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Publicis Groupe and Alibaba Strike Partnership

Publicis Groupe and Alibaba Group have struck a partnership to create a new Uni Desk, which is part of Uni Marketing, Alibaba’s data-powered marketing framework. The collaboration will look to benefit clients of Publicis Media, Publicis Communications and Publicis.Sapient. According to the agency, the move also reinforces its commitment to leadership in digital, data and technology. The partnership will focus ... Read More »

China Increases Restrictions on Internet News Outlets

Under the rules, every online media platform’s editorial staff must be party-approved. The Chinese government has been ramping up tighter control of its internet in the past year. The latest set of new restrictions released by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) adds more limitations on what news can be created and distributed by online platforms. But the biggest new rule: Every ... Read More »

Bertelsmann Bets on Digital Media and Global Expansion

German media and publishing group Bertelsmann Tuesday presented ambitious objectives for 2020, as its bets on digital and international expansion paid off with a second one-billion-euro annual profit in 2016. “Effectively, what we have to do in the next years is to do what we have done in the last years,” chief executive Thomas Rabe told journalists at a press ... Read More »

Made-in-China.com 2016 Revenue Up 38%

Focus Technology, the holding company of Made-in-China.com, reported its financial results for the year ended 31st December 2016.  Total revenues were US$99 million in 2016, up 38% over the previous year.  However, net profit dropped by 29%, to US$16 million.  Diluted earnings per share in the year were RMB 0.95 (US$0.14). The company’ management attributed the increase in revenues to: ... Read More »

Russian Regulatory News: VAT Levied on Foreign Providers of Electronic Services and Digital Content

According to new regulations foreign based providers of electronic services are required to pay VAT for business conducted in Russia.  The law defines electronic services as the granting of rights to use computer programs through internet. Such programs include games, content databases, advertising services, on-line trade, electronic books, music and video content etc.  Foreign companies rendering such services can pay ... Read More »

Rocket Fuel Continues Shift to Platform Business with Restructuring Initiative

Rocket Fuel, one of the leading predictive marketing platform provider, announces organizational changes that are expected to accelerate its ongoing transformation into a leading SaaS-based platform solutions company. “In the third quarter of 2016, we experienced growth of 141% in our platform business, and signed our first platform agreement with a major US agency holding company.  We are continuing our ... Read More »

Rocket Fuel Continues Shift to Platform Business with Restructuring Initiative

Rocket Fuel, a leading predictive marketing platform provider, today announces organizational changes that are expected to accelerate its ongoing transformation into a leading SaaS-based platform solutions company. As part of these changes, Rocket Fuel is further organizing its operations around two core offerings – predictive marketing platform solutions and media services – with David Gosen, currently SVP and Managing Director ... Read More »

AT&T and Time Warner Merger: Data is a Key Driver of the Deal

Media companies want U.S. to force AT&T-Time Warner to share customer data Media companies plan to ask U.S. regulators to force AT&T Inc (T.N) and Time Warner Inc (TWX.N) to share their trove of customer data if the telecom and content companies merge, fearing the combined behemoth would have an unfair advantage selling targeted mobile advertising, a handful of media ... Read More »

HG Data Names Veteran Media Strategy Executive John Connell Vice President of Digital Strategy

Newly created role will focus on the intersection of Account Based Marketing (ABM) and digital marketing, including programmatic advertising applications HG Data, the leader in B2B market intelligence for sales, marketing, and analytics, today announced the appointment of John Connell to the newly created position of vice president of digital strategy. In this role, Connell will accelerate HG Data’s digital marketing offering, HG ... Read More »

Informa Acquires Penton

British business information group Informa Plc (INF.L) announced that it had agreed to buy U.S.-based information services company Penton for 1.18 billion pounds ($1.56 billion) to expand in the United States and grow its global exhibitions business. The transaction is set to be funded by a combination of new debt and equity, including a fully underwritten rights issue to raise 715 million ... Read More »

MARKLOGIC® Enterprise NOSQL Database Platform for BBC Store

BBC Store Makes It Easy for Audiences to Buy Programs from the BBC Archives, Ranging from 1970s Fawlty Towers to the Latest Doctor Who Episodes MarkLogic Corporation, a leading operational and transactional Enterprise NoSQL database provider, announced that BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the corporation, has built BBC Store using the MarkLogic® database. MarkLogic’s database platform already underpins BBC iPlayer and parts ... Read More »

Bertelsmann: Expansion into Emerging Markets is a Top Strategic Priority

Bertelsmann is accelerating its development towards becoming a faster-growing, more digital and more international Group. A few months after introducing a new corporate structure with eight divisions, recently the Bertelsmann Executive Board presented its strategy for the years ahead at its international Management Meeting. The strategy comprises four priorities where Bertelsmann has already achieved considerable progress in the past few ... Read More »

The BIG Opportunity Media & Content Companies are Missing

You would have thought media and publishing companies were now well practiced in change.  With the digital disruption of the sector, the loss of core audiences and the fundamental need to transform outdated business models, adaption should now be a core competency. However, it appears the media industry have failed to keep pace with another transformation, the move to content ... Read More »

The 10 most Fascinating People in B2B Marketing in 2015

With a tip of the hat to Barbara Walters, I’d like to introduce ten fascinating people who have brought new ideas and admirable energy to the B2B marketing world this year. This round-up represents only a small sample of the fresh thinking that drives the upward march of B2B “modern marketing.” It’s an eclectic list, culled from contacts I happened to ... Read More »

Bernd Hirsch Appointed New CFO of Bertelsmann

Bertelsmann Group appointed Bernd Hirsch as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Hirsch is scheduled to take up his new position as CFO of the international media, services and education group on April 1, 2016. He will take over responsibility as CFO from Thomas Rabe, who had taken on the role on a transitional basis in addition to his ... Read More »

Penton’s Aviation Week Network Launches Fleet Discovery

Penton‘s Aviation Week Network announced the release of FleetDiscovery (fleet.aviationweek.com), a data intelligence tool that offers dynamic access to in-depth commercial and corporate aircraft fleet lifecycles.  Targeted to analysts at manufacturers, financial institutions, MRO providers, airlines and the supply chain, Fleet Discovery combines the data assets of the Aviation Week Network’s comprehensive fleet database with a fast, intuitive, user-friendly interface.  Fleet Discovery is a powerful tool ... Read More »

Nikkei BP to Launch Nikkei FinTech and Nikkei Cloud First

Nikkei Business Publications (Nikkei BP) announced to launch two new services, Nikkei FinTech in March and Nikkei Cloud First in April. Nikkei FinTech will launch on 22nd March 2016. Riding on the wave of “FinTech”, Nikkei FinTech will look into how traditional financial institutions explore new opportunities and enhance competitiveness by leveraging new technology. Nikkei BP has also announced to ... Read More »

Alibaba Group Acquires SCMP for HK$2.06 billion

Alibaba Group has entered into a definite agreement to acquire the South China Morning Post (SCMP). The agreement also includes acquisition of the magazine, recruitment, outdoor media, events & conferences, education and digital media businesses of SCMP Group Limited (SEHK: 0583). Alibaba has agreed to pay HK$2.06 billion (US$266 million) for SCMP Group for the SCMP and all other media ... Read More »