Argaam Appoints Connect Ads as Sole Representative for Digital Media Solutions in the Arab Region

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Dubai- April 2, 2015 – Connect Ads, a leading digital media and technology solutions provider, today announced that it partnered with Argaam portal, a business and capital markets website, to become its sole representative in the Arab Region. Through this exclusive partnership in the MENA region, Connect Ads confirms its digital leadership and continues its steady growth in the region’s online sector.

Argaam joins the list of global and regional pioneers in the digital sector that have appointed Connect Ads as the sole representative for their digital media solutions. Top international and regional brands can now engage with millions of consumers in the GCC, Egypt and the region through Connect Ads’ portfolio of leading online properties. This agreement is the first exclusive partnership with a specialised portal in the economic and financial information and news sector.

Mohamed El Mehairy, the Managing Director of Connect Ads, an OTVentures portfolio company, said: “The partnership with Argaam portal is another significant milestone in the company’s regional reach and adds yet another quality offering to our customers in the region in terms of reach and communication with consumers.”

He added: “Connect Ads is committed to empowering companies to communicate with their audiences through multimedia and digital media. Argaam is considered one of the most important digital platforms focused on economic and financial industries, and it provides readers with the latest and most comprehensive economic and stock market news. The huge and dedicated followers’ base of Argaam is highly sought after by advertisers.”

Argaam records more than 400,000 visitors a day and more than 60 million page views per month. The total number of monthly unique visitors is in the range of three million visitors. Each visit is timed 20 minutes, and is considered one of the best timings for sites with Arabic content.

Islam Zween, CEO of Argaam said: “The industry has witnessed a significant growth in online advertisements. Argaam has been working on expanding its online presence by attracting a wider range of international and regional brands to our portfolio. Our latest partnership with Connect Ads is in line with this strategy. Its strong regional and local network can develop new and diverse advertising models for brands interested to enter the Saudi market.”

Mohamed El Mehairy said: “Digital advertising in the Middle East and Africa is heading north. The market is ripe for expansion, and digital ad spending stands at $1.5 billion this year, just over 1 percent of the $117.60 billion worldwide total. We know that user numbers are expected to surge in the coming few years and so is the digital advertising spend, and we will be there with our partners and clients to make things happen.”

A study on online advertising spend in the region conducted by the Electronic Market Economy Center in Cairo stated that Saudi Arabia comes second place after the UAE, with Egypt in third place. The study showed that online advertising stood at around US$1.5 billion annually and is expected to double in the next year.

Managing digital advertising business both exclusively and non-exclusively for more than 100 international and local sites, Connect Ads has today become one of the regional leaders in digital advertising, representing globally admired brands. With the addition of Argaam, the number one financial, economic and stock markets website in the Kingdom, Connect Ads can now offer clients a new, attractive channel to expand their brand outreach.

About Connect Ads
Connect Ads is a pioneering Digital Advertising Solutions Provider in the MENA region and a subsidiary of OTVentures, a leading digital and technology solutions provider for both online and mobile platforms.

Officially launched in 2002 with a handful of digital advertising specialists, Connect Ads was first established as a digital marketing division of LINKdotNET, the Egyptian leading Internet Service and Solutions Provider. Connect Ads then became a fully-fledged, stand-alone company that pioneered the digital marketing space in Egypt and the region.

Today, it boasts more than 100 highly experienced professionals across the spectrum of the digital advertising world and enjoy exclusive partnerships with MSN, Windows Live and Skype, and Linkonline properties. Connect Ads currently owns several specialized regional operations, all working in the digital sphere. These include SearchWorx, a performance based marketing agency specializing in SEM, SEO and PPC models amongst others, Sharebox for digital activations and Tattlr, a social media arm offering platform building, presence engagement, and analytics services.
Managing online advertising content non-exclusively for more than 100 international sites, Connect Ads has today become one of the regional leaders in digital advertising. The company also represents some of the major worldwide networks, in addition to many other regional and local properties, on an exclusive basis.

Connect Ads currently covers 13 markets through its seven regional offices, namely, Cairo, Egypt (HQ); Dubai, UAE; Jeddah and Riyadh, KSA; Casablanca, Morocco; Karachi, Pakistan; Doha, Qatar; and Istanbut, Turkey.

To know more about Connect Ads please visit: www.connectads.com or follow us on Twitter: @Connect_Ads

About OTVentures
OTVentures creates a powerful customer experience through its online and mobile solutions portfolio. OTVentures empowers brands, governments, and consumers through a diverse blend of digital solutions spanning social marketing, content services, mobile Value Added Services (VAS), solution development, and hosting services. Through our innovative digital products we touch the lives of more than 50% of MENA internet users, and 75% of MENA mobile subscribers every day. With exclusive partnerships with the most prominent global players (Twitter, MSN, Skype and more than 100 content providers), we provide exposure and reach that creates strong, lasting impacts for our clients. OTVentures has over 16 offices covering all markets across the Middle East and North Africa and Turkey in addition to Canada, Italy, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

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