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Interview with Guy Weismantel, EVP Marketing – Marchex

"Give credit, take responsibility."On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us a little bit about your role and how you got here. I’m currently the Executive Vice President of Marketing at Marchex, a leading mobile advertising analytics company that connects digital marketing online to real-world, offline actions. I have over 20 years of marketing and financial leadership in companies such as Expedia and Microsoft, as well as going through the start-up grind and mid-sized PE companies. Throughout that time, I’ve really tried…

A Marketer’s Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, I’d like to take an opportunity to show immense gratitude for the many gifts that we marketers have received this year. First and foremost, I am thankful for an opportunity to have a direct, one-to-one conversation with our customers. Previously, we did not have the tools to do that. We had to resort to inferior tools to communicate with our customers. It started with print and TV ads, and got a little better with search and social media ads. However, messages were still targeted at broad customer…

Interview with Bill Magnuson, Co-founder & CEO of Braze (Previously Appboy)

"Brands should be listening closely to consumers in order to better understand how people are interacting with them and to better interpret behaviors and preferences associated with each user." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to start a lifecycle engagement platform? I am the CEO and co-founder of Braze (recently renamed from Appboy). In 2011, Jon Hyman, fellow Appboy cofounder, and I won the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in NYC, cementing a relationship that…

Interview with Steve Sachs, Chief Executive Officer, OneSpot

"CMOs need to look at the channels they are promoting content on holistically – and focus on audience interests – rather than focusing specific strategies for specific channels." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us about your role and how you got here? What inspired you to be part of a content marketing personalization firm? I’ve had a lot of experience throughout my career working at the intersection of digital media, content, and marketing, and joining OneSpot was an opportunity to deliver to people the very best…

The “New” Path to Scale

In today’s media world the big keep getting bigger, Google/YouTube and Facebook/Instagram count their users in the billions while traditional media companies continue to consolidate into massive platforms – think Comcast/Universal/NBC. Scale is a prerequisite for any meaningful marketing discussion. As a basic ingredient in the proverbial marketing soup of any brand marketer, scale is no longer a point of differentiation, but rather a starting point. Also Read: Why the Tug-of-War Will Continue in 2018 Social Marketing…

Tact.ai Accelerates Sales Transformation at Fortune 500 Customers by Bringing CRM to the Intelligent Edge

First omnichannel AI-powered assistant for sales teams named 2017 Digital Innovation Award Winner by Ventana Research Tact.ai, the sales experience platform for the intelligent edge, announced further expansion of the Tact Sales Assistant among its Fortune 500 customers. The company furthered its integration with LinkedIn, becoming the first omnichannel AI-powered assistant on the new LinkedIn Sales Navigator Application Platform. Tact.ai was also selected over 27 companies spanning 9 different categories as the…

63% Marketers Do Not Utilize Fraud Prevention Techniques: Singular’s Fraud Index

Singular's Study Is The First Of Its Kind To Examine Fraud Data From Multiple Fraud Prevention Solutions, Each With Its Own Set Of Anti-Fraud Methods Singular, the industry's only unified marketing analytics solution connecting attribution data with campaign data in a single platform, announced the release of The Singular Fraud Index revealing the most active fraud prevention techniques in the mobile industry, as well as the 20 Most Secure Mobile Ad Networks driving the lowest rates of fraud. Singular's…

Interview with Dvir Doron, Chief Marketing Officer, Cedato

"When applied to video, header bidding makes it possible for publishers to monetize more efficiently than ever before." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us about your role at Cedato and how you got here? What do you enjoy most about being in video adtech? I joined very early on following an impactful meeting I had Ron Dick, Cedato’s CEO. At the time I was busy working on my own project, but Ron’s positivity, passion and overall vision for the company’s future intrigued me. It seemed like an industry-changing idea and a…

Interview with Nathan Kontny, CEO, Highrise

"I think the whole hyperpersonalized message is a bit overhyped. What's more important is actually trying to make messages more "personal." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to be part of a CRM company? I'm the CEO of Highrise, a CRM tool that offers the simplest solution for tracking leads and managing follow-ups. We serve tens of thousands of customers worldwide, helping people follow up on their relationships rather than just work through a sales pipeline. …

Interview with Javier de la Torre, CEO, CARTO

"Location intelligence technology needs to be more accessible and closer to the specific areas of expertise professionals understand already." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us about your role at CARTO and how you got here? What inspired you to start a location data intelligence company? I am the Founder and CEO at CARTO. While I do a bit of everything, I particularly focus on the long term strategy for the company and staying close to our customers, ensuring we are understanding market needs that drive the future of…

