Donuts Launches BL.INK: Unprecedented Branded Short Link Solution

Embraced by Leading Brands and Digital Marketing Thought Leaders Donuts Inc., the global leader in high-quality, new top-level Internet domains, announced general availability of BL.INK - an exciting new short link solution that uniquely leverages the power of real words - including Donuts' leading portfolio of 240 new top-level domains - for creating branded and custom short links. BL.INK is the evolution of BudURL, a best-in-class link management platform that serves top-tier digital marketers in leading companies…

Key Martech-Focused Takeaways from Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2018

When Consumers Spend More, It Translates to Spending More for Attention to Values, and Digital Engagement and Retail Experience, Finds Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2018 Report Climbing Mount Everest is a tricky journey. Does it look like this? Do you know what this graph actually represents? Well, if you can match the steep slope, it has to do something with the rise of Amazon and ecommerce players. The internet is an exciting place to be, and with martech growing at an explosive rate, how could we miss…

TechBytes with Steven ZoBell, Chief Product & Technology Officer, Workfront

Steven ZoBell Chief Product & Technology Officer, Workfront Learning the clear definition of an Ideal Customer is the most critical aspect of understanding any business model. The martech landscape is witnessing a deluge of automation tools for Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM). Therefore, it becomes even more important for marketing teams to understand the Ideal Customer Profile (ICP) of any martech company to gauge if it would fit their budget and tech stack. To better…

Interview with Fayez Mohamood, Co-founder and CEO, Bluecore

"AI-centric tools have the ability to unleash a level of productivity over current workflow based on enterprise software."Tell us about your role and how you got here? What galvanized you to start Bluecore? I am an engineer by training through both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I started out my career in hardware and software design and simulation back in 2006. While that sounds very far from marketing technology, a lot of my training revolved around building solutions that required the need to transform and make…

Pega Independent Software Vendor Program Unveiled to Bring Innovative Solutions to Clients

The New Program Expands Pega’s Ecosystem by Enabling Partners to Create Pega-Based Solutions in an Open Development Environment At the Pega World 2018, Pegasystems Inc., a leading martech company for customer engagement, announced the launch of the Pega Independent Software Vendor (ISV) program. For the first time, Pega is enabling independent development on its next-generation digital transformation suite, Pega Infinity™, so partners can easily integrate with and build new solutions that answer specific market needs. ISVs…

Yext and Yelp Expand Collaboration to Better Support Enterprise Businesses

Yext Becomes an Official Yelp Knowledge Partner, Deepening Long-Standing Relationship to Help Businesses Manage the Facts About Them on Yelp Yext, Inc, the leader in Digital Knowledge Management, announced an expanded relationship with Yelp to give businesses greater control over their digital knowledge online. As an official Yelp Knowledge Partner, Yext can now offer businesses of all sizes and channels the ability to monitor Yelp reviews and leverage data-driven insights. Additionally, businesses of all sizes can now…

Brightcove Pushes the Envelope with Video Experiences that Increase Customer ROI

Ongoing Innovation Creates Single Platform for All Enterprise Video Experiences Brightcove, the leading provider of cloud services for video, has been at the forefront of the digital video revolution since its inception, helping enterprises leverage the power of video for marketing and internal communications. At PLAY 2018, Brightcove is excited to share continued momentum and innovations in personalized video experiences, internal and external live streaming, and enterprise user management to help customers deliver…

Translate Your Web Content with the Enhanced Amazon Polly Plugin For WordPress

Real-Time Text-to-Speech Translation from English to Spanish, German, French or Portuguese WP Engine, the leading WordPress digital experience platform, announced its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to bring machine learning-powered speech translations to WordPress, the dominant content management system (CMS) that powers nearly a third of the web. The integration of Amazon Translate into the Amazon Polly plugin for WordPress will allow brands and publishers to take web content in English and translate that…

Quotient Technology To Acquire Influencer Marketing Firm Ahalogy

Influencer Marketing Firm Expands Quotient’s Data-Driven Media Offerings, Driving Sales Through Social Media for Top CPG Brands Quotient Technology Inc, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ahalogy, a leading influencer marketing firm that delivers premium content across social media channels for consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands. The acquisition enhances Quotient’s performance media solutions for CPGs and retailers, adding social media expertise and a roster of proven influencers. Influencer…

ShareThis Announces New CEO and Doubles B2B Data Business

ShareThis Announced New Clients and Partners, Including Digitas, AppNexus, and The Trade Desk; Reveals Data DNA and Deep Learning Engines Fuel YoY Growth Into Second Year ShareThis, the Sharing Intelligence company that delivers the largest independent consumer interest-and-intent data for targeting and analytics continued its year-over-year growth for its expanded data business. In line with this growth, the company announces that data veteran Dana Hayes, Jr. is taking on the CEO role; current CEO Kurt Abrahamson is moving…

ownerIQ and Amobee Partner for Transparent Retail and Brand Audiences Based on Second-Party Data

