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Crant Launches Updated Product Offerings, Revolutionizing Access to AI-Powered Brand Building

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Crant, a leader in creative AI solutions empowering businesses to create effective brand building strategies through the use of competitive intelligence in the digital age, announced today the latest evolution of its Ink Lantern product suite: Ink Lantern Lite. The platform aims to revolutionize how businesses build and monitor their brands, providing accessible, AI-powered competitive intelligence across diverse industries. The enhanced tools come at a time when according to the Content Marketing Institute (CMI), 73% of B2B marketers prioritize content marketing as part of their overall strategy. Ink Lantern combines the rapid analysis capabilities of social listening tools with the in-depth strategic guidance of brand consulting firms, providing a unique solution that is both cost-effective and efficient. Designed for sectors including sports and outdoors apparel, healthcare and biotech, technology, travel and hospitality, cultural institutions, education, and adTech, Ink Lantern offers a suite of advanced tools to enhance brand building and content engagement. "Ink Lantern offers high-caliber, accessible solutions to major brands designed to make brand building more effective. With the extension of Ink Lantern Lite, companies of all sizes now have access to more effective brand building and marketing that drives differentiation," said Alvaro Melendez, Co-founder of Crant. "With the introduction of Ink Lantern Lite, we are leveling the playing field, allowing smaller businesses the same opportunities to excel as their larger counterparts." Based on a brand's needs, Ink Lantern and Ink Lantern Lite effectively benchmark brand love, quantify market engagement, and unlock top-performing content strategies. Additionally brands are able to evaluate commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and compare performance across critical social media platforms. "Since integrating Ink Lantern into our operations, we've experienced a remarkable shift in how we execute our brand strategy. The platform's deep insights and AI-powered analysis tools have enabled us to refine our digital marketing efforts and better understand our position in the competitive landscape. Ink Lantern is a game-changer for Museo de Arte Puerto Rico, providing enterprise-level insights and consulting at a fraction of the cost,” said Larissa Vazquez of Museo de Arte Puerto Rico. Ink Lantern has been recognized by The Webby Awards and The Anthem Awards, and continues to set standards in the AI-driven brand building space. To learn more about Ink Lantern and to begin your journey towards enhanced brand building, please visit www.inklantern.io. About Crant Founded in 2020, Crant, is a pioneering creative AI company that empowers businesses to build super brands in the digital age. By harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, Crant develops groundbreaking solutions including Ink Lantern, an AI-powered platform that enables companies to foster deeper connections with their audiences and cultivate enduring brand love. Additionally, Crant also offers comprehensive AI training programs—from Basics AI 101 to the creation of an internal AI Council, these programs are designed to enhance customer engagement and proficiency with AI technologies. Recognized with prestigious accolades including The Webby Awards and The Anthem Awards, Crant combines cutting-edge innovation with a commitment to excellence. Under the leadership of founder Alvaro Melendez, honored by PRovoke Media as one of the most innovative people in the Americas in 2023, Crant helps businesses navigate modern marketing with intelligence and creativity. About Ink Lantern Ink Lantern, an AI-powered platform by Crant, revolutionizes brand building by enabling more effective connections with audiences. Leveraging AI technology and market insights, Ink Lantern provides tools and analyses for monitoring market position, navigating the competitive landscape, and identifying growth strategies. With features like brand love analysis, DEI indexing, competitive benchmarking, and engagement metrics, Ink Lantern offers actionable insights and budget-conscious strategies for businesses to build stronger, more effective brands that resonate with customers and stand out in crowded markets. Experience the power of AI-driven brand building and unlock your brand's potential with Ink Lantern. Contact Details Kite Hill PR Lara Schembri lara@kitehillpr.com Company Website https://www.inklantern.io/

May 14, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Fliphead: Redefining Fashion with Upcycled Garments and Couture

