Incisive Media’s ClickZ, SES & Search Engine Watch Acquired By Blenheim Chalcot
Incisive Media CEO says sale of its Interactive Marketing divisions will allow his group to focus on its core financial business.
A release posted on the websites of both Blehheim Chalcot and Incisive Media confirm that ClickZ, SES and Search Engine Watch – three properties of Incisive Media’s Interactive Marketing group – have been acquired by Blenheim Chalcot.
“I have known the founders of Blenheim Chalcot, Charles Mindenhall and Manoj Badale, for 15 years. They have an extraordinary track record of building and developing successful businesses and I could not think of a better new owner of ClickZ, SES and Search Engine Watch,” says Incisive Media’s Chairman and CEO Tim Weller.
Weller goes on to say the sale of the properties will free his group to focus on its core financial information business. Presumably, the purchase of ClickZ also includes the associated ClickZ Live conference series, a fourth property.
Based in London, Blenheim Chalot was founded in 1998 and boasts ownership of more than 30 businesses spreading across various industries, including IT services, outsourcing, financial services and media.
Terms of the deal weren’t shared. Incisive Media purchased the properties from Jupitermedia for $43 million in August 2005. Incisive Media was later cut in half, with a new ALM company spun out of it. The other part retained the Incisive name kept the ClickZ-SES-SEW properties. In late 2013, Incisive changed the name of its SES series to “ClickZ Live,” then in 2014, resurrected the SES brand as one-day events in addition to its multiday ClickZ Live events.
By the way, our publisher Third Door Media competes directly with Blenheim Chalot’s newly acquired properties, through our Marketing Land and Search Engine Land publications and our SMX search conference series. Third Door Media was cofounded by Danny Sullivan, who was formerly the head of Search Engine Watch and Search Engine Strategies programming, until leaving a year after the Incisive takeover.