As pop-culture and celebrity gossip blogs continue to see increased traffic, particularly with the youth demographic, advertisers' views on what counts as acceptable have started to change.  Given the uneasy economic climate and tightening budgets, it's become increasingly important for mainstream brands to be mindful of where their ad dollars are going.  As a result, following the crowds, even if that means entering non-traditional venues on the web with less respectable material, makes a good deal of sense.  Despite the inherent logic of this move, some in the media still question whether this issue has more to do with negligent ad networks than with any real shift in attitude.  In either case, it's always been a challenge for manufacturers to reach a new audience without alienating their loyal base.  The takeaway from this seems to be that a quality product or service will go a long towards keeping your customers regardless of the occasional media misstep.

EXCLUSIVE MEMBER CONTENT
PSFK provides access to this article and every report, case-study, interview, and analysis that we publish for our members. PSFK Professional Membership also unlocks accessto unlimited customized research assistance and our database of over 100,000 insights on innovation trendspanning across eight industry sectors—from culture and brand to retail and customer experience.
Already a members? Log in