Neolane, DataXu, ClickSquared Ink Deals in Digital Marketing

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[Updated 12:20 pm] Here are a couple of notable Boston-area deals in digital advertising and marketing, each with a certain je-ne-sais-quoi European flair. Plus one more local company worth watching…

Neolane, a social marketing tech company based in Paris with North American headquarters in Newton, MA, has closed a $27 million financing round led by Battery Ventures. The company’s previous investors also participated in the round. Neolane, which has 240 employees globally—just under 50 in New England—says it will use the money to expand its operations, particularly in North America. Neolane says it competes with IBM/Unica, Aprimo, and SAS.

DataXu, the Boston-based digital advertising and marketing startup, has acquired U.K.- and Germany-based Mexad, a top European “demand-side platform” provider (meaning it gives advertisers tools to optimize when and where they place ads). Terms of the deal weren’t given. DataXu makes a software platform for advertisers who want real-time information and insights on consumer behavior across Web, mobile, and video channels. I spoke with CEO Mike Baker last year about DataXu’s recent growth and strategy in the ad-tech sector.

ClickSquared, a Boston marketing software startup, has closed $9 million in equity financing led by Staley Capital, with existing investors also participating. The company, which started in 1999, does e-mail marketing and delivery, customer analytics, and campaign management, among other things. [This deal was added to the roundup after the first two were published---Eds.]

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @gthuang

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