Dentsu Aegis Network acquires Accordant Media, LLC (“Accordant”), a data-driven, full-service programmatic advertising company and technology solution provider. The company and its proprietary technology, Accordant ATS™, will become part of Dentsu Aegis Network’s programmatic buying offering Amnet, part of the group’s media investment platform, Amplifi.
The acquisition of Accordant accelerates Dentsu Aegis Network’s capabilities, bringing a differentiated offering in the rapidly developing area of programmatic and data-led performance buying. The move also supports Dentsu Aegis Network’s goal of becoming a 100 percent digital economy business by 2020.
Through its owned technology, Accordant, gives marketers greater control and effectiveness in their marketing investments, driving competitive advantage through better ROI, insights and performance. Founded in 2010, the company has been honoured with several leading industry awards including ‘Crain’s New York Best Places to Work in 2015’ and ‘Deloitte 2015 North America Technology Fast 500’. Its strong team of 70 programmatic specialists sits across offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and London, and counts many notable brands amongst its clients including Anthem, AutoNation, Cars.com, Kayak and Zipcar.
The Accordant ATS™ cross-channel technology system, including a Data Management Platform (DMP), custom data models, associated bidding and analytics tools, will enhance Amnet’s current technology stack and bring cutting edge targeting solutions to Dentsu Aegis Network’s clients. Following the transaction, Accordant’s direct-to-client business will retain its branding and will continue to work with and grow its client base as a new revenue stream within the group.
Following the acquisition, Accordant’s impressive leadership team including Arthur Muldoon, CEO and co-Founder, and Matthew Greitzer, COO and co-Founder, will lead the combined Amnet and Accordant operations in the US, reporting to Amplifi US President Lucas Cridland. Muldoon and Greitzer will take on the titles of co-CEO Amnet US.
“Data underpins everything we do for our clients, and the ability to manage and deploy data in real time in service of client media planning and investment is critical to the success in the digital economy. The US is the largest and most sophisticated programmatic market and is expected to continue expanding. The acquisition of Accordant will further strengthen our abilities in this area, and positions us well to meet the needs of our increasingly digitally led clients,” said Rob Horler, CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network US.
“We are thrilled to join the Dentsu Aegis Network and look forward to bringing Accordant’s data-driven marketing capabilities to a larger group of world-class marketers,” said Art Mudoon, co-CEO of Amnet US. “We know the Amnet team well, and have always respected their position in the market. We look forward to joining our teams together,” he added.
“Our ATSTM platform is a powerful tool for data-driven, programmatic marketers,” said Matt Greitzer, co-CEO of Amnet US. “We are extremely excited to give Amnet clients the opportunity to tap into our leading edge technology.”
Amnet has grown significantly over the course of the last 5 years, and is now represented in 42 markets and counts over 640 people in its ranks.
According to eMarketer, more than two-thirds of all digital display advertising will be purchased programmatically in 2016. In the US, programmatic digital display ad spending will reach £16.7bn ($22.1bn) in 2016 and is expected to grow by 24.3% to £20.7bn ($27.5bn) in 2017.
JEGI, a New York City based investment bank serving the global media, information, marketing and technology sectors, represented Accordant in the transaction. Financial terms were not disclosed.
About Dentsu Aegis Network
Part of Dentsu Inc., Dentsu Aegis Network is made up of nine global network brands – Carat, Dentsu, Dentsu media, iProspect, Isobar, mcgarrybowen, MKTG, Posterscope and Vizeum and supported by its specialist/multi-market brands. Dentsu Aegis Network is Innovating the Way Brands Are Built for its clients through its best-in-class expertise and capabilities in media, digital and creative communications services. Offering a distinctive and innovative range of products and services, Dentsu Aegis Network is headquartered in London and operates in 145 countries worldwide with around 32,000 dedicated specialists. www.dentsuaegisnetwork.com