First-Demand Side Platform Integration Grants Access to Rich Ecommerce Data ownerIQ, a leader in second-party data, announced the ability to integrate with demand-side platform (DSP) partners, with Amobee—a leading global digital marketing technology company serving brands and agencies—becoming the first DSP to directly integrate, allowing customer access to ownerIQ’s unmodeled retail and brand-specific second-party data. Recommended Read: Mobfox Introduces Audience Analytics for Better In-App Monetization Prior…

Interview with Jeff Kupietzky, CEO, PowerInbox

"End-users have come to expect to be dazzled with exquisitely produced, authentic, attention-grabbing, personalized content."Tell us about your role at PowerInbox and how you got here? What inspired you to join PowerInbox?  I saw a tremendous opportunity for email as an overlooked channel ripe for innovation. So many have all but written email’s obituary, but we’re actually finding that it fills a significant and valuable role in the marketing toolkit. As CEO, I oversee everything from product development and market…

Ixia, a Keysight Business, Selects Talkdesk to Power Customer Experience

Talkdesk's Global Cloud-Based Enterprise Contact Center Platform to Replace Static and Inflexible Legacy System Talkdesk, the enterprise contact center platform and fastest growing Contact Center as a Service provider, announced that Ixia, a Keysight Business and leading provider of testing, visibility and security solutions, will replace the company's current contact system with the Talkdesk Enterprise Contact Center Platform. Facing significant cost obstacles to upgrade their on-premise hardware, Ixia will leverage…

10 Simple Tips for Webinar Success

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend Webinar World 2018 Sydney. It was a great opportunity to discover what's new in the webinar scene, the exciting enhancements coming within the ON24 platform and how marketers are using digital events to engage at scale. I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by CMO, Joe Hyland about how Simple is using webinars to attract, engage and retain. Here's a snapshot of what was discussed: 1. Develop a multi-layer webinar strategy Before launching into webinars, think through your…

PubMatic and Ringier Partner to Drive Programmatic in the Romanian Market

Ringier Becomes PubMatic’s Preferred Partner in Romania as the Publisher Adopts its Header Bidding Technology PubMatic, the publisher-focused sell-side platform (SSP) for an open digital media future, announced a partnership with Ringier Romania, the leading publisher in the country and part of the world’s largest international media company, Ringier AG, to help further develop programmatic in the Romanian market. The partnership sees Ringier become PubMatic’s preferred partner in Romania and Ringier adopt PubMatic’s…

Kitewheel’s State of the Customer Journey Report Finds Journey Interactions Growing Exponentially Across Emerging and Legacy Channels

The Analysis of Billions of Interactions Shows that Customer Journey is Becoming More Complex and Mature as Brands Seek to Influence the Entire Customer Experience in Real Time Kitewheel, a provider of the leading Customer Journey Hub, has announced the release of its annual State of the Customer Journey for 2018. The report, based on an analysis of over five billion customer journey interactions between 2014 and 2017, provides insight into how brands are investing in customer journeys across a variety of verticals and…

Top 10 Takeaways From The Mary Meeker 2018 Internet Trends Report

Some of the Biggest Themes in The Internet Trends Report This Year Include Privacy, Ecommerce, China, And Work China will soon overtake the US (in terms of technology and its consumption), Ecommerce is at an all-time high, cryptocurrency has exploded, having quadrupled since Jan 2017, and yes, artificial intelligence is proving to be more important to human history than fire. That’s the much-awaited Mary Meeker 2018 Internet Trends Report in a nutshell. Of course, the 294-slide report, presented by the Kleiner…

Comm100 Launches Next Generation AI-Powered Chatbot

Com100 Chatbot Is a Customer Engagement Solution that Also Adds Co-Browsing and Shopify Integration Features Comm100, a global provider of enterprise-grade digital customer conversation solutions, today announced the launch of its second-generation chatbot. This latest version is enhanced with AI capabilities to create an even more productive and natural experience for both chat visitors and agents. Read More: Convey Launches Platform to Replace Static Contacts with Live, Dynamic Connections Com100's AI-powered chatbot…

Movable Ink Partners with Pega to Deliver AI-Powered Actions in Email Campaigns

AI-Powered Next Best Actions and Real-Time Content Personalization Help Marketers Increase Consumer Engagement and Conversions Movable Ink, a leading intelligent content platform for digital marketers, announced a partnership with Pega. Pega is the leader in software for customer engagement. The two companies joined hands to enable brands to personalize email campaigns using AI-powered next best actions. Combining Pega’s ability to facilitate the right action for every customer in real time with Movable Ink’s…

Interview with Lyle Stevens, Co-founder and CEO, Mavrck

"Data science has certainly been a key ingredient for helping to make influencer marketing more automated and scalable."Tell us about your journey into martech and how you started Mavrck? Prior to Mavrck, I actually worked in the aerospace and defense industry as a cybersecurity product manager. One of the initiatives I worked on was building and deploying an enterprise social network to help employees securely collaborate with each other, so they wouldn’t use LinkedIn or Facebook and increase their exposure to social…