Yahoo Seeks To Grow Mobile Display With Flurry Acquisition

yahoo-mobile-phones-featured There was a rumor circulating last week that Yahoo was buying Flurry for north of $350 million. That rumor (though not the price) was confirmed today when Yahoo officially announced it was buying the company. Flurry was being shopped apparently and Yahoo needed a mobile ad network/platform that extends its reach beyond the boundaries of Yahoo itself. Flurry got the nod: When completed, our acquisition of Flurry will be a meaningful step for the company and reinforces our commitment to building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetization solutions. By [...]


Yahoo Earnings Disappoint, But Search And Mobile Revs Up

Yahoo Q2 earnings Yahoo's second quarter earnings disappointed investors who had expected somewhat higher numbers. However, there were a number of encouraging spots around product and user metrics and isolated revenue improvements. First the top-line numbers: The company had $1.04 billion in revenue ex-TAC, down 3 percent year over year (YoY). Display revenue came it an $394 million, ex-TAC, down  7 percent YoY Search revenue was $428 million, ex-TAC, up 6 percent YoY As indicated search revenues were up and so were CPCs. This was the 10th quarterly increase in search revenue for Yahoo, said [...]


Yahoo Enters Viewable Impression Market With Prime View

yahoo-purple-y-logo Yahoo's latest ad product allows advertisers to buy display ads on a viewable cost-per-impression basis -- brands pay only when their ads are visible on users' screens. The product, Yahoo Prime View is available for desktop display ad inventory on Yahoo sites and only in the U.S. at this time. According to a Yahoo spokesperson, Prime View relies on proprietary technology, and the viewable impressions methodology is accredited by the Media Rating Council (MRC). The digital advertising industry's moves toward using viewability as the basis for ad costs stems from concerns that advertis [...]


Tumblr Ads Can Now Run Across Yahoo Via Yahoo Gemini

tumblr-featured In a sign of how Yahoo's new mobile search and native ad marketplace, Yahoo Gemini, is becoming integral to the company's ad growth plans, Yahoo announced today that Yahoo Gemini will power the syndication of Tumblr Sponsored Posts across Yahoo content. For the first time, content from Tumblr Sponsored Posts will be seamlessly promoted across Yahoo and Tumblr, which reach more than 800 million average monthly visitors. Tumblr Sponsored Posts are now integrated and available through Yahoo Gemini, the industry’s only marketplace where advertisers can buy mobile search and native advertising. [...]


Yahoo Adds Mobile-First Image Rich Ads To Native Lineup

Yahoo_Logo Yahoo today announced the availability of new image-driven native ads across Yahoo properties including weather, mail, sports and finance. The ads feature larger images and are now included in Yahoo Gemini, the ad marketplace for Yahoo's mobile and native ad formats that the company launched in February. With nearly half of Yahoo's traffic now coming from mobile devices, the company says the ads were designed specifically for mobile, but will also appear on desktops. When users tap on the ad, it will either transition to a full-screen visual (as shown in the Netflix example above) or take t [...]


What Will Yahoo Buy With Its Alibaba Billions?

yahoo-new-logo-featured When Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba goes public in what is likely to become the biggest internet IPO ever, Yahoo will reap a massive cash windfall. The company is required to sell half its remaining roughly 23 percent of Alibaba. Yahoo bought a 40 percent stake in Alibaba in 2005. The company was then worth $2.5 billion. Today it's valued at more than $200 billion (but that ultimately will depend on the IPO). Thus Yahoo could stand to make up to $12 billion when Alibaba's shares start trading publicly (before taxes). When Yahoo sold its first batch of Alibaba shares, essentiall [...]


Yahoo Ditches “Do Not Track”: Lack Of Standards Said Too Confusing

yahoo-purple-y-logo Yahoo announced Wednesday that it will no longer adhere to Do Not Track browser signals, further compromising the effectiveness of the user privacy setting in the online ecosystem. "As of today, web browser Do Not Track settings will no longer be enabled on Yahoo. As the first major tech company to implement Do Not Track, we’ve been at the heart of conversations surrounding how to develop the most user-friendly standard. However, we have yet to see a single standard emerge that is effective, easy to use and has been adopted by the broader tech industry." The change is framed as a move towa [...]


