Smile: You’re on Candid Camera! Facial Recognition Comes of Age

AR, VR, autonomous cars are three technologies that once seemed like futuristic science fiction, yet they are mainstream today. Facial recognition is another amazing technology that has arrived on the scene and is dramatically changing how we conduct our personal and professional lives. Singapore's Changi airport is testing a facial recognition system to expedite travelers. The facility is expanding existing uses of the smart ID system and looking into ways to replace passport checks. Naturally, there are doubters.…

5 Reasons Why Social Media Influencers are the Future of Digital Marketing

Whether you’re scrolling past pop-up advertisements on a smartphone app, clicking through promoted products on your Amazon account, or laughing at cheesy late night infomercials; branded content touches almost every area of your everyday life. In a world where connectivity is a prerequisite for both personal and professional success, marketing is impossible to escape, and modern consumers are bombarded with ads daily. In the face of constant media barrage, people are simply tuning out the noise and focusing on their…

Key Martech-Focused Takeaways from Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2018

When Consumers Spend More, It Translates to Spending More for Attention to Values, and Digital Engagement and Retail Experience, Finds Mary Meeker Internet Trends 2018 Report Climbing Mount Everest is a tricky journey. Does it look like this? Do you know what this graph actually represents? Well, if you can match the steep slope, it has to do something with the rise of Amazon and ecommerce players. The internet is an exciting place to be, and with martech growing at an explosive rate, how could we miss…

Interview with Fayez Mohamood, Co-founder and CEO, Bluecore

"AI-centric tools have the ability to unleash a level of productivity over current workflow based on enterprise software."Tell us about your role and how you got here? What galvanized you to start Bluecore? I am an engineer by training through both my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I started out my career in hardware and software design and simulation back in 2006. While that sounds very far from marketing technology, a lot of my training revolved around building solutions that required the need to transform and make…

Pega Independent Software Vendor Program Unveiled to Bring Innovative Solutions to Clients

The New Program Expands Pega’s Ecosystem by Enabling Partners to Create Pega-Based Solutions in an Open Development Environment At the Pega World 2018, Pegasystems Inc., a leading martech company for customer engagement, announced the launch of the Pega Independent Software Vendor (ISV) program. For the first time, Pega is enabling independent development on its next-generation digital transformation suite, Pega Infinity™, so partners can easily integrate with and build new solutions that answer specific market needs. ISVs…

Animoto Releases Video Marketing Best Practices for Social Media

Tips Include Using Square Videos to Take up 78 Percent More Space in Social Feeds and Optimize for Mobile Viewing Animoto, the company that makes it easy for anyone to create professional marketing videos, released its "Cheat Sheet for Social Media Video." The guide includes practical tips for businesses looking to maximize their presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube through creating and sharing marketing videos. As video on social media continues to become more prevalent, marketers and small businesses…

Brightcove Pushes the Envelope with Video Experiences that Increase Customer ROI

Ongoing Innovation Creates Single Platform for All Enterprise Video Experiences Brightcove, the leading provider of cloud services for video, has been at the forefront of the digital video revolution since its inception, helping enterprises leverage the power of video for marketing and internal communications. At PLAY 2018, Brightcove is excited to share continued momentum and innovations in personalized video experiences, internal and external live streaming, and enterprise user management to help customers deliver…

Translate Your Web Content with the Enhanced Amazon Polly Plugin For WordPress

Real-Time Text-to-Speech Translation from English to Spanish, German, French or Portuguese WP Engine, the leading WordPress digital experience platform, announced its collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to bring machine learning-powered speech translations to WordPress, the dominant content management system (CMS) that powers nearly a third of the web. The integration of Amazon Translate into the Amazon Polly plugin for WordPress will allow brands and publishers to take web content in English and translate that…

Quotient Technology To Acquire Influencer Marketing Firm Ahalogy

Influencer Marketing Firm Expands Quotient’s Data-Driven Media Offerings, Driving Sales Through Social Media for Top CPG Brands Quotient Technology Inc, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ahalogy, a leading influencer marketing firm that delivers premium content across social media channels for consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands. The acquisition enhances Quotient’s performance media solutions for CPGs and retailers, adding social media expertise and a roster of proven influencers. Influencer…

PeerLogix Announces Licensing Contract with Leading Over-the-Top (OTT) Streaming Network for Content Procurement and Recommendation

The Viewership Data Will Be Used to Improve Efficiencies in Content Procurement PeerLogix, the established standard for tracking non-subscription based Over-the-Top engagement data, announced that it has partnered with a leading over-the-top television network which will use the Company’s 4-year viewership library of over 60,000 television shows and movies for improved content procurement and recommendation. The partnership is immediately revenue generating for the Company and features fixed monthly payments for a term of…

