B2B Marketing Leader Metadata.io Awarded “Innovator of the Year”

Metadata.io, the autonomous demand generation platform, won “Innovator of the Year” at LinkedIn’s Partner Connect North America event last month for their work with LinkedIn conversation ads. This award recognizes the partner who has made a significant impact to customers and the partner community through a new and innovative service or solution with LinkedIn Marketing Solutions.

An early adopter of the ad format, Metadata’s marketing team leveraged conversation ads to engage prospects with messages that were customizable to both the person and their position within the funnel. The team built a campaign to drive awareness, interest, and demo requests from buyers within target accounts.

Using this new tactic, Metadata increased platform demo requests 300% and reduced monthly cost by 20%. Metadata also saw efficiencies with cost-per-leads around $70, and 80% of prospects who filled out the Lead Gen Form on LinkedIn taking a demo.

“It is an honor to be recognized by LinkedIn’s Marketing Partner Program as 2020 North America “Innovator of the Year.” We’ve been developing solutions with LinkedIn and other B2B advertising platforms to provide our customers with the most effective way to drive revenue through digital advertising,” said Jason Widup, VP Marketing, Metadata. “Our work with LinkedIn Marketing Solutions shows the power of LinkedIn conversation ads and how we can bring new solutions into our platform with our LinkedIn integration and drive similar success for our own customers.”

Today, Metadata customers build audiences for conversation ads in the Metadata product, and then create their ads in the LinkedIn Campaign Manager to target the Metadata audiences. In the near future, customers will be able to launch and manage a complete conversation ads campaign directly from the Metadata platform.

In this past year, Metadata also introduced a LinkedIn audiences integration enabling dynamic contact and account targeting. The company also offered additional functionality for customers including support for native LinkedIn targeting facets, custom fields for Sponsored Content and Lead Gen Forms, and the ability to launch video ads on LinkedIn that can dramatically increase conversion rates and lower CPL.

Metadata’s autonomous demand generation software is a massive advantage for marketing teams as it sets the entire martech stack on autopilot by connecting existing tools and putting them to work. Demand marketers from companies like Zoom, Drift, Pendo, Udacity, and Vonage have experienced as much as a 4.5X ROI in as little as 90 days using Metadata.

Metadata’s rapidly growing customer base continues to praise the technology for helping achieve B2B marketing results beyond the scale and scope they previously thought possible.

2020 was a banner year for Metadata with an oversubscribed Series A and ranking as No. 233 in the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America Annual List. The company reported an impressive growth rate of 1869.18% revenue growth over the past three years. It also announced a full sweep in the top leadership position in the most recent G2 Fall 2020 Grid® Report for the Account-Based Advertising category.

PureB2B Launches PurePredict Uses Multi-Source Intent Data

PurePredict aggregates and analyzes three layers of intent data – contact-level intent, domain-level consumption trends, and company-level social media intent triggers to provide more accurate in-market buying predictions

PureB2B, a leading global provider of full-funnel lead and demand generation for B2B technology companies, today announced the launch of PurePredict, which combines three distinct sets of intent data and synthesizes it using the company’s predictive analytics technology, to give B2B sales and marketing teams the insights they need to increase conversion rates, pipeline generation and ROI.

“Marketers today are being challenged with owning more of the funnel – not only on MQL’s but pipeline and revenue as well – and it is harder than ever before to identify who the correct buyer is and the best time to engage them.  Intent data was once viewed as the answer to these problems, but it’s become fragmented and costly, often limiting marketers to single types of intent, which leaves significant gaps in either validity or scale,” explained Christopher Rack, President of PureB2B.  “Our mission is to optimize demand generation, so we knew it was time to reimagine intent data and super-charge the analytics behind it – and that’s exactly what we have accomplished with PurePredict.”

