M&A on the rise in digital marketing

2016 saw increasing M&A activity in the digital marketing sector which is likely to lead to further consolidation over the next 12 months.

Data from latest Digital Marketing M&A report from advisory firm Hampleton Partners shows that the first half of 2016 equalled the entirety of 2015 in terms of deal values.

With around £3.4 billion in deals made, 2016 is the second-highest valued period in the last five years.

Increasing consolidation  

The data shows that higher spending across a...

By Colm Hebblethwaite, 23 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mergers and acquisitions.

Hootsuite acquires LiftMetrix, aims for greater social ROI

Social media management platform provider Hootsuite has announced the acquisition of analytics firm LiftMetrix to further bolster its portfolio and give organisations greater insight into their social campaigns.

The two companies have been partners for several years, with LiftMetrix being one of the primary players in Hootsuite’s open partner ecosystem – and with return on investment (ROI) practically a necessity in today’s marketing landscape, the deal makes sense in terms of getting as...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Mergers and acquisitions, Social Media Marketing.

Why you should throw M&A into the marketing mix

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The digital marketing space has gone through huge transformation in recent years as evolving social trends and technological developments change the way that people consume marketing messages.

This makes it imperative for marketing agencies and providers to adapt to this changing environment in order to target and engage their key audiences. 

Today, marketing agencies are increasingly competing against data-led tech giants such as Adobe and Oracle, which are leveraging technology to...

By Daniel Domberger, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Mergers and acquisitions.

eBay Enterprise and Innotrac rebrand as omnichannel platform provider Radial

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eBay Enterprise and Innotrac have rebranded as Radial, a new omnichannel commerce technology and operations provider. The move comes after private equity firm Sterling Partners bought Innotrac Corporation in 2014 and led a consortium of buyers to acquire eBay Enterprise, in November 2015.

Using the Radial global commerce platform as a service retailers are able to manage cost and improve profitability for the entire order lifecycle, claims the company. The technology and operations...

By Liz Morrell, 27 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Mergers and acquisitions.

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.

Emailvision is dead, long live SmartFocus: Cloud marketer changes brand name

Emailvision, the cloud-based marketing platform and CRM provider, is now SmartFocus after the company changed its name effective this morning.

“Our new site reflects our new identity and helps our customers and prospects understand how we can help them deliver real-time personalized marketing to all of their customers,” the revamped company website explains.

Why the change? Put simply, the previous name didn’t offer enough insight into what the company was doing.

Brad Wilson,...

Why Twitter’s IPO announcement has come at a perfect time

It’s been a long time in the works, but Twitter has finally announced that it is to float on the stock market as it prepares its IPO.

As is the way of these things, the news was announced in a tweet from the microblogging platform, whose intention to float comes just over a year after fellow social network Facebook went public.

Twitter wrote last night: “We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This tweet does not...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Mergers and acquisitions, Social Media Marketing.

Twitter buys microblog Posterous to aid content sharing

Twitter has acquired microblogging platform Posterous, in order to improve content sharing.

Engineers, product managers and others from the Tumblr competitor team will be joining Twitter in a bid to make the social network better by working on ‘several key initiatives’.

Posterous Spaces, a service designed to allow either private or public sharing, will remain open and users will be warned if any changes are made to the service.

A blog post from Twitter said: “We’re always looking for...

By Dani Millward, 13 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content Marketing, Mergers and acquisitions.

More sources point to Facebook Gowalla deal

Speculation is rife that Facebook is about to acquire the Texas-based social check-in service Gowalla.

Late last week, a source close to Gowalla confirmed to CNN Money that a deal was imminent. Earlier today, All Things Digital blogged about a letter sent to investors by Gowalla CEO Josh Williams that appeared to confirm that a deal was in the works. “This story was leaked from an uknown...

By Matt Henkes, 05 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Commerce, Mergers and acquisitions.

Google acquires social media analytics firm PostRank

Google has bolstered its social media arsenal with the acquisition of the Ontario-based social media monitoring firm PostRank.

The service is used by publishers and marketers to measure the engagement generated from content and marketing campaigns. It provides real-time data on the number of comments, tweets, bookmarks and other social responses that a particular piece of content or information has been able to generate on the social web.

With Google chief Larry Page’s ambition to firmly establish the...