Digital marketing pioneer VidMob selected Dublin to spearhead its global growth.
VidMob, a global platform for intelligent marketing creative, has relocated its EMEA hub to Dublin and plans to grow its headcount in the city to 75 people within three years.
The company currently employs 21 people in its Dublin based EMEA office, with plans to double headcount in the next 12 months. Longer-term, the company is looking at up to 75 jobs, in the next three years, leveraging Irish-based tech talent to strengthen its client offering and achieve market targets.
“Our move was due not only to access to Europe, but also the local access to exceptional talent and to partners such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google, whose headquarters for EMEA are also based in Dublin”
VidMob pioneered an AI tool that very specifically measures the performance of marketing creative, allowing marketers optimise ad design for more efficient and impactful campaigns.
The business has had an Irish office since 2019, when it was decided to move the VidMob EMEA headquarters from the UK to Dublin.
The US company originally launched in London, and the Dublin move was linked to talent availability, and the fact that the Irish capital is deemed a better route for accessing partners along with remaining within the European Union.
CEO Alex Collmer said that the business settled on Dublin as it has quickly become the tech capital of Europe with exceptional talent.
The New York-based company closed a Series C financing round last year, raising $50m expansion capital from a combination of funds, strategic investors and influential companies in the creative technology space.
“Our move was due not only to access to Europe, but also the local access to exceptional talent and to partners such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google, whose headquarters for EMEA are also based in Dublin,” Collmer said.
The business, founded in 2014, has raised over $100m to expand its ground-breaking platform for intelligent creative. It has global operations across the US, LATAM, EMEA and APAC, with offices in more than a dozen cities.
The latest funding will support VidMob’s EMEA expansion from its Dublin hub to further locations around Europe, focusing on the UK, Switzerland, France and Germany in particular. New e-commerce initiatives are planned, and ongoing investment in advanced technology and data science to help clients maximise the value of advertising creative.
In EMEA specifically, VidMob has grown at least 100%, year on year, since setting up in Dublin. High-profile new client wins in the past year include Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, Sumol & Compal and Colgate. The growth trend is set to continue, with additional new team members being recruited in client services and engineering, and two sales leaders in Enterprise and SMB (small and medium-sized business) recently on-boarded.
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Lisa Haskins, VidMob
“Ireland’s culture fits well with the company culture, and the business is here for the long haul”
“It is an exciting time as we grow and build better relationships in Dublin,” said Jason Donnell, co-founder and COO of VidMob.
“There is significant demand for our unique services which unify marketing creative and data by connecting brands to content creators and marketing analysts who are trained in creative best practice across every platform and next-gen ad format.”
Late last year, VidMob acquired Chiligum, an advertising technology company headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that automates aspects of creative production to instantly deliver personalised advertising at scale.
The business has made significant hires in Dublin. Lisa Haskins is a DCU graduate, who came from LinkedIn’s Dublin EMEA HQ. She says expansion of the Dublin team is core to global growth plans and the commitment to boost the VidMob global offering to local and EMEA businesses and brands.
Former Facebook Group director of Global Partnerships, Anthony Lamy, recently took on the role of VP EMEA Client Partnerships in Dublin. Paul Carreo, who has 20 years digital marketing experience, was named head of European Growth, having previously worked with Google as Head of Mid-Market Sales, UK & SMB EMEA.
Work is also underway to grow SME business, a sector where advertising efficacy and return on spend is especially crucial, according to Lisa Haskins, who says VidMob is planning significant further hires in Ireland this year.
“We will add headcount in areas such as software engineers, marketing, client services and sales, especially insights for small businesses,” Haskins explained. “Some of the best well-educated talent globally is right here on our doorstep, so, as well as attracting industry executives, we will work with colleges to help develop graduates with the skills to meet demand for our innovative offering.
“Ireland’s culture fits well with the company culture, and the business is here for the long haul. Being from Dublin, it’s a great privilege to be able to grow our EMEA business development, here at home, from our base on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.”
Main image at top: VidMob CEO Alex Collmer with Lisa Haskins and Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD