The hot and cold relationship between eBay
The leading auctioneer will turn to the paid-search leader to serve up ads on its overseas auction sites. Both companies will share in the revenues.
The deal may come as a surprise because eBay had brokered a similar stateside deal with Yahoo!
The flame never did go out, though. Through all this, eBay remains the most prominent advertiser on Google's AdWords marketing service. It stands to reason that all that experience helps eBay appreciate the power of Google's breadth and the allure of serving up those ads itself to cash in on the paid search revolution.
Teaming up with Yahoo! overseas would have been awkward, as Yahoo! acquired a $1 billion stake in eBay's biggest rival in China, AliBaba.
This deal may be a material contributor for eBay, since it doesn't have the same kind of pricing flexibility in some overseas markets -- like China -- that it commands in the United States. The deal with Yahoo! is mostly for graphical advertising, since the more lucrative contextual marketing ad blocks would infuriate eBay's stateside listers. In international markets where eBay has to practically give away its listings, having Google serve up ads for rival products won't be as controversial.
Ultimately, it's a promising development for both eBay and Google. They didn't let pride get in the way of a deal that makes sense.
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