The New York Times is
reporting that Yahoo plans to introduce video and images into paid search
ads. Couple that with
indicating that Yahoo! increased its search share while Google slid (albeit
slightly), and you may want to start taking Yahoo! seriously once more.
With a real push toward Universal Search on SERPs over the past few years, paid
advertising never really caught up and was typically restricted to only text and
links. The new Rich Ads in Search offering, which should be announced later today, gives traditional search ads a way to distinguish themselves and ideally
improve the click-through rate of ads. It sounds good for advertisers and Yahoo!, which for
many years has focused on and specialized in display banner advertisements. The
word on the street is that advertisers were experiencing a 25 percent increase in
click-through rates, but as with anything, that percentage increase will be
dependent on the actual advertiser.
From the New York Times article, “It moves the advertising experience from
just the blue links, to a more engaging experience for advertisers,” said
Tim Mayer, vice president for search monetization and distribution at Yahoo!.
Early reports (remember, this has not been publicly announced yet) indicate that
there will be a monthly charge for the service and that it will be initially limited to
larger, more notable brands such as SoBe, Pepsi and Pedigree. If Yahoo! really
wants to make a play for some of Google's paid search market share, they would
extend the program to more advertisers. Based on Yahoo!'s past actions,
that's not something you should assume.
You can search for
SoBe to see the rich search ads in action.
Here are a few images to give you