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Bidstack Group PLC
24 June 2019
24 June 2019
Bidstack Group PLC ("Bidstack" or "the Company")
Results of Independent Study by Lumen Research
Bidstack Group plc (AIM: BIDS.L), the native in-game advertising group, is pleased to announce the results of an independent study commissioned by Bidstack which used eye tracking technology to measure and predict visual engagement with advertisements across several of its gaming titles.
The study was carried out by Lumen Research Limited, an attention technology company which has developed eye tracking software. Eye tracking offers a scientific and objective measure of the reality of attention. Instead of asking questions about what people thought they saw, Lumen's technology monitors what they actually looked at.
The study was designed to discover how much attention Bidstack adverts receive during a typical gamer session, to identify the kind of in-game ads that perform best and to compare native in-game advertising to digital browsing norms.
The results of the study were extremely positive for Bidstack. Bidstack's ads outperformed online browsing norms across all the titles tested, in some cases by more than double. When gamers who play every day interacted with Bidstack's ads they performed well above industry standards - demonstrating their value as an audience.
James Draper, CEO of Bidstack, commented, "We are thrilled with the outcome of this study which gives us independent proof that our product works in a demonstrable way for our clients.
"The results indicate that our advertising inventory outperforms display advertising in terms of brand recall, when exposed to a gaming audience which is an incredible result for the new industry and vertical we are building. "We are working to create a net new advertising category and, in doing so, media planners across the world will begin to recognise native in-game advertising alongside existing categories such as out of home or online display advertising.
"Bidstack is working through a number of independent viewability, brand safety and verification studies - to showcase the impact of our inventory.
"This study has helped us to understand where the premium placements are in-game and to refine our creative guidelines by game and environment, for example football vs racing games. This continued research is helping us define viewability in our various gaming environments and to evolve our programmatic pricing structure.
The positive results have come at a good time for the business and represent another step forward in our development along with our recent award of a DTSG Brand Safety Seal."
Mike Follett Managing Director at Lumen Research, said: "We were really excited about the opportunity to work with Bidstack as gaming is a growing media channel with relatively little existing research. As attention specialists, we worked closely with the Bidstack team to understand the nuances of their inventory and grasp how their audience interact with their in-game ads.
"Our bespoke approach involved utilising our proprietary eye tracking software across a diverse demographic sample, with an even gender split and an 18-65+ age range.
"Our objective was to measure in-game attention, identify the ads that performed best and benchmark the results against digital browsing norms. The findings showed consistent engagement rates from participants and that, crucially, for "every day gamers" Bidstack's ads outperformed online browsing norms in all of their titles."
Bidstack Group PLC
James Draper, CEO +44 (0) 7850 341 885
SPARK Advisory Partners Limited (Nomad)
Mark Brady/Neil Baldwin/James Keeshan +44 (0) 203 368 3550
Peterhouse Capital Limited (Broker)
Eran Zucker/Lucy Williams/Duncan Vasey +44 (0) 20 7409 0930
Notes to editors
Bidstack is an advertising technology company which provides dynamic, targeted and automated native in-game advertising for the global video games industry across multiple platforms. Its proprietary API technology is capable of inserting adverts into natural advertising space within video games across multiple video games platforms (mobile, PC and console).
Bidstack's customers are games publishers and developers and advertising agencies, brands and programmatic advertising platforms. Bidstack contracts exclusive access to the native in-game advertising space within video games from their developers or publishers and sells that advertising space either direct to specific brands and their agencies or through programmatic advertising platforms.
The Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) was set up in 2012 to bring the industry together to propose guidelines aimed at significantly reducing the risk of misplacement of advertising across the digital trading ecosystem.
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