July 1, 2024

Ozone partners with Yahoo Backstage to offer self-service users direct access to premium publisher audiences

London, UK - 1st July, 2024Ozone, the premium digital advertising platform built for brands by publishers, today announces a new agreement with Yahoo to offer marketers streamlined, self-serve access to audiences across Ozone’s premium publishers. Yahoo DSP buyers using the direct-to-publisher supply path, Yahoo Backstage, will be able to access Ozone’s UK audience across 20 leading premium publisher groups.

For the first time, self-service buyers using Yahoo Backstage through the partnership will be offered a more direct and efficient gateway to access highly attentive audiences, primed to convert at scale, in the most engaged, journalism-led environments. Partnering with Ozone – where digital advertising campaigns only ever appear in the world’s most trusted, editorially governed websites and apps – further enhances the platform’s credentials as one of the largest MFA-free supply sources, as independently verified by digital media consultant Jounce Media.

Direct connections to DSPs via integrations ensure brands have greater access to more sustainable, addressable, efficient and performant programmatic channels. Providing this capability for Yahoo Backstage offers the DSP’s users access to millions of highly sought-after online consumers in a compliant, privacy-first manner, as well as a wide range of highly effective digital display and video advertising formats. Additionally, the enhanced engagement and brand visibility associated with premium publisher environments – that put the user experience at the heart of everything they do – will drive greater returns for advertisers.

In addition to Ozone’s UK portfolio of premium publishers and Yahoo owned and operated properties, Yahoo Backstage features direct connections to over 100 publishers, including A+E Networks, Dotdash Meredith, Newsweek, Raptive, and The Arena Group. Yahoo Backstage supply is fully transparent to Yahoo DSP customers and offered alongside continued access to the industry's top Exchanges, giving advertisers the control to make their own buying choices.

Commenting on the partnership, Ozone COO Danny Spears, said: “We’re delighted to announce this new agreement with Yahoo Backstage, giving brands another way to make more direct, self-service connections with the Premium Web. Partnering with such a globally renowned and influential digital leader – and at such a critical time for our industry, as we embrace the first-party web – further enhances our ambition to help shape the future of digital advertising. We’re excited to launch this deal with another leading DSP creating fewer, better connections that offer scale, transparency and quality supply.”

Steven McHenry, Managing Director UK at Yahoo, said: “The partnership with Ozone allows us to provide even greater value for advertisers and publishers within the Yahoo DSP. The streamlined nature of Yahoo Backstage along with the premium audience offered by Ozone’s existing partnerships will provide greater accessibility for advertisers as well as the chance to interact with highly engaged audiences from the UK’s leading publishers. Together, we believe that the insights offered through the partnership, in terms of how ads are performing and the potential return on investment, will give advertisers a huge competitive advantage as the importance of first-party data in digital advertising continues to grow.”


About Yahoo
Yahoo serves as a trusted guide for hundreds of millions of people globally, helping them achieve their goals online through our portfolio of iconic products. For advertisers, Yahoo Advertising offers omnichannel solutions and powerful data to engage with our brands and deliver results. To learn more about Yahoo, please visit yahooinc.com.

About Ozone
As a leading publisher and advertising technology platform – forged through an historic collaboration between four of the UK’s biggest publishers News UK, The Guardian, The Telegraph and Reach PLC in 2018 – Ozone powers the Premium Web by connecting the audiences, inventory and data from the world’s most trusted premium publishers and media power brands to create a single, easy buy for brands and agencies.

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