For an advertiser, penetrating more media with their advertising message is the best way of disseminating that message to as many people as possible. Of course, the problem with traditional advertising media, like broadcast and print is that although you can identify the demographic that you want to target, you are still not so sure that it will be reaching that demographic at the right time.
This is where the advantage of Internet advertising comes in. Since surfing online has a measure of interactivity to it, you, as an advertiser, are also getting a bit of information from the user. This information can be quite useful in helping an advertiser find out whether his ad is perfectly targeted for that person. For example, a person who surfs and searches for information on aquariums may be more willing to click an ad that advertises fish food. This targeted advertising is the peculiar ñ and quite useful ñ characteristic of the Internet. There might not even be a similar situation that can approximate this level of sophistication in the other forms of traditional media.
This feature of the Internet is also its best selling point and the reason why there is a steady rise in advertising revenues online. This means that advertisers are beginning to see how effective Internet advertising can be in reaching their intended target audience and in eliciting the proper response on that ad (by clicking on the ad and then making a purchase).
Yahoo! ís new program for advertisers, Yahoo! Search Marketing has been specifically designed to make Internet advertising so much easier for advertisers. Using the technology of Overture Services, Inc., Yahoo! Search Marketing is a far more intuitive product compared to its competitors. Currently, it offers a number of features that address the advertising needs of both small and big advertisers.
For people who want to focus their advertising efforts on a far more specific market or demographic, they can use Local Advertising to identify the specific area that you want to focus on. This is a great tool for advertisers whose service reach is only limited to a city or a small geographical area.
On the other hand, advertisers who want to further expand their reach beyond search results can use Content Match that allows clients to reach customers who visit other websites, newsletters, and even email. With Content Match, an advertiser can even target the potential customer at precisely the right time when they are about to make a purchase. No other type of advertising medium can hope to duplicate this.
Advertisers who are planning to sell a product can take advantage of Yahoo! Search Marketingís Product Submit feature wherein the product can be featured prominently in Yahoo! ís popular Yahoo! Shopping page that is seen by millions of potential buyers. The good thing with this feature is that it also follows Yahoo! Search Marketingís click per performance strategy ñ effectively making each click a pre-sold visit.
These features are just some of the many innovations that Yahoo! Search Marketing is offering to its advertisers in a bid to gain the top crown in Internet advertising in a very competitive market.