GSI Commerce’s Global Marketing Services Division Acquires ClearSaleing to Expand Offerings in Advertising Analytics and Attribution

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ClearSaleing’s Innovative Technology Enables Marketers to Plan, Measure and Optimize their Online Media Campaigns

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa.--JANUARY 11, 2011 -- GSI Commerce Inc. (Nasdaq: GSIC) today announced its Global Marketing Services division has acquired ClearSaleing, a Columbus, Ohio-based provider of advanced advertising analytics and attribution management. The acquisition of ClearSaleing broadens and deepens the division’s portfolio of marketing services offerings and overall market position. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“GSI’s multichannel approach to marketing services and entrepreneurial culture makes this a strong fit for ClearSaleing and our clients. We’ll be able to continue to develop our technology while taking advantage of GSI’s broader resources and market position.”

“ClearSaleing’s innovative advertising analytics platform provides today’s marketers and digital agencies with an accurate way to measure, compare and optimize profit and ROI of their online advertising campaigns,” said Chris Saridakis, chief executive officer of GSI’s Global Marketing Services division. “The U.S. digital advertising market is $25.8 billion.1 ClearSaleing gives marketers the ability to understand the entire customer purchase path and how each online channel works to move a customer from acquisition to conversion, which helps deliver stronger performing marketing programs. We’re very pleased to welcome ClearSaleing to GSI.”

“ClearSaleing’s advertising analytics and attribution platform is the solution for the limited last-click measurement model online marketers and advertisers have been stuck with for far too long. ClearSaleing gives marketers the tools and intelligence to manage their overall media mix and fine tune the message of their campaigns,” said Randy Smith, chief executive officer of ClearSaleing. “GSI’s multichannel approach to marketing services and entrepreneurial culture makes this a strong fit for ClearSaleing and our clients. We’ll be able to continue to develop our technology while taking advantage of GSI’s broader resources and market position.”

ClearSaleing’s Attribution Management product was named a Leader in the independent October 2009 Forrester Research, Inc. report, The Forrester Wave™: Interactive Attribution Q4 2009, for its ease of use, custom analytics and appeal to a wide array of marketers. For the past year, TrueAction, a full-service digital agency within GSI’s Global Marketing Services division, has been using ClearSaleing’s attribution marketing platform to help 60 of its clients improve efficiency in decision making and increase productivity from automation and reporting by providing more accurate attribution analysis. Other ClearSaleing clients include companies such as American Greetings, Rosetta, Range Online Media and Nationwide Insurance. The investment banking firm Petsky Prunier represented ClearSaleing in this transaction.

Deann Harvey, currently chief sales officer of GSI’s Global Marketing Services division, will serve as ClearSaleing’s chief revenue officer effective immediately. She will be responsible for building ClearSaleing’s sales team and growing its client base among global advertisers and agencies.

ClearSaleing will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of GSI’s Global Marketing Services division which provides a comprehensive set of interactive marketing solutions to help clients drive customer acquisition, conversion and loyalty across multiple channels. With the addition of ClearSaleing, the division now includes eight leading marketing services companies: e-Dialog, FetchBack, M3 Mobile, MBS Insight, Pepperjam, Silverlign and TrueAction. The company plans to integrate ClearSaleing into these other marketing services platforms. For more information, visit http://gsicommerce.com/marketing_services.

About GSI Commerce

GSI Commerce® enables e-commerce, multichannel retailing and digital marketing for global enterprises in the U.S. and internationally. GSI’s e-commerce services which include technology, order management, payment processing, fulfillment and customer care, are available on a modular basis or as part of an integrated solution. GSI’s Global Marketing Services division provides innovative digital marketing products and services comprised of design through TrueAction and Silverlign, e-mail marketing through e-Dialog, affiliate marketing through Pepperjam, retargeting through Fetchback, mobile marketing through M3 Mobile and database marketing through MBS Insight. Additionally, GSI provides brands and retailers platforms to engage directly with consumers through RueLaLa.com, an online private sale shopping destination, and ShopRunner.com, a members-only shopping service that offers unlimited free two-day shipping and free shipping on returns for a $79 annual subscription.

About ClearSaleing

ClearSaleing is an industry-leading advertising analytics and attribution platform. ClearSaleing enables innovative advertisers to increase sales volume and overall media mix profitability across their complex mix of advertising investments. The ClearSaleing platform and related services allow innovative clients such as American Greetings, Rosetta, Range Online Media and Nationwide Insurance to achieve true transparency across their marketing mix performance and to understand which marketing channels are most influential to profit, engagement, and overall return on investment. The company was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

Forward-Looking Statements

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1 Comment

  1. RelevancePolice

    Interesting acquisition. Anybody know what the number is rumored to be? ClearSaleing is not a tech heavy weight. Synergy between GSI and them is likely to be good. Next up for GSI is likely to be a next generation ad serving and optimization engine doing media and creative together... My prediction...

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