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NetBooster Group and Artefact announce their plan to join forces

NetBooster Group and Artefact announce their plan to join forces and form the first global digital marketing agency focused on providing strategic digital marketing consultancy based around Data and Artificial Intelligence

The new global product offering will encompass consulting, creative design, data and analytics, campaign delivery and Artificial Intelligence (“AI”).

NetBooster Group (FR0000079683 – ALNBT –PEA-PME eligible), the leading independent international digital agency, with 80% of its turnover coming from abroad, and Artefact, an innovative data consulting agency focused on consulting, technology and ad creation, announce their plans to form a new player in the digital marketing agency space.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be placed at the heart of the digital marketing strategies that the NetBooster Group and Artefact will develop for their clients going forward. It will be used to automate the creation of campaigns from strategy development through customer journey and from Ad creation through campaign delivery and performance measurement. The global market for Artificial Intelligence is expected to reach 11.1 billion dollars by 2024, and is expected to transform the digital marketing space rapidly.*

François de la Villardière, Chairman of the Board and CEO at NetBooster Group commented: “We are very pleased that the founders of Artefact have chosen NetBooster as the partner to continue their entrepreneurial adventure with. We all believe that Artificial Intelligence will increase the efficiency of our businesses and allow for advertisers to better define their digital marketing strategies. Our newly-formed group, which will have nearly 1,000 employees across the globe, is a fantastic example of technology integration in the advertising trade.”

Artefact’s co-founders: Guillaume de Roquemaurel, Vincent Luciani and Philippe Rolet, CEO and Managing Directors, respectively, commented: “We are very happy to join forces with the NetBooster Group. Since 2014, Artefact has been building the foundations for the agency of the future through data, AI and consulting. The addition of marketing delivery capabilities and NetBooster’s international presence will accelerate our vision of consolidation within the industry. Our goal is to add value to advertisers by reinventing the role of the marketing agency with new tools that enable productivity gains and the creation of entirely new business models.”.

Founded three years ago, Artefact has around 100 employees and works with major clients such as Danone, Orange, Samsung and Engie. The Company produced a turnover of €5m in 2016 (200% up on their 2015 numbers) and foresees growth of around 100% in 2017, with profitability in line with the NetBooster Group. Artefact will bring to the newly formed Group its experience in Data consulting, Artificial Intelligence and Data analysis. The commercial and technological competencies offered by Artefact should yield a significant competitive advantage for all the channels (Search, CRM, display, programmatic, etc.) where NetBooster is active and in all thirteen countries where it is present.

NetBooster and Artefact have already been testing the complementarity of their product offering for mutual clients such as AccorHotels and Groupe SEB, which like all our clients, will benefit from the strong synergies between the two companies. As a result of this deal, the new Group foresees significant synergies, with a new data offering being afforded to existing NetBooster clients, an ability for Artefact to execute digital marketing campaigns for their clients, and for the new combined business to attract new clients as a result of the new global product offering of the group.

The new agency will initially work to implement its full service business offering, providing customers with a seamless journey from marketing strategy development to campaign delivery on the back of rigorous data analysis and engineering.

This transaction is a major step in delivering the strategy announced by the new management team that was made public at the analyst presentation on the 27th of April, with the goal, ultimately, to invent the marketing agency of the future.

Terms of the Transaction

The transaction, handled by Cambron Parnters for Artefact, will be structured as a share swap with NetBooster increasing its share capital by 6.9m shares against a contribution in kind of all the outstanding shares of Artefact, leading to a dilution of 26.4% for existing NetBooster shareholders. The new shares will consist of both ordinary shares and preference shares (ADP1 and ADP2 Preference Shares).

The ADP1 preference shares are subject to the achievement of certain objectives for FY2017 EBITDA for Artefact, with the maximum dilution then rising to 28.4%. The ADP 2 preference shares are subject to performance conditions.   

Once the transaction is consummated, Artefact’s founders will become one of the main shareholders of NetBooster Group and will be called upon to take on important management roles in the combined new business:

  • Guillaume de Roquemaurel, President and Co-Founder of Artefact will become COO and be in charge of deploying Artefact’s data offering across the whole of the group
  • Vincent Luciani, Managing Director and co-founder of Artefact, will become Managing Director of France
  • Philippe Rolet, Managing Director and co-founder of Artefact, will take on the role of Group CTO and will be in charge of the technical development teams

François de la Villardière will continue to exercise his current functions within the NetBooster Group, whilst the former MD of France, Emmanuel Arendarczyk, will take on the role of Group SVP Global Clients.

