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Data-Driven Marketers Head to the Cloud

In the past year, the phrase “data-driven” has appeared within the context of almost every marketing discussion. But for marketers to truly realize the promises of big data, they need visibility into all customer interactions, behaviors and motivations — across every single touchpoint. But bringing all marketing insights into one view is arguably the biggest challenge. Most are staring down mountains of data silos, with a great deal of uncertainty around the accuracy of the analytics that they are getting from separate…

TechBytes with Stephen Mello, VP Product Marketing, Localytics

Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Localytics. I am Vice President of Strategy, Product and Engineering. In this role, it is my job to ensure we understand the market, identify opportunities and seize these opportunities through the solutions we deliver to the market. In doing this, we prioritize design thinking to ensure that we have an “outside-in” customer focus to all we do at Localytics. Localytics started out 11 years ago as a Mobile Analytics company and since has expanded to include…

Khronos Establishes Exploratory Group for 3D Commerce Standards and Guidelines

Leading Retailers, Manufacturers and Technology Companies Propose Collaboration on Open Standards to Enable Cross-Vendor Creation and Deployment of Photorealistic 3d Virtual Products; Interested Companies Are Invited to Join Exploratory Group to Provide Input and Feedback The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading companies creating advanced 3D standards, announces the formation of an Exploratory Group to investigate the creation of standards and guidelines for the production and distribution of real-time 3D…

APR’s Annual Advertising Production Trends Highlight The Need To Have A Content Production Strategy

The Onslaught of Content Produced Will Require an Entrepreneurial Approach for Marketers Advertising Production Resources has released its 18th annual advertising production trends. These trends are an amalgamation of APR insights and observations from around the world from their management of over $1 billion in annual marketing production spend by global brands. The trends reveal what APR has discovered from working with over 60 companies across many different industries and helps to provide insights for how to produce…

Unisys Launches New Version of Elevate Omnichannel Banking Platform to Facilitate Shift to Open Banking

New Version of Software Allows Banks to Easily Integrate Third Party Apps and Services for Enhanced Customer Experience, While Leading-Edge Security Protects Consumer Data Across All Touchpoints Unisys Corporation announced the availability of the latest version of its Unisys Elevate omnichannel banking software platform, which enables banks to adopt an open banking approach to deliver an unrivaled customer experience. Open banking allows financial institutions to share data with other organizations and easily access…

MarTech Roundup: Latest News, Insights, Funding and Salesforce Updates

The MarTech Roundup covers the top Marketing Technology news from last week featuring latest funding, product launches, partnerships and interviews The Rise of a New Unicorn in the MarTech Landscape: Outreach Category: MarTech Funding, Sales Engagement, Sales Automation Outreach, the leading sales engagement platform, has secured $114 million in Series E financing at a $1.1 billion valuation, making it the first and only unicorn in the rapidly growing sales engagement category. It was recently recognized as a Gartner's…

MarTech Interview with Trevor Kaufman, CEO, Piano

"Getting users to manifest the behaviors that best benefit the business and maximizing their gratification in those moments is increasingly critical for all businesses that are in any way digital." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to start Piano? I come from the agency business, having sold a digital agency I founded called “Schematic” to WPP once we were about 350 people. Running a conglomerate of agencies for WPP called Possible Worldwide, I saw that with the advent of programmatic…

Urban Airship Streamlines Name And Unveils New Brand To Reflect Dramatic Growth Of Its Customer Engagement Solutions

Now Known Simply as Airship, the Company Enables Enterprise Brands to Create Innovative Customer Experiences That Span Any Digital Channel Customer engagement company Urban Airship announced that it has simplified its name to Airship, reflecting the success of its new technology offerings and now dominant global market position. An early pioneer in mobile push notifications, Airship now allows businesses to precisely target and coordinate customer interactions across apps, websites, SMS, email, mobile wallets and other…

Epicor Unveils AI-Based Virtual Agent

Deep Industry-Specific Application of Artificial Intelligence Technology Simplifies Interactions with Erp Systems, Automates Tasks, and Facilitates Faster Operations Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, announced the release of Epicor Virtual Agent (EVA), its new enterprise-wide digital agent designed to help users work smarter and accelerate pace of operations across the business more easily. Developed to execute tasks and recommend,…

Why Has Zuckerberg Taken a Bold Stride Towards Becoming a ‘Privacy-Focused’ Platform?

