Direct-to-Consumer Brands Are Redefining Marketing in the Age of Authenticity

Note: a version of this article previously appeared in The Drum. Direct-to-consumer brands have disrupted nearly every industry. Names like Warby Parker, Uber, Allbirds, Stitch Fix, and HelloFresh are inescapable, with plenty more coming into the collective American consumer consciousness on a regular basis. These brands are also the subject of intense interest — even …

Enterprise Identity Resolution Platforms: A Marketer’s Guide

You think omnichannel marketing is challenging now? You haven’t seen anything yet. According to Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index, the average American is on pace to own about 13 connected or networked devices by 2022 as wearables, AI-powered speakers, interactive televisions and smart home products will become fixtures of everyday life. And consumers are going …

Webinar: 3 Data-First Trends for 2019

If you’re not putting your first-party data first in 2019, then your brand is coming in dead last. “This is the year that brands will finally make good on their brand promise,” proclaimed Signal COO Jay Stocki to kick off the company’s latest webinar, 3 Data-First Trends for 2019. “In the recent past, brands have …

Video: AdExchanger Industry Preview 2019 Keynote

The following is a transcript of Signal CEO Mike Sands’ keynote presentation at AdExchanger’s Industry Preview 2019 conference. It has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity. Identity: The Future of Real-Time Engagement in the Age of Going Direct [Forrester analyst Joanna O’Connell] and I were catching up in the back, and I’m like, “Boy, …

Why Today’s Gaming Brands Are the Proving Ground for Tomorrow’s CMOs

Note: a version of this article previously appeared in Adweek. At first blush, the National Football League’s recent hire of Activision Blizzard’s Tim Ellis as CMO looks like a beleaguered brand’s attempt at leveraging fresh marketing insight to recapture a young male demographic abandoning traditional sports for esports. But at a deeper level, the move says a lot …

How Data Insights Can Cure Retail’s Holiday Returns Headache

Note: a version of this article originally appeared in Retail Dive. Good news! Shoppers spent so, so much money during the 2018 holiday season — as much as $721 billion (up more than 4 percent year over year), according to the National Retail Federation. Bad news! Shoppers returned so, so much of the stuff they …

Thank You, Batch Onboarders. Next.

You thought you paid for real-time identity resolution. But that’s impossible when data files are onboarded via individual batch. You assumed you were continually enriching your identity graph. But you must constantly start over from scratch. Even now you’re still paying to re-onboard customers you already know. You wish you could own and control an …

Why Data Onboarding Matters More Today Than One Week Ago

A version of this article previously appeared in Martech Today. As U.S. marketers intensify their focus on customer identity resolution — an investment a Winterberry Group/DMA study projects will jump from $900 million in 2018 to $2.6 billion by 2022 — data onboarding is thrust into the spotlight. Why now? Sure, onboarding — the technical …

How to Get Started on Your Brand’s Identity-Driven Journey

“Every business needs to tap into their inner Amazon.” Great advice from Tom Liantonio, CEO and founder of real-time bidding platform ClickCertain.com, during Signal’s recent webinar Data Onboarding: The Cornerstone of Identity Resolution. “It doesn’t matter how your business starts, you’re in the relationship business,” Liantonio explained. “Amazon is just leveraging that relationship.” Presenting alongside …

How the GDPR Will Revolutionize Retail Marketing

Note: a version of this article originally appeared in Internet Retailer. We’re now several months removed from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) dropping across the European Union — and the Y2K-esque panic accompanying its debut turned out to be more bark than bite. Sure, the first few weeks saw an initial burst of consumer …