Monthly Archives: June 2017

Make GIF makers work for you
June 29, 2017 Uncategorized

You’ve seen them on Twitter, embedded in slide decks, on Facebook, on your phone. They’re a shorthand way of communicating a shared experience — they’re the GIFs that keep on giving.

GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format. It is usually a sequence from video, or an animation of a group of images. The file is compressed and plays on a loop. If you want to convey a message to engage a wide audience but you’re not a professional-grade graphics guru, then quick and easy GIF makers are for you.

However, there are a few pointers about using GIFs:

  • Less is more. Have three big points to illustrate? GIFs could work. Have 50 pieces of data? No.
  • Think about your audience. Is a GIF of a child having a mishap more appropriate than a scene from Real Housewives of Atlanta? Is a Tim & Eric GIF a little obscure for your boardroom?
  • Check that your GIF works. In some formats your animation will show as a still image, or worse, all the photos you used to create your animation.
  • Is the tone right? A hilarious GIF may not be right for a poor earnings report. Or worse.

Check out some of these products to make your graphics move:

 

Imgflip GIF Generator is a free online tool for making custom animated GIFs from photos. drawings or clipart, or you can use Imgflip to assemble together frames that you’ve extracted from a video.
BEST FEATURES: Available in Basic (free) or Pro versions. With Pro, you can disable the Imgflip watermark, expand the number of image frames from 80 (Basic) to 360 with a better framerate and smoother animation.
PRICING: Free forever to use with watermark, or disable the watermark completely with a Pro account. for $9.95 per month.


EZGif Animated GIF Maker not only allows you to combine separate image files as frames to create your own animated GIFs, but you can also edit, shorten or merge together existing GIFs.
BEST FEATURES: Crossfade frame function creates smooth, fading transition between images that look like short videos.
PRICING: Free.

Gifs.com offers a free and easy-to-use GIF Creator that lets you search and paste a URL from Youtube and other sources, edit with a gallery of effects and share online. A large effects menu that includes captions, padding, cropping, and stickers.
BEST FEATURES: An Auto-GIF creator feature generates memes for you — automatically –from URLs and popular GIFs and videos online.
PRICING: Free

 

GIPHY CAPTURE is a GIF creator for the Mac that can capture anything that is currently on your screen. Simple, powerful, free, and easy enough for pretty much everyone. Add captions, trim clips down to a specific frame, adjust export size, and share with just a few clicks.
BEST FEATURES: Giphy also offers a specialized search engine designed to let anyone search, share, and discover the best animated GIFs.

PRICING: Free

Recordit by Placeit takes a short screencast from your Mac or Windows screen, and automatically converts it into an animated GIF for you. Recordit provides a unique URL for your animated GIF that you can share online.
BEST FEATURES: When used with Placeit, you can animate a GIF and see in an instant how it  will look on an iPhone, iPad and other screens.
PRICING: Free to get started. Pro version is $29.99.

 

GIFMaker.me makes it easy to combine a series of images to create a quick animation, reduce the file size of an existing GIF, resize it or reverse the action.
BEST FEATURES: Separate the frames of an existing GIF, or merge two or more GIFs together into one for more effect.
PRICING: Free

 

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RhythmOne extends audience with acquisitions from RadiumOne
June 29, 2017 Acquisitions, Advertising, MarTech Product News

RhythmOne is extending its programmatic platform with the acquisition of assets from RadiumOne, a data driven marketing platform. The acquisition gives Rhythm one access to RadiumOne’s unique consumer insights, audience segmentation and targeting technology, and premium demand relationships. The combination will provide RhythmOne’s customers with a larger footprint of curated audiences from publishers and on the demand side, a sophisticated media buying capability.

From the release: “One of the biggest challenges facing advertisers today is how to leverage the rich data they get from customers throughout the buying cycle,” said Richard Nunn, CRO of RhythmOne. “RadiumOne’s powerful data-driven marketing platform combined with RhythmOne’s massive, high-quality supply footprint will truly enable brands to develop and activate segmentation and targeting strategies based on unique consumer insights. We are also thrilled to welcome the RadiumOne team whose experience and relationships will be critical for achieving success.”

