Microsoft Advertising Incorporates Shutterstock to Help Advertisers Create High-Performing Campaigns Faster

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality content, tools and services, today announced an API integration with Microsoft Advertising. The first application of the integration provides free access to millions of commercially licensed images to customers of the Microsoft Audience Network, their programmatic native advertising offering. Advertisers can search, preview, and apply any Shutterstock image in the Microsoft Advertising user interface, allowing them to create beautiful campaigns faster than ever and without having to leave the ad creation workflow. The new Shutterstock images feature was initially piloted in a closed beta program. Following a highly successful beta, the feature is now available to advertisers in the U.K. and the U.S and will expand to other markets later in the year. The high-quality native placement ads are served across Microsoft owned and operated sites including MSN, Outlook.com and Microsoft Edge, and on select premium publisher partners such as CBS Sports, Everyday Health, Fox Business, the Atlantic, Apartment Therapy and Reuters.

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Force Management Expands its Ascender Sales Acceleration Platform with Content and Curriculum for Revenue Teams

Business Wire | January 25, 2024

Force Management, provider of elite sales solutions, announced today the launch of Ascender® Plus, a significant expansion of the Ascender sales acceleration platform and community. The Ascender sales acceleration platform reinforces Force Management’s consulting and training services with content and curriculum that drive desired sales practices and improve execution for revenue teams. Teams using Force Management’s core methodologies can now leverage Ascender Plus to support team engagement, accelerate adoption, and drive long-term consistency and results. “Ascender provides our clients with a powerful tool to improve revenue team execution and foster a culture of continuous, consistent professional growth,” says Grant Wilson, CEO of Force Management. “Ascender now accelerates adoption of our Command Series offerings by providing customer-facing revenue teams, managers, and executives with 24-7 access to content, tools, and resources that support their engagement with Force Management and successful execution of sales methodologies.” Ascender subscribers can access content and curriculum on-demand in a variety of learning formats that are easily consumable by busy revenue teams. New content is published daily and designed to keep sales best practices top-of-mind. Ascender users also benefit from an active digital community of their peers, with live events and online learning opportunities led by Force Management SMEs and other industry professionals. “The way people learn and retain information is enhanced through modern delivery techniques such as digital learning, personalized curricula, and regular assessment and coaching,” says Paul Giaconia, Force Management Chief Product Officer. “Today’s revenue teams are looking for learning experiences that engage them in the ways they learn best. The Ascender platform includes on-demand access to video, podcast, and eLearning formats as well as a community of like-minded experts that help revenue teams advance their professional development and boost revenue performance.” The platform provides customized content to support Force Management’s methodology-based engagements such as Command of the Message® and the MEDDICC sales qualification approach. Learn more about Ascender Plus and Force Management methodologies at forcemanagement.com. Small teams and individual sellers can access content and curriculum offerings at ascender.co. About Force Management Force Management develops elite sales teams and tomorrow’s sales leaders. For 20 years, our team of veteran sales leaders has delivered cross-functional alignment and customized programs that enable companies to increase deal sizes, drive market recapitalizations, cut time-to-productivity in half, navigate challenging markets, and achieve higher valuations. Our proven methodologies are backed by our sales acceleration platform, Ascender, that enables sales performance for organizational revenue teams, as well as small teams and individuals. We stake our strong reputation on measurable results and return on investment and are poised for growth alongside our customers across B2B markets like Cybersecurity, FinTech, Business Intelligence and Analytics, and DevOps. Learn more at forcemanagement.com.

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Perion Acquires Hivestack, a Leading Global Full-Stack Digital Out-Of-Home (DOOH) Platfom

