Reddit to contextualize conversations for advertisers with Spiketrap acquisition

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Reddit at present introduced the acquisition of an viewers intelligence and contextualization firm referred to as Spiketrap. The phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed.

With greater than 100,000 lively communities and a variety of conversations, Reddit has turn out to be a well-liked vacation spot for promoting. The firm has been engaged on methods to assist companies attain related and leaned-in audiences, and now, as a part of the identical effort, it’s bringing Spiketrap’s know-how and folks underneath its umbrella. 

What does Spiketrap do?

Founded in 2016 and headquartered in California, Spiketrap empowers manufacturers within the media and gaming industries with bespoke viewers intelligence and media instruments. 

Under the previous, the corporate makes use of synthetic intelligence (AI) to extract helpful indicators from a wealth of unstructured datasets and delivers viewers insights, social media insights, aggressive intelligence and affect measurement to advertisers. It provides unparalleled viewers readability and context, significantly inside high-velocity on-line environments, the corporate says. 


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Meanwhile, the media instruments function the follow-up providing, enabling corporations to act on that readability and context to drive higher engagement.

Spiketrap has not shared the names of the shoppers it has labored with however the firm claims to have seen vital demand in its goal industries. It additionally raised seed funding again in 2020 from a number of traders, together with Susa, 645, Pathbreaker and Anorak.

How it is a nice deal for Reddit

With this deal, Reddit hopes to deliver Spiketrap’s contextual evaluation and engagement instruments, and the crew behind them, into its advert enterprise. As the corporate explains, the transfer will improve its means to goal customers with adverts primarily based on their conversations and pursuits on the platform, whereas additionally enhancing ad-quality scoring and engagement prediction fashions for auto bidding. 

This will finally enhance advert relevance and efficiency on Reddit, driving greater return on funding and improved options for promoting manufacturers.

“We empower advertisers with the necessary tools to connect with relevant audiences and communities on Reddit. Spiketrap’s superior contextual NLP/ML [natural language processing/machine learning] technology is a great fit for our platform as we move into the next phase of our ads product strategy and expand our advertiser offerings,” a Reddit spokesperson instructed VentureBeat. The crew from Spiketrap has already joined Reddit and can quickly begin supporting and spearheading tasks throughout the advert enterprise, the corporate famous.

Previous strikes for Reddit’s advert enterprise

While the choice to purchase Spiketrap is smart for Reddit, this isn’t the primary time the corporate has made an acquisition to increase its promoting capabilities and drive higher engagement. Previously, it had acquired Spell, a SaaS-based (software-as-a-service) AI platform, to establish and classify contextual relevance of conversations and customise advert placements. Another notable acquisition was that of NLP firm MeaningCloud.

“We believe targeting relevant audiences based on interests, and with the context of the conversations they are engaging in, helps ensure advertisers are reaching the right people in the most efficient ways,” Shariq Rizvi, Reddit EVP of adverts monetization, mentioned. “We have been actively investing in solutions to this end for some time and this acquisition will round out Reddit’s capability, taking it to the next level.”

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