Salesforce said it has agreed to buy Krux, a San Francisco start-up that manages marketing data, for about $700 million (£550m), the latest of a string of acquisitions over the past year.
Krux, founded in 2010, provides a data management platform that aims to bring together information captured across different platforms and devices and improve engagement with users and prospective customers.
Krux had already worked with Salesforce for some time as a partner, said chief executive Tom Chavez.
“Krux will extend the Salesforce Marketing Cloud’s audience segmentation and targeting capabilities to power consumer marketing with even more precision, at scale,” he said in a statement.
The technology will also feed data to Salesforce’s artificial intelligence platform, Einstein, Chavez said.
Salesforce said in a regulatory filing it would pay $340m in cash for the acquisition, with the remainder in common stock, after which the start-up is to become a wholly owned subsidiary.
The company has spent about $4bn over the past 12 months on acquisitions including cloud e-commerce provider Demandware, collaboration technology maker Quip and business analytics provider BeyondCore.
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