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Forget Click-Through Rates, Focus on Emotional Engagement 

In early 2017, a report circulated that Facebook was targeting users based on their emotional state. The report claimed that advertisers could identify users who were feeling stressed or anxious and use that moment to make their pitch. Facebook denied the report, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Microsoft has applied for a patent for a technology for an advertising engine that would discern consumers’ emotional states from their searches, emails, facial expressions, movements and speech patterns. Also…

PulsePoint Acquires Vitality Ad Lab to Expand Programmatic Health Advertising Footprint in Europe

Acquisition Reinforces PulsePoint’s Commitment to Evolve the Health Technology Ecosystem PulsePoint, the leading global authority in programmatic healthcare technology, announced the acquisition of Vitality Ad Lab, a UK-based private advertising exchange focused on the European healthcare sector. The acquisition accelerates the growth of PulsePoint’s programmatic health presence in Europe, through the addition of an experienced digital health advertising team with deep-rooted relationships and innovative market-specific…

Interview with Jaimie Buss, VP Sales, Americas, Zendesk

"I do not believe AI can replace the Enterprise Sales Rep. Enterprise Sales Reps exist because companies can’t navigate their own processes to make a purchase."Tell us a little bit about your role at Zendesk and the team you handle? Organizations of all sizes use Zendesk to build the best customer experiences. I joined the company in December 2016, and am the Vice President of Sales for North America. Within my organization, we have Sales Development (segregated Inbound and Outbound), Velocity (< 100 employees or…

Tableau Appoints Gerri Martin-Flickinger, Starbucks CTO, to Board of Directors

Gerri Martin-Flickinger, EVP and CTO of Starbucks, Will be Responsible for Leading an Innovative Team of Technologists at Tableau Software Tableau Software announced the appointment of Gerri Martin-Flickinger to its Board of Directors. Martin-Flickinger is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Starbucks. She is responsible for leading an innovative team of technologists, focused on delivering technology that enables Starbucks to connect with customers around the globe. "We're delighted to welcome…

Lumavate Adds IT Veteran Bill McConnell to Its Board of Managers

Lumavate, a leading platform for building cloud-based mobile apps, is pleased to announce that former IU Health and Boston Scientific senior leader, Bill McConnell, has joined Lumavate’s Board of Managers. Recommended Read: Marketing Strategies Turn To Mobile For Data And The Role Of AI In 2018 McConnell’s career in IT and life sciences spans more than 20 years. Previously, he was the senior vice president and CIO at IU Health, SVP at Boston Scientific, vice president and CIO at Guidant, and COO at RCI. Currently,…

Creative Brainstorming for Ad Agencies: 14 Questions to Ask Before, During and After Every Session

There are 13,000+ advertising agencies in the United States. Each of those agencies, no matter the niche they’re in, have very few competitive levers at their disposal. One might argue that people are the only real advantage, so what makes those people so valuable? As advertising mogul William Bernbach famously said, "There are a lot of great technicians in advertising. And unfortunately, they talk the best game. They know all the rules ... but there's one little rub. They forget that advertising is persuasion, and…

SaaS Startup Paperflite Secures $400K Seed Funding; to Strengthen Presence in the US

Paperflite, a NYC and Chennai-based SaaS startup, closed $400K seed funding round recently The seed-funding round for the two-year-old startup Paperflite, was led by The Chennai Angels with participation from Lakshmi Narayanan, ex-Vice Chairman and ex-CEO of Cognizant, Girish Mathrubootham, Founder and CEO of Freshworks, T R Santhanakrishnan, CEO of Datatracks and ex-CFO of Sutherland Global Services, Mithun Sancheti, CEO of Caratlane, Like Mind Ventures, led by Krishnan Srinivasan, and an HNI group led by Adrian Rusu…

Urban Airship AI Marketing Orchestration Unveiled for Optimized Customer Engagement

Urban Airship's New Predictive Machine Learning and Intelligent Orchestration Allows Marketers to Effortlessly Coordinate Communications Across All Digital Channels and Reduce Costs Leading digital growth company for brands, Urban Airship has announced the extension of its open data and channels to support existing MarTech solutions, while adding new native support for triggered email and SMS notifications. Urban Airship AI Marketing Orchestration Allows Brands to Grow Beyond Contemporary Personalization Standards in an…

InMobi Expands IAS Integration to Provide Enhanced Viewability Reporting for Mobile In-App VAST Video Advertising

Advertisers Can Now Leverage IAS Firewall Tags to Run In-App Vast Video Supply on InMobi Exchange InMobi, an independent mobile in-app advertising platform, has announced an expanded integration of Integral Ad Science (IAS) verification solution to include IAS Firewall tags that now provides advertisers with enhanced viewability reporting for their mobile in-app VAST (Video Ad Serving Template) video campaigns. Recently, InMobi announced that it has acquired AerServ for $90 million. Recommended Read: InMobi Acquires…

28 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Affect Your Business and Life in 2018

Like it or not, the machines are claiming new territory. And by “machines” I mean artificial intelligence (AI). Our business and personal lives are touched by AI every day. That friendly lady who took your information and looked up your account when you called your insurance company? A robot. That helpful service on Netflix that recommends new shows to watch? An AI algorithm. That stilted voice that gives you directions when you’re lost in a new city? AI. Amazon’s helpful home assistant, Alexa and…

