NetBooster Group acquires Dutch digital marketing agency Internet Advantage

NetBooster Group is extending its international footprint with the acquisition of the Dutch Digital Marketing Agency Internet Advantage to extend its worldwide coverage.

NetBooster (FR0000079683 – ALNBT – PEA-PME eligible) a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing, announces the acquisition, subject to the realisation of customary conditions precedent, of the digital marketing agency Internet Advantage based in Utrecht, Netherlands. The newly acquired agency will operate under the NetBooster Group’s popular German brand metapeople and will be fully integrated into the global NetBooster Group service offering.

The acquisition will further enhance NetBooster’s global reach by adding the important Dutch market to the Networks country portfolio. The DNA of Internet Advantage will stay intact as all employees, clients and service offerings will be transitioned into the rebranded company metapeople Netherlands. The original General Manager and founder Lennert de Rijk and his new colleague Joost Geerts will manage the integration and expansion of metapeople Netherlands.

Both Internet Advantage and NetBooster/metapeople are focusing on performance driven digital strategies. The acquisition is a perfect fit for both organizations to grow the businesses. Clients of Internet Advantage will benefit from metapeople’s extensive expertise in performance-driven marketing, as well as the international data and analytics footprint.

With a strong focus on innovation, Internet Advantage is a leading search and performance marketing agency in the Netherlands. The agency was voted best Search Marketing Agency in The Netherlands in 2013, and is working with a multi-lingual in-house team in the Dutch, Belgian and German markets.

Lennert de Rijk, Managing Director of Internet Advantage, comments “Performance Marketing is moving into a new phase as it goes international and becomes fully transparent. We, at Internet Advantage, want to be part of this evolution and use our entrepreneurial ambition to change the industry. In conversations with NetBooster/metapeople, it quickly became clear that our ambitions align perfectly, when it comes to providing the best digital strategy to our clients. Joining forces ensures that we can expand together and strengthen our respective positions in this agile and innovative sector. Our clients and our employees will benefit from the fact that NetBooster/metapeople is the biggest independent international performance agency, with strong offerings in Data & Analytics.”

Tim Ringel, CEO of NetBooster Group, adds: “We are very excited to have found such a complementary and ambitious boutique agency in the Dutch market. Internet Advantage’s management, employees, clients and services fit perfectly into our vision of growing in size and knowhow with entrepreneurially managed companies and create the biggest independent worldwide digital network agency. Our top clients are keen to expand into more regions with NetBooster/metapeople and we are answering that demand by cherry-picking the best local players with highly involved entrepreneurs and integrate them onto our unique international platform. The acquisition of Internet Advantage is the first step in our strategy to triple our size by 2018, creating a global agency thanks to buy & build and organic growth.”

About NetBooster Group www.netbooster.com

NetBooster is a leading independent European agency in digital performance marketing that makes its comprehensive expertise of digital marketing available to its clients to achieve the best possible performance for their investments. The agency invests in technology and covers the entire chain of online marketing through its European network: search engine optimisation and marketing, data and analytics (DnA), GroundControl Technology, display, affiliation, online media, creation, eCRM and social networks, with a recognised expertise in tomorrow’s digital marketing (Social Media, Video, Ad Exchange, etc.). Shares in NetBooster are traded on the NYSE Alternext Paris.


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This Time It’s Personal

Above everything else on the Internet, personalised marketing wins. We are moving into an era where advertising will become so relevant, that it’s no longer seen as an annoyance, but as a service for users.

Have you wondered why you’re ‘followed’ by banners for a pair of shoes you’ve already purchased? Or why your gym sends you offers for Zumba in Manchester when you live in London? 

Then you’re very likely the type of person who will feel better with the world of advertising that is to come in the next 3-4 years. Many people today regard advertising as bothersome and irritating, however that perception will very likely change within the next few years. Large companies are gathering data about us like never before, and we’re only at the beginning of a period in which advertisements will become completely personalised and far more relevant than we’ve seen before. We are entering into a future where the border between advertisers and useful services is diminishing.

The world’s most popular social media platforms and apps such as Facebook, YouTube and Instagram have had success because they offer services that are completely personalised; you choose what you do or don’t want to see and can optimise your news feed to be completely unique. Searches on Google have also become personalised, so we receive search results that are customised based on interests the search engine suspects we have. In the same way, we now experience that advertisers online are, at a higher level, becoming personalised (down to each single user).

If you search ‘Ads Preferences’ on Google, you’ll get access to a short overview of the picture Google has of you. And on Facebook, you have the possibility to download a large file with part of the data the social network has collected on you, as a user. This data allows for the setup of far more relevant advertisements. The system is far from perfect, however it has up to present date, allowed for those ads we see to be slightly more relevant compared to those we saw 5 years ago. 

This development will only continue.

Google’s CEO, Larry Page, was recently asked whether he considered ad-blockers (programs which block advertisements), to be a problem. To this, he responded that the problem isn’t ad-blockers, but bad advertisements. According to Page, it’s about creating ads that consumers don’t want to block.

