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Using Taxonomy to Drive Online Contextual Advertising with Sophializer
Classifying Web Content to the IAB Taxonomy
By: Rennie Walker
Feb. 26, 2013 11:23 AM
It’s a Big Market …
These are prodigious amounts of money for companies to spend to connect with customers. But … surely it’s easy to connect online customers to web content featuring, or suggesting, products? And surely, online is “better”? Where can, and do, taxonomy-based approaches add value to this dance of moving (emotional and semantic) parts between the intentful consumer poised to shop and the intentful marketer with honed content?
Online Ad Targeting is Easy … so 'They' Say …
So … online is more precise than billboards by freeways? Lightly stated, online has advantages. What about magazine print ads vs. online? Online has potential advantages. But … and this is a very big but … in both these cases (and all others) online depends on connecting potential customers to products, their features, their benefits, their attributes and so on precisely, and with precision that is repeatable and extensible. Rather than random (random is the most expensive way to advertise and has fallen out of favor). And, since online copy and online ads are words (including in videos) and are semantically classifiable, and since classifications can be organized into models (taxonomies and ontologies) … then there are advantages to be created through the combination of semantic analysis, categorization and taxonomy.
Now, let’s connect taxonomy, classification, semantics and optimizing online ad targeting. There are a host of holy grails currently being sought in the web/mobile/social uber-ecosystem. Some are well found, though not perfect, and are unlikely to traverse through a paradigmatic improvement. Think ‘search’. Others are most definitely not found (yet). Given the size of the market outlined in the first paragraph, the rewards are huge to those with the tools and skillsets that know how to work with semantics, taxonomy/ontology, classification of content to taxonomy, and design of taxonomies to drive online targeting.
New Approaches to Classifying to the IAB Taxonomy with Sophializer
Given that Sophializer categorizes both sides of this content dance – web page and ad – web properties can serve ads to any page automatically using the IAB taxonomy as the cross-mapping conceptual foundation.
Sophializer not only classifies to Tier 1 and Tier 2 it also discovers/generates robust classifications that can be used to customize Tier 3 for individual customers.
Benefits of Using Taxonomy for Ad Targeting
Benefits of Using Categorization Tools to Assign Marketing Content to Taxonomy Nodes
There is more than enough to say on each of these around methods, workflows, best practices and pitfalls for a blog post on each. But not here.
Sophializer utilizes patented and proprietary algorithms in the core of their categorization engine. Two fundamental points are worth, briefly, focusing on. Firstly, different categorization engines use different patented technologies. “Quality” from different categorizers is (very) variable. Which is why it is important to carry out “Proofs of Concept” when evaluating this technology.
Secondly, the more semantically rich the taxonomy – e.g. fully enriched with synonyms and other types of evidence terms – the better “quality” one gets with any method of associating content to taxonomy nodes. Both of these parameters are make-or-break (literally) in using semantics to target online ads.
Learn More 2.0
Sophia Search currently has a number of engagements on the web that are live. For example, targeting ads for non-fiction books (from a major publishing house) to news stories (on a pre-eminent news site). You can contact them for details.
This is not an empty space. Other companies are also searching for the holy grail of taxonomy-based content targeting mediated by content categorization that works. See, for example, see ADmantX (http://blog.admantx.com/post/15726823528/a-new-iab-based-taxonomy-and-an...).
This whole space is an excellent example of where the application of the nexus of taxonomy, categorization and semantics will provide stratospheric business benefit. Grails are waiting to be found here.
The detailed ZenithOptimedia figures can be found here
Note 2. See Hollywood Reporter
You can download the Digital TV Research press release about these figures here
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