Simpli.fi’s Geo-Fencing Technology Suite Recognized for Best Use of Location by the Local Search Association

2018 Ad-To-Action Awards Celebrates Innovation in Location-Based Media and Marketing Simpli.fi, the programmatic advertising platform built for the scale of localization and personalization, has been recognized by the Local Search Association (LSA) as best in class for use of location data for audience targeting, competitive intelligence, customer experience improvements and attribution for its Geo-Fencing product suite. The award was bestowed at LSA’s LSA18 Conference in Chicago on May 1. The award honors Simpli.fi’s…

Interview with Kyle Tkachuk, President, CEO and Founder, Clickback

"Leveraging predictive technologies to gather more accurate data points or patterns, or auto-populating through algorithms can help marketers increase their accuracy and reduce manual aspects of different tasks." Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to start a B2B lead-gen software company? I’d first like to start off by telling you what Clickback does. We are a B2B Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company located in St. Catharines, Canada. Since we launched in 2010, we’ve helped thousands of…

BounceX Raises $37 Million in Growth Round to Fuel People-Based Marketing Cloud

BounceX Secures Series B Round Led by Battery Ventures to Help Marketers Unlock the First New Scalable Revenue Channel in 10 Years BounceX, the leading People-Based Marketing (PBM) cloud, announced $37 million in Series B funding led by Battery Ventures with participation from existing investors, Contour Venture Partners, Cross Creek Capital, Primary Venture Partners, Jason Finger and Rho Ventures. Founded in 2012, BounceX was named the Fastest Growing Software Company in America by Inc.com in 2016 and has quadrupled…

Women In Tech: Nielsen Ranks Higher In Diversity For The Fifth Consecutive Year

Global Data and Analytics Leader Receives Honor for Global Initiatives; Hiring, Retaining and Promoting Women, Minorities, People With Disabilities, LGBT and Veterans Nielsen has earned the #19 ranking on the 2018 DiversityInc Top 50 list for corporate diversity and inclusion, moving up 13 places. This is Nielsen's fifth consecutive year moving up on the annual ranking of companies that excel in hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBT+ and veterans. "Nielsen's results to date…

AI Leader Faraday Secures $2 Million In New Funding; Adds Industry Experts to Its Team

Faraday's Practical Approach to AI Drives Revenue for Consumer Brands by Optimizing Customer Lifecycles Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform provider Faraday secured more than $2 million in new funding and added top talent to its team of leading data scientists and business software experts. The latest round of funding, from new and existing investors, supports the company's unique approach to AI, which is cost-effective, easily implemented, automated, and delivers meaningful results that drive revenue for B2C companies.…

How App Science Will Lead to Better Predictive AI

Every company wants to be able to predict the behavior of its customers, both to ensure the efficacy of their advertising and to sell more products in general. Artificial intelligence has often been touted as the way to give advertisers the ability to see in the future, so to speak, or at the very least detect the general trends amongst their target audiences that will then inform the way companies advertise and reach out to consumers. Any system that relies on AI, however, is only as good as the data you give it. Needless…

Interview with Nikos Acuña, Chief Visionary, Sizmek

"Ideal customers can be defined not just by those who purchase the most, but if they have the potential of becoming brand advocates." Tell us about your role at Sizmek and how you got here. What inspired to be a part of an adtech platform? I’m Sizmek’s chief visionary, a role in which I serve as lead evangelist and spokesperson for the company. In addition to helping agencies and brands develop innovative strategies to impact their business, I am also our resident futurist. My journey took me from broadcast media to…

GroupM ‘State of Digital’ Report: Time with Online Media to Surpass Linear TV in 2018

E-Commerce to Grow 15% in 2018, Representing 10% of Retail GroupM, the media investment group of WPP, released a new report, "State of Digital," offering intelligence on consumer media consumption and advertising investment trends worldwide. Among a series of publications by GroupM prognosticating media marketplace futures the world over, the new report focuses on the impact of technology and digital capabilities on consumers and advertisers. GroupM tabulated consumers' time spent with each media format, globally, and…

Marketing Veteran Paula Burr Chosen To Lead DEG’s Analytics and Insights Team

Digital Agency DEG Hires New Director of Analytics and Insight One of the fastest growing companies, DEG is a full-service digital agency that delivers marketing messages which help connect and create a resonating impact. DEG has now hired marketing veteran Paula Burr, as the Director of Analytics and Insight. Burr will guide the team of analysts at DEG to optimize brand channels, understand their customers better through both qualitative and quantitative methods. The DEG analysts work as members of integrated agency…

Blis Honored As Gold Stevie Award Winner In 2018 American Business Awards

Judges Praise Blis' Location-Based Insights as a Clever Strategy to Understand Target Audiences Blis, the global pioneer in advanced location data technology, was recently named the winner of a Gold Stevie Award in the Marketing Campaign of the Year - Culture & The Arts category in The 16th Annual American Business Awards, the USA's premier business awards program. The winning campaign saw the use of Blis' proprietary technology to create unique and relevant audience segments for a design studio client looking to…

