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Yahoo Ad Scheduling
Friday March 20, 2009
I have recently come into contact with a Phishing scheme where an owner of a Yahoo Search Marketing sponsored search account was emailed falsely as Yahoo. The account owner then logged into this fake page giving the phishing thieves access to that account. The thief then hijacks the account using someone else’s money to pay for advertising until the fraud is captured and stopped by Yahoo themselves. Whats more is that the thieves even leave the previous advertising campaign active and running so that the owner will not notice any difference until logging in to the account itself.
Both Yahoo and Google have their own forms of ‘ad scheduling’. This means that we can choose when we want our ads to be shown and just as importantly, when we don’t want our ads to be shown– well kind of.
Google fully provides this functionality- hour by hour, day by day, even down to every 1/4 hour, when to display your ads. The campaign ‘edit status’ button has what looks like a hyperlink, which is where you can find the ad scheduling function.
Yahoo Search Marketing on the other hand, allows you to schedule a start date and an end date, which is their full and complete definition of ad scheduling. Therefore, taking your campaigns on and offline at certain hours is a manual process– log in to the account and literally turn the account offline or back online to perform the same function. This is ridiculous- Yahoo needs to step up to the plate. We are not asking for voice command here.
Microsoft and Yahoo have yet to work out a deal for Microsoft to takeover Yahoo via a stock bid in the $30 range. We at Webconsuls are not noting this in the slight chance that you hold Yahoo stock or in my case stock options. It is significant to note the impact of re-merger of the 2 giants in the search results category.
That is, Yahoo and MSN used to have a search marketing partnership which ended about 2 years ago. With Google the clear market share majority player, it would be nice to see Yahoo beef up its partners, especially for MSN who since the split from Yahoo has yet to be a formidable opponent.
In a perfect world, Yahoo Sponsored Search would give us the option of eliminating the partner network with the exception of MSN, should a merger ever be completed.
We’ll keep you updated.