Marchex, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHX) announced today a major technology upgrade to its Call Marketplace for Publishers, now powered by a new API and improved algorithms. These advances also make it easier for high-quality publishers to integrate and increase their yield. The network enhancements include:
Performance Based Monetization
Leading Call Analytics technology, which determines and scores publisher quality
REST API, a web design model that streamlines integration
Clean Call technology to detect and block spam and fraudulent calls
“We built our publisher network with a very different vision – one that focuses and rewards quality versus quantity,” said Ziad Ismail, Senior Vice President of Product & Engineering at Marchex. “We believe that high-quality publishers are being underpaid with existing solutions. Our network expansion not only bridges that gap, but also makes it much easier for new quality publishers to join.” Last year, Marchex’s network connected more than 150 million calls to advertisers via a growing list of high-quality publishers, many of which have seen yield grow by more than 50 percent. These publishers include more than 100 directories, desktop and mobile search, and apps. Under Marchex’s performance-based model, they are rewarded based on actual outcomes like call conversions – not click-through rates. That means publishers get paid based on measurable, data-driven results. In turn, publishers yield significantly more through Marchex’s Pay for Call ads than through integrations with other types of advertising, such as display or click. Advertisers are already spending more than $100 million annually with Marchex. To achieve a high conversion rate, Marchex optimizes publisher inventory by using Marchex Call Analytics technology. Marchex also provides dedicated support for each publisher, which ensures a close working relationship that ultimately increases traffic quality and publisher yield.
Looking at the universe of stocks we cover at Dividend Channel, on 2/4/15, Marchex Inc will trade ex-dividend, for its quarterly dividend of $0.02, payable on 2/17/15. As a percentage of MCHX's recent stock price of $3.83, this dividend works out to approximately 0.52%, so look for shares of Marchex Inc to trade 0.52% lower — all else being equal — when MCHX shares open for trading on 2/4/15.