An excerpt from Ad Age’s interview [June 30, 2010] with Greg Coleman, Pres. of Huffington Post.Â Coleman described the online news site as a “social media company,” able to “help our marketers beam their messages throughout the internet, across the galaxy, the internet, and the world.”Â One of their advertisers is GE.:
Ad Age: Can you give me an example of Huffington Post’s view on social advertising?
Mr. Coleman: One example is a terrific project we did with General Electric, where GE has this whole campaign on “healthymagination.” We allowed them to run advertising on anything tagged “wellness” across our site — they were looking for positive health information. We then created a special share bar for GE, and any time you tweeted that article or retweeted that article or shared it, the ad module would go with it. So when you shared it with your friends on Facebook, the GE ad module would go there. When you retweeted it, [you’d get] the hashtag “GE healthymagination.” … We’re trying to come up with the real metrics, but we believe that the reach of the campaign is far greater off of our site, as a result of the social tools on our site.