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    Entries in Mobile (25)

    Wednesday
    May022012

    ONLINE AND MOBILE PHOTO SHARING M&A

    There’s been a lot of discussion lately about Facebook’s announced acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion. The product nature of the deal was similar to AOL’s acquisition of Hipster, an iOS and Android photo sharing app, for an undisclosed sum. 

    What’s not as obvious is that some smaller photo sharing transactions have been occurring as well. For instance, Shutterfly, an Internet-based social expression and publishing service, is planning to acquire Kodak Gallery’s online photo sharing platform for nearly $24 million.

    In the month prior to Shutterfly’s announcement, Imaging Spectrum acquired Express Digital Graphics. Express Digital’s products – which include Darkroom Software, Photoreflect.com, and Labtricity – are tailored to professional photographers. Instagram and Hipster, meanwhile, are used by everyday mobile users.  

    One interesting mobile app deal, RadiumOne’s acquisition of Focal Labs, occurred in the fourth quarter of 2011. With this transaction, RadiumOne is gaining Clixtr and PicBounce, two apps that allow users to share their photos more easily.

    Friday
    Apr132012

    ONLINE AND MOBILE FIRST QUARTER 2012 TRENDS REPORT

    Berkery Noyes has released its Online and Mobile M&A trends report for the first quarter. Here is some commentary from our managing directors:

    The only top ten E-Marketing and Search transaction in Q1 2012 was Singapore Telecommunications’ (SingTel’s) announced acquisition of Amobee for $321 million. “With this acquisition, SingTel is gaining a compelling range of technical expertise that should enable the company to benefit from the growing mobile advertising market,” said Berkery Noyes managing director Mary Jo Zandy. “Coupled with the proliferation of smartphones and the resilience of many emerging economies, M&A activity in mobile advertising appears to be robust for the foreseeable future.”

    Regarding mobile advertising technology companies that serve large enterprises, advertising executives are embracing a product development model that encourages them to collaborate with technical experts on a more regular basis.

    Although M&A in the Communications segment remained nearly constant during the last three months, transaction volume rose 70 percent relative to Q3 2011. According to Tom O’Connor, managing director at Berkery Noyes, “there were several interesting first quarter Healthcare transactions in the Communications segment. Besides Nuance Communication’s acquisition of Transcend Services, Lumeris and three Blues Plans acquired Navinet, the nation’s largest real-time Healthcare communications network.” 

    Tuesday
    Feb282012

    RETAILERS ARE BUILDING THEIR OWN DIGITAL MARKETING DIVISIONS

    As we noted in our Online and Mobile Industry M&A press release, large retailers are becoming increasingly active in digital marketing. We mentioned Walmart’s acquisition of Kosmix Corporation, a social media company, for $300 million. Kosmix is now part of @WalmartLabs, the retailer’s social and mobile commerce platform. In early January, @WalmartLabs acquired Small Society, a company that helps organizations create iOS applications for Apple devices.

    Other retailers have completed deals related to digital marketing as well. For instance, The Home Depot announced its acquisition of Redbeacon.com on January 20th. 

    Redbeacon utilizes technology that connects homeowners to local service professionals. As an example, Redbeacon's algorithm is capable of incorporating data from a consumer’s Facebook account in order to make tailored suggestions on which professionals users should hire.

    In addition, online retailer Amazon.com acquired Quorus in the fourth quarter of 2011. Quorus develops marketing and social shopping applications for retailers, allowing companies to communicate and live chat with prospective customers based on the products they’re interested in purchasing.

    These acquisitions by Walmart, The Home Depot, and Amazon.com shows there’s interest among retailers in growing market share by expanding established brands through social media.

    Thursday
    Feb162012

    SOFTWARE M&A IN THE MOBILE APP SEGMENT

    It has been almost a month since Twitter acquired Summify, the creator of a social news app. Summify’s mobile app scans people’s news feeds, aggregating the content most relevant to individual users as real-time news spreads through social networking sites. 

    The unique summaries are based on several factors, including how often someone’s followers on Twitter shared the story and/or the number of their friends who “liked” it on Facebook. These news summaries can be sent by email or straight to a mobile device.

    In our Full Year Software Industry M&A press release, we said that deal volume in the mobile app segment has grown more than 60% since 2010. Google, Facebook, and RIM continue to be activity leaders in the mobile app space. Each company, looking to expand their smartphone offerings, had four such transactions in 2011.

    Tuesday
    Jan312012

    FULL YEAR 2011 TREND REPORTS

    Berkery Noyes has released eight Full Year 2011 Trend Reports. Here is some commentary from our managing directors.

    Media & Marketing Industry:

    “The Media and Marketing Industry is continuing its strong recovery from a slow Fourth Quarter in 2010,” said Evan Klein, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. “Marketing services and digital media companies have all benefited from a large increase in internet advertising revenues in 2011, and look to be promising segments for driving M&A activity.”

    Online & Mobile Industry:

    “M&A activity for social media and analytics companies continues to grow as a broader range of players seek to capitalize on this evolution in media and marketing communications,” said Kathleen Thomas, Managing Director at Berkery Noyes. “The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, entered the market in April with their $300 million acquisition of Kosmix Corporation, and Kosmix, now known as @WalmartLabs, has already completed four deals.”

    Financial Technology Industry:

    “At present we are seeing destructive creativity going on in a number of financial service sectors,” said Peter Ognibene, Berkery Noyes managing director. “For instance, smart phones have become digital wallets and are enabling a host of banking and other mobile commerce activities. There has also been an increase in consumer focus on wealth management strategies. And as always in times of turmoil and uncertainty – there is a desire for more precise and forward looking risk management tools, especially enterprise-wide.”

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