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Yahoo! JAPAN Ads: An Overview of Ad Formats

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Search Engines in Japan

When we access the internet to solve a problem, more often than not we use a search engine to find the business that offers us a solution. Across the world there is one dominant business in this space, Google. But in Japan, the platform that comes second is Yahoo! JAPAN. Interestingly, this platform has way more to offer people than just search.

What is Yahoo! JAPAN?

It should also be noted that it is separate from Yahoo, which is owned by Verizon. Instead, Yahoo! JAPAN is a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. and is specifically made for the Japanese audience. It has over 100 services, including mobile apps such as Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Shopping, and Yahoo! Navigation. 

For more on Yahoo! JAPAN and Japan’s PPC market, you can read our article here

The Benefits of Advertising on Yahoo! JAPAN

There are many reasons why businesses should advertise on Yahoo! JAPAN. The first is Yahoo! JAPAN’s pure reach and market share. With 84 billion monthly page views, it is said to be the most valuable media spot in Japan and ranks as the highest monthly views of any site in Japan. It also reaches 80% of smartphone users, with 70 million monthly active users on mobile. In 2021, it merged with LINE, Japan’s most popular messaging app, further increasing its reach. The total number of monthly active users across both platforms is about 170 million. 

But for a business looking to promote their product or service in Japan, what ad formats are on offer at Yahoo! JAPAN, what benefits can they bring, and when is it right to use each one?

The Different Types of Yahoo! JAPAN Ads

【Listing advertisement】text ads that can appear in search results【Display Advertising】Yahoo! Image and video ads that can be displayed on the top page of Yahoo! JAPAN
・appeals directly to people who are searching right now
・Listed on Yahoo! JAPAN’s search results page
・shows ads related to a user’s search terms
・appeals to potential customers
・promotes products and services with images and videos
・pay-per-click
・charged for “viewer impressions (vimps)”
・diverse and rich advertising options
・high-visibility inventory
* this advertisement is provided only to some customers who have a reservation type advertising contract.

Yahoo! JAPAN Search Advertising

This is active when someone uses the search engine on Yahoo! JAPAN. It is a text advertisement that is displayed on the search result page according to the searched keyword. The main benefit is that you can show your ads at the exact moment when users are searching for your products, services or category.

The Benefits of Search Advertising

  • It appeals directly to people who are searching right now
  • You have complete control over your advertising budgets
  • Ad ranking is determined by an auction system
  • You have complete control over when to start, stop and restart your ads
  • Measurement of campaign success can be done in real time
  • Ads can be targeted to effectively attract customers

Yahoo! JAPAN Display Advertising

This is an image or video advertisement that can be displayed on the top page of Yahoo! JAPAN.

Yahoo! JAPAN Display Advertising (Operational Type)

This is an advertisement that can be displayed with banners and videos on the Yahoo! JAPAN top page, Yahoo! News, and major partner sites. It can be changed depending on the purpose of the placement (conversion, video playback or site guidance, etc.). You can also take advantage of targeting capabilities based on user interests and purchase intent in order to maximise effectiveness.

Various ad types

ad typeexplanationad image
banner adsAds that only show images or videos. No text is included in the ad.
responsive advertisingAds that consist of text, images, videos, and buttons like “see more.” You can run ads in a variety of formats depending on the device or aspect.
dynamic displayThis is an ad that dynamically generates information on product lists that are uploaded as a CSV.
carouselA horizontal banner ad that combines multiple images. Each carousel card can have different settings, such as a different image or destination URL, so you can communicate multiple features of your product or service. 
textText only ads, such as titles, descriptions and URLS.

Yahoo! JAPAN Display Advertising (Reservation Type)

Yahoo! Japan has an incredible reach of people with 84 billion monthly page views. This ad type takes advantage of this and allows you to place images and videos on the top page of Yahoo! JAPAN, Yahoo! News, and other service pages, making them highly visible to customers. In short, it is a great way to promote your brand.

The advertising product itself guarantees a number of impressions during the posting period, and is delivered preferentially over the operational-type advertisement of the same frame. Please note that this ad format is only possible through a sales partner who has a display advertising (reservation type) handling contract, such as us at DMFA. Please get in touch with us here if you would like to know more about how we can help.

The Benefits of Display Advertising

Please see below for a list of the benefits to display advertising on Yahoo! JAPAN:

  • Maximise success according to the purpose of your ad
  • Versatile targeting
  • Choose your ad targeting based on your budget
  • Cost is based on clicks*

* campaigns for the purpose of video playback are charged per video playback.

When We Recommend Search Advertising

So, you now know which ad formats exist and their benefits, but when is it right to choose search advertising on Yahoo! JAPAN?

  • For those who want to start with a small budget
  • For those who want to start web advertising right away
  • For those who want to target a distinct audience of people with a high motivation to purchase

When We Recommend Display Advertising

So, you now know which ad formats exist and their benefits, but when is it right to choose display advertising on Yahoo! JAPAN?

  • For those who want to raise brand awareness and interest
  • For products that have a visual appeal that photographs well 
  • For those who want to deliver advertisements to potential customers
  • For those who want to try various targeting formats such as site retargeting

Selecting the Right Agency for PPC in Japan

The right digital marketing agency for the Japanese market will have experience, expertise and proven results. It is also especially important that the agency has a Japanese native speaker on their PPC team. 

For a detailed guide on how to advertise on Yahoo! JAPAN, please refer to our article here

If you need help setting up ad accounts or managing Yahoo! JAPAN ad campaigns, DFMA’s team of bilingual Japanese digital marketers is ready to support you with our ad management services. We also provide support for LINE Ads, SEO, social media marketing and more. Contact us to learn more and start your digital advertising journey.

“This is a translation of an article published on the Yahoo! Japan website. The original Japanese article can be found here.” 

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