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Shut Down, Just Like That?: Quibi Shutting Down Spells “Life is Hard” in the Live Streaming VOD Industry

Quibi had a rather short stint, but it’s vanishing act will leave a stale taste in the mouth of everyone in the ad tech industry. Investors lost $1.8 billion that they invested hoping to build an adtech-centric company that would revolutionize the way viewers consume video content on their smartphones. They almost managed to sail through the months of challenge, until the ship sank in shallow waters within 7 months of their "Titanic" entry into the global VOD space.  When we are witnessing a rise (flattering if we go by…

Meet a Fintech StartUp That Also Makes Free-to-Use Business Website for SMEs

Mswipe is adding more advanced financial technology features to support brick and mortar businesses in the e-commerce ecosystem. The leading fintech and payments services platform has announced adding PayByLink for contactless collections from customers, in addition to launching a free-to-use business website to enable small businesses and proprietors to go live online with their own website within minutes. These will help small local marketing and retail firms take full advantage of fintech capabilities and compete with…

MarTech Video Interview with Frank Sinton, President and Founder at Beachfront Media

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpkG3Ai-d0o Some advertising technology providers like Beachfront have a very important role to play in the current Connected TV and OTT ecosystem. We have come a long way since the first generation of OTTs, Set-up-box VODs and programmatic advertising platforms made their entry in the ad tech market. Today, we are witnessing rampant innovations in both video ad management as well as CTV performance analytics, hinting at the next big developments for the Digital TV advertisers and…

TechBytes with Marika Vilen, SVP Platform Commercialization, Global Identity & Fraud at Experian

Hi Marika, please tell us about your current role and the team / technology you currently handle at Experian. I’m the SVP of Platform Commercialization at Experian Global Identity & Fraud. My team looks after the global partner ecosystem for CrossCore, our flagship identity & fraud platform.  We also manage commercialization and go-to-market strategy for global identity and fraud solutions. With CrossCore, businesses benefit from a broad set of capabilities and expertise from Experian as well as from our…

MarTech Interview with Leela Srinivasan, CMO at SurveyMonkey

"Whatever function you run, 2020 has forced us all to become better, more aware and more empathetic leaders. Compared to 2015, the company leadership responsibilities of the CMO have deepened considerably." Hi Leela, please tell us about your current role and how you arrived at SurveyMonkey. I have been with SurveyMonkey since 2018 and am the first CMO in the history of the company. I’m responsible for all marketing functions including brand strategy, growth marketing, demand generation, product marketing, and…

TechBytes with Rob Parrish, VP of Product at Treasure Data

Hi Rob, Tell us about your current role and the team and the technology you are responsible for at Treasure Data. I lead Treasure Data’s product group. We have a great team of people, including product management, product design, documentation and product operations. My key responsibility is to set the vision roadmap for this creative and collaborative team. That includes establishing the priorities and design direction of the Treasure Data CDP product.  How would you compare the CDPs of 2015 with those available in…

MarTech Interview with Clayton Ruebensaal, EVP of Global B2B Marketing at American Express

"Terms like “business isn’t personal” went out the window. We all got to know each other a lot better and worried about each other more. One of the lessons we learned about customers was that business owners were stuck with more questions than answers during this crisis." Hi Clayton, please tell us about your journey into marketing technology and how you started at American Express. Throughout my career, I’ve held leadership roles at some of the world’s most creatively awarded advertising agencies, BBDO, Deutsch, I ran…

Midway-2020, Influencer Marketing is the Brightest Spot in Brand Promotion

Community and competition: These are the two end-points of the new cultures to model influencer marketing strategies. Branded content marketing rulebooks are rewritten all over the world. The COVID-19 has completely disrupted the way marketers create content to engage and influence audience. Brands are leveraging influencers to croon their sentiments and connect with the audience through emotion-based engagements. This is the norm across Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and every other popular content sharing and social…

MarTech Startup, edrone, Secures Funding of USD 5.3 Million to Fuel Their Ambitions of Becoming One-Stop-Shop for E-Commerce

Polish marketing technology startup edrone has raised USD 5.3 million Series A funding to fuel their ambitions of building a marketing one-stop-shop for e-commerce. The capital came from two sources: a Hungarian VC, PortfoLion, in a Series A round, and an R&D grant for edrone's autonomous virtual assistant. It will be invested in research and business development for the CEE and LATAM regions. It’s their first funding after bootstrapping for four years. The product is aimed at medium and large e-commerce businesses…

MarTech Interview with Robert Rothschild, VP and Global Head of Marketing at Smartly.io

