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Legal Woes Mount for Big Tech

Speaking of politicians, let’s catch up with Big Tech Goes to Washington. In the politically-tinged TikTok soap opera, several players are having second thoughts about the ill-defined Oracle deal. Meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission is eyeing anti-trust action against Facebook and the Justice Department and Republican state attorney generals are rattling anti-trust swords at Google.  Outside the Beltway, Google faces a $3 billion lawsuit in the United Kingdom over children’s privacy at YouTube.

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IBM and Nielsen Enable Real-Time Weather-Based Ad Targeting

September 18, 2020

IBM’s The Weather Company is joining with Nielsen to offer Zip code-level advertising triggers based on local weather and Nielsen’s product sales data. The magic of artificial intelligence has let IBM develop more than 500 triggers with up to six variables per trigger. These will be available to target ads across programmatic, display, social, search, video, email, and digital out of home media.

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Pandemic Has Accelerated Marketing Innovation: Forrester Study

September 16, 2020

Here are two studies that agree the pandemic has accelerated digital transformation but disagree on how. A Forrester study for MediaMonks found that marketers have become more innovative: their new top priority is accelerating digital experience initiatives (61%) and their next phase of digital transformation will focus on virtual experiences (72%). Meanwhile, Spiceworks Ziff Davis found that IT managers have pulled back investments in advanced technology to focus on immediate needs including security, cloud migrations, and remote worker support. Could be a marketer vs IT thing.

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Optimizely Buys Welcome to Add Marketing Resource Management

December 2, 2021

Digital experience platform Optimizely is further expanding its scope with a deal to buy Welcome, which provides content management, digital asset management, and marketing resource management.  You may recall that Optimizely itself was purchased in September 2020 by Episerver, which then adopted the Optimizely name.  And who could forget that they bought the Zaius CDP in March 2021?

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