Singapore – Digital advertising company PubMatic and AI-powered advertising solutions provider Silverpush have announced their strategic partnership that aims to enable brands and advertisers across the Asia Pacific to better connect with their target audiences through data-driven advertising.
The partnership, effective immediately, will allow advertisers to access to important audience data that can be applied on the sell side to bring greater efficiency to their campaigns. Advertisers can also leverage Silverpush’s AI-powered contextual data programmatically through Connect, PubMatic’s audience solution.
Connect will allow advertisers to engage audiences through privacy-compliant solutions that perform without relying on third-party cookies or outdated strategies and enable advertisers to access PubMatic’s premium inventory and use Silverpush’s hyper-contextual targeting.
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Silverpush – together, PubMatic and Silverpush will provide advertisers with a powerful suite of data-driven tools to help them optimize their campaigns and achieve their marketing objectives,” said Brandon Lee, director, addressability APAC at PubMatic.
He also explained that Connect will bring targeting to the sell-side, which means buyers can gain greater control over how their inventory and data are packaged and transacted to drive the best performance for their campaigns.
Raushida Vasaiwala, vice president for APAC at Silverpush, also commented, “We are excited to partner with PubMatic to provide our AI-powered contextual advertising solutions for a wider reach of audience in the APAC market, starting from Indonesia. This partnership will enable advertisers to create highly targeted campaigns that are based on real-time consumer contexts, delivering better campaign results and ROAS.”
Recently, PubMatic has also partnered with real-time data services provider Proximic to launch an ID-less targeting solution for marketers and media companies.
Singapore – Raushida Vasaiwala, the former general manager for Celtra, has been named by adtech Silverpush as its new vice president for Asia-Pacific. Vasaiwala announced the change through a public post on LinkedIn.
“Being an advocate of value-based selling, I wanted to ensure I’m a part of an organisation that solves real marketing problems especially in a diverse region like APAC with a true product market fit,” she said.
Vasaiwala’s experience working with Celtra started off in 2017 when she was appointed as the director of business development for India and Southeast Asia. She was then promoted to the role of general manager in 2018. During that time, she had been responsible for overseeing the company’s business and product adoption through strategic partnerships with brands, publishers, media, and solution providers.
In the past, she’s also held roles in privacy-led data intelligence platform Near and corporate law firm Al Tamimi & Company.
During an exclusive interview for MARKETECH APAC’sEmpowered Women 2022’s series, she explained her desire to continue her trajectory in the marketing and tech industry.
“I grew up in a family of businessmen so entrepreneurship quite comes akin to my nature. So there was this constant internal push of leading business that would help me pursue my varied passion in advertising, brand communication, art, and technology,” she said.
For this month of August, we see a compelling lineup of top stories in MARKETECH APAC all coming from the area of technology and platforms. As usual, top stories from brands serve as proof of the changing consumer behavior in APAC amid the unprecedented wave of digitization.
For one, a Hong Kong startup is responding to the beat of social commerce in Asia where purchasing through social messaging is growing more mature. With a platform that simplifies customer communications for brands across social messaging apps, the SaaS company sees its presence expanding to Singapore and Malaysia.
Another one is mobile gaming in Indonesia. Indonesia is fast earning its name as the market with the strongest mobile engagement in the Asia region, and a report that entered the list presents insights that turn gaming patterns on their head.
Two global adtech platforms have also inducted leaders into new positions of COO, managing director, and into a role helming partner development in order to bolster their presence in APAC. Meanwhile, a recommendation platform for the open web has also unveiled its string of eight new hires for the ANZ, SEA, and APAC region.
Take a look at the top stories this August. Rankings were based on Google Analytics from the period of 16 July to 15 August.
SeekFlow, the Hong Kong-born SaaS start-up that provides an all-in-one social messaging platform for businesses, is expanding to Singapore and Malaysia. SleekFlow streamlines customer communications in social messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and WeChat through a single platform.
Speaking to MARKETECH APAC, Henson Tsai, the founder and CEO of SleekFlow, shared that the company has always been eyeing to make Singapore its regional hub. Aside from Singapore being the headquarters of many brands and companies, the SleekFlow team also found that there are more people familiar with the SEA market in the country compared to those in Hong Kong, making it the “sensible move.”
Tsai also shared that Indonesia is a target market, where SleekFlow found that 80% of people buy on smartphones with only the remaining 20% buying on desktop.
