NEW YORK--(Group FMG, a global provider of high impact marketing & media solutions, today announced the acquisition of Pod1, an award winning creative digital agency with a focus on e-commerce and creative design. The acquisition strengthens Group FMG’s portfolio of creative design, production (content & graphics), and commerce enablement offerings, while reinforcing its position as an agency of record for commerce and the production of multi-channel digital assets.)--
“We are excited to join a company with such a strong, strategic focus on brand solutions. Our combined expertise will give clients an incredible range of skills and experience essential for achieving success in the current digital marketplace.”
With Pod1’s impressive experience, client base, and leadership, Group FMG is now exceptionally poised to benefit from the rapidly growing e-commerce marketplace. Such services will benefit both Group FMG’s new and existing roster of global clients including, American Media Inc., Sears, Staples, Pepsi, Boots, Harrods, Boden, Disney, Reader’s Digest, Penguin, Harper Collins, BBC, Haymarket, IBM, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Sony, Sandals, and more.
Global CEO of Group FMG, Dilip Keshu, said, “I’m very happy to welcome Fadi Shuman, Pod1’s CEO, and his team to the Group FMG family. With Pod1 now an integral part of Group FMG, we are even closer to establishing our voice as a global leader of the ‘3 C’s’ – content, commerce, and creative services.”
CEO of Pod1, Fadi Shuman, said, “We are excited to join a company with such a strong, strategic focus on brand solutions. Our combined expertise will give clients an incredible range of skills and experience essential for achieving success in the current digital marketplace.”
Group FMG believes its unique value proposition lies in its ability to create visually stunning digital assets in an innovative way for multi-channel consumption, using a globally balanced production model. Group FMG’s solutions help brands “attract” and “interact” with users. Pod1 works at the intersection of creative design and e/m commerce and, thus, is a perfect complement to Group FMG’s existing offerings.
Pod1 also brings world-class recognition to Group FMG, through extensive industry accolades, which include a BIMA Award, DOPE Award, Webby Award, AOP Shortlist, DBA Effectiveness Award for Pepsi Max, placement in the Top 100 Design Groups and ranking within the top 100 on the NMA list, among others.
The acquisition of Pod1 brings Group FMG’s global headcount to over 300 employees throughout offices in New York, London, Bangalore and Chennai.
About Group FMG
Headquartered in New York, with offices in London, Bangalore and Chennai, Group FMG is a global provider of high impact marketing & media solutions, which integrate creative design, production services and commerce enablement. Group FMG has delivered successful, award-winning marketing campaigns and media production services across various platforms including: print, mobile, tablets, interactive magazines, e-books, catalogues, e-commerce solutions, digital shop fronts, portals, websites, videos and loyalty programs. The company serves over 60 leading global brands across the U.S., UK and Europe. For more information see http://www.groupfmg.com/
Based in New York, Pod1 has been creating engaging ecommerce experiences to help brands and retailers sell more online since 2001. Their unique approach to website design and build, founded on planning and insight development means that the agency is consistently breaking new ground in the world of luxury and fashion ecommerce. Clients include: TAG Heuer, The Limited, Stuart Weitzman, Salvatore Ferragamo, Nanette Lepore, Net-a-Porter, Lord & Taylor, Uniqlo, Kenneth Cole, Matthew Williamson and LK Bennett.