Yahoo Unveils New Video Ads, comScore Partnership & Live Nation Concert Streaming Deal At NewFronts

Yahoo NewFront Presentation 2014 Yahoo announced new content, new ad units and new partnerships as it ushered out its stars at the Digital NewFronts this evening. CEO Marissa Mayer kicked off the presentation by highlighting the four areas of growth the company is concentrating on: mobile, social, native and, of course, video. Appealing to the media buyers in the audience before rolling out the company's latest offerings, CMO Kathy Savitt, said Yahoo is the partner that connects advertisers with users at scale across devices and platforms. Yahoo's video content pillars are Yahoo Originals, Live, Digital Magazines and Prem [...]


Yahoo Wants To “Tell Better Stories” With New Motion Ads

yahoo-motion-600 This morning, Yahoo debuted a new ad format that introduces "subtle animation for brand story telling." Called "Motion Ads," they'll display on the Yahoo homepage, vertical category homepages and the Yahoo login page. The example ad below for Kraft Singles depicts a warm grilled cheese sandwich with steam rising from the melted cheese. (It does look tasty, though you'll probably want to make the sandwich at home with real Cheddar.) The animation gives the display unit more creative horsepower -- or cheese power in this case. I noticed this ad over the weekend and did a double take on th [...]


Tumblr Appoints “Director Of Media,” Has Twitter Envy

Sistani Tumblr Facebook, Twitter and Google are all increasingly vying for TV and entertainment industry money. And the competition is intensifying. One example is Google muscling in on Twitter's turf with American Idol voting last night. Yahoo's Tumblr also wants in on the action. Yesterday Yahoo announced that it had appointed Sima Sistani "director of media." Sistani had been director of "mobile growth operations" at Tumblr parent Yahoo. More importantly for her new role, Sistani has a background in film and TV, having worked for cable network Plum TV and at talent agency CAA from 2003 to 2006. [...]


Yahoo Gemini Brings Together Mobile Search & Native Ads In Single Ad Marketplace

Yahoo has announced a new ad marketplace that combines mobile search and native ads. It's called Yahoo Gemini and it's available as part of Yahoo Ad Manager, the company's existing self-service ad buying platform. Here's how the blog post from Yahoo's Jay Rossiter and Adam Cahan (both SVPs) explains Yahoo Gemini: With Yahoo Gemini, advertisers get the performance and ease of search, combined with the scale and creativity of native advertising. By bringing the two together, advertisers can now buy, manage and optimize their mobile search and native ad spend in one place — driving great [...]


Yahoo Strikes Deal With Mocean Mobile To Form New Premium Mobile Marketplace

yahoo-purple-y-logo In an ad coup for Yahoo, its new Ad Exchange, launched at CES, will now power the new Mocean Mobile Marketplace. The nearly 5-year-old mobile ad serving platform, Mocean Mobile, will gain RTB capabilities and Yahoo gets access to Mocean's deep mobile ad inventory. Yahoo announced the deal, saying, "We are combining Mocean Mobile’s premium mobile inventory with our real-time programmatic buying and precise targeting capabilities. Mocean Mobile brings top-tier publishers to the Yahoo Ad Exchange -- from Nokia to Univision -- reaching more than one billion mobile devices." Brian Silver, V [...]


Yahoo’s Q4 and FY Revenues Down But Earnings Beat

yahoo-featured This afternoon, Yahoo reported a mixed quarter. The company had revenues of $1.26 billion in Q4 2013. That was a 6 percent drop from a year ago. For the full year, Yahoo earned roughly $4.7 billion, another 6 percent decrease compared to 2012. Yahoo earnings per share dramatically beat Wall Street estimates ($0.46 vs. $0.38). However, the contraction of Yahoo's display business (9 percent year-over-year) caused the stock to fall somewhat in after-hours trading. Net earnings for Q4 were $348 million, a 28 percent increase vs. 2012. However, net earnings in 2013 overall were just un [...]


