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Google Invests $550 Million in Chinese E-Commerce Merchant JD.com

Just in case you had doubts that Google is serious about competing with Amazon in retail, consider this: Google just invested $550 million in Chinese e-commerce merchant JD.com. Google doesn’t do much business in China so this is about expanding in other markets and listing JD.com as a seller in Google Shopping. Google also announced several enhancements last week that help retailers display their inventory on-line and drive traffic to local stores. See this from The Street for more thoughts on the JD.com deal.

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RichRelevance Launches Next-Generation AI-Based Experience Personalization

June 20, 2018

Personalization vendor RichRelevance has launched its next generation of AI-based personalization tools. Key features include dynamic assembly of individual experiences, real-time performance tracking and continuous optimization. A helpful “Experience Browser” overlays the client’s Web site to display data, rules, and results for each decision in context. Marketers can set business rules to constrain the AI decisions and data scientists can draw on system data to define custom personalization strategies.

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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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