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Rakuten Marketing Data Reveals Cyber Weekend Continues To Outstrip Expectations

Exclusive data from Rakuten Marketing has revealed the increasing impact of ‘Cyber Week’ on consumers and retailers across Australia and the Asia region. Detailed data drawn from across the Rakuten Marketing network showed a marked shift in consumer participation across Cyber Week in 2019 compared with previous years, both in growth and behavioural patterns. Despite most sales not officially beginning until Friday, this year's results show that promotions extended beyond Black Friday. Consumers began shopping early with…

In A World Where “Big Data is Video”, An AI Language for Machines Emerges

CDVA, the 1st Global AI Standard, Enables Words Supporting a Language between Machines to Develop for Lower Cost, Lower Latency and Energy Efficient Automation Intelligence Gyrfalcon Technology Inc. (GTI) sees interest surging around MPEG7's latest standards that usher in a wave of capabilities leveraging AI, but more importantly, solving issues for AI that promise to accelerate deployment, reduce latency, lower cost and alleviate compatibility. It is timely that such standards are emerging, as machines are becoming the…

IEEE Computer Society’s Top 12 Technology Trends for 2020

AI@Edge, Non-Volatile Memory Products, and Digital Twins Lead the Disruptive 2020 Technology Outlook IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) tech experts unveil their annual predictions for the future of tech, presenting what they believe will be the most widely adopted technology trends in 2020. Six of the top 12 technology predictions have been developed into peer-reviewed articles published in Computer magazine's December issue, covering topics that include cognitive robotics, practical drone delivery, and digital twins.…

How to Engage and Connect With Your Online Audience in 2020

How to engage your clients, build communication with them, and make sure you have a loyal audience? That’s a question many marketers from all over the world ask themselves every day. And although each case is different, there are several factors that work for everyone. So, let’s see what you can do to better engage and connect with your online audience. Develop an Emotional Connection You’re interacting with your audience through all the channels you have: creating new relationships, nurturing existing ones, and responding…

CBX Branding Veteran: New Crop of Store-Brand Names Signals Strength of Private Label

Top Retailers Are Taking Their Names off of Their Store Brands to Create Private-Label Lines That Command Attention on Their Own Terms, Notes Todd Maute in Column for Store Brands Magazine Top retailers are taking their names off of their store brands—and the reason has everything to do with the growing quality and consumer acceptance of product lines created by retail chains, writes Todd Maute, a partner at brand strategy and design agency CBX, in a new column for Store Brands magazine. While highly-regarded retailers…

Predictions Series: Top 10 Trends in Digital Advertising in 2020

As we approach the “visionary” year of 2020, we took a look at what the New Year has in store for the Digital Advertising industry. Here are key things to watch out for as you plan ahead and finalize your Marketing budgets. 1. Amazon Hits Its Stride 2019 was a phenomenal year for Amazon, supported by a record-breaking Prime Day and a highly successful back-to-school season. Brands have begun to understand the power of advertising on Amazon and the unique opportunity it offers to capture people at the beginning of their…

TechBytes with Brice Chambraud, Managing Director at Blackbird.AI

Could you tell us about your role and team you handle at Blackbird.ai? I am Managing Director of Blackbird.ai, APAC. As Managing Director, I am responsible for the commercial development of Blackbird.AI’s solutions across the region. From Singapore, the team and I work with multiple stakeholders in the region to provide organizations and society with the trained eye and vigilance needed to defend against disinformation before it causes irreparable harm. Our specific focus on disinformation campaigns stems from the…

Where Are NFPs Going Wrong with Their Advertising?

Although the aim is to support a good cause, ad effectiveness is not a given. Not For Profit campaigns, in fact, seem to struggle with long term growth. Through the System1 benchmarking tool we found that NFP ads in the UK and US usually score badly, with zero ads predicted to achieve 3% brand growth and over half predicted to achieve just 0.5% brand growth in the UK. But why is the score so low? Most NFP ads tend to use sadness or shocking visuals to make an impression on the viewers. This, however, doesn’t seem to be…

TechBytes with Robert McGovern, CEO at PreciseTarget

What inspired you to start PreciseTarget? It all started with a question: why don't all retailers personalize their e-commerce experience? The journey led me to understand that retailers have sparse data about their customers. For example, the largest non-Amazon apparel retailer averages only two items sold per customer, per year. If you only buy a sweater and a pair of socks from a merchant, it barely knows you. Compare this with Amazon, which is selling over 100 items per year to its prime customers. PreciseTarget's…

New Retail Report: Customers Are Looking for More Value Out of Loyalty Programs

63% of retail customers say offering faster delivery influences signing up for loyalty membership A new retail report by CFI Group and Radial shows that 38% of customers generally avoid participating in retail loyalty programs. Many customers just don't see enough value being offered in loyalty programs to make it worth joining. Retailers have an obvious incentive to add more customers to their loyalty programs. Our study shows that retail loyalty members are 12% more satisfied, 10% more loyal, and 13% more willing to…

