IgnitionOne Acquires Knotice To Build Out Its Digital Marketing Platform

Ignition One logo March 2014 Cloud-based digital marketing technology provider IgnitionOne announced today it has acquired the privately-owned digital marketing platform Knotice. According to the announcement Knotice's technology will be "seamlessly" integrated into the IgnitionOne's Digital Marketing Suite, adding data consolidation and fidelity solutions, an email CRM, as well as mobile and cross-device capabilities. "Today we see other large players attempting to piece together point solutions, but we have a strong advantage when it comes to the number of solutions already integrated," said IgnitionOne CEO Will M [...]


Oracle To Buy BlueKai, Adding A Data Management Platform To Its Marketing Cloud

bluekai Consolidation in the marketing cloud continues. Today Oracle announced it has signed an agreement to buy BlueKai, the data management and analytics solution that fuels personalized cross-channel marketing campaigns. According to the press release, "BlueKai will be integrated with both Responsys for B2C marketing automation and Eloqua for B2B marketing automation in order to deliver orchestrated and personalized customer interactions across all marketing activities and channels." Oracle adds both BlueKai's data management platform (DMP) and mobile DMP to its cloud stack with the acquisiti [...]


Oracle To Buy Responsys Cloud-Based B2C Marketing Automation Platform

oracle-logo In an effort to dominate the cloud-based marketing technology market, Oracle announced today that it will acquire Responsys Inc., a provider of enterprise-scale cloud-based B2C marketing software. Responsys helps brands manage and execute email, mobile, social, display and retargeting campaigns. MetLife, jetBlue, City Sports and Lenovo are among the company's enterprise clients according to the website. The deal creates what Oracle says will be the world's largest marketing cloud by extending Oracle's existing Customer Experience Cloud, which includes Commerce, Sales, Service, Social and [...]


AOL To Buy Programmatic Video Ad Platform Adap.tv, Expanding Efforts To Change Video & TV Ad Buying Process

AOL Inc. is boosting its stake in the online video advertising space by purchasing Adap.tv, a leader in video advertising technology, for $405 million in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close in September. Adap.tv's programmatic ad platform facilitates real-time bidding as well as premium upfront and spot buys. The platform also works across media devices -- Web, mobile and connected TV. According to Adap.tv, 10 billion video impressions run through the platform monthly. AOL CEO, Tim Armstrong said in a statement, "Two trends are prevalent in the video space right now – the mov [...]


Omnicom + Publicis = Publicom & Much Ado About Shareholder Equity? What’s The Real Impact?

publicom-groupe There's never a dull moment in the advertising world. The proposed Omnicom and Publicis merger has everyone talking, but what (if anything) does this mean for the digital ad world? Who will be the winners and losers? What possible upside exists for the clients? Having had the pleasure of working within large and small agencies (and having lived through many a merger), I'd like to share a summary of the collective voices in my head offering (sometimes conflicting) viewpoints of the potential victors and also-rans in the proposed union. Clients The mega agency pitch to clients is pretty sim [...]


Deluxe Buys Vertical Response For $27 Million

Deluxe announced this week during its latest earnings report that it's bought Vertical Response, an e-mail and social media marketing provider. The acquisition happened in June with a cash price of $27 million. You may know Deluxe for check printing, but it offers a wide variety of online marketing services aimed primarily at small businesses, including web hosting, website design and search marketing. Deluxe CEO Lee Schram said that the acquisition "accelerates our web-based growth efforts with small businesses, adding valuable online promotional and internet marketing services capabilitie [...]


Salesforce To Buy ExactTarget For $2.5 Billion, Gain More Ground In Marketing Automation

salesforce-logo In an announcement released today from Salesforce.com, the popular CRM platform has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire cloud-based marketing services provider ExactTarget for approximately $2.5 billion. Unanimously approved by the boards of directors for both companies, Salesforce will pay $33.75 per share in cash for all outstanding shares of ExactTarget. According to a report on NYT's Dealbook, the offer is 53 percent more than ExactTarget's closing price yesterday. This deal is Salesforce's largest acquisition yet, and falls in line with the company's previous acquisitions [...]


Rimm-Kaufman Group Acquires Vanessa Fox’s Nine By Blue

rkg-nb The Rimm-Kaufman Group has acquired Vanessa Fox's company, Nine By Blue, for an undisclosed amount consisting of 100 percent cash and stock deal. The acquisition includes hiring the talent behind Nine By Blue, including our very own Vanessa Fox, a Contributing Editor here and at Search Engine Land, as well as the Blueprint search analytics and diagnostics software. Blueprint will be integration into RKG's technology suite. As many of you know, Vanessa Fox worked at Google years ago, being credited with founding Google Webmaster Tools. “We are thrilled to have Vanessa, Blueprint and [...]


