Deal Expands and Strengthens Ansible, the networks’ dedicated full-service mobile agency
London, 8th February, 2016: IPG Mediabrands has acquired the UK’s leading enterprise mobile consultancy and app developer, Mubaloo. The move brings enterprise mobility capabilities to the group in the UK for the first time, in response to the growing trend of CIOs and CMOs working together to drive transformation and improvements, via mobile. Mubaloo will be housed within Ansible, the specialist mobile division of IPG Mediabrands.
Through Mubaloo, Mediabrands is now able to deliver end-to-end mobile programmes; incorporating consulting, creative, UX, responsive sites, apps, enterprise integration and connected IoT technologies, such as beacons, to drive profitability and productivity.
The acquisition extends Mediabrands’ full-service mobile footprint into the UK, with Mubaloo’s resources supporting the global expansion of Ansible. The organisation now owns a unique set of capabilities and talent allowing it to offer clients a complete and strategic service exploring mobility opportunities for brands.
Jason Carter, Chief Digital officer, EMEA, IPG Mediabrands commented, “Mobile is clearly the future of communication and the biggest opportunity for marketers. However, we saw that consumers are way ahead of brands in this space and realised that we needed to assist our clients to move beyond just mobile media. This move helps them to develop all aspects of mobile marketing and fully leverage the opportunities that connected consumers represent”.
Mark Mason, founder and chairman of Mubaloo commented, “Over the past six years, Mubaloo has seen exceptional growth, helping clients dramatically improve their operations. As apps have come to dominate mobile usage, IPG Mediabrands identified the need to have the best consultancy, app design and development talent. By joining forces with them, Mubaloo is able to expand globally and offer mobile transformation to IPG Mediabrands’ prestigious client base.”
Established in 2009, Mubaloo has offices in both London and Bristol and boasts over 60 awards for outstanding work with clients such as Equiniti Pension Solutions, Bang & Olufsen, Haymarket, Aviva, Mitie and SEI. The consultancy was ranked third in the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 UK 2014 and was recognised as the Most Innovative Company 2014 by NEF: The Innovation Institute.
In addition to this acquisition for Ansible, IPG Mediabrands’ CEO Henry Tajer has announced that in the coming months Ansible will be established in a further six offices around the world, creating a robust and enviable global mobile network.
Director, PR and Comms – EMEA
Ansible is the connected consumer agency. We deliver innovative marketing solutions that engage mobilized individuals with brand experiences at scale. Our global team of strategy, media, creative and solution specialists help our clients navigate the complexity brought by ever-changing consumer technologies and behavior. We are sought out by the world’s leading companies to create new interactions that drive commercial results and build brand value. Ansible is part The Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG).
Mubaloo is an award-winning enterprise mobile consultancy and app developer. Mubaloo helps businesses explore the opportunities for mobility, establish strategic frameworks and roadmaps; delivering an end-to-end design, development and integration service.
Mubaloo Innovation Lab, a division of Mubaloo, partners with clients to enable enhanced end-user engagement and business process transformation, through the deployment of market leading location-based technology and IoT solutions.
Mubaloo, an Apple mobility partner, is working with Apple to drive mobile-led business transformation and championing iOS to deliver mobile excellence to the enterprise. Mubaloo also partners with the likes of Cisco, IBM, EE and SAP as a custom mobile app developer and consultant.
Over the past six years, Mubaloo has created over 240 apps with organisations worldwide including MTR Crossrail, London’s Air Ambulance, Aviva, Bang & Olufsen, Equiniti, Mitie, Eircom, Hargreaves Lansdown, William Hill, Unite Students, SEI, Alamy and Schroders.
In 2014, Mubaloo was ranked third in the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 UK 2014 and 25th in EMEA, additionally, Mubaloo was recognised as the Most Innovative Company 2014 by NEF: The Innovation Institute. In 2016, Mubaloo was acquired by Ansible, the specialist mobile division of IPG Mediabrands.
About IPG Medibrands
We were founded by Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) in 2007 to manage all of its global media related assets. Today that means we manage and invest $37 billion in global media on the behalf of our clients, employ over 8,500 diverse and daring marketing communication specialists worldwide and operate our company businesses in more than 130 countries.
A proven entity in helping clients maximize business results through integrated, intelligence-driven marketing strategies, IPG Mediabrands is committed to driving automated buying, pay-for-performance and digital innovation solutions through its network of media agencies including UM, Initiative, BPN, Orion Holdings, and ID Media. Its roster of specialty service agencies including Magna Global, CADREON, Ansible, Mediabrands Audience Platform, Mediabrands Publishing, IPG Media Lab, Ensemble, and Identity offer technologies and industry moving partnerships that are recognized for delivering unprecedented bottom line results for clients.