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Header Bidding, Private Marketplaces, and Video Dominated Mobile Advertising in Q4 2018

Mobile advertising has traditionally been a difficult sea for publishers and advertisers to navigate. Data from PubMatic’s Q4 2018 Quarterly Mobile Index (QMI) reveals that the mobile advertising ecosystem is carving a smoother path forward and brands and publishers are seeing the benefits of continued investment and the maturing of the channel.  In-App Header Bidding Continued to Experience Growth Across Devices  The inefficiencies of the waterfall and current ad network mediation saw publishers embracing the efficiency…

TechBytes with Suvish Viswanathan, Head of European Marketing at Zoho

Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Zoho. I'm part of the European regional team and am responsible for looking after our marketing efforts in the continent. We have had a physical presence in Europe for around a year since opening our European HQ in Utrecht, The Netherlands and have since added further team members in other European countries.  While we had previously seen mostly organic growth in Europe, we have been driving proactive campaigns to engage prospective customers and to strengthen…

Travel Marketing’s Next Sea Change: Are You Ready?

Online travel and hospitality represent one of the most competitive and sophisticated markets in the world. However, until recently, one of the fastest-growing digital marketing channels in the travel industry—metasearch—was lagging behind other channels when it came to the data revolution that has taken hold within the broader marketing world. That’s changing fast, and the shift represents a fundamental sea change in how travel marketers must manage and optimize their online budgets. Across the rest of the digital…

Ericsson ConsumerLab Report Busts Myths Surrounding the Value of 5G for Consumers

Ericsson has released a new ConsumerLab report, 5G Consumer Potential, which busts industry myths surrounding the value of 5G for consumers and outlines the opportunities available for communications service providers. Backed by solid research from one of the biggest ever consumer expectation studies, the report looks at the potential of 5G to benefit consumers, uncovering certain realities about them ("consumer realities") to bust the following four common industry myths: 1.       5G offers consumers no short-term…

Urban Air Adventure Park Opens World’s First Immersive Reality Arena

Cutting-Edge Technology Promotes Fun, Fitness and Fantasy First there was virtual reality, then there was augmented reality – now, Urban Air Adventure Park is proud to present the world's first and only Immersive Reality Arena. A month after being named one of Entrepreneur's top 100 franchise companies in America, Urban Air Adventure Park, the world's leader in active indoor family entertainment, recently unveiled its latest attraction to guests at the growing company's Southlake, Texas location. The state-of-the-art…

TechBytes with Dom Fortin, CTO, district m

Tell us about your journey into the digital technology industry? My journey into the digital really started in my early 20s - in 1999, I enrolled in a Software Engineering program. Throughout my university years, I worked as a web developer as a sideline to make a little bit of cash and one summer, a couple of friends and I decided to launch a dating website, as it had just become a huge trend. This is where I started to understand the importance of online advertising, as it ended up bringing us a huge chunk of our…

CGI Influencers: The Rise (and Eventual Fall)

CGI. What is it? How do we use it? Why is it relevant in influencer marketing? Computer Generated Imagery has been around for decades. We all remember the Atari game Pong, or the mobile-friendly Snake, which came preloaded on every early-aughts Nokia cell phone. Nowadays, CGI takes form in highly-produced video like Avatar or Black Panther and has even extended its reach to social media. The popularity of CGI influencers is hard to miss. From Lil’ Miquela to the new-and-improved Colonel Sanders on KFC’s Instagram account…

MarTech Interview with Oscar Carlsson, Chief Innovation Officer, Cint

"By measuring the conversion rates from advertising to e-commerce sites we will get a more holistic view of the customers and the journey they take." Tell us about your role and journey into Data-driven Marketing Technology. What inspired you to start at Cint? I started at Cint in 2000 before data-driven marketing technology was a popular topic. I was initially attracted to the company because it was working to create online solutions and seamless interactions with consumers. Through these past years, we have gone on a…

The Inseparable State of Social Media and Shopping

"The relationship between social media and shopping is rapidly evolving, and brands and retailers are exploring ways to take full advantage." Far from the days when it was a channel to simply connect and mingle with friends, social media has now become intrinsically tied to marketing and sales strategies. From awareness to conversion, social media plays a key role throughout the entire shopping journey. The relationship between social media and shopping is rapidly evolving, and brands and retailers are exploring ways to…

Zappar Launches ZapWorks Studio 6

Augmented Reality Toolkit Pairs Powerful Functionality with Ease of Use; New Features Include World Tracking, Face Tracking and Beta Mobile WebAR Support Zappar, a leading global developer of Augmented Reality (AR) experiences and creative tools, announced the launch of a slew of new features to their AR content creation platform ZapWorks Studio, providing brands, agencies and independent creators with a one-stop shop for building immersive augmented, virtual and mixed reality experiences. “This new update is our most…

