AD TECH AND MARTECH
Volta | February 10, 2023
Volta, a media company, has recently joined Ad Net Zero organization as a founding partner for the new USA chapter. This membership represents its aim for digital media decarbonization with its digital out-of-home (DOOH) media network, helping advertising leaders to drive sales with fewer carbon emissions.
With Ad Net Zero's "Action 5" plan, Volta leverages its media networks to enhance sustainable consumer behavior. This plan includes cutting down on emissions from business operations, planning and buying media, making ads, giving awards, and holding events.
Ad Net Zero is an international organization that provides decarbonization solutions to the advertising industry and enhances consumer reach for sustainable products and services through marketing agencies. Many advertisers, commercial media owners, production companies, and marketing agencies support the organization, which has global members like IPG, Google, Meta, Omnicom, Havas, Reckitt, Unilever, Pubmatic, Sky, WPP, and Meta.
Chief Commercial Officer at Volta Brandt Hastings said, "Volta offers advertisers the opportunity to reach highly valuable audiences and measurably drive sales while directly supporting emissions-free, electric miles." He added, "As a founding member of Ad Net Zero's USA chapter, Volta is proud to lead the industry by furthering our efforts to decarbonize our media supply chain and using our network to accelerate a sustainable future for all."
(Source – Business Wire)
Director of Ad Net Zero's USA Chapter, John Osborn, said, "In 2022, the US media industry woke up to its emissions responsibilities. This year, the industry must start decarbonizing its operations and getting closer to net zero emissions." He added, "I have long admired Volta's leading role in sustainable media, and we are honored they have joined Ad Net Zero's USA chapter as a founding member."
(Source – Business Wire)
Headquartered in San Francisco, Volta Inc., an electric vehicle (EV) charging, and media company has been providing business growth along with a clean energy future as well as a network of EV charging stations since 2010. It helps consumers, brands, and site partners with charging station installation with large-format digital advertising screens, attracting foot traffic for retailers, target audiences for advertisers, and EV drivers at the same time. Its proprietary platform, PredictEV®, combines machine learning technology with behavioral science to assist electric utilities, cities, and commercial property owners with EV infrastructure.
Broadsign, StackAdapt | January 31, 2023
As demand for out-of-home (OOH) advertising continues to rise, StackAdapt, announced a collaboration with Broadsign that enables agencies and brands to access new OOH advertising options.
The advertising technology partnership expands the OOH inventory accessible on StackAdapt's multi-channel digital advertising platform, giving StackAdapt users access to premium international screens in high-traffic areas through the Broadsign supply-side platform (SSP).
The combination of Broadsign's worldwide SSP with StackAdapt's multi-channel digital advertising platform allows media buyers to effortlessly include global digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertisements across roadside, retail, transport, and beyond into programmatic multi-channel campaigns. The merger of two industry-leading ad tech platforms makes it simpler for media buyers to broaden their audience reach and boost engagement across additional digital channels. It also provides StackAdapt users with opportunities to increase brand exposure and interact more effectively with global audiences.
Senior Director of Inventory, StackAdapt, Lina Wangfang, said, “Demand for out-of-home advertising has risen sharply in recent years and continues to grow as more marketers double down on brand-building investments amidst the current economic climate.” She added, “Our collaboration with Broadsign significantly expands the available programmatic out-of-home inventory on our multi-channel platform for agencies who may not have previously considered the medium. Out-of-home plays well with mobile, social, and CTV, and we expect this integration will help drive new growth here at StackAdapt, and fuel the continued evolution of multi-channel.”
(Source – ExchangeWire)
VP of global media sales at Broadsign, John Dolan, said, “Programmatic is the future of out-of-home, and our latest integration with StackAdapt will drive new attention to the medium to help spur the growth of out-of-home and multi-channel.” He explained, “We’re thrilled to team with StackAdapt to bring more media buyers, including midsize agencies, access to a medium that’s proven to boost brand awareness and online activation. We look forward to building on our partnership with StackAdapt.”
(Source – ExchangeWire)
Broadsign enables publishers, agencies, and brands to interact with global audiences through the power of out-of-home advertising. Itpowers over 425,000 signs on motorways, airports, retail malls, health clinics, and transport systems and is at the center of people's lives. The Broadsign platform assists publishers in managing their business operations more effectively while also facilitating the booking of OOH campaigns by brands and agencies. In addition, the platform offers capabilities for content delivery, playback and proof of performance, availability of sales inventory and proposal development, automated programmatic DOOH transactions, and OOH business operations.
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.