The Microsoft-Yahoo Search Alliance that began in 2009 is coming to the end of its full roll-out in the UK, Ireland, and France. The Search Alliance started a few years ago with Microsoft’s Bing powering Yahoo search and transitioning the advertising activity on each search platform to Microsoft’s adCenter. The transition has been smooth, but has taken considerable time to manage all the moving parts of such a transition for large companies and the synchronization of behavior and function for all the current adCenter users.

Now users of Yahoo Search will begin seeing ads on the SERPs from the Microsoft adCenter during this coming week. ┬áThe two companies are recommending advertisers still operating on Yahoo’s ad platform in the three countries to begin using adCenter to manage their ad accounts and campaigns as Yahoo Search Marketing will become read-only status soon. The transition beings on April 18 and will run to the end of the month when 100% of Yahoo traffic will be open for advertising through adCenter. Marketers using these platforms should obviously be proactive in their transition, but also other marketers should take this opportunity to evaluate the platform for its features and potential usefulness to their marketing goals. This is especially true for these markets as well as Germany, Austria, and Switzerland where the transition will be occurring later this year.

It is best for marketers operating in these markets to express to the SEO companies they are partnered with to evaluate the utility in this platform. For those using Yahoo Search and transitioning over, the adCenter blog issues several key recommendations:

  • During the transition, marketers will see clicks and impressions in their adCenter account increase and alongside a decrease in them with in the Yahoo Search Marketing account. As such, AdCenter recommends tracking both accounts so as not to lose out on potential clicks.
  • Traffic will increase once Yahoo Search comes to adCenter after April 18, and it is recommended to increase the budget made available in the account to the amount previously spent on the two platforms. This is straightforward advice and makes simple sense for marketers.
  • The companies recommend marketers to also increase their keyword bidding in order to prepare the expected competition increases form new advertisers that will be coming onto the platform. Similarly, they recommend bidding across match types and using negative keywords to aid in making your impressions relevant and consistent.
  • Small businesses have additional resources here that can help them transition.

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