Chitika

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Chitika, Inc.
Private
Industry Internet advertising
Founded Shrewsbury, Massachusetts (May, 2003)
Headquarters Westborough, Massachusetts, USA
Key people
Venkat Kolluri, Co-Founder, CEO
Alden DoRosario, Co-Founder, CTO
Products Search Targeted Text Ads, Mobile Ads
Website chitika.com

Chitika, Inc. (pronounced CHIH-tih-ka) is a search-targeted advertising company. It is located in Westborough, Massachusetts, USA. The name Chitika means "in a snap" in Telugu language.

History[edit]

In 2003, co-founders Venkat Kolluri and Alden DoRosario started Chitika after leaving their jobs at Lycos. Since launching its online advertising service in 2004, Chitika has added a Mobile advertising Division as well as a Real-Time Bidding Division.[1] In 2015, Chitika's founders announced Cidewalk, their local mobile ad platform, would spin off into a separate business unit with $4 Million in Seed Funding and new office space in Southborough, MA. [2]

Partnerships[edit]

In 2009 Chitika began a partnership with t[3] he b5media Network.[4]

In 2010 Yahoo! closed their AdSense competitor Yahoo Publisher Network Online (YPNO) and recommended publishers migrate to Chitika as a replacement.[5]

In 2013, Chitika announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with Yahoo!. The agreement includes off–network search syndication, monetization of Yahoo! owned and operated properties, and mobile ad serving and monetization.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 2007
    • Inc. top free services for generating revenue on your website: Best For Promoting Ancillary Products[6]
  • 2008
    • AlwaysOn: Top 100 fastest-growing companies in the Northeast
    • Red Herring: Leading private technology companies in North America
    • MITX 2008 Technology Awards: Finalist, Marketing/Customer Relationship Technologies Category[7]
  • 2009
    • Red Herring: Top 100 Global 2008 Winner
  • 2010
    • DPAC Award Finalist for Best Mobile Advertising Network Innovation
  • 2011
    • TiE Boston: Chitika CEO Venkat Kolluri Awarded "Crystal Award." The Crystal Award is given to a TiE Charter Member for building and growing a company from the ground up with no external funding.[8]
  • 2013
  • 2015
    • AdExchanger: Cidewalk Hooks Up With Yahoo Small Business To Reach More Mom-And-Pops.[9]

Controversies[edit]

In December 2005, some publishers reported a reduction in revenue after auditing between 25%-90%.[10][11]

In 2010, Chitika removed their ads from thousands of websites. The company stated that the sites they had been doing business with were all suddenly placed under "Pending Review" or "Pending Further Review" status. This meant the company would no longer show ads on the sites. Many dropped the advertising service.[12]

On March 16, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appeared before the United States Senate Commerce Committee and announced its first behavioral advertising case, filed against Chitika for use of a deceptive opt-out mechanism. According to the FTC, Chitika's cookies that opt users out of behavioral tracking were expiring in ten days rather than the stated ten years.[13] A settlement was reached under which Chitika was forbidden from making misleading statements about the extent of data collection about consumers and the extent to which consumers can control the use of their data. Further, the settlement required that Chitika link all its advertising to an effective opt-out mechanism in future. It has been commented that, “[t]his requirement of a hyperlink embedded in online advertisements is a good indicator of the type of Do Not Track mechanism that will be acceptable to the FTC if “Do Not Track” becomes mandatory.”[14] According to a press release by the company, their opt-out cookies have been set to ten years since March 2010 when the FTC began their investigation.[15] Chitika subsequently claimed to have made only a total of fifty-five cents from the ten day opt-out expiration.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grossman, Naomi. "Chitika looks to make online advertising a 'snap'". IndUS Business Journal. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Micucci, Emily. "Chitika to spin off mobile segment". Worcester Business Jounral. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Sterling, Greg (May 7, 2013). "Yahoo Expands Search-Ads Relationship With Chitika Into Mobile". Third Door Media, Inc. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Chitika and b5media Premium ads Partnership
  5. ^ Wauters, Robin (Mar 31, 2010). "Yahoo Publisher Network To Be Axed, Customers Referred To Chitika Instead". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Clicks for Cash BY Michael Fitzgerald
  7. ^ 2008 MITX Innovation Awards Finalist.
  8. ^ "TiE-Boston gives Awards to Members and Recognizes Ash Dahod at Annual TiE Gala". The Indus Entrepreneurs. 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Cidewalk Hooks Up With Yahoo Small Business To Reach More Mom-And-Pops". AdExchanger. 2015-3-18. Retrieved 19 March 2015.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ Chitika Publishers Furious Over Revenue Audit That Has Taken Up To 90% Of Their Revenue
  11. ^ "Chitika cheaters?". TMCNET. 1 December 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  12. ^ [1][dead link]
  13. ^ "FTC Puts an End to Tactics of Online Advertising Company That Deceived Consumers Who Wanted to "Opt Out" from Targeted Ads". Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  14. ^ Clinton J. McCord. "How to Respond to Recent Developments in Consumer Information Regulation". Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  15. ^ "Chitika FTC Settlement: The Facts". PR Newswire Association LLC. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Leena Rao. "Opt-Out Cookie Error Earns Chitika A Whopping 55 Cents And An FTC Inquiry". Retrieved 2013-10-23.