Deal brings dynamic creative scale and experience under one roof, meets advertisers’ imperative for data-driven creative expertise, full ad management and impartial analytics
Flashtalking, the leading global independent platform for ad management, data activation and unified insights, and top personalized creative company Spongecell, today announced a merger of the two companies, creating a new market leader in data driven dynamic creative. Coming together under the Flashtalking brand, the combined company will provide brands and agencies with the vital knowledge, technology and scale to operate data driven creative in a programmatic world.
“The market leaders coming together is a response to a very real demand we see from brands and agencies,” said Flashtalking CEO John Nardone. “Increasingly they’re
recognizing data driven creative is essential to connect with today’s consumer and have been asking us both to assist with our expertise, technology and processes to deliver
better more impactful advertising.”
Nardone continued, “Spongecell has great, knowledgeable people and has built innovative tech that naturally complements our broader dynamic creative capabilities.
Together we now deliver the market-leading DCO solution within the context of a complete buy-side ad serving solution: a truly independent technology and analytics
partner without media buying conflict or bias, representing a clear and viable alternative to DoubleClick.”
Investing in Leadership
The companies’ combined capabilities will provide advertisers across all verticals with market-leading dynamic creative expertise, products and services—enabling efficient
personalized and data-enabled creative messaging across all forms of display, video, social, and native advertising.
But just as important, the combined company provides the scale to continue to invest in the people, product innovation and industry education that large clients and agencies
need to advance their own capabilities and expertise in data driven creative.
“Our companies share the view that personalized creative is no longer optional. It is essential for connecting with today’s distracted consumer, and for digital marketing
success,” said Spongecell CEO, Ben Kartzman, who will take on the role of COO in the combined company. “Flashtalking and Spongecell uniting is a natural move for both of
us, as advertisers seek scaled solutions from financially stable partners. Clients of both companies can expect increasing investment in both technology and people to drive
better outcomes. With this deal, technological wherewithal and market scale meet unrivaled dynamic creative and attribution analytics capability.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Needham & Company acted as strategic advisor to Spongecell.