Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it was laying of 5000 people from its workforce. Sure we can blame the failing economy, but many people are contributing this major layoff on the Window’s Vista operating system. While it has not been yet reported if any of the layoffs are going to affect the Microsoft Advertising division, it has been reported that they are looking to expand this division post-layoff.
Microsoft AdCenter has come a long way in the past couple years. One of the last major search engines to step up its advertising platform, I have to admit they are doing a great job of trying to keep up with Google’s advertising technologies. AdCenter has already surpassed Yahoo’s Panama system, which is often far more complicated and tedious to manage (try making bulk changes on the fly!!!).
Recently added to MSN’s arsenal is the desktop software (currently in Beta) that rivals Google’s Adwords Editor. Microsoft Advertising has also expanded it’s program to offer a more CPA-focused capabilities. While the advertising programs keep improving one thing that MSN should concentrate on is expanding its user-base.
eVolving Interactive uses MSN to bring in supplementary traffic for its clients. We have found that the inventory has consistently stayed low. I believe that MSN could be a leader in Search Engine Marketing if they did a better job trying to attract everyday people into using it’s search engine.