Personalisation specialist Blueshift secures $8 million funding

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Marketing personalisation specialist Blueshift has secured an $8 million Series A round of venture financing that will enable it to accelerate the development of its marketing automation solutions.

As well as driving sales and marketing the investment will also be used to allow Blueshift to build out its proprietary Interaction Graph platform.

The platform powers Blueshift’s Segment-of-One marketing automation solutions. The Interaction Graph stores each user’s stream of...

By Liz Morrell, 11 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Mergers and acquisitions, Personalised Marketing.

Marketing and ad tech M&A activity hits near record heights for Q3

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The advertising and marketing tech sectors have continued to see buoyant merger and acquisition activity in the third quarter of this year with activity only just falling short of Q3 2014 figures which saw the strongest activity on record.

The data comes from a study released by specialist technology and marcoms corporate finance advisor Results International.

112 deals were announced in Q3 2015 compared with 113 for the same period last year. Compared to the previous quarter, total...

Starbucks opens up loyalty programme to Spotify in new first

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Starbucks is, for the first time, opening up its loyalty programme to a third party in a new deal with Spotify that will also allow staff to influence the music playlists played instore.

The partnership means that Spotify users will have the opportunity to earn Stars as Currency for the My Starbucks Rewards loyalty programme. 

From Autumn of this year the partnership will be rolled out in a phased introduction, firstly into Starbucks US company owned stores and then into Canada...

By Liz Morrell, 20 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Mergers and acquisitions, Personalised Marketing.

App Annie’s latest purchase to create most thorough insight into smartphone users yet

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App Annie has today bought Mobidia in a deal it says will provide the most thorough insight into the two billion smartphone users worldwide yet.

The combination of App Annie’s mobile app intelligence platform and Mobidia’s mobile measurement expertise will allow for the expansion of App Annie’s Usage Intelligence data platform since it will now combine the industry’s two largest datasets into one. Initially launched as a closed beta release in January App Annie has...

By Liz Morrell, 06 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Mergers and acquisitions.

Marketing technology industry set for explosive revenue gains

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Companies investing in marketing technology will continue to raise their budgets, with global vendor revenue forecasted to touch $32.2 billion by 2018.

The projections, part of an IDC webinar on the marketing software revolution, reveal a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.4% and total spend of $130 billion across the five-year stretch between 2014 and...

Marketing sector braced for increased M&A activity in 2015

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) among marketing services, media and related technology companies is set to gather pace in 2015 after what has been a buoyant 2014 for the industry.

A survey by advisement company AdMedia Partners revealed that there have been year-on-year increases across the board for M&A. There was a 10% rise in respondents who made acquisitions along with a 4% growth in both...

By Simon Holland, 16 December 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Mergers and acquisitions.

Yahoo bulks up on video after $640-million Brightroll acquisition

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Programmatic video ad platform Brightroll has been purchased by Yahoo in a $640 million cash deal.

News of the acquisition broke on Yahoo’s Tumblr account where CEO Marissa Meyer talked up the deal by describing video advertising as the next evolution in display marketing technology.

“Video is display 2.0,” she said. “It’s what brand advertisers love. It’s a format that elegantly and easily transitions from broadcast television to PC to mobile and even to

By Simon Holland, 12 November 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Mergers and acquisitions, Programmatic, Video & Audio Marketing.

Why Apple bought Beats for the consumers’ brains, not their headphones

“Algorithms can’t do the job alone,” Jimmy Iovine, ex-CEO of Beats and newly minted Apple executive, said when talking about how the alchemical arithmetic that determine Google’s search results, Facebook’s newsfeed, and the ads served along with them, works to a point but getting any better needs the consumer’s active involvement.

Marketers of all ilks - but especially those in the mobile and online space - would be wise to heed Iovine’s words. Treating online...

Facebook buys WhatsApp: The experts’ verdicts

Last night Facebook announced its intention to buy messaging provider WhatsApp for a deal totalling $19bn (£11.4bn), becoming the social network’s costliest acquisition to date.

The deal comprises an original $16bn, one quarter of which is cash and the remainder in Facebook shares, alongside another $3bn in restricted stock units granted to WhatsApp’s founders and employees.

With over 450 million WhatsApp users globally, 70% of which are active on any given day, as well as one million new...

By James Bourne, 20 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, Mergers and acquisitions, Social Media Marketing.

Is Coupons.com really worth $1bn?

It may have never posted a profit in its 15 year history, but that fact isn't stopping Coupons.com from filing a $100m IPO.

Describing itself in the SEC filing as “a leading digital promotion platform that connects great brands and retailers with consumers”, the coupons company that Steven Boal founded in 1998 plans to use the funds it raises from the IPO for working capital and for potential acquisitions.

In the past year it

By Philip Hoey, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Campaigns, M-Commerce, Mergers and acquisitions, Publishing.