Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

Symbian Authors: Jack Newton, Kevin Benedict, Matthew Lobas, Shelly Palmer, RealWire News Distribution

News Feed Item

Digital Globe Services Considers AIM for Next Stage of Growth

Digital Globe Services, a leading provider of outsourced online customer acquisition solutions for large, consumer-facing corporations, today announced its intention to launch into Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. N+1 Singer has been appointed as Financial Adviser to assess funding options for the expansion, which may include a flotation on AIM.

Jeff Cox, Founder and Chief Executive of DGS, commented, “We believe our market leading technology and expertise in paid search and online customer acquisition places us at the forefront of a vast and rapidly growing market. With our blue chip customer base and strong financial position we are confident in our ability to replicate our successes in the US telecoms market into other verticals and territories.

“There is clearly a growing momentum in the number of technology companies joining the UK market via AIM and we believe this could provide a credible home for our business, raising our profile internationally and supporting our launch into European and Latin America markets as well as into new verticals.”

Overview of DGS

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Colorado, USA, DGS employs over 430 staff both in North America and internationally. The Company currently has over 30 customers globally, many of which are in the US Fortune 500. DGS is a specialist provider of online customer acquisition solutions, through the delivery of optimised paid search, websites and call centre support.

DGS is seeking to establish itself as the leading provider of outsourced online customer acquisition services through its focus on having the premier technology platform for pricing and procuring paid search advertising on a cost effective basis. The Company has been consistently profitable every quarter since 2009, establishing a track record of increasing revenue, profitability, and cash generation, with these metrics and shareholder dividends showing annual growth rates in excess of 40%. The Company believes that medium term revenue growth in the region of 20-30% per annum will be sustainable.

What is Paid Search?

Search providers, such as Google, Yahoo, etc. typically provide advertisers with the opportunity, in exchange for a fee, to position search results or advertisements in response to specific search terms that users enter. In such “paid search” or “sponsored search” opportunities, the search provider will undertake an auction, in real time, for the key search terms which prospective advertisers will compete for in order to have their advertising or search results displayed. DGS uses its proprietary technology and database to enter bids in these auctions at price levels that seek to maximize DGS’s profitability and deliver the highest quality customers to DGS’s clients.

The Directors believe that DGS’s proprietary technology and databases, which include information on over 10 million search terms in over 6,000 geographic locations developed over five years, allow the Company a key source of competitive advantage within its industry.

In addition, DGS provides outsourced call centre and online services in order to respond to client customers who have followed a paid search link and registered their interest in the client’s offering. By optimising the results of paid search advertising, DGS is able to efficiently and cost effectively draw customers to DGS’s estate of web and contact centre properties. By further managing the process of converting these interested customers to paying customers, DGS provides considerable value in terms of ROI for advertisers seeking to acquire new customers.

The Market for Paid Search

Internet advertising, and paid search in particular, is a significant and fast growing global market. In calendar year 2011, corporations spent approximately $94 billion on Internet advertising out of which approximately 49%, or $46 billion was spent on paid search. Gartner projects that this amount will increase to approximately $138 billion by 2016, reflecting a compound growth rate in excess of 40% over the next three years.

DGS estimates that currently only 10% of the paid search market is outsourced to specialists such as DGS on a “fee per sale” commercial model. The balance is either not optimized to the level provided by the DGS, or advised or managed by third party providers that operate on a “percentage of spend” or “retainer” model. In a percentage of spend model, third parties will contract with companies to acquire paid search advertising in exchange for a percentage of the aggregate amount spent by the buyer. In a retainer model, third parties will contract to provide procurement and optimization services on a time and efforts or other fixed price basis.

DGS believes that both percentage of spend and retainer models do not align the interests of the corporate buyers of paid search advertising with the paid search service provider. DGS further believes that, over time, an increasing proportion of the overall paid search spend by companies will migrate towards providers such as DGS because of the greater transparency and clear return on expenditure provided by the fee per sale model.

A growing component of DGS’s paid search advertising has been procured for mobile devices. In fiscal year 2011 such mobile advertising accounted for approximately 25% of all DGS’s advertising dollar volume. This grew to approximately 55% of DGS advertising in fiscal year 2012.

Expansion of DGS

To date, DGS has focused on providing its solutions to US corporations operating in the telecommunications sector; all of the fifteen largest cable telecommunications companies (as measured by revenue) acquire customers through DGS. The Company believes the international market for its services to be significant and has begun exploring expansion opportunities.

DGS already has contracted with several clients in Mexico and is in the process of expanding more broadly into the Latin American marketplace. The Company is also in the process of establishing operations in Europe, with an initial focus on the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Finally, the Company is in exploratory stages of developing a market entry strategy for Asia-Pacific with material revenues targeted for 2015. These territories have been selected because of their strong telecommunications brands, competitive landscape and the shift in consumer purchasing behavior from more traditional marketing to internet marketing.

