Google & Yahoo!’s mobile businesses will require antitrust scrutiny in any deal

Among the questions we will raise with policymakers is what any alliance between Google and Yahoo! will also mean for their respective mobile search advertising businesses. Privacy is certainly a concern here, as companies such as Google migrate the user tracking and targeting model which fuels the traditional PC-focused online ad business.

Here’s what Yahoo! says in can do with its Mobile Ad Services: “Yahoo!’s Mobile Ad Services make it possible to reach your target customers wherever they are, seamlessly following them from the PC to the mobile Internet. A wide variety of ad formats, targeting options, and calls-to-action are available – as well as resources to help you put effective programs in place if you’re new to mobile advertising…
Eye-catching display ads can be targeted using the same wide array of options as traditional Web banners (e.g. context, demographics, behavioral) – and can incorporate location, which has greater importance when marketing to consumers who are ‘on the go’.”

Update [via 5/12/08 Advertising Age. sub required likely]:Google has managed to command a lead in mobile search, though nothing like the massive share it has in the PC-based internet world. According to M:Metrics data, Google had a 38.3% share as of August 2007. (Yahoo is the next closest with 25.4%.)”

source: WiMax Could Bring Dramatic Changes, Wherever You Are. Abbey Klaassen. Ad Age. May 12, 2008

Author: jeff

Jeff Chester is executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. A former journalist and filmmaker, Jeff's book on U.S. electronic media politics, entitled "Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy" was published by The New Press in January 2007. He is now working on a new book about interactive advertising and the public interest.

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