Amazon reportedly plans to buy advertising tech company Sizmek

Amazon | May 17, 2019

Amazon.com Inc. is close to an agreement to buy the ad-serving technology of bankrupt company Sizmek Inc. in a deal that would give the ecommerce giant another weapon against Google’s dominant online ad business. The purchase could be announced as soon as this week, according to two people briefed on the matter. The deal hasn’t been finalized, said the people, who asked not to be named because discussions are still in progress. Representatives of Amazon and Sizmek declined to comment. Sizmek has been selling off businesses as part of bankruptcy proceedings it initiated in March. At the time, Sizmek estimated its assets were worth $100 million to $500 million, and it has already sold some pieces to Zeta Global Holdings Corp. for around $36 million.

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In less than a decade, we have seen social media steadily transform from a fascination among students into a proven business and marketing tool. From Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest and Snapchat, social media blurs the lines between our personal and professional lives. In fact, nearly one-third of the world’s population1 and nine out of ten American companies2 use social media.

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In less than a decade, we have seen social media steadily transform from a fascination among students into a proven business and marketing tool. From Facebook and Twitter to Pinterest and Snapchat, social media blurs the lines between our personal and professional lives. In fact, nearly one-third of the world’s population1 and nine out of ten American companies2 use social media.

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