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Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Kristin Simonini VP of Product at Applause

Cashierless Checkout Comes to a Store Near You. What are your thoughts? With news that Amazon is in talks to bring its cashierless technology to retailers in places like airport shops and movie theaters, it’s only a matter of time before cashierless stores make their way to your town. Amazon’s cashierless technology has so far been limited to its 16 Go stores. However, CNBC reports that the plan is to license the Go technology to other retailers in hopes to “have hundreds of these stores working by the end of 2020.”…

Prediction Series 2019: Increased Focus on Data Expected

In today’s digital world, the volume of data an organization generates creates its own challenges when they try to derive value from it. Typically, data sources are stored in silos or in disparate systems (our recent survey suggests that as little as 8% of business claim that their voice data is easily accessible for fuelling AI engines and analytics) and reading through or listening to large quantities of unstructured data is time-consuming and next to impossible for any organization. The way users interact with CRM,…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with John Nardone, CEO, Flashtalking

Tell us about your role at Flashtalking and how did you start here. Today, I’m CEO of Flashtalking, but I got into digital back in 1994, basically the earliest days in the industry. GM O’Connell, the Founder of Modem Media, which was the first-ever digital agency, recruited me out of Pepsi by convincing me that the story of advertising in the digital space was yet to be written. This was his pitch to me, “Help make the rules for a whole new part of the industry, remake the landscape.” This was exciting to me. He sold me…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Adam Singolda, Founder and CEO, Taboola

What opportunities and challenges did you and/or Taboola identify at the start of 2018 and have things worked out as planned?  This year, we’ve focused on two key areas for our business: video and mobile. Taboola Feed and Video​: We’ve seen just how powerful video is in engaging and connecting with users and even more so when it’s within an environment they are already familiar with — such as a feed on social networks. We created a similar experience for the open web through our infinite scrolling experience Taboola…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Joshua Smith, CTO and Founder, Kaon Interactive

Tell us about how dramatically your role evolved in 2018 with Marketing and Sales Technologies. At Kaon, 2018 was all about efficiency and process. We are experiencing huge growth in our top line, as the combination of our own sales effectiveness, and industry awareness of our company, in general, has led to a dramatic increase in the breadth and depth of our customer engagements. The challenge for us, as a software company, is to have as much of that top-line growth reach the bottom line as possible. For us, that meant…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Christopher McLaughlin, CMO, Nuxeo

What opportunities and challenges did you and/or Nuxeo identify at the start of 2018 and have things worked out as planned? Today’s enterprises spend millions and millions of dollars on Content Marketing strategies, generating an endless stream of content in a variety of forms including photos, videos, etc. This is all in an effort to better attract and serve customers in our new digital world and create a competitive advantage. But while content in its various forms has never been more vital to the needs of the modern…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Eric Diamond, CEO, Envyte

What do you believe is coming in the Email/Event Marketing space in 2019? With a lot of uncertainty in the market, companies are going to look at their cost to acquire more business and move to products that provide maximum marketing value (all-in-one solutions) and the best pricing for those solutions. Events will be a bigger piece of companies' overall marketing effort (b2b webinars) and Email Marketing will continue to be the highest converting marketing outlet. Services will need to start offering more…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Jennifer Toton, VP of Marketing, Rollworks

What is your vision of the Marketing Technology landscape for 2019? Marketing is constantly changing as the underlying technology for many key marketing functions is innovating and enabling new insights and achievements for global marketers. Although change does not happen overnight, we still expect to see massive shifts in Marketing Technology in 2019 on both the B2B and B2C sides. This is in part driven by the increasing need to target key companies, accounts and targets with buying power in efficient, effective and…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Daniel Hurwitz, Chief Revenue Officer, Penthera

Tell us about your role at Penthera and how did you start here. For over a year, I’ve been CRO for Penthera. Before that, I spent more than two decades building and scaling cutting-edge media/marketing tech companies that push the boundaries of innovation in their industry. Today, my team and I work with the most well-known streaming media providers in the world — media and entertainment companies such as CBS, AMC, Showtime, Starz, and more, OTT players, and even brands and publishers venturing into video — to innovate…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Elle Woulfe, VP Marketing, PathFactory

Tell us about the most challenging task you managed to fulfill in 2018. Not surprisingly, it was the rebrand of LookBookHQ to PathFactory in May 2018. We were working on a very tight timeline of about 3-4 months to execute everything and, like most marketing departments, we didn’t have endless resources or budget. While there was no magic to pulling it off, it really came down to flawless project management, an obsessive amount of organization, and near constant communication among the team. If anyone is considering a…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Ron Downey, CEO, Massive Interactive

