to Launch Tune-In Auction Sept. 29

Moving to become a daily online advertising marketplace, said it
will introduce a new auction called Tune-In that offers media buyers category-
specific ad inventory in a variety of content areas.

Content offerings will include Internet portals, finance and investing,
computers and women’s interests. The company also announced that Wired
Digital will supply
ad inventory from its navigation portal, HotBot, for the first Tune-In auction Sept.

Providing a monthly calendar of the content categories that will be offered, will enable advertisers to plan farther in advance for
opportunistic buys, the company said. Tune-In will initially take place
once a week in October
and twice a week in
November and December before proceeding to a daily schedule in January

The new auction, which will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT, also creates co-
promotional opportunities for the company and its publishers, including

“Our plan has been to increase the frequency of our auctions since media
buyers have been saying they want the convenience of regularly purchasing
through an automated, online marketplace,” said David Wamsley,
president and CEO. “With premium sites like HotBot participating, we expect to
make buying through our channel a
habit, while giving advertisers strong value on their investment.”

“ is plowing new ground in the ad sales community,
and we look forward to testing some of our own HotBot inventory within their
new ad sales channels,” said Rick Boyce, Wired Digital’s senior vice
president of advertising sales
and commerce. “HotBot’s premium inventory–including key words–will be
sold for higher CPMs than run-of-site ad impressions.

Once media buyers tune in to, they will be offered ActiveBid, a
traditional-style auction where a minimum price is established, and buyers
compete in real time until the highest bid wins; or CountDown, a drop-price
format in which prices start at 10% off rate card, continue dropping an
additional 10% off every six minutes.

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