Global TV performance analytics provider TVSquared raises £6m

TVTVSquared, the TV ad campaign analytics firm, has raised a further £6m in investment, bringing the total to £15.4m. The latest round was led by private equity partnership, West Coast Capital, and supported by existing investors, including the Scottish Investment Bank.

TVSquared’s platform is used by more than 700 brands and agencies around the world. Its ADvantage measures the impact of TV advertising, providing insights to optimise campaigns for response and maximise the efficiency of marketing spend.

With offices in Edinburgh, London, New York, and Los Angeles, TVSquared recently expanded to Munich with its purchase of wywy. The acquisition brought real-time spot detection technology to ADvantage, making the time-to-TV insights even faster.

“We are delighted at the close of this latest round of funding, which will fuel TVSquared’s global growth,” said Chris van der Kuyl, TVSquared’s chairman. “The support of our current shareholders means that the team can focus on delivering fantastic products to an ever-growing audience.”

Stephen Trombala, Partner at Shepherd and Wedderburn, TVSquared’s corporate law firm, added: “TVSquared’s financing is a testament to its experienced management team, matched with sophisticated European and US investors deploying new capital to accelerate growth. We wish them every success in the future.”

Paul Davidson, a partner at West Coast Capital, commented: “In the two years we have invested in TVSquared, it has established itself as the premier provider of TV advertising analytics for brands, agencies, and networks.

“Its technology, vision, and team are world class, and we look forward to seeing it continue to innovate the way TV can be used as a marketing channel. TVSquared has been a great addition to our strong portfolio of technology businesses.”

The latest round of funding will go in part toward TVSquared’s research and development. Recent product advances include audience-level insights to understand exactly who is responding to TV and optimise spend for those target audiences.

TVSquared also launched SearchSync for syncing spots with paid search. Brands can secure the top search positions in the minutes after the spots air, “taking advantage of high-interest moments and maximising TV-driven response”.

Calum Smeaton, founder and chief executive of TVSquared, said: “We help our rapidly expanding client base hold TV accountable by uncovering exactly how ads drive real-world response. Not only that, we give them the insights to consistently optimise that performance.”

Jennifer Metcalf, director of global media at GoDaddy, commented: “With TVSquared, we measure and optimise our TV investments in the same way we do our digital buys. We know exactly what aspects of the buys are performing, and have the insights to make quick changes to maximise response. We use ADvantage to understand and then optimise our TV across 10-plus markets.”