A look at Fox Mobile’s deal with Mobile Content Networks (MCN)to deploy vertical paid search programs across multiple markets worldwide PLUS MSG catches up with Fox Mobile CEO Mauro Montanaro to connect the dots in the company’s ambitious mobile search, content discovery and recommendation strategies.
A major advantage to writing the Netsize Guide 2009 was the opportunity it provided me to connect with 34 C-Level executives for no holds barred interviews to discuss the opportunities/threats/trends highest on their radar. My interview with Mauro Montanaro, CEO Fox Mobile, was more than your typical Q&A; it was an invigorating exchange that we have pledged to continue on a regular basis. The reason: We understand the pivotal importance of mobile search, content discovery, and recommendation in all content-selling strategies moving forward.
Fast forward, and mobile content companies are beginning to understand the benefits of mobile search and, more importantly, search merchandising. Why? Because simple Retail 101 tells us customers can’t buy what they cannot find, and, with operator portals on the way out, D2C destinations can best bubble their content offers up to the surface if they are findable in the first place. Paid search schemes round out the model, allowing content providers to monetize their traffic (which can be considerable for large brands, a major reason why so many of them are beefing up their mobile search/paid search strategies).
Which brings us to this week’s news that Fox Mobile (more specifically Fox Mobile Distribution’s consumer brand sites Jamba and Jamster content sites) has sealed a deal with MCN, a provider of search management, search merchandising, and PPC vertical paid search programs. The service will initially launch with the search results of carriers in Thailand and Sweden, and will later extend to other regions.Read more »