Utarget strengthens team three-fold in line with rapid business development

A plethora of new wins sees the appointment of Robert Black as UtargetTV sales manager

Following Utarget’s venture capital investment of £2.5million earlier this year, the company continues to assert its dominance in the online video advertising arena with three new appointments across the sales and planning and buying divisions.

Robert Black will be responsible for business development across the complete range of UtargetTV products, which include TVsubs, TVcontextual and TVbar. Black will also focus on further establishing the recently launched TVpre-roll network.

Bringing a wealth of new media experience to Utarget, Robert Black, founder of Aura Play (recently acquired by BSkyB), recently moved from eBay, where he worked on the Global Instant Win international marketing promotion. Previous employment includes 3 years as european sales director at Sports.com, and director of the RAP partnership, whose clients include Yahoo! and DMGT Front of Mind.

Francis Turner, sales director for Utarget comments, “Expanding the UtargetTV sales division with such high calibre expertise will prove pivotal in maintaining and accelerating Utarget’s rapid growth. Robert will work closely with key agencies to further develop and establish our recently launched TVpre-roll network.”

The second new recruit to the Utarget team, agency sales manager Steve Broadhead, will work across subs, contextual, bar and interstitial networks. Broadhead will be responsible for growing the traditional side of the business and liaising with key agencies such as Starcom 2, MGOMD and Profero. Steve Broadhead moves to Utarget following three years with Sky.

Utarget’s third appointment, Graeme Lynch, brings four years of expertise to Utarget as head planner and buyer. Previously of OMD UK, Lynch draws on his rich advertising background, to further develop Utarget’s Planning and Buying department.

Phil Cooper, managing director for Utarget comments, “Utarget has grown at a rapid pace over the last year, with a proliferation of new business from Five Life and Five US, Ocean Finance and Redrow Homes, to name a few. As the company continues to expand, the level of expertise and experience that Robert, Steve and Graeme bring to the table will ensure that Utarget remains at the fore of the online advertising industry.”

Editor’s notes

About Utarget Ltd
Founded in 2001, Utarget Ltd is a major UK online advertising and publishing company. It comprises Utarget Networks, one of the UK’s leading online advertising networks* and the market leader in online video advertising; and Utarget Media, a major publisher of websites in key consumer sectors.

In 2007 Utarget Ltd received investment from Foresight, a leading media venture capital fund/

Utarget Networks
Utarget Networks offers major advertisers a range of online advertising solutions which combine high impact, wide reach and precision targeting. The Utarget Network consists of 630+ quality UK websites which reach 17+ million unique users a month across 20+ consumer channels.

In June 2006 Utarget launched UtargetTV the UK’s first online video advertising network and since then has delivered 7+ million video adverts. The company has just launched a new network for pre-roll video adverts.

UTcontextual is Utarget’s keyword-based advertising product which can reach 5.5+ million opted-in UK users based on these users’ online searches

Utarget Networks has delivered campaigns for FT.com, Dell, Dixons, BUPA, Carphone Warehouse, BA, Norwich Union, AOL and Royal Mail through major agencies such as Diffiniti, Initiative, Harvest, Mediavest, Quantum, Carat, Zed and Agency.com.

In 2006 Utarget Networks opened an office in Hamburg to cover the German market.


Utarget Media
Utarget Media develops and manages a select group of high quality consumer websites which offer a range of premium targeted online advertising opportunities. The Utarget Media portfolio currently consists of 50connect.com, the most popular UK website for the over-‘50s market; TravelConnect, FinanceDaily, KeeptheDoctorAway, and Urban Planet.



Claire Watson
immediate future Ltd

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Published on: 12:00AM on 17th April 2007