For some, Mark Zuckerberg’s recent declaration that Facebook will be transformed into a ‘privacy-focused’ platform will be perceived as a tactical masterstroke. Not only does it address concerns around data privacy, but this new direction also protects the social giant against any potential legislation on the horizon. Lawmakers who have been applying pressure on companies, including Facebook, to tighten up on the content that is shared in the digital sphere will likely be appeased by such an evolution of how the core…

MarTech Interview with Jeff Foley, VP of Marketing, Luminoso

"I think 2019-2020 will be more about incremental operationalization of AI techniques, rather than game-changing disruptions." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to start at Luminoso? I started my career as a release engineer, working on speech technology at Dragon Systems. Since I had studied speech recognition and signal processing at MIT, it was a great introduction to the tech world. Over time, though, I found that my favorite language to program in was “English,” and so I moved…

PubNub Closes $23 Million Funding Round to Accelerate Global Adoption of its Data Stream Network

New strategic backer Hewlett Packard Enterprise joins investment team supporting PubNub's mission to connect every device in the world and deliver large-scale realtime experiences on Mobile, Web, and IoT PubNub, the company behind the world's leading realtime Data Stream Network (DSN), announced it has secured $23 million in Series D funding, adding strategic investor Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to the strong stable of Venture Capital and industry heavyweights backing its mission. Jai Das, President and Managing…

Tappx launches App-ads-txt.com to Drive Adoption for App-ads.txt

Tappx, a leading AdTech company specializing in advertising solutions for advanced digital platforms, launched App-ads-txt.com, a free hosting tool to increase adoption of the new IAB standard app-ads.txt, thereby supporting the IAB mission to create a community of authorized digital advertising inventory to help fight digital advertising fraud. Tappx created the free web hosting service App-ads-txt.com to help mobile app developers to integrate app-ads.txt without the need for a domain, website or additional development.…

Why Facebook Is Still the Strongest Social Media Platform When It Comes to Advertising

“Facebook is dead.” “The content sucks.” The media beatdown never stops. And yet we’re seeing up close how brands are allocating more of their digital dollars to Facebook advertising year-over-year. Conspiratory “truther” talk? Fake news? Hardly. Brands cannot deny two simple truths: 1) They’re always testing everything because they have to, and 2) after considerable testing and budget shifts, brands more often than not come back to Facebook fueled by a fierce desire to scale. Facebook advertising — when contextually…

MarTech Interview with Justin Choi, President and CEO, Nativo

"As our industry has gotten more automated, we’ve actually seen creativity being sacrificed rather than enhanced — and that’s not the direction this should be going." Tell us about your role and journey into ad technology. I got one of the first Apple IIGS computers along with a modem when I was 11 years old. I haven't stopped tinkering since. In 1998, after graduating from California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, I co-founded Cie Digital Labs (CDL), a corporate innovation partner that creates enterprise apps and…

Gameloft Chooses PubMatic to Drive Programmatic In-App Advertising Growth

PubMatic, the publisher-focused sell-side platform (SSP) for an open digital media future, today announced it is working with Gameloft, a leader in the development and publishing of mobile games, to help marketers take full advantage of in-app advertising opportunities. Through this partnership, PubMatic will allow advertisers to easily access engaged audiences across Gameloft’s wealth of premium mobile environments. As apps are now the preferred environment for consumers to access information, connect and transact, they…

Zoho’s New Marketing Platform Ties Together Orchestration and Planning with Marketing Execution Across Channels

The Platform Helps Drive Execution of Marketing Programmes Against Plans, with the Ability to Adapt Dynamically Zoho announced its new marketing platform that executes marketing campaigns across multiple channels while coordinating their orchestration centrally, against outcomes, plans, and budgets. Designed to help businesses of all sizes coordinate marketing tightly with sales, the platform is integrated with Zoho CRM and a number of other third party applications. The platform is driven by Zoho MarketingHub, a new…

Mitek Expands Auto-Capture User Experience Across All Digital Channels with the Addition of Desktop

Mitek’s Misnap Intuitively Guides End-Users to Capture a Quality Image Every Time for Fast and Accurate Identity Verification Across Native Apps, Mobile Web and Now Desktop Browsers Mitek, a global leader in mobile capture and digital identity verification software solutions, announced it has upgraded its desktop browser experience to support auto-capture so customers can rapidly verify the identity of applicants across all digital channels: desktop browsers, mobile web and native applications. According to Javelin…

It’s How You’re Buying, Not Where You’re Buying Media That Matters

For the most part, the mobile inventory available across DSPs is similar, and when an SSP’s SDK is directly integrated with an app, it doesn’t mean that SSP is the only one with access to that app’s inventory. Most apps integrate with multiple SDKs and/or work with a mediation partner to optimize their monetization goals. Success in mobile, particularly on the performance side, relies on how you buy, not just where you buy. To buy efficiently, you need the data and tools to identify, on the bid request level, the…

Bitglass Raises $70 Million to Monitor and Secure Employee Devices

Bitglass, a Campbell, California-based startup developing a cloud service that helps to protect corporate data, announced that it’s raised $70 million in series D funding from new investor Quadrille Capital and existing investors FutureFund, New Enterprise Associates, Norwest, and Singtel Innov8, bringing its total venture capital raised to around $150 million. It follows on the heels of a $25 million series B in 2014 and a $45 million funding round in January 2017, as well as a $10 million series A in 2013, shortly after…