Apple reportedly acquires digital marketing firm DataTiger

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in General Discussion edited February 14
According to recent regulatory filings, Apple has acquired U.K.-based digital marketing firm DataTiger in a move that could bolster the tech giant's already prodigious marketing apparatus.




Citing an unspecified regulatory filing published in December, Bloomberg on Thursday reports Apple is now in control of Operatedata Ltd., the operating name of the DataTiger brand.

Beyond today's document discovery, not much is known about the supposed acquisition or DataTiger's operations. The report does not mention figures and it is unknown when the transaction was completed.

In his LinkedIn profile, DataTiger CEO Philipp Mohr says the startup is focused on "highly scalable" marketing solutions for the "era of user-demanded personalization, AI-assisted marketing, large volumes of data, real-time data requirements, and tight data privacy." Mohr goes on to say DataTiger's goal is to bring the era of "email-list thinking" and campaign-based marketing to an end, presumably through individualized customer targeting.

DataTiger's own LinkedIn page reflects Mohr's statements, saying the firm markets a set of tools that enable customers to build marketing software. The platform is said to grant users the flexibility to optimize marketing flows in real time "across all channels," with access to APIs accomplished either in the cloud or via first-party servers.

A small company founded in 2017, DataTiger lists its employee base at between two to ten people.

What Apple has planned for DataTiger is unclear. The tech giant's marketing machine is known to churn out memorable traditional print and TV advertising campaigns, but its digital efforts are less effective. Currently, Apple's attempts in the space are largely restricted to email lists touting regional sales, a somewhat limited social media presence and, more recently, push notifications sent through its own iOS platform.

In December, Apple used its Apple Store app to push an ad urging customers to upgrade to iPhone XR and XS. That same month, Apple sent push notifications promoting Carpool Karaoke and Apple Music compatibility with Amazon Echo devices.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    According to recent regulatory filings, Apple has acquired U.K.-based digital marketing firm DataTiger in a move that could bolster the tech giant's already prodigious marketing apparatus.

    What Apple has planned for DataTiger is unclear. The tech giant's marketing machine is known to churn out memorable traditional print and TV advertising campaigns, but its digital efforts are less effective. Currently, Apple's attempts in the space are largely restricted to email lists touting regional sales, a somewhat limited social media presence and, more recently, push notifications sent through its own iOS platform.

    Based on Data Tiger's description of it's abilities, we can guess what Apple has planned.  Make more ad money through targeted ads..
    From the LinkdIn description: "Using DataTiger is the fastest and easiest way to increase retention & monetisation. With our platform you can individually optimize the marketing flows for your customers in real-time across all channels."
  • Reply 2 of 6
    It makes sense now that Apple News will have paid subscription you need a scalable AI-assisted marketing to bring in the ad revenue.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    sergioz said:
    It makes sense now that Apple News will have paid subscription you need a scalable AI-assisted marketing to bring in the ad revenue.
    You mean they are copying Google, to provide specific ads based on what you've been browsing and ultimately purchasing through apple pay.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    According to recent regulatory filings, Apple has acquired U.K.-based digital marketing firm DataTiger in a move that could bolster the tech giant's already prodigious marketing apparatus.

    What Apple has planned for DataTiger is unclear. The tech giant's marketing machine is known to churn out memorable traditional print and TV advertising campaigns, but its digital efforts are less effective. Currently, Apple's attempts in the space are largely restricted to email lists touting regional sales, a somewhat limited social media presence and, more recently, push notifications sent through its own iOS platform.

    Based on Data Tiger's description of it's abilities, we can guess what Apple has planned.  Make more ad money through targeted ads..
    From the LinkdIn description: "Using DataTiger is the fastest and easiest way to increase retention & monetisation. With our platform you can individually optimize the marketing flows for your customers in real-time across all channels."
    Apple has a terrible track record of trying to sell other people’s ads.
    lolliver
  • Reply 5 of 6
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 623unconfirmed, member
    saltyzip said:
    sergioz said:
    It makes sense now that Apple News will have paid subscription you need a scalable AI-assisted marketing to bring in the ad revenue.
    You mean they are copying Google, to provide specific ads based on what you've been browsing and ultimately purchasing through apple pay.
    Apple never copies.

    Bet your ass they'll innovate and find a way to target a user without compromising their personal data. This is possible with their current technology. Think secure enclave.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,277member
    saltyzip said:
    sergioz said:
    It makes sense now that Apple News will have paid subscription you need a scalable AI-assisted marketing to bring in the ad revenue.
    You mean they are copying Google, to provide specific ads based on what you've been browsing and ultimately purchasing through apple pay.
    Apple never copies.

    Bet your ass they'll innovate and find a way to target a user without compromising their personal data. This is possible with their current technology. Think secure enclave.
    They aren't utilizing that currently for their admittedly fledgling ad targeting that monetizes your personal app store and Apple News activity. Not sure how the "secure enclave" would be helpful anyway.

    BUT with that said I'm sure Apple will design whatever they do to be as unobtrusive as possible. Advertising placement is not a core Apple market anyway so it just needs to be moderately effective.
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