Okta Buys Auth0 and Aims to Compete with Salesforce

You know it was a busy day when a $6.5 billion acquisition is our number three item. Identity platform Okta just spent that much for Auth0, which offers similar capabilities but targets application developers. Forbes quoted Okta’s CEO as saying they are competing with Microsoft, Salesforce, and Zoom to be a “primary cloud”. Zoom?

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Marketers Still Expect Person-Based IDs to Replace Cookies: Lotame Survey

March 5, 2021

Yesterday’s announcement that Google wouldn’t support individual-level alternatives to cookie-based identifiers shouldn’t have been a surprise.  But this Lotame survey shows that 60% of U.S. senior decision makers still expect to target ads using multiple, interoperable ID solutions and 22% think just one will be enough.  Only 44% think that publishers’ first-party data is a good replacement for third-party cookies and fewer 35% of marketers think contextual advertising will do the trick.

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Adwerx Raises $14.5 Million for Personalized B2B Ads

November 29, 2021

Adverx has just raised $14.5 million for “Customer Relationship Advertising,” which certainly sounds intriguing.  What they do is to generats personalized ads for individuals targeted by business-to-business sales teams, and then maks those ads “passively ‘follow’ each salesperson’s current clients and prospects (pulled from the CRM) as they browse the web and social media”.  Annoying and creepy and it probably works.

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