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2020年02月 17日
Hakuhodo DY Partners and DAC partner with The Asahi Shimbun to enhance “Category Works,” a sector-specific marketing solution

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Hakuhodo DY Media Partners Inc.
D.A.Consortium Inc.

Hakuhodo DY Partners and DAC partner with The Asahi Shimbun to enhance “Category Works,” a sector-specific marketing solution

Tokyo, February 17, 2020 --- Hakuhodo DY Media Partners Inc. and D.A.Consortium Inc. (DAC) are proud to announce an alliance with The Asahi Shimbun Company, which owns digital media in a diverse range of fields, to enhance the capabilities of Category Works, a sector-specific marketing solution provided by Hakuhodo DY Media Partners.

Category Works is part of Hakuhodo DY Group’s Sei-katsu-sha DATA WORKS advanced marketing solutions lineup. It utilizes one of Japan’s largest audience data from Hakuhodo DY Group’s Sei-katsu-sha DMP as well as audience data owned by specialized media representing each category. Unlike the past where market understanding was often disjointed, Category Works is a sector-specific marketing solution that can organically integrate and consolidate marketing strategy proposals, content/creative production, media planning and ad delivery. It allows a full-funnel approach for acquiring and nurturing new customers.

With this partnership, functions related to theme-specific content development will be enhanced. Up until now, because of the need for specialized knowledge or experience, advertisers have had difficulty quickly developing on their own unique and reliable media or content specific to a particular topic.

To address this challenge, Hakuhodo DY Media Partners and DAC have decided to work with The Asahi Shimbun Company (*), which possesses sector-specific digital media production platforms, editorial capabilities tailored to each theme and a wealth of experience in organizing events, to find and nurture potential customers and develop media/content for effective marketing through initiatives such as the following:

ーthe launch of digital media optimized and specific to a particular theme or target (including editorial and operational functions)
ーthe organization of real events optimized and specific to a particular theme or target (including event management functions)

Thanks to the collaboration with The Asahi Shimbun Company, Category Works will offer the following four major functions to enhance the utilization of data from offline to online, as well as to create more value in experiences:

1. Analysis and planning utilizing viewer data from The Asahi Shimbun’s digital media
2. Production of new digital media and content specific to a particular field
3. Targeted ad delivery to digital media viewers
4. Cooperation related to offline events organized by The Asahi Shimbun Company (sports events, cultural events, etc.)


Hakuhodo DY Media Partners has already launched Category Works Mobility (November 29, 2018), Category Works Entertainment (January 24, 2019) and Category Works Local & Travel (July 5, 2019).

Hakuhodo DY Group and DAC will continue to enhance the functions of Category Works by bridging audience data owned by publishers with Hakuhodo DY Group’s marketing and sei-katsu-sha functions with the aim to promote high-value-added content, audience data and develop new marketing solutions.

The Asahi Shimbun Company operates one of Japan’s largest news sites called “The Asahi Shimbun Digital”, a lifestyle web magazine called “&”, an interactive report magazine called “withnews” and other digital media, such as “Lifestyles and Money” and “Car Safety and Weekend Outings.” The Asahi Shimbun Company has also launched media on specialized themes for specific companies as well as numerous types of vertical media based on particular topics, such as pets, global news, books, millennial women and others. Their diverse range of vertical media is developed using the vertical media production platform “Pot-au-feu,” which enables the launch of media with a focused target, theme or trend.



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Hakuhodo DY Media Partners Inc.  
Public Relations Division / E-mail: koho.mail@hakuhodo.co.jp

D.A.Consortium Inc.
Corporate Strategy Group Public Relations / E-mail: ir_inf@dac.co.jp

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