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Criteo launches Advertising’s Next Generation Prediction Engine - Based on Actual Purchase Behavior

New York, US / Paris, France – June 4th, 2014 – Criteo (NASDAQ: CRTO), a leading global technology company that specializes in digital performance advertising, today announced the roll-out of significant technical enhancements to its proprietary prediction and recommendation engine, The Criteo Engine, after more than three years in the making. The new technology shatters previous performance benchmarks by enabling Criteo to decide whether to buy each ad impression based on the likelihood that a user will both click on an ad and then purchase on the advertiser’s site. This advancement creates the opportunity for clients to expand their reach to a greater number of potential buyers all within their previous cost-per-sales target. As a result, the enhanced engine strengthens the overall performance of the Criteo platform with a 38 percent increase in sales at exactly the same cost-of-sale. This 38 percent lift has been measured across billions of impressions, and millions of users and clicks.

“The enhanced Criteo Engine is a major breakthrough. Criteo has always been known for its performance and CPC pricing. We are very excited to be able to announce this significant increase in our performance. The Criteo Engine is now processing huge volumes of data with improved models, and as a result we are able to predict events that happen only once out of every 10,000 times – like when an ad impression generates a click and a sale. As a result, we help advertisers make the best possible decisions that will maximize the reach and effectiveness of their marketing,” said Jonathan Wolf, Chief Product Officer at Criteo. “This is where advertising needs to be and we are very excited to continue to prove the value that can be generated from focusing on pure post-click performance.”

Over Three Years of Dedicated R&D Leads to Unparalleled Advances

Over the past three years, Criteo has committed substantial time and investment to build out its infrastructure and improve the engine’s speed and accuracy through dedicated research, development and testing.  The newly reengineered Criteo Engine operates at lightning-fast speeds, with the ability to process up to 15 million predictions per second and respond within 20 milliseconds. Criteo now stores more than 20 Terabytes of data daily, including actual purchase behavior. Many weeks of data need to be analyzed every few hours in order for the new prediction model to work, which required open source technologies including Apache Hadoop. Learn more here.

"The next generation of The Criteo Engine is extremely powerful," said Elliott Pritchard, CMO at Travel Republic. "We are impressed by the new enhancements that make it easier and faster for us to scale our campaigns while focusing on driving what matters most, overall performance and sales. As a result of implementing the advancements, our campaign conversion rate has increased by 25 percent[1] and we expect that number to grow in the coming months.”

The next generation of The Criteo Engine also introduces several new capabilities for Criteo clients, like simplified customer segmentation designed to streamline the workflow for planning and management, making it easier for advertisers to focus on their marketing objectives.

These major technological enhancements to The Criteo Engine will be automatically deployed globally to existing clients immediately at no extra cost.

Pay It Forward: Supporting Open Source

The Apache Hadoop ecosystem has enabled Criteo to both store and analyze huge volumes of data.  Chief amongst the results is The Criteo Engine.  To give back to the open source community that helped enable these technological advancements, Criteo has contributed to the open source Apache Hadoop storage engine Parquet by providing the Hive compatibility layer and will be continuing to contribute to this and other open source projects.

For more information regarding The Criteo Engine and Criteo’s digital performance advertising solutions, please visit www.criteo.com.                                                                            

[1] Data represents Q1 2013 CR vs. Q1 2014 CR

Article Summary

  • Dramatic enhancements to the Criteo Engine Deliver An Additional 38 Percent Performance Improvement to post-click ROI
  • Criteo Engine Technical Enhancements Represent 3+ Years of Data Science, Technology Development and Infrastructure Investment