More NewsORB Enlists CheetahMail

ORB Enlists CheetahMail

In a deal that continues the online advertising industry's shifting focus to direct marketing products, the Alley-based e-mail marketer will handle ORB's back-end mail operations.

New York-based opt-in email marketer CheetahMail inked a technology deal with fellow Silicon Alley-based online ad/marketing agency ORB, Inc., the companies announced Thursday.

As a result, CheetahMail will handle ORB’s back-end email capabilities. ORB previously handled its own email distribution and technology.

“We’re engaging an industrial-strength email technology provider so that we can do much larger, significant electronic CRM programs for our clients,” said ORB executive vice president and co-founder Laura Berland.

“Joining our unique technology with ORBs clear, direct ROI focus is a natural marriage,” said CheetahMail chief executive officer Irene Pedraza. “We are excited at the prospect of helping bring ORBs high level of real-time marketing analysis and optimization to the email sector. Our industry leading email marketing technology will allow ORBs clients to expand their marketing initiatives in this highly effective medium.”

ORB’s client email client roster includes Citigroup and ad tracking firm Leading Web Advertisers.

The move comes as many integrated online ad and marketing companies face questions about the value of Internet advertising, and strike deals to broaden their online direct marketing offering. Online ad technology giant DoubleClick last week acquired email marketer NetCreations, and CMGI ad and marketing company Engage today announced a partnership with yesmail.com.

The industry is also seeing a renewed interest in non-advertising-based marketing efforts, thanks to several recent promising earnings announcements by online direct and promotional marketers — who seem to be weathering the harsh market somewhat better than their advertising-only brethren. NetCreations announced that it expected to turn a profit third quarter, and Internet promotional firm Promotions.com said it expected to beat Street revenue estimates.

Berland, however, demurred from pointing to inclement industry-wide conditions as a reason for the deal.

“Our focus has always been on ROI-driven online marketing programs, and increasingly, as we build database strategy for clients, there are just more and more email tactics that make up the overall strategy,” she said.

“We do advertising on the front-end, build the databases to get the opt-in lists together, and we just find that running these CRM programs on the back-end gives tremendous power to their marketing agenda,” she added. “Our strategies are integrated across email and advertising channels. They work very much hand-in-hand, and the email CRM programs behind the initial advertising really provide the kicker for delivering our clients an ROI.”

Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed in detail.

“It’s a relationship where we both have the chance to share in email revenue opportunities,” Berland said.

Related Articles

GDPR: The role of technology in data compliance

Data & Analytics GDPR: The role of technology in data compliance

3w Clark Boyd
What companies can learn from the We-Vibe lawsuit about the Internet of Things

Legal & Regulatory What companies can learn from the We-Vibe lawsuit about the Internet of Things

8m Al Roberts
Has advertising arrived on Google Home?

Media Has advertising arrived on Google Home?

8m Al Roberts
Is Twitter slowly dying?

More News Is Twitter slowly dying?

9m Al Roberts
FedEx launches fulfillment service to take on Amazon

Ecommerce FedEx launches fulfillment service to take on Amazon

9m Al Roberts
Target is the top retail digital marketer, so why is it struggling?

Ecommerce Target is the top retail digital marketer, so why is it struggling?

8m Al Roberts
YouTube is "on pace to eclipse TV" thanks to savvy algorithm use

More News YouTube is "on pace to eclipse TV" thanks to savvy algorithm use

9m Al Roberts
YouTube is getting rid of 30-second unskippable pre-roll ads

Ad Industry Metrics YouTube is getting rid of 30-second unskippable pre-roll ads

9m Al Roberts