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Branded Content
The Fateful Merging of Media and Marketing

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ISBN 9781138190429
August 27, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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Jonathan Hardy is Professor of Communications and Media at the University of the Arts London and teaches media political economy at Goldsmiths College, London. He writes and comments on media industries, media and advertising, communications regulation, and international media systems. His books include Critical Political Economy of the Media (2014), Cross-Media Promotion (2010) and Western Media Systems (2008). He is co-editor of The Advertising Handbook (2018) and is series editor of Routledge Critical Advertising Studies. He is a member of the editorial boards of Digital Journalism, Political Economy of Communication, Mediterranean Journal of Communication and TripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique.