How they do it: SlideShare was acquired by LinkedIn in 2012. It then started to offer advertisers the opportunity to run Content Ads, which enabled them to reach a targeted audience of professionals on LinkedIn.
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How they do it: As Hotmail drove a lot of traffic on its website from its email users, it monetized that traffic with ads. These include sponsored articles, as well as display ads. The core product remained free to the user but Hotmail generated revenue from advertisers.
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How they do it: In 2014, Pinterest generated its first revenue, when it began charging advertisers to promote their products to the site’s millions of users, consisting of hobbyists, vacation planners, and do-it-yourselfers. It generates revenue by displaying advertisements in the form of “Promoted Pins.” Promoted Pins are based on an individual user’s interests, things done on Pinterest, or a result of visiting an advertiser’s site or app (via re-targeting).
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How they do it: JCDecaux allows its customers to advertise in the public space. This includes street furniture, public transport and billboards. The audience of JCDecaux’ products are the people who use these services. However those people don’t pay money to JCDecaux. On the other hand JCDecaux markets the people’s attention to its clients who pay money to the company to advertise to the people. This money generates revenue for the company and pays for the physical infrastructure.
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