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Retail SalesTech Company Connexity Acquires Content Monetization Startup ‘Skimlinks’

Latest Acquisition Aims at Expanding the Retail Content Network Reach and Improving Omnichannel Commerce Opportunities for Both Retailers and Publishers Today, retail marketing and sales technology company Connexity announced that it has acquired Skimlinks, the leading monetization solution for commerce-oriented publishers. The acquisition is a significant development in the retail tech industry following many funding rounds and investments witnessed in the last 8-10 months. With COVID-19-induced pandemic pushing the…

TechBytes with Benjamin Pavanetto, Managing Director at Adludio Asia

Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Adludio. I launched Adludio’s first overseas office in 2017 out of Singapore. We now have offices across Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taipei. I act as Managing Director for the region. We launched in the Asia Pacific three years ago with a mission to make a mark with a unique approach to Advertising. We wanted to focus on brilliant creative that is built based on how users consume content on their smartphone, in order to deliver guaranteed brand performance. It…

MarTech Video Interview with Travis Hockersmith – VIZIO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tXDNjsKrxo The rise of new-age digital advertising channels such as OTT, immersive video and social media have forced traditional/linear TV adtech firms to focus on improving their analytics and attribution techniques. Despite the fast rise of immersive ad tech models, including gaming and email channels, TV advertising is far from dead. While cord-cutting remains the biggest trend-changer in the industry, we continue to see adult audience maintaining their love-hate relationship with…

What Salesforce Does Best-“It Instills Confidence”: Salesforce Q1 Earning Update

Today, the leading CRM maker Salesforce has declared its Q1 Fiscal 2021 results. It earned $4.87 billion revenue– 30% higher YoY and reported first-quarter operating cash flow of $1.86 billion. This Salesforce Q1 earning update was never going to be just the monies. But, it’s much more beyond doing merely business… And, Salesforce demonstrated its leadership stance even as various businesses are struggling to maintain stability with their pace, people and projections. COVID-19 was always going to be the talking point of…

AI-Based Retail Activation Company Bluecore Scoops $50 Million Series D Funding

Leading retail marketing technology company, Bluecore has announced it has received $50 million Series D funding. The AI-based modern ESP solution provider for retail experience and communication management is expected to continue on its first-party customer data acquisition and personalization. AI and machine learning capabilities make Bluecore a very distinguished player in the Retail martech industry. In an interview with MarTech Series in 2018, Bluecore CEO Fayez Mahmood had said, “AI-centric tools have the…

Doing What it Does Best “It Instills Confidence”: Salesforce Q1 Earning Update

Salesforce has just announced that it's first-quarter revenue of $4.87 Billion. Salesforce Q1 Earning is up 30% Year-Over-Year, 31% in Constant Currency. Our results, amidst this global crisis, demonstrated our ability to execute at speed, innovate at scale and the strength of our business model,”  said Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce. “We made long-term investments in keeping our employees safe, supporting our customers, delivering crucial innovation like Work.com, and helping our communities with PPE, grants,…

MarTech Interview with Jen Grant, CEO at Turbo Systems

"We believe that great people can live anywhere in the world. So we have made it a part of our DNA to hire in multiple parts of the world." Hi Jen, tell us about your journey into technology and how you arrived at Turbo Systems. I spent the last 20 years building Enterprise Software companies from the ground-up and taking multiple companies to over a billion-dollar valuation. As CMO, I led Looker’s Marketing until the $2.6B acquisition by Google in 2019, led the rebrand of Elastic and built the team that took the…

Love Facebook? OK, So Now Design your Own Digital Store with FB Shops

"We're unable to help you and your business due to CORONAVIRUS COVID-19." This remains the standard statement from all physical and digital stores cutting across various cities, countries and product lines. But, how long can we expect the non-availability of service to hurt our economy? To better serve the business community of global e-commerce retailers and local shops, Facebook introduced its new platform- Facebook Shops (FB Shops) last week. For all those who are yet to test the platform, here’s a quick overview.…

GDPR 2nd Anniversary: Take a Tall Stance in 2020

25 May 2018-- a historic day in the world of doing ethical business. On this day, in 2018, the European Union finally implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In the last 2 years of its existence, GDPR has been seen as a concerted effort toward building a secured user data privacy ecosystem, harmonizing the laws of privacy with user management, business goals and cybersecurity. In January 2020, we saw an overwhelming response to the introduction of CCPA as well. Together, GDPR and CCPA are seen as steps…

UK-based Growth MarTech Firm ‘Attest’ Raises $15 Million in New Funding Round

London-based consumer growth marketing technology firm, also labeled as a Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) marketing technology platform, Attest has announced its latest funding round. The company is now richer by $15 million, which it intends to use to democratize the martech stack with consumer intelligence, Big Data analytics and Marketing automation tactics. The company announced its funding in their blog. “Attest is delighted to announce a new $15 million dollar investment to deliver on our promise of democratizing…

