Interview with Lilian Leong, COO, 9GAG

"If you look at the trends in content marketing, it’s been the same, unchanging yet ever-changing. What works one minute might not work in the next." Tell us about your role at 9GAG and how you got here? What galvanized you to join a viral entertainment content marketing platform? I joined 9GAG in August 2016 as the Chief Operating Officer. I spent the first part of my career across different advertising operations (media, creative, promotions, events, direct marketing and digital). I was planning my next move to be…

Webinar Engagement Delivers Business Impact, Says ON24 Report

2018 Webinar Benchmarks Report Provides Groundbreaking Insights Into Maximizing Engagement With more than 66% of buyers saying they prefer webinars to other content formats, businesses are leveraging the power of webinars now more than ever. ON24, the leading engagement platform, released its 2018 Webinar Benchmarks Report, providing an unprecedented look into how today's marketers are innovatively using the platform and effectively interacting with prospective customers. The report is based on the…

Codewise Named One of 50 Most Valuable Brands of 2018 by The Silicon Review

Codewise, the industry's first provider of an AI-powered ad exchange, DSP, and online ad measurement and optimization platforms for digital marketers, announced today that it was named one of the 50 Most Valuable Brands of The Year 2018 by The Silicon Review. Published annually by The Silicon Review magazine, the list of the 50 Most Valuable Brands includes high-growth companies that are changing the technology industry by introducing breakthrough products and services. Ranked 14th on the list, Codewise is…

IFTTT Mounts $24 Million Funding Led By Salesforce Ventures to Build a More Connected World

IFTTT Platform Customers Have the Opportunity to Integrate with over 600 Devices and Apps IFTTT, a leading applet creation platform, has announced $24 million in funding led by Salesforce Ventures with participation from IBM, Chamberlain Group, and Fenox Venture Capital. The company is focused on building a more connected world. The new capital will enable IFTTT to hire top talent to take on industry-changing initiatives and expand its platform. Currently, IFTTT helps app developers to build Applets, and embed them…

Oracle Data Cloud Scoops Grapeshot; Adds New Dimension of Context in Brand Safety

The Acquisition of Grapeshot Will Dramatically Expand Oracle Data Cloud's Ability to Improve Marketing Outcomes for Their Partners Worldwide Continuing their efforts to strengthen brand safety technology, Oracle has now acquired Grapeshot. On 24 April 2018, the leading marketing technology provider announced that they signed an agreement to acquire Grapeshot. Grapeshot is an industry-recognized leader in providing brand safety and pre-bid contextual solutions. Read More: Oracle’s Moat Unveils New Invalid Traffic…

How to Surf the AI Wave to Empower Digital Platforms

The more we dig into AI, the crazier it gets. The business value it brings remains unfathomable despite the convincing rate of its adoption across various industrial domains and social segments. Digital platforms are a classic example of how rampant AI-adoption in business could impact overall productivity. In 2018, marketers leveraging AI-powered platforms still search for an ROI calculator that could answer if the connected automation did indeed guarantee growth or success. However, most marketers would like to state…

Salesforce Powers Marriott International’s Global Customer Recognition Platform

The Platform Unifies Marriott'S Global Guest Services Across 30 Brands And 6,500 Properties To Provide A Connected, Personal And Anticipatory Guest Experience Marriott International, Inc., the global leader in hospitality, and Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, today announced the global rollout of Marriott's new customer recognition platform. Powered by Salesforce, the platform enables Marriott to conduct one, continuous interaction with members of its loyalty programs across guest channels including call centers,…

Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Adobe Experience Cloud Selected by 24 Hour Fitness to Transform Customer Engagement

Microsoft Corp. and Adobe announced an agreement with 24 Hour Fitness, one of the nation's largest privately owned and operated fitness chains, to deploy Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Adobe Experience Cloud across its network of more than 420 clubs nationwide. This will enable 24 Hour Fitness to dramatically enhance its ability to offer more personalized and unified digital experiences for members throughout every touch point in their fitness journey. With technology integrations across Microsoft business applications and…

Are You Late on GDPR: Don’t Press the Panic Button Yet!

For Marketers, GDPR Will Enable Opportunities to Turn Consumers into Members. More High-Quality Data Means More Personalized and Effective Content and Ads Across the Board The first quarter of the year is already over, and the doors are closing quickly on the companies that do not have a clear strategy to handle GDPR. With marketers scurrying to stay on course with their marketing technologies and data management strategies, is it too late to hop on the GDPR bus? In case you are unprepared or feel that you may have just…

The Role of the Datanista on the Customer Journey: How to Harness Psychic Prowess for Competitive Advantage

I once heard an honest marketer say he would rather stand in a cold shower tearing up $100 bills than work with data. This sentiment is widely shared across the B2B marketing universe;  however, the data tsunami is crashing over our heads. You have no choice except to embrace data as your friend and job enabler or perish. Nowhere is data more important than when mapping, understanding and optimizing the customer journey. When I talk about the customer journey, I am referring to the entire customer lifecycle as depicted in…

Pegasystems Named a Leader in Customer Case Management in 2018 CRM Service Awards

