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Visualizing Machine Learning: How Do We Humanize The Intelligence?

These are exciting times for data science professionals. With the rapid advances being made in analytics, specifically around machine learning, deep learning and AI, researchers and practitioners around the world have started adapting these technologies for deep, human-impacting applications. The Age of Advanced Analytics Social talk is replete with conversations that have shifted gears from self-driving cars to flying vehicles, smart machines to robots that are already collaborating quietly in our homes, and chatbots to…

HomeAdvisor to Help Power New Home Services Experience on Facebook Marketplace

Consumers Can Now Book Home Services Through Facebook Marketplace HomeAdvisor, an operating business of ANGI Homeservices, announced that the company is powering a new way for consumers to seamlessly book a home services appointment through Facebook Marketplace. Through Facebook Marketplace, consumers can search and be matched with service providers who perform a variety of tasks, including HomeAdvisor service professionals. Consumers can then easily communicate and request quotes directly with their matches via…

YouWorld Announces Turnkey Mobile Marketing Solution to Reach China’s Rising Independent Travelers

YouWorld Content Distribution Toolkit (CDT) Provides Seamless Integration with Top Travel Apps and Retailer Marketing Channels YouWorld Inc. – the Southern California-based technology startup focused on helping brands and brick-and-mortar retailers connect with Chinese travelers – announced the launch of YouWorld Content Distribution Toolkit (CDT), a customizable and trackable marketing solution that enables retailers to publish and distribute branded content via China's leading travel and lifestyle mobile apps.…

Embracing the Bow-Tie Funnel: Why Marketing is Most Important After the Win

Marketing is a rapidly changing landscape – and if you haven’t heard yet, the days of the traditional “funnel” are long gone. Historically, marketing and sales have worked to push leads through the various stages of the funnel and through to the win. However, cloud is enabling practically everything to be sold as a service or on a subscription-based model – and while this presents a unique advantage for profits, it means that most customers start small and grow, and 70% of revenue comes after the initial sale. Despite this,…

What Do Trucks And Contact Centers Have In Common?

ZaiLab Remodels Military Truck Into A Brand Mascot For American Roadshow. A software development firm has taken out-the-box thinking to a new level with its innovative marketing campaign. Meet the ZaiTruck, a converted 18-ton military 6×6 MAN KAT that serves as a larger-than-life mascot for ZaiLab, a software company specializing in contact center software. The ZaiTruck set off from Cape Town last year for a world tour that has spanned the entire African continent, Western Europe and now the USA. Its purpose? To act…

Conviva Measures Explosive Growth in Streaming Video on the Internet

Apple TV Viewership Up 709% in Q1 2018 Compared to Q1 2017, While Android Pulls Ahead of iOS in Mobile Viewing Conviva, elevating the way OTT businesses use data-driven intelligence with its Video AI Platform, has released its quarterly measurement report on the state of OTT and the streaming video market, covering both the quantity and quality of streaming viewership. The report finds that, compared to this time last year, the audience for video delivered over the internet is experiencing astronomical growth…

XUMO’s Streaming Viewership Measured for Nielsen’s Digital Content Ratings

Measurement Incorporation Offers Comprehensive View of Video-on-Demand Consumption XUMO, the premier LIVE and video-on-demand (VOD) over-the-top (OTT) service for the digital age, announced that viewing in its multi-platform service will be incorporated into Nielsen's Digital Content Ratings. Nielsen's Digital Content Ratings – a core component of Nielsen's Total Audience Measurement framework – provides an up-to-the-minute measurement of audience segments across digital content types and major devices using metrics…

Fireside Chat with John Sampogna

John Sampogna talks about his journey in setting up Wondersauce. Know My Team My role at Wondersauce, and how I got here. We started Wondersauce in 2011 with the dream of creating an agency that was completely focused on human behavior and how that impacts design, technology, marketing and media. We believe the world is getting smaller and agencies need a holistic understanding of all facets of the modern marketing funnel. At any given time we are creating global ecommerce platforms, producing content across all…

Why Influencers, Not Footballers Will Score for Brands During the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Influencer marketing is the most effective brand building and sales tool right now, and if brands don’t invest in it for the 2018 FIFA World Cup they will score a massive own goal. My first insight into how incredibly effective influencer marketing campaigns are was working with Cristiano Ronaldo to drive app downloads through his social network. By comparison, we achieved the same number of downloads for a sports website, Sportlobster, through a football fan page on Twitter and Facebook, because we engaged with their…

Gracenote Launches New Tool to Unify Content Search

New Data Solution Sets Empower Video Streaming Services Gracenote, a Nielsen company, is the world’s leading provider of video metadata including rich imagery, TV channel line-ups, programming and scheduling data covering 85 countries and 35 languages. Gracenote has now launched new datasets covering both On-Demand content and virtual MVPD (vMultichannel Video Programming Distributor) to completely optimize the TV Viewing experience. A new TV metadata and electronic program guide (EPG) solution from Gracenote equips…

