Apple Buys Mobile Ad Net Quattro

  |  January 5, 2010   |  Comments

Deal is Apple's first big foray into the ad marketplace.

Apple has signed an agreement to acquire mobile ad firm Quattro Wireless, BoomTown reported. (Update: Quattro has confirmed the deal in a note published on its site.)

The deal comes close on the heels of Google's agreement to buy AdMob, which Apple also reportedly bid on. If it goes through, other companies in the mobile ad space may become acquisition targets as well. Millenial Media, Greystripe, Mojiva, and JumpTap all run independent mobile ad platforms.

Waltham, MA-based Quattro offers ad creation, landing pages, and measurement of mobile campaigns. Its ad formats include SMS, banners, interstitial ads, and video formats. Brands such as Ford, P&G, and Disney have used it to place ad buys on mobile Web sites and apps. On the publisher side, it serves mobile Web site owners and application developers.

For Apple, buying Quattro represents its first foray into interactive advertising as a company that has long been laser-focused on hardware and software. For one, it would oversee a direct sales team selling display inventory to agencies and brands.

Yet some have speculated Apple's interest in Quattro may have more to do with maintaining business ties with app developers who are building experiences for iPhone and iTouch than with earning mobile ad revenue.

For instance, once it integrates Quattro's technology with its developer platform, Apple could offer incentives for third parties to choose its baked-in monetization solution over those of AdMob and Google. That would let Apple control data on how mobile consumers are interacting with iPhone apps -- which in turn could hamper Google's competing smartphone ambitions as it seeks to build an app ecosystem for phones built on its Android platform.

Meanwhile, Google's plan to buy AdMob has faced a small stumbling block in the form of a "second request" from the Federal Trade Commission, suggesting the agency intends to continue to review the deal.

BoomTown pegged the value of Apple's accepted offer for Quattro at $275 million.

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