Brand Networks US$50m Shift acquisition largest in social ad tech space to date

Social marketing and advertising technology vendor also reveals new programmatic social marketing technology to help advertsiers measure and predict paid and organic social programs

Social marketing and advertising vendor, Brand Networks, has handed over US$50 million to acquire fellow social platform player, Shift, making it the largest deal in its category to date.

The pair made the announcement last week and also revealed a new proprietary and programmatic social marketing technology, RelevanceRank. Using algorithmic logic, the technology is designed to help advertisers measure and predict the performance of paid and organic content across Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social media platforms, which can then to be used to surface targeted and relevant content in real-time.

Brand Networks said it will also leverage Shift’s integration with Facebook’s ad serving and measurement network, Atlas.

According to Brand Networks founder and CEO, Jamie Tedford, Brand Networks and Shift have nearly identical DNA and will provide a bridge between organisational and data silos as well as marketer’s ability to action content.

“Social marketing has evolved to become equal parts art and science. Simply providing workflow for content publishing and ads is table stakes today,” he stated. “The new challenge for marketers is to unlock the power of data to achieve true relevance – getting to the right person with the right content, at the right time, on the right device.”

In the statement announcing the acquisition, Altimeter Group industry analyst, Jessica Groopman, said the deal is reflective of marketers moving away from disparate, single point providers for marketing and ad technology and the focus on more integrated offerings.

“Converging paid, earned and owned social media efforts in one platform is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’ for marketers, it’s a business imperative,” she commented.

“The move by Brand Networks to acquire Shift aligns well with how the industry is evolving based on marketers’ needs to balance cross-functional efficiency with personalisation at scale – and consumers’ increasing demands for always-on relevance.”

As part of the deal, Shift co-founder and CEO, James Borow, joins Brand Networks as chief product officer. Combined, the two companies have more than 250 employees across 12 countries including Australia.

Brand Networks said its platform will also now power more than $500m in social advertising spend for 650 of the world’s better known brands and agencies including Interpublic Group, WPP, American Express, AT&T and Unilever.

451 Research analyst, Scott Denne, labelled the Brand Networks and Shift deal the largest in the social advertising category so far and said it is indicative of the first stages of consolidation in the space.

Other standalone players competing in this part of the ad tech market include Marin Software, Kenshoo, Acquisio and SearchForce.

Follow CMO on Twitter: @CMOAustralia, take part in the CMO Australia conversation on LinkedIn: CMO Australia, join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CMOAustralia, or check us out on Google+: google.com/+CmoAu

Join the CMO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Supporting Association

Blog Posts

Is your content marketing missing the mark?

Does it ever seem like the content you create falls flat on its face or that the leads you’re generating aren’t worth following up?

Dan Ratner

managing director, uberbrand

​ Creating a purpose-driven brand

So you want to be a brand with purpose. But what does it actually mean to build a brand with real meaning?

Paul Chappell

Partner and managing director, Brand + Story

Customer experience crisis: Proactively mitigating the risk of broken promises

Last Friday, three weeks after United Airline’s spectacular customer experience disaster, customers received a letter from the company’s CEO, Oscar Munoz.

Very rarely have I come across views so true. There are so many gems in this article, reflective of reality, onec can read it again and a...

Shyam Mishra

ANZ digital chief: Tackle the ‘frozen middle’ of your organisation or face irrelevancy

Read more

STOP STEALING BUISNESS CLASS TOILETS from A380, new 787's and A330's!!!!Thats what you call customer experience ONE toilet for all Busine...

Joe

Qantas CMO: What it's taking to evolve our customer experience

Read more

Dare i suggest that a "CEO" role in a peak industry body like Think Brink is not really much of a leap from CMO because it is also a mark...

Sventana

CMO to CEO: Think Brick chief reveals what it takes to make the jump

Read more

Grate post, thanks for the post.No matter what your business is, if you do no not rank among the top most search results of Google, Yahoo...

Rahul

Image intelligence:10 must-see infographics for marketers

Read more

Thank you Shane Blandford for carrying my Smarketing vision into KM !

Peter Strohkorb

​CMO Interview: Why aligning sales and marketing drives innovation at Konica Minolta

Read more

Latest Podcast

More podcasts

Sign in