As promised last week, Yandex.Direct now generates video extensions by default.
It wasn't so long ago that video extensions appeared in Yandex.Direct, but we are already observing positive results: they catch users' attention more often, their СTR is higher and their CPA is lower than for ads without video. We've decided to take another step forward — now Yandex.Direct can turn any text ads with images into video.
Yandex.Direct will soon become the one-stop shop for all your Yandex advertising campaigns.
After redesigning the MCB format this past autumn, we added it to the lineup of ad formats available in the Yandex.Direct interface. These changes involved simplifying media-contextual banners, increasing their flexibility, and switching them to payment per click, as is typical in Yandex.Direct. After reviewing the feedback we received from advertisers, we began to gradually stop impressions in the old MCB interface and resume them in the new format in the Yandex.Direct interface.
Ads from automotive dealers, insurance companies, and microfinance organizations use special badges to show their official status. Our data has shown that badges increase ads’ CTR by 2%.
Don't miss your opportunity to take advantage of holiday shopping trends! We've got tricks to help you quickly get your campaigns ready for the holiday season. Remember, most Russians exchange gifts not on December 25, but on New Year's Eve or Russian Orthodox Christmas (January 7). These last few weeks provide an opportunity to grab the attention of last-minute shoppers, so let's see which Yandex tools can help you get your holiday campaigns up and running as quickly as possible.
There are tens of thousands of sites in the Yandex Advertising Network, and the vast majority of Russian internet users come into contact with YAN ads. What kind of ads they see depends on several factors, including the individual user’s interest and the strategies in use in advertisers’ campaigns. When speaking about user interests, it’s important to recognize that they vary quite significantly along demographic lines like age and gender. Advertisers don’t always have a clear idea of exactly how they differ, so in this article, we want to shed some light on these differences. We conducted research to determine what kinds of the goods and services get the most (and least) interest from men and women of different age groups. We were also able to define different areas of interest that can be used to classify ads so that advertisers have an idea of whose attention their ads are most likely to grab.
We have recently added features typical of online catalogs to the display format.
Imagine the situation: for six weeks on end, your campaign statistics are stable, with users clicking on your ads about 50 times per week. The numbers are steady, but you check your click numbers regularly, and then one day you see it: a spike. Suddenly, instead of 50 clicks, reports show that your ads received 500 clicks in one week. Yandex.Direct shows ads on a payment-per-click basis, so this spike means advertising expenses you hadn’t planned, which you are not happy about. Moreover, the ten-fold jump in one week has you thinking that something smells fishy. You begin thinking, ‘Maybe I should disable my campaign?’
Stop! Before you take one step further, let’s check where these additional clicks came from, and see whether they are the kind of clicks you want to be getting. Instead of fearing this wave of new traffic, let’s learn how to ride it.
One of the most important factors influencing conversion rates on mobile devices is load speed. As a rule, the longer it take for a page to load, the higher the bounce rate — users either close the site or switch to another tab. Insufficient load speeds can lead to losing up to 30% of a site’s traffic — the same percentage of users that visit sites from smartphones. To prevent such a significant loss, use the new Turbo page in Yandex.Direct: additional mobile landing pages with increased loading speeds. Yandex.Direct determines the device used to open your ad, and redirects the user to the corresponding site.
At the end of this month, the “Shared account” option will become a default setting in Yandex.Direct. As a result, any new accounts you create will have a Shared account automatically enabled.
Closed testing of video extensions in Yandex.Direct has come to an end. Now you can try them out for yourself!
The Yandex.Direct team is always experimenting — with new designs for ad blocks, for example — in order to find ways to better provide advertisers with as much high-quality traffic as possible, at the price they choose, and to make it ever easier for users to find what they are looking for.
You read it correctly — impressions without keywords! This all would be impossible without the recently added Autotargeting tool. Currently in open beta, autotargeting is a great help for newcomers to Yandex.Direct — it simplifies the process of selecting keywords for contextual ads and speeds up the process of launching new campaigns.
If your deadline is approaching fast and you are running out of inspiration for your Image ads, Ad Builder can give you an idea. Several ideas, in fact. Ad Builder can now generate ideas for Image ads using just the address of the site or page you want to advertise. Simply add the URL of your site or the specific page to the “Creatives ideas” tab and click on the “Create” button. Ad Builder will take the content of the site or page and generate several different ideas for your Image ads that you can use to advertise your products or services.
Did you know that ads appear on Yandex partner sites more than four billion times every day? This new presentation will tell you all you need to know about the Yandex Advertising Network: Download presentation (pdf, 1,6 Mb).
Ladies and gentlemen, the Yandex Advertising Network!
Daily budget limits are now available at the shared account level, meaning that you can set just one limit and apply it to all of your campaigns. As was previously the case, there are two modes available for your daily budget — distributed and standard — so you can now set your daily budget limit and mode for your entire account.
There is a new way to create geosegments in Yandex.Audience that lets you express your artistic talent.
Changes to the way smart banners appear can significantly increase the amount of traffic for certain popular categories, e.g. automotive, fashion, children’s goods, furniture, and construction materials. If you are already using smart banners, don’t be alarmed if your traffic and conversion statistics improve significantly in the near future. If you are not using smart banners, keep reading and find out why you should be.