The deal initially covers ten of Gannett Broadcasting’s 19 markets, including Atlanta, Washington D.C., Tampa, Buffalo, Sacramento, Grand Rapids, Little Rock, Portland, ME and Macon, GA. Gannett is keeping the DataSphere arrangement separate from Ripple6, its social media marketing unit, which was recently merged with PointRoll, Gannett’s rich media services company.
Seattle-based DataSphere, which received $10.8 million in funding and is partially owned by Fisher Communications, now has deals with at least five media companies and powers more than 300 local news sites. Among its media partners are Fisher, Raycom Media, Local TV and Hubbard Broadcasting. More than 1,000 SMBs are served by the Fisher sites in Seattle, Portland and Boise. The service had also been tested out on a limited basis by Cowles.