Business Wire | December 13, 2023

Perion Network Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: PERI), connecting advertisers with consumers through technology across all major digital channels, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Hivestack Inc., a global innovative full-stack programmatic digital out of home (DOOH) company. The terms of the transaction include US $100 million in cash paid upon closing and a 3-year employee retention and performance-based payment plan of up to US $25 million. DOOH advertising transforms ordinary public spaces into dynamic experiences, engaging audiences with eye-catching, personalized content in real-time. It harnesses cutting-edge technologies to target, deliver and measure unforgettable, immersive ads that connect brands with people on the go. With the acquisition of Hivestack, a programmatic DOOH technology innovator since 2017, Perion is entering an exciting market at its nascent stage, positioning the company to capitalize on its anticipated growth. Hivestack’s platform is used by many of the world's largest brands, agencies, media owners, and partners including Uber, Colgate, Lego, InterContinental Hotel Group, Doordash, GroupM, dentsu, The Trade Desk, Xandr, Clear Channel, Lamar, Stroër, and many more. "We are excited about the acquisition of Hivestack, which both complements and advances our long-term growth strategy. Hivestack’s DOOH technology platform stands out by offering brands and advertisers what they crave the most: high-visibility creative, precise targeting, immediate impact, wide reach and measurement," said Tal Jacobson, CEO of Perion. "In addition to advancing our diversification strategy, this transaction aligns with our objective to expand our technological capabilities and product offerings, and we will continue to pursue additional inorganic growth opportunities." More Regions. More Reach. More Technology Hivestack’s state-of-the-art platform is deployed in 32 countries, spanning North America, EMEA, LATAM and APAC. This global footprint will enable Perion to capitalize on economic trends impacting advertising budgets globally, and offer a variety of solutions in these additional markets. This transaction significantly contributes to Perion’s diversification strategy, enabling it to establish a considerable footprint in the fast-growing DOOH channel, which according to aPQ Media researchreport, is predicted to increase from US$21.5 billion in 2023 to US$30.7 billion in 2026, reflecting a 15.3% CAGR. Hivestack offers media owners an array of purpose-built software like the DOOH Ad Server, SSP, and Header Bidder, designed to manage, deliver, and optimize targeted advertising on digital screens, enhancing yield and sourcing demand efficiently. For media buyers, Hivestack's DOOH DSP, along with tools for audience planning and campaign measurement, provides robust capabilities for sourcing optimal inventory and maximizing the effectiveness and ROI of DOOH advertising campaigns. This acquisition is expected to create synergistic opportunities with Perion’s existing advertising offering and business and fits nicely with the company’s retail network strategy. Mr. Jacobson concluded, “We welcome Hivestack and its impressive team of professionals to Perion. We look forward to capitalizing on the synergies between Hivestack’s technology and Perion’s existing solutions, to provide clients an even more comprehensive, end-to-end offering.” Andreas Soupliotis, Founder and CEO of Hivestack, said, "Joining Perion marks a significant milestone in our journey. The strength of our technology, coupled with Perion’s market expertise and compelling advertiser solutions, will result in new synergetic solutions that resonate with customers on a worldwide scale. We are thrilled about the endless possibilities that this unlocks." Jefferies LLC acted as financial advisor to Perion. About Hivestack Hivestack is a leading global, full-stack, marketing technology company, powering the buy and sell side of programmatic digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising. Hivestack was founded in 2017 with headquarters in Montreal, Canada, and operates in 32 countries across the globe. About Perion Network Ltd. Perion is a global multi-channel advertising technology company that delivers synergistic solutions across all major channels of digital advertising – including search advertising, social media, display, video and CTV advertising. These channels converge at Perion’s intelligent HUB (iHUB), which connects the company’s demand and supply assets, providing significant benefits to brands and publishers.

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Connexa’s Partnership With AdVenture Media Delivers Unprecedented Return on Digital Advertising Spend

GlobeNewswire | December 14, 2023

Connexa Sports Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXA) today advised that its long-term partnership with the AdVenture Media Group continues to deliver unprecedented digital advertising results. Measured through its Return on Advertising Spend (ROAS), Connexa’s operating company, Slinger Bag, generated close to $2 million in revenue with an average ROAS of 18.9X during the 3 months to the end of November 2023. This included a an incredible 35X ROAS during Black Friday week alone. AdVenture Media is a New York based digital marketing agency and has been working with Slinger Bag since Slinger Bag came to the market in July 2020. AdVenture Media credentials are impressive. It is one of a handful of pay-per-click agencies accredited with Google’s Premier Partner Status, sitting alongside its Clutch 1000 and Top 32 Agencies in New York awards. in addition to Slinger Bag, AdVenture Media manages the digital advertising for an impressive array of leading brands such as Forbes, Nasdaq, Hanes, AMC Networks. “Our agency exists to deliver digital advertising performance by solving complex problems with grit and creativity. We are a small team of passionate advertising experts with highly intelligent business analysts. Since partnering with Slinger Bag from the inception of their groundbreaking tennis ball launcher, our journey has been nothing short of remarkable. As someone who's inherently optimistic, even I was astounded by the meteoric rise and success Slinger Bag has achieved in such a brief span. Among our numerous ecommerce clients, Slinger Bag stands out, not only meeting but consistently surpassing benchmarks and records, highlighted by our November ROAS achievement.” commented Isaac Rudansky Founder and CEO of AdVenture Media Group. “However, the triumph of Slinger Bag isn't solely attributed to our high-impact advertising strategies. It's the synergy of an extraordinary product that offers tennis pickleball and padel enthusiasts worldwide unparalleled value, and a leadership team deeply dedicated to delivering a premium customer experience from beginning to end. Being a part of this dynamic team has been a privilege, and I eagerly look forward to what lies ahead in our ongoing collaboration,” concluded Rudansky. Mike Ballardie, CEO Connexa Sports Technologies added, “As a new brand to the market back in 2020, the need to identify a strategic digital advertising partner, to invest our available advertising dollars with, was very challenging as we needed to succeed from the outset. From our first meeting with Isaac and his team, I was impressed with their highly analytical approach and desire to deeply understand not only the product but, importantly, the core target tennis players we wanted to reach. Through testing a variety of advertising concepts and tennis specific terminologies and messages and through employing their vast experience of the Google and Facebook platforms, we have seen consistent succeess in delivering revenue growth as well as a powerful recognition of our Slinger Bag brand across the global tennis community. It certainly helped us that some of the AdVenture Media team were social tennis players and recognized themselves the opportunity that owning a Slinger Bag Launcher presented.” AdVenture Media now also works with a number of our global Slinger Bag distribution partners on their local digital advertising campaigns, replicating the success seen in the USA. About Connexa Sports Technologies: Connexa Sports a leading connected sports company delivering products, technologies, and Sport-as-a-Service across a range of sport verticals. Connexa’s mission is to reinvent sports through technological innovation driven by an unwavering focus on today’s sports consumer.

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