Adstream Launches New Project to Help Solve $80 Billion of Global Ad and Marketing Inefficiencies

Announces Autonomous AI-Powered Marketing Assistants in the Cloud Adstream, the leading global provider of digital asset management, creative logistics and analytics solutions, announces that it is launching a new project that aims to reduce an estimated $80 billion of inefficiencies in the advertising and marketing industries. These inefficiencies are caused by the current labour intensive, highly-manual ad campaign workflows of TV, online, radio, cinema, outdoor and print. To help marketers manoeuvre through the…

MarTech Interview with Damon Henry, Founder and CEO, KORTX

"The challenge for advertisers is that the audience data they’re collecting is siloed within a given campaign channel. What they learn about a customer on SnapChat they’re not able to incorporate into a programmatic display campaign." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start KORTX IO? I’ve been writing software since I was a teenager. After studying computer science, I was fortunate to land a job at a traditional ad agency. Here my colleague and I were tasked with developing the…

Utilizing Marketing Data to Create Emotional Customer Loyalty

Throughout the buying process, each interaction a customer makes with a brand results in multiple data points. Email clicks are tracked, purchases are saved, abandoned carts are recorded, loyalty actions are rewarded. A complete record of interactions exists whether or not a marketer is using a system to do so. However, marketers who leverage this data are likely to provide stronger messaging that resonates with customers while creating exceptionally engaging experiences. Creating more loyal customers and driving more…

How to Leverage Relationships Through CRM

As a business, customers are at the center of everything. Customer relationship management (CRM) has evolved through the years to provide new opportunities to manage contacts and deliver a better customer experience. CRM began in the 1980’s with the famous rotating file device known as the Rolodex. True CRM software began in the 90’s when innovators, such as Brock Control Systems, explored the automation possibilities of new database systems. This is also the decade when CRM got its name. From there, CRM software began to…

Stop Wasting Your Programmatic Ad Spend

Programmatic is held up as the savior of marketing efficiency and is undeniably a useful addition to the marketer’s toolkit. But when poorly executed it can have an adverse effect on efficiency. Almost £5.7 billion will be spent on programmatic display ads this year, nearly 90% of UK display, but just because this spend will be deployed via programmatic channels doesn’t automatically mean it will not be wasteful. Waste is likely to come from various sources. Budget will be misspent on excessive retargeting. It will be…

Reinventing “Programmatic” for the Health Industry

A key challenge for all marketers today is finding digital audiences as media consumption continues to become increasingly fragmented. This is no different for healthcare marketers, who are frequently looking to reach highly specific individuals, who are interested in or have specific conditions; no matter how small or niche the population, and in a manner that is compliant with strict privacy standards. There's no doubt that the growth of programmatic is the ad industry's biggest success story of the past 10 years and…

Replacing Mega-Influencers: Why Savvy Brands Are Opting for Micro-Influencers Instead

The rise of Instagram created a new class of celebrities and ushered in the age of Influencer Marketing. Today, A-list influencers boast follower counts in the tens of millions and sponsorship prices in the hundreds of thousands. Mass-market brands might be able to justify these exorbitant fees but for most, investing in all that extra reach is just overkill. Challenges notwithstanding, Influencer Marketing is here to stay, but to keep winning big, brands have to start thinking small. That’s why savvy marketers are…

Two Major Issues We’re Ignoring When It Comes to Identity Resolution

Is Identity Resolution on the Brink of Being the Next In-Vogue Digital Technology? It’s beginning to seem that way. Once a niche topic, only on the radar of the savviest programmatic ad buyers, the broader industry has taken notice of a common denominator between industry heavyweights such as Google, Facebook and Amazon — the ability to accurately identify users at scale in real-time. This awareness comes at a time of increased focus on and regulation of consumer data usage and privacy, and the combination of those…

MarTech Interview with Sam Carter, CEO, Fospha

"In today’s multichannel landscape, marketers need a better and deeper understanding of the entire customer journey to provide better customer experiences and maximize return on investment."What is Fospha and how does it fit into a CMOs technology stack? Fospha is a marketing optimization specialist, helping brands solve their biggest challenges through the integration of siloed customer data and data-science measurement products. According to the latest report by Boston Consulting Group, three technical enablers are…

MarTech Interview with Steve Weiss, CEO, MuteSix

mute"Facebook and Google are the only two dominant players when it comes to both driving discovery- and intent-driven marketing campaigns — there isn’t a dominant player after them." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. How did you start at MuteSix? I was born and raised in New Jersey by a single mother who actually bought the first computer for my sister and me when I was 14. It was out of my sheer web addiction that I started tinkering around with programs such as Photoshop and Unix while building…