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In a fashion landscape increasingly defined by sustainability and conscious consumption, one brand stands out for its innovative approach to upcycling and eco-conscious couture. Fliphead, an Indian-based fashion label founded by two designers, Saumya from India and Mihkel from Estonia, is making waves in the industry with its transformative philosophy and commitment to reducing waste. Fliphead's journey began with a simple yet powerful idea: to reimagine fashion by giving new life to discarded materials. Through meticulous craftsmanship and a keen eye for design, Saumya and Mihkel have turned this vision into a reality, creating stunning garments that are both stylish and sustainable. At the heart of Fliphead's ethos is the concept of upcycling – the process of repurposing old or unused materials into new, high-quality products. By utilizing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills, Fliphead not only minimizes its environmental impact but also adds a unique and eclectic flair to its collections. One of Fliphead's flagship offerings is its range of festival clothes, which are designed to capture the vibrant spirit of India's diverse cultural celebrations. From colorful saris transformed into flowy dresses to intricately embroidered jackets crafted from vintage textiles, each piece tells a story of creativity and craftsmanship. In addition to its ready-to-wear collections, Fliphead also offers a couture service that is truly one-of-a-kind. Catering to clients who crave individuality and sustainability, the brand's couture pieces are made exclusively from upcycled materials, ensuring that each garment is as eco-conscious as it is luxurious. What sets Fliphead apart from other fashion labels is its unwavering commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. From sourcing materials locally to partnering with artisans who share their values, Saumya and Mihkel are dedicated to creating a positive impact on both the environment and the communities they serve. As consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental and social implications of their purchasing decisions, brands like Fliphead are leading the way towards a more sustainable future for fashion. With their innovative approach and dedication to upcycling, Saumya and Mihkel are not just changing the way we think about clothes – they're changing the industry itself. Contact Details Alex +1 302-597-6768 Apexreviews154@gmail.com Company Website https://fliphead.com/

May 13, 2024 04:56 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Teads Global Report Reveals New Auto Buying Landscape

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Teads, the global media platform, today announced the findings of its latest global report, "Shifting Gears: Understanding the New Dynamics of Auto Buying Worldwide." Based on research conducted across 17 markets, these latest findings shed light on the key motivations, considerations, and emerging trends for auto buyers around the world. Here's what the data reveals: Brand Loyalty Wanes, Openness Soars: Consumer loyalty is taking a backseat, with a staggering 82% of respondents globally, open to switching brands. While this presents a critical opportunity for automakers to capture attention and build trust in a shorter timeframe, it also means that traditional marketing strategies may need a refresh to stand out in this new, competitive environment. Faster Decisions Demand Proactive Outreach: With a significant portion (42%) devoting two weeks or less to researching brands and models, consumer research timelines are shortening. To succeed in this environment, reaching consumers early and maintaining consistent engagement throughout their research journey is critical. The Green Wave: EVs and Hybrids Surge in Popularity: Sustainability is now a key buying factor, with 42% of consumers solely considering hybrid or electric. However, this trend varies regionally, with Mexico, Brazil, and the US still showing a stronger reliance on gas engines, Italy and Spain moving away from gas engines, but primarily focusing on Hybrid options, and France & Singapore showing the fastest adoption of both EVs and Hybrids. Russell Wager, VP of Marketing at Kia America, comments on this shift: 'Consumers are trying to understand what sustainability means for them and how much they should care. And I think that's actually on the OEMs to educate them, and we're taking that mission on as part of our global strategy. We have a combination of some new electric vehicles. We just revealed the K4, which is one of our newest gas-engine vehicles. We're giving choices to customers.' His insights underscore the evolving market dynamics and Kia's strategic response to meet diverse consumer preferences. Jen Brace, Chief Futurist, Ford, regarding electric vehicles, "It's clear that consumer curiosity and interest are high. However, potential buyers are seeking reassurance from trusted sources—friends, family, and acquaintances who already own EVs. They rely on these personal connections to provide them with the confidence they need to make the transition. Additionally, there is a strong desire to alleviate concerns about charging, which remains a significant barrier to adoption." Digital Dominates the Car Buying Journey: Consumers are overwhelmingly turning to the internet for car research. A whopping 43% say online resources are now more important than ever, and half of all car buyers begin their research into different brands and models online. This digital showroom shift demands automakers prioritize a user-friendly and informative online presence. Trusted Sources and the Power of Online Ads While online resources are crucial, car buyers still value trusted sources like manufacturer websites. However, the power of online ads cannot be underestimated. They inspire 81% of consumers to take action, particularly younger demographics, and EV considerers. What encourages users even more to consider a brand is to see it advertised across multiple screens (56%), highlighting the effectiveness of omnichannel marketing campaigns that combine online and TV advertising for a broader reach. The Always-On Branding Imperative Given the shortened decision-making timeframe, maintaining an always-on presence is crucial for automotive marketers. Brands must continuously engage potential buyers prior to and throughout their research journey, influencing them as the relevant set of options shrinks. Marisstella Marinkovic, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Nissan U.S. notes that a flexible ability to reach consumers wherever they are is imperative. She says, “It's really about understanding the behavior of customers. Some customers are online consuming different types of media, so we really have to be mindful of the different target audiences, how best to connect with the, and where they are." Henner Blömer VP of Global Client Partnerships, said: "In the face of seismic shifts within the auto marketing industry, proactivity is a winning strategy. By understanding the new dynamics of modern car buyers – driven by changing consumer behavior and a growing focus on sustainability – automakers and dealerships can optimize their strategies to cater to their evolving needs and preferences.” To explore these and other trends in the automotive buying journey, please download our report. About Teads Teads operates a leading, cloud-based, omnichannel platform that enables programmatic digital advertising across a global ecosystem of quality digital media. As an end-to-end solution, Teads’ modular platform allows partners to leverage buy-side, sell-side, creative, data and AI optimization technologies. For advertisers and their agencies, Teads offers a single access point to buy the inventory of many of the world’s best publishers and content providers. Through exclusive global media partnerships, Teads enables advertisers and agencies to reach billions of unique monthly users in brand safe, responsible advertising environments while improving the effectiveness and efficiency of digital ad transactions. Teads partners with the leading marketers, agencies and publishers through a team of 1,200+ people in 50 offices across more than 30 countries. Contact Details Kite Hill PR for Teads Alexandra Morrison +1 214-604-9658 teads@kitehillpr.com Company Website https://www.teads.com/

