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Adobe Acquires Allegorithmic, the Leader in 3D Editing and Authoring for Gaming and Entertainment

Industry Standard for 3D Textures and Materials Behind AAA Gaming Titles and Award-Winning Movies Coming to Creative Cloud Adobe announced that it has acquired Allegorithmic, makers of Substance, the industry standard for 3D textures and material creation in game and video post-production. By combining Allegorithmic’s Substance 3D design tools with Creative Cloud’s industry-leading imaging, video and motion graphics tools, Adobe will empower video game creators, VFX artists working in film and television,…

Viacom Agrees to Acquire Pluto TV

Acquisition of Leading Free Streaming Television Platform Marks Next Step in Viacom’s Evolution Viacom Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service in US, for $340 million in cash. Founded in 2013, Pluto TV streams more than 100 channels and thousands of hours of on-demand content spanning television and movies, sports, news, lifestyle, comedy, cartoons, gaming and trending digital series. The ad-supported, internet-based TV service…

3 out of 4 Brands Will Sell on Amazon in the Next Five Years, Feedvisor Study Finds

Brands See New Customer Acquisition, Meeting Existing and Future Customers Where They Are as Biggest Opportunities Feedvisor, the AI-driven, machine-learning and big data company that helps brands and retailers optimize their e-commerce businesses with Amazon at the core, unveiled the findings of a first-of-its-kind analysis on the evolving relationships between brands and Amazon. The report, Brands & Amazon: Insights, Opportunities, and Concerns in the Age of E-Commerce, surveyed business leaders from major US…

Interview with James Norwood, EVP Strategy, Chief of Staff, Episerver

"AI is an important component of any modern CMS as it offers the opportunity to enhance the customer journey with better targeting and more efficient use of customer data." Tell us about your role at Episerver. As EVP Strategy and Corporate Development and Chief of Staff at Episerver — recently bumped up from CMO to help align the business around the CEO and Board’s strategic agenda — I’m focused principally on product and pipeline and ensuring we’re delivering against both across the organization. With 30 years’…

New Study: Hey Alexa, 95% of Consumers Don’t Want to Talk to a Robot When Shopping

Global Study Highlights Huge Disconnect Between Retailers and Consumers and the Role of New Technologies in the Shopping Experience People do not want to speak with robots while shopping in-store or online according to a new study conducted by Oracle NetSuite in partnership with Wakefield Research and The Retail Doctor, a retail consulting firm created by expert consultant and business mentor Bob Phibbs. The global study of 1,200 consumers and 400 retail executives across the US, UK and Australia found a huge disconnect…

Funds Advised by Apax Partners Invest USD 200 Million in Fractal Analytics

Investment Will Accelerate Fractal’s Path to a $1 Billion-Revenue Company in the AI Space Funds advised by Apax Partners have announced a definitive agreement to invest USD 200 million for a significant minority stake in Fractal Analytics, a global provider of AI to Fortune 500 clients. The transaction, which consists of a secondary stake acquired from existing shareholders and a primary investment into the business, is expected to close by February 2019. Founded in 2000 with the vision of powering every human decision in…

New Survey by Visual Objects Finds Generation Z Dominates YouTube While Other Generations Prefer Facebook

The Websites People Use Most Varies Among Generations, a New Survey Finds. the Data Shows That Amazon's User Experience Ranks High Among All Generations, Though, and Online Navigation Proficiency Has Improved Overall All but some of the youngest consumers spend most of their social media time on Facebook. For those age 18 to 24, also known as "Generation Z," YouTube is the favored platform, according to a recent survey from Visual Objects, a portfolio website that showcases work from top creative firms from around the…

Anywhere365 Introduces Web Agent for Microsoft Dynamics 365

New Web Agent Built on Dynamics 365 Channel Integration Framework Provides Omni-Channel Contact Center and Dialogue Management Capabilities from a Single Dynamics 365 Window Workstreampeople, a global leader in contact center solutions for Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams, announced the introduction of the Anywhere365 Web Agent for Microsoft Dynamics 365. Based on the Dynamics 365 Channel Integration Framework (CIF) the Web Agent is nested in the Dynamics 365 interface and provides users with Anywhere365’s…

Campaign Monitor Expands into Enterprise Email Market with Acquisitions of Sailthru and Liveclicker

Family of Technology Companies United Under New Corporate Name, CM Group CM Group — a family of marketing technology companies including Campaign Monitor, Delivra and Emma — announced the acquisitions of Sailthru and Liveclicker, adding nearly $60 million in revenue and 540 new customers, including Bloomberg, Samsung and Fashion Nova. Sailthru, a cross-channel experience management platform, and Liveclicker, a provider of real-time email personalization solutions for marketers, bring easy to use, effective and scalable…

Tellables Launches Virtual Human Storytellers at 2019 Alexa Conference

Tellables, a publisher of voice apps, is set to launch virtual human storytellers at The Alexa Conference. The digital characters, which tell original stories and understand spoken language, will be on display at the Alexa World's Fair in Chattanooga, TN from January 15–19, 2019. Virtual human storytellers are an addition to the current Tellables lineup of conversational, voice first story apps. Amy Stapleton, CEO and founder of Tellables, explained consumers with Alexa-enabled devices can access audio stories by…