Link: RhythmOne

Visit RhythmOne on CabinetM.

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Coming to Boston for the MarTech conference?
June 28, 2017 Industry Buzz

ChiefMartec just announced its speaker list for the 2017 MarTech conference in Boston, including Anita Brearton, CEO of CabinetM.

Make sure you say hi when you’re in Boston — there are a few things CabinetM can show you.

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Accenture acquires mobile design and development firm Intrepid
June 28, 2017 Acquisitions

Accenture has acquired Boston-based mobile design and development firm Intrepid, expanding its capabilities to help organizations create engaging mobile experiences for customers at speed and at scale. Intrepid’s 150 employees have joined Accenture Digital as a result of the acquisition. The team will focus on the rapid development of innovative digital services and solutions, using agile tools in a collaborative environment where clients can work side by side with Accenture designers, engineers and mobile experts. Intrepid expands Accenture’s capabilities in design, native app development, connected device engineering and web development in North America, strengthening its ability to help clients take the lead in an era where connected experience is the new battleground.

From the release: “Mobile solutions are a cornerstone of digital business transformation and their design and development is a source of continued differentiation for Accenture Digital,” said Ankur Mathur, managing director, Accenture Digital. “When combined with connected devices they offer a broad set of opportunities for our clients to re-invent their business models. We are delighted to bring Intrepid’s highly skilled team into Accenture and to help scale what Intrepid offers to clients today. Our shared values of people-first, disruptive innovation and continuous learning make Intrepid a great fit for Accenture.”

Link: Accenture Newsroom

Visit Accenture Digital on CabinetM.

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NAVIS re-releases flagship product as Narrowcast Cloud
June 27, 2017 Sales Enablement

Narrowcast Cloud, a ground-up refresh of NAVIS’ flagship reservation-sales platform, was released by NAVIS, a leading provider of reservation sales and marketing technology for the hospitality industry. Narrowcast Cloud now has fewer technical requirements, is completely web-based, better data visualization, and now has a mobile-friendly Agent Hub.

From the release: “With Narrowcast Cloud, we’re setting a strong foundation for future products and what we want the client experience to become,” said Amber Mayer, vice president of product solutions. “A lot of customer feedback and industry research has gone into this product, and we’re going to capture even more of it as we expand our portfolio. Our goal is to deliver an intuitive, client-configurable, single source of guest truth that helps our clients book more direct business and grow revenue.”

Link: Hospitality Net

Visit Narrowcast on CabinetM.

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CrowdTwist releases loyalty app within Oracle Cloud Marketplace
June 27, 2017 Customer

CrowdTwist, a provider of multichannel loyalty and engagement solutions, launched a loyalty and engagement application through Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The application aims to assist marketers in managing loyalty programs as well as in capturing customer profile data across channels with the help of Oracle Marketing Cloud’s Oracle Responsys email and cross-channel marketing solution.

From the release: “As the marketplace evolves towards engagement programs that deepen loyalty through personal, relevant interactions, brands need to step up and work with the right partners in order to stay ahead,” Emily Rudin, chief customer officer at CrowdTwist said. “The flexibility of our technology enables marketers the ability to offer unique, memorable, and branded experiences that keep customers engaged with a brand and increase their spend.”

Link: Destination CRM

Visit CrowdTwist on CabinetM.

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Attack of the zombie products in your stack
June 27, 2017 zombie

We’ve all done it — we’ve started with a marketing technology product, we opted to go from free to paid user, and then our needs changed. We needed a new better version, and figured we’d kill off what we had when the subscription ran out, and get the new product.

But then it became a zombie. The product wasn’t really dead. It kept coming back to life on the company credit card.

