Big news: Publicis is buying Epsilon for $4.4B to bolster its first-party data (audience targeting) capabilities. This is the largest acquisition ever for Publicis since being founded in 1926.
Why this matters: The future of advertising is audience targeted and holding companies such as Publicis are playing catch up through acquisitions.
What others are saying: Maja Milicevic @ Sparrow Advisers argues that little is unique from this acquisition because the brands own their first-party data as opposed to Epsilon.
Quote from Jay Stocki — COO @ Signal:
“They had to do this. They were the last big holding company that didn’t have a strong data play.”
Key details for Epsilon:
1) $2.2B revenue in 2018
2) 8K employees
3) 70 offices
4) 71B personalized emails sent in 2018
5) 250M U.S. adults in database
6) 7K different attributes