Ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, which recently invested in social gaming via a new venture (Chuck Studios) in Asia, has agreed to provide marketing, strategy and services for U.K. sports companion web app startup, Squawka – investing, in its own words, a “significant” amount to become a shareholder in the business.
The deal will give Squawka access to BBH’s offices globally, while Zag — BBH’s ventures division — will help with marketing, strategy and business operations. Further terms were not disclosed (here’s the write-up on Squawka’s blog).
Squawka only launched in public beta back in June, offering itself as a companion to the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. The web app allows users to compare teams and players and actions in real-time, generating a live Player Performance Score which can be used to compare the performance of teams and players — something that has obvious appeal to the in-play betting market.
Currently Squawka offers real-time data visualisation for the English Premier League, La Liga, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A seasons.
Since its launch it’s attracted advertising from the likes of Domino’s, Gillette and Paddy Power. It also provides stats and real-time data for the recently announced Gillette Football Club — a partnership between Google and Proctor & Gamble for a dedicated football channel on YouTube.