Kepler Acquisitionto Help Clients Fully Leverage Google Marketing Platform
OTTAWA, ON–Analytics and measurement pioneer Napkyn Analytics is joining Kepler Group, the global digital services provider that’s part of the kyu Collective alongside companies such as IDEO, Sid Lee and SYPartners. The deal unites two of the most data-driven firms in marketing to help clients more effectively derive consumer insights, activate digital intelligence, and accelerate business results.
The move comes as advertisers are increasingly leveraging first-party data to stay connected with consumers in relevant, meaningful ways, and are consolidating that activity on core platforms like Google, Adobe and Salesforce. Napkyn has experience with all of those platforms, with a disproportionate level of expertise regarding Google Marketing Platform, for which it is a Premier Solutions Partner.
Kepler launched its own specialized subsidiary called ADVZ earlier this year. Going forward, ADVZ and Napkyn will be jointly led by current Napkyn leadership and will work together to enable clients to access licenses and premium services across Google Cloud and Google Marketing Platform, including Analytics 360, Tag Manager 360, Data Studio, Optimize 360, Display & Video 360, and Campaign Manager 360.
Napkyn and Kepler share a focus on serving corporate advertisers and together count dozens of North America’s largest brands as clients, including AT&T, American Express, Dunkin’ Donuts, HanesBrands, Infiniti, J.Crew, Nissan, Pepsico, and Sanofi.
“This deal connects Kepler’s breadth of experience, across nearly every media platform and industry vertical, with Napkyn’s depth of knowledge across Google-powered solutions,” said Kepler CEO Rick Greenberg. “The Media Investment Evolved research report we released this month showed that 83% of brands are planning to bring more media technology in house. With Napkyn, we can help them do just that; and with Kepler, we can help them activate it for maximum effect.”
To help accelerate the Napkyn-ADVZ integration and its impact on clients, Napkyn’s founder Jim Cain will become Chief Innovation Officer for the combined group, and current Napkyn COO Nish Patel will be named Chief Executive Officer.
“Today, there are vast opportunities for marketers to harness data in sophisticated ways,” said Jim Cain, Napkyn’s founding CEO. “We felt the best way for us to help brands act on them would be to combine forces with a digital marketing powerhouse like Kepler, and I felt the best way I could personally help would be to focus all of my time on developing new services and products, and on implementing them alongside our most forward-thinking clients.
We couldn’t have picked a better partner than Kepler. And we couldn’t have picked a better CEO to lead Napkyn through its next phase of growth than Nish Patel.”
Napkyn’s headquarters will remain in Ottawa Ontario, but it will quickly start to establish its own presence within or near Kepler’s U.S. offices to enable tighter collaboration with American clients.
Kepler, founded in 2012, provides advanced digital and database services to clients in financial services, retail, healthcare, media & entertainment, and other industries. Its core services revolve around helping clients use data to power more dynamic and personalized marketing — including digital media and advanced TV, CRM, database and marketing systems integration, and in-house media team design and activation. The company is a member of kyu, a strategic operating unit of Hakuhodo DY Holdings Inc. Fellow kyu companies include: IDEO, Sid Lee, SYPartners, Godfrey Dadich, and BEworks.
Napkyn is a digital analytics and engineering consultancy that helps clients create, control and connect their data to enable superior business decisions. The Ottawa Ontario-based company was founded by Jim Cain in 2009 as data-driven digital marketing began revolutionizing the way brands acquired, understood and served consumers, and over time became a leading Google partner in North America. Across automotive, financial services, hospitality and other industry verticals, the firm helps clients install, activate, and manage marketing data and business intelligence solutions.