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SixApart, the blogging software firm with products like MovableType, Typepad and Vox, is now moving up the value chain into offering advertising and consulting services, and has bought New York City-based social media creative agency, Apperceptive. The financial details were not disclosed. Apperceptive has worked with Six Apart for the past two years, and its clients include Huffington Post, Washington Post (NYSE: WPO), Gothamist, Boing Boing, Major League Baseball, and others.SixApart Acquires Social Media Agency Apperceptive [washingtonpost.com]
The idea for SA is to move beyond an increasingly commoditized blog publishing software business, and into adding advertising, design, implementation, development and site optimization services to bloggers and companies. With the addition of these services, it will now compete with Federated Media, though on a more one-to-one scale then FM's multi-scaled approach...as opposed to FM, it also has the publishing platform running the sites (SA and FM would make a good rollup together, by the way...). SA is partnering with Adify, the white label vertical ad network, to provide the ad program to bloggers.