Plus, as part of its strategic investment, Tribune Media plans to apply Dose Media’s technology to its own digital content, which is heavy in local broadcast news.
Until now, Dose Media solely monetized through programmatic ads. Given Dose and OMGFacts brought in 17 million monthly uniques in October, according to comScore, that’s contributed a significant amount of capital to fuel growth. Over the past year, revenue jumped 800%, Spartz said, outpacing traffic growth.
“Programmatic is what you do until you have a reason to build a direct sales strategy,” Spartz said.
Much of the investment will go toward Dose Media’s engineering team, which accounts for two-thirds of its staff. Dose employs an “army of data scientists,” Spartz said, adding that tech is key to publishing success.
On the content side, Dose Media plans to expand beyond general entertainment to other categories like sports, travel, business and politics. It will also diversify into video and add more original content, Spartz said.
The Series B funding comes two years after the company raised an $8 million Series A. At that time, the company was a collection of 30 meme-focused sites. Those funds enabled it to build out more of its technology as well as shift focus to Dose.com.
The biggest risk to Dose Media’s business is “competition,” Spartz said, since other publishers are taking the technology-fueled angle to publishing too. But he’s thoroughly convinced that’s the right approach.
“The problems that publishers face are the problems that ad tech companies face,” Spartz said. Ad tech companies have made progress in better targeting users – now it’s the publishers’ turn.