Captivate Network is a digital media company with a network of 10,000 high-resolution, flat-panel elevator displays in approximately 1,000 premier office buildings and suburban office campuses across North America. Published in two countries and two languages, the network spans 24 metro areas or Designaged Market Areas across the United States and Canada with a combined unique audience of 5.6 million people.
Captivate employs a team of editors who customize sports, business, news and lifestyle content in real time for the specific audience the network serves and the short form writing appropriate for its digital screens. Captivate is a 13-time recipient of B2B Magazine's Media Power 50 Award.
The Chelmsford, MA-based company serves corporate, advertising and real estate customers.
Captivate Network has offices in Greater Boston, New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Toronto.
United States: Atlanta Boston Chicago Columbia, SC Dallas Denver Hartford Houston Los Angeles Memphis Miami Minneapolis-St. Paul New York Philadelphia Phoenix San Diego San Francisco Seattle Washington, D.C.
Canada: Calgary Edmonton Montreal Toronto Vancouver
The idea for Captivate Network came during an elevator ride when Captivate co-founder and CEO, Michael DiFranza, saw an opportunity to exploit people’s uneasiness in crowded elevators by providing video media for them to watch. DiFranza launched the company with co-founders Todd Newville and Ray Pineau in October 1997, with its first installation at Boston’s Seaport Hotel a year later in October 1998.
In March 2001, Captivate merged with its competitor – Toronto, Ontario-based Elevator News Network (ENN) – to form the largest elevator media network company. ENN continued to operate in Canada under its own name until November 2001, when it changed its name to Captivate to establish a unified brand across North America.
Gannett Co., Inc. acquired the assets of Captivate Network in April 2004. In September of 2013, Gannett announced Captivate would be a separate corporate structure co-owned by Generation Partners and Gannett, allowing for private funding to facilitate more rapid growth. Veteran media executive Mark Shapiro was named as Chairman of the Board and Marc Kidd was named CEO.
Captivate Network’s at-work news and advertising network is a segment of the digital out-of-home (DOOH) market, which is essentially any type of digital advertising that reaches the consumer while he or she is outside the home. According to the Digital Out-of-Home Media Forecast 2008-2012 from PQ Media, the U.S. DOOH media industry – which includes video ad networks, digital signage and ambient ad platforms – was a $2.43 billion in 2008, with the video advertising segment comprising approximately $1 billion. DOOH also comprises 29.1% of overall out-of-home advertising.
Captivate Network is a member of: Digital Place-based Advertising Association (DPAA), the not-for-profit pro-industry association formed in early 2007 in order to promote the advancement of out-of-home video and digital advertising networks.
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