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Pandemic Has Accelerated Marketing Innovation: Forrester Study

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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IT’S THE LAW (9/15/2020)

September 15, 2020

A bill called the “Genetic Information Privacy Act,” has just passed both houses of the California legislature. It is designed to extend beyond biometric areas already covered by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Among the provisions in this new legislation, companies will be required to: 1) provide consumers with more detail about collection and planned use of DNA data, 2) honor consent requests and destroy samples within a specified period, and 3) ensure protection against unauthorized access to or tampering with data.

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Retail Rocket Raises $24 Million and Buys Sailplay to Enter U.S. Market

July 6, 2022

Netherlands-based retention management platform Retail Rocket just raised a $24 Million Series A, and immediately spent some of it to buy Sailplay, a New York-based marketing automation vendor that will grow its U.S. presence.  Retail Rocket builds unified customer profiles in a module it charmingly calls Data Warehouse, and has other modules for AI-driven personalization, segmentation, and campaign management.  The company has more than 1,000 global clients across Europe and South America.

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