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APN launches in-house data and analytics capability, Dn’A

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APN launches in-house data and analytics capability, Dn’A


Following JCDecaux’s announced acquisition of APN Outdoor, the Australian OOH company has launched its newest data analytics offering, one it says will maximise the impact and effectiveness of out-of-home advertising.

APN says the software, Dn’A, has been in development for the past three months – informed by data scientists from PwC and data exchange technology platform Data Republic.

“Earlier this year, we made a commitment to the market that we would invest in data innovation to increase the insights we can deliver to advertisers, to make their outdoor campaigns more effective,” says APN Outdoor CEO and MD, James Warburton.

“The first phase of our proprietary capability Dn’A is the result of that promise.”

According to APN, the first phase of the software draws on “attitudinal and behavioural data sources” from Westpac transactional data, Roy Morgan Helix Personas, The Nielsen Company, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and APN Outdoor. The large data set is aimed to create a “campaign planning and optimisation capability based on real-world behaviours.”

APN says more is to be added to Dn’A as it progresses.

“By running Dn’A in-house rather than outsourcing it, we can ensure greater flexibility in terms of responding to our advertisers’ needs, expanding data sets and giving our clients the insights they need to drive greater effectiveness and better results,” continues Warburton.

“Dn’A is built around 34 billion data points – including 4.2 billion transactions – 300 merchant categories, 56 audience segments, 2,500 postcodes, 58,000 geographic areas and 15,000 Census variables.”

Data Republic chief analytics officer, Steve Millward, says, “It’s fantastic to see APN Outdoor develop such a powerful tool using multiple data sources securely exchanged on the Data Republic platform.

“Our partnership with APN Outdoor ensures that maximum insights can be delivered to its clients through safe, multi-party data collaborations, where customer privacy is protected at all times.”

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Josh Loh

Josh Loh is assistant editor at MarketingMag.com.au

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