Search and Q&A website Ask.com has finalized its acquisition of nRelate, a company that suggests related stories to readers on publisher websites, says Doug Leeds, CEO of Ask.com.
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Salesforce.com will acquire Buddy Media for $689 million in cash and Salesforce.com equity.
Omnicom reported $204.6 million in net income for Q1 2012, a 1.3% increase from the same period last year, said John Wren, Omnicom's president and CEO, during an earnings call. Wren also emphasized Omnicom's initiative to grow its digital presence across all of its agencies through acquisitions, partnerships and investments in personnel.
Twitter has acquired a Web security startup company called Dasient, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.
Direct marketing agency Rauxa acquired digital design and development firm ThoughtMatrix, the agency said on Jan. 12. Rauxa CEO Jill Gwaltney said the acquisition closed the last week of December but declined to disclose terms.
Direct marketer Publishers Clearing House has acquired mobile marketing company Liquid Wireless. Publishers Clearing House CEO Andy Goldberg said the acquisition closed "before Christmas" but declined to disclose terms.
Email deliverability firm Return Path acquired email technology company OtherInbox, the company said on Jan. 10. The acquisition closed in late December, said Return Path CEO Matt Blumberg, who declined to disclose terms.
MDC Partners acquired media agency RJ Palmer for $25 million including incentives, Miles Nadal, chairman and CEO of the Toronto-based holding company said on Jan. 5. Nadal said that acquisition closed in December.
Home improvement retailer Lowe's acquired online retailer ATG Stores, the company said on Dec. 29. Lowe's spokesperson Karen Cobb said the acquisition closed yesterday afternoon but declined to disclose terms.
Self-service marketing company VerticalResponse acquired social marketing firm Roost, the company said on Dec. 15. VerticalResponse CEO Janine Popick said the acquisition closed yesterday but declined to disclose terms.
Digital travel marketing company MMG Worldwide acquired Ypartnership, a travel research services company, both companies said Dec. 14. The agencies have merged to form MMGY Global, a full-service travel marketing agency.
Google acquired personalized recommendation company Clever Sense, the company said on Dec. 13. A Google spokesperson declined to disclose terms of the acquisition.
WPP-owned digital marketing firm 24/7 Real Media acquired digital video advertising firm Panache, said David Moore, founder, chairman and CEO of 24/7 Real Media on Dec. 6. Moore declined to disclose terms of the acquisition.
Location-based advertising has become an integral component of overall communications strategies. This month, several major brands introduced programs that leverage geo-local information to offer consumers more relevant content.
Adobe Systems Inc. has agreed to acquire digital marketing firm Efficient Frontier, the company said on Nov. 30. The acquisition is expected to close during the first quarter of Adobe's 2012 fiscal year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
EBay has acquired recommendation platform Hunch. The acquisition closed on Nov. 21, eBay spokesperson Johnna Hoff said via email.
Yahoo agreed to acquire advertising technology firm Interclick for $270 million, the company said on Nov. 1. The acquisition is expected to close by early 2012.
Gilt Groupe has acquired daily deals site BuyWithMe, according to reports. The acquisition will take effect on Nov. 1, according to BetaBeat, which first reported news of the acquisition on Oct. 28.
Database company Oracle entered into an agreement on Oct. 18 to acquire data management and Web commerce company Endeca Technologies.
Liz Claiborne Inc. agreed to sell the Liz Claiborne, Monet and Kensie brands, and completed the sale of the Dana Buchman brand, for total cash proceeds of approximately $328 million, Liz Claiborne Inc. CEO William McComb said during an Oct. 13 conference call.
Creative agencies are investing more resources in Brazil as the world's fifth-largest economy transitions from burgeoning market to one shaping others around the globe.
MDC Partners has acquired a majority stake in healthcare marketing agency Concentric Pharma Advertising. The deal will add a healthcare-marketing capability to the New York-based holding company.
ICrossing has acquired Santiago, Chile-based digital agency Wallaby Group in a deal that will allow the Hearst Corp.-owned shop to expand its global footprint.
Quebecor Media-owned Canadian digital agency Nurun has acquired Odopod, a San Francisco-based digital shop. The deal adds Odopod clients such as Google, Electronic Arts and Sony Electronics to Nurun's roster, which includes Cartier, MSN, AT&T and Disney.
EBay has acquired social commerce firm The Gifts Project. The San Francisco-based company produces a platform that allows consumers to make purchases as a group from e-commerce sites.
Google acquired restaurant reviews company Zagat on September 8. The Zagat team will continue to work at its New York office and retain its brand, products and services.
Digital agency Ascentium has acquired e-commerce firm Cactus Commerce. The two companies began talks last September, said Tony Marinelli, CEO of Cactus Commerce.
Google has bought digital coupon and loyalty program provider Zave Networks. Zave's employees will join Google's Commerce team, said a Google spokesperson via email.
Marketers are facing a fire hose of social media data, especially as networks like Google+ expand and Twitter explores monetization strategies.
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