Kargo Mobile arrives in NZ

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Global mobile ad company Kargo, which bills itself as “the leader in mobile brand advertising”, has announced its expansion into New Zealand, “bringing.” says the release, “Kargo’s presence to 98% of the global mobile advertising market”.

This is Kargo’s second outpost in the Asia Pacific region this year, with its Australian office opening in January.

NZ-based sales manager
Tim Richards has been named Kargo New Zealand’s first sales manager.

His responsibilities will include continuing to expand Kargo’s growing portfolio of Asia-Pacific agencies and brand clients as well as strengthen Kargo’s relationships with leading publishers in the region.

“Kargo New Zealand is the next, highly anticipated step after much success in Australia and a record year of global growth for Kargo and our high-end, high-tech mobile advertising,” said New York-based Kargo ceo/founder Harry Kargman.

“As an established, superior alternative to the digital duopoly across both the US and Europe, it’s time to further extend the Kargo signature experience to new markets in the Asia-Pacific region where exciting partnerships are already under way.”

Kargo’s expansion into New Zealand follows a during which the company opened its first two international offices, grew its workforce by nearly 60%, launched its programmatic and software businesses and completed several major mobile ad  research initiatives.

“Kargo will help define mobile best practices, enabling advertisers to avoid ad fraud, bots and fake news.”

Kargman said the expansion also underscores Kargo’s early accomplishments in the region following significant success from Kargo’s Australia operations, which opened in January of this year.

Tim Richards said: “Kargo’s core  messages resonate with local brands, agencies and publishers. Brand safety, transparency and creativity are watchwords in the New Zealand industry, and Kargo is uniquely placed to deliver on these promises at scale.

“I look forward to furthering Kargo’s presence in New Zealand and to help define mobile best practices, enabling advertisers to avoid ad fraud, bots and fake news. The creativity is first class and the ability to execute at scale in award-winning environments will prove to be a real boon for New Zealand advertisers.”

A veteran of  the digital media industry, Richards has previously worked at Perform Group, News Corp and Yahoo. He brings extensive knowledge of digital sales spanning both direct and programmatic formats. He also contributes a wealth  of experience in the mobile advertising sector, having spent the last two years leading Blis in New Zealand.

Time Richards will report directly to Peter Birch, Kargo’s Sydney-based commercial director of the Asia Pacific region.

About Kargo
Kargo creates rich-media campaigns for over 200 of the world’s best-known brands and partners exclusively with a handpicked alliance of over 70 of the most highly respected publishers in the industry – reaching 100% of all smartphone  users, an audience that rivals Google and Facebook in terms of scale.

Kargo  employs 250 people in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Sydney, and now New Zealand.

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