Comcast’s Freewheel Offers Deduplicated Linear and CTV Audiences

Comcast-owned Freewheel has just launched a service that lets media buyers purchase audiences that are deduplicated across linear TV (the old-school channels you see on cable) and Connected TV (the things you access through streaming content services).  The service uses linear TV audiences in Comcast households as a base, and supplements it with ads on CTV services that have partnered with Comcast. It’s one small step to make CTV buying easier.

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Braze Adds Enhanced Personalization Tools for Retailers

April 4, 2022

Let’s catch up with some product news today, Dear Reader.  We’ll start with Braze, which has released Braze for Commerce, a package of personalization tools for retail and ecommerce merchants.  The one new product in the bundle, Braze Catalog, lets marketers use product data within personalized messages.  Other components include surveys, SMS click tracking, advanced segmentation, and data sharing across Braze’s email, SMS, mobile, and web tools, and paid social channels.

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CIAM Vendor Ping Identity Bought for $2.8 Billion by Private Investors

August 5, 2022

CIAM (Customer Identity and Access Management) was once largely about managing employee access to company systems, but it’s increasingly applied to consumer log-ins and identities as well.  This creates an overlap with the identity management systems more traditionally used for customer data.  The expanded market helps to explain why private investor Thoma Bravo just paid $2.8 billion for CIAM vendor Ping Identity, a 60% premium of its most recent stock price and just under 10x revenue.

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