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Personalization Vendor Barilliance Adds Unified Customer Database

Retail personalization specialist Barilliance has added the ability to build a multi-source customer database, including CRM, purchase history, and Web behavior data. The extension is part of a new module, Retention, which also lets users define segments and select offers to deliver via Web personalization, email, Facebook ads, or product recommendations. Whether this qualifies Barilliance as a CDP depends on whether the data is also available to other systems. Apparently not.

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Privacy Concerns Delayed Sales at 65% of Companies: Cisco Research

January 29, 2018

Yesterday was Data Privacy Day. I hope you have a great party but will understand if you don’t post pictures. Meanwhile, Cisco last week reported that 65% of companies have seen a delayed sale due to privacy concerns, with an average delay of nearly two months. Companies with more mature privacy processes reported shorter delays. They were also less likely to have suffered a privacy breach. In other words, strong privacy is good business.

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Martech and Adtech Really Are Merging: Salesforce Study

January 25, 2018

Here’s an item that’s more related to the previous one than you might think: a study from Salesforce finds that email marketing and display advertising teams collaborate on technology purchases at 74% of U.S. companies today and plan to collaborate at another 20%. The driver behind this lions-with-lambs comity is use of email addresses to feed advertising audiences to, you guessed it, Facebook. Lots of other interesting information here, including usage of data types, technology, metrics, and new ad channels such as voice devices and wearables.

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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  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia,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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