Not long ago, Yahoo positioned itself as a media company, with Katie Couric on the books and a team of journalists creating original content in this market (as recently as 2013 it housed a digital media team of around 50 staff in this market). Now, after saying farewell to its entire editorial team, saying goodbye to Spark (which switched email providers) being acquired by Verizon for US $4.5 billion and combining it with AOL to form Oath, and rebranding to Yahoo Platforms, it is doubling down on ad tech. Yahoo Platforms head of sales Arnaud Calonne talks about the local digital advertising scene and why there's still room to grow.
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A former Yahoo employee, who preferred to remain anonymous, revealed to StopPress this morning that all remaining editorial staff at the New Zealand office of Yahoo have been let go. PLUS: Yahoo New Zealand Facebook traffic redirected to Yahoo 7.
It’s no secret that the consumption of online video content has ballooned over the last year. Facebook, YouTube, Lightbox, Neon, Quickflix, 3Now, TVNZ OnDemand and Netflix (the list goes on) are all driving this consumption by providing Kiwis with instant access to more content than Kiwis will ever be able to consume in their average 81.16 years on the planet. And now, Yahoo is also entering this already cluttered space by launching Yahoo TV, a new hub dedicated to on-demand content.
Self-service is common in supermarkets, petrol stations and at buffet restaurants, but not so much when it comes to producing content marketing pieces for publishing on a major website. And yet, this is exactly what Yahoo has been facilitating to certain selected clients over the last few months through the beta version of its new native ad in-feed platform that will soon be made available to the wider market. PLUS: a look at how Yahoo will stop unsavoury ads from making it onto its homepage.
In March, the story broke that Yahoo would be releasing all of its editorial staff as part of a restructuring process that would create five new roles, which these previous staff members could apply for. Until now, the regional executives in charge of this restructure have not commented to the media about what the changes have entailed or why the the website had decided to rethink its business operations. After several requests for interviews, Yahoo 7 chief executive for Australia and New Zealand Ed Harrison recently chatted to StopPress about the changes and what they mean for the company.
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The 'Pepsi ON' campaign by OMD took out the Grand Prix crown in the latest edition of the biannual Yahoo New Zealand Digital Strategy Awards, which recognises and rewards smart digital thinking.
As part of a review of its local business, Yahoo is set to let all its editorial staff go. This comes as a difficult time for the company, which was last year overtaken by Stuff in terms of online ratings.
Recently, StopPress ran a story in which Fairfax's group executive editor Sinead Boucher said Stuff was working on a strategy to overtake Yahoo in terms of online visitor numbers. And this has now come to fruition with Nielsen's statistics for October showing that the Fairfax-owned media property received more unique visitors over the course of the month than Yahoo.
Nigel Latta's recent programme about the evils of sugar certainly got Kiwis talking. And the food industry—and the marketing tactics it employs—came in for plenty of criticism, with sugary drinks given the hardest time. When you see footage of two-year-old children having their teeth removed because their parents put fizzy drink in their sipper bottles, it certainly makes it tough to celebrate marketing campaigns that help sell more of the stuff, but, as Peter Cullinane says, 'if it's legal to sell, it's legal to advertise', so here's to OMD New Zealand and Frucor, which have taken out Yahoo New Zealand's Digital Strategy Award for the Pepsi On project.
Following on from last week’s announcement that Yahoo had updated its website with features that allow for greater personalisation, MSN has now similarly given its homepage a facelift. And althought the website has not yet been officially released, Kiwis can catch a glimpse of the changes by visiting the preview site. StopPress takes a look at what the update will offer users and advertisers in the near future.
Forget the rowing world cup, forget the basketball world cup; the real action last week was at Yahoo’s Dodgeball Keg Cup. Eight agencies competed in the tournament for the honour of winning the moderately prestigious Keg Cup and the highly coveted 50-litre keg of beer.
Since Marissa Mayer took over as chief executive at Yahoo, it's acquired a whole heap of businesses (largely in the social and mobile space), started creating more of its own content and launched a new, less cluttered homepage in early 2013. And, after a bit of wait, New Zealand consumers and advertisers will get the benefit of that development with the rollout of the 'new' homepage in June.
Everyone loves critiquing a logo, which means that releasing a new one is a fairly nerve-racking experience for any business. But Yahoo! has taken a different, slightly more democratic approach to the unveiling of its new logo, offering up 29 different variations over the past month and asking for feedback. Which one would you choose?
All too often in marketing campaigns, digital media strategy is the unsung hero, says Yahoo! New Zealand's Louis Niven.