(Auckland, 9th February 2010) Search marketing agency, First Rate has been appointed as the exclusive licensee in New Zealand and Australia of the Search Engine Marketing (SEM) technology, SearchIgnite.

One of the world’s leading providers of SEM bid management and reporting solutions, SearchIgnite will provide First Rate with an advanced suite of tools to manage, optimise, track and report on SEM campaigns for its clients.

The SearchIgnite solution offers advanced features including cross-channel conversion path analysis and end-to-end automatic optimisation of creative, bids and landing pages.

Founder of First Rate, Jon Ostler said “We carried out an extensive, worldwide search for the best SEM technology available. In the end we chose SearchIgnite because of their technology’s leading bid management methodology, unique direct marketing features, and proven client results.”

First Rate CEO in New Zealand, Kevin Francis, said, “Due to an initially slow take up of SEM in New Zealand compared to other countries, we are now seeing a rapid increase in demand for SEM services. As New Zealand’s leading search marketing agency, we are excited to introduce cutting edge technology into the country that many local advertisers would not normally be able to access. Over the years, we have found that advertisers that take full advantage of contemporary online marketing channels like search gain a huge competitive advantage, we expect the deployment of this technology across our New Zealand clients will extend their competitive advantage further.”

Founder of SearchIgnite, Roger Barnette said, “We are excited to form a strategic relationship with First Rate across New Zealand and Australia. We were impressed with the reputation and leadership position First Rate has built up around their search marketing services.   This new strategic relationship with SearchIgnite means they will grow their leadership position further in SEM.”


For further information or interviews please contact:
Kevin Francis
Phone: +64 9 920 1742
Email: kevin.francis@firstdigital.co.nz

About First Rate
First Rate (www.firstdigital.co.nz) is New Zealand’s leading search marketing agency, specialising in search engine optimisation (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM), and performance online advertising.  They are recognised as leaders in developing strategies and tactics that help their clients dominate the search engines and grow their online market share. First Rate works with many of New Zealand’s leading blue chip brands.  Its clients are spread over 50 industries including retail / e-tail, financial services, education, energy, travel, and software solutions.

First Rate Ltd, Company (registered) number 969774, is a subsidiary of ASX listed Q Ltd (ASX: QXQ).

About SearchIgnite
SearchIgnite is a leading provider of search management solutions for optimizing paid search to deliver improved performance and higher ROI. The company’s search management and digital media attribution technology offers an advanced suite of tools to manage, optimize and report on paid search campaigns in one central dashboard, as well as gather insights into the relationship between media channels. SearchIgnite optimises $400 million (USD), manages 50+ million keywords and drives $8 billion+ in revenue each year for some of the world’s leading marketers. More information can be found at www.searchignite.com.