PurePredict combines contact-level intent AND company-level social media intent triggers AND domain-level consumption trends to provide the most accurate buying predictions available in the market today:

  1. First Party Intent Data – Delivers Contact-Level Content Consumption and Behavioral Trends
  2. Trigger-Based Intent – Delivers Insights from Millions of Online Interactions across Social Media, SaaS Review Platforms and Technology Forums
  3. Content Engagement – Identifies User and Account Based Content Interactions across 600,000 Websites and more than 7,000 Topics

Historically, most intent providers have captured one-off buying signals, labeling the person or their company as “trending.” PurePredict’s 3-layered fusion of intent data takes into account the prospect’s entire research journey, and the synthesis of that data eliminates the false positives and over-promising currently flooding the intent market.

Unlike older intent taxonomies that are fairly limited to vague categories such as “IT security” or “HR”, PurePredict drills down to thousands of topics and keywords like “Phishing” or “Payroll Processing.” By combining first party and third party content consumption and web trigger sources, PureB2B seamlessly tracks over 600,000 sites and three million companies, while still maintaining high thresholds of valid intent engagement.

PureB2B, a Demand Science company, also expects to integrate additional categories of intent data beyond First-Party, Trigger-Based and Content Engagement in the coming months.

B2B Consumer Data Analytics Platform TactileAI Raises $1M

Funding will be used to develop its enterprise SaaS platform for disrupting consumer testing in the skin care industry and partner with leading global beauty brands.

TactileAI, a B2B consumer data analytics platform for the global beauty care industry, today announced the closing of $1 million in seed round funding by SpringCamp. SpringCamp is an early-stage venture capital fund backed by NAVER, the Seoul-based tech company that operates South Korea’s largest search engine and is often referred to as the “Google of Korea.”

Founded in November 2020 and based in the San Francisco Bay Area, TactileAI aims to modernize consumer testing in skin care, which remains one of the major bottlenecks in the beauty care industry as brands struggle to keep up with the speed of new trends. COVID-19 also accelerated the urgency for beauty companies to find new digital solutions as consumer experience centers were forced to shut-down and they can no longer rely on conventional testing methods.

“TactileAI is building the future of consumer testing in beauty care by decentralizing the consumer panel and providing brands with unique consumer analytics using data science and machine learning,” said Victor Oh, founder and CEO of TactileAI. “I’m very proud to get our first investment from South Korea, a global leader in skincare and beauty care trends like K-beauty. I’m confident that by combining our expertise from Silicon Valley and Korea we can quickly globalize our platform for beauty care companies.”

Kyungpyo Ko at SpringCamp says, “In the booming global beauty market, TactileAI will be a game-changer that is innovating the way beauty brands develop products and do marketing. We expect to see K-beauty brands connect more with a global audience by developing exceptional products using precise information on consumer experiences.”

With the new seed funding, TactileAI is actively hiring software engineers and data scientists to build out its enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. In 2021, TactileAI plans to continue working with leading companies in the beauty care industry.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to work with TactileAI,” said Jacek Brozda, Head of Ventures and New Business at Beiersdorf Korea, “We believe their platform can disrupt consumer testing in the beauty care industry and help us realize new consumer insights in a data-driven way.”

True Influence® Warns B2B Marketers Not to Get Fooled by Bad Data

This April Fool’s Day the joke is on marketers who ignore the importance of quality, accurate data

As the saying goes, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” True Influence®, the technology leader of intent-based sales and marketing solutions, wants to make this April Fool’s Day about telling the truth because there is already too much soothsaying, fortune telling, and bamboozling in the B2B world. Truth matters when it comes to turning data into authentic, actionable intelligence.

“Truth Matters’ is a motto that we live by at True Influence. We know the most important aspect to driving success for B2B sales and marketing is accurate data, so we are committed to providing reliable, quality data for our customers,” said Brian Giese, CEO of True Influence. “It’s important to remember that data is scattered everywhere, and people access the internet from multiple devices. So, you have to examine multiple variants including intent signals, demographic, firmographic and technographic data to find the most robust insights to drive all of your marketing and sales efforts.”

On this day of trickery, True Influence wants to emphasize how truth in data can be the difference in success or failure for B2B marketers.

