The digital agency is the third new puzzle piece added to Accenture Interactive in the past six months.
AlloyASL acquires Student Marketing Group and becomes ASL Marketing.
Eloqua CEO Joe Payne is adamant that email-only solutions are as doomed as the dinosaurs.
Alloy Direct Marketing and youth marketing data provider American Student List (ASL) announced May 7 the two companies will merge, the result of a joint venture between their respective parent companies: Alloy Media + Marketing and Euro RSCG Discovery. The resulting company will be known as Alloy ASL, said Andrew Belth, president of Alloy ASL and the former SVP of Alloy Direct Marketing.
Amazon.com has agreed to acquire Kiva Systems for $775 million in cash, the company said in a statement. Kiva Systems, which will retain its brand, provides end-to-end material handling solutions for distribution centers, which include automated robots for moving inventory and software for tracking products throughout the picking and sorting process.
UPS has reached an agreement to acquire Dutch-based international delivery services company TNT Express, said UPS director of global media services Norman Black. TNT Express's major shareholders have agreed on UPS's all-cash offer at $6.8 billion. UPS expects the deal to close during the third quarter of 2012.
Possible Worldwide, WPP Digital's interactive marketing network, has named ZAAZ CEO and co-founder Shane Atchison CEO, Baron Conway, EVP of global business and development at Possible Worldwide confirmed to Direct Marketing News. Marketing analytics provider ZAAZ, formerly a part of WPP Group's Wunderman division, will become a part of WPP Digital's Possible Worldwide.
Marketing services agency SolutionSet MediaWhiz Partnership merged with D.L. Ryan Companies, an independent promotions and digital marketing agency, to form the Hyper Marketing Incorporated Network (HMI).
As we head into the long weekend, direct response marketers have something to be thankful for. Microsoft has acquired video search company Videosurf, both companies said Nov. 22. The $70 million acquisition signifies an investment by a major player in enabling consumers to "search, discover and watch online videos," according to a ZDNet description of Videosurf's capabilities.
Peter Drakoulias has been promoted to the newly-created position of global chief of staff at Draftfcb effective immediately, he told Direct Marketing News. He will report to Draftfcb president and CEO Laurence Boschetto and he will partner with George Kane, EVP and worldwide financial director, to oversee the agency's global M&A activity.
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.
Mergers and acquisition (M&A) value in the marketing, media, technology and services industries increased 9% to $43.4 billion in the third quarter of 2011 compared with Q2, according to a transactions report from Petsky Prunier, an investment bank. Seven hundred and seventy one transactions occurred during the quarter, an increase of 9% compared to the second quarter.
Kinderhook Industries-owned direct marketing services companies Spectra Products and Take 5 Solutions have merged, John Lofquist, director of marketing and communications at Take 5 told Direct Marketing News.
Digital marketing company Datran Media and digital media services firm ContextWeb have merged into PulsePoint, the companies said on Sept. 22.
Digital agency The Borenstein Group has acquired Q2 Marketing, a digital and direct marketing shop. Borenstein Group will incorporate Q2 into its brand by the end of this week, said Gal Borenstein, CEO and founder of the agency.
The SolutionSet MediaWhiz Partnership has promoted Ed Kats to president of its MediaWhiz division, effective August 29. Kats will report directly to Zain Raj, president and CEO of the Partnership.
Marketing database company MCH Strategic Data has acquired early childhood marketing firm Wilson Marketing Group.
Publicis Groupe has acquired a majority stake in social media agency Big Fuel, in its second major acquisition in three months. The Paris-based holding company will align the shop under the VivaKi network, which operates digital agencies Digitas, Razorfish, Starcom MediaVest Group and Zenith Optimedia.
Database company Infogroup sold its research branch, Opinion Research Company International (ORC), to Chicago-based private equity firm Lake Capital Management. Infogroup president and CEO Clare Hart said July 7 that the sale will allow Infogroup to concentrate on consumer data, list management and brokerage, multichannel marketing and sales enablement.
Mergers and acquisitions in the marketing services industry more than doubled year-over-year in both value and volume in May, despite disappointing economic and unemployment numbers for the month.
Mergers and acquisitions in the interactive and marketing services sector totaled $5.74 billion in the first six months of 2011, an 81% increase compared with the same period in 2010, according to a report from investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI).
Marketing agency CreateThe Group said June 20 that it has acquired Morpheus Media. New York-based CreateThe Group will rebrand the digital shop Morpheus Media, a CreateThe Group company.
Mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity in the marketing, media, technology and services industries totaled $18.7 billion in May, according to a transactions report from Petsky Prunier, an investment bank. May's total M&A value was the highest in the past 12 months, up 131% compared with May 2010 and 16% compared with April, respectively.
TV Goods Inc. has acquired AsSeenOnTV.com and toll-free number 866-AsSeenOnTV for $5 million in cash and stock from Seen on TV LLC.
NSI Marketing Services has rebranded as Ansira, the agency said June 1. The firm, which acquired integrated shop Razor in January, will position itself as an integrated customer engagement agency.
Draftfcb has acquired London-based digital agency Blue Barracuda. Draftfcb will incorporate Blue Barracuda's 60-person staff into its London office and rebrand the combined agency as Draftfcb London: Fuelled by Blue Barracuda.
Merkle subsidiary CognitiveData has acquired consulting and strategy firm Lenser, Craig Dempster, EVP and CMO at Merkle, said April 4. The deal will allow CognitiveData to expand its data quality, list processing and marketing database services.
The total value of marketing and interactive services mergers and acquisitions increased 13% year-over-year to $2 billion during the first quarter of 2011, according to a report by investment banking firm Jordan, Edmiston Group. Notable Q1 marketing and interactive services transactions included Salesforce.com's acquisition of Radian6 for $326 million; Teradata's acquisition of Aster Data Systems, a data and analytics platform, for $263 million; and Adobe's acquisition of data management platform Demdex.
EBay has agreed to acquire e-commerce and interactive marketing services provider GSI Commerce for approximately $2.4 billion, the companies said March 28. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter.
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