“If you actually compare Asia with Europe or America, you realize for example, in China, that kind of behavior [which is] buying through social commerce is kind of very mature…clicking through products and paying through chat is a very mature behavior. If you look at Southeast Asia, people actually purchase more often on mobile,” said Tsai.
Eveyone has that kind of experience right where they buy something and want to talk to someone first. I think these kinds of feelings make you feel more privileged, you feel more [ advantageous] over your peers because you have someone to talk to.
Following its acquisition of video ad platform SpotX, global sell-side platform Magnite elevates its leadership to realize the combined capabilities of the two platforms.
New leaders include Gavin Buxton, who has been appointed managing director for Asia at Magnite Asia, and Yogesh Sehgal, who will assume the role of head of partner development at Magnite APAC.
Gavin Buxton, previously the managing director for Asia at SpotX, will be holding the same position for Magnite Asia, while Yogesh Sehgal, Magnite’s former regional manager for the region, has been promoted to the role of head of partner development.
Speaking to Juliette Stead, Magnite’s senior vice president and head of JAPAC, in an exclusive interview, she shared that through this fusion, Magnite will be able to solve the needs of publishers more holistically and ensure that they continue to deliver the services and the tech that everybody has already expected from both sides
Magnite and SpotX have been doing so incredibly well for such a long time, and we want to bring that together, and make sure that we’re not just 1 plus 1 equals 2. The way we see it, we’re better together, and to provide even more for the publishers and buyers in the market.
Juliette Stead, SVP and Head, JAPAC, Magnite
Stead also emphasizes the concept of scale that the newly combined capabilities bring about.
“All of these publishers across all of these platforms provide the buy-side with a scalable alternative to walled gardens, that’s also really brand-safe, and that has a targeting and addressable functionality.”
Global adtech Silverpush, known for its AI-powered contextual video technology, has targeted bolstering its global senior leadership by promoting its current chief revenue officer Kartik Mehta to the new role of chief operating officer.
Silverpush, which currently has presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) markets of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, and Thailand; targets to penetrate further into the contextual video advertising and moment marketing space.
Speaking to MARKETECH APAC, Mehta shares that in his role, he will be driving the company’s vision that they have set for themselves, adding that they are also pushing their ‘3.0 Agenda’ or a strategy simply called as ‘Pi’, which stands for partnerships and investment which then leads to acquisitions.
“Essentially, all of what we do is going to revolve around these key things. You know, the digital media industry is growing, and we firmly believe that we need to be true to our vision on what we have set for ourselves, and to be considered as leaders among most-respected companies in the contextual advertising space,” he said.
Part of what Mehta also shared during the exclusive interview surrounds the question of ‘how could we invest in technologies?’, adding that they pose the aforementioned question in a bid to help companies in the region, such as in APAC, who have geographical advantage in their market.
Ever since we started in the adtech space and the privilege we had over the past nine years, we said that everything we’re doing doesn’t rely on any kind of personal identifiers. The technology, which is available today, are eventually what we have progressed hereon, is all very privacy-compliant.
Kartik Mehta, COO, Silverpush
He added, “In terms of APAC perspective, the region today contributes about 65% of the overall company revenue, which means APAC becomes very, very important market for Silverpush in terms of expansion, in terms of what we have to do in our strategy, and within APAC, certain key markets like Southeast Asia and India are going to play a pivotal role in terms of our entire growth strategy.”
In its efforts to bolster the company’s growth and presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market, global recommendation platform Outbrain has signed in eight new hires to serve the diverse needs of clients across said regional market.
Outbrain operates under the premise of generating revenue for online publishers by displaying feeds of content and ads, or boxes of links to pages within a website, that lead to third-party content.
The new hires are led by the new director of sales for SEA, Jovary Jose. He is accompanied then by Nathan Jackson, head of sales APAC at Outbrain; Chermaine Koh, senior account manager at Outbrain; Calista Teo, sales manager for SEA at Outbrain; Daniel Littlepage, director of business operations for APAC; Greg Wood, head of Engage ANZ; Krishan Lal, sales manager for ANZ; Alanna Green, senior account manager for Engage ANZ; and Ana Carolina Garcia, account manager for ANZ.
Speaking to MARKETECH APAC about the latest hires, Jovary states that the company has a strong business growth in the region, noting the latest hires significantly showing a 50% growth of the company’s presence in APAC, focusing more on sales and recommendation teams across the region to support the Outbrain team.
