The company tries a simpler pricing model to woo small businesses.
In a bid to woo new small businesses as advertisers on its Local product, Yahoo has created flat-fee "Featured Listings" that are simpler to manage than auction-based keyword-targeted ads.
Featured Listings, which are guaranteed to appear on local search results pages, are offered at five different price points ranging from $20 to $300/month. Ads in higher-demand categories and more-populated areas command a larger amount.
Advertisers will also pay more for appearing above organic results, rather than below. Only 12 listings are available per-category for each region, with three appearing above the organic results and three below. The company says it will dole out the placements on a first-come, first-serve basis. It's not immediately clear whether sponsored search listings will also appear on the same results pages or how they will be prioritized. Yahoo representatives didn't respond to inquiries by press time.
Each Featured Listing contains a business' tagline, customizable links to coupons or special offers, and a designated business details page. Yahoo will also throw in a free five-page Web site to Featured Listings advertisers. That service is in beta. Though the ads aren't priced on a per-click basis, advertisers will receive reports on pageviews and clicks.
Getting local advertisers to commit to online advertising has been a perennial challenge for media firms building businesses based upon local content. Though the auction-based pay-for-performance paid search model has proven extremely successful for players like Google and Yahoo, conventional wisdom holds a simpler flat-fee pricing model is more attractive to some advertisers, especially mom-and-pop shops who don't have the time to monitor an auction marketplace. Yahoo has been considering the model for some time. A number of Yellow Pages players let their advertisers buy paid search ads on a flat-fee basis.
Join the Industry's Leading eCommerce & Direct Marketing Experts in Chicago
ClickZ Live Chicago (Nov 3-6) will deliver over 50 sessions across 4 days and 10 individual tracks, including Data-Driven Marketing, Social, Mobile, Display, Search and Email. Check out the full agenda and register by Friday, Oct 3 to take advantage of Early Bird Rates!
Pamela Parker is a former managing editor of ClickZ News, Features, and Experts. She's been covering interactive advertising and marketing since the boom days of 1999, chronicling the dot-com crash and the subsequent rise of the medium. Before working at ClickZ, Parker was associate editor at @NY, a pioneering Web site and e-mail newsletter covering New York new media start-ups. Parker received a master's degree in journalism, with a concentration in new media, from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
IBM Social Analytics: The Science Behind Social Media Marketing
80% of internet users say they prefer to connect with brands via Facebook. 65% of social media users say they use it to learn more about brands, products and services. Learn about how to find more about customers' attitudes, preferences and buying habits from what they say on social media channels.
The Multiplier Effect of Integrating Search & Social Advertising
Latest research reveals 68% higher revenue per conversion for marketers who integrate their search & social advertising. In addition to the research results, this whitepaper also outlines 5 strategies and 15 tactics you can use to better integrate your search and social campaigns.
September 17, 2014
September 23, 2014
September 30, 2014
1:00pm ET/10:00am PT