On Wednesday, New York-based Havas Media Group announced its latest acquisition of Search Laboratory. In this deal, the digital agency and google Marketing Platform Partner Search Laboratory will be integrated into HMG while retaining its 150 staff and management members. Search Laboratory will be accommodated in Havas Media, Havas Leisure and Havas Market.
Search Laboratory has offices in London, Leeds and New York, which benefits HMG to expand its operations and expertise further. The services offered by Search Laboratory encompass digital advertising strategy and web optimization. It is a Google advertising platform gross sales partner, one of only a few in the United Kingdom.
As a Google Partner, the organization provides implementation, training, and support for Google's suite of tools. Google Analytics 360, Search Ads 360, Show & Video 360, and Optimise 360 are all included.
Additionally, its 150-strong workforce has worked on ads for UiPath, Appian, and Burton Snowboards.
Chris Attewell, the current chief government, and Ian Harris, the current government chairman, will continue to lead the staff.
Attewell said, “We feel like we have found a natural new home with Havas Media Group. Our visions and ethos are very much aligned, and service offerings complement each other well. This is the next phase in our growth story, and we can’t wait to work together and open up mutual opportunities for our staff and clients alike.”
While expressing his enthusiasm regarding this partnership, Attewell said, “We feel like we have found a natural new home with Havas Media Group. Our visions and ethos are very much aligned, and service offerings complement each other well. This is the next phase in our growth story, and we can’t wait to work together and open up mutual opportunities for our staff and clients alike.”
Havas Media Group UK and Ireland CEO Patrick Affleck believes the acquisition would strengthen the company's digital and analytics offerings for clients. He stated, "We are thrilled that Search Laboratory will be joining Havas Media Group, further boosting our digital and data capabilities for our clients. They are market leaders in data driven digital and performance marketing, and as the industry prepares for a new, cookieless future, their advanced data and analytics services will enable our clients to better activate and extract strategic value from their first party data. With a highly experienced senior team and a diverse client base spanning several verticals, Search Laboratory represents an exciting growth opportunity for Havas Media Group in the UK and internationally."
Whereas Yannick Bolloré, Chair & CEO of Havas, is optimistic about this deal and expects much-improved delivery of data-led media experience. He said, "The acquisition of Search Laboratory comes at a time where HMG is experiencing an impressive period of growth and momentum. Continuing to invest in HMG is part of a global transformation plan to deliver more data-led media experiences for both local and global clients. Search Laboratory's sophisticated expertise in data and analytics perfectly complements our own to create an enhanced offering."
Havas recently, on 29th March, announced its acquisition of China-based digital marketing agency Front Networks and plans to integrate it into Havas Creative Network.