May 13, 2024 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Locality Appoints Sandy Ashendorf as Executive Vice President, Law and Business Affairs

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Locality, the industry’s preeminent local video advertising solutions provider, today announced the appointment of Sandy Ashendorf as Executive Vice President, Law and Business Affairs. In this role, Ashendorf will be responsible for identifying and advising on legal issues affecting all aspects of Locality’s operations, including ongoing and new businesses. She will also assist with developing and implementing strategies affecting the company's growth and support corporate initiatives and projects. Ashendorf will report to Keith Kazerman and Ann Hailer. Ashendorf brings over 35 years of experience in the media industry to Locality. During that time, she held leadership roles at several major media companies, including Viacom, EPIX and BBC Worldwide America, where she ran sales teams and was responsible for legal issues affecting content distribution. She has served as a consultant for numerous companies across a variety of media and at various stages of development. Sandy served on the Board of Directors of the T. Howard Foundation and was Chair of WP Theater. "We’re excited to welcome Sandy to the Locality team," said Ann Hailer, president of broadcast at Locality. "Her extensive experience in the media industry and her deep understanding of the legal and business challenges facing companies today will be invaluable to Locality as we continue to grow and expand our business." “This is an important strategic move forward for our company, as we continue to grow and evolve our solutions in the local market. We are thrilled to welcome Sandy aboard,” said Keith Kazerman, president of streaming at Locality. "After consulting at Locality for over a year, it’s wonderful to become a part of the company’s leadership,” said Ashendorf. “I am delighted to be part of an incredible team poised to transform the local ad sales industry across both traditional TV and streaming platforms, and to drive strategic growth for the company and our clients.” Locality is the industry’s preeminent local television solutions provider, committed to addressing the evolving needs of advertisers by unlocking the power of local and driving dollars to the local video marketplace. Formed through the union of CoxReps and Gamut, Locality brings together the best talent in both broadcast and streaming. With more than 11 locations in the US, Locality helps brands tap into the mindset of the local consumer and precisely reach optimal markets, nationally. Having served more than 1,500 ad agencies and 4,500 advertisers, to date, Locality offers the best premium inventory that the industry has to offer to help brands optimize their spend and target audiences at scale. For more information, please visit www.locality.com. Contact Details Mackenzie Sikora mackenzie@kitehillpr.com

May 09, 2024 11:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Boeing’s Chairman is Leaving Under a Cloud – So Why Does Exxon Want Him on Their Board?