Year 2015: A static Internet

While big companies such as Google and Facebook have realised the value of using consumer data in new constructive ways and offer personalised services, 99.9% of all other websites are not personalised. The most common situation is that the same version of the website is showed to all users, regardless if you’re a man or woman, what age you are, and what part of the country you live in, and despite having previously visited the website and possibly having purchased products. 

This will change in the course of the next 5 years.

A website owner typically has a large accumulation of information about their visitors. This information can include what pages on the website users viewed during their last visit. For example, if I had previously looked at kitchens on IKEA’s website, one should assume that it’s kitchens I’m interested in. Therefore there’s no reason to display cheap bed sheets the next time I visit the front page of IKEA’s website. Rather, the front page should be personalised to show me more relevant information on kitchens.

Similarly, a website owner can have lots of other relevant information. In regards to an online store, has the user previously purchased anything? What gender, age and geographic placement do they have? All of this information can be used to create the perfect, personalised front page. 

NetBooster has two initiatives in play, which corresponds with the development of a more personalised User Experience. The first of which is our own project, GroundControl, which focuses on building a DMP (Data Management Platform). This is a database, which collects all the information that is relevant in order to display the right message to the right user. For example, GroundControl gives us the opportunity to build personalised websites and work with 100% personalised display marketing.

Websites initiate a conversation with users

The second initiative is a collaboration NetBooster has initiated with IBM and their marketing automation software, Silverpop. With Silverpop, you’re ready to develop e-mail marketing, at a far more relevant level than that of prior capabilities.

An example of how Silverpop can be used; imagine a chocolate and confectionary company that uses its website to have conversations with their users. Every time you visit their website, you receive a question that you can choose to answer, or not. This question can for example ask if you prefer white or dark chocolate. The answers to these questions are stored, with the user’s permission of course, and next time you visit their website a new question is displayed. This information can be used to change all subsequent communication, both on the website and in e-mails in order to reflect the preferences of the user. This secures a more relevant and personalised communication that in the end leads to higher user satisfaction and increased sales for the company.

We are moving from a paradigm in which users are the audience, to a situation where they are conversation partners in a dialogue focused on strengthening and improving relations between the user and the company. If done correctly, this will lead to sales and advertisements being perceived as a welcomed feature rather than bothersome.

The challenge for companies is to do this in the right way, that won’t make users feel intruded on, but instead benefiting from a service. As a user, there should be a choice. It should be easy to say ‘no’ to personalisation. And in reverse, users who are more positive about this development, should have the option to say ‘yes’ to this modern exchange economy, where personal information is willingly provided in return for free access to fantastic services, which makes the digital world more convenient.

This is the future of personalised marketing – it’s time to get personal

Written by: Christian Kongsted, Senior Online Consultant at NetBooster Denmark


Do you want to discuss how NetBooster’s GroundControl and IBM’s Silverpop can work in conjunction to bring your website to the age of personalised marketing? Contact us now! You can also meet us at dmexco from the 16-17th September 2015 at Hall 6.1 Nr. F-058.

Five Tips to Improve your Web Analysis


“5 Tips to Improve your Web Analysis”

Web Analytics is no longer solely about tracking. It’s about analysing the data collected from your website and finding its value in order to optimise your site and help you to drive your business.

  1. Data quality. Wrong data leads to wrong decisions, that’s a fact. Even if you don’t have all the data to justly affect your decision making, all it takes is a minimal amount of data to ensure your decisions aren’t biased, and that it’s relevant and reliable. Thus helping your decision making process by being driven by good insights.
  2. Data is neutral. It’s not good or bad, it’s just a number, a metric or a passive medium. It requires context to be interpreted: time, scope, external factors (such as weather, holidays or days of the week), internal factors (such as used coupon codes or campaign costs) and where possible, historical data. If you don’t have enough context – ask for it!
  3. Data is concept based. Visitors are linked to cookies placed in a browser. A session is a limited time lapse during which your visitor is engaged in an activity on your website. A page view is a page in which the tracking code is setup on. Think of it like colours; green is green because you learnt that during your childhood. However when asking someone who’s colorblind, they will probably tell you that the same green you see is actually brown or red in their eyes. It’s the same when you’re speaking to a marketing team or an IT person – you have to adjust your message and terminology in order to increase the comprehensibility of your information, thereby creating valuable partnerships with your co-workers and maximising understandings between different departments.
  4. Ask the right questions. Was last week a good week? Honestly, I don’t know. It could be that it was better than it used to be. But the right question should be about your expectations regarding online sales. If the average sales generated on your site per week is €1,000 and you only aimed for €100, chances are you’re underestimating your site’s capabilities. And if your goal wasn’t to generate leads, maybe your website isn’t built optimally.
  5. Continue to learn and adapt. Your analysis has to make a conclusion. It shouldn’t be personal, it’s not about the competencies of the person in charge of creating good campaigns – the campaigns were created, launched and are now finished. It’s done. So you have to answer at least one question, “what is the next step?”. You should focus on data driven decisions and stop the HIPPO (acronym for the “Highest Paid Person’s Opinion”) system.

 Written by: Fanny Le Béguec, Senior Analytics Consultant