Mobile|January 4, 2012| Author: James Johnson|Tags: , ,

Walmart Acquires Mobile App Developer Small Society

Small Society LogoWalmart on Wednesday revealed the acquisition of mobile app developer Small Society, the mobility company behind success apps for Amazon, STarbucks, Whole Foods and the Democratic National Committee among other offerings.

Announced on the @WalMartLabs blog financial terms were not disclosed.

Walmart revealed that the Small Society team would move into an @WalmartLabs location in Oregon.

@WalmartLabs was launched in 2011 as a way for the retail giant to turn the company into a multi-channel player in the mobility sector as it continues to grow through Smartphone, Tablet and other devices.

Along with expanding their abilities to offer third-party solutions the acquisitions Walmart has targeted allows the to bypass vendors while keeping some of their digital marketing development in-house.

You may recall that in the summer Walmart purchased OneRiot, a provider that acquires interest-level data from Twitter, Facebook and other social networks in order to create targeted online ads. Walmart’s @WalmartLabs also recently purchased social media and search provider Kosmix.

How do you think Walmart will use Small Society to better their own brands based on the company’s past mobile successes.