“The fact is so many companies out there are just reselling lead data,” Giese explained. “They claim it’s authentic and the leads are relevant, but once you look under the hood, you see they are just reselling other people’s leads over and over again. That’s never going to help companies close the sale and increase revenue. Ensuring B2B data is accurate, actionable, and true is a deeply complex process. And, we believe when it comes to delivering real results to customers, the truth matters.”

True Influence uses a three-pronged process of proprietary algorithms to screen out inaccurate records, so only real, active B2B contact records are delivered. It starts with an Identity Graph Triangulation® where records are matched to build a cohesive, omnichannel view of individual customers. These customer records are then analyzed by the True Influence Relevance Engine®, where advanced intent monitoring analytics using natural language processing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence examine behaviors that identify billions of intent signals to get a clear picture of and total active market (TAM) for specific products and solutions. Each contact record is built with unprecedented speed and accuracy and is TripleCheck® validated to ensure all information is 100 percent correct.

DiscoverOrg Expands Leading B2B Database Beyond the Enterprise with 400% Growth in Coverage

Rapid advancements in human-in-the-loop automation technology drives accelerated data growth – providing significantly more coverage of small and medium-sized businesses

Vancouver, Wash. – Dec 10, 2018 – DiscoverOrg announced today the relaunch of its market-leading B2B intelligence platform with a 400% increase in contact coverage and 200% increase in account coverage. DiscoverOrg now profiles over 20 million contacts and 500,000 companies across the globe—all cleansed, processed and maintained using the company’s proprietary human-in-loop automation technology.

The additional data in particular expands DiscoverOrg’s coverage of small and medium-sized  businesses across all industries; today, 94% of all accounts profiled in the platform have less than 1,000 employees.

With this launch, no other company in the industry offers the data quality and depth that smart go-to-market motions demand, AND the data quantity to reach entire addressable markets.

For a decade, DiscoverOrg has stood alone in the sales intelligence market by delivering solely research-verified data and insights on the most important decision-makers and companies with an unparalleled level of depth—including detailed organizational charts, in-depth buying scoops, real-time intent signals, and highly granular technographic profiles—while holding back millions of records pending further review and verification by its in-house research team.

Now, with advances in its proprietary technology and human-in-the-loop automation, the company is making much larger quantities of technology-generated data available across a significantly broader universe with levels of accuracy not typically seen at these volumes.

“The dramatic growth of our database is due to rapid advancements in technology-enabled processes built on a decade of expertise with human-verified research,” says Derek Smith, DiscoverOrg Senior Vice President of Data. “This human+technology approach has allowed us to develop unique assets for cleansing, verifying, and maintaining data that gives our customers the best advantage available: deep, accurate and complete data that fuels their growth.”

“Our customers have always loved the best-in-class coverage DiscoverOrg provides on large and midmarket enterprises. This expansion enables teams that sell into smaller organizations to benefit equally from DiscoverOrg,” says Katie Bullard, DiscoverOrg President.

About DiscoverOrg

Whatever your next stage of growth, DiscoverOrg will get you there faster. Growthbound organizations depend on DiscoverOrg’s deep B2B intelligence to drive their sales, marketing and recruiting activities. Our award-winning solutions provide a stream of accurate and actionable company and contact insights that can be used to find, connect with and sell to target buyers and hires more effectively – all integrated into the leading CRM, Sales Engagement and Marketing Automation Tools on the market. DiscoverOrg’s biggest differentiator is the combination of proprietary technology, tools and integrations with a layer of human-verification that allows us to deliver the highest guaranteed accuracy of any B2B provider in the market.

Decoding Conversant's Mesobase, MarTech's First Customer and Prospect Relationship Management (CPRM) Platform

Decoding Conversant’s Mesobase, MarTech’s First Customer and Prospect Relationship Management (CPRM) Platform

All CMOs are driven to achieve the 3Es of marketing — Efficiency, Efficacy, and Engagement. Marketing Technology landscape has swelled to over 6000+ to actually allow CMOs get closer to their goals and increase marketing efficiency in a measurable manner. Today, marketing and sales teams have an unprecedented access to their customers and prospects, including their anonymous activity with you and across the web.

