Yahoo’s long-awaited self-service contextual ad network will launch in the United States in a limited beta test today, extending the reach of Yahoo Search Marketing ads through small and mid-sized publishers.
“By helping the broader publishing community maximize the value of their sites, we aim to create an even more rewarding Internet experience for publishers, advertisers and users,” said Bill Demas, senior VP of Yahoo’s Partner Solutions group.
The network, which has been expected to launch for months now, will complement Yahoo’s existing network of larger publishers, including CNN, ESPN, and NBC. Up to 2,000 publishers will be invited to join the beta test, with a full launch expected by the end of the year.
Yahoo will begin by offering publishers its Content Match contextual listings. The company expects to make available additional products, including the Y!Q contextual site search product and “Add to My Yahoo” RSS syndication tools. Yahoo is currently conducting tests to evaluate the advertising capabilities of Y!Q and RSS feeds.
A Yahoo offering that pays attention to quality of sites in the network, strives for openness in its policies, and offers advertisers more control would address several of the issues marketers have raised about Google’s network. With the launch of this offering, advertisers should benefit from increased competition in an area that has been ruled by Google, and publishers will have another revenue-generating option for their sites.
“The feedback we’ve gotten from advertisers is that they want more leads. We’re responding in a way that will provide them with more leads, while maintaining the quality of sites in the network,” Yahoo spokesperson Gaude Paez told ClickZ News.
On Thursday, Twitter reported its earnings for Q4 2016, and the results have raised questions about the company's long-term future.
From its $1.5 billion air cargo hub to its growing network of contract last-mile delivery drivers, Amazon is increasingly looking like a logistics company; but shipping and logistics giant FedEx isn't sitting idly by.
Havas Group's Meaningful Brands report delivers sobering news for brands: consumers wouldn't care if 74% of the brands they use disappeared off the face of the earth.
Last week, PageFair released its 2017 Adblock Report, and the news was not good for publishers and advertisers.