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Protagonist Reads the Web to Uncover Effective Brand Stories

Look, I’m as tired as you are of reading about artificial intelligence. But unless you want three articles about chatbot funding (here, here, and here), you’ll probably appreciate hearing about Protagonist, a firm that says it analyzes Web data with AI to uncover the stories that customers want to hear and how to deliver them. The technology originated at the White House and National Security Council, which may or may not add to their credibility.

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Acxiom LiveRamp Gives Agencies Access to Universal Personal Identifier

October 25, 2017

We saw last Friday that Tylenol is eager to let you know they’re watching your every move. The folks at Acxiom-owned LiveRamp are more discreet even though their ambition is broader: nothing less than a “universal, people-based identifier” to track people across all devices in all media. They’ve just made their IdentityLink IDs available to ad agencies, completing a plan that has already made them available to brands, technology platforms, data owners, and publishers.

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Customer Journey Analytics Market Is $4.7 Billion: Markets and Markets

October 23, 2017

And still more about money: companies will spend $4.7 billion on customer journey analytics software and services in 2017, says palindromically-named Markets and Markets. They expect the industry to reach $12.2 billion by 2022. Before you faint at the thought of all that mapping software, read the fine print: the estimate includes all customer segmentation, targeting, behavior analysis, brand management, campaign management and product management systems. Details will cost you $5,650.

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Google Kills FLoC, Runs Out of Bird Metaphors, Offers Topics API

January 26, 2022

Google has given up on its FLoC cookie-less targeting initiative, which faced insurmountable privacy objections. The replacement, which mercifully does not reference anything bird-related, is Topics API, which will offer three recent interests for each individual based on sites they have recently visited.  The loss in targeting and tracking power is so huge that you wonder if Google is purposely showing what tighter privacy is costing the industry. Or maybe they’re just kneecapping competitors.

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