Going once, going twice and sold!
ATG Media is a global pioneer of live and timed auction webcasts. From its first incarnation as the flagship publication for the fine art and antiques market, Antiques Trade Gazette, it has achieved what most publishing businesses can only dream of: a transformation into a multi-media agency.
Today it publishes Antiques Trade Gazette, operates its arts and antiques auction portal, the-saleroom.com, and industrial and commercial auction portals BidSpotter.com, BidSpotter.co.uk and i-bidder.com, as well as white label solutions for auctioneers. More than £300m-worth of business passed under its virtual hammer in 2014.
ATG Media has grown, on average, by 26%, year-on-year since 2009
“We have a history of challenging the status quo,” says CEO Anne Somers. She attributes the company’s success to its willingness to explore new markets and venture where others haven’t before, as she notes, “in the face of considerable industry scepticism”. Few saw the potential of the Antiques Trade Gazette, fewer still saw online bidding as a viable idea, though many in the industry must be kicking themselves now.
“It’s been amazing to see how much the auction industry has changed and adapted to the digital age,” says Anne. “We have been quite successful at bringing our customers – not the most tech-savvy of people – with us as our business has evolved. We are on first name terms with many of our auctioneers and bidders, and that won’t change.” Perhaps this explains the company’s ability to grow on average by 26%, year-on-year, since 2009, bucking the economic trend.
- Sector: Media
- Region: Inner London