FreakOut Acquires Spice Lab To Enable Brand Advertisers To Tap Into One Of The Largest Female Consumer Platforms ~FreakOut expands consumer marketing solutions suite targeting women in Southeast Asia~

Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam – FreakOut, the global marketing technology company, part of FreakOut Holdings [TSE:6094], has announced its acquisition of Spice Lab Pte. Ltd, one of the largest female-focused media companies operating in Thailand and Vietnam.

Headquartered in Singapore, Spice Lab Pte. Ltd specializes in consumer marketing for the cosmetics and fashion industries and targets trend-conscious, millennial generation girls and women in the Southeast Asian region. Spice Lab was previously owned by Drecom Co., Ltd.

Spice Lab’s online magazine ‘Spice’ is a popular digital channel that successfully targets female readers in Thailand and Vietnam. Brand advertisers now have access to FreakOut’s mobile-first publishing platform that hosts 87% of Next Gen women readers, with a reach of 20million page views per month and a social media presence of over 2.5 million followers. Through the Spice platform, FreakOut can provide content marketing solutions by running clients’ video campaigns and employing influencers with a focus on major cosmetics and fashion brands in both, domestic and overseas markets. The platform already works with more than 200 brands and advertising agencies.

Through this acquisition, FreakOut will expand its proprietary media solutions in addition to its native AdTech and trading desk programmatic businesses. FreakOut will also strengthen its consumer marketing offering for brands targeting Next Gen female consumers in Southeast Asia. Through a mutually beneficial collaboration FreakOut and Spice Lab will gain a competitive advantage through the growth and harnessing of subject matter expertise, resources and technology on both sides in this joint operation setup.

Furthermore, FreakOut will be able to provide content solutions to brand advertisers who target both, female (i.e. Spice) and male (i.e. Pepper) audiences, with a single objective in mind – targeting the right audience, with the right message, on the right platform at the right time. FreakOut will continue to evolve based on Spice Lab’s technology, thereby developing new websites in other categories such as parenting, travel, and others. As a global AdTech company, FreakOut aims to onboard new technology from its partners to enhance brand advertisers’ marketing campaigns and help them meet their business goals and objectives.

Commenting on the acquisition, Narayan Murthy Ivaturi, COO & Board Director, FreakOut AdTech Business said:
“Having worked many years in the native space, we at FreakOut had a lot of exposure to clients having a tough task in sourcing right, good quality content to communicate their brand message that resonates with their target group. We started this journey a few years ago when we first invested in Spice Lab and started supporting them with monetization opportunities. This acquisition brings that effort to the next level when we take the next big step into “Content Business”. We are very excited to have Spice team join our family and look forward to solve some pertinent creative, content challenges that our clients face in these markets.”

This acquisition is scheduled to be completed by Thursday, February 28, 2019.

About FreakOut

FreakOut is a global marketing technology company with programmatic solutions [DSP, SSP] delivering in-feed display and in-feed video formats across 3,000 publishers. With its global headquarters in Singapore, FreakOut consists of more than 600 employees in 18 offices across 16 countries, spread throughout Asia Pacific, Middle East and Europe. Each office is committed to service the digital marketing needs of both, advertisers and publishers, based on our unique and edgy value “Dance First. Play Different”. FreakOut is part of FreakOut Holdings Inc, which is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange [TSE:6094] and oversees the media investment management sector for FreakOut.

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About Spice Lab Pte. Ltd

Spice Lab is one of the largest female-focused online media companies in Southeast Asia and the owner of ‘Spice’ and ‘Pepper’ online magazines that predominantly focus on and serve female and male millennial generation audiences with the latest news on fashion and cosmetics trends. Spice Lab was established in July 2017 with its global headquarters in Singapore and as a subsidiary of Drecom Co., Ltd. It engages in media and online marketing business operating in Thailand and Vietnam in the Southeast Asia.
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