Yahoo buys Flurry to make more money from mobile apps

The deal could help Yahoo better target ads on mobile devices

Flurry provides analytics tools for helping publishers see how their apps are used.

Flurry provides analytics tools for helping publishers see how their apps are used.

Yahoo has reached an agreement to acquire Flurry, a mobile analytics company, as part of a push to grow its advertising revenue within its mobile products.

Flurry provides tools that help developers and publishers learn more about who's using their apps in order to better target them with ads. The information, including gender, age and location, helps Flurry play digital matchmaker between publishers and advertisers. The technology can be used to place banner, full-screen and video ads.

The San Francisco-based company says it receives data from over 540,000 apps on 1.4 billion devices worldwide. Apps that use its technology include Skype, Pinterest and the BBC's news app, the company says.

Flurry could help Yahoo make more money from its growing lineup of mobile apps, potentially allowing it to better target ads and offer more personalized features.

"When completed, our acquisition of Flurry will be a meaningful step for the company and reinforces our commitment to building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetization solutions," said Scott Burke, Yahoo's senior VP of advertising technology, in a blog post.

He said Flurry's technology helps brands better reach their audiences, providing data on both the desktop and mobile use.

Yahoo didn't disclose the terms of the deal, though a report on the tech news site Re/code put the value at "hundreds of millions" of dollars.

Flurry's team will remain in San Francisco, Yahoo said, and its products will "continue to serve the application developer community."

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been focused on turning Yahoo around and growing its business since she took over as CEO in 2012. Mobile has been her main focus, with new or redesigned apps like Yahoo News Digest, Mail and Flickr released over the past year.

Mobile has not been a strong sales driver for Yahoo, but that could be beginning to change. Last week, during the company's second-quarter sales call, mobile was described as being "meaningful" to Yahoo's bottom line -- a change from "not material" in previous quarters. Yahoo's total sales were still down by 4 percent.

"We will work to make our tools, targeting and processes more efficient at showing the right ads to the right user," Mayer said last week.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags mobileinternetanalyticsmobile applicationsYahooFlurry

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Zach Miners

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Exec

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?