Webinar: Marketing in the Moment

The relationship between brands and customers continues to grow closer… and more complex. Make no mistake: Your customers want to hear from you, and they want to engage on a more personal basis. But their expectations for meaningful, contextually relevant interactions have never been higher — and if your brand doesn’t consistently meet or exceed …

The GDPR Thaw: Marketers Tiptoe Back to Data-Driven Strategies

Note: a version of this article previously appeared in The Drum. Months after the panicked scurry to come into compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation effectively froze many marketers’ data-driven strategies, the true impact of the regulation on consumers and companies is coming into focus… and it’s much more promising than some …

Suppression Explained: How Off-Target Messages Erode ROAS and Customer Goodwill

Sometimes, less is more — especially in digital marketing. Ask Marc Pritchard. Procter & Gamble’s CMO made international headlines in 2017 when he slashed $200 million from the CPG goliath’s digital ad budget, returning to the spotlight when the gambit boosted reach by 10 percent. “We were annoying the hell out of people,” Pritchard admitted, …

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 …