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The Hive Raises $26.5 Million to Encourage Growth of AI Startups

Special Co-Creation Studio Works Actively With Entrepreneurs To Fund, Create And Launch Start-Ups The Hive, is a venture fund and co-creation studio which actively builds and fosters start-ups that focus on AI-powered applications in the enterprise. It announced its closing of the third-fund (The Hive III) at $26.5 Million in capital investments. The investment earned would help The Hive co-create more than seven start-ups in the next three years. The Hive III fund is focused on early-stage companies which help in…

Conversica to Showcase How Conversational AI Is Automating Lead Follow-Up at the Marketo Summit Next Week

Marketo Marketing Automation Users to See How to Effectively Convert More Leads Into Sales Opportunities Through the Use of AI-Powered Assistants Conversica, the leader in conversational AI for business, announced that it will showcase the latest conversational AI solutions for marketing and sales at the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit taking place April 29-May 2 in San Francisco. The Marketing Nation Summit is the premier industry event that brings together the community of Marketo® customers, LaunchPoint technology…

Three Components of a Data-Driven, Future-Focused Customer Engagement Strategy

In a data-driven economy, marketers look to customer engagement to improve their brand’s market share. Marketing technology solutions figure prominently in modern customer engagement strategies, but it is imperative to secure quality data to conduct effective outreach. That requires marketers to collaborate closely with sales and customer support teams. Before launching a customer engagement campaign, marketers must integrate data that arrives from internal and external sources. This can be a challenge because data flows…

Appian and KPMG Apply AI to Create Innovative Digital Solutions for Businesses

Appian and KPMG Are Working Together to Build Innovative Applications of AI and Machine Learning - Ranging from Voice Analytics to Prediction Based on Big Data and Chatbots Appian and KPMG LLP have announced an expansion of their strategic alliance. Together, the companies are focused on making it easier to realize the business value of artificial intelligence (AI) by combining the KPMG Ignite portfolio of AI services with the speed, features, and intelligent automation (IA) capabilities of Appian’s low-code platform.…

Surfing the Marketing Automation Tide in 2018

In the foreseeable future, Marketing Automation would continue to remain a staple technology for every marketing team, irrespective of the size and nature of the business. Opinions could vary on how mature modern marketing automation tools are, or how they could deliver better benefits for SMB marketing teams. Yet, most CMOs would agree that primary struggle in the adoption of marketing automation (or, automation of marketing ops) is its integration across marketing and sales systems. The rising expectations around CX mean…

SalesHero Defines the Modern Sales Process With Artificial Intelligence

New Sales AI Assistant Robin Automates Tedious Tasks That Take Up Selling Time SalesHero introduced Robin, a new class of sales AI assistant built for the sales rep but truly benefiting the entire sales organization. Leveraging powerful artificial intelligence, Robin learns from the user’s actions and automates sales processes to improve daily productivity. IDC predicts that from 2017 to 2021 AI-powered CRM activities will boost business revenue by $1.1 trillion. Sales teams, in particular, must learn to combine their…

TechBytes with Wailin Wong, Host, Basecamp

Wailin Wong Host, Basecamp Audio marketing is growing in popularity and it could be a very important aspect of your content marketing in 2018 and beyond. In this interview, Wailin Wong, an audio content marketer/podcast host at Basecamp, tell us what audio content strategies and benchmarks you should follow to make podcasts more relevant and engaging. Tell us about your role at Basecamp and how you arrived at this position? I co-produce and host Basecamp’s podcast, Rework, based on Jason Fried…

Spiceworks Hires James Pinckney As Senior Vice President Of Revenue

New SVP of Revenue Will Lead the Sales and Delivery Organization and Optimize Operations to Continue Accelerating Growth Spiceworks announced James Pinckney has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Revenue. In his role, James will lead the Spiceworks sales and delivery organization, optimize operations to continue accelerating growth, and focus on helping technology brands increase revenue by more efficiently reaching technology buyers globally. "James' passion for technology and extensive experience…

Disruptive Innovation: SaaS Companies Are Migrating To Purchase Convenience

The Onset Of Online Communication Platforms Have Broken The Red Tape Around Entering The Contact  center market Five years ago, who would have thought that businesses could purchase their communication software platforms online, the same way you would electricity or airtime? Times have changed since entering the contact center arena required a heavy budget. The development of consumption-based communication technology enables entrepreneurs to ease into the market, simplifying everything from setup and paying for services…

Voicera Acquires Dubai-Based AI Company to Expand Virtual Assistant ‘Eva’

Voicera Reveals New App to Provide Eva with Predictive Highlights Voicera is disrupting note-taking app technology forever! With its latest acquisition of Dubai-based Wrappup, a pioneer in AI-based voice technology would eliminate human effort for collaboration teams at an enterprise level. The notion of sitting in a boardroom with notepads would be history as Voicera’s Eva begins to summarize details with an AI-backed system. Recommended Read: 7.ai Removes Time, Cost and Risk Barriers to Chatbot Deployment Wrappup’s…

