Narratiive partners with Google to launch brand new data solution “emPower”

Dubai, UAE – 28 February, 2016: Narratiive is pleased to announce that emPower audience data segments is now available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through Google’s demand-side-platform (DSP), DoubleClick Bid Manager (DBM). This partnership will allow advertisers, agencies and trading desks to accurately target specific audiences when purchasing inventory through DoubleClick’s DBM.

After a successful testing period, in partnership with DoubleClick and Vivaki AOD earlier in 2015, Narratiive introduced a data-opt-in model to the market. This model was developed in consultation with the industry to ensure publishers had flexibility over their participation in the program. Segments are only released with the support of publishers, and when opted in to the program, they will share in all revenue generated via emPower.

Narratiive’s emPower is a data co-op representing data from opt-in Publishers and enriched with declared (survey based) and behavioral (online browsing) data created by Narratiive. At launch, behavioural segments including Automotive, Real Estate, Sports, Style & Fashion, Travel and Health & Fitness will be available. Demographic segments include age, gender, income level and occupation. Further demographic segments such as nationality, parents and education will be launched later this year.

“Narratiive is delighted to introduce high quality actionable audience data for the MENA region”, said Matthew Robarts, MD – MENA, Narratiive. “In a first for the region, we are proud to work in partnership with publishers to deliver audience segments created from opt-in data, while ensuring the publishers benefit from a new revenue stream”, Robarts said.

“This launch marks a key milestone for programmatic in MENA as our partners will now have the ability to buy, and optimize against, specific audience segments in real time.  This brings us one step closer to precision marketing”, said Nourah AlFayez – Programmatic Lead at DoubleClick MENA.  “Marketers can now leverage both their first party data and emPower’s third party data to boost ROI for their campaigns throughout their marketing funnel. We are extremely excited about working with our partners on how to best leverage this data.  This will be truly transformational for programmatic buying in the region”, AlFayaz added.

All emPower opt-in publishers receive a revenue share in return for their data contribution. Those not opting in will continue to work with Narratiive as they did before, although their data will not be a part of emPower. Publishers opting in are kept totally anonymous providing maximum protection of their brand whilst developing a brand new sales channel.

“‘This announcement and partnership are a testament to EM’s ability to move with pace in not only bridging market data and intelligence gaps, but, also, in safeguarding the integrity and transparency of publisher data – a focal priority for agencies and marketers alike in the region”, said Roli Okoro, Head of Audience on Demand (MENA) at VivaKi. “Local third party-based targeting is a significant achievement for the region, it is not too ambitious to say that it will sit at the center of future client campaigns” Okoro added.

Google’s DoubleClick Bid Manager is exchange agnostic meaning that in addition to Google’s ad exchange (DoubleClick Ad Exchange), it is integrated into over 50 exchanges including AppNexus, Facebook exchange, Rubicon, Pubmatic, Yahoo!, AOL and Adapt tv. Agencies and brands across the world will be able to buy audiences from some of the world’s leading exchanges.  emPower data integrations will also be available on the supply side of the market, with publishers and marketplaces having an opportunity to utilize emPower to enrich their own proprietary sources of data.

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About Narratiive
Narratiive (EM) is a leading provider of digital audience, brand and advertising effectiveness measurement and targeting solutions, bringing best practice online measurement data to premium publishers, agencies, networks, advertisers and researchers. The EM solutions offer brands, media and agencies invested in Oceania, Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East North Africa and South Africa, a clear insight into their online audience and the ever-growing Internet population.

About DoubleClick Bid Manager
DoubleClick Bid Manager is a next-generation demand-side-platform (DSP) providing trading desks, agencies, and advertisers with greater transparency and performance in global display media buying across ad exchanges. Proprietary algorithms analyze every impression and optimize buying in real time to meet advertisers’ unique objectives. Powerful targeting combines audience and contextual data to reach the right audiences at the right moments. DoubleClick Bid Manager is fully integrated with DoubleClick Digital Marketing, streamlining workflows and reporting and enabling true cross-channel buying.