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Unlocking the Power of Yahoo! JAPAN Brand Panel Ads: A Beginner’s Guide

Brand Panel Ads are a crucial form of advertising for brands seeking to create effective marketing campaigns in Japan. Large companies frequently utilize them due to their higher click-through rates when compared to other ad formats.

This article will provide an overview of Yahoo! JAPAN’s Brand Panel Ads, including their types, specification requirements, benefits, effective targeting when combined with other methods, and more. 

The topics covered in this article are as follows:

  1. What are Brand Panel Ads?
  2. Brand Panel Ads – delivery
  3. Brand Panel Ads – specification requirements
  4. Brand Panel Ads – benefits
  5. Who are the Brand Panel Ads for?
  6. Going one step further

What are Brand Panel Ads?

Brand Panel Ads are display ads that appear on the home page of Yahoo! JAPAN. They are in the most prominent position on Japan’s largest media platform, making them highly visible to many users. In addition, Brand Panel Ads typically have higher click-through rates when compared to regular ad formats.

There are two types of Brand Ads, which are categorized based on the platform they appear on: PC Brand Panel Ads and Smartphone Brand Panel Ads. 

PC Guaranteed Ads are displayed on the desktop version of Yahoo! JAPAN, and the top page ad space is sometimes segmented into the following categories:

  • Brand Panel Panorama 
  • Brand Panel Carousel
  • Brand Panel Top Impact

Smartphone Brand Panel Ads are displayed on the mobile version of Yahoo! JAPAN. Upon accessing the site, a sizable ad occupies up to one-third of the top page, presenting significant advertising appeal and visibility.

 

 

Brand Panel Ads – Specification Guidelines

Please see the tables below for PC and Smartphone Brand Ads specifications (image & video formats).

 

Image Spec Guidelines PC Brand Panel Smartphone Brand Panel
Aspect ratio 1:1 16:9
Minimum dimensions 600 x 600px 640 x 360px
Maxim file size 3MB 3MB
File format GIF, JPEG, PNG GIF, JPEG, PNG
Animation n/a n/a
Alt text n/a n/a

 

Video Spec Guidelines PC Brand Panel Smartphone Brand Panel
Aspect ratio 19:9 or 1:1 16:9
Minimum dimensions 640 x 360px or 600 x 600px 640 x 360px
Maxim file size 200MB 200MB
Sound format AAC LC AAC LC
Video format H.264 or H.265 H.264 or H.265
Fine format MP4, MOV MP4, MOV
Minimum video bitrate (recommended) 1Mbps 1Mbps
Minimum audio bitrate (recommended) 128kbps 128kbps
Video duration 5 – 60 seconds 5 – 60 seconds

 

Brand Panel Ads – benefits

  • Wide Audience Reach

One major advantage of brand panel advertising is its ability to reach a large number of users, comparable to, or even exceeding, that of TV commercials. Yahoo! JAPAN holds the highest monthly active user base in Japan, boasting 28 million users on PCs and 89 million users on smartphones as of March 2023.

 

Moreover, Yahoo! JAPAN has an almost equal ratio of male to female users. The platform is also widely utilized by users across all age groups, with over 80% of young users implementing Yahoo! JAPAN services into their daily lives. Therefore, if you are seeking to broaden your company’s advertising exposure to a diverse range of users, we highly recommend trying brand panel advertising.

 

  • Flexible targeting options

Brand panel advertising allows for flexible targeting. Well-structured targeting can help you display ads to users who are more likely to convert.

 

The available targeting options and whether they can be set for auction or guaranteed ad types are as follows:

Targeting settings Content Auction Ads Guaranteed Ads
Device Device, operating system, applications, etc. Yes Yes 
Gender Male, female, other Yes  Yes 
Age Custom age range selection Yes  Yes 
Search Keywords Target users with specific search history on Yahoo! JAPAN Yes No
Audience Lists Upload external audience lists Yes No
Audience Category Target users with specific attributes Yes Yes
Day & Time Specify days of the week and hours you want ads to be delivered Yes Yes
Location Target a specific prefecture or city Yes Yes

 

  • High click-through rate

Compared to other platforms, Brand Panel Ads typically generate a higher click-through rate. This is because Yahoo! JAPAN has a strong brand value that makes it easier for users to trust the advertisers. Moreover, since the platform is a part of everyday life in Japan, users feel more secure engaging with ads on the site.

 

The impact of Brand Panel Ads can be extended to other ad formats, such as display or listings. If a user comes across advertising banners and subsequently searches for those products on Yahoo! JAPAN, they are more likely to click on the corresponding listing. This creates a ripple effect that enhances the overall effectiveness of the advertising campaign.

 

Who are the Brand Panel Ads for?

Not sure if Brand Panel Ads are a good choice for your brand? Here is our summary of how businesses can benefit from adding them to their marketing mix.

 

  • Companies looking to increase their brand awareness.

Brand Panel Ads, which are viewed by a large number of users, are highly effective in increasing the recognition of products or services. By extending the ad posting period, expanding the target audience, and effectively utilizing the budget, brands can expect similar or even better results than TV commercials or newspaper ads. 

Aside from Yahoo! JAPAN’s home page, those ads can generate traffic from content such as news articles.

Advertisers can further optimize their campaigns by utilizing vast targeting settings, narrowing down their audience to reach users who are most likely to convert.

  • Brands seeking to increase the credibility of their products or services

Like TV commercials or newspaper ads, Brand Panel Ads can enhance brand credibility. Start-ups or companies venturing into new fields can utilize brand panel advertising to establish consumer trust. Additionally, including large, eye-catching images or videos enables effective branding.

 

Going one step further

You can take your campaigns to the next level by combining Brand Panel Ads with other formats and activities within the platform. You can enhance the campaigns’ performance by targeting users who have already shown an interest in Brand Panel Ads.

 

  • Site Retargeting

Site retargeting involves displaying display ads to users who have previously visited your website. Combining Brand Panel Ads with site retargeting helps identify high-potential users. 

Since Brand Panel Ads are highly effective in increasing product or service recognition, the bidding costs can be high. However, you can increase cost-effectiveness by extracting high-potential user groups and nurturing their interest and concerns with retargeting ads.

 

  • Search Targeting

Search targeting is a strategy that displays ads to users searching for specific keywords on Yahoo! JAPAN. 

When the user’s search history is recorded, the company’s display ads can appear on Yahoo! JAPAN content pages or ad spaces on partner sites.

Combining search targeting with brand panel advertising can increase the visibility of Brand Panel Ads to users who have already expressed interest in your products or services.

This approach is particularly effective when using brand panel advertising to promote product purchases or generate leads. Setting up search targeting enables ads to appear when users’ motivation to act is at its highest.

 

Summary

Yahoo! JAPAN Brand Panel Ads are highly effective at increasing awareness and brand recognition due to their wide reach. Moreover, they offer highly accurate targeting functions, which can be further enhanced through rich reporting options. This feature allows for analyzing changes in user awareness and behaviour, making it easier to optimize ad performance.

 

As a part of the SoftBank family, we at DMFA offer comprehensive Yahoo! JAPAN advertising solutions for businesses and digital marketing agencies. Please contact our team to discuss how we can help your brand scale in the Japanese market.

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