Talon acquires Grand Visual Agency & OOH ad tech provider QDOT
By M4G Bureau - July 12, 2019
The strategic acquisition of digital OOH creative services specialist Grand Visual and its digital OOH ad tech provider QDOT will enable Talon to further enhance its abilities across the US
As part of its continued international growth, Talon has extended its global independent OOH offering, with the addition of market leading digital OOH creative services specialist Grand Visual, and its digital OOH ad tech provider QDOT.
The strategic acquisition enables Talon to further enhance its abilities across the US and to manage the increased demand for dynamic utilization of the digital landscape as the OOH industry evolves. Through this extension of services and abilities, Talon will continue to develop new ways to better serve clients and contribute to making the industry ‘Smarter as Standard’.
Grand Visual and QDOT employ 48 people globally, across London, New York and a development hub in Montevideo, Uruguay. Both companies will continue to run with the existing management structure, led by founder and chief executive Neil Morris, and Grand Visual managing director Dan Dawson and QDOT managing director Ben Putland.
Grand Visual will retain its identity, and continue to work autonomously with agencies, media owners and client brand teams, including Warner Brothers, Amazon Studios, Netflix and Spotify.
The purchase follows Talon’s acquisition of US independent OOH media agency Grandesign earlier this year, along with the launch of international network Plexus, connected traveller offering Latitude and proprietary Ad tech platforms Plato and Ada.
Barry Cupples, Group Chief Executive Officer at Talon said, commenting on the move, “As we continue to invest in our proposition as a global independent OOH media specialist, we are excited to bring Grand Visual and QDOT into the Talon Group. QDOT’s world leading technology platforms and Grand Visual’s expertise in digital storytelling together means we are in an enviable position to offer true end-to-end service for our clients - as well as providing a tailored solution to those who need to plug specific services into their own OOH ecosystems.”
“As the industry moves towards a more evidence-based economy, we feel confident that the breadth of our experience, services and capabilities will help to elevate client services further enhancing our smarter as standard approach,” he added.
Neil Morris, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grand Visual and QDOT, said, “I am proud of the entrepreneurial teams we have in place and the global, future-facing services we have developed. Digital OOH offers an incredible canvas that is crying out for intelligent, interoperable solutions to help brands drive meaningful results. Joining the Talon Group will enable Grand Visual and QDOT to integrate with complementary services, such as Plato and Ada to facilitate scale at an even faster pace.”