Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an agreement to acquire Reactive Media Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest independent digital agencies, headquartered in Melbourne with offices in Auckland, Sydney, London, and New York. There will be no redundancies.
Reactive clients in NZ include Goodmanfielder and The Warehouse Group Financial Services.
Reactive specialises in creating and delivering differentiated customer experiences through digital channels such as apps, e-commerce web sites and social. “The acquisition will strengthen Accenture’s digital marketing and technology services that help clients design solutions for digital customers, channels and markets,” said Accenture Interactive senior managing director Brian Whipple. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Reactive’s digital capabilities will complement the end-to-end marketing experience services offered through Accenture Interactive (part of Accenture Digital) that include creative design, customer experience, digital production and e-commerce platforms. The acquisition will also give clients access to Reactive’s deep digital capabilities designed to enable chief marketing officers and brand leaders to raise consumer loyalty, boost sales and improve efficiencies.
“Demand is growing rapidly for services that integrate creative ideas with design, usability, data-driven customer insights, and technology in order to create compelling digital customer experiences. Brands are recognising that being relevant to customers has never depended more on how they engage with customers digitally. The agreement to acquire Reactive demonstrates our continued investment in digital marketing services to better help our clients provide innovative and engaging customer experiences across all channels.”
Corporate marketing will undergo a fundamental transformation over the next five years due to the use of digital, according to the majority of chief marketing officers recently surveyed by Accenture Interactive. Further research also indicates both retailers and business suppliers are feeling a marked shift in consumer expectations.
“I’m incredibly proud of the team we have built at Reactive,” said Reactive co-founder/director Tim O’Neill. “For the last 17 years, we’ve championed the value of technology and design, particularly their ability to transform industries and help organisations strengthen and grow their relationships with customers. By joining Accenture, we will be able to provide our digital services to an even wider range of organisations and provide our existing clients with greater scale and depth of category and industry experience.”
Reactive’s employees will join Accenture Interactive. In 2013, Accenture acquired Fjord and Acquity Group, both of which are also part of Accenture Interactive.
Founded in 1997, Reactive’s portfolio includes services for design and usability, technology development, digital marketing, digital strategy and e-commerce, delivered to companies in the retail, resources, entertainment, telecommunications and automotive industry as well as public sector organisations.
Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 305,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$30.0 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2014. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
Accenture Interactive, part of Accenture Digital, helps the world’s leading brands drive superior marketing performance across the full multichannel customer experience. Accenture Interactive offers integrated, industrialised and industry-driven digital transformation and marketing solutions. To learn more follow us @AccentureSocial and visit www.accenture.com/interactive.
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