Something funny happened today on my Italian blog (see below). I know it isn’t really strange nor unusual, it’s just curious to point out.
AdSonar is a technology presented by Quigo that will allow online publishers to deliver contextually targeted advertising that achieves greater relevancy, reach and revenue for publishers, licensees and advertisers alike. Online contextual advertising is part of the fast growing search engine marketing industry, which experienced growth of 275% in 2001 and 325% in 2002 to $927.4 million in the US, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau. Read on the press release on Yahoo! Biz.
Yahoo! will buy Overture. I’m telling you no big news. But as a blogger I’m “committed” to provide you with further information and perspectives so… Here a two articles published today that present the possible consequences of the fact above mentioned. One is on Business Week and talks about Yahoo! and its competition with Google (Why Google Should Be Worried) and the other is on IAR and focuses on how will MSN affected by Yahoo!’s move on the market (Yahoo! Overture Combo could hurt MSN). Of course, you can get it all in one, just go on Reuters: Overture Deal Raises stakes for Google and Msn.
Overture has recently launched a new advertising program called “Content Match“. As explained by Andrew Goodman on Traffick, the most promising aspect of Content Match is a sign that Overture is going to let advertisers opt out of forms of traffic they don’t want – functionality in which they’ve shown nary a glimmer of interest in the past.
Overture’s business is getting serious and serious, but the skepticism still remains. As Michael Liedtke writes today on San Mateo County Times Online Wall Street is worried the 6-year-old company will become obsolete almost as quickly as it emerged as a pioneer. Despite this premise, the article provides plenty of positive information concerning Overture’s business, especially considering the fact that pay-for-performance search is expected to attract as much as $2 billion in Internet advertising this year, up from $100 million just three years ago.
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