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Interview with Ben Plomion, CMO, GumGum

"Too many marketers continue to hang on to the more traditional elements of marketing while ignoring those that could help improve consumer engagement and brand visibility."Tell us about your role at GumGum and how you got here. What’s the most fascinating aspect of being a part of GumGum? I joined GumGum three years ago and became Chief Marketing Officer a year later. I am responsible for Brand Management, Integrated Marketing Programs and Corporate Communications. Our company teaches machines how to see things the way…

Interview with Gil Becker, President and CEO, AnyClip

"As advertisers’ ability to target users is confined, they will have to get creative about reaching the consumer, and contextual targeting of the content they consume is the best place to do just that."Tell us about your journey into technology. What made you be a part of AnyClip? Most of my career evolved around technology. I studied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering and I was always attracted to technology-centric companies. I’m at AnyClip because marrying premium video content with…

Interview with Allison Stern, Co-Founder and CSO, Tubular

"Data is one thing, but insights are the key to the recommendations on what people really want. Nobody wants data on its own."Tell us about your role at Tubular Labs and how you got here. What galvanized you to co-found Tubular Labs? I founded Tubular Labs six years ago. I was always passionate about media, wanted to be in the media industry. When I was in college, I ran the TV station, then went out to Los Angeles and had an internship at 20th Century Fox. There, I realized that my passion was actually for the business…

Interview with Maria Pergolino, Chief Marketing Officer, Anaplan

"We condense information from campaign performance, behavioral data, surveys and other research to build a comprehensive view of the customer landscape."Tell us about your role and how you got here? I’m CMO at Anaplan, and we’re pioneering the category of Connected Planning. Our platform connects people, data, and plans to enable real-time decision-making in today’s rapidly changing business environment which gives our customers a competitive advantage. I joined Anaplan following two remarkable experiences – being…

Interview with Janice Caston, VP Global Marketing, Toluna

"Today's marketing research platforms have evolved to provide a better quality of insights. This innovation has totally disqualified the idea that DIY surveys and direct-access approaches only serve as 'quick gut check' research."Tell us about your role at Toluna and how you got here? What galvanized you to join Toluna? I joined Toluna in 2009 when ITWP acquired the company with the aim of expanding into a new category of market research. At that point in time, I'd experienced the best of what the consumer insights…

Interview with Mark Gorman, CEO, Matrix Solutions

"The ad industry should take the initiative of working to standardize data collection and usage and market this to the consumer as a whole to ensure a better understanding of created value."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you join Matrix Solutions? I am a member of Main Line Equity Partners. Our strategy is to find technology and technology enabled companies that have good fundamentals, but where there is an opportunity to change the organization and reignite growth. As part of our strategy,…

Interview with Brendan Gahan, Founder, Epic Signal

"The opportunities that brands have today to surpass their competitors and be more targeted, efficient, and effective are at their fingertips, but they’re not fully taking advantage of them."Tell us about your journey into technology. What made you start Epic Signal? I got into advertising at an interesting time - I graduated college and got an internship in advertising in 2005, when Myspace and the first social media platforms were starting to come on the scene. I was the “young guy” in the office as these platforms…

Interview with Claudio Franco, Global CMO, Gympass

"Data never lies and can unlock so much potential, but it is very much a language that must be learned."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you join Gympass? Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always been passionate about technology. My teenage passion for repairing PCs and developing websites drove me to study Computer and Electronic Engineering. After school, I joined a management consultancy firm for five years and eventually landed as Head of New Business for an Israeli venture backed by Accel…

Interview with Zohar Dayan, Co-Founder and CEO, Wibbitz

"Every content creator understands that video is the most efficient way to connect with their audiences, and is actively seeking out tools like Wibbitz that make video more accessible than ever."Tell us about your role at Wibbitz and how you got here. What made you launch a Video Creation platform? I’m the CEO and Co-founder of Wibbitz. I’ve always believed in the power of storytelling - it’s essentially what connects us as humans. And over the past decade, with the popularization of smartphones and other mobile devices,…

Interview with Stefan Koenig, Co- Founder and CEO, Hull.io

"Identity resolution has always been a tricky problem because each service has its own way of identifying customers."Tell us about your role at Hull and how you got here. What inspired you to start a technology company? I’m the co-founder and CEO of Hull. Prior to joining Hull, I was running US operations for a European Software company that was acquired by SAP. Once the merger was completed, I decided to leave and was introduced to Hull, where I met Romain and Stephane. Hull’s initial focus was an identity management…

