Taboola has announced a new milestone for its publisher platform that adds artificial intelligence (AI) to power editorial recommendations on publisher homepages, an offering already being used by some of the world’s leading digital properties including McClatchy, The Independent, and Estado de Minas.
Homepage For You is a new capability that helps editors power their homepages, their most visited and prominent section of their website, to capture attention by leveraging Taboola’s advanced AI and proven recommendation platform already used by over 9,000 global publishers.
Early partners are leveraging Homepage For You to improve homepage click-through rate (CTR), page views, bounce rates, and more. In a beta test, publishers saw a 30 per cent to 50 per cent increase in CTR for homepage sections personalised by Taboola.
Homepage For You supplements editors’ existing ability to own and curate their homepage experiences with a new AI layer that surfaces content readers might find more relevant and personalised to their interests. The aim is for publishers to continue to maintain their editorial integrity and brand voice, while enabling readers to find more relevant content during every visit, resulting in increased readership and engagement.
Homepage For You is part of Taboola Newsroom, an offering that provides unique insights, sourced from Taboola’s dataset of 500m daily active users, which inform how to create more engaging content and discover new coverage areas that drive loyal readership.
Homepage For You was built in collaboration with dozens of the world’s top publishers, based on feedback from working closely with editorial teams to understand their key priorities, concerns and business drivers across nearly every market. It is also part of Taboola’s USD $100m annual investment in R&D, adding to Taboola’s comprehensive product offerings that help publishers thrive via increased engagement and revenue opportunities.
“With more than 89 per cent of digital businesses investing in personalisation, and social media platforms like TikTok using AI to engage younger audiences to discover videos, it’s clear that people love experiences made just for them,” said Adam Singolda, CEO and founder, Taboola.
“If you open up a social media app, you are greeted with content you really want to see. For publishers, the most loyal readers are those who visit a homepage directly and look for editors to tell them what’s important for them to know. Taboola should bring AI to every homepage in the world, and help drive reader loyalty. With our proven recommendation platform and AI, coupled with the rest of our publisher offerings, we are taking a truly holistic approach to drive faster and bigger growth to the open web, and our publisher partners.”
“As more people rely on our network of properties for news, we want to ensure all readers get the best experience, relevant for them. Coupling the vast expertise of our newsroom with a data-driven approach to personalising our homepages, using Taboola’s advanced AI technology is going to be a game changer for us,” said Kristin Roberts, Senior Vice President for News, McClatchy.
“Taboola has been a true strategic partner in helping us grow,” said Christian Broughton, Managing Director, The Independent. “There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to audience engagement, and Taboola’s ability to power key areas of our homepage and other sections of our site, their huge amounts of readership data that provide actionable insights, and their valued partnership in working side-by-side with our own editorial team are the unique building blocks in our shared success.”
“When readers visit our homepage, they expect news that is interesting and catered to their interests,” said Mayara Souza, Head of Product and Marketing, Estado de Minas. “Historically, we have used our editorial processes to decide this, but as we have grown, we have turned to Taboola’s technology as a key component to personalise the experience. By doing this, we’ve promoted increased readership and a better overall experience.”