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WPP's Data Alliance Partners with DataSift for Unified, Global Social Data Access

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>WPP operating companies will gain access to DataSift's rich social data through a single interface</i> </p>

Thursday, January 30, 2014

WPP's Data Alliance Partners with DataSift for Unified, Global Social Data Access

10:00 EST Thursday, January 30, 2014

NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- WPP's (NASDAQ:WPPGY) Data Alliance and DataSift today announced a global data partnership enabling WPP companies to access data from the world's leading social networks through DataSift's platform. This partnership allows all WPP companies such as GroupM, Wunderman, Kantar, JWT and Cohn & Wolfe to access social data assets from more than 20 digital platforms, including Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.

The partnership will provide WPP companies with the enhanced ability to filter and contextualize social data through KBM Group's I-Behavior Zipline DMPTM. Through the Zipline DMP, DataSift's social data can be connected with a variety of WPP data assets including TV viewership, research panels, purchase, and consumer data from around the globe for insights, audience building and brand tracking. This partnership makes it possible to bring granular social data to products and services for WPP clients in 110 countries.

As WPP continues to focus on growing its new media and data investment management businesses, this partnership is another step in its strategic plan to infuse richer social data into marketing and analytics programs across the Group.

“WPP was already the leading integrated communications services company and is now becoming a leading integrated data company in how we leverage data cultivated from multiple sources,” said Nick Nyhan, Chief Digital Officer of Kantar and CEO of The Data Alliance. “This global partnership will give WPP companies the ability to harness social data and connect it to proprietary WPP data assets in ways that provide richer benefits to clients.”

“Social data has now become mission critical in developing business strategy, managing brands and understanding markets and customers,” said Rob Bailey, CEO of DataSift. “The DataSift partnership to power WPP's agencies provides unprecedented access to social data, allowing WPP clients to understand audiences, brand engagement and campaigns more effectively.”

About Data Alliance

The Data Alliance is the WPP company that supports the Group's data business by enhancing access to data and data-driven marketing applications. The Data Alliance leverages a global network of expert leaders in market research, analytics, CRM, media and digital to deliver a solution-neutral and holistic perspective on the Group's data strategy and solutions. It drives internal and external data partnerships and connects WPP's centers of excellence to address client challenges in the world of big data. For more information, visit http://www.thedataalliance.com and follow us on Twitter @DataAllianceWPP

About DataSift

DataSift Inc. is the platform that powers the social economy, enabling companies to aggregate, filter and extract insights from the billions of public social conversations on Twitter, leading social networks and millions of other sources. DataSift provides access to both real-time and historical social data to uncover insights and trends that relate to brands, businesses, financial markets, news and public opinion. Key investors include Insight Venture Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Upfront Ventures and IA Ventures. DataSift has offices in San Francisco, New York City and Reading, U.K. For more information, visit www.datasift.com and follow us on Twitter @datasift.

About Zipline DMP

Zipline DMP™ is a global data management platform, powered by KBM Group's I-Behavior, that serves businesses in the EU, LATAM, and North America. Zipline DMP provides data on-boarding, and audience analytics, activation, extension, and measurement to help companies better manage their data assets and expand the reach of their brand messaging through digital channels. With Zipline DMP's monetization services, brand marketers, agencies, publishers, CRM managers and ad networks can benefit from efficient sales and distribution across I-Behavior's ad network and DSP partners. www.ibzipline.com

The Data Alliance
Nick Nyhan, CEO
Nick@DataAlliance.com
or
DataSift
US
Racepoint Group for DataSift
Leslie Clavin, 415-694-6717
datasift@racepointgroup.com
or
UK
Positive Marketing for DataSift
Ed Stevenson/Keso Kendall, 0208 237 1109
datasift@positivemarketing.com

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