SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING
Glocally | July 13, 2022
Modern Luxury Media, the nation's largest luxury media company, today announces the acquisition of Glocally, a social content company that discovers and partners with the most engaging influencers and local content creators.
Founded in 2016 by Brad Agens, Glocally was created with the vision of helping regional and local brands replicate the strategies of large national companies by developing and distributing localized content to connect to creators who make a difference in the areas that matter most.
Glocally will join Modern Luxury Media as a new division to strengthen its commitment to the influencer creator economy across the luxury media company's roster of 85 brands from coast to coast. Over the last decade, social media has undergone a significant transformation. Today, consumers are shifting away from traditional social media experiences and gravitating toward connecting with creators who can deliver short-form, entertainment-based content. Given content creators are the new voices of today, this acquisition allows Modern Luxury to create powerful, one-of-a-kind content marketing programs that generate buzz across partnerships that are authentic, meaningful and engaging.
"This past year we have doubled down on a hyperlocal and community-driven approach to content creation in order to build more opportunities to elevate both our brands as well as our audience experience, Our partnership with Glocally brings this strategy to the next level. We couldn't be more thrilled to bring Brad and his team at Glocally to Modern Luxury and enhance our content strategies for today's digital economy."
-Michael Dickey, CEO of Modern Luxury Media
I have always admired Modern Luxury's approach in harnessing community and continuously implementing digital and innovation strategies for growth, said Agens. Modern Luxury and Glocally have obvious synergies that will create impactful and meaningful experiences for our clients. Local and regional brands have a big desire and need for content, and we see an opportunity for Modern Luxury's incredible roster to create hyperlocal content that will take the user experience and brand love to the next level. We couldn't be more thrilled for our companies to come together in this way.
The acquisition is part of Modern Luxury Media's accelerated growth strategy focused on M&A and exclusive partnerships to help strengthen its digital media and creative capabilities to enhance its offerings to luxury communities around the globe.
"Brands have an enormous opportunity to harness micro-communities in order to maximize their consumer experiences for their products or services, Our company's strength has always been the ability to build amazing brands that tap into the most affluent communities around the country to give them premium and elevated content experiences. By tapping into Glocally's technology and expertise, the acquisition will allow Modern Luxury's roster of clients the ability to build a hub of affluent luxury creators in key markets that will increase monetization and the consumer engagement with their brand."
-Mike Pallad, president of Modern Luxury Media.
Reaching an audience of more than 16 million, Modern Luxury is the nation's largest luxury media company and home to leading brands including Hampton's Magazine, Ocean Drive, and Aspen Magazine. Most recently, Modern Luxury partnered with Jay Z's Roc Nation to launch EDITION, the first fully multi-platform portal into a world of luxury that celebrates talent from diverse communities.
About MODERN LUXURY MEDIA:
At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. Reaching an audience of more than 16 million, we are the nation's largest luxury media company offering leading brands access to the most influent audiences in the most prominent cities across the U.S. Through the power of Modern Luxury Media ecosystem including 85+ brands across 22 markets, we deliver powerful marketing solutions allowing luxury brands to connect with their audiences in the places and ways that mater most.
Glocally is a social media and marketing technology company that enables local and regional businesses to succeed across digital platforms. We provide social media management, content development, digital strategy and facilitate influencer collaborations with social media's top creators.
Anzu.io, IAS | August 02, 2022
Integral Ad Science a leader in digital media quality, today (July 28th, 2022) announced a partnership with Anzu, an in-game advertising leader. This partnership enables global brands and agencies to effectively monitor the quality of their in-game media investments in mobile gaming environments. Through this collaboration, IAS provides advertisers with Invalid Traffic (IVT) measurement and reports on viewability through the IAS Signal platform.
“Gaming continues to emerge as a medium with broad appeal and growing reach. By partnering with Anzu, we now deliver in-game measurement and transparency for advertisers within gaming environments,” said Tom Sharma, chief product officer of IAS. “This integration sets the platform for quality standards within ad-supported gaming and allows advertisers to better understand and control the quality of their media on Anzu.”
In-game environments have posed various challenges for verification measurement throughout the ad tech industry, such as multiple forms of device types, game developers, and platforms, all of which make it difficult to use a single tech suite for verification coverage. This strategic collaboration further delivers ad transparency into mobile gaming environments, continuing IAS’s progress related to in-game brand safety, suitability, IVT, and viewability measurement everywhere in the digital advertising ecosystem.
“Anzu’s new partnership with IAS is the next step in standardising in-game viewability and performance in the mobile gaming industry, which is projected to reach $136 billion (£112.6bn) worldwide this year,” said Itamar Benedy, co-founder and CEO of Anzu.
