Tucked into the tail end of TechTarget’s earnings release last week was notice that they had acquired Oceanos Marketing, a contact data management company. Both firms are based in the Boston suburbs. Oceanos brings “data quality and data management expertise that will help us improve our offerings and deliver better results to our customers.”
Oceanos began as a list broker in 2002, but has since evolved into a B2B contact aggregator and data refinery. The firm aggregates 97 million active US contact records (as of August 2017) and retains millions of inactive names and emails to assist with hygiene. Data is aggregated from over a dozen vendors and includes social data from FullContact and Pipl. Oceanos provides data enrichment, TAM analysis, net-new contacts, and a set of data specialists to assist with projects.
TechTarget manages a smaller set of 18 million subscriber profiles, 16 million of which are technology professionals. The Oceanos acquisition should allow TechTarget to improve both the quality of their subscriber dataset and expand coverage into non-technology positions. As technology purchase decision making has expanded beyond tech titles, Oceanos provides significant lift into other job functions. Oceanos contacts are mapped to 12 Job Functions, 109 Sub-functions, and 7 Job Levels.
Oceanos President Brian P. Hession identified their differentiators as their unique blend of technology, professional services, and data quality. With data quality being critical to ABM sales and marketing initiatives, the inclusion of real world project fulfillment through their program specialists provides Oceanos with data quality insights that are used to continuously inform and enhance the data quality processes. “We apply both technology and real-world insights to ensure the highest quality of data before we are releasing it. We are incorporating a continuous stream of data quality insights into our code to address the many nuances that a program specialist encounters manually on a dataset,” said Hession last summer. “The way that Oceanos is going to be successful in the future is if we can assemble an internal contact database that is of the highest quality in the industry. So there’s been a lot of focus on putting models on top of our contact data.”
“Social data plays a role in our data hygiene process and serves as a ‘signal’ within both our Data Quality Score (DQS) and ABM Usability Score. The social information is sourced from reputable partners,” said Hession. “Oceanos does not scrape contacts across LinkedIn or, in that vein, any social media site. All of our contact records originate from carefully selected third party data providers.”
The acquisition cost was not announced but was deemed “non-material.” Oceanos 2017 revenue was around $5 million.