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SCMP hires Ian Hocking as digital director of advertising

Ian Hocking has been hired as digital director of advertising by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.

Hocking was formerly head of programmatic and data at News UK, a division of News Corp.

The announcement:

The South China Morning Post (SCMP), Asia’s leading digital media company, today announced the appointment of Mr. Ian Hocking to the position of Digital Director of Advertising. SCMP is utilising a digital-first strategy as it grows from a regional newspaper into a global media organisation. As SCMP’s audience grows internationally, advertising clients can maximise the influence of their brand to an expanded market, putting SCMP in a better position to meet advertisers’ needs. Mr. Hocking’s hiring leverages SCMP’s digital capabilities, and provides advertising clients, which are increasingly global in reach, with strategic opportunities to promote their content on SCMP’s advanced platforms.

In this role, Mr. Hocking will provide strategic direction and leadership to deliver diversified and sustainable revenue across all SCMP digital platforms. Additionally, he will be responsible for the company’s digital agenda both internationally and in Hong Kong. Mr. Hocking will set a foundation for success at SCMP by ensuring digital operations deliver the highest quality experience, real business outcomes and market leading insights for SCMP’s marketing partners.

Mr. Hocking was previously Head of Programmatic and Data at NewsUK, a division of News Corp, which publishes The Sun and The Times of London, where he successfully led adtech and strategic partnerships, building their capabilities and reputation to an internationally renowned standard. Before joining NewsUK, Mr. Hocking was the Head of Agency Sales and Programmatic for ebay.co.uk.

“Ian’s proven track record in cultivating digital business with ad tech in the media and technology landscape makes him the perfect candidate to enhance SCMP’s digital offering,” said Romanus Ng, SCMP’s General Manager of Advertising & Marketing Solutions. “We are confident that with the addition of Ian to our digital arsenal, SCMP will strengthen our ability to work with brands through digital storytelling and branded content, which will allow us to achieve our full potential as the region’s leading digital media reporting on China and beyond.”

“There has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the SCMP and to help bring about our digital evolution,” said Mr. Hocking. “Our newly expanded digital capability will significantly boost our offerings to marketers as we continue to deliver the standard of excellence they have come to expect from the SCMP .”

Source: SCMP press release

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