Shutterfly CMO On How Data Became The Lifeblood Of A ‘Web 1.0’ Ecom Brand

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Nearly 20-year-old photo-sharing brand Shutterfly “probably shouldn’t have made it” in a modern mobile world – and that’s the company’s CMO talking. But despite competing with Apple, Google and Facebook, and needing to match new consumer behavior, Shutterfly’s revenue is up. The early “web 1.0 ecommerce company,” as chief marketing exec John Boris referred to it,Continue reading »

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How GDPR Drives SAP’s Acquisition Strategy

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SAP acquired Gigya for $350 million in September for its consumer identity management solution. The deal, which just closed, will help SAP extend its cross-platform identifier – the SAP Hybris Profile – to new channels like over-the-top TV and social. It also gives SAP more clout to help companies manage their opt-ins amid looming privacyContinue reading »

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Merkle’s Global COO On Navigating Platforms, Publishers And Cloud Stacks

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As the global COO of Merkle, Michael Komasinski keeps the proverbial engines running both internally and in the agency’s services business. After joining Merkle in 2015 from his post as COO of Razorfish North America, Komasinski helped drive 30% revenue growth across the business in 2016. Komasinski also was largely responsible for leading the integrationContinue reading »

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Oracle Marketing Cloud Aims To Be A Platform That Blends Data, Services And AI

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As Gartner analyst Martin Kihn recently predicted, the big enterprise marketing clouds are beginning to pursue divergent product strategies with clear points of distinction. While Salesforce heralds its CRM data and hooks into other categories like sales and commerce, Adobe’s differentiator is creative with growing emphasis on digital experience. In the case of Oracle, whichContinue reading »

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Mapp Digital Aims To Take On Marketing Clouds With The Old Teradata Stack

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Mapp Digital, the Marlin Equity-backed holding company housing the remnants of Teradata’s marketing tech stack, wants to take some business from the larger marketing clouds. One way it hopes to get there is by attracting upper mid-market and enterprise buyers like KFC and Infiniti that are looking for a modular marketing cloud with managed servicesContinue reading »

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Zeta Global Buys Boomtrain, Adding Machine Learning Mojo

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Zeta Global, a provider of cloud-based CRM and email marketing services, has acquired Boomtrain, a machine-learning marketing technology startup that works primarily with retailers and media companies. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Boomtrain previously raised almost $15 million, and headcount was down 8% in the first six months of 2017, according to LinkedInContinue reading »

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Bringing Programmatic To Product-Level Data

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Marketing automation is designed to push out messages, but it hasn’t always been great at incorporating pricing or product information. Datalogix vet Rob Holland recognized that reality when he served as an EVP at the Oracle Data Cloud – and he just jumped to ecommerce marketing startup Bluecore last week to help solve that problemContinue reading »

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IBM Quietly Builds Its Video Cloud

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Like its competitors, IBM is acquiring and building a video stack. Instead of focusing on media execution, however, IBM is using Watson and data analytics to improve the relevancy of video content, ads and delivery models. “In ad-supported video, how do you make ultra-targeted ads tailored down to the individual for customer acquisition?” said David Mowrey,Continue reading »

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As Media And Mar Tech Merge, TV Ads Get Smarter

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Video ad platform Innovid will integrate with marketing clouds from IBM, Adobe and Oracle, the companies said Tuesday, allowing video and TV planners to use CRM data to inform video ads served by Innovid. Conversely, those marketing cloud customers can apply intent data from their mobile, desktop and OTT video campaigns to their broader marketingContinue reading »

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