Andover, MA-based Engage Technologies, a provider of profile-
based Internet marketing solutions, introduced Engage GeoKnowledge, a new Web-
based targeting solution that combines consumer interest profile data with
geographic data information.
The consumer data comes from Engage Knowledge, a Web-wide database currently
containing more than 30 million anonymous consumer interest profiles.
GeoKnowledge allows marketers to focus their programs on specific local
audiences–for example, action movie fans in New York City–and is
intended to enable more meaningful pre-buy and post-buy analysis by
advertisers, the company said.
Engage will roll out GeoKnowledge in three phases.
Phase one, available to its Accipiter AdManager and AdBureau customers as a
plug-in module, gives Web sites the ability to target ads by city, zip code,
state or telephone area code. Also, customers of Engage Precision Profiling
technology can combine consumer interest profile data with geographic
information to further extend their current ad targeting capabilities.
part of the pending merger between Engage and traffic verification firm I/PRO, GeoKnowledge will also be available to
Phase two is a subset offering of Engage Knowledge that combines consumer
profile data with expanded geotargeting information including; county,
country, Designated Market
Area (DMA), International region, Major Metropolitan Area (MMA), and
time zone. This phase of GeoKnowledge is application independent.
Phase three expands on previous versions by offering “intelligent” geographic
targeting, made possible by combining multiple information sources with
geographic-rich, anonymous consumer interest profiles.
“Our challenge was to develop a more sophisticated approach to geotargeting
that could live up to our own standards as well as customer expectations,”
said Paul Schaut, CEO and president of Engage. “That called for us to apply
our core expertise in anonymous in-depth profiling within an expanded universe
of geographic data. This multi-dimensional approach will provide advertisers
and Web site operators with more accurate and useful marketing information. . .
and derive a better return on their investments.”
Phases two and three are targeted for launch in the second and third
quarters. Pricing varies depending on the extent of geotargeting data