Arvizio Brings BIM, LiDAR and CAD Visualization to Magic Leap

Unified Mixed Reality Collaboration for Microsoft Hololens, Magic Leap and Vr Headsets Arvizio Inc., announced the expansion of their MR Studio enterprise mixed reality software platform to include Magic Leap One and virtual reality (VR) headsets in addition to new features for Microsoft HoloLens. Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) firms as well as those in the energy, engineering and mining industries can now engage in combined mixed reality and fully immersive VR experiences while sharing design reviews,…

Juniper Research: Virtual Reality Games Revenues to Reach $8.2 Billion by 2023, Driven by Smartphone Content

Representing 580% Growth over the Next 4 Years A new study from Juniper Research has found that revenues from VR-specific games will reach $8.2 billion by 2023, rising from an expected $1.2 billion in 2019. It argued that development of smartphone VR content is essential to increase consumer confidence in VR across all platforms, following a disappointing year of hardware sales in 2018. “Revenues from VR-specific mobile games will exceed $4.6 billion by 2023, however average revenue per mobile VR games user will be the…

Mission 2019: How VideoAmp is Eyeing to Transform the Established AdTech Paradigm

In 2019, we expect a dramatic AdTech transformation powered by new platforms for set-top box and automated content recognition (ACR) data processing. A leading player in the TV advertising and OTT, VideoAmp acquired IronGrid Data Services, Inc., followed by an announcement to launch a Data & Emerging Products Division. Currently, VideoAmp’s marketing investment platform measures linear TV, OTT and digital media investment across various AdTech platforms, including Programmatic and non-Programmatic channels. The leading…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Randy Frisch, CMO, Uberflip

What opportunities and challenges did you and/or Uberflip identify at the start of 2018 and manage to conquer by now, or plan to soon? We saw a real need for a platform that wasn’t just focused on the creation of content. So often, marketers think that if they keep churning out content, it will result in more conversions, ROI, etc., but that’s just not the case. We’re simplifying the web for marketers by helping them create personalized content experiences at scale under one roof. You know the motto “work smarter, not…

BMF Ushers In The Future Of Experiential Marketing As It Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Global Agency Accelerates International Expansion, Signs World Renowned Clients & Unveils Rebrand The BMF Media Group – now, simply BMF– the award-winning global integrated experiential marketing agency, announced the celebration of its 15th anniversary with a series of significant milestones. BMF was founded in 2003 with just two employees and two clients: Maverick Records, founded by pop icon Madonna and now owned by Warner Music Group, and Kiehl's, the leading naturally inspired skincare, body and haircare…

Interview with Mike Lane, CEO and Founder, Fluency

"If you are going to be in this space, you need to innovate and compete because tomorrow there will be something new and the deck will get reshuffled." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What galvanized you to start Fluency? My first computer was the Commodore 64. I was hooked instantly. There seemed to be unlimited potential in front of me that I couldn’t even imagine and it sparked my interest in technology. I started college as an Environmental Engineer but finished with a degree in Engineering…

PlugXR Announces Augmented Reality Creator (Beta) to Create Fastest Mobile AR Apps for Free

Expands AR Market for Everyone with NO Coding Skills PlugXR, Inc., an Augmented Reality (AR) /Virtual Reality (VR) /Mixed Reality (MR) Silicon Valley startup based in San Jose, California (USA), Sweden (Europe) and Hyderabad (India), announced its flagship AR Authoring Platform, PlugXR Creator (Beta), the Fastest and First-of-its-kind AR App Creator for Android/iOS mobiles to develop powerful AR apps in Minutes. PlugXR announces Augmented Reality Creator (Beta) to create fastest Mobile AR Apps for Free “We…

Tips and Best Practices for Building Your Web Presence

Choose the Right Domain Name Choosing the right domain can be one of the quickest steps to getting online, but make sure you take a moment to make the right selection. Having a URL that is short, simple and easy to say and understand aloud is critical. To that end, avoid punctuation, unnatural abbreviations or phrases. Keeping your domain name as close as you can to your business name helps. And don’t forget to spend time online looking for businesses and sites with similar domain names and adjust yours, if needed, to avoid…

Spiceworks Study Reveals Nearly 40 Percent of B2B Tech Brands Are Increasing Marketing Budgets in 2019

By 2020, 48 Percent of B2B Technology Companies Plan to Use Purchase-Intent Targeting to Reach In-Market Buyers Spiceworks, the marketplace that connects the IT industry, announced the 2019 State of IT Marketing report examining marketing spend, trends, and challenges in B2B technology companies across North America and Europe. The survey found 37 percent of companies expect their marketing budgets to increase, 42 percent expect them to remain flat year over year, and only 8 percent expect a decline. Organizations that…

AdColony Partners with Lifesight to Bring Industry-Leading Mobile Video and Location Intelligence to Advertisers in Asia-Pacific

Partnership Highlights Much-Anticipated Solution for Targeting Transparency and Results Measurability for Mobile Ads That Provide True Value for Advertisers Across Key Verticals AdColony, the mobile performance marketplace, is excited to announce a partnership with Lifesight, the premier consumer intelligence provider in Asia-Pacific. Through the partnership, advertising will be able to combine AdColony’s award-winning creative and behavioral targeting expertise with Lifesight’s top-of-the-line retail footfall data. The…