The proposed transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of NetBooster and Artefact and will be submitted to NetBooster’s shareholders for approval at an Extraordinary Shareholders’ meeting to be held on July 27, 2017 at 11:00 am.

 


 

*Source: Tractica analysis office for UsineDigitale.fr

About NetBooster Group 

NetBooster Group is a leading independent international digital performance marketing agency. The agency covers the entire online marketing value chain through its global network, including Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Marketing (PPC), programmatic display, affiliation, media, social media, creative design, CRM and Data and Analytics (DnA).  Moreover, the Group is one of the most important GA 360 resellers and Google DoubleClick Marketing partners in Europe. Shares in NetBooster are traded on the NYSE Alternext Paris.

About Artefact

Artefact is the first agency natively designed for the AI era. The company has now more than 100 employees and is built around a brand new combination of consultants, data scientists, engineers and creatives. Its clients include more than 50 key accounts as Orange, Samsung, ENGIE, Carrefour, Danone, AccorHotels, Sephora, Air France, Pernod Ricard, Maisons du Monde, Chanel etc. The quality of its clients (large groups in Bank/Insurance, Retail, Travel, High Tech etc.) and the rapidity of its development make it a major French player in data marketing. Founded by 3 graduates from Polytechnique (Guillaume de Roquemaurel, Vincent Luciani and Philippe Rolet), Artefact has experienced an important growth rate, with a tripling of its turnover in 2016.

 

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NetBooster S.A.
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Deezer, one of the world’s leading music streaming companies, has appointed NetBooster to optimize its digital channels globally

NetBooster (FR0000079683 – ALNBT –PEA-PME eligible), a leading independent international agency in digital performance marketing, today announces a new partnership with Deezer.

After successfully supporting the launch of the music streaming service in the US last year, NetBooster has been appointed to manage Deezer’s global online customer acquisition, including US and South America in addition to a strong focus on core European markets; France, UK, and Germany.

Deezer has appointed NetBooster to work in a highly collaborative capacity, providing holistic global digital consultancy and integrated campaign delivery. NetBooster has the scope to optimise all digital performance channels to achieve Deezer’s overall customer acquisition objectives with a primary focus on increasing the number of free users and premium subscribers, in line with Deezer’s wider growth and international development strategy.

Ombline De Coriolis, VP Marketing at Deezer, comments “As a fast growing music brand operating in the digital space, we needed to work with an agency that would truly understand our challenges, our landscape and that would add real value to our already extensive in-house digital expertise. Having an independent agency partner, with the right International presence is very important to us. NetBooster has already proven itself to be a strong partner in a relatively short period of time and we’re thrilled to be working with the team.”

Emmanuel Arendarczyk, Managing Director, NetBooster France, says: “We are really proud that Deezer has chosen NetBooster to manage its online acquisition activities internationally. This new partnership is really exciting for us as it allows us to work very collaboratively with a fantastic and digitally-savvy brand, utilising our expertise in the best way possible because we have the freedom to optimize channels and media budgets to achieve their desired results.

Deezer has more than 10 million active users across the world and over 43 million tracks in its library. Streaming remains the music industry’s fastest-growing revenue source hitting US$ 2.9 billion in 2015 with 68 million subscribers in the world, representing 19% of global industry revenues.

 


 

About NetBooster Group | www.netbooster.com

NetBooster is a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing that makes its comprehensive expertise of digital marketing available to its clients to achieve the best possible performance for their investments. The agency invests in technology and covers the entire chain of online marketing through its European network: search engine optimisation and marketing, data and analytics (DnA), GroundControl Technology, display, affiliation, online media, creation, eCRM and social networks, with a recognised expertise in tomorrow’s digital marketing (Social Media, Video, Ad Exchange, etc.).  Shares in NetBooster are traded on the NYSE Alternext Paris.

About Deezer

Deezer connects over 10 million active users around the world to over 43 million tracks. Available in more than 180 countries worldwide, Deezer gives instant access to the largest and most diverse global music streaming catalogue on any device. Deezer is the only music streaming service with Flow, the unique mix of all your old favourites and new recommendations in one ever-changing stream. Based on an intuitive, proprietary algorithm and created by people who love music, it’s the only place to hear all your music back-to-back with fresh discoveries tailored to you. Deezer is available on your favorite device, including smartphone, tablet, PC, laptop, home sound system, connected car or smart TV.