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In a case of corporate elitists’ blindness at best, and ineptitude in governance at worst, Exxon Mobil Corporation’s directors have renominated Lawrence “Larry” Kellner, who is also the departing Chairman of the crisis-plagued Boeing Company, to their own board. Kellner, a former Continental Airlines Chairman/CEO, left the now-defunct (merged with United) company in late 2009 and joined Boeing’s board of directors in 2011. He was elevated to chairman in late 2019, and his tenure has been marked with failures both financial and reputational. As anyone who follows air travel news knows, Boeing has likely endured the worst year of any U.S.-based corporation due to numerous troubling safety incidents, with the penultimate occurrence in January, when a door plug blew off an Alaska Airlines flight at 16,000 feet, imperiling passengers and crew. In addition to that high-profile episode, Kellner has presided over a cascade of devastating headlines related to Boeing’s quality and safety record. It’s gotten so bad that now every airliner performance glitch, regardless of the responsible party, is now headlined as a “Boeing plane” incident. Yet, inexplicably, ExxonMobil wants Kellner to serve another year on its board, which he joined in 2023. As a result, National Legal and Policy Center, a shareholder in both Boeing and Exxon, is calling for fellow investors to vote against Kellner for the energy company’s annual meeting on May 29. “It’s incredible to have to even ask, but after the last five years-plus that Boeing has had, Larry Kellner is properly leaving its board – so why do Exxon directors think he deserves a seat with them?” said Paul Chesser, director of NLPC’s Corporate Integrity Project. “Is this about strong governance to protect shareholder assets, or just keeping the social club together until something catastrophic happens – like what just happened at Boeing?” Earlier this week NLPC filed a proxy memo with the Securities and Exchange Commission which further explained why it believes Kellner has no business serving on a corporate board at this time, much less the largest U.S.-based energy company in the world. Kellner, along with exiting CEO Dave Calhoun, were supposed to be the leadership pair to improve Boeing’s performance after the firing of previous CEO Dennis Muilenburg. Instead the company’s performance only worsened, with its stock price being almost halved since Kellner took over as Chairman. NLPC also released a short video on Thursday that highlights Boeing’s mishaps under Kellner’s leadership, and questions why ExxonMobil would want to keep him on its governance team. The oil giant’s board, in exhibiting the ultimate in tone-deafness, even plans to keep Kellner on the company’s safety committee! “There’s a reason Larry Kellner is leaving Boeing’s board, and that reason is failure,” Chesser added. “Exxon is not in business so it can provide soft landings for mediocre executives. Nonetheless his colleagues put him on the proxy ballot for the board, so our fellow shareholders should do the right thing and vote against him.” ### For more information or to schedule an interview with Paul Chesser, contact Dan Rene at 202-329-8357 or drene@nlpc.org. Please visit http://www.nlpc.org. Founded in 1991, the National Legal and Policy Center promotes ethics in public life through research, investigation, education and legal action. Contact Details National Legal and Policy Center Dan Rene +1 202-329-8357 drene@nlpc.org Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

May 09, 2024 09:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Electric Guitar debuts on AIM with big plans following 3radical acquisition