Digital Media Veteran Mike Peralta Takes On As EVP, Central Sales & Operations At Criteo

Mike Peralta Has Global Experience in Effective Sales Strategies Development, Data Management and Performance Advertising Platform Management Criteo S.A., the leading commerce marketing technology company, named Mike Peralta as Executive Vice President (EVP), Central Sales & Operations. Peralta brings more than 20 years of management and internet technology experience with deep expertise in the advertising technology and digital advertising industries. In his new role with Criteo, he will oversee the central sales…

Jeff Jacobs Joins Coherency as Senior Vice President of Client Engagement

Marketing Insights and Strategy Agency Coherency Adds Research Expert Jeff  Jacobs to Its Team Coherency, a marketing insights and strategy agency expert in deciphering the emotional and rational drivers of consumer behavior, is pleased to announce that Jeff Jacobs has joined the firm as senior vice president of client engagement. Admitting that he's excited to join Coherency, Jeff said, "Coherency is an industry innovator in how brands can deepen engagement with their consumers. Most consumers make…

Top Mobile Marketing Trends and Influencers to Watch for 2018

Remember when app indexing, native ads, and mobile website optimization were a big deal? Responsive design and page speed are now expected. Mobile marketing trends change just as fast as mobile technology does. So where’s mobile marketing heading in 2018? What do you need to know to stay ahead of the curve? We list 5 must-watch trends you need to know for 2018, along with the experts who can give you tips and best practices for each. Trend #1: Proximity Marketing Proximity Marketing is the localized wireless…

S4M Names Andy McNab As New UK Managing Director

S4M (Success For Mobile), the leading mobile advertising platform, announced the appointment of Andy McNab as the first UK Managing Director. He will lead the expansion of S4M’s activities in the UK with a strong focus on driving sales growth in the region and managing the enlarging team. “We are excited to welcome Andy to the company. UK is one of our most important markets in Europe with considerable growth prospects,” says Christophe Collet, CEO of S4M. “I am confident that he will continue to grow S4M in the UK,…

Aki Technologies Appoints Orr Orenstein As COO

Mobile Ad Pioneer, Orenstein to Accelerate Mobile Marketing Science Platform’s Growth Aki Technologies, the moment marketing science platform, announced that Orr Orenstein has joined its executive management team as Chief Operating Officer. Offering a full suite of mobile targeting, reporting and analytics, Mobile Moments allow clients to deliver the most effective mobile marketing strategy. Orenstein had previously teamed up with Aki founders Scott Swanson and Alvaro Bravo on Mobile Theory, the industry’s first…

CloudCherry Recognized as Top Tech Startup on Startup50 2017 List

The Latest Recognition Reflects CloudCherry's Innovations in the Growing Customer Experience Management Marketplace CloudCherry, a next-generation customer experience software solution, has been listed in Startup50’s Big 50-2017 report, an annual roundup of the top tech startups of the year. CloudCherry’s Customer Experience Management (CEM) solution measures customer satisfaction and delivers outcome-driven results through predictive insights. To earn a spot in the Big 50, startups must demonstrate viability through a…

GroundTruth Appoints New CMO Eric Hadley and SVP of Sales Jeff Hackett

Location Technology Pioneer Strengthens Senior Leadership as Global Demand Rises for Location Data and Insights in North America and Abroad GroundTruth, the leading global technology platform driving offline visits and sales by leveraging location as the primary source of intent, announced the appointment of Chief Marketing Officer, Eric Hadley and Senior Vice President of North America Sales, Jeff Hackett. Eric Hadley brings more than 20 years of marketing and sales leadership experience to GroundTruth. As a…

Qstream Appoints Richard Lanchantin as Chief Executive Officer

Software and Life Sciences Veteran Joins Sales Enablement Innovator to Scale Business and Technology Operations in 2018 Qstream, makers of software that uses science, data, and mobile technology to ignite sales performance, announced the appointment of Richard Lanchantin as Chief Executive Officer.  Mr. Lanchantin succeeds co-founder and CEO Duncan Lennox, who will transition to a new role as Chairman of the Board. "We're sincerely grateful for Duncan's leadership during the company's crucial early…

Why Every Marketer Needs to Focus on Conversations in 2018

Retail marketing is an extraordinarily intricate combination of art and science. Building a brand requires a powerful vision that connects with as large a portion of a highly diverse customer base as possible. Yet, driving revenue means understanding that very diversity on a very personal level, while also extrapolating predictable trends and insights around consumer behaviors, desires, and objections. Walking this complex balance has been made more difficult for physical retailers by the emergence of ecommerce. Not…

Interview with Peter Friedman, CEO, LiveWorld

"The advancement of AI solutions is a powerful tool for a company to better understand customer data and the effectiveness of a company's operations." On Marketing Technology MTS: Tell us about your role and how you got here? What inspired you to start a content marketing company? I’m the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of LiveWorld, which is a social customer experience company. We believe the most compelling content is the conversations with and among customers. My career has been centered around developing online and social…