Making music happen since 2007, Deezer is a privately held company, headquartered in Paris with offices in London, Berlin, Miami and around the world. Deezer is available as a free download for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows devices or on the web at deezer.com. For the latest news on Deezer go to Deezer.com/company/press

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Alexia Cassini (Group Communication Manager)
NetBooster S.A.
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acassini@netbooster.com

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ALIZE RP
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NetBooster and PM Digital partner to form one of the biggest independent performance networks in the world

Combined International Presence of over 25 Offices, 800 Employees, 250 Leading Brands and managing over $500m media spend

NetBooster (FR0000079683 – ALNBT – PEA-PME eligible), a leading independent Europe and Middle East agency in digital performance marketing and PM Digital, a US-based independent leading full-service integrated marketing agency, today announce a new strategic relationship. This partnering, without an impact on the shareholding structures, will enable the two agencies work alongside one another; leveraging their powerful offerings, employees and technology to benefit their clients. 

Both PM Digital and NetBooster have a strong heritage of delivering marketing solutions to help clients generate awareness and drive performance. Together, their expertise lies in PPC, SEO, CRM, Display/RTB, Affiliate, Social, UX/CRO, with all of these supported by a strong Data and Analytics offering, and a creative team that supports those efforts, to target brands’ most important audiences anywhere they are.

NetBooster and PM Digital’s proven track record of success, coupled with their comprehensive understanding of data and actionable customer insights, will enable the two agencies to work alongside one another and deliver high-impact, cross channel marketing strategies for international brands looking to deepen their position and relevancy. The strategic partnering comes at an important time, as brands and clients look to cultivate integrated global strategies with deeply tailored, localised approaches, and to identify new customer and business opportunities across markets.

Tim Ringel, CEO of NetBooster, commented: “The performance driven methodology is core to our cross-channel, global performance approach. With PM Digital’s deep roots in direct and integrated marketing, coupled with their exceptional channel intelligence, this partnership will give our mutual clients a significant competitive advantage. Together we will strengthen the relationship with critical media providers, as well as best-in-class data and technology partners. The entrepreneurial spirit of both companies fuels our mutual plan for a global footprint with APAC as our next target.

Chris Paradysz, Co-CEO, PM Digital, said: “NetBooster brings impressive digital and vertical expertise that will complement our combined leading roster of brands across the Retail, Travel and Hospitality, Financial Services, Education, Publishing, Technology, Telco, Automotive, Non-profit and B2B sectors. Our shared dedication to creativity, innovation and performance will enhance our clients’ overall programmes and allow them to grasp new opportunities to connect and engage across the globe.”


About NetBooster Group | www.netbooster.com

NetBooster is a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing that makes its comprehensive expertise of digital marketing available to its clients to achieve the best possible performance for their investments. The agency invests in technology and covers the entire chain of online marketing through its European network: search engine optimisation and marketing, data and analytics (DnA), GroundControl Technology, display, affiliation, online media, creation, eCRM and social networks, with a recognised expertise in tomorrow’s digital marketing (Social Media, Video, Ad Exchange, etc.).  Shares in NetBooster are traded on the NYSE Alternext Paris.

About PM Digital www.pmdigital.com

PM Digital is a full-service integrated marketing agency specialising in innovative solutions across paid search (SEM), organic search (SEO), display, social, content, email, direct mail, print and insert, as well as creative brand and web development.  With its direct and digital businesses, PM Digital’s core capabilities are based in a data-driven approach to understanding, targeting, cultivating, acquiring and optimising customer value for clients. Through this comprehensive expertise, the agency leverages proprietary and best-in-class research and analysis tools to help clients make the most informed marketing decisions and manage the performance of their programmes. With a client list of leading global brands across key verticals, such as Retail, Financial Services, Education, Publishing, Technology, Nonprofit and B2B, PM Digital has continued to grow our reputation as the industry’s most critical thinkers and leaders.

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Alexia Cassini (Group Communication Manager)
NetBooster S.A.
Tel. 00 33 (0)1 40 40 27 00
acassini@netbooster.com

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ALIZE RP
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