A summary of the most exciting recent news in advertising technology in the U.S., U.S.-Hispanic and Latin American markets. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.
U.S./U.S. HISPANIC MARKET
TWITTER MADE A BIG ACQUISITION: It’s been reported that Twitter paid $479.1 million to acquire ad-tech firm TellApart earlier this year, with $395 million of that recorded as goodwill. This is $52 million less than the original price tag, thanks to the company’s declining stock value. The real dollar amount of the acquisition only got reported in the last filing of Twitter with financial regulators.
Former commercial director at Pandora Jon Stubley is now directing the Australian office of LA-based, in-image ad start-up GumGum. The digital marketing platform mixes display and native advertising through patented algorithms that look for tags and keywords and scan visuals to create campaigns for clients.
NATIVEX ACQUIRED BY MOBVISTA: Mobile game and app startup NativeX is being acquired by Chinese mobile ad platform Mobvista for about $24.5 million. NativeX has more than a billion users on 1,000 publishing networks, and Mobvista claims to have 10 billion daily impressions and a user database covering two billion devices.
WPP has announced that its operating network Millward Brown, which specializes in communications and research, has acquired market research firm Analytics Quotient, which uses data to help clients define their advertising strategies through data visualization tools and analysis. The firm has 400 employees and works with large commercial and hotel brands.
Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten‘s marketing department has acquired ad-tech startup Manifest Commerce Inc. in its effort to increase their ad targeting and serving capabilities on social media. Manifest helps retailers advertise their products online through Facebook and Google, and has worked with companies like Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Gilt Groupe Inc., One Kings Lane and Living Social, Inc.
FROM FACEBOOK TO NOBOX: Alexandre Hohagen, former CEO of Google and Facebook in Latin America and US Hispanics, is joining Nobox, a full-service marketing agency, to develop its Latin America business as CEO and Partner. One of his main goals will be enhance the agency’s relevancy and footprint for its clients including Netflix, PlayStation, Hotel Tonight, Marriott, Copa Airlines, Royal Caribbean and Volkswagen.
Leading Brazilian DMP (data management platform) and Behavioral Data firm Tail Target and Cisneros Interactive, Cisnero‘s digital advertising investment branch, has announced a joint venture launching Tail Target Latino, which will operate in both the U.S. and Latin America. The deal will help the two companies offer better DMP solutions, data on navigational behavior and support in clients’ native languages.
ADTZ BUYS GLOW DIGITAL: Latin America and Europe-based social media advertising firm ADTZ has acquired Glow Digital Media, a London-based paid media firm. The combined entity, which will operate under the name ADGLOW, will offer its services through an extensive network of offices in Barcelona, Bogotá, Hong Kong, London, Milan, Mexico DF, New York, San Francisco and Singapore, with its headquarters in Madrid.
BRAZIL TO SURPASS MEXICO IN OTT REVENUE: Apparently, Brazil will surpass Mexico in OTT revenue by 2018. eMarketer claims that Brazil’s OTT market should grow by 33% annually, and that while Mexico’s OTT revenue should jump from $276 million in 2015 to $454 million by 2018, Brazil’s should increase from $180 million to $462 million. Argentina‘s should increase from $45 million to $113 million in that time span.