Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) in NY, G├╝tersloh and Berlin
BDMI invests in online ad optimizer Adspert 
Automated optimization of online advertising campaigns using stock market algorithms

Berlin, Nov. 23, 2011

Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI) is investing a six-figure sum in Bidmanagement GmbH, a Berlin-based start-up founded in 2010. Under the Adspert brand, this company offers mathematical and statistical software that automatically manages and optimizes online campaigns by adjusting bids for search terms (keywords) and placements (display ads). Using a mathematical model that is also used in stock market trading, the software increases conversion rates and makes search and display advertising campaigns more profitable. The Adspert algorithm analyzes real-time data and measures the effectiveness of ads, keywords and placements. It then uses these results as a basis to optimize campaigns on an ongoing basis.

The newly developed system’s statistical computation model boosts performance both with large and smaller amounts of data. It is designed for advertisers of all sizes. No software installation is required: Adspert is web-based, runs automatically and is self-learning, allowing advertisers to focus on strategy and creation. Adspert can currently be used for Google Adwords (Search & Display), and an expansion of the offer to other advertising platforms such as Facebook and Bing is being planned. Adspert’s technology is also available as a fully automated module that can be integrated into existing e-commerce platforms, enabling providers of online shop solutions to offer their customers added value without a great expense.

Tobias Schirmer, investment manager at BDMI, looks forward to working with the young company: "Adspert is an innovative product that creates win-win situations. We believe in the potential of this company, which is a perfect addition to our portfolio of up-and-coming young digital firms."

Adspert CEO Marcel Pirlich sees great potential in the strategic investment: "BDMI is the right partner at the right time for us. With this infusion of capital and association with the Bertelsmann global media group, Adspert is well equipped for the internationalization of its business." Pirlich has 10 years of experience in the telecommunications and media industries. He previously worked at Arvato Mobile, E-Plus and most recently as German CEO of ZED. Harald Bartel, CTO, is responsible for the development of the software as well as the models and their statistical components. Stephanie Richter, COO, is responsible for the project and product management as well as the company's financial controlling.

About Bidmanagement GmbH and Adspert
Bidmanagement GmbH was founded in 2010 by Marcel Pirlich (CEO), Harald Bartel (CTO) and Stephanie Richter (COO). Under the Adspert brand, they sell mathematical-statistical software that manages and automatically optimizes online advertising campaigns. The campaigns are checked five times a day based on a calculation model that analyzes search terms (keywords) and placements (display ads). In this way Adspert makes search and display campaigns more profitable.

Bidmanagement GmbH
Marcel Pirlich, CEO
Chauseestr. 22, D-10115 Berlin, Germany

About Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI)

BDMI is a strategic venture investor focused on innovative digital media technologies, products and distribution channels worldwide. Drawing upon the vast resources of its parent firm, Bertelsmann AG, BDMI brings emerging companies a wealth of experience and opportunities. The fund aims to be a trustworthy partner for companies that can benefit from Bertelsmann’s creative, entrepreneurial spirit and global leadership in media, communications and services. BDMI also invests actively in European seed funds. The fund looks for opportunities to accelerate growth through financial and management resources as well as close connectivity with one or more Bertelsmann divisions. With consolidated revenues of over €15 billion (U.S. $22 billion), Bertelsmann is an international media company encompassing television (RTL Group), book publishing (Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), and outsourcing services (Arvato) in 50 countries.

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