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Sinch AB Buys MessageMedia for $1.3 Billion

Mobile messaging vendor MessageMedia has been purchased by cloud communications provider Sinch AB in a deal valued at $1.3 billion. Sinch has been bulking up its communications business with deals including a $1.1 billion acquisition of phone connection provider Inteliquent in February, followed by a $1.1 billion funding round in May. The deals highlight Sinch’s competition with Twilio, which itself bought mobile messaging provider Zipwhip in May for $850 million.

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Most Marketers Expect Worse Ad Performance Without Third-Party Cookies: Advertiser Perceptions Report

June 14, 2021

Highlighting what’s at stake with third-party cookies, this Advertiser Perceptions survey found that 69% of respondents expect ad performance to drop when cookies are blocked and 40% to rely more heavily on walled gardens like Google as a result.  Two-thirds (65%) have not implemented new audience targeting solutions to replace cookies although 77% expect brands’ own first-party data will eventually become more important.  The survey just had 52 responses but the answers are probably typical.

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InfoSum Offers Choose-Your-Own-Method ID Resolution

June 11, 2021

Privacy-safe data sharing vendor InfoSum has launched InfoSum Bridge, which lets users apply deterministic, probabilistic, and cohort-level identity resolution methods.    It’s a collection of matching tools that users and business partners can use on their own data as they see fit.  While InfoSum doesn’t construct its own identity graph, it does offer connections with third-party data augmentation partners.

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Two-Thirds of C-Suite Can’t Recognize Bad Data: Fivetran Report

December 6, 2021

Like the determined optimist who tells his boss the factory is on fire by reporting they’ll soon be able to update their equipment, let’s find some silver linings in a batch of gloomy surveys today, Dear Reader.  We’ll start with this Fivetran report, which finds that 85% of data leaders say their company has lost money by basing decisions on bad data, and 66% believe their C-suite can’t tell when that happens.  The bright side is there’s lots of room for improvement.

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