Interview with Mikko Honkanen, Co-founder, Vainu.io

"Using sales prospecting tools, CMOs can run very effective account-based marketing campaigns and make sure they spend their marketing efforts with the likeliest prospects."Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to launch Vainu? Our founding team has collectively spent many years in the technology sector, specifically leading sales teams and managing accounts at major organizations. No matter where we were, we face a consistent challenge — finding the ideal prospects to go after and sell our…

Interview with Luc Burgelman, CEO and Chairman, NGDATA

"Well-timed and relevant customer connections will reinforce customers’ trust in the brand and allow companies to optimize their customer engagement strategy."Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to start NGDATA? I have a deep background in artificial intelligence, large data processing and rule-based systems. Before NGDATA, I co-founded Porthus, which delivered cloud-based solutions, a company that IPO’d in 2006 and was acquired by Descartes Systems Group in 2010. At that time, I was EVP global…

New Qualtrics Partner Network Helps Organizations Close Their Experience Gaps

Global Ecosystem Supporting The Qualtrics Experience Management Platform Announced Qualtrics, the leader in research and experience management, announced the launch of the Qualtrics Partner Network (QPN), to expand the global ecosystem of partners providing programs and solutions based on the award-winning Qualtrics Experience Management (XM) Platform. The announcement was made recently at the Qualtrics 2018 X4 Experience Management Summit in Salt Lake City. QPN members will gain access to the…

New Adobe Target Mobile Capabilities Enable Always-On Personalization 

Your company stands apart from the crowd or gets lost in it depending on the types of experiences you offer your customers—no matter where and when they connect with your brand. In a blog post, my colleague described some of the more advanced technologies, such as server-side optimization and Node.js, that brands are using in their testing and personalization programs to drive those critical customer experiences. Also Read:  Mobile CDN: What Is It and Why Is It Essential for MobileApps? Now, let’s take a look at our…

Ansira Names Cindy McEntire as Chief People and Culture Officer; Promotes Adam Vandermyde to EVP of Operations

Expansion of Leadership Team Comes as Ansira Looks to Enhance Company Culture Ansira, one of the largest agencies in North America specializing in CRM, Loyalty, Marketing Solutions and Digital Strategies, with a focus on driving results at the local and national level, today announced that the Company has appointed Cindy McEntire as Chief People and Culture Officer, as well as promoted Adam Vandermyde to Executive Vice President of Operations. Read More: Fierce Pace of Tech Disruption Has Forced Companies to Innovate…

Pega Launches First AI-Powered Sales Coach to Teach Smarter Selling

New Pega Sales Automation Capability Provides Real-Time, One-To-One Coaching While Predicting Sellers' Future Success Pegasystems Inc., the software company empowering customer engagement at the world's leading enterprises, announced Pega Sales Coach, an industry-first capability within Pega Sales Automation that helps sales managers develop better salespeople and predict their future success. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), Pega Sales Coach provides personalized coaching suggestions in real time so managers can…

Venture Builder Enhance Closes Seed Round of $1.5 Million

MENA Venture Builder Seeks Rapid Expansion of Region's Leading Online Gifts Platform joigifts.com and Growth of Online Marketplace Portfolio Enhance, the holding company for online marketplaces for the Middle East and Africa, has raised a seed round of USD 1.5 million with investment from iNet, 500 Startups, Shorooq Investments and leading angel investors from the Gulf, Europe and the US. Enhance wholly owns Dubai-based joi (joigifts.com), the region's leading online gifting platform, and plans to utilize funding towards…

Consumer Acquisition Launches Shutterstock Collection within Custom Ad Creation Marketplace

Creative Marketplace Now Carries Shutterstock’s Library of over 180 Million Images and Videos, Providing Advertisers with Fresh Content and Editing Solutions to Scale Ad Creative  ConsumerAcquisition, a Facebook Marketing Partner offering the world’s first end-to-end user acquisition platform, announced that Shutterstock’s library of over 180 million images and videos will now be available through its Creative Marketplace. Now, advertisers can access Shutterstock’s content through a unified marketplace and tap into…

Leading Firms Launch Cross-Sector Coalition to Address Critical Identity Policy, Technical and Business Challenges

Founding Members of the Better Identity Coalition Include Leaders in Financial Services, Health Care, and Technology Recently, a group of leading companies launched the Better Identity Coalition, an organization focused on developing consensus, cross-sector policy initiatives that promote the adoption of better solutions for identity verification and authentication. Founding members of the coalition include recognized leaders from diverse sectors of the economy, including financial services, healthcare, technology,…

Over Half of Millennials Check Snapchat Daily, Much More Than Boomers and Gen Xers

Social Media Preferences Differ by Generation, but Most Users Spend Their Time Consuming - Not Creating - Content on Social Media Apps, Says New Survey More than half of millennials (53%) say they check Snapchat daily, which is three times more than Generation Xers (18%) and eight times more than baby boomers (7%), according to new data from The Manifest, a business news and how-to website. The survey included 511 smartphone owners who use at least three apps daily and reveals the social media apps each generation uses…

