Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-move-2011-10


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What’s the next big move for Google?

We’re not sure, but multiple ad tech industry sources think Google is about to buy Akamai.

We’ve been chasing a rumor that Google is about to make a big ad tech acquisition. The one name that kept coming back at us was Akamai.

At this point, it’s mostly just a rumor, but almost a dozen sources inside and outside of Google are telling us that they’ve at least heard about a looming Google-Akamai deal.

Then again, Akamai is one of those companies that’s always mentioned as a take over target. Also:  a high-level source at Akamai that we talked to shot down Google speculation.

Still, all of our sources think Akamai would be a good fit for Google.

There are two reasons.

REASON ONE: Akamai is sitting on a trove of valuable data that Google could use to vastly improve its business. Akamai delivers video and knows what people are watching, when they’re watching it, and how they’re watching it.  

Google could use that information to improve search, video, display, everything. There’s a huge risk in “sniffing” the data from Akamai to influence other parts of Google as one source put it. Google would have too much information, and it would have even more government regulation.

akamREASON TWO: Akamai’s stock has been crushed in the last year. It’s off by 50%, so the company could be had for a decent price. A recent Bloomberg article speculated Akamai would sell for $7.4 billion or more.

If you know what Google is interested in buying, email us at jyarow@businessinsider.com or call Jay Yarow at 646.376.6037.

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UPDATE: Nearly two in five CMOs say their biggest challenge is “integrating and tracking multiple channels,” according to a recent survey by Aprimo and Argyle Executive Forum. In light of that finding, I thought I’d reprise a column that I wrote last year and use it to discuss correlating relative ROI (define) across channels like TV, print, radio, and online banner ads.

Lift in search volume for particular terms – like non-generic brand names – is useful because it indicates that the target customers not only saw the ads, but also remembered them and then took action. It is a better metric than those that only estimate whether ads were even seen or heard – i.e., reach and frequency-based metrics. This even works well for online banner or branding campaigns because it is not the click-through from those ads that we are concerned with, it is the lift in search volume that indicates interest and intent. The habit of search by modern users is now commonplace; as they all go online to look for additional information before making a purchase decision, we now have a universally applicable metric to correlate the effectiveness (and thus the relative ROI) of advertising across channels.

What about absolute ROI? We’ve got that covered too. Beyond lift in search volume, with proper analytics on online destinations, advertisers can track where customers came from, calculate how many took desirable actions like completing a purchase or printing a coupon (for items purchased offline). With these metrics, advertisers can correlate with other known data such as conversion rates of coupons, etc., to derive real-world ROI, scientifically. Obviously there are nuances and caveats, but if applied carefully these methods can help CMOs overcome what keeps them up at night.

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