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Electric Guitar PLC (AIM:ELEG) CEO John Regan spoke to Proactive's Stephen Gunnion following the company's listing on London's AIM market following the reverse takeover of 3radical. Regan emphasized Electric Guitar's "buy and build" strategy, which involves acquiring complementary businesses to enhance their market position. Despite the challenging market conditions, the company managed to complete its IPO on AIM, a testament to its team's strength and compelling business proposition. 3radical specialises in collecting first-party data—a valuable asset in today's privacy-focused advertising market. This acquisition marks Electric Guitar's entry into the technical side of the advertising industry, responding to significant shifts such as reduced accessibility to third-party data due to privacy regulations. 3radical's technology allows for real-time adaptation to user input, which is unique in the market and enhances the relevancy of advertising. Furthermore, Regan said 3radical's extensive database of engagement events offers potential for advanced machine learning applications, positioning Electric Guitar to exploit AI technologies effectively. Looking forward, Regan outlined plans to enhance sales and marketing efforts, particularly focusing on exploiting the newly acquired technologies and data assets from 3radical. Electric Guitar is also preparing to expand its portfolio by acquiring additional complementary businesses, aiming to leverage these new assets to secure a competitive advantage in a rapidly evolving market. Contact Details Proactive UK +44 20 7989 0813 UKEditorial@proactiveinvestors.com

May 08, 2024 08:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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5thScape Lists "MMA Cage Conquest" on Meta Store: Step into the Ultimate Virtual MMA Arena

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Mixed Martial Arts fans and enthusiasts, your virtual fighting dreams have arrived! 5th Scape delivers a transformative experience with "MMA Cage Conquest," stepping far beyond traditional fighting games into true sensory immersion. Step into the iconic MMA cage, feel the roar of the crowd and become the champion you always envisioned. The 5thScape Project is an ambitious venture that aims to create a comprehensive Virtual Reality ecosystem. In this VR ecosystem many developers, gamers and experts from various industries can collaborate. This is a VR gaming studio startup in which they focus on developing games, movies, animations etc. Apart from this, they are also planning to launch a special VR headset and a VR Chair which is an ergonomically perfect chair for long gaming sessions. Now, coming back to the MMA Cage game, - "MMA Cage Conquest" redefines virtual combat. Its skill-based system demands true martial arts strategy along with honed reflexes. Learn and master strikes like a real-life wrestling professional. It includes (not limited to) powerful grappling throws and the intricacies of ground control to secure your victories. Feel the impact of every blow, the thrill of a perfectly executed submission, and the tension of a match fought on the razor's edge. Training lies at the heart of "MMA Cage Conquest." This journey transcends button-mashing and enters the realm of personal development. Start as an eager underdog, mastering the fundamentals through rigorous simulations. Refine your striking, defense, and ground game, tracking your progression and building unshakeable confidence. With each session, you don't just play the game – you live the fight. MMA Cage Conquest is all set to make gaming experiences more vigorous and a powerhouse for the senses. Feel the rush in your bones as you climb the leaderboards, and establish yourself as the ultimate MMA cage conqueror. Ready to unleash your inner champion? "MMA Cage Conquest" will be available on the Meta platform. Submitted for listing on May 2, 2024, the developers await approval. Visit 5thscape.com for trailers, release updates, and the latest news on your journey to become the undisputed MMA Cage conqueror. Contact Details 5th Scape 5th SCAPE Team +1 302-597-6768 team@5thscape.com Company Website https://5thscape.com

May 08, 2024 06:18 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Goodway Group Unveils Strategic Expansion With Launch of GRADIANT, a modern funnel agency and G-Comm, a retail media accelerator

