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Image learning to create a new online marketing tool


Europe’s media industry lacks an effective business model for their online content, particularly in the context of falling revenues from traditional online advertising – they need new ways to effectively monetise their content.

Our aim is to allow media to generate revenue from their online images.
We apply innovative image-analysis technology to detect clothes in online images, and match them with clothes in retailers’ online product catalogues. This creates a lucrative collaboration between online media and retailers – for every customer redirected to a retailers’ website via an online image, media publications receive a commission fee.

An initial version of this automated technology (running in under 300 milliseconds) has already been developed. We can recognise photos of clothes in isolation (an image of an item of clothing on a plain background) and match them to the clothes sold by our 8000 partner retailers (Amazon, H&M…). We then give readers the opportunity to click to find a link to buy the same or similar item. This solution has already been commercialised to several leading magazines (including Closer, Grazia & Be), who have seen online advertising revenues increase by up to 6 times.
However, photos of clothes in isolation represent only a small proportion of online images.

Our ambition is therefore to adapt our technology to detect clothes in photos of people – representing a much larger proportion of online images. Online readers will be able to click to “Get the Look” of a celebrity or public figure in an online photo, and will be shown links to retailers selling similar items. The aim of our feasibility study is to refine the technological specifications and validate the commercial proof of concept with a base of current and potential clients.

With ShopStar, we are creating a non-invasive advertising solution that can be deployed to international media groups worldwide, positioning Shopedia as category leader for this disruptive new approach

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1


16 Rue Des Blancs Manteaux
75004 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000