I logged into yahoo today and got prompted to start my transition. I did, now I wish I didn't.
i have an adcenter account and yahoo account, obivously they are pretty much almost exactly alike...now my adcenter account looks like an explosion of dupilicated campaigns and i can't make heads or tails of anything anymore.
It almost feels as if I should delete everything and start over
Lots of confusion on this one. It should be very simple for advertisers who merely want to proceed with their existing adCenter accounts. Not surprisingly, however, Yahoo/MSN is making this more difficult than it needs to be.
For me, this happened yesterday. As I logged-in to Yahoo marketing there was a notice and a new transition tab. On most of my client's there was also a large button that walks you through a wizard to transition the account.
I *expected* a second Yahoo campaign to appear in adCenter, what I got was a duplicate set of ad groups rolled in with the first.
At the end of the process was a note, to continue to operate my campaigns on Yahoo, until I got an email notice that the import was completed (I had one this morning)
I have asked, but I still don't know if there will be any separate tracking (of Yahoo and Bing). They said there would only be one bid price, but it appears that is also translating to only one campaign.
Looks like the transition process assumes you didn't already have campaigns running on Bing. It now appears I need to delete all the duplicate campaigns out of AdCenter.
I agree with others here, it should have been very simple for advertisers who merely want to proceed with their existing adCenter accounts.
At the very least a note in the AdCenter account saying "Your ads are now running on Yahoo" would be nice. It is really not clear.
Ok I have seen some additional problems. 1) A number keywords were added as "#NAME" (now deleted) 2) Ad groups with slightly different names were just added as additional ad groups 3) Ad-groups with the same name were merged (The duplicate Keywords were skipped - yeah), but identical ads from yahoo added, doubling the number of ads (now deleted).
Okay...so what I gather from this thread is if my campaigns in Bing and Yahoo are exactly the same, I should not follow the transition instructions at this time. Will my Bing ads automatically show up in yahoo if I do nothing? Or will they continue to display only in Bing?
I think you still need to do first part of the transition in which you assign your accounts from Yahoo to their respective accounts in MSN. This way they will transfer your dollars over, and that is it. Otherwise you'll have money in limbo.
I have linked several of my customers accounts, but one account didn't have the transition button, instead having a notice to contact my rep or support. This account had a balance in the area of $5,000, so I was eager to ensure that balance transferred.
After numerous attempts, I finally got an answer yesterday from a Yahoo rep that while they had planned to transfer the balances, for legal reasons they will not be transferred, but instead will be credited back to credit cards, or where the card had expired a check mailed.