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OnBrand Survey: 65% of Marketers Don’t Plan to Invest in Advanced Tech This Year

Enough about agencies. Here’s a nice survey about what marketers are up to. OnBrand Magazine surveyed 562 global brand managers and found their biggest challenges are proving ROI (34%) and collaboration between departments (14%); identifying necessary technology came in dead last at 2%, even behind “other”. Although 43% consider themselves early adopters of technology, just 35% planned to actually invest in 360 degree video, virtual reality, chatbots, or other advanced technologies this year. Hmm.

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Adobe Adds Experience Cloud Label to Marketing, Advertising, and Analytics Clouds

March 21, 2017

Adobe made a slew of announcements at its Summit 2017 conference, including a “Experience Cloud” as a master label for its Marketing, Advertising, and Analytics Clouds. Not much talk of direct integration among those components, though.  Adobe did discuss connecting them to its Sensei artificial intelligence platform and Creative Cloud. There was one bit of data-related news: Adobe is working with several other vendors to create a standard marketing data model.  This would simplify future integrations.

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Adweek: Global Consultancies Are Buying Agencies and Reshaping Brand Marketing

March 17, 2017

As advertising involves more technology (see above), it’s no wonder that tech experts are playing a larger role in the industry. Here’s a very interesting piece from Ad Week on investments in ad agencies by giant tech firms like Accenture and IBM. Did you know that Accenture already has 36,000 design and creative professionals worldwide?  If you’re wondering what this means for marketing technology and CDPs, here are some additional thoughts.

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Meta Releases Lying, Offensive AI and Pretends to Be Surprised

November 23, 2022

Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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