With its recent acquisition of ZAPP360, Altice’s a4 Local Solutions fills the geo-marketing space in its single-platform solution for local advertisers.

Active on both the national and local side, a4 regularly confronts the complexities of trying to help local advertisers, who “don’t have a lot of time and don’t have a lot of bandwidth to deal with multiple parties,” says President Paul Haddad in this interview with Beet.TV.

“So when they talk to someone, they would like to buy a solution for their advertising,” he adds, citing local television, digital video and display, social media and mobile targeting.

With its previous acquisition of Audience Partners, a4 added local, audience-based optimization. What ZAPP360 brings to the table is the mobile targeting piece.

“What we were missing was geo-targeted mobile messaging,” says Haddad, who founded and led Cablevision’s data business, which used census-level audience data from set-top boxes in millions of households in the New York DMA. Netherlands-based Altice acquired Cablevision Systems Corp. for $17.7 billion in 2016.

After testing with ZAPP360 for about a year, “the results were phenomenal and we decided we might as well start adding them to our portfolio. We completed the acquisition two weeks ago and we’re very excited about it.”

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