Marketing Trails Other Departments in Data Use: Alation Report

Marketing is less interested than other departments in data and analytics, according to this Alation study.  Operations, compliance, finance, and sales are all more frequent proponents.  Marketing and product share fifth place while customer service and human resources bring up the rear.  Alation also reports that AI adoption is broad but shallow: 76% of firms have deployed some AI but just 8% use it throughout their organization.

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Anyword Offers AI-Based Language Optimization for $19/Month

March 29, 2021

Marketers may or may not love AI, but vendors keep trying. Anyword, formerly Keywee, recently added a $19/month pricing tier and enhanced its “Language Optimization Platform,” which promises to pick the best word for performance marketing ads. Meanwhile, AI-powered video ad creator Pencil has partnered with ecommerce funding provider Clearbanc to offer Pencil’s services to the 4,000+ Clearbanc-backed companies.

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Integrate Introduces Demand Acceleration Platform

March 26, 2021

B2B martech vendor Integrate has introduced Demand Acceleration Platform, whose snappy acronym of DAP should not be confused with the popular brand of spackle.  Like its namesake drywall adhesive, DAP is a versatile glue that connects “hundreds of technology companies, data partners, service providers and marketing agencies, thousands of events and trade shows, and a marketplace of 150+ publishers” to create orchestrated, personalized, cross-channel, paintable customer journeys.  Maybe not paintable.

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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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