“Anzu’s new partnership with IAS is the next step in standardising in-game viewability and performance in the mobile gaming industry, which is projected to reach $136 billion (£112.6bn) worldwide this year,” said Itamar Benedy, co-founder and CEO of Anzu. “This new partnership means advertisers can now get enhanced visibility into the effectiveness of their campaigns. This further strengthens the already robust metrics and reporting advertisers benefit from when running in-game ad campaigns with Anzu.”
“This important measurement advancement will help accelerate advertisers’ ability to scale their in-game media investments by further demonstrating the high performance of the Anzu platform,” said Joe Cady, EVP advanced advertising & partnerships, NBCUniversal. “We are excited to see Anzu and IAS partner to expand insights and streamline measurement operations for marketers as they evaluate their in-game media effectiveness.”
AD TECH AND MARTECH
AdKaora, AdGage, Anzu | September 22, 2022
AdKaora, a digital agency specializing in user-centric mobile advertising and proximity marketing, Adgage, a Spanish company specializing in mobile advertising and partially acquired by Mondadori at the end of 2021, and Anzu.io, the world’s most advanced in-game advertising platform, have signed an exclusive partnership in the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese markets to enhance the Mondadori Group's offering with intrinsic in-game advertising.
AdKaora and AdGage have joined forces with Anzu to help more advertisers seize the unique opportunity to reach a vast target audience of gamers and gaming fans. This gives these companies the edge by anticipating the new communication opportunities that have emerged with the explosion of gaming and metaverse.
Now post-pandemic, the gaming phenomenon has exploded: the global gaming audience has expanded to 3.24 billion people, covering all age groups and nationalities. Accessing such a lean-forward target audience, with very little ‘second-screening’ or distractions from other media, is one of the main incentives that increasingly drives brands to allocate more of their budgets to in-game advertising strategies.
Anzu boasts the world's most advanced in-game advertising solution available across mobile, PC, consoles, and gaming metaverses, with IAB-recognized, highly immersive formats and an expansive gaming inventory, including exclusive AAA titles from the world’s leading game studios like Ubisoft, Razor Edge Games, and Saber Interactive.
The company has also been named Best Ad Tech Platform at the Digiday Media Awards Europe 2022 and Best Tech Partner at 2022’s Drum Awards. Anzu’s patented 3D ad tracking engine and a full suite of integrations with third-party vendors, including Oracle Moat and IAS, provide first-to-market viewability measurement for in-game ads for direct and programmatic campaigns across platforms. Playing a large part in establishing the new Intrinsic In-Game Measurement Guidelines with IAB and MRC, Anzu’s efforts mean that advertisers have never had more confidence to invest in the in-game advertising medium.
Anzu also provides a gateway for many brands to activate advertising campaigns through gaming metaverses, presenting brands with a unique opportunity to reach a very young, fast-growing audience through multiple unique experiences.
“There’s never been a more exciting time for brands to enter gaming as an advertising space. With over 50 million gamers in Italy, Spain, and Portugal collectively, the audience is there, and advertisers have the opportunity to reach them right now. We’re delighted to partner with AdKaora and AdGage to broaden the horizons of brands and refresh their campaigns with the possibility of intrinsic, brand-safe, and attention-grabbing in-game ad campaigns." - Stephanie Lublinski, Head of Partnerships (Emerging Markets), Anzu
AdKaora and Adgage have already been launching in-game ad projects with Anzu that have helped to strengthen brand awareness, visibility, and key KPIs while running in an environment with high brand safety guarantees. Data from HUMAN recently showed that out of 579M events, Anzu’s IVT averaged out at 0.36% on mobile and 0.11% on PC, reaffirming that its in-game ad formats have much lower fraud rates than other forms of digital advertising.
"Video games today generate twice the revenue, in economic terms, of the film and music industries combined, making it a fast-growing form of entertainment with 15 million players in Italy."- Davide Tran, CEO, AdKaora
"Video games today generate twice the revenue, in economic terms, of the film and music industries combined, making it a fast-growing form of entertainment with 15 million players in Italy. Because of this, the demand for communicating within the gaming world is increasingly high. For AdKaora to decisively enter a market is to do so with the best possible proposition, and with Anzu it was "game, set and match" at the first sight. We are happy to work with them, and in parallel with los hermanos of AdGage, to develop multi-country projects given the exclusive Italy, Spain and Portugal and develop innovative projects for brands, creating an ecosystem suitable for this type of advertising. Spoiler alert: the integration of Dakar, one of the most played driving simulation games in the world, with Anzu on consoles as well." — Davide Tran, CEO, AdKaora