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April 29, 2021

MessageBird Raises $1 Billion, Pays $600 Million for SparkPost, and Buys Hull CDP

MessageBird Raises $1 Billion, Pays $600 Million for SparkPost, and Buys Hull CDP

BusinessWire

Omni-channel messaging platform MessageBird announced a $600 million acquisition of email optimization platform SparkPost, $1 billion Series C extension (from the previous $200 million), and entry to the U.S. market. We also just learned that MessageBird bought the Hull.io CDP at the end of March, along with video platform 24sessions. The deals strengthen MessageBird’s competitive position against Twilio, which you will recall bought the Segment CDP last year.

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MailChimp Adds Online Storefront

MailChimp

MailChimp, which has already expanded beyond email into marketing automation, is now adding an online storefront and appointment-booking. A free-ish version of the storefront has no monthly fee, although users pay 2% of revenues. Or, users can pay $10 or $29 per month in exchange for lower transaction rates.

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Numerator Launches Omni-Channel Market Share Measurement

Numerator

Market research firm Numerator is joining the omni-channel measurement wars with a new marketing share measurement system that fixes the problems with retail sales data, which now capture less than half of all purchases. The system achieves this magic by using a 1+ million household panel. Numerator was bought earlier this month by Kantar for $1.5 billion.

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