Freestar In The News

AdExchanger | Freestar CEO Kurt Donnell Details Acquisition of Google AMP Monetization Specialist

Ad management solutions provider Freestar announced Wednesday that it acquired UK-based Google AMP monetization company Triple13. Terms of the deal were not made public. However, in a conversation with AdExchanger, Freestar CEO Kurt Donnell disclosed that the deal was fully funded from Freestar’s balance sheet. Freestar will be adding all 15 of Triple13’s employees to its talent pool. Triple13 founder Matthew Whaley will join Freestar as VP of product innovation.

Globe Newswire | Freestar Announces Acquisition of Triple13, Adds Class-Leading Technology and Expands Global Footprint

Freestar, the leading monetization partner for content publishers, e-commerce sites, and app developers, today announced its acquisition of Triple13, a team of programmatic monetization specialists based in London, UK. Founded in 2019, Triple13 quickly became best-in-class at Accelerated Mobile Pages (“AMP”) monetization utilizing its proprietary Prebid server solutions in addition to an innovative price flooring algorithm that optimizes revenue across all digital advertising formats. The deal is the culmination of an extremely successful strategic partnership between the companies that began in early 2021 which consistently drove double digit revenue increases for Freestar publishers when launching the Triple13 solutions.

Communitech | Adtech startup Sortable acquired by U.S. rival

Waterloo Region adtech company Sortable has been acquired by a U.S. competitor looking to scale in the digital ad-management space. Arizona-based Freestar says that Sortable’s technology adds to the company’s existing suite of tools and products, which help content publishers, e-commerce sites and apps increase their revenue through “programmatic advertising” – the automated buying and selling of online advertising.

AdExchanger | How Footer Bidding Can be a Tool to Navigate Core Web Vitals

As we all know, Google’s Core Web Vitals scores and related changes to search result prioritization have thrust site speed and user experience to the forefront for all publishers. Ask any developer at a digital media company why their page loads are slow and they will almost always point to the ads. Since completely removing ads from the internet obviously isn’t the answer, finding the right balance between site speed and monetization is key. Interestingly, a solution I came up with nearly five years ago can be a great tool to navigate Google’s most recent updates.

AdExchanger | Freestar Acquires Sortable To Strengthen Publisher Offering

The ad management space is consolidating. Freestar acquired Sortable Wednesday in a deal that expands Freestar’s inventory by 30% and increases its staff from 90 to 130 people. The acquisition is “completely additive” on multiple fronts, Freestar CEO Kurt Donnell said. The two companies have zero client overlap since ad management firms form exclusive relationships with publishers to manage their advertising. With the deal, Freestar will approach 1,000 publisher clients. All of Sortable’s staff will join Freestar.

Global News Wire | Freestar lands on the 2021 Inc. 5000 List for its Third Year in a Row

PHOENIX, Aug. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Freestar, the leading monetization partner for content publishers, e-commerce sites, and app developers, announced today that it has earned another spot on the annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S, for the third year in a row coming in at No. 807. Its three-year revenue growth rate of 601% allowed the company to be one of only two companies in the last fifteen years to stay in the top 1,000 each year after earning a No. 1 ranking.

Adweek | ‘Business Is Strong:’ Some Publishers’ Returning Ad Dollars Exceed Expectations

The always volatile digital advertising market seems to be on an upswing as large publishers are seeing dollars return after a dreadful 2020. But with sweeping changes to ad targeting only months away, publisher and marketers’ direct sales conversations have added urgency. The beginning of the pandemic saw massive drops in ad revenue as cautious advertisers pulled out of an uncertain market. Plus, rampant block-listing of news related to Covid-19, which marketers deemed unsafe for their brands, meant publishers weren’t fully monetizing their highly-trafficked content.

Digiday | ‘We’re out there hitting the pavement’: Ad management firms scoop up sites ahead of cookie changes

"As ad buyers and sellers brace themselves for the coming cookie changes, companies that built businesses out on media’s long tail now find themselves closer to the center of the action. Over the past year, ad management platforms such as Freestar and Mediavine have been beefing up their outreach efforts to recruit more publishers as well as advertisers, exploring partnerships with large DSPs and other platforms around identifiers, even joining the early trials of the products coming out of Google’s privacy sandbox."