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Aspermont vertical search success
CMPMedica generating millions of queries per month
CMPMedica CEO to speak at industry summit
Vertical Search: Market Size, Share and Forecast
Convera extends publisher self-service capabilities
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Convera is the leading provider of on-demand search as a service for publishers.

Using Convera's search services, publishers can combine proprietary content with an editorially vetted best of the Web to provide an authoritative and comprehensive search experience for specialized audiences.
Many of the world's largest publishers are working with Convera to accelerate their e-publishing strategies, meet growing online revenue goals and build loyal online professional communities.
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a Lebhar-Friedman property
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an Incisive Media property for mortgage professionals
a John Wiley and Sons property for microscopists
a Euromoney property for financial professionals
a Centaur Media property for professionals in marketing, advertising and design
a Naylor property for utility professionals
a Canon property for pharmaceutical professionals
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Vertical Search Report 2008

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Members of American Business Media (ABM), the UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP), the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) and the E-consultancy user community were surveyed on the emergence of vertical search, current search behavior, projected advertising spending and the rise of search toolbars and widgets. 


The respondents included  116 publishers, 140 advertisers and over 100 advertising agencies. 


"success of first vertical property
accelerates strategy"

Aspermont, Australia's leading print and Internet publisher to the mining, oil & gas and related sectors has finalised an aggressive program to build and deploy additional vertical search capability across Aspermont's entire portfolio. Following the success of the Supply Chain Logistics vertical application, co-developed with Convera and launched in 2007, Aspermont has made a strategic decision to use Convera for all of its vertical search requirements. The next phase will incorporate Mining, Construction and Petroleum, to be followed by additional "smaller" verticals.

According to Alex Kent Online Search Manager at Aspermont, "We see vertical search as an ideal way to extend our brands online and provide a more comprehensive service to our communities. Partnering with Convera has enabled us to accelerate our online strategy."

For more information on Aspermont's range of products and services, please go to


"generating millions of queries per month"
CMPMedica has expanded to include a number of additional vertical search applications for specialist medical conditions. has been co-developed with Convera. has been serving primary health care professionals in North America, the UK, France and Spain and Psychiatry and Oncology specialists in North America.  Since its launch in late 2006, the popularity of the service has risen dramatically and today generates millions of queries per month.  

"We are delighted by the very positive reaction from the medical community as well as from our commercial partners", said Phil Callow, Managing Director of SearchMedica.  "Based on user surveys and feedback, we've decided to add further disease-focused custom search functionality so that our full range now includes All of Medicine, Cardiovascular, Diabetes/Endocrine, Infectious, Mental/Nervous System, Musculoskeletal, Cancer/Hemic, Pediatric and Respiratory.  This extension is part of CMPMedica's ongoing strategy to widen the scope of the service to satisfy the information and workflow requirements of every major medical domain.", which was co-developed with Convera, is an advertising supported  Web-based service that connects physicians and other medical professionals to credible, trusted and editorially approved medical Web sites, online journals and other clinical resources.

"vertical search important for publishers"
Henry Elkington the CEO of CMPMedica is speaking about vertical search at the PPA Magazines 2008 conference  on Tuesday May 6th in London. 
"financial potential remains attractive"
On March 7th, Outsell Inc, the leading analyst and consultancy firm for the information and publishing sector, released an analysis of the market size, share and forecast for vertical search.

Click here for a free download of the report.

This report includes:

  • Outsell data on B2B vertical search market size and growth 
  • Analysis of vertical search market dynamics 
  • An overview of the vertical search market
  • Essential actions for publishers 

According to Outsell, "Vertical search continues to deliver what big search engines miss, and the resulting financial potential remains attractive. Outsell estimates the total ad-supported B2B trade information vertical search market at $518 million in 2007. Our research shows that the user and advertiser needs addressed by vertical search services remain significantly underserved by Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and AOL. But many B2B trade publishers and information providers that have launched vertical search services have been slow to do what's necessary to use vertical search as a springboard to seed a fast-growing virtuous circle".

Click here for a free download of the  report.


"rapid deployments now possible"
Convera have released of a new version of its Publisher Control Panel, an easy to use self-service application that enables editorial, audience development and sales teams of trade publishers to better serve the content information needs of their online communities and the targeted search advertising needs of their advertisers.

Through Convera's Publisher Control Panel (PCP) publishers can easily set up and administer integrated site and best-of-Web search, aggregating their public and proprietary content with the best of the public Web under their own brands. The new release of the PCP includes the following service enhancements:

  • Control of all processes from a single page of the PCP
  • Targeted advertising packages with banner, category and keyword sponsorships, as well as enhanced directory listings
  • Customized ranking, enabling the editor to closely control and customize search results
  • New content analytics tools
  • Enhanced search analytics tools
  • Enhanced online help and training facilities for editors and advertising sales teams

"Our editorial staff needs complete flexibility and control to create a relevant user experience for the information needs of institutional investors," said Nick Ferris, a Publisher at Institutional Investor who has been using the new version. "The new PCP allows us to customize categories, ranking schemes and search results presentation. It also enables us to dynamically customize and update suggested links, popular searches."

Also using the new PCP is Diane Burley, Publisher of Pure Contemporary. "We have dramatically reduced the turnaround time to customize our vertical search site," said Burley. "Convera's PCP enables us to create and publish new site configurations and downloadable search boxes in completely self-service mode."

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