Update On :06 May 2015
The increasing competition among social media platforms to harness eCommerce for their own purposes continued with Twitterâ€™s purchase of TellApart.
According to a securities filing made public, Twitter agreed to pay $532.6 million in stock for the digital platform, which has specific strengths in retail and commerce verticals. As per recent Twitter blog it is said that by bringing Twitter and TellApart together, weâ€™ll be able to help performance advertisers reach users wherever they are, whether on desktop or mobile.
TellApart offers unique capabilities for cross sell and promotional engagement retargeting around retail which is an area that Twitterâ€™s current retargeting solution has no real programmatic or template capabilities.
It seems pretty clear that Twitter is purchasing its way into the retail space, as TellApart already has a number of marquee retail clients. Twitter wants retail to take them as seriously as they do Google and Facebook. The purchase may also help increase retail adoption of Twitterâ€™s retargeting tools but given Twitterâ€™s stalling MAU (monthly active users) and limited reach, the Twitter + TellApart combination feels like a lot of sizzle without a real reason to take the new combination seriously.
Unless something dramatic comes out of the acquisition like an extensive publisher build out (both app and web) or the ability to leverage more interesting first or third party data to increase ad targeting and purchase intent capture, Twitter should remain a second tier priority for retailers behind Facebook and Google.
News Source From : adweek