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Viral Nation’s AI-Powered Brand Safety Solution Wins SXSW Innovation Award

By: Viral Nation | 3 mins read |

Viral Nation, a leading Social-First Transformation, Marketing, and Talent Representation Firm, is thrilled to announce its groundbreaking AI-powered brand safety solution, Viral Nation_Secure, has been honored with the coveted Innovation Award for Social Media at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival. This recognition underscores Viral Nation’s commitment to building best-in-class technology to help brands undergo their Social-First Transformation while protecting their reputation at scale.

The SXSW Innovation Awards celebrate the most exciting advancements in technology and creativity across various industries. Amidst an array of highly competitive entrants, the judges recognized Viral Nation as leading its peers in harnessing the power of AI, enabling brands to take control of their online reputations and mitigate the inherent risk in influencer marketing.

The increasing and unprecedented access and transparency on social media means companies, brands, and people are accountable and exposed – including their past. In today’s Social-First world, companies need a scalable, AI-powered, social media monitoring and screening solution to keep their brand’s reputation safe. Viral Nation_Secure enables marketing teams to screen and monitor the social media activity of brand advocates, sponsored influencers, and affiliates to ensure online behavior aligns with organizational values.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have Viral Nation_Secure receive the SXSW Innovation Award,” said Joe Gagliese, Co-Founder and CEO of Viral Nation. “Brand safety remains paramount as more and more social media opportunities lead to increased risks for brands. Viral Nation_Secure is a critical part of our full-service Social-First offering, spanning award-winning international marketing services, the largest social talent management division in the world, innovative performance measurement and analytics, and a robust, proprietary tech stack.”

Viral Nation’s innovative approach to brand safety has already garnered acclaim within the industry, earning the trust of top retailers, major sports leagues, and global entertainment brands. One of North America’s leading retail giants relies on Viral Nation_Secure to help navigate and scale their expansive creator program. To date, Viral Nation_Secure has screened over 7.6M videos –  the equivalent of over 23 years of manual analysis – within a 6-month period. By helping clients navigate the risks associated with social media marketing, Viral Nation helps brands build and maintain the always-on, social-first strategy needed to thrive in today’s digital world.

“A brand’s responsibility has evolved beyond merely safeguarding their own social presence to setting an expectation of what will be tolerated by the consumer, the media, and investors,” said Nicholas Spiro, Chief Product Officer at Viral Nation. “By developing and deploying technology like Viral Nation_Secure, we’re helping our clients harness the unprecedented opportunity of social media while maximizing impact and mitigating risk.”

In a world where the consumer journey has undergone a seismic shift from the linear and traditional to one deeply entrenched in social and digital touchpoints, brands are racing to revolutionize their approach. Being Social-First isn’t an option anymore, it’s a requirement. With brand safety at the forefront, Viral Nation offers full-service integrated marketing services and a robust social-first technology stack to deliver scalable, always-on solutions for brands.

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About Viral Nation

Viral Nation unlocks the full power of Social-First Marketing to scale brands into the future. Since 2014, Viral Nation has been connecting the dots between Culture, Influence, and Technology to drive meaningful results for clients ranging from the world’s biggest brands to the individual influencer. Today, as the leader in Social-First Transformation, we unite the social ecosystem through our full-service creative agency, a 360° digital talent representation agency and a Social-First suite of technology solutions. Named as one of the fastest-growing companies in North America for 2023 by Deloitte, Viral Nation is active in eight countries and is home to the largest influencer roster. Our multidisciplinary teams are as diverse as our portfolio, proud to fuel growth for global brands including Anheuser-Busch, Baidu, Campbell’s, The Coca-Cola Company, Disney, eOne, Microsoft, Meta Platforms, Tencent, TJX, Uber, and Warner Bros. For more information, please visit and follow us on LinkedIn, X, Instagram, and TikTok.

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Viral Nation is a new media innovation group that powers the social ecosystem through integrated solutions that align strategy, talent, media, and technology. As pioneers in the influencer space, Viral Nation is comprised of a full-service creative agency, a creator and athlete-influencer representation agency, and a technology division creating modern marketing solutions for the social media age.