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Cision’s History

As the media landscape changes and Cision constantly evolves to stay more than a step ahead, one thing remains the same—our commitment to helping communicators power their stories.

Humble beginnings

We started as the advertising department of Svenska Telegrambyrån—a company providing press clipping services in Sweden—in 1892. Since then we’ve added a media database, distribution services, comprehensive monitoring, a content marketing platform and media analysis to our product offerings. Over the years we’ve operated under different names such as Observer, Romeike, Bacon’s and Bowdens.

Integrated and rebranded

We rebranded as Cision in 2007. Today, Cision is the market leader in PR software and services, with operations in Europe, North America and Asia and partners in 125 countries.

Inventing tomorrow

We’ve always been the world’s leading source of media research—from our earliest printed media catalogs bearing the last name of our founder Robert H. Bacon, to Cision’s current online database listing more than 1.6 million contacts, outlets and opportunities. Our innovative solutions help PR and marketing professionals plan, connect, monitor and analyze every aspect of their campaigns. Our commitment to innovation is ceaseless, as we continue to create the tools communicators will be using tomorrow to power their stories.

Cision North America’s Timeline

Click through our interactive timeline below for a glimpse into our history.


Founded as Bacon’s Clipping Bureau


Bacon’s Publicity Manual introduced, the nation’s first publication to provide advice to PR practitioners


Bacon’s Publicity Checker—Trade Press directory issued, including names of publications and contact information for editors and reporters


Daily newspapers added to media monitoring services


Press release mailing services introduced


Bacon’s Publicity Checker—Newspaper directory issued


Several specialized media directories introduced


No longer known as a trade press clipping bureau, Bacon’s becomes the leading monitoring company in the United States


MediaSource® CD introduced


Bacon’s acquired by Primedia


In-depth industry specialization focus added to media research


MediaSource® launched as first online media research and distribution service


PR MediaNews—a web-based, daily online newsletter focused exclusively on the media with information on editor changes, magazine profiles and trend reporting—launched


TV closed-captioning monitoring service begins


Internet monitoring service launched; Bacon’s collects web clippings from more than 7,000 news web sites


Bacon’s acquired by Observer AB—based in Stockholm, Sweden and the global leader in the media intelligence industry


Media Pulse broadcast monitoring services acquired by Bacon’s to provide a single source for global print, broadcast and online media monitoring; international media monitoring introduced


Chicago News, a broadcast monitoring service, acquired by Bacon’s; MediaSource® monitoring module launched


MediaMap acquired by Bacon’s to boost research data by adding industry-specific media information


Bacon’s acquires Delahaye (media evaluation and consulting services), and Multivision (broadcast monitoring and analysis), to further develop and expand its broadcast media monitoring and media evaluation services


Bacon’s is rebranded as Cision with the company’s North American headquarters located in Chicago; has 24 other offices nationwide and more than 790 employees


Cision campaign management software launched as CisionPoint
available in nine languages and used by 49 of the Top 50 PR agencies, corporations, nonprofits, universities and solo practitioners


CisionPoint wins the 2009 CODiE Award as Best Online News Service


The Cision Social Media Dashboard wins the 2010 CODiE Award as Best Social Media Aggregation Service


CisionPoint wins the 2011 CODiE Award as Best Marketing/Public Relations Solution


CisionPoint wins the 2012 CODiE Award for Best Business Information Resource


CisionPoint wins the 2013 CODiE Award for Best Media and Information Monitoring Solution

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