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4 November 2015

South Korea has long been at the forefront of consumer technology. According to KT Corp’s research center, Digieco, 83% of South Koreans now own a smartphone, making it the country with the fourth-highest smartphone penetration rate in the world. Additionally, as of earlier this year, mobile penetration has officially overtaken that of PCs throughout the country. At Taboola, we’ve seen massive growth in emerging markets such as India, where increased smartphone ownership opens up an array of new opportunities for marketers to reach and engage with mobile-first consumers through content, and ultimately drive commerce. To that end, I’m excited to announce that Taboola has signed an exclusive media partnership with Purplefriends, a full-service marketing agency based in South Korea, and a member of the prestigious Yello Digital Marketing (YDM) group. Purplefriends will be enlisting new Korean brands and marketers to work with Taboola and uncover the power of ROI-driven content […]

3 November 2015

Publishers around the world are seeing a boom in mobile web traffic, but meeting those users’ expectations once they arrive on-site remains an ongoing challenge. Earlier this year, when Google incorporated mobile responsiveness into its search rankings (see our “Mobilegeddon” post here), the average bounce rate for audiences using smartphones was close to 60 percent. The shift towards mobile represents a major opportunity for the industry at large, but it also requires publishers to better understand the nuances of how user behavior differs across desktop and mobile devices. When a smartphone user clicks through to an article that was created with a desktop-first mindset, they are much more likely to bounce, especially if they arrived from a social channel like Facebook or Twitter, where an endless stream of content is just a back-click away. Taboola’s product and account management teams have been paying close attention to these patterns, proactively testing […]

29 October 2015

This year was a tipping point for Taboola, with over half of our revenues now coming from mobile devices. Consumers around the world are spending more time on their smartphones, and in many emerging markets, these smaller screens are the only way that people access the web, presenting both new challenges and opportunities for our publisher and brand partners. While Taboola’s product team has always been focused on creating multi-platform solutions, we’ve also realized the importance of reaching consumers within native mobile app experiences (see our recent work with AP Mobile). Online user behavior varies extensively across the web — depending on context, device type, referral source, and more — and people immersed within mobile apps have proven to be particularly engaged, which makes these partnerships so valuable. Today, I’m excited to announce that Taboola has teamed up with InMobi, one of the world’s largest mobile advertising platforms. InMobi operates […]

26 October 2015

In December of 2013, Taboola officially opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand with a mission to expand content discovery throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Almost 2 years later, we’ve had quite an exciting journey (see some of our recent partnerships with Baidu and Yahoo! Japan), and in our work with many local brands and publishers, it’s become clear just how big of a transformation is currently underway. With so many people in Thailand gaining access to the Internet for the first time, the opportunity for marketers to connect with new audiences is real and growing exponentially. Earlier this week, we announced our exclusive partnership with Thailand’s oldest native-language newspaper: Thairath. Taboola’s personalized content recommendations will be implemented across Thairath’s desktop and mobile websites, increasing audience engagement as well as creating meaningful new revenue streams. Site visitors will have the power to discover content from Thairath’s site, as well as Thai-language sponsored […]

21 October 2015

Programmatic sale of video advertising today is structured in a way that encourages a highly problematic form of “arbitrage.” Here is how it works: In display advertising, when you win an RTB auction, you commit to paying a price for that impression. That’s because display was built on a simple premise: You put in a bid for an ad for $3, and if you win it, then you pay for it. The only notion of “changing your mind” would be through a “passback tag,” which allows publishers to receive network or remnant tags to fill inventory when their primary ad network doesn’t have an ad to serve that meets the floor CPM. Passback tags in display were not efficient and often led to both a loss of impressions and an increased page load time with 9-12 server redirects for every ad call. Rather than doing away with display’s passback inefficiencies […]

19 October 2015

Last week, Taboolars were busy attending industry events around the globe, from New York City to Mexico City and London. Below is a brief recap of each event, along with photos and a special video (in French) with coverage from September’s Paris Retail Week 2015. Ad: Tech 2015 (London) As data, content, and technology merge closer than they ever have before, this year’s Ad:Tech conference in London brought together leading experts from advertising and technology sectors to discuss the challenges, trends, and opportunities facing the marketing industry as a whole. Over 300 brands, agencies and media owners were present for compelling keynotes and panel discussions. Taboola was on hand at Stand #314 with the ever-so-popular Zoltar to help engage visitors and predict the future. The classic animatronic fortune teller machine found in arcades became famous in the 1988 film, Big, starring Tom Hanks, and remains an iconic piece of movie history today. Content Rising […]

14 October 2015

If you live in Europe, you probably already know that Euronews is the continent’s most-watched television news channel, as well as one of the most popular multilingual global news sites in the region. What you may not realize is that Euronews also boasts a major online video presence. Last year, the publisher announced a record 13.6 million unique visitors on YouTube, and today that presence spans over 30 YouTube channels and 900,000 total subscribers. Building on this success, Euronews is now looking to expand its video viewership beyond YouTube, developing new audiences on its owned and operated digital properties. Today, I’m very excited to announce that Taboola has teamed up with Euronews to boost efforts around accomplishing this mission, leveraging our personalized content recommendations to increase on-site video engagement and monetization efforts, across desktop and mobile. Taboola’s predictive technology has long been rooted video, which is the first content format […]

9 October 2015

It’s well-known, that the competition to reach audiences in the digital universe is fierce. How do you make the most out of your limited advertising in a competitive traffic acquisition space? The answer is simple: get people to share your content. Build “buzz” into your PR, promotions, and distribution strategy. Let’s start with some simple math. If you pay a content recommendation company $300,000 to distribute a series of articles you’ve created to a group of 1 million people, you are paying $0.30 for every person you expose your video to. But if an additional 500,000 people see the video after it’s embedded in a blogpost on BuzzFeed and shared by your customers on Facebook, your cost-per-viewer decreases. The bottom line is that you need an integrated content promotion strategy: you need a healthy mix of organic and paid traffic, which comes from building trust with your target audience. But […]

8 October 2015

Personalization has long been a topic of conversation within technology and media circles, but the intensity of that discourse has ramped up in recent years due to the rise of social media. “The users have voted by going to Facebook for their news,” said Nick Denton, the founder and CEO of Gawker Media Group. “Personalization may be the biggest issue in online media today.” Last week, over 60 attendees gathered at Gawker’s new HQ in Downtown Manhattan to hear from a select panel of executives whose companies are each grappling with the challenges and opportunities around “personalization.” Joining Nick on stage was our own Adam Singolda, founder and CEO of Taboola; Ian Fette, CTO at Gawker Media Group; and Daniel Doubrovkine, CTO at Artsy. While computer engineers have been experimenting with forms of “machine learning” since the 90s, Adam remarked that the these projects are becoming more important as companies […]

7 October 2015

In their quest to reach the coveted “Inbox Zero,” many people around the world have installed Boomerang for Gmail, a popular browser extension for Chrome, Firefox and Safari that helps users take control of their email inboxes. Boomerang supports an array of useful features — such as “send later,” snooze messages, read receipts, and more — that enable users to better manage the flow of incoming and outgoing emails throughout the day. Although Boomerang has had tremendous success acquiring new users through search and referral channels, their team was looking for a new way to reach audiences who may not be aware of such email productivity “hacks.” Realizing the potential for content-driven efforts to educate these new audiences, Boomerang teamed up with Taboola to craft a strategy for tapping into the “discovery” channel. Our teams published a case study about the partnership, which involved extensive A/B testing to uncover the […]

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