TechBytes with Ben Houston, Founder and CTO at Threekit

Hi Ben, it was a productive quarter for most tech companies until COVID-19 broke loose. Tell us about your company’s attitude in dealing with the situation. When COVID-19 started getting serious in early March, there was massive fear in the overall retail market, and everything seemed to freeze for about two weeks. Because shopping behavior changed so quickly, it was important for retail technology companies like ourselves to adjust to this shift. As a startup, we were able to adapt quickly. We moved up our new product…

TechBytes with Jeremy Van Ek, COO at American Marketing Association

Hi Jeremy, tell us about your role/team you handle at AMA. What inspired you to join the company? As Chief Operations Officer at the American Marketing Association, my primary responsibility is the execution, enablement, and development of all Finance, Operations, and Technology within the organization. I was inspired to join the AMA because of the mission of the organization to be a thought leader and coach to marketers. Prior to the AMA, I was the Chief Financial Officer at Trisect. I bring more than 15 years of…

MarTech Interview with Claudio Erba, Founder and CEO at Docebo

"Play around with brain connections, constantly try to tweak what you have to find new ways to train and conceptualize learning." Claudio, you are a pioneer in the Learning Management Systems realm. How did you start with LMS? In 2005, while I was teaching at a university in Florence, I realized an emerging need for a shared space to store my lesson presentations. At the time, tools like Dropbox weren’t available to help students easily access learning content outside of the classroom. As I watched the demand for…

TechBytes with Tom Craig, CTO at Resonate

Technology is a continuum, and you need to be learning new systems all the time. Hi, Tom. Tell us about your journey in technology and how you started at Resonate. My entire career has been built on leveraging data and technology to scale global platforms for Marketing and Advertising, and that journey began well before today’s digital capabilities. Back in the ‘90s, in the early days of my career, I focused on implementing more-advanced customer targeting for telecoms via channels like direct mail and…

MarTech Interview with Eyal Feder-Levy, CEO and Co-Founder at Zencity

"City leadership is often left with skewed or incomplete feedback. For leaders to effectively improve their city they must be able to tap into the needs of their greater community." Hi Eyal, please tell us about your role and the team/technology at Zencity. Along with my CTO, Ido Ivri, I Co-Founded Zencity to help local governments make data-driven decisions based on their communities’ priorities when creating policies and communicating them to their residents. The Zencity platform gathers and analyzes millions of…

Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud Drives FedEx Surround, an Integrated IoT-based Commerce Solution

FedEx has partnered with Microsoft to announce the launch of FedEx Surround, a totally reinvented end-to-end commerce solution to tackle technical challenges faced in the industry. FedEx Surround is expected to be commercially available in coming weeks, even as Microsoft announced additional solutions would be available for all FedEx customers, including omnichannel marketing capabilities delivered via Dynamic 365 and other app-based tools. Announcing FedEx Surround — Moving Goods at Pace of Lightning FedEx Surround…

Wi-Fi Customer Engagement Meets NanoTech: mPhase Buys Out CloseComms Limited

SaaS-based Customer engagement platform CloseComms Limited is now part of mPhase Technologies. The Newport, UK-based Wi-fi tech company operated under the name “21:32”. With immediate effect, mPhase has acquired the assets of CloseComms to extend its product offerings in the nano-tech sector. The timing of this acquisition is at the front end of a sales cycle that will give mPhase its second stream of high-quality recurring revenue. mPhase is expecting the acquisition will drive its currently projected annual sales…

Udacity Names Google Veteran Kenny Kim as the New Chief Marketing Officer

CMO Kenny Kim Joins from Google; Brings nearly two decades of marketing experience to Udacity A leading Learning Management System (LMS) platform Udacity has appointed a new Chief Marketing Officer to lead the next phase of marketing growth for the company. Udacity announced that it has appointed Kenny Kim as its new Chief Marketing Officer effective today. Kenny Kim joins the edutech startup company from Google. At Google, Kenny served as the Global Head of Growth Marketing for Google Shopping. Marketing Technology…

What MarTech Leaders Think about ABM in the Age of AI

ABM remains the most-defiant of technologies for B2B marketing and Demand Gen professionals. B2B customers are growing matured and smarter with easy access to digital buying tools and product review platforms. They demand real-time contextual and highly-personalized engagement from their marketing and sales technology vendors. To keep up with the pace of disruptions in the tech industry, B2B sellers leverage AI and automation to deliver this personalization. Though Account-based Marketing has covered a long and bumpy…

MarTech Video Interview with Stu Schwartzapfel – iSpot.tv

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLnsjUXFqIY TV advertising is one of the few important digital branding channels that have managed to break the shackles of old and boring traditions. With new ad formats competing directly for revenue, TV advertising’s effectiveness has always been a great topic to debate on. Of all digital advertising metrics that we measure today, we can say TV advertising measurement is the hardest to justify. For example, ad tech leaders often tell us about the wide range of questions they hear from…