AdQuick raises $6M to conquer an advertising market Google and Facebook won’t

techcrunch | February 13, 2020

With Google and Facebook yielding massive control over the online ad market, leaving only scraps for other ad platforms, perhaps it was only natural that tech startups would take a step back and start to look for opportunities in selling billboards. AdQuick,  a marketplace for out of home (OOH) advertising, tells TechCrunch that it has closed a $6 million Series A led by Initialized Capital with participation from WndrCo, Shrug Capital, The Todd & Rahul Angel Fund and rapper Nas. The startup has now raised $9.4 million to date. AdQuick isn’t in the business of renting out advertising space they own. Like traditional channels, they connect the ad space owner with a buyer and take a commission on the purchase. Unlike some other channels, they’ve tried to inject the ad analytics of the web into the process so that buyers understand what they’re paying for impressions and can point brands to higher ROI locations where they might not have been looking.

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Plymouth Rock Launches The Bostonians Ad Campaign

Plymouth Rock | July 20, 2022

Plymouth Rock Assurance today announced the official launch of its latest multi-channel ad campaign titled, “The Bostonians.” Assembling a cast of characters from across the Boston sports world, the new creative positions Plymouth Rock as the go-to insurance provider for Boston sports fans. “Plymouth Rock was founded with the idea to offer more than just insurance to our policyholders,” said Ethan Tarby, Chief Marketing Officer, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation. “Plymouth Rock was founded with the idea to offer more than just insurance to our policyholders,” said Ethan Tarby, Chief Marketing Officer, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation. “Today that includes a number of innovative product offerings, including our sports programs, which provide insurance benefits and unique access to our favorite sports teams. We think ‘The Bostonians’ campaign is a fun way to bring together the sports and insurance worlds – hopefully with a few laughs along the way.” “The Bostonians” campaign was created in partnership with Plymouth Rock’s lead creative agency, HeyLetsGo. Ads feature a fun cast of characters living together under one roof, all with two things in common — a relentless love for the Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins and an appreciation for Plymouth Rock insurance and their unique fan perks. This big, happy Boston sports family includes mascots Wally, Pat Patriot and Blades, Bruins announcer Jack Edwards, the Red Sox groundskeeper, the Bruins ice cleaner, a Patriots end zone Militia Man, a Patriots cheerleader, the beloved sister from Lawrence and their nosy next-door neighbor. The new work features seven 30-second spots styled after 80s and 90s sitcoms and even includes its own theme song. Ads will air across cable, digital and social channels. Videos can be viewed on plymouthrock.com/TheBostonians and on Plymouth Rock’s YouTube channel. “Our goal for this campaign was to show how Plymouth Rock offers insurance solutions that are tailor-made for Boston sports fans,” said Tim Cawley, Chief Creative Officer at HeyLetsGo. “We want ‘The Bostonians’ to be more than just ads about Plymouth Rock’s great sports perks.” To learn more about Plymouth Rock auto and home insurance and its special perks for Boston sports fans, reach out to your local insurance agent or visit plymouthrock.com. About Plymouth Rock Plymouth Rock was established to offer its customers a higher level of service and a more innovative set of products and features than they would expect from an insurance company. Plymouth Rock’s innovative approach puts customers’ convenience and satisfaction first, giving them the choice to do business the way they want – online, using a mobile device, by phone or with one of Plymouth Rock’s agents. Plymouth Rock Assurance® and Plymouth Rock® are brand names and service marks used by separate underwriting, managed insurance, and management companies that offer property and casualty insurance in multiple states. Taken together, the companies write and manage more than $1.6 billion in auto and home insurance premiums across Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Each underwriting and managed insurance company is a separate legal entity that is financially responsible only for its own insurance products. You can learn more about us by visiting plymouthrock.com.

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Viamedia Promotes Madeline Kissel to Vice President of Affiliate Relations and Business Development

