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TechBytes with Greg Wester, CMO at Mobile Posse (now part of Digital Turbine)

Hi Greg, Mobile is the most addictive device ever-made by humans. What makes mobile commerce so effective in retaining its audience? “The winners in mobile have always been those that create ‘frictionless’ experiences. Removing the obstacles from getting the things we want - be it commerce (Amazon), food (Grubhub) or a taxi (Uber) - has become a societal trend and changed how we live our lives day to day. Previously, commerce was a scheduled, time-oriented activity, but mobile has allowed shopping to become a behavior to…

Amperity Acquires Custora to Build Next-Gen Intelligent Customer Data Platform

Leading AI Martech company, Amperity has acquired Custora. With this acquisition, Amperity will now deliver a proven Customer 360 and Customer Analytics suite to more S&P 500 consumer brands than any other solution to marketing customers. Amperity is regarded as first AI-powered Customer Data Management platform. Custora is the leading customer analytics platform for consumer brands. Now, as one solution, brands will have access to an unmatched Customer 360 data foundation, with best-in-class, out-of-the-box customer…

Starbucks Delivers Comes to Five New U.S. Markets

Starbucks Delivers continues toward national availability in 2020 by expanding to five new U.S. markets Starbucks Coffee Company announced the latest expansion of Starbucks Delivers to five new U.S. markets, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, as well as further expansion in the New York Metro. The delivery program, which initially launched as a pilot in partnership with Uber Eats in late 2018, is now available in a total of 16 major U.S. markets and will reach national availability in early 2020.…

Power to the People: On Walmart and Purpose

Here’s an interesting rabbit hole, if you’ve got the time: run a quick search on the terms “purpose and corporate responsibility.” In .85 seconds, you’ll pull roughly 324 M results, a cool 10 million more than what you’ll find if you google Walmart and guns. This may be a sliver of algorithmic hope for the future to those who still believe they can change the world—and are finding unexpected allies in brands that stand for something they believe in. Last week and by the hour, Walmart’s decision to change its gun…

Tinder Welcomes Jenny Campbell as Chief Marketing Officer

Tinder, the world's most popular app for meeting new people, announced that Jenny Campbell has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer.  With more than 20 years of marketing experience, both in house at Nike and in leadership roles at 72andSunny and Wieden + Kennedy, Jenny has a proven track record shaping brand, marketing, and advertising strategies. "Growing our leadership  team has been a key priority since I joined  as CEO," said Elie Seidman. "Jenny Campbell is an exceptional talent and we're excited to have…

Data-Driven Marketers in High Demand and Short Supply, New Research Finds

The CMO Club and Signal Conduct Study of CMOs and Heads of Marketing from Diverse Industries to Identify List of Must-Have Marketer Attributes The chief marketing officer of tomorrow is as much a technologist and entrepreneur as she is the source of the Big Idea, according to findings included in a new report, The CMO Club Solution Guide: The Quest for the Perfect Identity-Driven Marketer. Analyzing responses from CMOs and heads of marketing across a broad range of B2C and B2B brands, The CMO Club and Signal found that…

When Will Bots Have Their ‘Mobile Moment’?

In 2017, we finally began to see chatbots break into more mainstream usage among consumers. There are a number of factors propelling this usage, from the rising influence of messaging services over social networks to businesses finally committing to an AI future where bots and automated assistants will play an increasingly important role. Consumers are also becoming more comfortable with bot interactions, perhaps the most important element of driving actual value from their deployments. Amazon’s Alexa and the continued…

Amazon and Alphabet Grab Top Spots in Forbes Insights’ “50 Most Engaged Companies” List

Amazon and Alphabet take the top two spots in Forbes Insights’ “50 Most Engaged Companies” List In a recent report, Forbes Insights revealed how leaders in the B2B  and B2C industries measure their success with customer engagement. The report titled, “The New Rules of Customer Engagement: How Leading Companies Are Connecting With Customers to Drive Greater Growth”, demonstrated that leading companies are 4X more likely to register 10% growth and 3X more likely to achieve higher annual acquisition rates – between  5% and…