Continuing Its Expansion: Virtual Minds Acquires the Customer Journey and Attribution Specialist AdClear – Strengthening the business segment of marketing intelligence and expansion of the ad tech stack into an integrated full marketing suite

Freiburg, 29 November 2017. The Freiburg-based technology holding company virtual minds AG keeps stepping on the gas in the expansion of its ad technology portfolio and has now acquired the Berlin-based customer journey and attribution specialist AdClear. By acquiring one of the leading providers in the areas of data intelligence and real-time performance optimisation in the German market, virtual minds strengthens its business segment of intelligence marketing and expands its technology platform for digital marketing into an integrated full marketing suite. During the course of this year, the leading European ad tech provider already acquired the data management specialist The ADEX and the video specialist and also consolidated the ad-verification provider batch.

The acquisition by virtual minds combines long-term and especially structural growth and development opportunities for AdClear by interlinking its planning and optimisation solutions with existing best-in-class technologies such as Yieldlab (SSP), Active Agent (DSP), The ADEX (DMP and ad verification) and ADITION (enterprise marketing platform). The specialists of the AdClear teams around the company founder and CEO Dimitrios Haratsis, as well as Janett Davidt (COO) and Jan Krogmann (CTO), will continue to drive the intended growth course forward and also manage and be responsible for the successful further development of the company under the umbrella of virtual minds’ Berlin-based data hub.

“AdClear has made a name for itself in recent years as the platform for intelligent and efficient marketing solutions that enables marketing managers to make easy and efficient budget decisions,” the CEO of AdClear, Dimitrios Haratsis, explains. “The major challenge in the future will be the use of integrated approaches to increase efficiency: onsite and offsite, online and offline, synchronous and asynchronous. The full-stack solution by virtual minds is the guarantee for our vision of encompassing marketing intelligence and competence. The acquisition by the virtual minds Group paves the way and opens up many new perspectives for us. We are very pleased to become a part of this strong group and continue our course for growth under its umbrella.”

With the acquisition of AdClear, virtual minds can especially expand its data mining and data intelligence competence and therefore exploit significant synergy and optimisation potentials in areas such as bid management and retargeting (Active Agent), yield management (Yieldlab) and eCPM controlling (ADITION) in addition to the strategic expansion and enhancement of its full- tech stacks in one of the most important AI-based areas of digital marketing automation. Furthermore, the possibility of integrating (addressable) TV into customer journey analyses and attribu¬tion models is a consistent continuation of the Programmatic Everywhere strategy of the Frei¬burg-based technology specialist.

“In particular, the demand for efficient attribution models is growing among performance-oriented advertisers. Consequently, high-quality marketing intelligence solutions are technologies for every best-in-breed ad tech offer and a decisive competitive factor for every technology provider. With the integration of AdClear, we can expand our solutions portfolio into an integrated full marketing suite that is optimally positioned for the respective needs of advertisers, agencies and publishers/marketers. It offers maximum effectiveness and efficiency for their marketing or media business on the basis of comprehensive data intelligence and programmatic automation,” according to Andreas Kleiser, CEO and Speaker of the Board of virtual minds AG.

About AdClear

AdClear is one of the leading independent technology providers in the area of customer journey analysis and attribution, as well as online marketing management and optimisation. With the tracking and analysis systems by AdClear, online marketing managers finally have a precise and well-founded decision-making tool available for strategic budget allocation on the channel and campaign level. Intuitive analyses and easily understood reports facilitate the sustained optimisation of all campaigns and advertising activities across all channels. This means that efficiency and growth potentials can be identified quickly and exploited effectively by means of directly derived recommendations for action. Since it is neutral and independent of channel-specific interests, AdClear allows for the precise and accurate mapping of online marketing in one integrated controlling system. For many current clients, AdClear has therefore developed into a reference system with which all other reporting systems are synchronised.

About virtual minds AG

The virtual minds AG (Freiburg, Germany), founded in 2001, is a technology holding that unites specialised companies from the areas of digital & media technologies and hosting under its umbrella. Each of these companies has been among the European top players in their respective segment for years, jointly forming the leading European full-stack ad tech offering for the digital advertising market. Clients of the virtual minds companies include leading German publishing and TV content marketers, international agency groups and many top advertisers. The ProSiebenSat.1 Group and United Internet AG are strategic investors of the virtual minds AG, respectively holding 51 and 25.1 percent.