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AutoHook Shares Promotion Data to Support Measurement

Let’s finish with an announcement from AutoHook, which helps drive traffic to auto dealers. They’ve given other systems free API access to their offer and redemption data, in a not-so-subtle attempt to promote its use. They position this as “first official step towards unifying quality data to improve sales attribution metrics and validate marketing initiatives for both dealers and manufacturers”. More measurement.

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LiveIntent and LiveRamp Share Data to Coordinate Ads in Email and Display

January 31, 2017

Let’s talk about email today, shall we? First, we have an integration of LiveIntent with LiveRamp. In case you’re getting your lives mixed up, LiveIntent inserts advertisements into publisher and brand emails, using predictive analytics to find the best ad for each person. LiveRamp matches email addresses to cookies and other digital identifiers so marketers can send display ads to email customers. The deal will make it easier for marketers target the same people across both media.

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Fishbowl Customer Engagement Platform for Restaurants Acquired by Private Equity Firm

January 27, 2017

Final stop is Fishbowl, a CDP for restaurants. It draws from reservations, online orders, point of sale, email, loyalty, online ordering, and other systems to build a unified database and execute marketing campaigns. Buyer was Symphony Technology Group. Private equity companies have been the main purchasers of marketing technology ventures recently, in contrast to the recent past when small firms went public or were bought by larger vendors. Something to do with a glut of marketing technology products, I suspect. Insight number five. My work here is done.

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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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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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