Dentsu Aegis Network launches Columbus in India with Acquisition of Leading Digital Performance Group, SVG Media from the Smile Group

Ashish Bhasin

Ashish Bhasin

18 APR 2017 - Dentsu Aegis Network today announces the acquisition of SVG Media Private Limited (“SVG Media”), one of the largest independent digital agencies in India. SVG Media will join the network’s Asia Pacific digital marketing agency Columbus and will become SVG Columbus. Dentsu Aegis Network is currently Google’s largest search partner in India, and the addition of SVG Media will further strengthen the Group’s leading search position in the market. This acquisition will also support Columbus’ expansion in Asia Pacific – now in nine markets across the region.

SVG Media includes the flagship brands DGM, Komli and Seventynine. Founded in 2006, SVG Media comprises of over 280 specialists across four major Indian cities Gurgaon, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. It offers diverse digital media competencies including online performance marketing, mobile app distribution, representations, social and web services through its flagship brands. The group has one of the largest client bases in the Indian digital media sector with over 700 monthly active advertiser campaigns locally, as well as international clients in Dubai, Indonesia and China.

Ashish Bhasin [pictured], Chairman and CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network South Asia, said: “India is a significant market with rapid growth potential in its mobile and performance marketing business, and Dentsu Aegis Network India has a strong track record in the search and performance space to deliver this. Given its capabilities in data led search, performance marketing and mobile, SVG Columbus is ideally positioned to capture the fragmented long tail publisher market in India using technology and data. As a Group we have leading position in digital in India, particularly in search and performance and this gives us a clear leadership position in this area. We will now have over 1,300 digital professionals, accounting for over 35% of our revenues, well ahead of our competitors.” More...