Recently, Conversant announced a powerful Marketing & Analytics Platform, Mesobase, to further empower marketing teams to deliver highly relevant campaigns to single anonymous identity. We spoke to Ric Elert, President, Conversant about the creation of Mesobase.

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Tell us about your role at Conversant and the team/technology you handle.

As President, I manage Conversant’s business operations, not including our sales team, and guide our corporate and product strategies. I simultaneously lead the engineering team at Epsilon. The goal in assuming these dual roles was to complete the interoperability and interaction of all Epsilon and Conversant technologies. Customers don’t differentiate between messages received through online and offline channels, meaning our clients need an all-encompassing connection or communication path with cross-device continuity. My position helps ensure we have that.

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What’s Mesobase and how does it help businesses build customer relations?

Mesobase is the industry’s first self-service Customer and Prospect Relationship Management (CPRM) platform.

We see brands that execute campaigns across different channels but have difficulty determining what’s driving revenue. Clients often have fragmented data on their customers, so they are unable to look at customers in a holistic way. And clients’ prospect data, if they have it, is often outdated demographic data. That’s where Mesobase comes in.

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Mesobase provides clients direct access and visibility into their customer and prospect data, with the ability to analyze, build audiences, activate and measure attribution.

Clients can create their own models to gather person-level insights and performance metrics that are more robust than those available in a marketing cloud, DMP or CDP. They can then take those models and run campaigns with us or another third-party partner. It takes the busy work out of marketing by reducing the time needed to shuffle through data and instead lets clients spend that time focusing on the performance end of marketing.

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Why did you choose to build a marketing and analytics platform in a tech-heavy ecosystem? How does Mesobase link to your other technologies for various channels and format?

We developed Mesobase because our clients requested it. Clients are frustrated with the lack of transparency from their digital marketing partners, especially the walled gardens. They want to understand how systems work and be able to see their real-time data.

In our case, they want to know how our system is so efficient in communicating with their customers and prospects. They wanted to see what we could see, so we built Mesobase on top of our CORE Platform to offer a client-specific view of customers and prospects in a live environment.

At the same time, we want clients to go in and use it without locking them into something rigid so we pre-built connectors to ensure Mesobase integrates with all Epsilon and Conversant technologies as well as hundreds of other offline and online marketing partners. This connection allows clients to activate the audiences they created in Mesobase with us or with their preferred marketing partner.

Mesobase is an open book that delivers a level of transparency and control clients can’t get anywhere else.

Could you elaborate further on how segment-based communications are moving to journey-based and trigger-moment-inspired outreach?

The biggest problem with segmentation is that people are incorrectly included or excluded from segments. There is a great degree of inefficiency in working with segments. When you don’t know who you need to speak to, you can easily end up with wasted media spend. Over time, the focus on segmentation shifted to personalization. The first goal of personalization is to look at your data in a person-centric view across channels and devices. It’s what we give clients in Mesobase.

How does Conversant deliver cross-industry benefits to modern businesses? Which sectors in the industry are best-placed to leverage Mesobase and why?

All companies need to develop stronger, more personal relationships with their customers, especially in today’s ultra-competitive environment.

Mesobase helps clients understand their customers and prospects at a deeper level. We’ve found that companies with deep, ongoing relationships with their customers and an established ability to measure outcomes (transactions) are most interested in Mesobase, regardless of vertical.

Once clients understand their customers and prospects, we pride ourselves on our ability to accurately reach individuals at scale and help clients test their theories. Even companies that build a decent database and can analyze customers are still plagued by the ability to recognize and reach their customers and see the impact of those interactions. Mesobase provides all that.

What does your product/ marketing roadmap for Mesobase look for 2018-2022? Are you planning to add any technology partners to increase adoption rate?

