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Top US Affiliate Marketers to Gather at Annual Rakuten Marketing DealMaker

Maritz Chief Behavioral Officer, Charlotte Blank, Keynoting Rakuten Marketing, a leading technology company that enables brands to increase sales through data-driven marketing, today announced DealMaker 2018, its annual affiliate marketing event shaping the future of digital marketing and advertising. Taking place on 27-28 June in Brooklyn, NY, this year's conference will host 1000+ performance marketing leaders participating in a two-day event dedicated to business education and strategy, advertiser and publisher…

TechBytes with Oded Karev, VP, Head of Advanced Process Automation, NICE

Oded Karev VP, Head of Advanced Process Automation, NICE Customer experience is now a key factor in any omnichannel engagement. The rise of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning has also led to the growth and proliferation of virtual assistants or chatbots. Brands are now leveraging chatbots for a variety of purposes, especially to provide customers with a seamless experience.  We spoke to Oded Karev, Head of Advanced  Process Automation at NICE, to understand the nuances of this trend.Tell us about your role at…

Torani Expands with Salesforce to Drive Growth and Build New Customer Experiences

Leading Maker of Flavored Syrups Is Bringing Its Sales, Service and Marketing on Salesforce to Support Global Growth and Build Deeper Customer Relationships Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, today announced that Torani—the creator of more than 200 naturally flavored syrups, sauces and beverage bases, distributed in more than 40 countries—is expanding with Salesforce to support global growth and build engaging experiences for its customers. Founded in 1925, Torani is a San Francisco-based, family-owned…

Blippar Appoints Seasoned Technology Executive and Digital Agency Veteran Libby Penn to Chief Operating Officer

Former COO of Spektrix, Libby Penn to Spearhead Path to Profitability and Oversee Company’s Development Of Industry’s Most Comprehensive SaaS-Based Augmented Reality Creation & Publishing Platform Blippar, the leading augmented reality and computer vision company, announced the appointment of Libby Penn as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). Penn will lead Blippar’s global operations, driving its path to profitability, while overseeing the move to a SaaS structure for Blippar’s integrated augmented reality…

VidMob Named Official Pinterest Marketing Partner

Pinterest Launches Creative Specialty and Taps VidMob to Help Brands Scale Creation of Pinterest Content Leading creative tech company VidMob has been selected to join the Pinterest Marketing Partner program in the newly launched Creative specialty. Pinterest launched this program to help companies maximize opportunities to engage Pinners with high caliber video assets. Developing motion based Pins for brands across every industry vertical, VidMob has become a go-to for marketers looking to inspire consumers with creative…

Interview with Nick Worth, CMO, Selligent Marketing Cloud

"Consumers measure the efficacy of brand communications against the best experiences they have regardless of sector."Tell us about your role and how you got here? What galvanized you to be a part of Selligent Marketing Cloud? I co-founded and led a digital agency called Schematic back in 1999. We grew rapidly to 350 people in seven offices and three countries before we sold to WPP in 2007. As the process was ending, I wanted to get involved in data-driven marketing. I believed that data and platforms that leverage data…

Unmetric Partners With Noggin to Provide Crisis Managers With Actionable Social Intelligence

Partnership Brings the Power of Brand-Focused Social Analytics to Noggin Crisis, an Industry-Leading Crisis Management Application Unmetric, an enterprise solution for branded content analysis and discovery, announced a partnership with Noggin, an enterprise resilience software company that provides risk, crisis, emergency, work safety, and incident management solutions. Hundreds of the world’s largest brands and digital agencies use Unmetric to access insights from the owned channels of over 100,000 qualified brands…

Swrve Adds Roku to Its Suite of Streaming Video OTT Platforms

Streaming Video-on-Demand and OTT Service Providers Can Now Use Swrve to Drive Engagement, Revenue and Retention Across Mobile, Web and Apple tvOS, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku Apps Swrve, the leader in cross-platform customer interaction for sales, marketing and operations, has added Roku to its list of supported over-the-top (OTT) Digital Media Streaming platforms. By doing so, Swrve now enables any brand looking to interact with customers on the Roku platform to do so as part of a multi-channel strategy focused…

TechBytes with Frank Palermo, Global Head of Digital Solutions, Virtusa

Frank Palermo SVP, Digital Solutions, Virtusa For the sake of an analogy, humans know more about the Black Holes today than they did in 2010. The same can be said for digital customer experience, which is now embedded in a Marketer's DNA. Marketing teams now measure their digital competency based on multiple factors, including User Experience (UX), Mobility, Customer Experience Management, Digital Analytics, Big Data, AI, Gamification, Cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT), and so on. To better understand how Virtusa…

Primer: What is Social Media Intelligence in 2018?

