyond subscriptions and traditional advertising, with this intelligent approach of leveraging talent and audience to help brands tell stories. 

Throughout this show, we dive into the numerous topics surrounding Branded Content and Native Advertising, and Melanie gives us a proper definition and examples of what the terms mean and how they are executed.

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Jeff Julian - Enterprise Marketer


Jeff is the Chief Executive Officer of Squared Digital and Co-founder of EnterpriseMarketer.com. He has been helping companies develop content strategies for over ten years, after launching one of the largest blogging communities, Geekswithblogs.net. He’s been a web developer since 1994, and a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in XML and SharePoint. He is also the best-selling author of a book on SharePoint development and Jeff recently published a book titled, Agile Marketing: Building Endurance for your Content Marketing Teams.


Melanie Deziel - Enterprise Marketer


Melanie Deziel is an award-winning branded content strategist and consultant, and the founder of The Overlap League, the native ad newsletter. She is a board member of the Native Advertising Institute, has served as an executive judge for the Digiday Content Marketing Awards, and travels the country educating marketing, sales and editorial teams on branded content strategy. Melanie is the former Director of Creative Strategy for Time Inc., where she led ideation for sponsored content programs across 35+ publications, and was the first editor of branded content at The New York Times, where she conceived and wrote in-depth pieces sponsored by advertisers, including the “Women Inmates” piece created in partnership with Netflix and Orange Is The New Black and the “Grit & Grace” feature on The New York City Ballet presented by Cole Haan, which earned the OMMA for Best Native Advertising Execution in 2014 and 2015 respectively.


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