The key to increasing the adoption rate of Mesobase isn’t about adding technology partners but instead adding data sources that help further describe an individual in real time. Our analysis and experience indicate that brands need to communicate with customers when they show intent to take an action.

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Mesobase provides access to intent data and empowers clients to quickly react to those intentions on any channel, regardless of what platform they’re using to deliver media. Our roadmap also includes providing more attribution and marketing mix planning. In doing so, Mesobase would allow clients to do these analyses by an individual for the first time.

What are your thoughts on AI/ML and the scope of IoT in completely revolutionizing Digital Reinventions for omnichannel businesses?

Machine learning enables us to understand and learn from the ongoing interactions people have with brands and then fine tune those reactions in real time. It’s like two people having a conversation.

Whether a brand is trying to sell a high-dollar item occasionally or a low-price item regularly, machine learning can adjust the conversation based on past experience. Ultimately, machine learning allows for efficient communication with a higher rate of return.

You still see a lot of marketing initiatives that follow a similar pattern: Run a program. Stop. Run a program. Stop. These programs are not only disjointed for customers but fail to provide any value to marketers.

Thank You, Ric, for chatting with us about Mesobase! 

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Comcast Collaborates with Industry Partners on Blockgraph Software to Jumpstart the Use of Secure Data Sharing for Advanced TV Advertising

Comcast Collaborates with Industry Partners on Blockgraph Software to Jumpstart the Use of Secure Data Sharing for Advanced TV Advertising

Newly Launched, Peer-To-Peer Platform Allows Participants to Protect and Control Their Data, While Benefitting from the Shared Insights of Entire User Network

Comcast Cable Advertising, a division of Comcast Corporation, launched the next phase of Blockgraph, an industry initiative designed to create a secure way to use data and share information. Comcast is now working with other industry partners on this initiative, including Viacom and Spectrum Reach, the advertising sales division of Charter Communications, Inc., in a collaborative effort that will facilitate the secure exchange of privacy-compliant audience insights for addressable advertising. Additional media companies and MVPDs participating will be named shortly.

“It’s imperative that the use of data prioritizes the privacy of consumers’ personal information”

Blockgraph is designed to become the “identity layer” for the TV industry, providing a platform on which media companies and publishers can offer marketers best-in-class data capabilities without disclosing identifiable user data to third parties – adding additional protections to user privacy.

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At the core of the initiative is the Blockgraph platform, a blockchain-enabled software, incubated to date within Comcast’s FreeWheel group, which allows TV and media companies to control, connect, and safely activate their data at-scale. Comcast developed this software with the end goal of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of data-driven TV marketing and advertising, resulting in better planning, targeting, execution and measurement across screens.

Blockgraph helps solve data activation challenges for all parties within the global TV advertising ecosystem, including sellers of media, buyers of media and, importantly, consumers of media. An inherent characteristic of the platform is consumer privacy, since each Blockgraph participant’s data stays in its own systems and the participant continues to protect the data and manage the privacy of its users, including respecting any user choices regarding the use of the data.

“Data is a valuable and sensitive asset for media companies and consumers so understandably, it must be protected,” said Jason Manningham, General Manager, Blockgraph. “At the same time, data is now the fuel powering media and advertising. The TV community needs to ensure that we can compete with the data capabilities of digital-first companies. We understand that providing a safe way to protect data while benefitting from collective insights is the path forward. And we believe Blockgraph offers that path.”

Today, stitching together data attributes between two parties, such as an advertiser and a media company, generally requires sending data to a centralized third-party provider. This provider does a bi-lateral blind match between the two parties, then sends back non-identifiable data segments that can be used for targeting or measurement. In contrast, Blockgraph is a peer-to-peer platform that allows all participants to perform blind matches directly with one another, secured through encryption technologies, non-identifiable data and blockchain protocols. In addition to greater security and control, Blockgraph allows participants to benefit from shared learnings of the network as additional attributes are matched against encrypted Blockgraph Identifiers.

