Many would agree that BrightTag is a company that has, pardon the pun, an illuminated future. In June, it was named Startup of the Year at the Moxie Awards. Today, CEO Mike Sands announced BrightTag’s acquisition of a UK-based competitor named SiteTagger.
Together, the two companies combined to be the global leader in tag management services (TMS), representing over 100 brands. With this acquisition, BrightTag is making a major play to expand services in the UK and Europe. SiteTagger launched in 2009, and serves to manage analytics, affiliate marketing and other aspects of digital marketing for brands in the UK and Europe. Cofounders Stephan Briggs and Paul Newbury will focus on expanding Yard Digital, their data-centric digital marketing agency, which will become a strategic partner and member of the BrightTag ONE Partner Program.
In terms of expanding into Europe, Sands sees the SiteTagger acquisition as a key step. “We found a group of like-minded folks at SiteTagger. They share our values and passion for what we’re doing,” he says. “It’s fun to learn about new cultures and yet realize that the business challenges we are addressing here and in Europe are remarkably the same.” Being able to hop a train instead of a plane makes a big difference in client service.
Read more: Learn more about Sands’ thoughts on expanding into Europe and keeping up here at home.