Yahoo Gemini Native Ads

November 30th, 2015 by Stephanie Shaw

BLOG-gemini-native-adsLast week we covered the three types of Yahoo Gemini campaigns. This week is all about Yahoo Native Ads.

What is Native Advertising?

Yahoo Native Advertising is available on mobile, tablet and desktop computers.  Essentially, it’s when the ad experience follows the natural form and function of the user experience in which it is placed.  On the Yahoo Network, this could mean appearing seamlessly between other articles on Yahoo News, in the stream on Yahoo Homepage, on Tumblr, Flickr and more.  Basic ad scheduling is available in the form of start and end dates.

Creative Options

Native ads include a generous headline (50 characters), ad description (150 characters), your company name (25 characters) and a static image (1200×627 and 627×627) or video (MP4, 4:3 or 16:9, Up to 1GB).  Videos have autoplay and expanded view. A view counts when 50% of pixels are in view for a minimum of 3 seconds.  Audio is turned off by default and like static images, they are clickable to the advertiser’s site.  Given the nature of native ads, Yahoo recommends changing your creative every 5-7 days.  Images should be simple, feature a single product, include a logo and should not contain more than 20% text.  Ad copy should tie in with the product image and aim to drive an emotional response.


Native ad targeting options are really the star of this platform.  From default broad targeting to niche lower funnel targeting, Gemini has you covered.  Yahoo recommends using a blend of targeting aligned within one creative strategy for best results.  This allows you to change your messaging as a user moves further down the sales funnel and deliver the biggest impact at the right time.  

  • Language, Geographic & Demographic Targeting : Standard language and gender targeting is available.  Gemini also allows you to include or exclude by country, state, city, DMA and radius. Radius can be specified in increments of 1 mile up to 500 miles specified by longitude and latitude. Age brackets include 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55-64 and 65+.
  • Broad Targeting & Behavioral Interest Targeting: Unlike most other ad platforms, if you set no targeting criteria whatsoever, it doesn’t just show your ad to anyone and everyone.  Yahoo calls this broad targeting and uses Gemini’s personalization engine to target your ads.  It looks at your website, user search history, user behavior and more to find your relevant audience.  Interest targeting allows you to choose general categories if you want to give their engine a bit more direction, but either way, this is their most basic level of targeting.
  • Search Retargeting: This targeting method allows you to serve native ads to users who have searched for terms from your pre-defined keyword list.  This can be very useful in getting your business in front of potential customers when they are further along in the sales cycle.
  • Site Retargeting: Get even more precise with retargeting and serve tailored native ads to users who have visited your site in the past. It works within a max 30-day window.
  • Mail Domain Retargeting: This targeting option is Yahoo’s version of Gmail Sponsored Promotions.  It allows you to serve native ads to Yahoo Mail users who have received emails from your pre-defined list of domains.
  • Customer List: Although email targeting is not (yet) available, you can target a customer list of Google or Apple Advertising ID’s.  Email lists are in the works.
  • Custom Bundles: If you have a specific profile of your ideal customer, get in touch with your Yahoo account manager.  They can create custom bundled audiences based in your feedback.

Check out my blog next week on Yahoo Gemini Search Ads.

Yahoo Gemini Campaign Objectives

November 24th, 2015 by Stephanie Shaw

BLOG-Yahoo-Gemini-Campaign-ObjectivesLast week, I covered the basics of what Yahoo Gemini is. It’s time to go over first steps in building a Gemini campaign.

When building your first campaign in the Yahoo Gemini User Interface, instead of choosing an ad type or network, you can choose from three campaign objectives:

  1. “Visit My Website” – This campaign type uses search ads, native ads, or both.  The pricing model is CPC (cost-per-click), so you’ll pay every time someone clicks on your ad.  oCPC Pricing is available as a pilot for native ads and works based on a CPA target you define.  As the name suggests, this is best suited for people who want to send traffic to their website.
  1. “Know My Brand” – If your main focus is to get more impressions and increase brand awareness, this campaign type is for you.  This uses native image or native video ads.  If you’re using a video, you’ll run ads with a CPV (cost-per-view) pricing type.  If you’re using static images, you’ll pay with a CPM price model (cost-per-thousand impressions).  This campaign type offers the benefit of frequency capping (maximum, daily, weekly) to limit the number of impressions shown to each user.
  1. “Download My App” – For advertisers with mobile apps, this is a great option to increase app installs.  This campaign type can run using native image or native video ads.  If you’re using a video, you’ll run ads with a CPV pricing type.  If you’re using static images, you’ll pay with a CPC price type.  oCPC Pricing is available as a pilot for native ads and works based on a CPA target you define.  This campaign type allows you to target specific smartphones, tablets and minimum iOS version.  You must use third-party tracking in order to track app installs.

For each campaign objective, you can either run Native Ads and/or Search Ads. Not sure of the difference? Click each of them to learn more.

Yahoo Gemini – What Is It?

November 16th, 2015 by Stephanie Shaw

BLOG-what-is-yahoo-geminiAs some of you may know, back in 2009, Yahoo and Microsoft entered into a partnership in a bid to challenge Google’s dominance in online search.  Under the 10-year deal, Microsoft’s Bing would deliver all desktop traffic on, while mobile traffic remained non-exclusive.  

Despite Yahoo’s mobile stronghold , mobile ads were delivered by Bing Ads for a long period of time.  That is until Yahoo Gemini was launched early last year.  Traffic was slow to start, but Yahoo’s intentions were clear – they wanted their mobile traffic back.  The game changed again earlier this year in April, when Yahoo and Microsoft announced an amended search partnership.  Under the new deal, mobile traffic remains non-exclusive (100% to Yahoo), but now Yahoo can also deliver up to 49% of desktop traffic.  Since then, Yahoo has aggressively started to ramp up traffic to Gemini.  Some advertisers may notice the difference already, for others it may not be so apparent.

What does this mean for you as an advertiser?  For those with small or limited budgets, it probably isn’t necessary to run ads on Gemini.  However, if you are struggling for more traffic or know a large portion of your customers use Yahoo as their main search engine, it’s definitely time to think about expanding.  Gemini is a newbie in the PPC space, so be prepared to deal with a few growing pains, but the extra traffic and cheaper clicks that come along with it might be worthwhile.  Here’s a rundown on the Yahoo network and the targeting and ad types available.  There are definitely a few unique opportunities that could prove successful for your business.

The Yahoo Gemini Network

Yahoo definitely has its own unique audience.  They receive 99 million unique searchers per month across devices.  In fact, 25% of their mobile searchers and 19% of their desktop searchers cannot be reached on other search engines.  

Yahoo searchers also have strong buying power which accumulates to $4.2 billion monthly spend online.  For those of you targeting higher incomes, 23% of mobile Yahoo Searchers are more likely to live in a $100,000+ income household.  Yahoo searchers also spend 18% more than average.

Through partnerships like Mozilla and Oracle, they have been steadily growing their audience.  While Google and Bing will remain the primary PPC platform for most businesses, Gemini’s growing traffic and potential for cheaper conversions is definitely appealing.  To find out more about Gemini, read the next blog in the series: Yahoo Gemini Campaign Objectives.