Medula Taps Brightcom to Lead Its Programmatic Digital Advertising

What: Brightcom (formerly known as Ybrant Digital), a global ad tech and multi-channel media company, announced today that Medula, a media company focused on U.S. Hispanic and Latin America markets, will lead and manage all of its programmatic digital advertising across its Owned & Operated properties.
Why It Matters: The partnership will help Brightcom in its effort to open itself up to global advertising partners for cross-country audiences and cross-screen ad sales strategies, and , and provide Brightcom with access to Medula's Spanish language properties.

brightcom-lycos_v2Recent Census bureau data in the U.S. shows that the US-Hispanic population will make up 21% of the country’s population by 2030, and advertisers are racing to acquire the best set of tools to reach these powerful consumers.

As a part of that effort, Medula is now teaming up with Brightcom to take advantage of its multi-channel programmatic products, in order to optimize monetization of its digital inventory for online Hispanics on all devices and levels, including display, video, mobile and social media advertising. Medula’s properties include more than 300 top tier sites including Clarín, La República and La Tercera among others as well substantial U.S. Hispanic traffic.

Brightcom to Provide "Synergistic Uplift of Cross-Device CPMs for Medula"

In a competitive Latin American video market, Brightcom’s mission is to make it easier for publishers, advertisers and other clients to maximize yield across video, display and mobile channels. Powered by Lycos, the company provides proprietary multi-channel advertising products and programmatic advertising solutions and capabilities.

Medula, on the other hand, has proprietary ownership of the largest editorial houses in Latin America as well as the US-Hispanic market. Nonetheless, together, Google and Facebook command more than three quarters of the Video Advertising Market, with publishers and publisher representatives, like Medula, holding a 25% share.

According to Facundo Maldonado, Brightcom’s Managing Director of Latin America & US Hispanic, Brightcom was drawn to the fact that Medula was completely focused on Latin America, and highlighted the owners are media leaders in their respective countries.

"Medula has been an innovative and highly strategic partner of medulaours, epitomizing the modern media company. We expect that when operated in unison, programmatic and direct sales will feed off each other to incrementally raise demand and fill rate for Medula’s inventory,” said Maldonado. “Our programmatic infrastructure, modern ad server, demand facilitation team and family of programmatic buying styles will create a synergistic uplift of cross-device CPMs for Medula.”

Programmatic as Complement to People-Powered Analysis, Insight

Maldonado also made it clear that while the deal is significant for the technological targeting tools that it affords both of them, the human element is still key to reaching key audiences, regardless of the fact that clients will now buy programmatically: “In the end, programmatic is not technology powered.  It is people powered."

Maldonado went on to explain that "Brightcom will lead on traditional sales, serving agencies and brands throughout the region, and now clients will start to buy programmatically.”

Our programmatic infrastructure, modern ad server, demand facilitation team and family of programmatic buying styles will create a synergistic uplift of cross-device CPMs for Medula.

But does programmatic mean eliminating the human element that goes into the buying process? Maldonado clarified that while many see programmatic as a way to automatize the buying process, Brightcom considers it an added resource on top of data analysis and insight mining to improve results.

Maldonado emphasized that all approaches to buying require a comfortable and direct relationship between the publisher and the agency or trading desk. In terms of encouraging clients to get on board with programmatic, he admitted that the effort “requires a lot of transparency and evangelization."

Of course, this challenge is not unique to Brightcom, as mounting pressure to develop unique and differentiated technology for reaching key audiences is shaking up the Video Marketing sector.  In the end, Maldonado sums it up in a short sentence: "Our main challenge is to be closer to our clients."


Gretchen Gardner @gardnergretchen

Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
Gretchen is a communications specialist and owner of GMG Strategic Communications. She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she works with Argentine and international ventures on shaping their content, branding and marketing strategies to position them for success in global markets. She is also a lover of all things information and has worked consistently in journalism since college, most recently as a writer at Portada and as the deputy editor of The Bubble, the first informal, English-language news portal in Buenos Aires. She hails from Washington, D.C. and has a bachelor's degree in history and Hispanic studies from Hamilton College as well as a master's in international relations from the Argentine university Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.

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