Yahoo’s De Castro Shown The Door By CEO Mayer

de Castro USAToday, among others, reported yesterday that Yahoo COO Henrique de Castro "stepped down" from his role, in the wake of Yahoo's decline from number two to number three (after Google and Facebook) in online advertising. Stepped down is polite. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer bounced him out the door. In an internal memo, published on Re/Code, Mayer says "I made the difficult decision that our COO, Henrique de Castro, should leave the company. I appreciate Henrique’s contributions and wish him the best in his future endeavors.” There's no ambiguity there. None of the usual "wants to spend [...]


Yahoo Aims To Simplify Ad Buys With “Yahoo Advertising,” Brings Tumblr Into The Fold

yahoo-featured Yahoo announced several new advertiser initiatives during CEO Marissa Mayer's keynote at CES in Las Vegas today. The company is putting an umbrella over its disparate ad formats and buying gateways called "Yahoo Advertising." The aim is to give media buyers and advertisers closer to a one-stop-shop for Yahoo ad inventory to make buying Yahoo ads more appealing. The ad platform is backed by Yahoo's user data and analytics tools for audience targeting and performance analysis. Yahoo's favorite ad buzzword these days is "native advertising," and Mayer announced more native advertising opportunit [...]


Yahoo Ad Network Charged With Distributing Malware To Millions Of Users Outside Of US

yahoo-y-logo-2013 According to a report this weekend on Washington Post's technology blog The Switch, two Netherland internet security firms revealed that Yahoo's advertising servers were inadvertently distributing malware. According to a statement from a Yahoo spokesperson sent to the Washington Post: At Yahoo, we take the safety and privacy of our users seriously. We recently identified an ad designed to spread malware to some of our users. We immediately removed it and will continue to monitor and block any ads being used for this activity. The statement from Yahoo prompted a follow-up report by the Wa [...]


Yahoo Expands Programmatic Capabilities With New DSP Partnerships

yahoo-purple-y-logo Today, Yahoo announced it is expanding access to new programmatic buying capabilities for its display inventory. MediaMath, DoubleClick Bid Manager and The Trade Desk, Inc. are joining as launch partners to give advertisers self serve access to guaranteed ad inventory on Yahoo sites such as Yahoo Finance, Yahoo News and Yahoo Sports. Advertisers will also have access to non-guaranteed inventory through the DSP partners. Several agency partners are already integrate with Yahoo Programmatic Guaranteed, including Accuen, Amnet, Magna Global, Merkle and Neo@Ogilvy. Greg Williams, Co-Found [...]


Report: Ask.com Beats Google, Bing & Yahoo When Measuring Online Ad CTRs

Chitika logo Nov 2013 After analyzing ad click and traffic trends over the course of ten days last month, online ad network Chitika discovered Google had the lowest online ad CTR when compared to Ask.com, Bing and Yahoo. Chitika used a sample of tens of millions of online ad impressions between October 1 and October 10 to evaluate online ad click-through rates by referring domains. According to the report, Google's online ad CTR amounted to only 17 percent of Ask.com's CTR when it came to referring domains. Yahoo and Bing also followed Ask.com, averaging 28 percent each. "We observed Ask.com referred visitors [...]


Yahoo Rolls Out New HD Image Ads

yahoo-purple-y-logo Yahoo launched new Image Ads today, giving advertisers the opportunity to leverage HD images in photo slideshows and image-rich environments for multiple Yahoo properties, including Yahoo Sports, omg!, Yahoo Music, and Yahoo TV. According to the announcement, the new ad formats can be viewed on both desktops and mobile devices, adapting any screen size. Yahoo claims: These new ads deliver high-quality brand images that are as engaging as the surrounding content, bringing the beautiful full-page ads you might expect from a favorite magazine to the digital world.  Yahoo says FIAT, Sony [...]


Yahoo Inks Video Content And Ad Targeting Deal With Starcom

In the deal announced today, Yahoo and Publicis Groupe's Starcom division will work together to develop and target unique video content for Starcom's brand clients on Yahoo properties. Starcom will have access to Yahoo's trove of search data to inform the types of content that resonates with consumers based on their own brands' data. In addition to Yahoo's data and development resources, Starcom will also receive exclusive measurement and reporting on the video units, according to the announcement: Yahoo and Starcom will use viewership data as well as brands’ audience data to create and [...]


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