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Social Embassy BV acquired by Dentsu

Dentsu further expands the global footprint in Europe

Content & community management, brand engagement, social media, SNS advertising based in The Netherlands

by Gerhard Fasol

On May 23, 2013 Dentsu announced another European acquisition within the single month of May 2013 in its quest to strengthen its global footprint: the acquisition of the leading Dutch social media agency Social Embassy BV via its European subsidiary Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd.

Social Embassy BV

Social Embassy BV is The Netherlands’ largest social media agency, based in Amsterdam. The company was founded in 2008 by Steven Jongeneel and co-founder Niels van der Velden, and focuses on strategy & insights, content & community management, creative, brand engagement and advertising.

The company employed about 30 people when Dentsu acquired it.

Dentsu and Dentsu-Aegis

Dentsu dominates Japan’s advertising space, and is a very very strong force in Japan’s media industry sector, through control and management of major advertising channels with an overwhelming market share in Japan, and has been working hard to leverage its creative power and strength in Japan into a larger global footprint.

A big step forward towards a larger global footprint for Dentsu was the acquisition of the London based Aegis Group, announced on July 5, 2012.

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