Backtracks Raises $2.1 Million for Podcast Audience Behavior Tracking

Back online, podcast analytics and hosting platform Backtracks has raised a $2.1 million seed round. Backtracks says it captures “unprecedented detailed audience data including who, what, when, where, and how they’re listening to a podcast.” They’re reporting the details of listener behavior, not listener identities or podcast content.

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CDPs Deployed at 20% of Companies: ActionIQ Survey

June 6, 2019

We reported last week on an Oracle survey that found CDPs were ecommerce companies’ the top investment priority, news that’s delightful if unlikely to be correct. This survey from ActionIQ and Ascendant Network found 20% of companies have a CDP, compared with 82% having CRM, 57% having a data lake or warehouse, and 54% having a DMP. Much more realistic. Worth reading for details on what data companies use, how long they keep it, how well they coordinate across channels.

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Apple Adds Privacy-Protecting App Sign-in

June 4, 2019

Apple gathers plenty of consumer data but is more stingy about sharing it. They’re extending their privacy story with an iPhone option that hides users’ email addresses from app developers. You have to sign in using your Apple ID but Apple promises they won’t use that to profile users or track activity in apps. Cynics will note that Apple can do this because its business doesn’t depend on monetizing customer data. Maybe that’s the point.

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Real-Time Data Leads to Quicker Growth: Confluent Survey

May 24, 2022

No one really doubts that real-time data is useful, but here’s more concrete data in case you’ve been arguing the point: this Confluent survey of IT leaders finds 63% of companies with widespread access to real-time data showed 10% or higher revenue growth, compared with just 44% of companies with only some access grew as fast.  Integrating multiple data sources was the most common obstacle to real-time access, cited by 60% of respondents.

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