“Like a joyful scourge, Peretti is simultaneously fanning
the ﬂames that are disrupting the old media business
model and promising that he has constructed a new,
Andrew Rice - NYMag
— BuzzFeed is a content producer,
publisher and aggregator.
— Established in 2006, BuzzFeed
provides fast moving news to
more than 50 million unique
users each month.
— “BuzzFeed is a place for you
to discover, share, and track
everything awesome that is
happening on the Internet
as soon as it happens.”
What is it?
— BuzzFeed reaches an afﬂuent audience.
— Of the 50 million unique users:
— 40% have a household income of $100,000+.
— 25% are 45+ in age.
— 50% are between the ages 18-34.
— 50% of trafﬁc to BuzzFeed comes from mobile.
— BuzzFeed users are ‘SuperSharers’.
— Users view on average, 12 posts per visit.
Source: BuzzFeed & Nielsen
Why should you care?
— BuzzFeed Journalists, Writers & Editors (Staff)
— BuzzFeed staff create most of the content on BuzzFeed.
— BuzzFeed Members
— All content generated by members ends up on a separate ‘community’ page.
— BuzzFeed Partners
— Advertisers content rotates through the front page of BuzzFeed and can be
accessed on their brand channel.
How does BuzzFeed generate content?
— Members can rate, comment, share, suggest and create content.
— ‘Cat Power’ is the member ranking system. High ranking members can vote for multiple pieces of
content per day. Higher rank = more votes.
— The posts are reviewed by BuzzFeed editors, with the most interesting surfaced on the front page.
— As the number of posts a member suggests get accepted and promoted by BuzzFeed’s editors,
members’ ‘Cat Power’ rank rises.
— It is free to become a member.
— Badges allow users to express their feelings toward a
piece of content.
— Once enough users have clicked on one of the badges,
the content is labelled with a badge.
— A ‘viral’ logo appears on the corner of the content that is
quickly gaining impressions.
“We want our advertising to be innovative, inspiring and lead the shift
to social – and not just be another necessary evil that pays the bills.”
Jonah Peretti - Co-Founder of BuzzFeed
— There are no display ads on BuzzFeed.
— BuzzFeed value consumer experience above all
else. This means they only allow native
advertising. To participate you will need to
become a ‘Partner’.
— There are two types of partner:
1. Editorial Partner.
2. Advertising Partner.
Big Story Unit
Story Unit 1
Story Unit 2
Image and Information from BuzzFeed.com
Advertising on BuzzFeed
1. Editorial Partner
— Editorial Partners produce their own content on their own websites.
— BuzzFeed then provide a picture link with a short heading and an introductory sentence.
— These are featured on the home page of BuzzFeed via an algorithm.
— The algorithm ﬁnds content that is most likely to go viral and places them in the designated feature spots.
2. Advertising Partner
— As an Advertising Partner, you are given a BuzzFeed channel.
— Your content is viewed in-house on the BuzzFeed domain.
— The content you produce needs to be within the BuzzFeed tone of “cool, interesting and/or fun”.
— BuzzFeed can provide editors/writers to help produce content for your brand.
Types of partner
1. Take time to create a story. Build your brand personality over a number of posts.
2. When telling your story, think about the emotional response you desire.
3. Be willing to take risks. If people don’t like it, they won’t share it.
4. Keep it relevant. Watch what formats are working and what news/entertainment is trending.
5. BuzzFeed content has a short half-life. Regular content production is necessary to keep readers engaged.
5 key rules to advertising on BuzzFeed
— Virgin Mobile has a channel hub that uses it’s own
custom skin with links to their Facebook page, website
and Twitter account.
— Virgin Mobile produce 3 pieces of content per week that
aligns with who they are.
— For example, the Virgin Mobile BuzzFeed team took the
news of Richard Branson getting his head cast as an ice
cube mould and turned it into 12 Business Tycoons We
Would Like To Suck On.
— The business personalities who are represented in this
piece of content aren’t put there randomly. “All of the
business icons on the list share a thematic connection
to Virgin Mobile's fun, young, and sexy brand.” – Michael
Estrin, iMedia Connection.
— AMC’s TV show, “The Pitch” used BuzzFeed in the lead up to
it’s ﬁrst airing.
— “The Pitch” used a series of 3 posts to help generate some
buzz and get people thinking and forming opinions that
directly related to what the TV show was about.
— “This type of content allows the brand to start a
conversation about a topic that is the perfect context for
its new show.” - Michael Estrin, iMedia Connection.
— The Toyota BuzzFeed channel is a great example of how to
produce content that is relevant to your brand.
— All Toyota’s posts have something to do with cars/driving.
Some are speciﬁcally in context with Toyota, such as 20
Celebrities You Wouldn’t Guess That Drive A Prius.
— Toyota use a clever mix of silly and informative content.
— “The diversity of content allows them to reach a broad
audience with super-targeted messages.” - Michael Estrin,
•WHAT: BuzzFeed provides fast moving news to more than 50 million unique
users each month.
•WHY: With more people looking to share content, now is the time to build
your engagement online with native advertising.
•HOW: Follow the 5 key rules to create the ‘right’ content at the ‘right’ time.
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