MGID, the global advertising platform, today announces it has acquired a majority stake in Metup Native S.r.l., a leading native advertising network in Italy previously owned by MetUp. This deal marks the latest step in MGID’s global expansion plans.
MGID entered the Italian market by partnering with Metup in 2019. Leveraging the technology, data, and expertise of Metup has enabled MGID to enhance its native offering for advertisers and publishers in Italy. So far, the collaboration has enabled MGID to grow reach in the region to over half (55%) of Italy’s digital audience, through partnerships with premium publishers such as liberoquotidiano.it, ilfattoquotidiano.it, ilfoglio.it, iltempo.it, and gds.it.
MGID’s CEO, Sergii Denysenko, commented: “This is our first acquisition, but definitely not our last. We are in constant search of the leading adtech companies that can complement our product offering in local markets. Our purchase of Metup Native was an easy decision to make as not only does the company share the same values as MGID, but their market knowledge – and presence – is hugely impressive. We are looking forward to continuing our work in the Italian market and further developing our client partnerships.”
Shahram Bahadori, CEO of Metup Native S.r.l., said: “Joining MGID is a big milestone for Metup. We look forward to enhancing MGID’s current standing in Italy through our expert team, market knowledge and differentiated product offering, to deliver an unrivaled service for our publisher and advertiser partners.”
Last year, MGID announced that it was expanding in Romania, offering premium online inventory and high-impact positioning for advertising agencies and clients. The native advertising platform shows how, by investing in a captivating and non-intrusive digital strategy, tailored to the individual needs of the consumer at every stage of the sales process, marketers can build trust and ultimately build customer loyalty.
Native advertising provides the mechanism for this approach by providing high quality creative content in a variety of formats, telling an interesting and well-crafted story, educating and informing the audience, and aligning with the customer’s journey across multiple channels.