Emailers Using Fewer Best Practices: Validity Report

Email optimization vendor Validity has sorrows of its own: best practices including list hygiene, deliverability optimization, and A/B testing were used less last year than the year before.  High-performing companies were more likely to use most tools although AI was an intriguing exception: it was actually more common among marketers with lower inbox placement rates.

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AppsFlyer Helps Marketers Deal with New Apple Privacy Rules

February 17, 2021

Most of the marketing industry has gotten past the denial and anger stages of reacting to Apple’s tighter privacy policies and is moving on to bargaining.  AppsFlyer’s contribution is SK360, which restores some control by collecting campaign information that Apple’s SKAdNetwork sends to ad networks.  AppsFlyer e just announced a further extension, PredictSK, that predicts campaign performance.  Look for other measurement vendors to offer similar support in these trying times.

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Businesses Still Struggling to Handle COVID Disruptions: Verint Survey

February 17, 2021

Engagement analytics firm Verint also has some sad news: half the companies it surveyed still feel ill-prepared to handle COVID-related disruptions and 82% expect managing engagement will get harder in 2021.  AI takes some lumps in this survey too: while 78% of companies have made moderate-to-high investment in AI, just 18% report it has been highly useful in managing change.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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