TechBytes with Clair Carter-Ginn, Partner at Forecast Agency

Clair Carter-Ginn, Partner at Forecast Agency The Retail Engagement Summit 2018 will take place at New York on 22 February and at London on 6 March. The Amplience team together with selected industry experts will be showcasing new tools and processes which help retailers deliver more contextual and persuasive content. Clair Carter-Ginn, Partner at Forecast, tells us about how content marketers are coping with the challenges of dealing with Dynamic Content.Tell us about your role at Forecast and the team you handle?  …

Can Publishers And Agencies Survive In A World Led By The Duopoly?

There were some key buzzwords that drove a lot of the chatter in the advertising community in 2017, and none was more buzz-worthy than “the duopoly” -- a word used to describe mass media platforms Google and Facebook. There is a clear reason why the duopoly became a sensational subject in the trades: The duopoly is expected to rake in a combined 63% of US digital ad investment in 2017 -- up over 15% from the previous year. This investment trend isn’t because buyers want to massively consolidate and concentrate spend…

Spearfishing in a Big Net World

How Connected TV Finally Brings Digital Precision to Broadcast Before Jimmy Fallon or even Johnny Carson, there was Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theatre, which in 1950 captured vast numbers of TV viewers. OK - it was the only thing on. In fact, on any given Tuesday it reached 9% of the US population. Back then, black-and-white TVs ran about $300, while their color counterparts cost $1,000 -- respectively $3,070 and $10,240 in today’s dollars! Additionally, only those located in urban areas could get a signal. Thanks to…

Interview with Yoav Degani, Founder and CEO, VoiceSense

"Being able to analyze every customer interaction, profile the customer’s behavioral tendencies, predict their future consumer activity, recommend a line of action and doing all that automatically in real-time is a good example of how enterprises can benefit from artificial intelligence."Tell us a little bit about your role at VoiceSense. What lead you to found a speech analytics firm? Prior to founding VoiceSense, I spent many years working in the defense and intelligence industries. During this time, I gained extensive…

TechBytes with Chris Haines, Director of Consulting, Amplience

Chris Haines Director of Consulting, Amplience The Retail Engagement Summit 2018 will take place at New York on 22 February and at London on 6 March. The Amplience team together with selected industry experts will be showcasing new tools and processes which help retailers deliver more contextual and persuasive content. Chris Haines, Director of Consulting, Amplience, tells us about the challenges facing content marketers today.As a Content Strategist, what do you believe brands should do to drive personalization in…

Cross Audience Announces Launch of Enhanced Mobile DSP

Trader-Friendly, Self-Service Platform Offers Fully Customizable Interface and Cross-Screen Access to Consumers Along Their Path to Purchase Cross Audience, the company committed to helping global brands expand their mobile presence through the acquisition of new high-value users, announced the launch of its newly enhanced mobile DSP (Demand Side Platform). The mobile-first DSP is a single buying platform that can support global campaigns across every screen. An improved interface for the self-service platform offers an…

Focus on ‘Data Centricity’ to Achieve Higher Sophistication by 2019

Latest Research from IAB Data Center of Excellence and Data & Marketing Association Shows Talent Gap Remains Significant Obstacle The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), its Data Center of Excellence, and the Data & Marketing Association (DMA) have released “The Data-Centric Organization 2018,” the results of a survey showing that US marketers and publishers remain intensely focused on achieving “data centricity” across their organizations, with 90 percent responding that they either have or are developing an…

Ad Blockers: Take a Page from Video Game Advertisers 

The digital ad industry went into a collective meltdown over news that Safari, Apple, and Chrome were making moves to integrate ad-blocking technology. Indeed, ad blocking is already impacting companies throughout the ecosystem, with Criteo most recently forecasting a 9-13% negative impact on its 2018 revenue due to Apple’s changes. To be sure, ad blocking isn’t some new phenomenon. Consumers aren’t thrilled to have ad tech companies track their moves and sell their data to advertisers. Globally, some 615 million devices…

OTT Explosion Provides Safe Platform For Marketers

The topic of OTT Explosion was a dominant force at CES this year. Maybe not as the unequivocal future of video programming, but at least as an offering on par with cable and satellite offerings. We know OTT’s been growing quickly in recent years (users doubled in 2017), so its prominence is no surprise. Pulling even with “traditional TV” is the surprising development, however, as the stage is now set for streaming to change the conversation around advertising as well. OTT now migrates from a side bucket of digital spend…

UJET Focuses On Expansion With $25 Million Series B

UJET, The Company Reimagining Customer Support, Adds Top-Tier VC's GV and Citi Ventures In Latest Funding Round UJET Inc, a real-time customer communications platform that makes it simple for any company to provide intuitive, modern-day support, announced that it has raised a $25 million Series B round of funding led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). UJET has raised over $45 million to date and is leading the transformation in how today's call centers can leverage contemporary technologies to be more efficient and…

