Search technology firm Inktomi Corp.
on Thursday agreed to urge companies from its client list to join DoubleClick Inc.‘s recently announced
search network, which allows advertisers to buy keywords across a variety
of search sites.
Inktomi’s (INKT) partners and customers include America Online, [email protected], Geocities, Microsoft, Snap, Real
Networks, and Yahoo!. The company
says it serves more than 4.2 billion search queries per quarter, across its
entire client base.
The deal is an effort to get DoubleClick’s (DCLK) new search network off the ground, by adding the
keyword inventory of Inktomi’s clients. The company’s pitch to portals
included the promise of increased revenue, because they can use the network
to offer a larger inventory to potential advertisers.
“Today’s announcement brings together Inktomi’s comprehensive search
services and DoubleClick’s advertising solutions,” said Jeffery Silverman,
publisher of the DoubleClick Business Network.
“Our premium collection of quality, name-brand sites will provide new
revenue opportunities to Inktomi’s current and future customers by
extending their reach to advertisers and publishers worldwide.”