Branded Content: The Fateful Merging of Media and Marketing

Branded Content: The Fateful Merging of Media and Marketing

By Jonathan Hardy

This is a critical study of the changing relationship between media and marketing communications in the digital age. It examines the growth of content funded by brands, including brands’ own media, native advertising, and the integration of branded content across film, television, journalism and publishing, online, mobile, and social media.

This ambitious historical, empirical, and theoretical study examines industry practices, policies, and ‘problems’, advancing a framework for analysis of communications governance. Featuring examples from the UK, US, EU, Asia, and other regions, it illustrates and explains industry practices, forms, and formats and their relationship with changing market conditions, policies, and regulation. The book provides a wide-ranging and incisive guide to contemporary advertising and media practices, to different arguments and perspectives on these practices arising in industry, policy, and academic contexts, and to the contribution made by critical scholarship, past and present. It also offers a critical review of industry, regulatory, societal, and academic literatures.

Jonathan Hardy examines the erosion of the principle of separating advertising and media and calls for a new framework for distinguishing marketing communications across 21st-century communications. With a focus on key issues in industry, policy, and academic contexts, this is essential reading for students of media industries, advertising, marketing, and digital media.


Part One: Practices
1 Advertising and media: separation and integration
2. News Media and Marketing
3. Branded entertainment and product integration
4. Brand content direct to you: marketers’ ‘owned’ media
5. Going native in digital media
6. Media as Marketers
Part Two: Policies and Problems
7. Regulating convergent media and marketing communications
8. Lobbying, liberalisation, normalisation, and contestation
9. Communication gains and losses: economic, cultural, and societal
10. Media and marketing critiques: renewing the radical tradition
11. Advertising and Media (reprise): contesting normalisation

Jonathan Hardy is Professor of Communications and Media at the University of the Arts London, and a member of IAMCR.

The above text is from the publisher’s description of the book:

Title: Branded Content: The Fateful Merging of Media and Marketing 
Author: Jonathan Hardy
Published: 2021
Pages: 292
Publisher: Routledge

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