"Monitoring shifts in consumer behaviors and offering new purchasing options – such as in-app shopping on social platforms will be the key to success for brands in the coming months." Hi Robert, please tell us about your role at Smartly.io and how you started in the company. I’ve been the VP and Global Head of Marketing at Smartly.io for the last year and a half. Previously I’ve led and developed global marketing initiatives for high-profile enterprise software and technology companies. Prior to Smartly.io, I spent…

Deloitte’s Global Marketing Trends Report Highlights the Need to Leverage Social CRM with New Human-Centered Approach   

C-suite executives are leading the Digital Economy revolution, moving forward with some really remarkable marketing and advertising ideas that have permanently altered the way of doing business. To identify and guide global marketing teams in their perennial pursuit of engaging and acquiring customers with authentic messaging, Deloitte has highlighted key global marketing trends in its second annual report. Deloitte surveyed thousands of consumers and executives around the world, gathering of-the-moment data and anecdotes…

TechBytes with Krista Glantschnig, COO at SAP Litmos

Hi Krista. Please tell us about your current role and the team/ technology you handle at SAP Litmos.  I am the COO of SAP Litmos and have been with the team for nearly 2 years. I lead a team of senior experts who work to ensure SAP Litmos’s continuing success on the marketplace through a thoughtful GTM strategy. We build appealing products and service offerings and ensure the right market strategy and market positioning. We also ensure break-through messaging and content, enable the global organization and partners to…

Sisense CMO Ashley Kramer Explains How Analytics & BI Help Companies Innovate Faster during the COVID-19

MarTech Series speaks with Sisense’s Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Ashley Kramer on the impact of COVID-19 on adapting to rapid shifts in the marketing function and how data-driven decision making can help strengthen businesses beyond the crisis. Hi Ashley, please tell us what are some of the unexpected innovations that will outlive COVID-19. At Sisense, we’ve seen the pandemic push brands into using data and analytics to pivot quickly and innovate - much faster than they would have otherwise - to either survive or…

Citrix Workspace and Google Cloud Extend Unified Collaboration; Empower Customers Adapt to the ‘Neo-normal’ Times

Citrix itself acknowledges that Google Cloud has always been the best place to run Citrix Workspace. That's why they are now extending their deep collaboration to include Google’s BeyondCorp solution as a member of the BeyondCorp Alliance to provide a user-centric unified experience to access their applications in a remote environment. Citrix Workspace allows the unification of applications within the same workspace portal. Citrix Workspace users can access desktops, Windows and Linux applications to expand usage of…

New Google Analytics Brings in Customer-centric Measurement, YouTube Conversions Reports and Much More

The world's most trusted website and mobile webpage analytics tool, Google Analytics has announced a series of new features and Machine-learning based consumer behavior tracking capabilities. These ML-based website analytics features would help millions of Google Marketing Cloud users who use Google Analytics to track, analyze and plan their content marketing and mobile marketing strategies. By enabling superior customer behavior analysis and creating suitable customer experiences across all platforms, Google is transforming…

MarTech Video Interview with Adam Gaynor – VIZIO

https://youtu.be/e3UkvSRa19Y VIZIO is a high-performance consumer electronics product manufacturer headquartered in Irvine, California. VIZIO is the #1 American-based TV brand. VIZIO's ad business - VIZIO Ads,  delivers a more relevant TV advertising experience to consumers and brands alike. It is offering premium, addressable advertising inventory inside of WatchFree, SmartCast and within popular TV apps. It is leading the adtech adoption trends in the US by offering high performance, smarter products with the latest…

TechBytes with Krish Mantripragada, Chief Product Officer at Seismic

Please tell us about your journey into technology and how you started in the industry? I always knew I wanted to go into technology. I graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi, which is one of the top technology schools globally. I came to the US and got my Ph.D. at MIT, building algorithms for assembly sequence analysis and supply chain management. I started working in product management, product strategy, and R&D for software companies, building products to optimize supply chains, enable…

MarTech Interview with Eric Hochberger, CEO at Mediavine

"I know “data” is a vague-sounding buzzword in our industry, but CEOs should invest in actual data science as early as possible." Hi Eric, please tell us about your journey into advertising and content management. How did you start at Mediavine? When I co-founded Mediavine in 2004 (not a typo), we were primarily content creators as the publishers of websites like The Hollywood Gossip. Back then, WordPress was not the dominant market Content Management System (CMS) it is today, so we built our own lightweight CMS,…

MarTech Interview with Jürgen Galler, CEO & Co-Founder at 1plusX

"When we talk to businesses all over the world, the frustration towards old DMP technology is evident. They now have to compete with solutions that can build audiences in real-time." Please tell us about your journey into marketing data technology and how you started at 1PlusX. I started working in the digital advertising space in 2000 when I joined Bertelsmann Media company. While there, I oversaw the design and implementation of digital products and services. In 2009, at Google, I led the product management team of…