The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi Partners with Sojern and Spark Foundry to drive tourism into the Emirate

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Sojern, the leading provider of digital marketing solutions for the travel industry with clients such as Marriott International, Accor and Trivago, today announced a partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi). While DCT Abu Dhabi has been working with Spark Foundry and Sojern since December 2017, this new partnership sees it incorporating Sojern’s real-time travel audience targeting capabilities directly into its ad-buying system, or DSP (Demand Side Platform), offering it increased transparency and control over its digital marketing campaigns. A test run in the final quarter of 2019 proved that Sojern’s hyper-targeted programmatic ads, which were delivered during key decision-making moments to audiences with travel intent, resulted in increased bookings and conversions and reduced traveller acquisition cost.

How the technology works
Over the past decade, Sojern has built a network of global data partnerships that provide access to billions of real-time travel-intent signals. These intent signals are analysed using proprietary data-science methodology to better understand travellers’ booking behaviour along their path to purchase. This information is then used to target personalised marketing messages at every stage of the funnel, in this case supporting brand campaigns used to promote Abu Dhabi as a tourist destination, as well as direct response campaigns that drive direct bookings and conversions to key Abu Dhabi attractions.

Easily monitor performance, spend and total return
Saeed Rashed Al Saeed, Destination Marketing Director at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi said, “Sojern and Spark Foundry have helped us access the level of transparency and control we have always wanted. Now, by managing our digital marketing campaigns within our own DSP, coupled with Sojern’s rich dataset for audience targeting, it enables us to monitor campaign performance, daily ad spend and total return on our campaign investments with more ease. Our tailored solution allows us to respond even faster to the ever-changing dynamics of the travel market and keeps us at the forefront of that change.”

Javier Bravo, Group Digital Director at Spark Foundry added, “This hybrid partnership showcases the benefits of advertisers, agencies and technology providers becoming more agile and adopting a test-and-learn approach that helps brands arrive at the best custom solutions. The client’s needs should form the basis of any and all technology solutions, and we have absolutely achieved that here. We have taken an entirely unique and customised approach for the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, and we look forward to working with them to successfully drive tourism to the emirate well into the future.”

Chris Blaine, VP of EMEA at Sojern commented, “This innovative partnership is a great example of a forward-thinking Destination Marketing Organisation embracing the ever-changing programmatic environment and collaborating to create a custom solution that successfully drives the best results for its brand. By working together in a flexible and transparent way, we are able to increase tourism to Abu Dhabi and create stronger and more meaningful relationships with the city’s customers.”

About Sojern
The company drives travellers from dream to destination by activating multi-channel branding and performance solutions on the Sojern Traveler Platform for more than 10,000 customers around the globe.

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