Alibaba.com announces U.S. presence expansion

Alibaba.com, the world’s leading B2B ecommerce company, is expanding its U.S. presence this year and has named Traction, a leading San Francisco-based advertising agency, as its agency of record to develop advertising, brand and interactive communications. The agency will partner with Mediasmith , a leader in digital media strategy and execution. Alibaba.com enables small businesses and entrepreneurs to enter global markets with its easy-to-use website that connects buyers and sellers around the world.

“Finding the right agency partners that understand our target market and bring unique perspective is important to Alibaba.com’s U.S. strategy this year,” stated Kelly Sang, General Manager of Alibaba U.S. “We are growing rapidly and want to take this opportunity to make more businesses and entrepreneurs aware of our ability to help them succeed in global trade, and we want to do that in an innovative and effective way.”

“The world has changed and everyone knows it. Businesses – even the smallest businesses – can no longer afford to not be part of the global economy. Alibaba.com makes it a snap to connect buyers and sellers anywhere,” added Adam Kleinberg, CEO and Founder of Traction. “We feel there is a tremendous opportunity for Alibaba.com in the U.S. to tell its story and show how it hands the power of the import/export business to small businesses and entrepreneurs.”

Mediasmith CEO David L. Smith noted, “This is perfect timing to expand Alibaba.com’s presence in the U.S. and we are more than excited to develop the media strategy that will create the awareness and user interaction needed for its success. Entrepreneurs are fearful about the current state of the economy. We’re confident that they will see the true value of Alibaba.com to assist in growing their companies and their profitability.” Smith added, “Working with Alibaba.com is consistent with Mediasmith’s strategy of servicing international companies.”

Traction has worked with a long list and wide variety of high profile clients including Adobe, Clos du Bois, Walmart.com, Sun Microsystems and Virgin Mobile. Adding Alibaba.com to this list further extends the spectrum of clients Traction has worked with.

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