SOURCE: JiWire

JiWire

November 23, 2010 08:46 ET

JiWire Acquires NearbyNow to Accelerate Location-Based Media Platform

Combination Provides Larger Scale to Location-Based Advertising and Extensive Retail Technology and Expertise

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 23, 2010) - JiWire, the leading location-based mobile media company reaching the On-The-Go Audience, today announced that it has purchased NearbyNow. The acquisition accelerates the expansion of JiWire's extensive location-based media channel across Wi-Fi and mobile with the addition of industry-leading location technology. The combination of JiWire's broad location-based audience, which gives advertisers access to over 35 million monthly uniques, and NearbyNow's sophisticated mobile location technology and deep expertise in retail and mobile merchandising will create a new set of location-based advertising opportunities for major brands. This complements JiWire's client roster of leading Fortune 500 brands such as Buick, Hyatt Place, Jeep, Microsoft and Virgin America.

Going well beyond the very simple geo-location "check-in," NearbyNow enables brands to show users current product catalogues, and even whether a product is currently in-stock at a specific nearby store. To further drive conversions, NearbyNow's technology allows brands to offer loyal customers a mobile concierge service that confirms product availability at local stores and then places them on-hold for later pick-up. For example, a Seventeen Magazine mobile app user sees an ad for her favorite boots online and instantly checks local inventory. If they are in-stock, the shopper reserves the boots and they are ready at the counter when she arrives. This platform is the first ever to track both online and in-store sales, offering a turnkey solution to attract, measure and advertise to lucrative mobile shoppers. It has seen outstanding ad click-though rates of more than 20 percent and conversion-to-purchase average rates of 5.8 percent. NearbyNow has had great successes working with large retail customers such as Nike, Levi's, Estee Lauder, Hearst, Macy's and Nordstrom, adding to JiWire's repertoire of Fortune 500 brands.

"Brands and retailers are leaving a lot on the table if you are just targeting consumers that are already in stores. To grow your business, you want location-based media that reaches new people and drives new revenue," said David Courtney, CEO of JiWire. "We are regularly seeing seven-figure location-based advertising buys with brands that seek deep engagement with their on-the-go customers. With our 35 million unique consumers a month, these are location campaigns that clearly meet national brands' needs for a smart combination of both local relevancy and national scale."

JiWire plans to combine its existing location-based advertising platform that runs across Wi-Fi and mobile for devices such as iPads, smartphones and laptops with NearbyNow's ad platform to increase ways in which advertisers can reach new local customers at scale and drive in-store conversions. The company is already working on new location-based products that leverage the combined capabilities of both platforms.

"The era of location is upon us. It's not about 'mobile' versus 'display ad,' it's about delivering relevant location-based advertising across all media types. The brands that can do this at scale will reap the rewards of the $1 trillion opportunity created by consumers who use online and mobile to influence their offline purchasing," said Scott Dunlap, founder of NearbyNow and vice president of Mobile Business Development at JiWire.

With NearbyNow, JiWire gets access to nearly 3 million mobile shoppers using apps from lifestyle brands such as GQ, Brides, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, and more.

About JiWire
JiWire is the leader in connecting advertisers to today's On-The-Go Mobile Audience, using the world's largest location-based interactive media channel. JiWire's platform enables advertisers to identify and deliver ads to audience segments based on a person's physical location while taking the venue type and brand into account. JiWire also allows wireless broadband network hosts and device manufacturers to leverage advertising as a currency for wireless Internet access. With a goal of engaging users however they connect to the Internet while on the go, JiWire provides a cross-channel solution that extends location-based targeting to multiple devices, from laptops to smartphones, across content channels from Wi-Fi to the Internet to mobile. For more information, please visit www.JiWire.com or call (415) 877-4711.