Aller Finland launches a new company around its booming data business: Data Refinery Ltd. The new company commercializes data in Finland, also aiming at international markets where it has seen a promising start in the Nordic countries. 

Data Refinery's VP Sini Kervinen, CEO Sami Lahtinen and VP Laura Avonius in Data Refinery hoodies.

Data Refinery’s VP Sini Kervinen, CEO Sami Lahtinen and VP Laura Avonius.

Data Refinery aims to attract corporate customers who want to commercialize their data for sales purposes, and who want to develop their existing business with data.

The CEO of the new company is Sami Lahtinen, who previously worked as the Director of the Data & Digital Solutions business unit at Aller Finland, and the chairman of the board is Pauli Aalto-Setälä, CEO of Aller Media Group Finland. Aller Finland’s top data business experts Sini Kervinen, VP, Technology & Service, and Laura Avonius, VP, Innovation & Internationalization, and Aller Sweden’s Johan Lindgren, VP, Analytics, also feature in key roles of the new Nordic company.

Aller Finland’s data business is at the core of the company’s strategy, and it has grown 350% in the accounting period ending this September compared to the previous accounting period.

“We are very happy that our courage and expertise have been recognized in the market. Our persistent and extensive development work has really paid off,” says Sami Lahtinen, CEO of Data Refinery.

“Our data team has worked almost like a start-up inside our company from the very beginning. Now we have reached the point where we make it a real start-up and invest in its internationalization. Data belongs to everyone, and thanks to the data platform we have developed, data will now be accessible to everyone,” says Pauli Aalto-Setälä.

Data Refinery offers the same service in Finland and internationally: it helps companies such as media houses to commercialize their own data. Two other Aller Group countries — Sweden and Denmark— have already kicked off data business with enthusiasm, inspired by Finland’s example. After a good start, Data Refinery will commercialize their data this autumn.

In addition to the Nordic countries, Data Refinery seeks to gain a foothold in the United States markets in September. In the US, its potential clients include media that want to commercialize their own data. Data Refinery will be present at the Finland 100 Technology Seminar, organised by the Finnish American Chamber of Commerce in New York in September. The event showcases international Finnish innovations that are looking to expand to the American market.

“We have been well received at international events so far. People find it interesting that a media house has succeeded in developing a technological product and commercializing its data. What stands out in our story is the courage we have had in building this business, and that we know what to do with data. First we commercialized our own data with good results, and now we are providing this service to others,” says Laura Avonius, VP, Innovation & Internationalization.

Aller Media was the first media company in Finland to commercialize its data for external use as part of its business transformation from a print media company to a company that offers a wide range of content, marketing and data services. The growth of the data business has been very promising since the beginning of the year, and it has gained major Finnish brands as customers, mainly to make their marketing more effective through data.

Currently, Data Refinery employs 15 data experts. “What makes us stand out are the high-quality data sources from us and our data partners, as well as our technological expertise. This combination is supported by the most suited technology platforms to share this data with as many people and purposes as possible— including international fields,” says Sini Kervinen, VP, Technology & Service.

Data Refinery has developed a data monetization platform. The platform includes a data visualizing tool, which has received Google funding, in order to make data more accessible to non-experts. Using the tool enables you to monitor consumer profiles and their interests compiled from various data sources in real-time, highly useful in targeted marketing, for instance.

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