This Is a Primer on Social Media Intelligence and Its Role in a CMO’s Stack in 2018. Every social media network relies on certain metrics to measure their social media success. Each of these social media metrics plays a critical role in the modern marketing strategy. Global brands utilize social media marketing tools to engage their customers effectively, informing them about the products and services accurately and with better relevance. Companies not using social media analytics for their marketing campaigns find it…

LiveMe Launches Broadcaster Development Program to Invest in Independent Creators

LiveMe Is Recruiting Dozens of Independent Creators and Dedicating Significant Resources to Groom Aspiring Broadcasters into Primetime Talent Popular live broadcasting app LiveMe announced the launch of its Broadcaster Development Program to support and nurture emerging creators across all creative backgrounds and talents. As LiveMe's first major initiative to scout and develop undiscovered talent, the program aims to provide independent creators with extensive training and resources to break into the lucrative…

Aaptiv Closes Series C with $52 Million Raised to Date; Amazon Alexa Fund and Warner Music Group among new investors

This Investment is Largest Round to Date for Aaptiv  Aaptiv Inc., a leading provider of premium digital health and wellness content that has garnered nearly 200,000 paying members in two years, has raised $22 million in its Series C funding. Launched in 2016, Aaptiv's audio-guided fitness classes have been streamed more than 14 million times. Total funding for the company is now over $52 million. The round was led by Millennium Technology Value Partners, a growth equity firm that has previously invested in…

Viant Launches Next Generation TV Solution

Adds Real-Time TV Retargeting, Significant CTV Scale and Advanced TV Attribution and Conversion Capabilities Viant, a Meredith Corporation people-based advertising technology company, announced the launch of its next-generation Viant TV platform. The major advancements include improved addressable household reach and scale through expanded data partnerships; the addition of low latency TV retargeting capability; and increased connected TV (CTV) inventory scale Through Viant’s expanded partnerships with automatic…

Unilever Calls on Content Creators and Distributors to Eradicate Stereotypes

Multi-Million-Dollar Content Partnerships with Pop Group NOW UNITED and Cartoon Network Kick-Off New Era of  Industry-Leading Unstereotype Initiative by Unilever Unilever is calling on content creators and distributors to act now to eliminate outdated stereotypes. The move marks the latest step in the company’s industry-leading Unstereotype initiative, which launched two years ago with the aim of eliminating harmful and diminishing portrayals of people across advertising. As part of its Unstereotype commitment Unilever…

Interview with Steve Warren, CEO, Mapp

"What remains constant is the need for brands to stand out and reach their potential by enabling meaningful connections and lasting engagement with their customers."Tell us about your role at Mapp Digital and how you got here. What galvanized you to join a marketing technology company? I serve as Mapp’s chief executive officer. In my role, I focus on positioning our company for success and leading Mapp’s long- and short-term strategy. I heavily focus on increasing overall business value and stand as a liaison between the…

The World Beyond Social Media

Only 10 years ago, social was considered the new frontier of digital advertising, but no longer. Banner ads have been proven to be the least trusted form of advertising, and Millennial users have conditioned themselves to ignore them on these platforms, glazing over the placements without absorbing the content in a state known as “digital ad fatigue.” Experienced social media users have even begun to recognize and disregard the sponsored posts that marketers insert directly into their news feeds. Branded content on social is…

Braze (Formerly Appboy) Urges Brands to Keep Shifting at Cannes Lions

Data Is the New Creative; Creatives Need to Shift or Be Shifted Remember when creatives didn't "do" data? You may have already seen this message about town at Cannes. With data quickly becoming king, Braze is urging marketers to think ahead of the curve and anticipate the future of marketing. There's no better time for this shift than at 2018 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. "Consumers are interacting with brands how they want when they want," said Marissa Aydlett, SVP Marketing at Braze (formerly Appboy).…

Interview with Ted Dhanik, CEO and Co-Founder, engage:BDR

"Influencers are really creators, which is hugely valuable to a brand beyond just their reach."Tell us about your role and how you got here? What galvanized you towards the tech industry? I am the Co-Founder and CEO of engage:BDR, but my whole career has been in tech- I previously worked on the launch of the MySpace brand from inception, and at lowermybills.com. How do marketers benefit from engage:BDR? What made you launch IconicReach? engage:BDR has been around since 2009, and we've been building out innovative…

IRI Announces Enhancements to IRI Verified Audiences

IRI Verified Audiences Enable Unprecedented Personalization, Targeting and Messaging Capabilities That Improve Marketing Performance IRI, a global leader in innovative solutions and services for consumer, retail and media companies, announced new, innovative audience solutions for IRI Verified Audiences to improve how CPG manufacturers and retailers reach their consumers. As the only 100 percent deterministic audiences based on purchase behavior, IRI Verified Audiences enable unprecedented personalization, targeting and…

Oath Debuts Extended Reality (XR) Ad Experiences at Cannes Lions

Unveils New 3D Ad Format And First-In-Market Programmatic VR Ad Offering In Its Latest Efforts To Transform Brand Building Oath, a Verizon subsidiary, kicks off Cannes with new opportunities for brands to engage with consumers through extended reality (XR) ad experiences. Combining the art of brand building and the science of data, new 3D ad formats and first-in-market programmatic VR ads represent the company’s latest premium ad innovation for consumers to discover, interact and transact with brands. “Consumers are…