Now that Google has acquired the Internet advertising giant DoubleClick, what are they planning to do with its search marketing company Performics?
You mean, Google now owns one of the largest SEO companies in the world? Yep!
1. Google Buys DoubleClick
2. DoubleClick owns Performics
3. Google decides to keep Performics
Initial reaction may be that there is a conflict of interest by Google owning one of the largest search marketing firms in the business, since the goal Performics is to rank their clients highly and efficiently on Google and other search engines.
Performics clients include:
America Online, Blair Corp., Bose, Cingular, CompUSA, Eddie Bauer, Fairmont Hotels, HP Shopping, J. Jill, Jos. A. Banks, Kohl’s, L.L. Bean, Motorola, OfficeMax, PC Connection, RedEnvelope, My Sony, Quickbook, Staples, Verizon Wireless, and Wyndham Hotels.
Such services offered by Performics include paid search marketing, ‘natural’ search engine optimization and data feed marketing.
So, Performics is essentially an SEO company owned by Google.
Shawn Collins of AffiliateTip points out some bizarre language on the Google DoubleClick acquisition FAQ:
Q. What will Google do with Performics?
A. Performics is part of DoubleClick, and we are acquiring it as part of the transaction. We have no plans to dispose of it at this time.
‘No plans to dispose’ of Performics? Dispose is an interesting choice of words.
What do you think Google will do with Performics?