New Flickr Debut Puts Photos First, Free Terabyte Of Space For Each User

flickr-featured Yahoo followed up its acquisition of Tumblr today with a relaunch of a "better, brighter Flickr" at a press conference in New York City. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said she challenged the Flickr team to "make Flickr awesome again." The new Flickr puts photos first. Acknowledging that Flickr had become a mishmash of small thumbnails, links and words, today's launch showcases the new approach to an immersive photo experience. "We want all your photos" Adam Cahan, SVP of mobile and emerging products at Yahoo announced that all photos are full resolution and each user will have a free tera [...]


Yahoo Buys Tumblr For $1.1 Billion, Promises “Not To Screw It Up”

yahoo-tumblr-featured On a conference call to discuss Yahoo's exceptional $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer's admiration for Tumblr's achievements and culture was refreshingly transparent. Tumblr will continue to operate independently, David Karp will remain CEO, and Yahoo has promised "not to screw it up." Tumblr has more than 300 million monthly users and is signing up 120,000 new users per day. The deal is expected to increase Yahoo's total audience by 50% to more than a billion monthly users. Traffic could grow by 20%. In the press release, David Karp, CEO of Tumblr, addressed [...]


For Social Media Viewing, Twitter Is Live TV; Facebook Is DVR

facebook-twitter-logos-200px When you follow someone on Twitter, you see everything they post. When you follow someone on Facebook, it decides what you see. Which is right? I'd say both, and it comes down to the live TV versus DVR personalities of each service. Should Facebook Show Everything? The issue of Facebook deciding what to show people in their Facebook news feed came up this week when Nick Bilton of the New York Times wrote about how over the past year, the engagement on his posts had dropped, despite his having gained a huge increase in Facebook followers. That echoed concerns from Star Trek alum and soc [...]


Ask + About.com = A Winning Formula For IAC – And Online Marketers

about.com-logo IAC, parent company of Ask.com and many other prominent websites, has acquired About.com from the New York Times with a $300 million cash deal, trumping a $270 million offer from Answers.com. Many news sites have reported details of the acquisition, but I want to focus on the implications and opportunities for marketers that much of the news coverage seems to have overlooked. About has nearly 1,000 topic sites, more than 3 million unique articles and nearly 100 million unique monthly users worldwide. Ask.com has more than 100 million users globally and despite fading from the top ranks [...]


About.com Will Almost Certainly Be Sold – But Who’s Buying?

about.com-logo Reuters is reporting that Barry Diller's IAC Corp. has apparently trumped a bid from Answers.com to buy About.com from the New York Times company. The New York Times issued a press release a couple of weeks ago confirming it was in negotiations to sell About, but very little other information has surfaced about the potential deal since then. The Times is selling About because it has been struggling with its overall business. Last month, the Times Co wrote down value of About by $195 million. The Times originally purchased About from Primedia, Inc. for $410 million in 2005. Prior to that, Pr [...]


Twitter Analytics Company Followerwonk Acquired By SEOmoz

Popular SEO community and tools provider SEOmoz has expanded their offerings today as they announced the acquisition of Portland based Twitter analytics company Followerwonk. The exact acquisition cost was not disclosed but Rand Fishkin, SEOmoz CEO, stated that the total deal value is:the total deal value is: "in the low 7 figures (between 1mm and 4mm) and that it includes three items - cash upfront, ongoing cash incentives for the years the Wonk crew stay at Moz, and SEOmoz stock." Followerwonk allows users to search for, compare, analyze, track and sort followers. In the official annou [...]


Google Nabs Wildfire Social Marketing Platform For Reported $250 Million

WildfireFounders Google to marketers: we may be a bit, uh, behind in social, but come buy social programs through us anyway. That seems to be the gist of what the search giant is saying with its acquisition of Wildfire, a social media marketing platform that works primarily with Facebook, but also with Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn. Though Google didn't disclose a purchase price when announcing the acquisition, reports peg the value of the deal at around $250 million. The union makes a lot of sense for Google, which has historically not had a problem with purchasing companies that wor [...]


WPP Bets Big On Digital Future With AKQA Acquisition

akqa-large442x305 [caption id="attachment_15024" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Chairman Tom Bedecarré and Founder and CEO Ajaz Ahmed"][/caption] WPP PLC, the world's largest advertising company, has added one of the last and largest independent digital agencies, AKQA, to its ranks, agreeing to purchase the firm for a reported $540 million. The purchase price, if correct, makes it one of the largest digital advertising agency acquisitions. The San-Francisco-based agency will remain an freestanding unit within the holding company and will retain its leadership -- founder and CEO Ajaz Ahmed and Ch [...]


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