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Comcast is currently working with NBCUniversal to test Blockgraph’s capabilities with plans of incorporating it into its addressable offering in early 2019.

Comcast is also in talks with several other potential Blockgraph participants for future rollouts to escalate the initiative’s scale and backing. Key among these is Viacom, whose early involvement as a leading partner in providing feedback to help shape the product roadmap and structure of the Blockgraph initiative has been integral in elevating its impact and adoption.

“Viacom has long been committed to advancements in television advertising and industry collaboration to deliver better ads for clients and enhance the consumer experience,” said Kern Schireson, Executive Vice President, Chief Data Officer, Viacom. “We’re happy to partner with Comcast on Blockgraph’s technology and platform to facilitate the valuable exchange of data insights as a necessary catalyst to scale our collective capabilities.”

Spectrum Reach is another leading collaborator with early involvement helping to shape the initiative.

“It’s imperative that the use of data prioritizes the privacy of consumers’ personal information,” said David Kline, Executive Vice President, and President of Spectrum Reach. “Blockgraph’s technology offers enhanced security and privacy protections by allowing all players within the TV ecosystem to directly share insights derived from anonymized and aggregated information. We support this initiative believing it will help set the standard for secure information sharing in the years to come.”

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“Blockgraph is another example of the industry coming together to adopt new standards and technologies that will allow us to compete more effectively as a medium, while simultaneously delivering more value to our advertising clients,” said Paola Colombo, General Manager Adtech & Business Development at Pubitalia, the advertising unit of Mediaset, Italy’s leading commercial broadcaster. “Since Blockgraph is a peer-to-peer network, the greater the adoption by the TV industry, the greater the potential depth and scale of its data insights. We look forward to working together with our partners on this collaborative effort.”

“Comcast has invested in building the Blockgraph technology, but we do not want this to remain solely a Comcast-led initiative. We are inviting the entire TV industry to participate in Blockgraph so that it becomes a true industry undertaking,” said Marcien Jenckes, President, Comcast Cable Advertising. “When scaled, non-personably identifiable data becomes available to all, the focus shifts to what a provider is able to do with that data and how it can be used to drive outcomes. We believe that when advanced data capabilities are paired with TV and premium video’s awareness and engagement advantages, results will be difficult to beat.”

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Take Your Data with You! ReadyCloud CRM’s Magento 1 & 2 Integrations Make Switching Effortless

Take Your Data with You! ReadyCloud CRM’s Magento 1 & 2 Integrations Make Switching Effortless

The ecommerce suite built for customer retention and growth, ReadyCloud CRM, has just announced all-new integrations for Adobe’s Magento 1 and 2 platforms. An orders-based CRM, ReadyCloud creates instant customer profiles from cross-channel data, including Amazon and eBay, to give users a 360-degree view of the customer journey.

But that’s not all ReadyCloud CRM can do. For online retailers looking to switch platforms, data loss has always been a pain point. But if they plug ReadyCloud CRM into their existing platform before they switch to Magento 1 or 2, they’ll be able to take all their data with them.

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“Order data is the heart of any business and ReadyCloud CRM works fast to import your existing online store’s order history,” explains Michael Lazar, an Executive at ReadyCloud CRM. “E-retailers are no longer tethered to their store. If you want to move, then move. The sync is easy and automated, and the results are amazing!”

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ReadyCloud’s robust feature set give’s retailers everything they need to succeed in ecommerce. From integrated tasks and team management to detailed reporting, event calendar, customer-focused notes, tagging and sorting features, and so much more. Premium plugins like ReadyShipper X add a powerful, hybrid-cloud shipping solution, while others, like ReadyReturns, add “Prime-like” returns to any online store.

“ReadyCloud is an invaluable tool for Magento developers and ISPs who host Magento sites. It makes onboarding customers who were previously on different platforms a breeze,” Lazar says. “If you ask around, preserving order and shipping history was always the hard part. ReadyCloud is great at it.”

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