Unacast Scoops $17.5 Million to Add More Power and Transparency to Location Data

Company Will Continue to Empower Businesses to Make Smarter Decisions by Providing Unprecedented Access to Human Activity Through the Real World Graph Barely months before GDPR comes into force, Unacast, the maker of Real World Graph, has announced that is has raised $17.5 million in a new funding round. The leading contextual and transparent location data platform scooped the funding round from its lead investors, Transatlantic fund White Star Capital, and joined by strategic investor Telia, a leading European telco, and…

Cloud Planning Pioneer Adaptive Insights Launches Comprehensive Offering for Sales

New Purpose-Built Sales Planning Solution Extends its Business Planning Cloud, Embraced by Acquia, Apptio, Ivanti, MongoDB, and WinShuttle to Drive Corporate Performance Adaptive Insights extends its Business Planning Cloud with a comprehensive offering for sales planning. Adaptive Insights for Sales is a purpose-built planning and analytics solution driving performance and predictability. Designed for companies of all sizes to maximize sales efficiency and sales investments, the new solution modernizes sales…

Postr Scoops $2.5 Million Funding; Hires New CTO to Accelerate Product Innovations

Postr's Latest Funding Round Will Help the Adtech Company to Accelerate Into The Next Phase of Growth Ad tech company, Postr, has announced that it has closed a $2.5 million funding round led by an investment group of Koh Boon Hwee. MDI Ventures, the corporate VC of SEA giant Telkom Indonesia, participated as well as existing investors, NZVIF (The New Zealand Venture Investment Fund) and Sir Stephen Tindall’s K1W1. This latest round brings the total raised since the company’s launch in 2014 to $5.5 million. Read More:…

Glispa Appoints Jon Hook as Their First Chief Commercial Officer

Glispa Also Unveiled New Branding Following Two Years of Acquisitions Mobile advertising technology company, Glispa is bolstering its executive team with the appointment of Jon Hook to the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. Based at Glispa’s London office, Hook is charged with commercializing Glispa’s solutions and will report to CEO Itamar Benedy. Read More: What Does Google Chrome’s New “Auto-Annoying-Ad-Blocker” Mean For You? Explaining the newly branded solutions and commenting on Hook’s…

Interview with Mark Bembridge, CEO, Smartology

"If advertisers don’t know how much has been spent on each element of a campaign, they can’t measure ROI – and that’s a problem for the industry as a whole if it is to prove its credentials and continue to grow."Tell us about your role at Smartology and how you got here. What inspired you to join an AdTech company? Working on semantic recognition platforms, as far back as 2004, was a formative period. The technology was new, but for those of us closely associated with it, the opportunities that opened up were really…

Lotame Unveils ‘Precision Audiences’ for Quality Audience Segmentation and Insights

As Barriers to Transparency and Accuracy in Digital Advertising Continue to Grow, Lotame's Precision Audiences Promises to Deliver Quality-Validated Audience Segments and Insights to Its Global Customers Leading DMP and a Top-150 company on our MarTech RADAR, Lotame, has announced the launch of “Precision Audiences.” These proprietary and validated on-target demographic audience segments exceed industry benchmarks and are now available in more than 20 countries worldwide. In a recent interview, Omar Abdala, Chief…

Mobile CDN: What Is It and Why Is It Essential for Mobile Apps?

Mobile apps are turning out to be more popular among users than websites. In 2016, usage of mobile apps exceeded the usage of desktop and mobile web combined. Technically speaking, mobile apps are completely different than websites, but unfortunately, many mobile apps are still using the same content delivery infrastructure that was designed for websites over 30 years ago, thereby diminishing the user experience. Traditional Web CDNs mostly focus on the first mile (the distance between the origin server and closest CDN…

WalkMe Artificial Intelligence Anticipates User Actions in Enterprise Applications

Predictive Analytics Identifies User Needs Before They Arise, Enabling Preemptive Actions to Accelerate Engagement and Adoption WalkMe, the leading digital adoption platform and one of the fastest growing software companies globally, announced that it has launched WalkMe Artificial Intelligence (AI) Predictive Analytics, an enterprise-grade solution that can understand users' behaviors while they're using a system, and predict their next actions in order to drive greater user engagement and adoption. For any enterprise…

TechBytes with JJ Kardwell, CEO and Co-founder, EverString

JJ Kardwell CEO and Co-founder, EverString Data is the new digital currency. Many companies are struggling to clear their data streams and leverage the benefits that DMPs offer. We spoke to JJ Kardwell, CEO, and Co-founder of EverString to understand how marketers can address the issue of data and its uses.Tell us about your role at EverString, and the team and technology that you handle? I am the CEO and Co-founder of EverString, the leading marketing and sales intelligence software company. EverString helps B2B…

Contentstack Launches Partner Program to Fuel Adoption of Leading Headless CMS Platform

Industry-Leading Headless Content Management System Beefs up Security and Launches Partner Program Built.io announced new security enhancements to Contentstack, its award-winning content management system (CMS), which was recently recognized as a Technology Innovator in CMS by Aragon Research. In addition to the new features, Built.io also announced a new partner program that offers unique benefits to the broad ecosystem of digital creative agencies, web and mobile development companies and software technology provides…