Technology Featured Southeast Asia

Mobile adtech Ogury ties up Httpool as ad sales partner in Malaysia

Malaysia – Ogury, ‘the Personified Advertising company’ with a global presence and which has created an advertising engine that would deliver precision, sustainability, and privacy protection within one technology stack for mobile, has appointed Httpool as its official advertising sales partner for Malaysia. 

Ogury deems to be a leader in mobile brand advertising. It offers advertisers fully visible impactful ads, future-proof targeting, and protection, while for publishers, it provides a respectful user experience and premium demand. Ogury’s solutions connect comprehensive audience interest, brand performance, privacy protection, and sustainability and enable brands and agencies to optimize their campaigns. 

Adam Rubach, Ogury’s VP for new markets in APAC, said that through the partnership, Httpool will be helping them deliver effective and sustainable digital advertising, anchored in consumer privacy protection. Ogury started to partner with Httpool when it entered the Indian market in 2020. 

“Today, we are glad to expand this strategic partnership through Malaysia, a key market in terms of mobile consumption,” said Rubach.

Httpool said that the partnership is an important step for the company. With offices all over APAC such as in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Cambodia, among others, Httpool provides brands and media agencies support, technology, and access to its most relevant global and regional media partners in targeting business and marketing objectives.

Meera Muhunthan, Httpool’s managing director for Malaysia, commented, “We’re very excited about this partnership! As we partner with Ogury in Malaysia, we will be able to further empower brands to sharpen their advertising strategy with personified targeting and impactful mobile ad formats. As an official ad sales partner, we will ensure that advertisers, agencies, and brands have access to our top dedicated teams and support, every step of the way.” 

Main Feature Platforms Southeast Asia

The power of social media in a pandemic

The precarious Covid-19 hit the Indonesian islands in mid-March 2020 and has been creating havoc since then. The rampant pandemic brought social and economic consequences disturbing the entire economy. Out of the many policies implemented by the government such as PSBB or the country’s large-scale social restrictions, affected the socio-economic daily lifestyle of Indonesians in infinite ways. The fury of the virus hasn’t spared anyone and sadly, Indonesia is no exception.

In troublesome times like these, passing on vital information and keeping the commoner well-aware of the situation becomes imperative. When there is mayhem and uncertainty, the need for building social solidarity among people comes to the fore. That’s when social media comes into the picture. It is indeed a driving force behind the emergence of mass social solidarity.

This digital cohesion is created through various means on different social network sites (SNSs), including Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. With the virus that is spreading at lightning speed, reliable information also needs to spread like wildfire. When masses have to be educated about the do’s and don’ts of staying vigilant, social media emerges as a clear winner that delivers every piece of information to your smartphone.

Digital cohesion 

Netizens help educate and impart psychological support in reducing panic through experiences, statistics, photos, and current updates and live coverages conducted by journalists. As per a survey conducted by Universitas Airlangga, 67.5% of the Indonesians who took the survey confirmed that social media has helped them stay informed during the pandemic. Meanwhile, 34.5% said that news and information on social media helped influence their behavior regarding precautions or safety against the virus.

If we talk of Twitter, it has been instrumental in helping people find reliable information, connect with others and follow what’s happening in real-time. By adding a new tab in explore titled ‘Covid-19’, it has helped netizens find help instantly and post a medical or financial requirement. Health experts and doctors also are banking upon the power of Twitter to pass on verified information for the benefit of people. Global Twitter insights reveal that there was a 45% increase in the curated events page for Covid-19 and a 30% increase in direct messages with respect to the virus information.

Besides spreading awareness, it gives rise to volunteerism through donation drives, online concerts, and interactive activities conducted by social agents, celebrities, and influencers who have a mass appeal. These are impactful and solve existing problems by raising large sums of monetary support.

Indonesians have benefitted from medical and financial aid received through amplification on social media, making it a particular savior of uncertain times. A clear example of successful volunteerism would be the fundraising campaigns conducted by Kompas TV and Narasi TV, which have shown tangible evidence in alleviating and assisting covid relief.

As per research conducted by GoPay Digital Donation Outlook 2020, the acquisition of digital donations increased by 72% due to covid. It’s a win-win situation when the community comes together to help each other achieve the end goal and fight their common enemy together.

Spreading digital literacy

Digital solidarity in the Covid times has also led to the strengthening of digital literacy as people realized the tremendous power and significant benefits of social media. As per reports, the number of social media users in Indonesia increased by 10 million in 2020-21, amounting to 170 million users. Facebook has the highest user base, with 57.33% of people using the platform as of April 2021 compared to 49.73% of Facebook users in April 2020.