Tell us about your role and what inspired you to start Massive Interactive. I founded Massive Interactive with Derek Ellis, our Chief Creative Officer, in 1996. The goal was to create a tech company that fundamentally changed the way people engage with entertainment. Since then, we’ve worked with broadcasters and operators around the world — including AT&T, BBC, Sony Pictures Television, and DAZN — to deliver some of the most widely used entertainment experiences. In November 2018, Massive became part of the…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Dan Bladen, Co-Founder and CEO, Chargifi

What opportunities and challenges did you and/or Chargifi identify at the start of 2018 and have things worked out as planned? One of the biggest opportunities seized by Chargifi was to piggy-back on the excitement created by Apple’s commitment to Qi wireless charging in Autumn 2017 followed by their Autumn 2018 announcement that saw wireless charging brought to every phone in their line up — it was a monumental moment for the industry, and a stake in the ground as to what the future will bring. Key partnerships with…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Fred Maude, Product Development Manager, NMPi

What trends had the biggest impact on digital advertising in 2018? The confidence that people have in platforms to protect their information and allow them a safe environment to create and engage dwindled last year. Digital trust had been declining over the course of the year with the implications of GDPR on businesses. For companies, distrust has negative financial consequences and this growing distrust has certainly hit a number of companies this year. Outside of the ongoing technology trends, when people look back…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Nicholas Wootten, SVP of Marketing, Billups

Tell us more about your role at Billups and what the company is doing to transform the out-of-home experience through technology. I recently joined Billups as SVP of Marketing & Innovation. The out-of-home (OOH) industry is going through its largest transformation in technology and user adoption, so I was very excited to lead product adoption and growth for the largest, independent OOH technology and managed services company in the US The Billups Outdoor Advertising Platform (DSP) helps clients execute smarter OOH…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Peter Gillett, CEO, Zuant

What opportunities and challenges did you and/or Zuant identify at the start of 2018 and have things worked out as planned? Well, the big one here, of course, has been GDPR. By the start of 2018, we were already 18 months into the complete redesign of Zuant’s server-side having seen this as an opportunity to add a lot of other data management facilities along with the requirements of GDPR. This really has been one of our biggest projects, and total elapsed time has been about three years. But we now have a very…

Super Bowl 2019: Interview with Scott Ings, VP of Product, Apptimize

Tell us about your role at Apptimize and the team/technology you handle. I joined Apptimize as VP of Product this past June. In my role, I work with the product team to understand what our customers want out of our platform, help them find new ways to leverage the data at their fingertips, and then work with developers to build and ship new features. What is the overall state of Mobile Marketing in the tech industry? Mobile Marketing tends to be a blanket term that includes everything from advertising on Facebook and…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Hagai Shechter, CEO, Fraudlogix

How big is your Marketing and Sales team? Our marketing team is under 10 — a majority of our team is dedicated to data science and development. What opportunities and challenges did you and Fraudlogix identify at the start of 2018 and have things worked out as planned? The digital advertising industry is constantly evolving and 2018 saw new challenges around GDPR and ads.txt implementation. We addressed GDPR by adjusting our products to comply with the regulation. Additionally, ads.txt implementation…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Carlo De Marchis, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, Deltatre

Tell us about your role and what first led you to join Deltatre. I’m currently Chief Product and Marketing officer at Deltatre, the global sport media services company. Incredibly enough, I joined Deltatre 30 years ago, when the company was just five people. It’s been a fascinating journey since then, and I have been at the forefront of innovation in the sports tech world — from launching the first website with real-time results in 1995, to today’s OTT revolution. My latest passion is finding new ways to delight paying…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Avinoam Rubinstain, CEO, my6sense

Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What galvanized you to found my6sense? I’m a serial entrepreneur who sold his last two startups to multinational corporations after disrupting existing markets. And that’s what we’re doing at my6sense. The native ad market is a closed market, with Google, Facebook, Outbrain, and Taboola forcing publishers to accept their solution exclusively. My6sense is trying to disrupt the native ad market by innovating through openness and transparency to enable publishers to…

Prediction Series 2019: Interview with Marty Greenlow, CEO, Ensighten

Tell us about your role at Ensighten and how you started there. Before Ensighten, I spent 15 years with Spectrum Equity, a leading growth equity firm in the software and internet markets. When I departed, after spending a long time deep in the operational and financial realms, I was looking for something new. Ensighten was the perfect fit as it was about to embark on its next chapter in the realm of Marketing Security (MarSec). That’s a focus that I’m excited to be leading as I help our clients tackle the challenges in…