How The Next Generation of Affiliate Marketing is Driving the Digital Future

Affiliate marketing admittedly has a clouded past. Until recently, it has not been well understood by many marketers and some have sought to distance themselves from the low-value tactics associated with the affiliate industry in the past. The reality is that a properly managed affiliate program can drive 10-20% of online revenue and have one of the highest ROI’s of any online channel. Today, CMOs increasingly realize that affiliate marketing is an integral part of their arsenal and increasingly investing in…

TechBytes with Jeri Kelley, Sr. Product Strategist, Oracle Commerce Cloud

Jeri Kelley Senior Product Strategist, Oracle Commerce Recently, Oracle Commerce Cloud, in partnership with Mirakl, released the Next Generation of B2B Purchasing Report 2018. The cutting-edge report studied the behavior of modern B2B buyers as well as the differences in attitudes across three generations – Baby Boomers, Gen-X and Millennials. We sat down with Jeri Kelley of Oracle Commerce Cloud to understand how B2B vendors could better leverage technology and create results-oriented product maps for their customers.…

Interview with Ken Leren, Founder, Tech Essence

"The shift in the market towards getting consent for marketing will result in a more B2C-like approach to B2B brand advertising ." Tell us about your role and how you got here? What galvanized you to start Tech Essence? I’m the founder of Tech Essence and brain behind Marketing Town, a SaaS-based marketing technology that provides marketers with a trustworthy and transparent solution to make faster, data-driven marketing optimization decisions based on a clear view of their data. The idea came to me as a result of…

Localytics Data Privacy Services Help Enterprises Deliver Personalized Mobile Experiences Without Sacrificing Consumer Trust

New Services Helps Enterprises Go Beyond GDPR Compliance to Proactively Protect Their Users' Privacy Localytics, the leading mobile engagement platform, is expanding its data privacy services to help enterprises strike the right balance between providing the personalized mobile experiences that consumers want and ensuring consumer data is protected. 80% of consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it offers a personalized experience. That is especially true on mobile, yet recent events and data breaches…

The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Is Your Job Under Threat?

Since the dawn of machinery and the first flickerings of computer technology, humanity has been obsessed with the idea of artificial intelligence - the concept that machines could one day interact, respond and think for themselves as if they were truly alive. Every year, the possibility of an “intelligent technology” future becomes more and more of a reality - as algorithms and machine learning improve at a lightning-fast rate. According to experts across the globe, machines will soon be capable of replacing a variety of…

Gartner Report Names Storybulbs as “Cool Vendor” in Personalization for 2018

Storybulbs Drives Customer Success through Personalized Videos Storybulbs, the company which helps brands engage and connect with customers using Personalized Videos, is proud to announce that it has been named as a “Cool Vendor” in the Gartner Cool Vendors 2018 Report. Gartner, a globally renowned research, and analysis firm has selected new Cool Vendors in key areas of technology and published a series of reports. The reports evaluate innovative and interesting vendors in digital marketing and commerce that are…

Shopping Elsewhere™ Adds Precision and Relevance to Your Targeting Campaigns

4Cite CEO Bob Gaito Explains How the Shopping Elsewhere Platform Utilizes Data to Notify Online Merchants When Their Customers Are Actively Shopping In March at Shop Talk 2018, 4Cite announced that their customers have managed to increase revenues by ~20+ percent because of 4Cite’s proprietary Shopping Elsewhere™ email triggers. Shopping Elsewhere™ email triggers provide valuable insight that prompts real-time, personalized offers at the moment. All this, when potential customers are actively checking in their inbox or…

Outreach Secures $65 Million In Series D Funding To Increase Revenue Team Productivity And Return

More Than 2,400 Companies Use Outreach's Machine Learning Technology to Generate High-Quality Leads, Close Deals and Retain Customers Outreach, the leading Customer Engagement Platform, has secured $65 million in Series D financing, more than doubling the company's valuation over its Series C round. The round was led by Spark Capital and includes investment from Sapphire Ventures as well as from existing investors DFJ Growth, Four Rivers Group, Mayfield, MHS Capital, Microsoft Ventures and Trinity Ventures, bringing…

Verve Announces Additions To Executive Leadership Team

Erin Madorsky and Joseph Galarneau Sign on as Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Product Officer at Verve Verve, the leader in location-powered mobile marketing, announced the appointment of two executives to its leadership team: Erin Madorsky, to the position of Chief Revenue Officer, and Joseph Galarneau, to the position of Chief Product Officer. Both assume their new roles immediately, reporting to Verve CEO Tom Kenney. Madorsky joins Verve from a ten-year tenure at Viant, a division of Meredith where she was most…

Rise of the Revenue Analyst in Marketing Operations

Sometimes I feel like Colombo. For the Gen Xers, Millennials and Gen Zs reading this article, Columbo was a frumpy, bumbling detective on a late ‘60s TV show. The modus operandi of the detective was that he was very observant and asked obvious questions. As a result, he was often perceived as not being “in the know” or not that bright. Ironically, he always solved the crime. As I carefully observe the ever-changing landscape of the marketing operations (MO) function, I must ask the most obvious question: Why doesn’t…