Allocadia and Bizible Join Forces to Help Marketers Drive More Impact and Revenue

Strategic Alliance Helps Marketing Teams Understand ROI and Drive Business Growth  Two marketing technology leaders in our MarTech RADAR 2018, Bizible and Allocadia, have announced a new partnership. The joint offering combines two best-of-breed platforms to help marketers determine where to invest their dollars for optimal impact and revenue performance. The Allocadia and Bizible alliance is another signal of the maturing Marketing Performance Management (MPM) market. Recommended Read: Allocadia Announces Key…

DialogTech Conversation Insights Pro Launched as an Easy-To-Deploy AI Call Scoring Solution

New DialogTech Conversation Insights™ Pro Makes It Easy for Any Business That Values Inbound Calls to Harness the Power of AI to Analyze and Score Conversations for Insights to Immediately Improve Marketing and Sales Performance DialogTech, the world's leading provider of actionable marketing analytics for inbound calls, announced the release of Conversation Insights Pro, a revolutionary new solution that makes DialogTech's industry-leading AI technology easily accessible to any business that values calls. Simple to…

Interview with David Kerr, CEO, Octiv

"CMOs should look for solutions that will seamlessly integrate with the systems and platforms they’re already using to ensure the most painless transition."Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to join Octiv? My role, as CEO, is to support, motivate, and empower people to do their best work in their own roles. I’m a genuinely curious person and love digging into the why. It is interesting to me to figure out what people are good at, what they want to do, what the business needs and fitting all…

Interview with Pushpa Ithal, Founder and CEO, Advo.Ninja

"Corporate culture has been moving towards employees deeply embracing their employer’s brand. Social media is the best platform to showcase this employee-employer relation."Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to Advo.Ninja? I am the founder and CEO of Advo.Ninja, an enterprise social platform. I am passionate about building products that solve problems, are easy to use and deliver tangible results. I have worked for startups like SilverTail Systems and large companies like Oracle and EMC in…

Interview with Matthieu Vaxelaire, CEO, Mention

"Customer voices are becoming an even bigger part of brands' content strategies, and vice versa."Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to be part of a social media monitoring company? I'm the CEO at Mention. My main focus is to enable our team to work happily and safely and to try to make the right decisions for company growth. I started out studying finance in Belgium (I'm from Brussels). From there I went to work in banking in London and Paris, before realizing that I really wanted to be an…

Tapad Redefines Business to Deliver Personalization at Scale to Marketers

Marketing Technology Leader Tapad Shifts to Identity-Driven Model Launching New Vertical-specific Customer Data Platform Tapad, the company reinventing personalization for the modern marketer, announced a global rebrand to focus its resources on creating best-in-class identity solutions for marketers. This rebrand includes the renaming of the company's proprietary device graph technology to The Tapad Graph, and the introduction of the Tapad Customer Data Platform (CDP), a platform purpose-built to help marketers…

TechBytes with Ian James, GM, International, Verve

Ian James GM International,  Verve The tech industry has come a long way in utilizing Location Data to enhance modern marketing opportunities. Most mobile apps now seek a customer's geo-location to update and present features that could be most relevant to their real-time behavior. To dive deeper into how Digital Marketing Agencies and Customer Experience platforms could better leverage Location Data, we spoke to Ian James of Verve.Tell us about your role at Verve and the team you handle. As the General Manager…

Are You Ready for The Revenue Summit ’18?

The Revenue Summit Is Known for Empowering B2B Leaders to Accelerate Full Funnel Growth Sales and marketing reps are busy gearing up for this year’s Revenue Summit. Hosted by Sales Hacker, the leading resource for sales innovation, acceleration, and the future of sales, The Revenue Summit will be held on 1 March, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Also Read: Interview with Jaclyn Klein, Co-Founder, Product Designer, Growlabs Who should attend it? Said to be the only conference in the country that aligns sales,…

Interview with Yoav Degani, Founder and CEO, VoiceSense

"Being able to analyze every customer interaction, profile the customer’s behavioral tendencies, predict their future consumer activity, recommend a line of action and doing all that automatically in real-time is a good example of how enterprises can benefit from artificial intelligence."Tell us a little bit about your role at VoiceSense. What lead you to found a speech analytics firm? Prior to founding VoiceSense, I spent many years working in the defense and intelligence industries. During this time, I gained extensive…

TechBytes with Chris Haines, Director of Consulting, Amplience

Chris Haines Director of Consulting, Amplience The Retail Engagement Summit 2018 will take place at New York on 22 February and at London on 6 March. The Amplience team together with selected industry experts will be showcasing new tools and processes which help retailers deliver more contextual and persuasive content. Chris Haines, Director of Consulting, Amplience, tells us about the challenges facing content marketers today.As a Content Strategist, what do you believe brands should do to drive personalization in…