Interview with Jeff Kupietzky, CEO, PowerInbox

"End-users have come to expect to be dazzled with exquisitely produced, authentic, attention-grabbing, personalized content."Tell us about your role at PowerInbox and how you got here? What inspired you to join PowerInbox?  I saw a tremendous opportunity for email as an overlooked channel ripe for innovation. So many have all but written email’s obituary, but we’re actually finding that it fills a significant and valuable role in the marketing toolkit. As CEO, I oversee everything from product development and market…

Showpad Acquires LearnCore to Deliver the Industry’s First Integrated Sales Enablement Platform

The Acquisition Adds LearnCore's Proven Training and Coaching Software to Showpad's Content and Engagement Solutions to Empower Sales and Marketing Teams to Deliver the Best Buyer and Seller Experience on the Market Showpad, the industry's first integrated sales enablement platform, has acquired LearnCore, the leading provider of sales training and coaching software, to supercharge the buyer and seller experience. With LearnCore, Showpad will deliver the first fully integrated platform for sales excellence that includes…

10 Simple Tips for Webinar Success

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend Webinar World 2018 Sydney. It was a great opportunity to discover what's new in the webinar scene, the exciting enhancements coming within the ON24 platform and how marketers are using digital events to engage at scale. I also had the pleasure of being interviewed by CMO, Joe Hyland about how Simple is using webinars to attract, engage and retain. Here's a snapshot of what was discussed: 1. Develop a multi-layer webinar strategy Before launching into webinars, think through your…

Comm100 Launches Next Generation AI-Powered Chatbot

Com100 Chatbot Is a Customer Engagement Solution that Also Adds Co-Browsing and Shopify Integration Features Comm100, a global provider of enterprise-grade digital customer conversation solutions, today announced the launch of its second-generation chatbot. This latest version is enhanced with AI capabilities to create an even more productive and natural experience for both chat visitors and agents. Read More: Convey Launches Platform to Replace Static Contacts with Live, Dynamic Connections Com100's AI-powered chatbot…

Movable Ink Partners with Pega to Deliver AI-Powered Actions in Email Campaigns

AI-Powered Next Best Actions and Real-Time Content Personalization Help Marketers Increase Consumer Engagement and Conversions Movable Ink, a leading intelligent content platform for digital marketers, announced a partnership with Pega. Pega is the leader in software for customer engagement. The two companies joined hands to enable brands to personalize email campaigns using AI-powered next best actions. Combining Pega’s ability to facilitate the right action for every customer in real time with Movable Ink’s…

Interview with Lyle Stevens, Co-founder and CEO, Mavrck

"Data science has certainly been a key ingredient for helping to make influencer marketing more automated and scalable."Tell us about your journey into martech and how you started Mavrck? Prior to Mavrck, I actually worked in the aerospace and defense industry as a cybersecurity product manager. One of the initiatives I worked on was building and deploying an enterprise social network to help employees securely collaborate with each other, so they wouldn’t use LinkedIn or Facebook and increase their exposure to social…

VuePlanner Delivers Context and Brand Suitability for Pre-Buying YouTube Video Advertising Campaigns

VuePlanner Allows Buyers to Build Contextually Relevant Youtube Segments Giant Media announced the launch of VuePlanner, a transparent pre-buy planning tool for brands and agencies advertising on YouTube. “YouTube offers an incredible opportunity to reach video consumers at the moment they are most engaged with the content they care about. Through VuePlanner we’re enabling buyers to view YouTube inventory pre-bid, providing better video-level targeting by curating the most contextually relevant video content environments…

Pega Launches Next Generation Digital Transformation Suite to Drive Customer Experiences

Pega Infinity™ Unifies AI, Robotic Process Automation, and CRM to Deliver Speed and Power Beyond Low-Code App Development Pegasystems Inc, the software company empowering customer engagement at the world's leading enterprises, announced at PegaWorld the launch of Pega Infinity™ –  its next-generation digital transformation software suite. With major enhancements to Pega's market-leading customer engagement applications and digital process automation (DPA) platform, Pega Infinity™ will help organizations accelerate digital…

Nanigans Boosts Advertising Accuracy and Speed with Snowflake Data Sharing

Advertising Automation Solution Provider Optimizes Campaigns for E-Commerce Customers with Snowflake's Real-Time Data Sharing Snowflake Computing, the data warehouse built for the cloud, announced that Nanigans, the leading provider of advertising automation software, deploys Snowflake Data Sharing to optimize retargeting campaigns for its enterprise-class advertisers, such as Rue La La, a leading fashion e-commerce company. With Snowflake Data Sharing, also known as The Data Sharehouse™, Nanigans analyzes its…

Eight Things That Matter from Gartner Digital Marketing Conference

At its recent Digital Marketing Conference, Gartner famously called the future of marketing "fast, frenetic, and fantastic" and we couldn't agree more. Consumers increasingly expect seamless, highly relevant interactions with brands yet feel trepidation about brand marketing. Marketers must now succeed in an environment where more personalization means greater privacy risk, where walled gardens are the customer’s gateway to the Internet, and where emerging technologies are rewriting the rules of marketing every day.…