Google to Buy Mobile Ad Firm AdMob For $750 Million

  |  November 9, 2009   |  Comments

Adds major capabilities in mobile browser and app-based advertising.

Google has agreed to acquire mobile ad firm AdMob, a move that will give it a much larger footprint in the mobile ad marketplace.

AdMob was founded in 2006 as a mobile ad network focused on selling and serving display ads on mobile browsers. However much of its recent growth has come from mobile apps -- an area where iPhone and iPod Touch devices dominate. In its first three years the company has worked with thousands of advertisers to serve mobile ads to more than 15,000 Web sites and applications.

In a recent interview with ClickZ, AdMob's North America General Manager Jason Spero said apps on Google's Android platform had recently begun to surge in the company's ad traffic reports.

In a statement, Google said the deal will help it improve targeting and tracking of campaigns; build more powerful optimization and publisher-side monetization tools; and increase mobile ad effectiveness by leveraging its own sales team.

"Mobile advertising has enormous potential as a marketing medium and while this industry is still in the early stages of development, AdMob has already made exceptional progress in a very short time," said Susan Wojcicki, Google's VP of product management, in a statement.

When it goes through, the $750 stock deal will be the third largest in Google's history, behind its acquisitions of DoubleClick and YouTube. Google has lately indicated it will resume a more aggressive merger strategy, after scaling back M&A efforts in 2008 and 2009. The AdMob agreement appears to be the first step in that direction.

Additionally, AdMob is one of a very small club of ad networks -- catering to any channel -- that Google has attempted to acquire. In 2007 it bought FeedBurner, an RSS feed management platform that also operated as an ad network.

In the last year, AdMob has invested considerable resources on global expansion. In October 2008, the company raised $15.7 million in funding, and said it would use the money to seek new business in Western Europe, India, South Africa, and Japan.

ClickZ is hosting a poll on the likely impact of Google's AdMob acquisition on the mobile ad marketplace. Click here to participate.

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Until March 2012, Zach Rodgers was managing editor of ClickZ's award-winning coverage of news and trends in digital marketing. He reported on the rise of web companies, data markets, ad technologies, and government Internet policy, among other subjects. 

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