Nuance and Widespace Announce Partnership to Expand Nuance Voice Ads to Europe

Nuance Voice Ads Supports More than 40 Languages, Bringing Conversational Mobile Ads to European Brands and Consumers; First Nuance Voice Ads Campaign Now Live in Sweden

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BURLINGTON, Mass. and STOCKHOLM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Nuance Communications (NUAN) and Widespace, the leading premium mobile advertising company in Europe, today announced their partnership to bring Nuance Voice Ads to the world’s leading brands advertising in Europe. Announced in April, Nuance Voice Ads is an innovative new mobile advertising format that lets people have a two-way conversation with the brands they love.

Widespace has integrated Nuance Voice Ads’ powerful voice recognition technology as part of its mobile advertising platform for iOS and Android, providing leading brands with the ability to create an engaging and entertaining conversational experience. And with support for both voice recognition and text-to-speech in over 40 different languages across North and South America, Europe, The Middle East, Asia and Australia, Nuance Voice Ads gives brands an opportunity to create unique conversational mobile ad experiences with consumers all over the world.

The world’s first mobile ad powered by Nuance Voice Ads was built and integrated by Widespace, and will launch in the Expressen app, one of Sweden’s leading national daily newspapers, and Tv24, a TV guide service.

“The future of advertising is in smartphones and tablets, not least due to the opportunities that they enable for dialogue,” said Alexander Lydecker, VP advertising sales at Expressen, “Speaking with ads increases both engagement and retention. It’s particularly exciting for Expressen to be a pioneer for this ad format and we are eager to hear the response from our curious and forward-thinking readership base.”

"Smartphones provide opportunities for interactivity in ways that other media can’t,” said Patrik Fagerlund, Widespace co-founder and CEO. “Our vision is to continuously create better user experiences, which in turn improve advertisers’ results. Nuance Voice Ads provide people with a memorable and engaging experience as a result of two-way conversation, versus a simple visual and limiting interaction.”

“To have both Europe’s leading mobile advertising platform quickly integrate Nuance Voice Ads and launch in Sweden with one of world’s largest consumer brands is incredibly exciting,” said Mike McSherry, vice president of advertising, Nuance Mobile. “Working closely with Widespace, we’ve been able to create an incredibly compelling conversational mobile ad experience supporting the Swedish language. And with support for more than 40 languages worldwide, we look forward to many more conversational ad experiences coming to mobile consumers.”

To learn more about Nuance Voice Ads, visit http://www.nuance.com/voiceads. To learn more about integrating Nuance Voice Ads with Widespace, visit: www.widespace.com.

About Widespace

Widespace is the leading premium mobile advertising company in Europe. We ensure user experience is our key focus, creating the best results for advertisers, and increased revenue for our partners. Every day, we deliver millions of ads to millions of mobile devices, on the most visited mobile sites and in the most popular apps. We use our own unique technology to optimise ad targeting and increase impact, and offer a full service solution for brands wanting to succeed in mobile advertising. Widespace was founded in Sweden in 2007, and is now present in eight countries across Europe.

About Nuance Communications, Inc

Nuance Communications, Inc. is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Nuance is a registered trademark of Nuance. Android is a trademark of Google Inc. iOS is a registered trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries.

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Contact:
Nuance US Media Contact
Nuance Communications
Rebecca Paquette, 781-565-5264
Rebecca.paquette@nuance.com
or
Nuance European Media Contact
Nuance Communications International
Vanessa Richter, +32-9-239 80 31
vanessa.richter@nuance.com
or
Widespace Media Contact
Patrik Fagerlund, +46 70 417 63 13
Widespace co-founder and CEO
patrik.fagerlund@widespace.com