Content Marketing

Advertorials Bridge Storytelling and Selling

For some products, capturing a shopper’s attention requires long-form persuasion, a blend of advertising and editorial.

“Advertorials” are not new. Newspaper and magazine publishers have long deployed them to look like articles but promote like ads. A good advertorial is informative and engaging. It resides seamlessly on the platform while clearly disclosing that it’s a paid piece.

Advertorials are highly effective when done right. They allow a retailer or brand to engage prospects and deliver a persuasive argument for a product’s value.

Advertorials accomplish one or more of the following.

  • Educate an audience. An advertorial can describe in detail a product’s benefits, use cases, or unique value proposition.
  • Tell a story. A chocolate bar company has a story to tell when, say, its founders sail to South America four times a year to hand-select cocoa beans grown by an indigenous tribe. Shoppers would likely read a magazine-like feature describing the purpose and the journey and emphasizing how the chocolate is both delicious and sustainable.
  • Address misconceptions. Advertorials can correct common misconceptions or myths about an industry, brand, or product.
  • Launch new products. Long-form explanations are helpful in detailing an item’s features and benefits.
  • Leverage influencers. A celebrity or authority could collaborate with an advertorial, adding that individual’s clout to support product claims.
  • Test product messaging. Advertorials facilitate testing without impacting the overall brand.

Advertorial vs. Content Marketing

Advertorials and content marketing, while similar, differ in their approach, intent, and presentation.

Both use content to engage a target audience. But advertorials are specifically promotional, while content marketing prioritizes value and relationship-building.

Moreover, advertorials aim for an immediate sale, while content marketing might seek micro-conversions or lesser goals. For example, a golf retailer might produce swing tutorials as part of a content marketing campaign to attract search engine traffic. An advertorial from that retailer could describe the Callaway Paradym driver with its adjustable head to change the face angle.

Finally, advertorials appear as news articles while labeled as a promotion. This journalistic presentation differs from most content marketing.

Consider the example advertorial from, a hearing-aide provider.

Image showing a man holding a hearing aid with the headline: Why this tiny German hearing aid is taking the U.S. by storm, according to experts.

An advertorial for’s Horizon hearing aid.

We see aspects of an advertorial immediately. First, the page resembles an article, unlike other sections of

Screenshot of the advertorial beside a table of hearing loss articles.

The advertorial’s presentation is different from’s other content resources. Click image to enlarge.

The headline implies journalism.

Why this tiny German hearing aid is taking the U.S. by storm, according to the experts.

A byline — “Julia Grabenhorst, Editor” — suggests credibility.

Yet the page is clearly marked as an advertorial and includes trust badges common to promotional content.

The copy begins with a problem statement.

Alarming fact: More than 48 million Americans hear so poorly that their quality of life significantly suffers as a result. The problem: Most wait too long to act, hoping their hearing will improve on its own. Sadly, it never does.

It then offers a solution: the Horizon hearing aid.

Alarming fact: More than 48 million Americans hear so poorly that their qualityof life significantly suffers as a result. The problem: Most wait too long to act, hoping their hearing will improve on its own. Sadly, it never does. But now, a game-changing device is revolutionizing the hearing aid industry, and experts say it's the biggest breakthrough they've seen in over a decade. It’s called Horizon by And it’s the perfect solution at the perfect time—when more and more people are eager to maintain their quality of life and overcome these limitations. It’s no wonder Horizon has taken the U.S. by storm since its release in early 2023, offering hope and unprecedented clarity to thousands across America.

The copy uses a problem and solution format near the top to attract potential hearing aid customers. Click image to enlarge.

The copy continues to make the case for the product, offering a background of the inventors and the company.

What is Horizon? German entrepreneurs Dr. Marco Vietor and Paul Crusius are behind this revolutionary new hearing aid. Horizon is the latest release from renowned U.S. company,, developed in collaboration with top audio engineers from Signia (formerly Siemens). Their goal was to combine the best possible speech clarity with a comfortable, invisible design using cutting-edge German technology. The result? A hearing aid that’s gone viral across the U.S. for making conversation and hearing effortless, even in background noise—something that was unthinkable with previous generations of hearing aids. Dr. Marco Vietor explains, “It’s a hearing aid people actually want to wear. It offers amazing speech clarity and smartphone connectivity in a virtually invisible design — and all that for a reasonable price!"

The copy continues to make the case for the product. Click image to enlarge.

We learn more about benefits.

What exactly does Horizon have to offer? More than you think! vv Amazing Speech Clarity™ Effortlessly understand even with background noise, thanks to dual-processing Bluetooth connectivity Stream music and phone calls directly to your hearing aids" Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries No expensive batteries needed, simply charge overnight! Virtually invisible design Disappears inside or behind the ear Backed by audiologists Recommended by thousands of hearing specialists across the U.S. Loved by long-time hearing aid wearers Significant improvements in speech clarity, listening comfort, and overall satisfaction(*) Easy, comfortable fit All-day wearing comfort, easy to combine with glasses Free Horizon app Adjust settings for every listening situation easily via smartphone Ultra HD sound For maximum sound quality & clarity German technology Developed by top audio engineers from Signia (formerly Siemens)

There is a checklist of benefits. Click image to enlarge.

The call to action is a U.S. map suitable for an advertorial but not a product detail page or content marketing.

Map of U.S. with text: Here's how you can get started: Step 1: Click on your state in the map below. Step 2: After answering a few short questions, you will have the opportunity to secure a no-risk trial. Click on your state All major plans accepted: BlueCross United KAISER MOLINA BlueShield Healthcare PERMANENTE HEALTHCARE Cigna aetna CENTENE Humana AvMed cvsHealth Anthem HCSC

The call to action is a U.S. map. Click image to enlarge.

Landing Pages

Advertorials such as the example from can be excellent landing pages for advertising campaigns.

The aim is to drive traffic to the page and refine the copy until it generates a consistent and predictable return.

Advertorials bridge storytelling and selling. They educate potential customers, clarify misconceptions, and test marketing messages. Done well, they are part of a successful marketing mix.

Armando Roggio
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