Category Archives: social advertising

Yahoo Makes Three Big Ad Moves during CES

In the past two days Yahoo has made three big moves in the advertising tech world: unveiling ‘Yahoo Advertising,’ picking up Aviate to improve their mobile experience, and creating their own new tech hub, ‘Yahoo Tech.’

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Yesterday at the Yahoo CES keynote, Marissa Mayer announced Yahoo’s new ‘all-in-one’ advertising solution: Yahoo Advertising. While the name isn’t glamorous, it strikes right at the heart of what Yahoo is trying to do: give advertisers “a comprehensive suite of web, mobile, and video ad products across native, audience, and premium display, which are accessible through a new buying platform.” While their ‘elevator’ is something you’d hear in any vendor meeting on the proverbial Madison Avenue, the new platform does bring some sense to Mayer’s recent run of acquisitions.

What is most notable is that the new platform finally gives Tumblr a clear role and purpose at the company, and a clear position for agencies to consider. Until recently, advertisers didn’t quite know how to utilize or even think about Tumblr. Marissa answered at least some of our answers with presenting Tumblr as the social arm of ‘Yahoo Advertising’ where companies will now be able to purchase sponsored posts as part of their overall buy with the purple giant.

See the first blog post for other new features rolling out.

Yahoo Picks Up Aviate:

Aviate PictureYesterday it was Mayer also announced that Yahoo has picked up the mobile company Aviate, which claims to be an “intelligent home screen service.”

While terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed, Mayer suggested that Yahoo was looking to use Aviate’s technology to deliver content in ways that are “smarter and more personalized.” Yahoo has had some great success with their recent mobile apps. Yahoo Weather, for example, looks sleek on any smart device and is my personal go-to out of the three weather apps on my phone. Depending on the terms of the deal, this seems to be a smart buy for the company and continues to open up their mobile opportunity for advertisers.

Read more about the Aviate acquisition.

Yahoo Tech: a new Yahoo hub for Tech News

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Finally, this morning Yahoo launched their new hub for tech news: Yahoo Tech. While Yahoo is jumping into a space that is beyond cluttered, chief editor and “founder” of Yahoo Tech David Pogue claims YT will be a tech site of a different sort, taking the more “human side of tech.”

Pogue’s introduction serves more as a introduction of himself and his take on the current tech editorial space. He clearly states what he is not: he’s not a gearhead, “ If I were, I’d steer you to Engadget, AnandTech or Tom’s Hardware;” he is not a PR person, “I don’t speak that language. You’ll never catch me using terms like ‘price point’ when I mean ‘price,’ or ‘form factor’ when I mean ‘size.’ I’ll never say ‘content’ when I mean video, ‘solution’ when I mean product, ‘DRM’ when I mean copy protection, or ‘functionality’ when I mean ‘feature’;” and he is not a member of the tech clergy: “But honestly—you know what I wish? That the haters and fanboys of each tech religion could gather together in a big school gym and either (a) battle it out, (b) smoke peace pipes, or (c) finally acknowledge that this is a self-esteem issue, not a technological one.”

You can read the blog post yourself, but for me, it reminiscent of the time I sat in on a rural religious service and the minister made fun of people who could translate and interpret the original Latin text of the lesson we were reading. While I don’t think Pogue is going for an anti-intellectual vibe, it does come off as a little abrasive to people who do consider themselves in-line with all things tech. Nevertheless, it’s clear Yahoo is once again aiming for more premium content.

In sum, with a new network, more acquisitions, and more content, Yahoo is moving fast and furiously to make a big comeback and bring in a new era of advertising for the portal. It will be exciting to see how it plays out.

Mass Relevance included on Venture Beat’s ‘startups to watch’ in 2014

Untitled-1Venture Beat recently posted a list of the “26 amazing startups you need to watch in 2014.” On the list was social ad tech Mass Relevance, an SaaS platform that creates real-time consumer engagement models by aggregating, filtering, and re-displaying social content from any social network to any digital property – TV, web, mobile, or jumbotron.

Founded by Sam Decker, Eric Falcao, and Brian Danton, Mass Relevance wants to help large media companies manage the flow of social information. The platform takes data streams from various social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, YouTube, etc.) and aggregates them into a single visualization for clients. Brands can customize how they want to see or process the data: they can set word/hashtag filters, audience demographic filters (age range, gender, geography), and media or social network filters, among other things. The platform can also display the data through mobile apps, live TV broadcasts, websites, projector screens at conferences, stadium displays, and other visualizations that run alongside events. 

Here is a good example taken from their site: Mass Relevance helped CNN transform their Facebook data to create the Facebook + CNN Elections Insights page. The page incorporated a number of visualizations and allowed for a unique user experience. For example, users could view the election conversation by candidate, demographic, geography, or time-frame. According to Mass Relevance, the page drove a total of 1.4 million visits and 43,000 individual recommendations, and the top 5 posts on the page garnered an average of over 2,500 likes, with the top post capturing 7,500.

With the explosion of social media, processing and aggregating social data for large media companies and brands is a potentially lucrative market, and Mass Relevance isn’t the only company trying to capitalize. Apple recently bought the social media analytics startup Topsy, which offers users a way to analyze tweets, gather sentiment and measure the reach of a campaign, hashtag or message. Also worth mentioning is FeedMagnet, which “combines original content with curated ‘best-of’ 3rd-party articles and social posts, creating rich, diverse, and engaging brand experiences,” according to their site.

While the social aggregating space is gathering a full roster of competitors, Mass Relevance is clearly coming out as its leader. The company does a brilliant job of taking big data and turning it into meaningful insights. In a world on the verge of making sense of the constant flow of information, Mass Relevance has an enormous opportunity to help brands and other organizations understand the social universe.