Merkle (www.merkleinc.com), a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, announced that it has partnered with Baidu, the largest digital platform in China, to become the first U.S.-headquartered Baidu reseller.
As Merkle’s client base became increasingly global, the company has placed emphasis on the expansion of Merkle’s capability in China as well as Europe. Merkle opened its first international office in Shanghai in 2010 and added a second office in Nanjing in 2013. Currently, there are more than 400 employees between both office locations. Through the partnership with Baidu and Merkle’s operations in China, Merkle is able to offer data-driven, technology-enabled performance marketing campaigns that results in improved ROI and sustainable competitive advantage.
“Our partnership with China’s largest digital platform, Baidu, allows Merkle the ability to deliver brands a seamless and flawless execution for their performance marketing campaigns entering in the Chinese market. As part of this partnership, we will be using Kenshoo to manage their China campaigns,” said George Gallate, EVP and CMO for Merkle.
Baidu is the largest digital platform in China and the fourth most trafficked site in the world following Google, Facebook, and YouTube. In addition to a search engine platform, Baidu also has an encyclopedia function, a social network, a mapping and direction service, a Q&A community and extensive online video, music and image collections. Advertisers will have access to the Baidu Union, a network of more than 600,000 sites that allows targeting based on users’ online behavior.
“Given the strength of Merkle’s performance search marketing globally, their impressive roster of world-class brands, and the size of their China-based team, we are excited to have Merkle as our first U.S.-headquartered reseller,” said Lu Yu, General Manager of Baidu KA Channel Business.
Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specializes in the delivery of unique, personalized customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. The agency’s heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 6,800 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 19 additional offices in the US and 33 offices in Europe and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network. For more information, contact Merkle at 1-877-9-Merkle or visit www.merkleinc.com.