Verve Hires Mobile Industry Veteran Mark Fruehan to Lead Enterprise Platform Initiatives

Renowned Mobile Innovator Mark Fruehan Will Drive Verve's Programmatic, Enterprise, and Indoor Location Solutions Verve, the global leader in location-powered mobile marketing, today announced that Mark Fruehan has been appointed to the newly created role of EVP, Enterprise Platforms, effective immediately. Reporting to CEO Tom Kenney, Fruehan will guide go-to-market strategy and scale demand for the company's programmatic, enterprise, and indoor location solutions. As 2018 progresses, it is evident that brands are…

Euclid’s Survey Reveals The Shopper Of The Future Has Arrived, Stores Shaped For The Past Must Catch Up

A New Euclid Survey Reveals That Consumers Increasingly Want – and Expect – an Amazon-Like Experience in Stores Euclid, the leading data platform for offline attribution and store visit retargeting, revealed results of a new survey that found consumers, particularly millennials, increasingly expect an “Amazon-like” experience when shopping in-store. According to the survey, retailers must develop engaging, convenient experiences to meet these changing demands Euclid’s “The Store of the Past Meets the Shopper of the…

Totango Releases The Spark Platform For Customer Success With Goal-Oriented Executive Console

New Data-Driven Solution Spark, to Get Faster Results Totango, the leader in customer success solutions for the enterprise, released Spark to provide customers with proven business results quickly. Spark, the next generation customer success platform, guides enterprises through the successful completion of each stage of the customer journey with relevant information, analytics and best practices to enable them to achieve their business goals faster. Spark is designed for large enterprises to expedite the implementation…

TechBytes with Steve Borthwick, CTO, Artesian

Steve Borthwick CTO, Artesian It may seem that marketing and sales technologies are converging to deliver measurable ROI to CMOs. The major element driving this convergence is the prolific rate of penetration of AI/ML platforms. With global companies competing in the AI race, we tried to assess how the European market for sales automation and intelligence technologies compares against the Americas? To unravel these insights, and much more on AI for sales, we spoke to Steve Borthwick, CTO, Artesian. Tell us about your…

IRIO Mobile Marketing Launches New Chat Product For Customer Engagement

Company Provides Real-Time Communication Option to Convert Sales and Generate Qualified Leads Faster IRIO, a cloud-based SaaS platform that creates custom SMS/MMS solutions for businesses seeking effective communication and engagement with audiences, announces the release of their Live Chat Solution. The program is a cutting-edge adaption to the advancement in chatbots, AI, and the quest to achieve optimum customer service and support through a mobile device. While the digital world evolves, IRIO keeps the power of the…

WalkMe Launches Growth Edition Solution for SaaS and Web-Based Companies

World's First AI-Powered Digital Adoption Solution to Accelerate Customer Retention and Growth WalkMe, the leading digital adoption platform and one of the fastest-growing software companies globally, announced that it has launched WalkMe Growth Edition, an AI-powered solution specifically geared towards customer-centric growth companies. Using WalkMe Growth Edition, SaaS and web-based companies can analyze, predict and take action on user behavior, resulting in greater customer retention and business growth. WalkMe…

Esri Partners with Alibaba Cloud for Location Intelligence Technology 

New Partnership Agreement Allows Esri's Excellence in GIS to Include Alibaba Cloud's Cloud Computing Expertise Esri, a leading mapping data and spatial analytics, has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing subsidiary of the Alibaba Group. The new agreement will enable the partners to provide enhanced capabilities to customers seeking to implement Esri's technology on the Alibaba Cloud. Read More: Follow That Puck: Multi-Channel, Multi-Location Marketing Is Moving…

SenseTime Raises US $600 Million in Series C Funding, led by Alibaba Group

The Capital Injection Will Provide an Important Impetus to the Buildout of SenseTime's AI Platform SenseTime, China's leading artificial intelligence (AI) company, has successfully raised US$600 million in its Series C round of funding. Alibaba Group is taking the lead role in this round of funding and other participants include Temasek and Suning. As the Company set a record by raising US$410 million in its series B round of funding last July, it once again sets a new record for venture capital funding in the AI sector.…

How Integrating Artificial Intelligence in B2B Marketing Can Scale Your Business

Every year, new advancements in the technology space have assisted businesses by creating new opportunities for customer outreach. One of greatest technologies of our time is Artificial Intelligence (AI) which has been creating quite the buzz in the B2B arena. Even though marketers have tested the waters when it comes to machine learning algorithms, there is still major ground to be covered when it comes to predictive analytics, personalization, statistical analysis as well as lead generation. Given its potential, Artificial…

Bytedance Partners With BAIR Lab To Foster Future AI Innovators And Entrepreneurs

Bytedance to Sponsor First and Second-Year Students at the Berkeley's Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab Bytedance, a leading technology company operating content platforms that enable people to connect with, consume, and create content through machine learning technology, announced that it will collaborate with the University of California, Berkeley to support academic programs at its Artificial Intelligence Research (BAIR) Lab. The Bytedance AI Lab and BAIR will also look to further explore joint research…