On Monday, 13 June, Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced the acquisition of LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE: LNKD) for a cash deal valued at USD$26.2bn (£18.44bn). With the help of industry leaders, ExchangeWire evaluate this huge deal.
Microsoft’s announcement that it is acquiring LinkedIn came as a complete surprise for many, for a number of reasons. Firstly, LinkedIn is not actually a profitable company. In its full-year 2015 earnings results, LinkedIn’s GAAP net loss attributable [...]
Financing growth in ad tech is big business. It can be a minefield for ad tech firms to know where to start when they are looking at going down the route of outside investment. Following Affectv’s recent funding announcement, ExchangeWire speaks with Glen Calvert (pictured below), CEO, Affectv, about what ad tech firms need to consider when weighing up their options for growth funding.
The programmatic advertising industry is currently going through a very interesting period, with a lot of uncertainty [...]
Around three-in-ten ad tech/martech deals in Q4 2015 involved ad platforms, rising significantly from the previous quarter, where such deals only accounted for 7% of all transactions. This research from specialist M&A advisor Results International showed that data-driven and marketing automation software platforms are playing an ever-increasing role in the mergers and acquisitions arena; but is this a sustainable trend?
If you look at 2015 as a whole, deals across the ad tech and martech [...]
ExchangeWire rounds up some of the biggest stories in the European digital advertising space. In this week’s edition: Sky and DataXu partner; AppNexus launches PriceCheck; Facebook adds mobile web to Audience Network; WPP’s multi-billion ad spend on Google; Alliance between Rubicon Project and AdMore; and ISBA’s Bob Wootton to step down.
Strategic investment into DataXu by Sky
UK-based pay-TV provider Sky has made a USD$10m (£7m) investment in analytics provider DataXu. “This investment will help us develop a [...]
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The UK ad tech industry is a hot bed of innovative talent. So why is homegrown funding so hard to come by for its ad tech companies? ExchangeWire talks to Nick Moutter (pictured below), CEO and co-founder of Admedo about how the risk aversion of UK venture capitalists results in a lack of support for UK ad tech startups, versus their US counterparts.
AOL Eyes Millennial Media in $300m Swoop; Google's Programmatic Brand Spend Nears 3/4 of Total Budget
In this week’s ExchangeWire European Weekly Roundup: AOL reportedly in $300m swoop for Millennial Media; Google’s programmatic brand spend nears three-quarters of total budget; TubeMogul publishes “cheat sheets”; and Speculation over next Twitter CEO.
AOL & Millennial Media $300m Deal Mooted
Just weeks after it was purchased by US mobile operator Verizon Wireless, AOL is reportedly in talks to buy mobile advertising specialist Millennial Media with a price tag of $300m, touted by sources allegedly close to the negotiations.
The talks first began [...]
There’s been some interesting press releases sent out this week. Two in particular stand out, and both involve Microsoft, with AOL and AppNexus playing their part. In this piece, ExchangeWire will leverage its industry-leading analysis team to ask what this ultimately means for Microsoft, as well as join the dots between the manoeuvring.
The big news item for this week is that AOL and Microsoft have announced a deal – meaning AOL will assume responsibility for all of Microsoft’s display, mobile, and [...]
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Six months after its formal launch, ExchangeWire Research has increased its headcount with the appointment of its first full-time research analyst, Anya Fenge-Davies. Fenge-Davies joins head of research and analysis Rebecca Muir and will assist in the rollout of the new division.
Regular readers of ExchangeWire will know that over the last few months Muir has been busy setting up a new division that focuses on the ad tech and martech sectors. ExchangeWire Research is focused on providing advertising, marketing, and [...]
The Echo Chamber is a regular column, penned by Ciaran O’Kane, on all things adtech, martech and programmatic.
Germany has two conferences focused exclusively on programmatic – one of which is a joint venture between ExchangeWire and Adzine, for full disclosure. Both have been going now for nearly five years. It’s quite incredible really given how slow the market has been in the area of automated buying and selling during that time, in Germany.
The volumes of inventory being traded this way remain [...]
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Email marketing firm LiveIntent has announced a major funding injection of $32.5m, as it seeks to bolster its global footprint, with private equity firm FTV Capital leading the round. This funding round stands out from most for both the colossal sum, plus that fact it has arrived during a period of reputed hardship for ad tech firms in the hunt for further investment.
LiveIntent, which matches publishers’ and advertisers’ respective databases to serve more relevant ads to audiences via email, today [...]