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December 29, 2005

What Microsoft should do to compete against Google

Posted by David Hunter at 7:57 PM ET.

I mentioned in passing the other day that advertisers were champing at the bit for Microsoft to expand its adCenter beta. Right now, Microsoft has stopped taking new advertisers for the beta, will provide results of the test in 1Q2006, and are “hoping” to launch in 1H2006. All of which seems rather less than sprightly.

In this same vein, Nathan Weinberg points to a blog post by “TDavid” titled 8 things Microsoft can do in 2006 to better compete against Google search and Adsense which, if I may put it succinctly, is “fish or cut bait.” Excerpt of number 1:

1. Launch Adcenter for websites worldwide ASAP (no beta invite only garbage). Why can’t I sign up for this and add to our websites now? Why is Adcenter still in pilot status? If this isn’t done in Q1-2006, they can pretty much forget about this doing anything unless their pay structure blows away all competitors. Adsense and YPN are gaining market share that MSN loses every day.

More by following the link including getting adCenter some traction among blogger publishers. That, of course, is another mystery – adCenter ads are currently only appearing on Microsoft Web properties and there is no sign of a beta publisher program other than the occasional rumor.

Filed under Advertising, Coopetition, General Business, Google, MSN, MSN Search, adCenter

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2 Responses to “What Microsoft should do to compete against Google”

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  2. Microsoft News Tracker » Microsoft adCenter followups Says:

    [...] In the hoopla surrounding the announcement of Microsoft’s adLab in Beijing, Microsoft officials drew a lot of press by confirming what had been been pretty much common knowledge ([1], [2]) about the roll out of adCenter: Microsoft Corp. plans to launch its system for selling advertising alongside regular search results by June in the United States, giving the company its next piece of ammunition in the battle with rivals including Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. [...]

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