Yandex recently announced that it has begun testing smart banner ads on its pay-per-click advertising platform, Yandex.Direct.

Yandex.Direct smart banner ads are display advertisements with dynamic content that is personalized for individual users based on their interests – coffee machine ads are displayed to coffee lovers, camera ads to those who take an interest in photography. Intended for product advertising, smart banner ads are suitable for most internet stores.

Information about an item from a store’s product range is automatically placed and formatted in an ad template. The ads specifically target the interst of the viewer.  To choose which product to display to a particular user, Yandex analyses a user’s browsing history ¬– which sites they visited, what they looked for, which products they looked at etc.  As a result, one smart banner can replace thousands of traditional banner ads, helping an advertiser attract new clients and retarget those who visited a site without making a purchase.

Advertisers set their spend and only pay for potential customers on a per-click basis.  After completion of the testing phase, smart banner ads will be available for placement through the real-time bidding auction on partner websites, as well as Yandex’s own services within the Yandex Advertising Network in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.

Yandex.Direct has responded to developments in the advertising market by introducing a number of other changes to its service over the past year. These include a new auction model, new ways to attract mobile traffic and new possibilities to promote mobile applications. Yandex.Direct also recently started offering dynamic text ads by automatically analyzing site content and creating ads to display on Yandex’s search results pages.

Yandex press release originally published January 20, 2016