The free AOL portal will concentrate its efforts on natural optimization, but will selectively buy keywords from Google and Yahoo!
America Online will engage in a large search marketing effort that will include natural optimization and keyword buys on Google and Yahoo this summer. However, the company's paid search campaign will be small in comparison with its offline media buy and its natural search efforts, according to a spokesperson.
The search marketing plans are part of a scheduled summer campaign to promote AOL's new public content, which it's expected to make available to non-subscribers in the coming weeks. The interactive campaign will also include display ads on a wide range of properties in AOL's network and on external sites. Offline placements are planned for radio and print, but not television.
AOL said it will concentrate most of its search efforts on natural optimization, but will selectively buy keywords from Google, Yahoo and other search engines. These ads won't attempt to drive Internet users to the AOL.com homepage, but rather will point people to specific content on the portal.
The company wouldn't disclose planned spending for the campaign, though a company representative said a New York Times report that the portal would spend "tens of millions of dollars" on search was exaggerated.
Twitter Canada MD Kirstine Stewart to Keynote Toronto
ClickZ Live Toronto (May 14-16) is a new event addressing the rapidly changing landscape that digital marketers face. The agenda focuses on customer engagement and attaining maximum ROI through online marketing efforts across paid, owned & earned media. Register now and save!
Until March 2012, Zach Rodgers was managing editor of ClickZ's award-winning coverage of news and trends in digital marketing. He reported on the rise of web companies, data markets, ad technologies, and government Internet policy, among other subjects.
Marketing Apps for Landing Pages White Paper
Marketing apps can elevate a formulaic landing page into a highly interactive user experience. Learn how to turn your static content into exciting marketing apps.
Redefining 'Mobile-Only' Users: Millions Selectively Avoid the Desktop
A new breed of selective mobile-only consumers has emerged. What are the demos of these users and how and where can marketers reach them?
March 19, 2014