Most consumers (54%) say they do not trust pieces labeled "sponsored content" on online news websites, according to a recent report from Contently.

Moreover, consumers are unsure about what the "sponsored content" label actually means: 48% of US adults surveyed believe it indicates that an advertiser paid for an article to be created and had influence on the content; 20% think it means the site wrote the content but the sponsor's money enabled it to happen; 18% believe the advertiser just paid for their name to appear; and 13% think the label indicates that the sponsor wrote the content.

Below, additional key findings from the report, which was based on data from a survey of 542 Internet users in the United States age 18-65.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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