[R]esearch out this month … found that 65 percent of consumers believe that advertisers pay for editorial mentions. Moreover, the media agency found readers were not only receptive to such mentions but that they expected them.Via Paul Heney on the ASBPE members' discussion forum (login needed).
Research on Magazine Product Placement
It would be virtually impossible for me to write a story on, say, the recovery of the hospitality business in New Orleans without mentioning some of our advertiser's (and non-advertiser's) names. This is by no means a paid endorsement.
I would hate to think readers believe we're being paid for mentioning brand names, when in fact they're just a part of the story.
What can we do to fight this perception?