Why Would a Publisher with Own Vertical Network Hook Up with Federated?
Turns out ZDE actually does need the extra sales muscle.
DeveloperShed, Ziff Davis Enterprise‚Äôs 12-site tech network of developer communities, has joined Federated Media, a blog aggregator and service provider that brings independent publishers into its network by offering to take on their ad sales.
The five-year-old DeveloperShed will become part of FM‚Äôs Technology federation‚ÄĒone of about 10 other verticals that include sports, automotive, media and entertainment, and video gaming. DeveloperShed merged with ZDE in August 2007 as the tech publisher completed its spin-out from Ziff Davis.
Twelve sites strong, one could argue that ZDE already has its own budding ‚Äúad network,‚ÄĚ and the company is no newcomer to integrated ad sales with a fleet of established products that span print, online and events.
But why would they hook up with Federated?
It‚Äôs a move that‚Äôs contrary to efforts by publishers that have started up their own vertical blog networks to boost their ad power (Forbes.com, and IDG, among others). It‚Äôs also intriguing, as VentureBeat points out, in light of some big-name sites that have dropped out of Federated‚Äôs network as they get scooped up by other, traditional publisher-backed companies‚ÄĒArs Technica, bought by Wired, and Celebrity Baby Blog, bought by Time Inc.‚Äôs People.com, for example.
DeveloperShed‚Äôs 12 sites aggregate a large, IT-oriented audience‚ÄĒ6 million unique visitors and 27 million page views per month‚ÄĒso it‚Äôs a significant partnership for Federated, which gets a big audience and a presumably large chunk of real estate to sell.
ZDE, as it turns out, actually does need the sales muscle Federated provides. Plus, ZDE CEO Steve Weitzner tells me DevShed‚Äôs user-generated content fits with Federated‚Äôs blog network profile. ‚ÄúDevShed is a subsidiary of Ziff Davis Enterprise,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúIt has its own sales team and marketing addressing its audience of software developers. Historically, DevShed has maintained a small sales team to call on key accounts and has employed sales reps for mid-size and smaller accounts. The vast majority of DevShed's content is‚ÄĒand always has been‚ÄĒuser generated, we believe it fits well with Federated‚Äôs ‚Äėconversational media‚Äô approach so we have signed them up to replace our previous reps. DevShed‚Äôs direct sales team will continue to serve the sites‚Äô key customers.‚ÄĚ
-- Bill Mickey is editor of Folio:. Follow him on Twitter: @billmickey
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