Interview with Robert Seo, CEO US, Buzzvil

"CMOs are seeing a record number of users opting-in for lockscreen content, and marketing strategies in turn are including that most-often used area of a device."Tell us about your journey into technology. How did a US Marine take to entrepreneurship? I joined the Marine Corps when I was 18 because I wanted to serve and to challenge myself to grow. I got what I wanted and more through my training and my time with a light armored reconnaissance unit. Since then, I’ve always been placing myself in challenging situations…

TechBytes with Jana Christoviciute, Team Lead, Social, Marin Software

Jana Christoviciute Director, Customer Engagement, and  Team Lead, Social, Marin Software Instagram advertising, IGTV in particular, and a band of new social media advertising updates from Facebook and Twitter have forced modern marketing teams to relook their campaigns. Influencers, AI, live chat, chatbots and video content have been driving audience engagement on mobile. We spoke to Marin Software's Customer Engagement Director and Team Lead, Social, Jana Christoviciute, to understand the reasons for the growing shift…

Interview with Gina Kang, Head of Global Digital Marketing, MPP Global

"An AI-centric world is already a reality and it’s changing the way we live and work. It’s a natural next step in not only digital transformation but also in consumer engagement as a whole."Tell us about your role at MPP Global and how you got here. What inspired you to join a marketing technology company? I am the head of all things marketing for MPP Global in the Americas. I have a diverse background in various functions of marketing across different industries. However, it wasn’t until I got heavily into omnichannel…

TechBytes with Kevin Chew, VP, Corporate and Business Development, Seismic

Kevin Chew VP, Corporate and Business Development, Seismic Sales Enablement is a sector that has seen rapid growth in the past few years. In this complex world of B2B sales, firms like Seismic make it easier for their clients to drive revenue with their flexible platform. We spoke to Kevin Chew, VP, Corporate and Business Development, Seismic, to understand the dynamics of their partnership with Microsoft and the challenges that a sales enablement platform must tackle to deliver ROI.Tell us about your role at Seismic and…

Interview with Ryan Hollenbeck, SVP, Global Marketing, Verint

"As we look to AI-implementation, marketers need to understand their role as a nexus of these various data points and adjust accordingly." Tell us about your role and how you got here? What galvanized you to join a marketing technology company? In my role as SVP of global marketing, I lead the more traditional marketing functions, but also get to step outside the box as executive sponsor for our customer experience program. Sales enablement is also part of our team, which is outside the realm of most typical marketing…

Interview with Jason VandeBoom, Founder and CEO, ActiveCampaign

"As marketers prepare for this ever evolving landscape where the customer’s experience comes first, it’s critical they understand the entire customer lifecycle and think about how to best communicate with a customer." Tell us about your role at ActiveCampaign and how you got here. What prompted you to launch a marketing automation company? I’m the founder and CEO of ActiveCampaign. I started consulting when I was a teenager, building websites and backend processes, so I’ve always been interested in creating solutions to…

Interview with Arron Shepherd, Co-Founder and Chief Storyteller, The Goat Agency

"The most effective influencers have built their following slowly through creating amazing content that resonates with their engaged following."Tell us about your role at The Goat Agency and how you got there. What inspired you to start the company? I am one of the co-founders of Goat and the Chief Storyteller here. My two co-founders and I founded Goat after working together to promote an app, we had spent thousands and thousands of pounds on every marketing channel imaginable. From sponsorships to celeb endorsements,…

Interview with Dhruv Ghulati, Founder and CEO, Factmata

"We need to clean up the ecosystem so that consumers want to engage with online content and can easily find trustworthy content."Tell us about your role at Factmata and how you got here. What inspired you to start the company? I’m the Co-Founder of Factmata, an artificial intelligence startup solving the problem of factual misinformation on the internet. I like open information, transparency, the future of the web, artificial intelligence and building highly technical data products. I started my career as an investment…

Interview with Manny Medina, CEO and Co-Founder, Outreach

"Technology innovations aren’t about replacing human analysis and decision making — the focus should be on amplifying it."Tell us about your role at Outreach and how you got here. What’s the most fascinating aspect of leading a Sales Engagement software platform? I’m the CEO and co-founder of Outreach. My job is to make our customers successful by hiring the best talent around and uniting them to further our mission. Some days, that means diving into strategy with my product team; other days, it means digging into the…

Interview with Oksana Sokolovsky, Co-Founder and CEO, Io-Tahoe

"Visual search that ties objects to relative information will become one of the key enablers in data-driven sales."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you launch Io-Tahoe? I fell in love with technology after I realized how powerful and enabling it can be. My passion for IT developed in the mid-1990s. I pursued my MS in Computer Science and started my career in Technology after completing my Masters in Psychology. Since then my passion has grown as I see modern technologies constantly evolving,…