Keane sees it as a case of market readiness. European publishers are feeling the same pressures as publishers in the US, tasked with “finding additional revenue streams on mobile and media options that can be complementary to sponsored content campaigns.”
The acquisition gives it a head start in a market that Keane said is ready to embrace native formats as it seeks to monetize mobile. “There’s a big opportunity for native, in-feed advertising in the European markets, and the demand-and supply-side opportunities are significant,” Keane said.
The Sharethrough platform has seen early success among UK customers, including Car Throttle. “We’ve seen record click-through rates on these units due to the great content ads … which our users actually love,” said Adnan Ebrahim, CEO of Car Throttle. “The platform has become one of our fastest-growing revenue streams.”
In the US, Sharethrough said its exchange has a reach of 230 million uniques a month, with dozens of large brands on board, including Time Inc., Forbes, Gannett and Business Insider.