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Goodway Group, a leading independent digital marketing agency, announces its strategic expansion efforts by launching two divisions to help marketers capitalize on the industry’s future: GRADIANT, a modern funnel marketing agency, and G-Comm, a specialized retail media accelerator. This expansion delivers brands the future of deep analytics, identity, and measurement, today. Goodway Group boasts a strong legacy of innovation and technical prowess, with accolades such as being a three-time MarTech Breakthrough award winner and AdExchanger’s Best Use of Technology by an Agency award winner. Since its inception in 1929, Goodway Group has continually excelled at being at the leading edge of marketing and a go-to resource for brands to evolve their marketing practice. GRADIANT, the newly launched modern funnel marketing agency, sets a new standard in the next generation of media investment by bringing its massive identity graph and proprietary measurement to holistically measure brand and performance. Leveraging a blend of data science, strategy and ongoing machine learning, GRADIANT delivers “CFO-friendly” outcomes. Marc Ducnuigeen, Chief Client Officer at Goodway Group, remarked, "GRADIANT bridges the gap between brand and demand, giving marketers the answers they need to secure boardroom and CMO approval." Similarly, G-Comm, the specialized retail media accelerator, creates a mutually beneficial relationship by addressing the unique challenges and opportunities within the retail landscape. G-Comm empowers retailers to build or upgrade their retail media networks (RMNs) while providing brands with the means to maximize engagement on existing platforms. Angela Myers, SVP of G-Comm, emphasized, "Both brands and retailers know the retail media potential is immense but have not yet found excellence across the practice as a whole. Through our experience with helping retailers build and upgrade their own RMNs and executing growth strategies for RMN brands, G-Comm brings this unique perspective, that you simply won’t find elsewhere." Goodway Group is widely recognized by retailers, brands, and technology partners within the industry, illustrated by being a finalist in the esteemed Modern Retail Award for Best Retailer/Agency Collaboration. Jay Friedman, CEO of Goodway Group, expressed excitement about continuing to lead the industry: "Boards of Directors, CFOs, and CEOs rightfully want to know more precisely the return on their marketing investment. We are delighted to work with CMOs to show them how measurement, analytics execution, and provable outcomes can be better. GRADIANT and G-Comm allow us to further specialize within two key areas of industry growth. We’ve spent the last couple years innovating to deliver ahead of what marketers need. Seeing the culmination of these efforts is credit to our team.” About Goodway Group Goodway Group is a leading independent digital marketing agency fueled by data, technology and a dedicated purpose of making your media investment perform. Goodway Group’s Outcome Engineering™ powers our full ecosystem, a proprietary philosophy that connects strategy, analytics and precise execution for measurable growth. Goodway Group ranks among the top North American agencies, earning prestigious awards for innovative marketing technology, impactful work and fostering inclusive, remote-first workplaces. We've been honored as a multiyear Ad Age Best Places to Work and received AdExchanger’s Best Use of Technology by an Agency award among other accolades. Our collective media buying power has led to industry-renowned partnerships. We hold certifications and are recognized with preferred partner status across the Triopoly and all major marketing and media platforms. This ensures that our clients' media investments are optimally managed, minimizing fraud and waste, and maximizing effectiveness and value. Our company encompasses five distinct divisions: CvE, a marketing advisory firm; G-Comm, a retail media accelerator; TUFF, a performance marketing agency; Goodway, a managed service media and analytics partner; and GRADIANT, a modern funnel digital media agency. Together, we make up Goodway Group, the marketing engine that unlocks measurable growth for the world's most progressive brands. Contact Details Kite Hill PR for Goodway Group Alexandra Morrison +1 214-604-9658 goodway@kitehillpr.com Company Website https://www.goodwaygroup.com/

May 06, 2024 11:38 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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AC MILAN AND WEB3 IGAMING LEADER TG.CASINO SIGN NEW PARTNERSHIP DEAL

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AC Milan and TG.Casino are delighted to announce a new partnership, which sees the online casino platform become the Official Regional iGaming Partner of the Rossoneri in Europe. This new collaboration between two frontrunners in their own fields offers a great opportunity to create something new and innovative. This partnership demonstrates the platform’s intent to take on and beat the iGaming competition to become the ultimate destination for all ambitious Gamefi players. The deal catapults TG.Casino into the top ranks of GameFi by bringing the brand into the living rooms and onto the mobiles of tens of millions of consumers all over Europe. Thanks to this new partnership, $TGC token holders will have the chance to win lots of experiences offered by the Rossoneri club. From visits to the Milanello training centre to winning official AC Milan jerseys and VIP access at the San Siro stadium, football fans will have the chance to enjoy unique and exclusive experiences. The new partnership provides AC Milan with a new fan engagement tool, creating bespoke experiences, which aim to give them more access, and bring them even closer to their beloved Club. TG.Casino on Web: https://shrt.care/e44200d4 TG.Casino on Telegram: https://t.me/tgcasinoofficialbot?start=intpr Contact Details Alex Brown alex@sportsnews.com

May 06, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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