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Financial Times rolls out semantic advertising service FT Smart Match globally

New service shows up to tenfold increase in campaign performance

The Financial Times is extending its content matching service ‘FT Smart Match’ to global advertising clients after a successful initial trial. The technology, provided by Smartology, recognises the meaning of news articles, allowing advertisers to match their content to relevant news stories in real time on FT.com.

Piloted in June 2011 and going well beyond the industry standard of keyword recognition, FT Smart Match uses an emerging technology called ‘semantic profiling’ which analyses text through weighting ‘concepts’ and ‘categories’ to derive matching accuracy for advertiser content on FT.com. By automating advertising placement from content, the technology solves a major problem for advertisers and pioneers a new approach to display advertising.

FT Smart Match has increased engagement rates for advertisers’ content up to tenfold. Twelve clients are now signed up and include multinational banking and financial services companies, a leading global business school, major energy and IT conglomerates, with more in the pipeline.

Jon Slade, FT’s commercial director, global digital advertising & insight, commented, “Delivering relevant content from our advertising partners in a timely and transparent way has proven to be a very attractive proposition for brands and readers. The FT is committed to providing the utmost value to our advertisers by helping them reach our exclusive and highly sought-after audience in environments that are complementary and engaging.” More information about these campaigns can be found here and here.

Mark Bembridge, managing director at Smartology, added: “Working with the team at the Financial Times has been important in the development of the Smart Match platform because of the depth and breadth of its content and its commitment to exploring new technologies.” It’s great to see such encouraging results and we now see a growing demand from other news organisations.”

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For more information about using FT Smart Match, contact

Gareth Jones.

Journalists, please contact:

Kristina Eriksson
T: +44 (0)207 873 4961
E: Kristina.Eriksson@FT.com

Andrew Green
T: +1-917-551-5093
E: Andrew.green@ft.com

About the Financial Times:

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of almost 629,000 (Deloitte assured, Q3 2013). Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than 40% of total traffic and a quarter of digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve 32 of the world’s top 50 business schools.

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