Yahoo reports another sales drop as ad clicks yield less

Yahoo's revenue and profit were both down from last year, though it has more users

CEO Marissa Mayer presents Yahoo's earnings results
CEO Marissa Mayer presents Yahoo's earnings results
  • CEO Marissa Mayer presents Yahoo's earnings results
  • Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman discuss Yahoo's financial results   in an unusual webcast format
  • Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman discuss Yahoo's financial results   in an unusual webcast format
View all images

Yahoo reported a 5 per cent drop in revenue for the third quarter, with the money it makes from display and search ads both continuing to decline.

Revenue for the period ended Sept. 30 was $US1.2 billion, down 5 per cent from a year earlier, Yahoo said Tuesday. Excluding traffic acquisition costs, revenue was down 1 percent.

Its profit for the quarter was $US297 million, much lower than last year, when it made a big one-off gain from selling shares in China's Alibaba Group. On an operations basis, Yahoo's profit for the quarter was $US93 million, a drop of 39 per cent.

"I'm very pleased with our execution, especially as we've continued to invest in and strengthen our core business," CEO Marissa Mayer said in a statement.

Mayer took over the company last July and is trying to restore Yahoo to its glory days, by making products like Yahoo Mail cool again. She's also made a string of acquisitions, including Tumblr for $US1.1 billion.

The number of people using Yahoo's services has grown - on Tuesday it said it has 800 million monthly users, up 20 per cent in 15 months - but it hasn't turned those users into top-line growth.

Yahoo sold slightly more display ads last quarter than it did a year earlier, but the price per ad (excluding Korea) fell, bringing display revenue down by 7 per cent, to $US470 million, the company said.

It also sold more clicks on ads -- they were up 21 per cent from last year -- but the price per click (excluding Korea) also declined, by 4 per cent. Search revenue overall fell 8 per cent in the quarter, to $US435 million.

Join the CMO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Supporting Association

Blog Posts

Marketing skills in a virtual world

It wasn’t so long ago that CMOs and marketers came to realise they were under-resourced in managing their rapidly expanding digital activities. In fact, many marketing departments are still today far from optimal resourcing levels, if not noticeably below.

Making Korean brands sexy

If you told someone in the 1980s that South Korean brands would one day supersede many Western and Japanese competitors for innovation, brand management and profitability, they would have declared you insane. But that is exactly what has happened.

Why good leadership starts with leading yourself

Many people first taste leadership when they receive a promotion and find themselves ‘leading’ a team. Over time, the team, and the leader’s responsibility, grows. But do they become better leaders?

Anthony Howard

Executive mentor and founder, The Confidere Group

Both the elegance and the risk of misuse of NPS lay in its simplicity of collecting the "score". This is why, whilst individual companies...

Pete Nicholls

Against Net Promoter: A new way of interpreting the customer data deluge

Read more

iinet have gone from one on the best customer service providers to as they have grown just another frustrating Telco. As a customer of o...

Disillusioned

How voice analytics helps iiNet hear customer problems on its network

Read more

The interesting question is whether 'campaigns' is even a relevant term any longer. We seem to work in an environment of continuous, omni...

Geoff Brooks

Marketing skills in a virtual world - Customer and marketing relations - CMO Australia

Read more

If you get the customer experience wrong then you have no chance of ever making the sale

Brian Smith

Keeping the customer experience simple in the digital age

Read more

I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments of your article. Having recently been introduced to NPS, I can see the merits of this sort of ...

Greg Tomkins

Against Net Promoter: A new way of interpreting the customer data deluge

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in