Pega Empowers Organizations To Quickly Close Gaps In GDPR Risk Readiness Pegasystems Inc., the software company empowering customer engagement at the world’s leading enterprises, today announced it has been named a leader in customer case management in CRM Magazine’s 2018 CRM Service Awards. This is the second consecutive year CRM Magazine has recognized Pega after naming the company as the “one to watch” in the same category in 2017. The 2018 CRM Service Awards honored Pega based on customer satisfaction, depth of…

AppsFlyer Appoints Guy Flechter as Data Protection Officer

AppsFlyer, the global leader in mobile attribution and marketing analytics, appointed Guy Flechter as its Data Protection Officer. In this new role, he will lead the company’s continued commitment to high standards of data security and privacy. The appointment follows the recent hiring of Flechter as Chief Information Security Officer. As Data Protection Officer, Flechter will lead an expanded data security team that will enforce data protection laws and practices for ongoing diligent compliance with the requirements of…

Conviva Measures Explosive Growth in Streaming Video on the Internet

Apple TV Viewership Up 709% in Q1 2018 Compared to Q1 2017, While Android Pulls Ahead of iOS in Mobile Viewing Conviva, elevating the way OTT businesses use data-driven intelligence with its Video AI Platform, has released its quarterly measurement report on the state of OTT and the streaming video market, covering both the quantity and quality of streaming viewership. The report finds that, compared to this time last year, the audience for video delivered over the internet is experiencing astronomical growth across…

Founding IAB Chairman Rich LeFurgy Joins LotLinx Board of Directors

Established Technology Advisor and Early LotLinx Investor Brings Years of AI and Data-Driven Experience to the Company LotLinx, the industry's #1 Automotive /AI/, announced that veteran adtech executive and Founding IAB Chairman Rich LeFurgy will join the company's Board of Directors. LeFurgy has a seasoned background and expertise with programmatic data, mobile, social and AI, and will be a valuable asset to the LotLinx team and its customers. LeFurgy has over 20 years of dynamic experience in the advertising industry…

Three Components of a Data-Driven, Future-Focused Customer Engagement Strategy

In a data-driven economy, marketers look to customer engagement to improve their brand’s market share. Marketing technology solutions figure prominently in modern customer engagement strategies, but it is imperative to secure quality data to conduct effective outreach. That requires marketers to collaborate closely with sales and customer support teams. Before launching a customer engagement campaign, marketers must integrate data that arrives from internal and external sources. This can be a challenge because data flows…

TechBytes with Megan Headley, Research Director, TrustRadius

Megan Headley Research Director, TrustRadius Authenticity and validation through independent resources are key factors for all B2B buyers. TrustRadius recently released “The 2018 B2B Buying Disconnect” report. This report included the vendor’s perspective, enabling a direct comparison between how vendors attempt to influence buyers versus how buyers make purchasing decisions. To learn more about how B2B vendors could benefit from this, We spoke to Megan Headley, Research Director, TrustRadius. What was your…

Ansira Cited as a Strong Performer in Customer Database and Engagement Agencies Report by Independent Research Firm

Ansira Models and Activates First, Second and Third-Party Data, Delivering Performance-Based Marketing Programs at the Brand and Local Levels Ansira, one of the largest independently-owned marketing agencies in the country and a leader in brand to local data-driven marketing and experience curation, was among the selected companies that Forrester invited to participate in The Forrester Wave: Customer Database and Engagement Agencies, Q2 2018 report. In this Wave report, Ansira was named as a Strong Performer and received…

Improvado.io Secures $3 Million Seed Round from Martech Brands

Improvado.io Is Aiming to Help Marketers Aggregate, Analyze and Report Cross-Channel Marketing Data Improvado.io, an early stage MarTech company that is working to simplify the way marketers and ad agencies interact with data, today announced it has closed a $3 million Seed round of funding. Early investors include executives from some of the most recognizable brands in the marketing world including Liveramp, Google, Oracle, Adroll, Pubmatic, Mediamath and many more. 15 of the biggest names in marketing invest heavily in…

ZoomInfo To Host Third Annual Growth Acceleration Summit in Boston

B2B Sales and Marketing Conference To Feature 25-Plus Industry Headliners, Networking, and Exclusive Look Inside ZoomInfo 2.0 ZoomInfo, the world’s leading corporate contact database, announced its third annual Growth Acceleration Summit, a B2B sales and marketing event. The Growth AccelerationSummit takes place 18-20 June at the InterContinental Boston, 510 Atlantic Ave. The conference is open to sales and marketing professionals in the software, technology and B2B services sectors. The event’s theme explores how to…

Attendify Presents A New Registration System To Heighten Attendee Experience

Attendify's New Online Registration System Blends With The Data Management Platform And The Company's Mobile Event Apps For Popular Events Attendify, an easy to use self-service event app and data management tool has launched a convenient registration-solution. The online registration system integrates with Attendify’s event apps and lead-retrieval tool. ‘Audiences’ – the company’s event data management platform helps demonstrate on ROI and personalizes marketing campaigns. Studies suggest that despite no shortage of…