MSN AdCenter Launches Today?

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Well it looks like we might finally get to see MSN's AdCenter paid search program today. Aaron spotted this story from IHT and speculates that it will be a limited beta rollout, which seems likely.

From the IHT story:

Microsoft will unveil on Monday its own system for selling Web advertising as it struggles to compete with Google and Yahoo in the expanding Web search business. The system, to be used by MSN, is meant to improve on those of Microsoft's rivals by allowing marketers to aim ads on Web search pages to users based on their sex, age or location.

The move is part of Microsoft's broad response to the threat from Google, which is using its powerful advertising sales network to support an expanding range of free software products and Internet services.

With all the talk of "demographic targeting" surrounding the new system it's much anticipated. Peter talks about that here citing MSN's Yusuf Medhi:

adCenter powers a paid-search service from MSN that provides advanced audience intelligence and targeting capabilities to help advertisers improve their return on investment when it comes to paid-search advertising

And like Peter, i can't wait to see it....

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men searching for "roses"....

NYT:

men searching for "roses" might see ads for florists' Web sites, while women may see gardening-supply store ads.

MarketWatch's Frank Barnako reports

U.S. testing is set to begin in October.

Trade publication AdWeek reported that the rollout would be by invitation only to 500 large search advertisers.

More information about MSN Advertising is available at http://advertising.msn.com/home/home.asp.

hint to microsoft

don't make me use passport

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