Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, met the U.S CEO and co-founder of VidMob, a world-leading platform for intelligent creative that has relocated its EMEA operation to Dublin.
Alex Collmer, CEO met with Government officials, IDA Ireland, clients and associates from the social media and digital tech sphere, at an event to mark the official opening of the rapidly expanding multi-national.
The Covid-delayed launch was hosted by Lisa Haskins, the Irish, Dublin-based Director of Marketing and Operations, EMEA & APAC, for VidMob.
VidMob pioneered an AI tool that very specifically measures the performance of marketing creative, allowing marketers optimise ad design for more efficient and impactful campaigns.
The company currently employs 21 people in its Dublin based EMEA office, with plans to double headcount in the next 12 months. Longer-term, the company is looking at up to 75 jobs, in the next three years, leveraging Irish-based tech talent to strengthen its client offering and achieve market targets.
VidMob is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, said at the opening,“I’m pleased to have met with the VidMob team today and really welcome the company’s plans to double its headcount this year and create 75 new jobs over the next three years. VidMob is an industry leader and it’s a real boost that the company has chosen Dublin for its EMEA hub. Ireland’s rich talent pool and innovative culture provide the perfect conditions for companies like VidMob to thrive. I wish the team every success as they take this next step in growing their business in Europe”.
The business has had an Irish office since 2019, when it was decided to move the VidMob EMEA headquarters from the UK to Dublin. The U.S. company originally launched in London, and the Dublin move was linked to talent availability, and the fact that the Irish capital is deemed a better route for accessing partners along with remaining within the European Union
CEO, Alex Collmer, told guests that the business settled on Dublin, as it has quickly become a tech-capital of Europe, with exceptional talent. The New York-based company closed a Series C financing round last year, raising $50 million expansion capital from a combination of funds, strategic investors and influential companies in the creative technology space.
Collmer said, “our move was due not only to access to Europe, but also the local access to exceptional talent and to partners such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Google, whose headquarters for EMEA are also based in Dublin”.
The business, founded in 2014, has raised over $100 million to expand its ground-breaking platform for intelligent creative. It has global operations across the US, LATAM, EMEA and APAC, with offices in more than a dozen cities.
The latest funding will support VidMob’s EMEA expansion from its Dublin hub to further locations around Europe, focusing on the UK, Switzerland, France and Germany in particular. New e-commerce initiatives are planned, and ongoing investment in advanced technology and data science to help clients maximise the value of advertising creative.
In EMEA specifically, VidMob has grown at least 100%, year on year, since setting up in Dublin. High-profile new client wins in the past year include Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, Sumol & Compal and Colgate. The growth trend is set to continue, with additional new team members being recruited in client services and engineering, and two sales leaders in Enterprise and SMB (small and medium-sized business) recently on-boarded.
Jason Donnell, COO and Co-Founder of VidMob, said, “it is an exciting time as we grow and build better relationships in Dublin. There is significant demand for our unique services which unify marketing creative and data by connecting brands to content creators and marketing analysts who are trained in creative best practice across every platform and next-gen ad format.”
Welcoming the news, Denis Curran, Head of Regions, Property and Enterprise Development at IDA Ireland, said, “Ireland continues to be a leading destination for fast growing companies looking to internationalise their business and scale operations. It is great to see VidMob choose Dublin as the location for its EMEA expansion and join the growing cluster of global technology companies with operations in Ireland. I wish the team every success with their growth plans for their Irish operations”.
Source: IDA Ireland