They are rolling out the first part today:
Mitgang said the system will be rolled out in phases in order to lessen disruption to Yahoo's base of hundreds of thousands of customers, who need time to optimize the system to maximize the number of customers their ads may attract.
The first phase, which begins on Monday, is to deliver the core upgraded data and analytics platform. The second phase begins in the third quarter, when the full marketing campaign application becomes available to advertisers.
The new system is intended to allow for quicker testing, eventual ads on other devices such as mobile or televisions, and geographic based ad purchases:
The Yahoo ad system also offers geographical targeting based on databases of geographical terms it acquired when it bought London-based WhereonEarth last year. Thus Yahoo can infer when Web searchers mean Soho, London or Soho, New York.
The WSJ reports that on May 17th, at their investors meeting, they are supposed to announce the new ad ranking criteria, which will factor in click cost as well as ad price, and other yet unnamed criteria.
Another interesting bit is that they intend to include analytics to track ads on other systems, and if Reuters did not misquote, buy ads on other networks:
Eventually, the system will also allow advertisers to buy ads across Yahoo, Google, Microsoft and other systems, allowing for comprehensive budgeting, something Google already offers.
So Yahoo! wants to allow you to manage your Google AdWords account in Yahoo!? If I am not mistaken, that is against the Google AdWords API.
Any TWers give the new system a spin yet? Thoughts?