Viamedia | July 14, 2022

Viamedia, the leading fully-integrated independent cross-media local advertising company, today announced Madeline Kissel has been promoted to vice president of affiliate relations and business development. In her new role, Kissel is responsible for managing the process of identifying, pitching, negotiating and executing sales representation agreements with linear, digital and managed services partners within the cable and digital ad sales industries. “Madeline impressed us as soon as she started working at Viamedia and has grown into a trusted leader, insightful manager, and proven sales and business executive. Her skill and experience are perfectly suited to lead Viamedia’s expanding network of affiliate partnerships,” said David Solomon, CEO of Viamedia. “Madeline impressed us as soon as she started working at Viamedia and has grown into a trusted leader, insightful manager, and proven sales and business executive. Her skill and experience are perfectly suited to lead Viamedia’s expanding network of affiliate partnerships,” said David Solomon, CEO of Viamedia. “There is no doubt she will bring value and innovation to even more distributors in this expanded role that recognizes her many successes.” Kissel joined Viamedia in 2012 as a marketing and research intern, where she contributed to the company’s marketing team, focusing on sales support, internal communication, promotions, and event planning. In 2018, she moved into Business Development division and oversaw Viamedia’s partnerships with multichannel video programming distributors, managing over 60 sales partnerships across over 70 cities. Kissel will continue to collaborate with every Viamedia department to analyze new partnerships and provide world-class support to current affiliate partners. Kissel is based in Viamedia’s Lexington, Kentucky operational headquarters and reports directly to the company’s President and CEO, David Solomon. Kissel was named to Cablefax’s “Overachievers Under 30” in 2015 and has a BA in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky. About Viamedia Viamedia places over 1MM ads a day in more than 130 zones in 28 states across 60+ markets nationwide, aggregating all forms of TV audiences and providing a single point of sale to more than 6,000 local, regional, and national advertisers. It provides a comprehensive portfolio of audience and impression-based local video cross-media advertising solutions that bridge the gap between linear TV and digital programmatic advertising. Viamedia’s patented, cloud based QTTTM platform utilizes a proprietary technology stack and is designed to enable ad campaigns to be more efficient and easier to execute, by utilizing rich data to deliver targeted, dynamic ads to consumers via linear television. Viamedia also offers a complimentary suite of impression-based digital products for streaming, mobile, display, email, search, social and more. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, the company’s success is built on its people, processes and proprietary software.

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Australia-Based Podcast Company Ranieri & Co. Selects Veritonic to Measure Ad Performance Across its Podcast Network

Veritonic | August 10, 2022

Veritonic, the industry’s comprehensive audio research and analytics platform, announced today that Ranieri & Co., the ANZ podcast company launched by former TRIBE executives Rob Ranieri and Nick Randall, has selected its audio Attribution solution to enable the company and its clients to accurately track and measure podcast ad performance. In Australia and New Zealand, Ranieri & Co. exclusively represents leading local podcasts such as The Byron Cooke Show, The Mind Muscle Project, The Fitness and Lifestyle Podcast, Single Minded, and The Junkees with Dave O'Neil and Kitty Flanagan. This year Ranieri & Co. also released its first two original podcasts, Motherlode and The Long Haul. The company will use Veritonic’s attribution solution to understand the impact and prove the value and ROI of the company’s audio creative for the podcasts it represents. “Veritonic’s end-to-end measurement and analytics capabilities will allow us to gain actionable insights that further the ROI on our client’s advertising dollars, . “This holistic picture of how our client’s audio is performing and the actions it’s driving enables us to truly understand, optimize, and maximize the performance and ROI of our podcast advertising.” Rob Ranieri, Co-founder and CEO of Ranieri & Co As a key component of Veritonic’s suite of Campaign Performance tools which also includes Brand Lift, Attribution enables brands to understand the impact of their audio creative across any app, hosting platform, or listening device. The solution allows users to glean actionable insights on how audio is driving action on a given landing page, including site visits, cart activity, transaction data, and more. The attribution data can also be enhanced with benchmarks, norms, and unparalleled second-by-second engagement and brand lift data to provide the industry’s most comprehensive set of lifecycle audio measurement analytics available today. “At Veritonic, we understand that data is everything when it comes to making informed marketing, brand, and advertising decisions,” said Scott Simonelli, chief executive officer of Veritonic. “By deploying our Attribution solution, Ranieri & Co. is providing the podcasts it represents with unparalleled insights to understand and optimize the performance of their advertising campaign investments. We look forward to building a partnership with one of Australia and New Zealand’s leading podcast companies to help validate investments, optimize audio assets, and ensure increasing ROI for its clients.” About Veritonic World-renowned brands, agencies, publishers, and platforms rely on Veritonic’s comprehensive audio research and analytics platform to research, test, and measure the ROI of their audio assets and campaigns pre-market, in-market, and post-campaign. The resulting insight enables clients to gain confidence in their audio investment, mitigate risk through optimization, and increase their return as they engage consumers with compelling audio experiences. For more information, visit https://www.veritonic.com. About Ranieri & Co In Australia and New Zealand, Ranieri & Co. exclusively represent leading local podcasts such as The Byron Cooke Show, The Mind Muscle Project, The Fitness and Lifestyle Podcast, Single Minded and The Junkees with Dave O'Neil and Kitty Flanagan. Ranieri & Co. also makes custom branded podcasts that hit the sweet spot between what brands want to talk about and what audiences are genuinely interested in. Stories that inspire, inform, and entertain. Ranieri & Co.'s first two original podcasts, Motherlode and The Long Haul, are out now. Find out more at www.ranieriandco.com

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