Acquity Group

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Acquity Group
Former type Public company
Industry Digital Marketing
Fate Acquired
Founded 2001
Defunct 2013 (acquisition completed)
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois, USA
Key people

Jay Dettling (president)

Founders
Chris Dalton
Paul Weinewuth

Matt Schmeltz
Revenue $141+ million (2012)[1]
Owner(s) Accenture
Employees 600
Website http://www.acquitygroup.com/

Acquity Group, LLC is a brand eCommerce and digital marketing company with U.S. headquarters in Chicago and offices across North America.

Acquity Group has domestic offices in New York City, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Irvine, Scottsdale, Overland Park, Boise and Atlanta. Its international offices are located in Toronto, Ontario and Ottawa, Ontario.[2] Acquity Group's work with more than 600 global brands covers eCommerce, mobile, and social media.

Acquity Group Headquarters in Ogilvie Station, Chicago

History[edit]

Acquity Group was founded in 2001 by Chris Dalton, Paul Weinewuth and Matt Schmeltz.[3] Dalton, who was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009, serves as chief executive officer.[4] Acquity Group filed for an IPO in 2012 and was listed on.[5] the New York Stock Exchange. In May 2013, Acquity Group was acquired by Accenture for $316 million. Acquity Group is now a part of Accenture Interactive, part of Accenture Digital.[6]

Acquity Group helps its clients use the Internet to increase sales and improve user-experience through an approach it pioneered, known as Brand eCommerce, which incorporates user-experience, creative design, back-end technical implementation and architecture [2].

Acquity Group’s clients represent a broad base of B2B and B2C companies in a variety of industries. Past and present clients include Adobe, American Airlines, AT&T, Garmin, General Motors, McDonald’s, Motorola, and Saks Fifth Avenue [3].

Notable clients and projects[edit]

Adobe[edit]

Acquity Group partnered with Adobe to provide a plan to rebuild the company's digital capability from top to bottom and help it devise a new approach for helping companies generate new business. [7]

Mine Safety Appliances (MSA)[edit]

Acquity Group worked with MSA to consolidate and centralize its global web properties and provide a better user experience. The restructured web properties allow MSA to manage online content in a central location and distribute information on a global scale, encompassing 39 countries and 20 languages.[8]

Penske[edit]

Penske Truck Rental engaged Acquity Group to complete the design and front-end development of its new mobile site.[9]

Saks Fifth Avenue[edit]

This multi-year, multi-project partnership helped Saks Direct - Saks Fifth Avenue's online division - achieve improvements in site stability, online functionality and eCommerce performance. This project received a Gold Stevie Award, the highest honor award, in the Retail category. [10]

Mobile Audit[edit]

Acquity Group's Mobile Commerce Audit, an analysis of the Internet Retailer 500 that identifies commerce companies with an active mobile presence, is published annually. The results of the 2009 Mobile Commerce Audit showed that only 4% of the United States' top 500 online retailers had websites compatible with mobile browsers.[11][12] The 2010 Mobile Audit revealed that 12% of the top web merchants had m-commerce sites; in 2011, that number increased to 37%.[13]

In 2011 Acquity Group issued its first European Mobile Audit, which revealed that nearly a quarter of Europe's top online retailers had some sort of mobile app and just under 20 percent had a website optimized for mobile devices.[14]

Brand eCommerce Audit[edit]

Acquity Group’s Brand eCommerce Audit is compiled annually and ranks commerce companies across six channels: big browser, mobile/tablet, social, in-store, search and email. Its inaugural report, released November 2012, analyzed Interbrand’s ”Best Retail Brands of 2012” and examined customer expectations across six channels.[15]

In 2012, Acquity Group Brand eCommerce Audit’s research revealed that 82 percent of retailers have a mobile optimized site, 72 percent have a mobile or tablet app, and 66 percent have both.[16]

Overview[edit]

2001:

  • Founded in Chicago by Chris Dalton, Matt Schmeltz and Paul Weinewuth [17]
  • Northern Trust and Equity Office Partners join Acquity Group client roster

2002:

  • Opens Scottsdale, Arizona office [18]

2004:

  • Opens Irvine, California office [19]
  • Launches national sales initiative in Phoenix, Orange County, Chicago
  • Playboy, Nautilus and Shimano join Acquity Group client roster [20]

2005:

  • Opens Kansas City, Missouri office [21]
  • Launches OnDemand offerings, Commerce OnDemand and Content OnDemand, Menard’s joins Acquity Group roster as the first client for this offering [22]
  • Zebra Technologies joins Acquity Group client roster [23]

2006:

  • Opens Dallas, Texas office [24]
  • Francesca joins Acquity Group client roster [25]
  • Receives Interactive Media Award for LaPetite.com website re-launch [26]

2007:

  • Inc. 5000 features Acquity Group for the first time [27]
  • Expands Chicago office to new location on Madison St.[28]

2008:

  • Crain's 50 Fastest Growing Companies features Acquity Group for the first time [29]
  • Opens Los Angeles, California Office [30]
  • The Interactive Media Council recognizes Acquity Group with an Interactive Media Awards for work on ZICO.com and Kohls.com website re-launches[31][32]

2009:

  • Ernst & Young recognizes Founder and CEO Christopher Dalton as Entrepreneur of the Year

[33]

  • Brill Street & Company recognizes Acquity Group as a Top 50 Employer for Gen-Y in Chicago [34]
  • Eileen Fischer and Underwriter Lab join Acquity Group client roster[35][36]
  • Publishes first Mobile Audit with Internet Retailer [37]

2010:

  • Opens Boise, Idaho Office
  • AdAge recognizes Acquity Group as one of the Top 5 Largest Independent Digital Agencies [38]
  • Forrester Research lists Acquity Group as a top mobile developer in their report, “How to Build a Mobile Website”[39]
  • Interactive Media Awards recognize Acquity Group with award for work on Boot Barn and Radio Flyer[40]

2011:

  • Celebrates its 10 year anniversary [41]
  • Coopers, Penske, Belkin and Casual Male name Acquity Group as the preferred digital agency of record
  • The Horizon Interactive Awards recognize Acquity Group with six awards, including one for work on the General Motors media site [42]
  • Adobe names Acquity Group Partner of the Year [43]
  • Opens New York City New York office[44]

2012:

  • Successfully completes its IPO; listed as NYSE MKT: AQ [45]
  • Receives a Webby Award for work with AllState [46]
  • Opens Atlanta, Georgia, Toronto and Ottawa offices [47][48]
  • hybris names Acquity Group North American Partner of the Year[49]
  • BtoB Magazine lists Acquity Group as a Top BtoB Agency for the third consecutive year [50]

2013:

  • Acquity Group and Accenture have entered into a definitive agreement under which Accenture will acquire Acquity Group for $316 million.[51]
  • Receives Interactive Media Awards for Best in Class E-Commerce and Outstanding Achievement in E-Commerce [52]
  • Built in Chicago names Acquity Group 12th Fastest Growing Digital Agency in the city [53]
  • Acquity Group takes home two Communicator Awards in 2013 [54]
  • Acquity Group releases its Desktop vs. Smartphone: Technology’s Impact on Omnichannel Behavior Study, which reveals free Wi-Fi could be a key driver of revenue for in-store sales.[55]
  • Acquity Group releases its 2013 State of B2B Procurement Study, which reveals more than half of Gen Y corporate buyers have made a purchase from Amazon Supply.[56]

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