When you create that same scenario at scale, what you get are a pile of products you’re being charged for that look like the extras on the Walking Dead. Dozens, sometimes tens-of-dozens of products could be duplicates, unused, waiting to spring back to life and suck the marrow out of your budget when you need to be working on strategy.

Have you canceled all the contracts for all the tools your organization has stopped using?  Are you sure? Can you identify all the contracts you have, and when they renew?

Marketers using CabinetM sleep well at night because they have a full view of their marketing technology use and spend.  Using CabinetM’s marketing stack configurator, marketers find:

  • They can build stacks to document all the tech they use, noting what contracts they have, and when they expire.
  • If you’ve got more than eight categories of product (email, CRM, home-grown tech, platform, social media) your spreadsheet won’t get it done. Use a modern platform for your up-to-date tech.
  • You create stacks of Retired Technology, noting what’s been retired, by whom, and why — so no one buys it again. Worked well but doesn’t integrate with the current programs? Doesn’t have capacity for what you need? Bad customer service? Note the issue so if the vendor resolves it, you can always go back. If they don’t, let others on your team know what the problem was so they don’t make the same mistake.

We know you’re moving quickly, fellow marketer. CabinetM is a tool purpose-built to help you manage the technology you use and discover the technology you need. Let us help you.

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How big is your MarTech landscape? (CabinetM says 7,000+)
June 26, 2017 CabinetM Stacks

Picking up on the news that CabinetM has more than 7,000 marketing technology products in its database (7,238 at the time the publish button was hit on this post), Kim Davis picks up on the comparison to Scott Brinker’s landscape.

In May, Scott Brinker announced the Martech 5000, a near impenetrable visual thicket of 5,381 solutions. Then just last week, CabinetM, the Boston-based marketing tech discovery and management platform, raised the stakes by announcing that their solutions listing has shot past the 7,000 mark.

No matter where the number is set, there is an amazing number of marketing technology, adtech, fintech and sales technology products out there. Check out our categories in our database to find what you’re seeking.

 

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Seller Labs spins off eCommerce platform Snagshout
June 22, 2017 Ecommerce

eCommerce solutions provider Seller Labs is spinning off its successful product, Snagshout, into its own company. Snagshout will operate as an eCommerce platform, and will be led by Seller Labs co-founder and former CEO Paul Johnson.

From the release: “We will be able to help brands connect with and engage shoppers in new and exciting ways. Snagshout will be much more than a great place to find deals on the internet. Snagshout will allow consumers to take a part in the marketing of the products they love. Not only will Snagshout be a product discovery platform but we will also allow brands to connect with socially engaged shoppers and encourage them to share their message across the internet. Our shoppers love to share their opinion on the products they purchase and we believe our platform is poised to become the top influencer destination,” said Johnson.

Link: PRnewswire

Visit Snagshout on CabinetM.

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Study: Personalization must tap into relevant data
June 22, 2017 Personalization

Qubit, maker of personalization technology,has released its analysis of more than two billion user journeys and 120 million purchases to determine what uplift should eCommerce businesses expect from specific optimization techniques.

The data shows that programmatic and personalization experiences that tap into customer, product, or business data are providing anywhere from 2-to-14 times more incremental revenue per visitor versus traditional optimization efforts, which focus mainly on cosmetic changes such as colors and location of buttons. Conversely, experiences like popups or buttons that take a user back to the top of the page, can even have a negative impact.

“Now is the moment for transparency in our industry,” said Graham Cooke, founder and CEO of Qubit. “eCommerce leaders have to get personalization right when they’re trying to compete against the likes of Amazon, and yet it’s so hard to know what really works. We want every marketer to know precisely what tactics will help them beat the 800-pound eCommerce gorilla, and I invite other vendors in our industry to do the same.”

Read the study here, and visit Qubit on CabinetM.

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CabinetM and Boston’s MarTech scene
June 22, 2017 CabinetM Commentary

The Boston Business Journal and CabinetM compiled a list of companies highlighting the fact that Boston is now a marketing technology hotspot. Reasons?

