33% of Consumers Use Ad Blockers: Rakuten Marketing

Speaking of research: a survey by integrated marketing agency Rakuten found that 33% of consumers use an ad blocker and 45% will abandon a Web site because of a bad experience. Popups and preroll video ads were most annoying, while coupons and emails were most useful. Consumers want better ad personalization too. Worth a look.

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Swrve Mobile Engagement System Adds Deeper Email Integration

June 22, 2017

Swrve loads data from mobile apps and uses it to drive messaging, run marketing campaigns, and feed other systems. It can import data from non-mobile sources, making it a proper Customer Data Platform, although that’s not its focus. The system can run email campaigns, which are delivered through integrations with marketing automation and email platforms. It has just enhanced its integration with Salesforce Marketing Cloud to allow greater personalization, launch customer journeys, use dynamic email templates, and more.

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It’s a Post-Mobile World: BrightEdge Study

June 20, 2017

Few marketers will see TV as cutting edge. But even the 27% who see mobile as “the next big thing” are behind the times, according to search optimization vendor BrightEdge. It’s really a “post-mobile world” that will be dominated by technologies including voice search, artificial intelligence, and hyper-local targeting. There’s a lot of really interesting insight here, although BrightEdge hasn’t packaged it very conveniently.  For another vision of the future, check out this post on the Customer Experience Matrix blog.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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