QMS acquires Digital Commons

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APAC outdoor exponent QMS Media has bought a strategic acquisition of a majority stake holding in Digital Commons, a leading NZ third-party digital representation agency.

“This acquisition broadens QMS’ digital media channel and brings to life our continued strategic focus on connecting audiences through multiple touchpoints and customised content,” said QMS NZ ceo Wayne Chapman.

“Digital Commons have an experienced team specialising in online and mobile media and have built an enviable network of trading desk relationships,” he says. “They represent a valuable portfolio of internationally recognised publishers.

“Digital Commons operates in both New Zealand and Australia and will also act as QMS’ primary sales channel partner for automated products, having been instrumental in the development of our recently announced digital transaction platform.

“Having worked with QMS to bring the OOH digital transaction platform OOH to fruition, we have witnessed an agile company aligned with our own values.”

“Managing Partners Lisa Ison and Johanna Cotter have impressed QMS with their market reputation, digital expertise and rapid growth since launching the company less than two years ago.

“During the process of working with them, it became clear that our two businesses had a lot to offer each other. Digital Commons is on a journey which QMS is well placed to support and we believe that there is significant opportunity and value to be created at the nexus of DOOH, online and mobile, which Digital Commons will help us unlock.”

QMS Group APAC ceo Barclay Nettlefold, who’s based in Melbourne, said: “This is an exciting move for QMS. This acquisition supports our over-arching strategy of connecting audiences through multi-platform engagement and customised content. Digital Commons allows the group to expand into highly relevant, adjacent territories with confidence, whilst also providing specialised expertise and experience to increase our overall capability bandwidth.”

Digital Commons managing partners Lisa Ison and Johanna Cotter said in a joint statement: “We are both excited with the partnership we have forged with QMS.

“Having worked with the QMS team over the past 18 months, bringing the digital transaction platform for out-of-home to fruition, we have witnessed a progressive and agile company aligned with our own values.

“With a similar vision of innovation and service, we feel it is a great fit to accelerate the next stage of our business, to move on from being a start-up, to one focussed on our publishers and core business.”

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