Personally, I’m happy to be involved in Outbrain and growing the APAC team. Coming from a publishing background, I’m thrilled to support quality content and connect advertisers and brands. Again, I love the fact that Outbrain supports publishers, and being from the publisher side for the last decade, the idea of continuing support of publishers like Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and MediaCorp really appealed to me.
Jovary Jose, Director of Sales, Outbrain
Jose also shared in the same exclusive interview that Outbrain is working on a new hire to work with premium publisher partnerships across the APAC region.
“We are excited to continue innovating and building the best native advertising products for publishers and marketers for many more years to come,” he concluded.
With pandemic restrictions largely disrupting normal human activities, it is no wonder that there has been an exponential rise of modern trends and practices among affected markets, including the prevalence of mobile gaming across a wider demographic.
It is no surprise that our top story for this month concerns the ‘powerhouse’ figure of the Indonesian market when it comes to mobile gaming activity and consumption.
In the latest report released by marketing cloud company InMobi, they have found that aside from the new 46% of respondents saying it is their first time venturing into the mobile gaming space, data also shows that 80% of Indonesian respondents say that they commit to playing mobile games at least once or several times in a day, in which interestingly, the 35-44-year-old bracket showing up as the age demographic with the highest commitment.
In an exclusive interview with MARKETECH APAC, Rishi Bedi, general manager and vice president of Southeast Asia, Japan, and Korea at InMobi notes that mobile gaming has seen a steadfast growth in the region from the one and a half years, adding that Southeast Asia alone has 215 million mobile gaming users, and in Indonesia alone, there has been ‘double the growth’ of mobile gaming users in the particular market.
If we look at the analysis of the data, one that we see is the behavioral patterns of the time of usage of the mobile games, which are very different from what it used to be earlier, now consumers are spending more time through the day, [even] as early as 6 AM. Second is that we have seen a shift in demographics, one per se is that the perception of mobile gamers is young men below 25 years of age, but that’s not the case. We see about 60% to 80% of these [mobile gaming] consumers are above 25 years of age.
Rishi Bedi, GM, VP, SEA, Japan, and Korea, InMobi
When asked for advice for marketers looking to tap into this huge online market of online users, he says that one should first leverage the scale and reach of mobile gaming in the target market, noting the transition of their market.
“There is a huge amount of segmentation possible in mobile gaming, there is diversity [where] you could target the right audience and the desired demographics. There are mobile offerings and a range of other elements that you can leverage that are very unique to mobile gaming, featuring elements like interactivity and augmented reality,” Bedi said.
Watch our exclusive interviews with the brands themselves on the latest episode of MARKETECH APAC Reports, now live on our YouTube channel.
Singapore – Silverpush, an adtech known for its AI-powered contextual video technology, has announced a change in their corporate structure, promoting current chief revenue officer Kartik Mehta to the new chief operating officer role, where he has been given the responsibility to spearhead all strategic operational planning and execution at Silverpush with immediate effect.
In his previous role as CRO, he played a pivotal role in expanding Silverpush’s presence in APAC. This helped establish Silverpush as the preferred marketing technology provider for brands like Unilever, Coca Cola, Mondelez, Toyota, among others in the region.
Commenting on his latest role, Mehta said, “Silverpush has been constantly pushing the boundaries of contextual advertising with its technologically advanced capabilities. This has helped us create a profitable entity that not only offers better solutions for clients but also augments brand safety and consumer privacy at the same time. The momentum that we’ve created will only push us forward in the right direction and create a larger footprint in existing & newer markets.”
Mehta’s promotion marks the beginning of a strategic shift for the company towards a planned growth phase in the coming years. Having created a niche for itself since 2012, Silverpush now aims to penetrate further into the contextual video advertising and moment marketing space by adding to their repertoire of AI-backed technology suite that gives brands an advantage over the conventional digital marketing techniques.
“Over the years Kartik has made it his mission to propel Silverpush to new heights and it was only natural that he took the mantle of COO to continue the good work. With our successful expansion in the APAC region, Silverpush showcased its prowess in terms of technological capabilities and contextual intelligence. With Kartik giving direction to our operations, Silverpush will eagerly explore investment and acquisition opportunities in the ad tech space and consolidate our presence beyond the markets we currently serve,” said Hitesh Chawla, founder and CEO at Silverpush.
The company has a global footprint with offices across Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, USA, Dubai, Egypt, Tanzania, Nigeria and South Africa.
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