Posts Tagged ‘Spectrum’

Real-Time Ad Targeting Platform Spectrum Goes Self-Service

12foldSpectrum, Twelvefold Media’s managed service designed to target ad messages in real-time based on understanding consumers’ intent around the content they’re consuming, now is offering a self-service version of the platform. (See The Semantic Web Blog’s earlier coverage of the platform here.) With Spectrum 3.0, trading desks, clients and marketing cloud companies can use Spectrum’s listening and indexing capabilities — algorithms for determining why someone is reading a piece of content at that moment in time and for scoring millions of URLs daily — with their own bidding rules. It will continue to offer Spectrum as a managed service for always-on and spot campaigns, as well.

The wizard that used to be behind the process of understanding the mindset of the content to target – based on a series of data inputs stemming from Spectrum’s advanced understanding of natural language on the page, from which targeting schema are created – now operates in the background, so users aren’t required to enter in keywords or phrases to go up against.  For instance, a smartphone vendor, leveraging an article on Apple slashing iPhone 5c orders, can add that URL to the system to go up against Spectrum’s big index of the visible web to find relevant pages like that one, says Mike Campbell, VP, product at Twelvefold.

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Yandex Co-Founder, CTO Ilya Segalovich Dies

Photo of Ilya SegalovichYandex, the leading Internet search service in Russia, has lost its co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ilya Segalovich. Segalovich, the company reports, had been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer and was responding well to treatment before unexpectedly succumbing to complications. DBpedia already has accounted for the news, as has Freebase.

Yandex’ portfolio of search technologies include everything from its method of machine learning, dubbed Matriksnet, to its Spectrum query statistics that analyzes a 5 billion query search log to find ‘objects’ in queries, categorize them in 60 categories, and map each query into one of possible ‘user intents’ according to a category of the object. It also, of course, signed on to support schema.org a couple of years back to leverage webmasters’ use of the structured data markup in its search results.

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Yandex Takes To The iPad

Search engine Yandex, which like Google, Bing and Yahoo takes advantage of sites using schema.org markup to improve the display of search results, today released a search app for the iPad. The other major search providers have already accounted for the iPad in their search portfolios.

According to the release announcing the news, the Yandex Search App offers a tablet-optimized, intuitive interface marked by the ability for users to open pages as tabs in a browser – as many as they wish – so they can switch between tabs and search results within one screen.

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Catching Up With Yandex: What Russia’s Leading Search Engine Has To Say About Schema.org

Update: Yandex today (April 26th) reported that net income in the first three months of 2012 rose 53 percent from the same period last year to 1.26 billion rubles ($43 million) as text-based advertising revenue rose, according to Bloomberg. Sales gained 51 percent to 5.9 billion rubles.

In November Russian search engine Yandex joined Google, Microsoft Bing, and Yahoo! to collaborate on schema.org. The Semantic Web Blog recently caught up by email with Alexander Shubin, Yandex product manager and head of strategic direction, to discuss this and other developments.

The Semantic Web Blog: Can you update us about how Yandex is doing? We know it’s still leading search traffic in Russia, but do you see more competition there, and how have international expansion plans been proceeding?

Shubin: Yandex is the leader in Russia with 59 to 60 percent market share. Russia is one of the few countries where a local search engine keeps a leading position, in spite of international players’ expansion.

Last year Yandex was launched in Turkey, where we suggest 12 services (including web search) so far. According to our statistics, yandex.com.tr processes more than 1 million queries daily. Turkey is the first non-Russian speaking market for us and we have done a lot of work to deliver services that would be interesting for the local community.  The main target for Yandex in Turkey, where one search engine still keeps 90 percent of search market, is to become the Number 2 player and to deliver more local search results and services than our competitor does.

Turkey is more or less an experiment for us: If we meet our target there, we can potentially do the same on any other non-Russian speaking market. But it is too early to make any conclusions or announcements so far as we have worked in Turkey only half of year. Stay tuned!

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More Semantic Tech Set To Influence Mobile Ad Space

The mobile ad space gets more and more interesting. Reports indicate that LinkedIn will be launching mobile advertisements as early as March, based on a statement by CEO Jeff Weiner during its quarterly earnings call that there are plans to monetize page views in “the mobile environment.” How much, if any, of that will be semantic-influenced is unknown, though it’s worth noting that LinkedIn has discussed its use of microformats in the past, such as hCard and hResume, and offered that it would be experimenting with RDF and FoaF.

And Facebook is hip to being in the mobile ad mix, too, acknowledging amid the IPO flurry that a weakness it had was monetizing its mobile user base. The Financial Times reported that it’s been in discussion with ad agencies about displaying sponsored “featured stories” in mobile users’ news feeds as well as to desktop users (see more about that and its intersection with the Open Graph protocol here).

Clearly, mobility matters to online advertising, and to semantically-minded players in the market. NetSeer has been on that bandwagon, for example, mobilizing its concept-based advertising through its relationship with Mobile Theory. Our friends in the Nordic region also have the semantic targeting capabilities that come along with ad serving technology from Emediate, an independent company that’s owned by ad pepper media International and provides web publishers with a system for managing, targeting and forecasting digital ads, including in the mobile space.

Now there’s news today from Twelvefold Media (formerly BuzzLogic) about the launch of Spectrum for Mobile, which takes its online targeting capabilities to the iOS and Android platforms. Spectrum is the company’s system for providing in real-time emotive-based ads by analyzing and understanding the content on individual pages (for further insight into how it works, see this story).

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The Buzz on BuzzLogic: Vendor Adds Spectrum Platform For Supporting Emotive-Based Advertising

Online media company BuzzLogic today upgrades its brand-advertising customers to the next release of its system for delivering ads to audiences who are emotionally primed to receive them. (BuzzLogic, which The Semantic Web Blog first covered here, earlier this year also raised $7.8 million in Series  C funding.) With its new Spectrum platform, the company says it is providing an end-to-end system for page-level, real-time delivery of emotive-based ads with performance analytics tied to campaign relevancy goals rather than just generic measurements.

“Our application of cognitive analysis derives from our assumption that pages never have absolute but only relative value,” says CEO Dave Hills.

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