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Cisco Buys B2B Data Compiler Accompany for $270 Million

Cisco is paying $270 million for Accompany, which uses AI to build profiles of business decision makers and map their connections. They’ll integrate the data with their collaboration products, most notably WebEx. The deal may be more about AI talent than data: Accompany founder Amy Chang, who sat on Cisco’s board until the purchase, will take charge of Cisco’s collaboration business. Total funding for Accompany was $40.6 million.

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DMA, ARF and CIMM Working on Standard Label for Data Quality

May 4, 2018

Here’s a peculiar item: three industry groups have formed an initiative to create “quality label” for marketing data, similar to the nutrition labels on food packages. Participants include the Data & Marketing Association (DMA), The Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) and The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM), plus 15 big compilers and users of marketing data. The label would disclose source, collection, recency, and “compliance signals” with industry and legal standards. Presumably the underlying motivation is to ease concerns about liability for using data that violates GDPR.

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Most Marketers Say They’re Using the Metaverse and It’s Great: Qualtrics Report

July 5, 2022

Will the metaverse rescue marketers from the loss of third-party cookies and device tracking?  Perhaps you scoff the metaverse doesn’t actually exist.  That didn’t prevent 74% of marketers telling Qualtrics they were already advertising in it and 59% of that group saying it’s their most successful channel.  Pioneering?  Optimistic? Delusional?  Take your pick.

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