1800

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1876

Svenska Telegrambyran, the Swedish Press Agency is founded.

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1881

Henry Romeike founded the first clipping bureau in London.

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1892

The advertising department of Svenska Telegrambyran is established and includes a press-clipping service eventually known as Pressurklipp (Press Clippings).

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1932-1934

Bacon’s Clipping Bureau is founded, begins the production of media books and creates the first how-to guide for public relations.

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1952

Bacon’s issues Bacon’s Publicity Checker. The directory includes names of publications and contact information for editors and reporters.

1970

Bacon’s introduces press release mailing services.

1972

Bacon’s Clipping Bureau and Romeike & Curtice Ltd. of London launch a joint enterprise called Bacon’s Information International.

1995

K-III Communications buys Bacon’s Information, later changes its name to Primedia Inc.

1995

Bacon’s Information offers three types of services including directories, distribution of press releases and monitoring of press material. Bacon’s Information is ranked as one of the three largest national clipping services.

1997

Bacon’s and MediaMap announce a strategic alliance to combine their respective media databases and PR software.

1999

Sifo Group AB owns Pressurklipp, acquires the Romeike Group. The acquisition makes Fifo the largest media monitoring company in the world. Sifo later changes its name to Observer AB.

2001

Primedia sells Bacon’s Information to Observer AB. Observer AB is a global leader in the media intelligence industry.

2002 - 2005

Bacon’s Information acquires Chicago News, MediaPulse, Media Clips Inc., Delahaye Medialink, Multivision.

2007

Bacon’s Information and parent company Observer AB are rebranded as Cision. Cision’s campaign management software launches as CisionPoint.

2014 - 2015

Cision merge with Vocus and adds Gorkana Group, Visible Technologies, PRWeb, Help a Reporter Out (HARO), iContact and ViralHeat.

2016

Cision acquires PR Newswire which includes CNW, MultiVu, ProfNet, PRNJ and VPO.

2017

Cision acquires Bulletin Intelligence. Capitol Acquisition Corp. III to combine with Cision in order to become a publicity listed company. Cision agrees to acquire L’Argus de la Presse. Bacon’s Information acquires Chicago News, MediaPulse, Media Clips Inc., Delahaye Medialink, Multivision.

2017

Cision becomes a publicity traded company on the New York Stock Exchange as (NYSE: CISN).

2017

Cision acquires CEDROM-SNi Inc. specializing in digital media monitoring solutions.

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2018

Cision acquires Prime Research which allows Cision to enhance global leadership position in professional services for media measurement insights and ROI analysis for communications programs, and further advances its AI and machine learning technologies.

2018

Cision acquires ShareIQ Visual Recognition Technology. The addition of ShareIQ technology to the Cision Communications Cloud, Cision becomes the first earned media platform in the industry to monitor, analyze and attribute value to both text and visual content.

2019

Cision acquires leading social media company Falcon.io and Trendkite, a leading provider of media monitoring and measurement services, social media influencer management, and engagement tools.

2020

Cision announces that it has been acquired by an affiliate of Platinum Equity in a transaction valued at approximately $2.7 billion.

2020

As of January 31, 2020, Cision is a privately held company. Cision shares ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange before the open of market.

2021

Cision acquires Brandwatch, a global leader in digital consumer intelligence and social media listening.