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OMG! New media group creates one-stop digital hub for brands and publishers

Three South African digital companies have combined forces to help Africa's media businesses make money from online and mobile publishing, and create better ROI for advertisers.
Ole! Media Group formed in September this year, sees the coming together of complementary businesses to meet the ever-increasing need for media companies to monetise their content online: TEAMtalk media, creator of one of Africa's largest digital content hubs, with a focus on sports and entertainment content syndication and custom publishing; MobiMedia, mobile content and engagement marketing specialists, and AddSwitch, a provider of holistic digital advertising strategies and solutions.

Combined, OMG presents a unique offering that is forging notable digital inroads on the African continent. Recently invited to share this insight at the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) in Addis Ababa, Tim Legg, Group CEO and co-founder of OMG, says: "It has become almost an accepted truth that digital media houses don't or can't make money. In fact, the same three principles of traditional media monetisation apply to digital channels as well; charge users to consume content, charge advertisers to access your audience and monetise the audience through value added services."

"Our business model has successfully adapted these timeless principles to the digital media sphere."

By combining digital payment mechanisms, digital marketing expertise and state of the art digital advertising methodologies, OMG has been able to create profitable revenue streams both for their own publishing business and for their clients.

Legg continues: "The model is constantly evolving and judicious application of all three sources of revenue is essential, since none of these on its own can sustain a digital media business in the long-term."

Central to the sustainability of the digital publishing ecosystem is an effective ad-serving platform that can assist in generating revenue for publishers by providing real-time sales of advertising inventory, whilst effectively targeting audiences to ensure that advertisers achieve more bang for their buck.

OMG commercialises an ad network with over 1 billion monthly global ad impressions across its own and client sites. The key, though, is not just to sell impressions. Rather, the aim is to engage digital media consumers through compelling content and creative ideas.

The combination of these skills in-house is what enables OMG to deliver effective communication and engagement strategies for its individual brand clients. Legg predicts that in 2014 the appetite for custom content will continue to grow across Africa, and content providers - particularly those who can master the ubiquitous mobile channels - will play a pivotal role in shaping communications across the continent.

About the Ole! Media Group

The Ole! Media Group is a new-media communications hub rooted in Africa, which specialises in digital publishing, digital and mobile marketing and media strategies as well as holistic digital advertising solutions. The Ole! Media Group has a global publishing network and international client base which it services from its Cape Town, Johannesburg, Nairobi and London offices and its representatives in Germany and New Zealand.

The group currently comprises: TEAMtalk media; MobiMedia and AddSwitch. OMG is led by a senior team of experienced digital media professionals including: co-founders Tim Legg (CEO) and Deseré Orrill (CMO), CFO Andre Kruger (ex MD, Oxygen8, one of SA's largest mobile messaging and billing companies), CTO, David Theron (founding employee at SuperSport), UK Director and Head of Publishing Tim Satchell (previously Head of Sky Mobile), GM TEAMtalk media Ant Pascoe (ex Opta Sports Data and owner Sunday Media) and GM AddSwitch Chris Wilson (ex- FNB, IOL and Thumbtribe). In total the group employs over 70 content and technology specialists.

Ole!Connect combines all the skills that brands and publishers need to succeed in the interactive world of digital media and marketing today, including the much sought after trinity of content, data and technology.

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