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Has Martech Made Things Too Complicated?

The arrival of martech was heralded as the next stage of marketing. These platforms enabled marketers to gather endless reams of data so they could reconfigure their approach and boost their conversions. The theory was that the better businesses got to know their customers, the more appealing they could make their offers. What actually happened […]

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Can Magic Be Manufactured Through Marketing?

Marketers are often expected to work magic on consumers, putting them under a spell and convincing them that the cure for all that ails them is their company’s product or service. But the high expectations placed on brands often do little more than set them up for a fall. An IBM study found that nearly […]

Facial recognition tech makes it official: There is no privacy anymore

Recent weeks have brought controversy over electronic billboards in restaurants and shopping precincts that utilize advanced facial recognition techniques to not only provide personalized advertisements but also measure and record the consumer and their response, ostensibly to enable retailers to provide more targeted marketing and services. In Oslo, the restaurant Peppe’s Pizza had its usage of […]

What The KGB Can Teach You About Data-Driven Marketing

What The KGB Can Teach You About Data-Driven Marketing

Guest author Leo Sadovy is the director of global marketing at SAS. During the Cold War, the KGB was so good at identifying undercover CIA agents that officials worried that there was a highly placed mole in the agency. But as Jonathan Haslam, a professor at Princeton University, wrote earlier this fall, that wasn’t the case at all.  […]