Martech Changes During Covid Were Short-Term Fix: Sitecore Study

Martech stacks changed more in the past year than the three previous years combined, say 77% of marketers in this Sitecore survey.  But the silver lining has a cloud: 72% said most of the changes were short-term fixes that will have to be cleaned up in the future.  Oh, and most of that martech innovation was aimed at moving technology to the cloud, while customer loyalty, personalization, and integration got reduced attention.

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Samba TV Launches SambaID to Deduplicate Digital Audiences

August 13, 2021

So many companies are offering post-cookie, cross-channel identity solutions that it’s not clear whether a new one really counts as news.  But Samba TV does have an interesting story, starting with data from sensors built into smart TVs and extending that through probabilistic matching to identify all devices in a household.   They just launched a proprietary identifier, SambaID, which will let advertisers buy and measure deduplicated household-level audiences across digital devices.

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Privacy Compliance Is Getting Easier: Salesforce Report

August 12, 2021

Marketers in this Salesforce report also report lots of pandemic-driven changes.  But the longer-term trends are more interesting: a doubling in the number of B2C data sources from 2020 to 2022; increase in “dynamic cross-channel coordination” from 31% in 2018 to 68% in 2021; 70% say they have a CDP.  Especially intriguing: just 26% say privacy compliance is challenging, down from 32% last year.

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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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