Merkle Buys Ecommerce Agency LiveArea for $250 Million

Dentsu Group is expanding the commerce capabilities of its Merkle unit by purchasing customer service and commerce agency LiveArea.  LiveArea was the consulting arm of PFSweb, which will continue to offer fulfillment services.  PFSweb reported the price at $250 million, roughly three times LiveArea revenues of $85 million.

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Comscore Launches Plan Metrix Multi-Platform in India

July 8, 2021

Plan Metrix reports more than 300 different attributes in India across a range of lifestyles, interests, and activities, including automotive, beauty, electronics/computers, financial, food & beverage, health, home & living, retail & apparel, sports & leisure, travel and more. Marketers can generate stronger multi-platform media plans, identify advanced audience segments, and reach consumers across different platforms to achieve better ROI.

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The Trade Desk Launches Ad Platform for Post-Cookie World

July 8, 2021

Adtech developer The Trade Desk has launched a new trading platform aimed at dealing with the post-cookie ad world. The new platform includes onboarding for advertisers’ first-party data, support for non-cookie IDs such as Unified ID 2.0, support for addressable TV ads, and a measurement marketplace to incorporate data from retailers and other offsite sources. The Trade Desk also announced a new venture capital arm to invest in other adtech firms.

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Customer Data Platform Industry Adds New Vendors: CDP Institute Report

July 12, 2024

Software vendors continued to add Customer Data Platform (CDP) capabilities to existing systems in the first half of 2024, according to the CDP Institute’s latest Industry Update report.  Nearly all of the dozen companies appearing in the report for the first time started as marketing or messaging applications and added CDP capabilities after they were built.  These firms accounted for most of the industry growth during the report period.

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