The Company is also expanding beyond its initial focus on telecommunications clients with expansion into adjacent markets such as energy utilities, education, financial services and other consumer facing industries that are seeking to optimize their online customer acquisition efforts. The Company has recently launched in the deregulated electricity utility sector in North America. The Company believes that a material proportion of its revenue will be derived from customers outside of the global telecoms sector by early 2015.

Key People

Jeff Cox, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, has over twenty years of wireless and cable sales and operations experience and has held executive positions in sales channel development and execution, on and off-line marketing programs and call center sales and operations for some of the world's most recognized brands. Jeff has held executive management positions at Charter Communications and senior management positions at mobile phone operator AirTouch (acquired by Verizon). Jeff holds a BS in Psychology from San Diego State University.

Bruce Casely, Chief Financial Officer, is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. He has worked in banking, finance, M&A, investment, corporate advisory and strategy roles for more than twenty years. Bruce has held executive and management roles for The Bank of Scotland, Rothschild, Ernst & Young, a global brewer and a private equity firm. He has held various board directorships. Bruce holds a BA in Commerce from The Robert Gordon University and an MCIBS in Banking from Napier University.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of streaming data in the cloud with an enterprise grade SLA. It features built-in integration with Azur...
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
With the proliferation of connected devices underpinning new Internet of Things systems, Brandon Schulz, Director of Luxoft IoT – Retail, will be looking at the transformation of the retail customer experience in brick and mortar stores in his session at @ThingsExpo. Questions he will address include: Will beacons drop to the wayside like QR codes, or be a proximity-based profit driver? How will the customer experience change in stores of all types when everything can be instrumented and analyzed? As an area of investment, how might a retail company move towards an innovation methodolo...
Consumer IoT applications provide data about the user that just doesn’t exist in traditional PC or mobile web applications. This rich data, or “context,” enables the highly personalized consumer experiences that characterize many consumer IoT apps. This same data is also providing brands with unprecedented insight into how their connected products are being used, while, at the same time, powering highly targeted engagement and marketing opportunities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nathan Treloar, President and COO of Bebaio, will explore examples of brands transforming their businesses by t...
SYS-CON Events announced today that HPM Networks will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For 20 years, HPM Networks has been integrating technology solutions that solve complex business challenges. HPM Networks has designed solutions for both SMB and enterprise customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
A producer of the first smartphones and tablets, presenter Lee M. Williams will talk about how he is now applying his experience in mobile technology to the design and development of the next generation of Environmental and Sustainability Services at ETwater. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lee Williams, COO of ETwater, will talk about how he is now applying his experience in mobile technology to the design and development of the next generation of Environmental and Sustainability Services at ETwater.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Micron Technology, Inc., a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of technology leadership, Micron's memory solutions enable the world's most innovative computing, consumer,...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Pythian, a global IT services company specializing in helping companies leverage disruptive technologies to optimize revenue-generating systems, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 17th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Founded in 1997, Pythian is a global IT services company that helps companies compete by adopting disruptive technologies such as cloud, Big Data, advanced analytics, and DevOps to advance innovation and increase agility. Specializing in designing, imple...
While many app developers are comfortable building apps for the smartphone, there is a whole new world out there. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Narayan Sainaney, Co-founder and CTO of Mojio, will discuss how the business case for connected car apps is growing and, with open platform companies having already done the heavy lifting, there really is no barrier to entry.
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Through WebRTC, audio and video communications are being embedded more easily than ever into applications, helping carriers, enterprises and independent software vendors deliver greater functionality to their end users. With today’s business world increasingly focused on outcomes, users’ growing calls for ease of use, and businesses craving smarter, tighter integration, what’s the next step in delivering a richer, more immersive experience? That richer, more fully integrated experience comes about through a Communications Platform as a Service which allows for messaging, screen sharing, video...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IceWarp will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IceWarp, the leader of cloud and on-premise messaging, delivers secured email, chat, documents, conferencing and collaboration to today's mobile workforce, all in one unified interface
The Internet of Things (IoT) is about the digitization of physical assets including sensors, devices, machines, gateways, and the network. It creates possibilities for significant value creation and new revenue generating business models via data democratization and ubiquitous analytics across IoT networks. The explosion of data in all forms in IoT requires a more robust and broader lens in order to enable smarter timely actions and better outcomes. Business operations become the key driver of IoT applications and projects. Business operations, IT, and data scientists need advanced analytics t...
Akana has announced the availability of the new Akana Healthcare Solution. The API-driven solution helps healthcare organizations accelerate their transition to being secure, digitally interoperable businesses. It leverages the Health Level Seven International Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (HL7 FHIR) standard to enable broader business use of medical data. Akana developed the Healthcare Solution in response to healthcare businesses that want to increase electronic, multi-device access to health records while reducing operating costs and complying with government regulations.
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducted a live demonstration of how quickly application development can happen when the need to comply wit...
The Internet of Everything (IoE) brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before – transforming information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. IoE creates new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented opportunities to improve business and government operations, decision making and mission support capabilities.
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...