'Sponsored views' lets groups add perspective to opinion columns
The Washington Post has introduced "Sponsored Views," a new online advertising feature that invites organizations to post commentary related to or in response to content from The Washington Post's Opinion section. When sold, Sponsored Views appear at the bottom of an online column from The Post's Editorial/Op-Ed pages found at www.washingtonpost.com/opinion.The product offers an opportunity for advocacy, communications and government affairs professionals to place their message in front of key constituents.
"Sponsored Views' premium placement enables participants to provide their perspectives with unparalleled contextual relevance, while still keeping the lines between news and sponsored messages crystal clear," said Steve Hills, president and general manager of The Washington Post. "This unique advertising initiative is yet another example of our business team's dedication to create innovative products for advertisers," Hills said.
Upon registration, Sponsored View participants will be able to submit up to 600 characters per advertisement. All Sponsored View submissions are subject to review and must adhere to the Sponsored View submission guidelines before they are posted online.
Examples of Sponsored Views from charter sponsors are available here:
- CTIA-The Wireless Association on a cybersecurity editorial.
- Natural Resources Defense Council on an editorial about carbon tax.
- Cato Institute and Center for American Progress on an editorial about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Sponsored Views will be clearly labeled as advertising. The product has been developed by the New Ventures team at The Post. The Washington Post newsroom is not involved in the product.