Blockchain-based marketing technology WOM Protocol, which replaces traditional ads with user-generated content, is thrilled to announce an undisclosed amount of investment from global liquidity provider and multi-stage web3 investment firm, DWF Labs. This strategic investment supports the scaling of the WOM Protocol through more integrations and kick starts a partnership to further the mission of empowering brands, creators, publishers, and social networks to monetize word-of-mouth recommendations.
Web3 social is defined by its decentralized nature, transparency, and emphasis on empowering users. While many web3 social projects focus on issues like digital identity and data ownership, the WOM Protocol distinguishes itself by targeting the primary revenue source for social media platforms: advertising. The global digital advertising market is expected to grow significantly, with estimates projecting it to reach $517.51 billion by 2023, up from $332.84 billion in 2020. Since advertising generates the majority of revenue for Web2 platforms, it represents a massive opportunity to explore in the context of web3 social.
The WOM Protocol is a marketing solution built on web3 that replaces ads with user-generated content (UGC). It enables advertisers to find, track and reward word-of-mouth recommendations, while rewarding creators based on their content engagement and quality ratings. The Protocol includes the WOM Authenticator app, which authenticates recommendations across all WOM integrated platforms, the WOM Campaign Manager, which enables advertisers to find, track and access word-of-mouth recommendations by spending WOM Tokens, a Shopify app, and the underlying payment protocol that automatically rewards creators, authenticators, publishers and platforms in WOM Tokens.
Advertisers benefit from the credibility and authenticity that creators provide, ensuring a transparent and equitable advertising ecosystem that aligns the interests of creators, brands, and platforms. The protocol’s “to-earn” tokenomics is based on existing user behavior, as recommendations are made 2.1 billion times daily. WOM is already live and tested, having processed over 27,886,895 transactions in 2022 alone, with over 110k aggregated WOM videos passing the peer review of content, so-called “authentication”. WOM has meanwhile scaled its own “TikTok of Crypto” app, BULLZ, to onboard more projects and brands through its Campaign Manager, as well as kick-start campaigns for user-generated content.
DWF Labs is the investment firm and liquidity provider for digital assets that supports web3 projects at various stages. Their services include consulting, smart contract auditing, treasury management, and more. With the strategic partnership and investment into WOM, DWF Labs will also be able to benefit their clients and partners by introducing the WOM Protocol as a new content marketing tool. As WOM expands its infrastructure across multiple platforms, it will continue to prove the adoption of word-of-mouth rewards as a replacement for traditional advertising.
According to Andrei Grachev, Managing Partner of DWF Labs: “We see tremendous potential in WOM Protocol’s innovative approach to word-of-mouth marketing. The Protocol’s ability to authenticate recommendations, incentivize creators, and reward authenticators and platforms has the potential to revolutionize the way brands and creators connect with their audiences. We are excited to be a part of this groundbreaking project and look forward to seeing the impact it will have on the industry.”
Melanie Mohr, Founder & CEO of WOM Protocol, also commented: “We are thrilled to have DWF Labs on board as an investor and liquidity provision partner. This investment underscores the strength of our technology and its potential for the future of marketing. With the support of DWF Labs, we will continue to develop and expand the WOM Protocol, bringing it to new audiences around the world.”
About the WOM Protocol
WOM (word-of-mouth) Protocol is a blockchain-based protocol that gives brands, content creators, publishers, and social networks a way to monetize word-of-mouth recommendations on any website, app or platform. WOM is backed by seasoned investors from around the globe. For more info about WOM: https://womprotocol.io
About DWF Labs
DWF Labs is a liquidity provider and multi-stage web3 investment firm with offices in Singapore, Switzerland, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea and Hong Kong. The investment company is an affiliate of Digital Wave Finance (DWF), one of the world’s largest high-frequency cryptocurrency trading entities, which trades spot and derivatives markets on over 40 top exchanges. DWF Labs seeks to invest and support bold founders who want to build the future of Web3. For more information on DWF Labs, visit: https://www.dwf-labs.com/
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