ADVERTISER CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT
Hello Sunshine | March 21, 2023
Hello Sunshine, a part of Candle Media, announced today the launch of Solar, an in-house social agency helping brands connect with women through story-driven advertising. Overseen by Maureen Polo (Hello Sunshine’s Head of Direct to Consumer), Solar is being led by agency veteran Jennifer Wiener (SVP, Solar) in close collaboration with new creative leadership, Teneille Craig (VP, Creative, Solar).
Hello Sunshine has a rich history of partnering with advertisers to shape female-focused commercial messaging that truly resonates. With Solar, brands will now have the opportunity to partner more deeply with Hello Sunshine and to drive story-led marketing that shapes culture, drives impact, and ultimately makes the world a better place for women and diverse audiences. Solar empowers brands to tell more inclusive and representative storytelling that ultimately brings more underrepresented voices into modern media offerings. The agency also serves as the internal marketing engine that fuels Hello Sunshine’s content, commerce, and community model.
“Hello Sunshine has proven time and time again that we know women – what inspires them, connects them, and drives them to action. We're thrilled to formally launch Solar, an innovative in-house social agency that leverages Hello Sunshine's creative expertise to help brands authentically communicate with women,” said Maureen Polo, Head of Direct to Consumer at Hello Sunshine. “Our incredible team of marketers, creatives, strategists, and producers will work seamlessly with partners to drive story-led marketing that moves the needle.”
“Solar presents a more formal offering that operationalizes Hello Sunshine’s trust, influence, and deep expertise with female consumers,” added Sarah Harden, CEO of Hello Sunshine. “Leveraging our heritage in premium storytelling that centers women, we’re partnering with brands with full-service capabilities across the modern media landscape.”
More than a traditional agency, Solar teams up with mission-aligned brands to go beyond their standard strategy and creative needs. The agency’s collaborative model provides deep insight, intelligence, and credibility among women consumers. Solar’s work with brand partners includes extensive brand partnerships through Hello Sunshine IP and DTC brands, social marketing services, influencer marketing, licensing, product development, co-marketing, and women-centered consumer insights. The agency has already been working with a range of renowned brands, including Oui by Yoplait, P&G, Diageo, Pure Leaf, Stacy’s Pita Chips, Buick, Biossance, Lavazza, Anheuser Busch, Epson, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Fidelity.
“We approached Hello Sunshine because of their like-minded audience with Oui yogurt,” said Susan Pitt, Brand Experience Director for Cereal and Yogurt brands at General Mills. “We really wanted to reach women who are passionate about saying yes to making time for themselves. Hello Sunshine built out a strategic multi-channel program that has helped catapult our shared creative purpose messaging and ultimately help drive double digit increase in sales velocity.”
Along with Maureen Polo, Hello Sunshine’s Head of Direct to Consumer, Solar is led by SVP Jennifer Wiener. Wiener previously worked at Fullscreen, where she led sales and integrated marketing teams and re-positioned Fullscreen with Fortune 500 clients as trusted, insight-led marketing solutions and social services experts. Prior to Fullscreen, she worked at Dentsu Aegis, where she and her team led award winning branded content efforts for Microsoft and focused on business development for the agency. Before joining Hello Sunshine, Wiener ran the Entertainment Marketing Solutions team at WarnerMedia, leading all brand marketing, brand positioning, creative, brand partnerships and go to market storytelling for HBO Max, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, DC Comics and Theatrical.
Along with a cross-disciplinary agency team, Polo and Wiener are joined by VP, Creative, Teneille Craig, an award-winning creative with over 15 years of experience in publishing, advertising, digital media, and fashion. Prior to joining Hello Sunshine, Teneille has made an impact in senior creative roles at ESSENCE Magazine, Dentsu McGarrybowen for American Express, and TikTok.
Hello Sunshine will continue to focus on long-form branded entertainment with Zoe Fairborn, Head of Brand Business Development and Branded Entertainment, continuing to lead those efforts.
About Hello Sunshine
Founded by Reese Witherspoon, Hello Sunshine puts women at the center of every story it creates, celebrates and discovers. Hello Sunshine tells stories across all platforms – from scripted and unscripted television, feature films, podcasts, audio storytelling, and digital series – all shining a light on where women are now and helping them chart a new path forward. Hello Sunshine is also home to Reese’s Book Club. Fast growing in reach and influence, this community is propelled by meaningful connections with stories, authors and fellow members.
