IDG Communications acquires Selling Simplified
Macworld publisher adds business intelligence to growing B2B marketing stack.
B2B Marketing-as-a-Service platform Selling Simplified was acquired by business publisher IDG Communications. With the acquisition comes 160 million B2B records specific to the tech industry, as well as the company’s Demandcentr system, which monitors behavioral context and builds purchase intent around specific contacts.
Selling Simplified’s customers include agencies and B2B brands, such as Juniper Networks, Mediacom and Marketo.
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IDG, which owns media brands like CIO and Macworld, will add Selling Simplified’s capabilities to a tech stack that it has built up through other acquisitions over the last 18 months. In this time, IDG acquired ABM platform Triblio, B2B intent data platform LeadSift and KickFire, a marketing data and intelligence solution.
Why we care. B2B marketing and sales channels have never been more fragmented and complicated. But with work-from-home and digital transformation at organizations, these contacts have also never been more digitized.
For B2B marketers, the contextual breadcrumbs are there to discern intent, but they often sit within publishers who serve as important hubs for business intelligence and a sense of community.