SaaS influencer marketing platform startup Upfluence raises $3.6 million for global expansion and further investment in its proprietary software
Upfluence, a SaaS influencer marketing platform startup that helps brands tell their story with powerful influencer and content marketing technology, has raised $3.6 million in Series A funding to fund its continued global expansion and for further investment in its proprietary software. The latest round was led by the tech entrepreneurs’ fund, ISAI, with participation from additional investment group, French Partners. As part of the announcement, the company said that Thierry Vandewalle , venture partner at ISAI will join Upfluence’s board of directors.
Upfluence was founded in 2013 by Alexis Montagne, Kevin Creusy, Vivien Garnès, and Yann Metz. Its software is an all-in-one SaaS that allows brands to identify and contact their influencers at scale. The startup was recently included the top 10% of Inc5000’s list of fastest growing private companies in America. Its software includes features such as campaign management, reporting tools and a payment processing platform simplify influencer interactions so brands can focus on their marketing goals. Upfluence Software is currently used by 100+ clients worldwide. Since its launch, Upfluence has successfully positioned itself in key industries (Luxury, High-Tech, PCG…) and plays a central role in ensuring the success of its customers including Microsoft, EDF, Paypal or Victorinox.
Upfluence is the first true “all-in-one” SaaS for influencer marketing. Driven by data and characterized by its cutting-edge design, Upfluence Software is an all-in-one SaaS that allows brands to identify and contact their influencers at scale. Additional features such as campaign management, reporting tools and a payment processing platform simplify influencer interactions so brands can focus on their marketing goals.
“From pure branding to driving sales, Upfluence’s all-in-one SaaS allows its clients to reach their marketing goals with ease… Upfluence has already turned Influencer Marketing into a highly profitable channel for its clients.” – Thierry Vandewalle
“We’re very excited to be working with ISAI and Thierry Vandewalle moving forward, their impressive portfolio and strategic experience make them the ideal partners for Upfluence as we continue to scale our business globally.” – Vivien Garnes, CEO of Upfluence.
The company’s independent database aggregates millions of profiles from seven different platforms to provide access to 1.2 million influencers in 150 countries, making it the largest and most diverse influencer database on the market. Using its trademark search engine, integrated mailing platform, and real-time campaign tracking, Upfluence delivers an exceptional suite of professional tools that streamline the influencer process from start to finish.
The startup pioneers industry solutions with innovative technology like AI-assisted influencer recommendations, fake follower analysis, agnostic language recognition for global campaigns, and quantitative and qualitative search criteria that account for the most niche micro-influencers. Upfluence differentiates from competitors by offering the widest range of features and the highest caliber of analytics available in the industry. Its uniquely data-driven approach favors transparency, maximizes campaign performance and ensures unmatched ROI for its clients. Upfluence has positioned itself in key industries (Luxury, High-Tech, PCG…) and plays a central role in ensuring the success of its customers.
Since launching its SaaS offering in October 2016, Upfluence has bootstrapped stable double-digit monthly revenue growth, added 60 new team members and served over 500 clients worldwide including OMD, Nestlé and more.