Justice Department Clears Google’s $400 Million Admeld Buy

  |  December 2, 2011   |  Comments

Yield optimization buy will eventually bring more display inventory to the DoubleClick Ad Exchange.

The U.S. Department of Justice has given its go-ahead for Google to acquire AdMeld, a sell-side monetization and yield optimization platform, for $400 million. The approval follows a five-month review during which the DOJ made a "second request" for information - not uncommon for large acquisitions. Google plans to officially complete the transaction in the next few days.

In a blog post today, Google wrote, "For now, it's business as usual - Admeld's products will operate separately to Google's existing solutions... But over time, there are opportunities to bring the best of both businesses together in a variety of ways; and to develop entirely new solutions, too."

The key synergy will involve the DoubleClick Ad Exchange. Many supply side platforms, including New York-based AdMeld, have begun acting like exchanges - pooling display inventory in marketplaces and supporting the sale of that ad space to the highest bidder, often with the help of third-party data. By integrating Admeld's platform with DoubleClick's DART for Publishers product, Google stands to introduce more volume into that exchange.



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Zachary Rodgers

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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