Personal recommendations and branded websites are more trusted than paid advertising in all its forms, including digital, mobile, TV, and print media, according to a report by Nielsen.

Among surveyed consumers worldwide, "recommendations from people I know," or personal recommendations, garner the highest trust ranking with 92% of consumers trusting this source completely or somewhat.

By contrast, mobile ads—both in display (33%) and text format (29%)—are the least trusted format of paid advertising. However, other digital formats such as banner ads (33%), and those served via social networks (36%), don't fare much better.

People place more trust in "owned" media such as branded websites (58%) and permission-based email (50%).

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