In terms of what Brand Networks brings to the table, in addition to its own clients and Facebook presence, Tedford said that his company can make its partner's data more actionable for real-time marketing. Brand Networks will offer access to Planalytics' WeatherSmart tools as part of it's the company's existing "social stack."
That would seem to come as a challenge to The Weather Company, which in addition to its flagship cable TV network, The Weather Channel, has also been working to for the past year to build up its display and mobile ad services. Rather than take the stance as an alternative to the multimedia metrological giant, Tedford expressed hopes of partnering with it at some point.
"As consumers increasingly get their news from their own networks via social feeds on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., we feel it’s important to distribute personalized, weather-triggered content to them in this format," he said. "In the future, we see the Weather Channel as another potential distribution point for hyper-local weather intelligence, rather than a competitor."
Overall, Brand Networks is not so much interested in "conquering" weather-related advertising, as opposed to finding ever-more focused touchpoints around consumer data. It just so happens that weather happens to everyone and businesses have recognized that its influence is more than just mundane. In that sense, the deal with Planalytics is about creating more building blocks of connected data.
"Data feeds of events, local news, and inventory can also be used to personalize social publishing and advertising at scale," Tedford said. "Matching data feeds with distribution channels is at the foundation of all the buzz around 'programmatic ad buying' on platforms like television, online video, etc."