Interview with Ed Bussey, CEO, Quill

"Consumers are now interacting with brands across more channels and touch points than ever before, the issue of maintaining consistency and providing customers with a cohesive brand experience is also becoming increasingly important." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us about your role and how you got here? What inspired you to start a content production company? I began my career in the Royal Navy, followed by various security and counterterrorism roles with the UK diplomatic service. When the internet became more…

Interview with Alberto Sutton, SVP, Marketing, Onvia

"In those days, programming AI meant predicting as many possible outputs and linking some response or action to each. Nowadays the paradigm has shifted to programming of neural networks, where the machine learns over time through the exposure to data, patterns and events." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us a little bit about your role at Onvia and how you got here? I joined Onvia as Senior Vice President of Marketing in February 2016. I was attracted by the company's unique position to resolve the friction in the…

The Real-World Abandoned Shopping Cart 

According to Business Insider, $4.6 trillion worth of merchandise was abandoned in carts in 2016 alone. This has led to an uptick in the number of retailers who send shopping cart abandonment messages, as well as a renewed concentration on using those items left unpurchased to retarget customers, creating another consumer touchpoint. But, while it’s all well and good to use digital data to capture revenue that might have been otherwise lost, what about all of those real-life shopping carts that have been left to languish in…

Interview with Gregg Johnson, CEO, Invoca

"Once marketers include offline data in their attribution they can get the full picture of how search is performing to better optimize their search marketing." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to be part of a MarTech company? In 2016, I joined Invoca as CEO. After working in product management for over nine years at Salesforce, a company that disrupted the enterprise software industry, I wanted the opportunity to join a smaller company and try to have a similar…

Interview with Michael Jaconi, CEO, Button

"Mobile is changing how brands and marketers think about their spend. For the first time in history, spending can be truly 'quantifiable'." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us a little bit about your role and how you got here? What inspired you to start a martech company? Prior to starting Button, I had the opportunity to work under one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, Hiroshi Mikitani - or Mickey as his friends call him. In that position, I was able to learn from a leader who had built his company from a…

Interview with Mark Magnacca, President, Allego

"Sales reps need to be knowledgeable not only about the industry they are selling to but about the company and even the prospect they are meeting with, prior to picking up the phone or sending off an email." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us about your role at Allego and how you got here? What inspired you to join a sales enablement and coaching platform? I co-founded Allego in 2013 with my business partner Yuchun Lee. The idea behind the platform was something I came up with as new technologies, such as tablets and…

Global Advertising & Marketing Revenues Up 3.9% to 1.2T in 2017: PQ Media Report

Fueled by strong growth in smart technology marketing, videogame advertising and mobile coupons, as well as influencer marketing, content marketing and product placement According to PQ Media's new Global Advertising & Marketing Revenue Forecast 2017-21, global advertising & marketing revenues are expected to increase 3.9% to $1.225 trillion in 2017. Growth decelerated this year due to the absence of major political and sporting events, offset by strong growth in various digital & alternative media channels.…

More Than Half of Smartphone Users Stream Video Content on Their Device

Usage of TV-connected Devices Is Also On The Rise, As More Consumers Stream Content At Home And On The Go, According To NPD According to global information provider, The NPD Group, 57 percent of all US smartphone users access video content via an app at least once a month, with iOS users more likely than Android users to access video content, 66 percent versus 49 percent, respectively. Streaming video is the number one driver of cellular and Wi-Fi data consumption on mobile and fixed networks, accounting for 78 percent of…

Sharethrough’s New Integration with Adobe Advertising Cloud to Help Businesses to Leverage High-Impact Native Ad Formats

Adobe Advertising Cloud Clients Will Be Able To Access High-Impact Native Video And Display Ad Placements Across Sharethrough's Premium Publisher Network The leading native supply side platform, Sharethrough, has announced a new integration with Adobe Advertising Cloud. The integration will allow the more than 1,000 leading global marketers that use Adobe Advertising Cloud Demand-Side Platform (DSP), to access massive audiences with in-feed native video and display placements across more than 1,200 sites and apps on the…

Employee or robot?

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Support Your Business Today Artificial Intelligence (AI) has for decades been the subject of science fiction and fantasy films. But we’ve come a long way since ‘Skynet’. Only a few months ago, Facebook deactivated a chatbot project, as the bots had developed their own language to communicate with each other, making them redundant to the human employees ‘in charge’. This is an extreme example though. There are many practical A.I. applications that can support the day-to-day running of…