OnSpot and RTBiQ Partner to Scale Personalized Mobile Conversations

Groundbreaking Partnership to Bring Personalized Messaging to the Mobile Forefront RTBiQ, a cross-device, cross-format demand-side platform, announced this week its partnership with OnSpot’s mobile insights and targeting platform to accurately reach users on a more 1-to-1 basis. “The OnSpot partnership is helping our clients not only reach but also identify audiences in a truly scalable way. Their tools are so sophisticated that we can narrow down to the device itself” notes Natha Hayre, CTO of RTBiQ. RTBiQ’s use of…

TechBytes with Ben Tyson, Senior Vice President, StudioNow

Ben Tyson Senior Vice President, StudioNow In their current state, video marketing platforms are gaining massive traction by virtue of a marketer's need for analytics and measurement. To better understand this dynamic state of video technologies and the role of marketing teams in creating mobile-first video personalization, we spoke to Ben Tyson, Senior Vice President at StudioNow. Tell us about your role at StudioNow and the team/technology you handle. At StudioNow, we aim to make content production a more…

Agency Spotter Ranks the Best Mobile Marketing Agencies in New Report

The Top 20 Report Makes Public the List of the Best Mobile Marketing Agencies on the Agency Spotter Website The latest Top 20 Report issued by Agency Spotter recently listed the Best Mobile Marketing Agencies on the B2B ratings and review authority's website. The report was ranked based on client reviews, project data, and expert input. It features mobile agencies focused on app marketing for iOS, Android, mobile web, and more. Many of the winners also design and develop mobile apps, making the list especially valuable…

ClickFox, Inc. Announces Latest Investment Led by Arrowroot Capital

ClickFox, Inc., the leader and innovator of the global Journey Analytics market, announced today the closing of new investment led by Arrowroot Capital, a growth equity firm based in Santa Monica focused on investments in Business-to-Business software companies. Arrowroot joins the Journey Science movement and shares in the ClickFox vision: that everything should be connected into a Journey to tell the stories hidden in the data. With unique expertise in diverse data sources, and adoption by some of the …

TimeTrade Partners with Assist to Give Customers New Ways to Engage with Brands

Random Access Navigation Standard Creates Personal Connections through Appointments with Facebook, Google, Amazon and More TimeTrade, the leader in omnichannel intelligent appointment scheduling, announced its partnership with Assist, the leading automated assistant platform for messaging and voice, to give consumers new ways to engage with their favorite brands. Assist developed a standard with Facebook, Amazon, and Google called Random Access Navigation (RAN), a new approach for building automated experiences for…

Interview with Andy Ramm, President and CEO, Alexa Internet

"Marketers invest in content to build and nurture long and fruitful relationships with customers that lead to loyalty and evangelism." Tell us about your role at Alexa.com, and how/why you came to the company. My role at Alexa.com includes building and developing the team, establishing the company’s culture, setting the overall direction and driving day-to-day decision making. I joined Alexa in 2013 because I have a deep affinity for data and analytics. Alexa processes billions of data points daily, and I was…

The New Marketing: Don’t Be Afraid to Catch Feels

Imagine you could boost sales from your most satisfied customers by 52%. No need for pushy up-selling or elaborate cross-selling techniques either. By simply creating an emotional connection with your customers, sales skyrocket and loyalty deepens, according to recent studies. This is causing a radical shift in advertising where campaigns with purely emotional content perform nearly twice as well as those based on rational content. Emotions are reverberating throughout all areas of marketing and branding now too. From the…

TechBytes with Eric Berry, Co-founder and CEO, TripleLift

Eric Berry Co-founder and CEO, TripleLift Earlier this month, Google announced its header bidding exchange partners through Exchange Bidding. The partnership community includes TripleLift, a leader in Native and Programmatic advertising. To better understand how advertisers and publishers could benefit from Google Exchange Bidding to monetize their display ad inventory, we spoke to TripleLift's CEO, Eric Berry. Tell us about your role at TripleLift and the team/technology you handle. I am the CEO at TripleLift. The…

If AI is Going to Make You a Better Marketer, You Need to Know These Four Things

“Artificial Intelligence”, or AI, is becoming ever more integrated into our everyday lives, but many professionals remain in the dark about how it works and what it’s capable of. Some are intimidated by the challenge of getting to grips with new, quickly-evolving technology. While others see the seemingly limitless possibilities AI presents for improving services and adding value to people’s lives. Teaching Computers to Think What exactly do we mean when talking about AI? Artificial Intelligence is concerned with enabling…

Interview with Shashi Seth, Sr. Vice President, Oracle Marketing Cloud

"Modern Marketing is all about having one-on-one conversations with your customers, at the right time, on the right channel, with the right content." Tell us about your role at Oracle and how you got here. What inspired you to join Oracle Marketing Cloud? I am the Senior Vice President of Oracle Marketing Cloud. I joined Oracle about seven months ago. I was previously the Chief Product Officer of a late stage startup called xAd (now called GroundTruth) which is a location-based marketing platform. Oracle is one of…