Time Inc. recently built a new digital ad unit as part of its effort to deliver "the next generation of advertising solutions," but one of the publisher's titles seems to have found some ad inventory just waiting for the taking: the wallpaper on its Twitter profile page.
People StyleWatch, the fashion and shopping spinoff of People magazine, this week turned the background of its Twitter page into an ad for Jergens Daily Moisture. Media brands on Twitter typically use that area to promote themselves or nothing at all.
This was the first time People StyleWatch has used its Twitter profile page that way, a spokeswoman said. The Jergens ad was part of a larger deal with with the brand that included print, web and social components, she added.
Twitter said its users are free to turn their profile pages into ad venues. "The space is the user's to customize, and we encourage them to be clear if they are promoting something there, for money or other consideration," a spokesman said in an email.