Penetration of social media in Indonesia has been experiencing an all-time high since the breakout of the pandemic. Many regional celebrities and pivotal figures of the globe have a social presence that navigates through various levels of society. Both government and non-government entities accurately use social media to address and respond to the existing economic impact. It is remarkable how a medium of shared awareness has successfully turned into a joint action of sorts. It will not be wrong to say that when the world stands divided by social distancing, it is social media that unites.

This article is written by Devinder Sharma, Twitter partner director at Httpool Indonesia.

Httpool is an Aleph Holding company, representing leading digital media platforms across Europe and Asia. It supports their growth as well as drives business results for traditional and native advertisers across more than 30 markets.
Technology Featured South Asia

Criteo appoints Httpool as official ad sales partner in India

New Delhi, India – Adtech Criteo has announced that it has partnered with cross-channel ad network Httpool to be its official ad sales partner in India.

Through Criteo’s Ad Sales Partner Program with Httpool, Criteo is further accelerating its growth in India, providing full-funnel marketing solutions aimed at driving profits and sales for retailers and brands.

The partnership comes in response as Criteo is continually evolving to be a leading commerce media platform and driving its growth through machine-learning and AI technology, data and performance at scale, and measurable ROI for brands, retailers, and agencies.

“We are pleased to announce the official Ad Sales partnership with Httpool in India and Indonesia. We look forward to extending our support further and equipping marketers in these growing markets with Criteo’s trusted and impactful advertising solutions through this partnership,” said Taranjeet Singh, managing director of SEA and India at Criteo.

The partnership is also valid for their Indonesian presence, as Httpool supports Criteo’s growth that drives business results for traditional and native advertisers to ensure they achieve their business and marketing objectives.

“We are extremely excited to be the ad sales partner for Criteo. It’s one of the very few technology platforms that can successfully build a vast network of publishers with the ability to target online shoppers based on their interests and behavior. Together, we aim to extend the platform to every advertiser by providing our best-dedicated team and ensuring we support advertisers at every stage,” Pankaj Jain, partner director for Native India and SEA at Httpool commented.

Httpool has cemented its presence in the Indian market after it partnered with in-game ad firm Bidstack last October 2020 for expansion of brands and media platform relationships internationally.

Marketing Featured Global

In-game ad firm Bidstack extends market with new local, global tie-ups

London, United Kingdom – In-game advertising company Bidstack recently announced a new partner network with media partner platform Httpool and elite esports service agency GIMA Esports in the hopes of broadening up relationships to more brands and media platforms internationally.

Httpool’s partnership will mean an exclusive commercial focus on the Indian market. With a diverse portfolio of media partners and brands internationally, Bidstack aims at localizing its market expansion within the Indian esports culture.

On the other hand, GIMA Esports’ inclusion means a more diversified launch platform for Bidstack, offering services such as media partnerships, influencer, and brand activation. The esports agency has been responsible for maintaining esport relationships across US and MENA, with brands such as Twitch, Riot Games, and Hyper X joining their growing client portfolio.

Since the global pandemic started, advertisers have since then shifted their focus to gaming and esports channels as a viable marketing stream. With this, Bidstack hopes that such partner networks would help marketers create brand-safe and relevant ad campaigns within the esports culture.

“Shifts in media consumption globally are making it harder for advertisers to reach their audiences and there has been a significant industry-wide discussion about how these changes could be here to stay,” said Yasin Dabhelia, Bidstack’s global demand partnerships director.

As for Httpool, Amit Gupta, managing partner for Httpool India stated, “Marketers today are increasingly focussing on gaming and esports as a marketing channel. This has become even more obvious during lockdowns. And so, partnering with Bidstack has come at the right time. It creates an opportunity for us to actively participate in the discussion around how to activate the gaming space in the most authentic way and figure out the best ways to talk to gamers”.

Platforms Featured Southeast Asia

Ad manager Httpool to offer GrabAds in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar

Indonesia – Ad manager Httpool announced that it will now start offering GrabAds in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar.

Southeast Asia super app Grab offers advertisers an advertising opportunity through GrabAds, an online-to-offline (O2O) platform for brands to engage with Southeast Asian consumers across eight countries.

Httpool Managing Director for APAC Sunny Nagpal said that offering GrabAds in the region will open avenues for brands and advertising agencies to leverage their data capabilities and local market insights.

“GrabAds relies on unique insights from its millions of users and allows advertisers to connect with their audience in the right place at the right time,” said Nagpal.