Hello Sunshine is part of Candle Media, an independent, creator-friendly home for cutting-edge, high-quality, category-defining brands and franchises. By bringing together elite talent operating at the intersection of content, community, and commerce, it helps to position leading entertainment businesses for accelerated, sustainable growth in the current market and beyond. Candle is run by its Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs, leading entertainment executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, and backed by investment capital from funds managed by Blackstone’s flagship private equity business.
AD TECH AND MARTECH
MonetizeMore | March 06, 2023
MonetizeMore, a company that partners with web publishers and app developers for ad monetization, has acquired Advanced Ads, an ad tech platform. Advanced Ads is a popular WordPress plugin for ad management with over 1,300 votes on WordPress.org and a 4.9-star rating. MonetizeMore's acquisition of Advanced Ads comes after being listed for three consecutive years on The Globe and Mail's ranking of Canada's Top Growing Companies.
MonetizeMore can enhance its ad optimization solutions by acquiring Advanced Ads features, including flexible ad injection and user/page content-based targeting. Incorporating these features will bolster MonetizeMore's existing publisher offering without the need for coding skills.
The acquisition will be implemented immediately, and the two platforms will be integrated shortly. In addition, the company plans to provide continued support to the existing clients of Advanced Ads while introducing them to MonetizeMore's platform, PubGuru, powered by artificial intelligence and other tools.
MonetizeMore is a technology company that specializes in programmatic advertising. It offers various services, including ad optimization, ad inventory management, and ad revenue maximization, which help publishers generate more revenue from their online advertising efforts. MonetizeMore leverages advanced technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide its clients with personalized solutions tailored to their unique needs. In addition, their team of experts works closely with publishers to analyze their ad performance data and identify areas for improvement. MonetizeMore's goal is to help publishers increase their ad revenue and achieve long-term success in the ever-changing world of online advertising.
DanAds, McClatchy | February 27, 2023
DanAds, an advertising technology platform, has recently partnered with McClatchy for email and programmatic offerings on the McClatchy Ad Manager platform. Advertisers can avail of the offerings and purchase email and programmatic inventory from McClatchy’s marketplace.
McClatchy offers access to double opt-in email lists for advertisers with these new products. They can make a group of users and ensure that the chosen users receive marketing notifications, increasing user engagement and target data accuracy. In addition, these emails remain in the user’s inbox until deletion, availing more chances for user engagement with the advertisement. It also provides space for a creative copy of any digital advertising solution by giving the client complete control of the email-based content, improving advertising capabilities for small and medium-sized businesses.
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Sales at DanAds, Peo Persson said, “The speed with which we have scaled up the technical capabilities of McClatchy Ad Manager is a testament to our team’s deep expertise in self-serve advertising. McClatchy’s portfolio of premium news titles is perfectly suited to the new generation of contextual, brand-driven audience targeting. We’re very excited to see how advertisers engage with these new game-changing features.”
(Source – Exchange Wire)
Senior Vice President of Advertising at McClatchy, Jane Howard said, “With these new additions, the early feedback from our customers has been positive and I’m extremely proud of our team’s commitment to the platform and the pace of ongoing innovation surrounding this project in partnership with our counterparts at DanAds.”
(Source – Exchange Wire)
Established in New York City, DanAds, an advertising solutions provider, has connected advertisers and content publishers for accelerated engagement, revenue, and future scope since 2013. It offers solutions for self-serving advertisement, media technology, ad technology, SMB advertising, publisher marketing and advertising automation. It works with publishers and advertising brands like Expedia Group and Philips, Roku, Disney, Klarna, SoundCloud, Hulu, TripAdvisor, and Bloomberg worldwide. It is a fully customizable and measurable self-serve advertising technology infrastructure, giving complete control to the publishers for secured future scalability.
Headquartered in Sacramento, California, McClatchy, a periodical, and book publishing platform, has provided solutions for video storytelling, community service, mobile, digital publishing, quality journalism and advertising services since 1857. It strives for community engagement and social justice by addressing their needs and raising awareness, providing advanced news coverage. It utilizes digital tools and technology for a more targeted user experience than traditional news coverage. Its dedication to local journalism fosters community connection, understanding, and informed engagements. In addition, it connects marketers with new advertising opportunities and valuable customers in the community.