Safeguarding Brand Value: Why Brands Should Take a Data-First Approach to Audience Integrity

The Influencer Marketing space has grown exponentially in recent years. This should come as no surprise, given the potent combination of an increasingly sophisticated consumer pool, massive upsurge in social media consumption and the rise in ad blockers that has made traditional advertising progressively difficult – so difficult that the spend on Influencer Marketing is set to exceed $10 Billion by the end of 2020. Step forward ‘influencer campaigns’, which have risen to prominence to meet the need for a more authentic,…

AWS Announces AWS Wavelength

AWS Wavelength enables developers to build applications that deliver single-digit millisecond latencies to mobile devices and users by deploying AWS compute and storage at the edge of the 5G network AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company announced AWS Wavelength, which provides developers the ability to build applications that serve end-users with single-digit millisecond latencies over the 5G network. Wavelength embeds AWS compute and storage services at the edge of telecommunications…

Europe Continues to Dominate Global E-Commerce Ranking

European nations hold eight of the top 10 spots on UNCTAD's Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index 2019, which ranks 152 countries on their readiness to engage in online commerce. Europe remains by far the most prepared region for e-commerce, with eight countries ranking in the top 10 of a global index published on 3 December. For the second consecutive year, the Netherlands leads UNCTAD’s Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index, followed by Switzerland. The only non-European countries on the top 10 list are…

Top 5 Technology Trends to Impact the Digital Infrastructure Landscape in 2020

Equinix Predicts Hybrid Multicloud, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Data Regulation and Sustainability Will Be Key Factors Influencing How Organizations Undergo Digital Transformation Equinix, Inc., the global interconnection and data center company, released its top five technology trend predictions for 2020, which point toward the critical digital transformation that organizations are making to lead in the new digital era. Equinix's expansive footprint across more than 50 global markets, and its position as a…

TechBytes with Priya Patel Dockerty, Marketing Director UKI and Nordics at Magnolia

Could you tell us about your role and journey into technology? I’ve worked in technology for over 12 years but before that, my career started client-side with a creative flair as a graphic designer at IKEA. I’ve always had an interest in joining a start-up and to experience the thrill of the constant challenge. My determination led me to begin a journey into successful Silicon Valley start-ups where I headed up the EMEA Marketing division. The move from design to Marketing seemed like a very natural transition. I love…

Polte IoT Cloud Now Available on AWS Marketplace

Polte receives exclusive invite to demo the company’s geolocation API in the AWS Partner Solutions Experience at AWS re:Invent Polte Corporation, a leading innovator of Cloud Location over Cellular (C-LoC) technology, announced the Polte Location API is now available in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. Polte will demonstrate their IoT Cloud in the AWS Partner Solutions Experience at AWS re:Invent December 2-6 in Las Vegas. Polte’s patented Location-as-a-Service (LaaS) solution leverages ubiquitous 4G…

TechBytes with Joe Toscano (BEACON) and Darren Guarnaccia (Crownpeak)

What lead to the partnership between Crownpeak and BEACON? Darren: Crownpeak has been at the intersection of customer experience and privacy management for the past 10 years. Now, with new global regulations, such as Europe’s GDPR and the forthcoming CCPA, companies must engage with their consumers and ensure they not only agree to share their personal data but are informed enough to reasonably give consent, in order to be legally compliant. Too often though, brands are missing the need to also make this accessible, a…

How 3D Eye-Tracking Can Contribute to the Retail Industry

The state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology is ever more present in talks about future industrial and consumer applications, tacking human-machine interaction to the next level. Giants like Google and Facebook acknowledged its potential and bought eye-tracking start-ups to advance the eye-interaction technology. At Eyeware Tech, we have also felt the investors' interest in our technology, during this year’s venture funding for 3D eye-tracking technology. One of the fields where eye-tracking is on the rise and making a…

MarTech Interview with Jean-Simon Venne, CTO at BrainBox AI

"Developing and running a sophisticated Machine Learning model and handling a number of data points in real-time requires immense computational power" How has your journey been through HVAC technology? What made you found BrainBox AI? My journey into HVAC technology began while working on energy efficiency projects throughout North America and Europe. During this stage of my life, I dealt with technology in a plethora of buildings. These were buildings of different sizes and purpose, anything from hotels all the way to…

GSMA: Mobile Technologies and Services Adding $191 Billion a Year of Economic Value to Middle East and North Africa

5G and IoT Adoption to Drive Economic Impact to More Than $220 Billion by 2023 The GSMA has released two new reports at the annual ‘GSMA Mobile 360 – MENA’ event happening in Dubai. These reports highlight the positive economic impact of the mobile ecosystem on markets across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as well as the transformative impact of IoT technologies on regional governments’ strategic national visions. The two reports from GSMA Intelligence – ‘The Mobile Economy: Middle East and North Africa…