Direct Digital Holdings Partners with Basis Technologies on Buy- and Sell-Side

Holding Group's Colossus SSP Integrates with Basis to Increase Advertisers' Programmatic Reach of Multicultural / Diverse Media Inventory

Buy-Side Company Huddled Masses Collaborates with Basis to Serve SMB & Middle-Market Advertisers

HOUSTON and CHICAGO, Oct. 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Direct Digital Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: DRCT) ("Direct Digital Holdings" or the "Company"), a leading advertising and marketing technology platform operating through its companies Colossus Media, LLC ("Colossus SSP"), Huddled Masses LLC ("Huddled Masses") and Orange142, LLC ("Orange142"), today announced a new partnership with Basis Technologies ("Basis"), a global provider of programmatic advertising and media automation solutions.

As part of the agreement, Colossus SSP has directly integrated with the Basis media automation platform to enable more agencies and brands to increase diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by scaling spend on multicultural / diverse audiences and media, and minority-owned properties such as Blavity, Ebony and Univision.

In addition, Basis has been named a preferred demand-side platform (DSP) by Huddled Masses – which specializes in working with small- and mid-sized business (SMB) and middle-market business clients. With these types of advertisers often having smaller budgets, preventing them from accessing bigger technology platforms, this deal enables Basis to increase its reach with this set of underserved marketers.

"Basis Technologies is aligned with Direct Digital Holding's focus on democratizing programmatic advertising for all," said Mark Walker, CEO and Co-Founder, Direct Digital Holdings. "The omnichannel capabilities and wide scale of Basis will bolster Colossus SSP's and Huddled Masses' abilities. In turn, the relationship with Huddled Masses is also giving Basis expanded reach to an often overlooked – but extremely valuable – group of advertisers."

"Direct Digital Holdings and Basis Technologies want to be part of the solution to overcome the barriers that underserved groups on the buy- and sell-side face in digital media," said Tyler Kelly, President, Basis Technologies. "The need for the technology and services that Direct Digital Holdings offers is obvious, as they provide the heft and influence that can channel ad technology innovations for the benefit of a wider set of organizations."

Currently, Colossus SSP represents 22,000 media properties – offering inventory from both multicultural / diverse and general market publishers. The company has 136,000 advertisers accessing its platform monthly, generating over 250 billion impressions per month across display, CTV, in-app and other media.

Huddled Masses is a marketing technology partner passionate about helping clients grow their business and serves as a long-term partner extension of the team, with decades of expertise to maximize the impact and efficiency of every client's media investment as well as drive performance marketing. 

About Basis Technologies

Basis Technologies is a global provider of programmatic advertising and media automation software and services for enterprises. The Basis platform improves omnichannel marketing performance by unifying programmatic and direct media buying, workflow automation, cross-channel campaign planning, universal reporting and business intelligence. It delivers a comprehensive selection of buying methods across all channels and devices, utilizing all major creative types and formats. Delivered through a world-class media services team or a SaaS model, Basis solves digital media complexity and drives profitability through a single system of record, seamless team collaboration, and actionable data-driven insights. Headquartered in Chicago with offices servicing North America, South America, and Europe, Basis Technologies has received numerous accolades for its commitment to employees and workplace culture. Learn more at

About Direct Digital Holdings

Direct Digital Holdings (Nasdaq: DRCT), owner of operating companies Colossus SSP, Huddled Masses, and Orange 142, brings state-of-the-art sell- and buy-side advertising platforms together under one umbrella company. Direct Digital Holdings' sell-side platform, Colossus SSP, offers advertisers of all sizes extensive reach within general market and multicultural media properties. The Company's subsidiaries Huddled Masses and Orange142 deliver significant ROI for middle market advertisers by providing data-optimized programmatic solutions at scale for businesses in sectors that range from energy to healthcare to travel to financial services. Direct Digital Holdings' sell- and buy-side solutions manage on average over 136,000 clients monthly, generating approximately 250 billion impressions per month across display, CTV, in-app and other media channels.

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Basis Technologies

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