Gimbal Purchases Managed Media Business from Drawbridge

Gimbal Purchases Managed Media Business from Drawbridge

Location Data Plus Identity Solutions Combine to Power Programmatic Advertising

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For Immediate Release
PR Contact: Matthew Russo, Gimbal | (800) 882-5216 ext. 523 | marketing [at] gimbal [dot] com

LOS ANGELES, CA – May 8, 2018 — Gimbal announced today that it has purchased the managed media business unit of Drawbridge, the leading independent digital identity management company.

The company plans to combine its extensive 1st-party location data asset with Drawbridge’s identity graph through a separate data license established through the purchase. Brands will now be able to reach consumers who definitively visit physical locations across all their devices. The connection will also help marketers determine which channels are the most effective at driving consumers to physical points of interest.

“Drawbridge was founded with the belief that artificial intelligence and machine learning can be leveraged for building identity technologies at scale,” said Drawbridge founder and CEO Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan. 

“As we announce the divestiture of our managed media business,” she continued, “we signal the start of a new era where we are further strengthening our commitment to democratize and power a data and privacy-safe identity.”


Gimbal’s current media buying and location management platform offers enterprise-level scale and a unique advantage for advertisers looking to create their own custom audiences without the risk of wondering where the data came from.

The purchase enhances Gimbal’s ability to connect places with people to achieve universal identity and execute campaigns across mobile, tablet, desktop and connected TV inventory for even greater reach and better efficiency.

“The Drawbridge team has proven the market’s demand for an identity-based approach to media buying. Brands want to know they aren’t serving ads to random devices. At the same time, Gimbal has seen the impact high-quality location data have on showing consumer intent and attribution for marketers with a physical component. Together, location and identity will be a powerful combination,” said Rob Emrich, CEO of Gimbal.

Beyond Drawbridge’s book of business and its support teams, Gimbal will also retain access to Cross-Device Insights (CDI) reporting. These rich campaign analytics help drive performance and monitor ROI and will be coupled with Arrival – Gimbal’s footfall attribution product – to provide advertisers with the most comprehensive measurement suite available in the industry today.

Chief Marketing Officer of Gimbal, Matthew Russo, added, “We’re excited about the opportunity to integrate our platforms and use the expertise of two incredibly talented teams to further unlock physical-world data, unify delivery of our campaigns across devices, bring greater relevance to consumers, and help marketers run more engaging campaigns for less cost.”

Gimbal was already forecasting profitability in the latter half of 2018, but the purchase of the managed media business unit increases its footprint in market and improves economies of scale such that the company will be immediately profitable by consolidating operational teams.

Read the official announcement here.

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Matthew Russo

Matthew Russo

CMO at Gimbal
Matt is an experienced marketer and business operator with a propensity to help brands use digital systems effectively. An entrepreneur at heart, Matt co-founded three companies in the digital marketing space prior to joining Gimbal. Most recently, he honed his skills through extensive agency experience where he worked with well over 100 national brands, local businesses, schools, non-profit journalism groups, and start-ups to grow and integrate their digital footprint. Today, he leads Marketing & Revenue Operations for Gimbal and educates brands about the complex world of mobile marketing and advertising.
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