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Google, Mergers & Acquisitions, Verticals »

[28 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

Zillow is buying Trulia, its chief rival, for $3.5 Billion in stock. The two companies – both nine years old — have a lot of overlap currently. But after the deal closes in 2015, they will seek to develop two differentiated marketplaces for real estate-related information, which includes house sales, rentals, mortgage and related …

Listings Providers, Local, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive »

[7 May 2014 | No Comment | ]

Analytics are moving center stage for many “platform” companies previously anchored in features such as maps, search, deals, store location, directions, listing updates and enhancements.
The trend — a real one — was reinforced today by Where2GetIt‘s announcement that it has acquired Brandify, the Washington D.C. area based provider of analytics for 26,000 local businesses.
Brandify provides …

Devices, Location Targeting, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Predictions, Social »

[7 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]

It’s been a busy few days for Twitter since announcing 15 New Types of Ads to users’ feeds. Word has traveled quickly during this period of uncertainty around Twitter’s sustainability as an advertising player. Now Twitter has continued the flow of news by announcing this morning it will acquire Cover, an Android-based lock-screen app. This …

Facebook, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Online/Interactive, Social, Verticals »

[25 Feb 2014 | One Comment | ]

It has been a quite the week for WhatsApp after being acquired for $19 billion by Facebook (FB) last Wednesday. Word about the deal has traveled fast. However, the big question that everyone is asking is “could the deal possibly be worth $19 billion?”
WhatsApp founder Jan Koum said at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona …

Analyst Roundtables, Facebook, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile »

[24 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

 
Carrying on the tradition of more multimedia delivery of BIA/Kelsey analysis, below is the latest video diary of weekly news recaps. This week, the focus is just one topic albeit a big one: Facebook’s $19B acquisition of WhatsApp.
Following our blog post when the news broke, we let the camera roll to continue to discussion. See …

Facebook, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Social »

[21 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

There has been some heated discussions about teens and their decline in Facebook usage in 2013. Warnings that Facebook will earn its spot as the next “has been” social media website alongside Myspace are circulating the web. According to a study by Socialbakers, total reach of Facebook brand pages among teens ages 13-17 fluctuated throughout …

Ad Sales, National, Cable, Leading in Local: The National Impact, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Television, Local, Traditional Media »

[13 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

 
Yesterday’s announcement of Comcast/NBCU buying Time Warner Cable was a monumental announcement as it consolidates more of the cable portion of the Multiple Video Programming Delivery services (MVPDs) that includes mostly cable and satellite delivery services. Instead of Charter moving up the list of cable MSOs, Comcast will now be clearly number one if the …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[13 Jan 2014 | No Comment | ]

Local search and advertising company,YP, has announced that it has acquired Sense Networks, a mobile ad company. Sense Networks was founded in 2003 and has evolved into a data aggregator and mobile ad targeting platform. It offers real-time bidding and inventory via mobile ad exchanges. This acquisition allows for YP to target the right customer by leveraging data …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[13 Jan 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Australia’s leading telecom Telstra has sold off 70 percent of its directories unit Sensis to a U.S. based private equity firm for A$454 million, which works out to a valuation of A$649 million (US$591 million). There was speculation in the Australian press in recent days that the deal could go for as much as A$3 …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive »

[30 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

BIA/Kelsey has just learned that business accounting software giant Intuit has acquired the online scheduling company Full Slate. The plan apparently is to connect Full Slate’s capabilities to another recent Intuit acquisition, the digital marketing services player DemandForce.
Intuit acquired Demand Force in early 2012 for a whopping $423.5 million. Terms of the Full Slate deal …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Online/Interactive »

[29 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

In a deal designed to fuel innovation at First Data, the payments powerhouse has acquired mobile marketing and loyalty start-up Perka for an undisclosed amount. First Data plans to let Perka continue to operate autonomously and service as an “agile product development company led by original management.” This year, Fast Company magazine anointed Perka as …

Funding, Hyper-Local, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive »

[25 Oct 2013 | One Comment | ]

Jason E. Klein, Founder and CEO of On Grid Ventures, led a StreetFight Summit panel of investors exploring where the next billion dollar opportunities in hyperlocal might be. Joining Klein were Matt Turck, Managing Partner, First Mark Capital and Ben Siscovick, with IA Ventures.
Klein framed the discussion by calling Google’s June 2013 acquisition of Waze for $966 million …

Coupons/Deals, Mapping, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile »

[21 Jul 2013 | 5 Comments | ]

Apple finally made some moves into the local mapping wars last week with the purchase of Locationary, which helps find business locations, and HopStop, which provides transit maps and travel suggestions.
We’ll go out on a limb and predict that Apple will want to flesh out its map products with other map- focused media, …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Mobile, Smartphones, Social, Verticals »

[20 May 2013 | One Comment | ]

Photo: CNN
Online restaurant ordering and discovery giants GrubHub and Seamless have agreed to merge their operations, creating a single company. Chicago-based GrubHub currently serves more than 20,000 food ordering establishments in 500 cities, while New York-based Seamless serves more than 12,000 food ordering establishments in 400 U.S. cities plus London.
GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney, …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[30 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]

SuperMedia and Dex One completed their merger today, creating Dex Media, a company with annual revenues of approximately $2.6 billion (based on combined 2012 revenues), with about $500 million in digital revenue. The combined company also has 2,700 sales reps and roughly 665,000 advertisers.
The combined company is the second largest directory publisher in the United …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[21 Aug 2012 | 14 Comments | ]

Well, another shoe has dropped in the U.S. directories market. This morning Dex One and SuperMedia announced plans to merge, creating an an entity called Dex Media with roughly $3.1 billion in revenue, based on 2011 results. Dex shareholders will have 60 percent of the new company’s shares with SuperMedia shareholders getting the remaining 40 …

Coupons/Deals, Mergers & Acquisitions, SMBs, Social, Verticals »

[13 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]

Constant Contact has made a really big bet on presence management with the acquisition today of SinglePlatform, a provider of a one-stop “write once, read everywhere” presence management network that provides parsed searching capabilities and services for 600,000 SMBs, including 10,000 paying customers. The service also has valuable partnerships with a growing roster of major …

Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[16 May 2012 | No Comment | ]

Today, Yell announced its acquisition of Moonfruit, a United Kingdom DIY website and online shop builder, for approximately GBP 18 million, funded out of Yell’s cash reserves. Retention bonuses of up to GBP 5.2 million will be paid to key members of Moonfruit management after two years, provided that they remain exclusively employed by Yell. …

AT&T, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[10 May 2012 | One Comment | ]

AT&T has finalized the sale of 53 percent of its Yellow Pages operation to the private equity firm Cerberus Capital, which has launched YP Holdings LLC. The new company will be led by newly appointed CEO David Krantz, who had been running AT&T Interactive, the digital arm of AT&T’s directories business.
The remainder of the leadership …

AT&T, Mergers & Acquisitions, Online/Interactive, Yellow Pages »

[8 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]

Bloomberg News is reporting today that AT&T is close to a deal to sell a majority stake in its Yellow Pages operation (AT&T Advertising Solutions, the world’s largest directory company, in a deal that prices the business at US$1.5 billion. This price works out to a multiple of 1.5X EBITDA. AT&T is expected to hang on …