  • The bigger companies like Logmein, Hubspot and Constant Contact aren’t crowding out startups by sucking up all the talent and real estate.
  • It’s the home of CabinetM. Born in Boston but used all over the world.
  • You’ll find wisdom shared between marketers and vendors with enough density, which begets conferences like MarTech Boston to be held in October.

Check out the list of Boston MarTech startups in the Boston Business Journal.

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Pond5 launches add-on for Adobe Premiere Pro
June 21, 2017 MarTech Product News

Pond5 announced the availability of the Pond5 Add-on for Adobe Premiere Pro, a free plug-in available through the Adobe Premiere extension panel that makes millions of royalty-free HD and 4K video as well as music and sound effects immediately accessible. A download of the free Pond5 add-on for Adobe Premiere Pro comes with a free collection of 50 pre-selected clips valued at over $1,000.00, which users can try out in their projects to get started.

From the release: “When we designed the Pond5 add-on for Adobe Premiere Pro, we knew that one of the most valuable things we could do was help our customers save time while improving their workflow,” states Jason Teichman, CEO of Pond5. “That’s why this seamless integration into the Adobe Premiere Pro CC interface brings users all the power of the Pond5 collection without ever forcing you to leave the application.”

Link: Broadcast Beat

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Snap Map lets Snapchatters announce their location
June 21, 2017 MarTech Product News, Social Media Marketing

Snapchat has just released a feature called Snap Map, allowing users to announce their location while the app is open. Locations are not available while the app is closed, allying fears of remote tracking. Users can use “Ghost Mode” to conceal their location.

Link: Snapchat

Visit Snapchat x on CabinetM.

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CabinetM now has 7,000 MarTech products in its database
June 21, 2017 CabinetM Commentary, CabinetM Stacks

CabinetM, the discovery and management platform for marketing technology strategy and digital transformation, today announced it now has more than 7,000 products in its industry-leading technology database.

That’s 7,000 and counting.

Comprised of products in marketing technology, sales enablement and adtech, CabinetM’s directory has cataloged products in more than 300 categories, allowing marketers and those who utilize marketing technology in their roles, to easily find the products they need.

CabinetM is adding between 10 and 20 products each week to the directory, as marketers share the names of the products they are trying to add to their stacks, that aren’t yet in the database. You may need to check this out. 

h/t GIPHY for the fabulous Gwen Stefani gif.

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Data Mining tools for storytellers
June 20, 2017 Big Data

Data mining tools, in essence, are software programs that help you look at your information in new ways, so you can tell that story. Break down giant sales numbers into buying patterns of 18-25 year olds. You can take giant inventory numbers worldwide and figure out what is not selling well in Southwest Ohio and Northern Michigan. And you can get information about what the most popular items are sold on Friday nights – so if you’re looking to target 19-year-olds in Cincinnati, you know what you can pitch on social media channels on Thursday nights.

What you need to do is find the tool for you. This one could be too big, this one granular, and the one for you is just right.

So many tales, so little time – check out these data mining tools to see if they fit into your storyline.

 

HPE IDOL is an advanced AI-driven enterprise search and data analytics solution. The platform enables out-of-the-box access to 150 data repositories behind and beyond your firewall. HPE IDOL lets you search and analyze text, images, audio, and video from virtually any source.
BEST FEATURES: Access virtually any data sources behind and outside the firewall, and index data without relocation and disruption.
PRICING: See vendor for details.

 

Watson Analytics is a smart data analysis and visualization service that quickly discovers patterns and meaning in data. With guided data discovery, automated predictive analytics and cognitive capabilities such as natural language dialogue, users can interact with data conversationally to get answers.|
BEST FEATURES: Natural language dialogue and automated predictive analytics.
PRICING: See vendor for details.

 

Turn DataMine Analytics converts  raw data into understandable, powerful insights. Dig deeper to find out about an audience and campaigns. Uncover what works and what doesn’t, illuminating the when, where, and how. With better analytics you can strategize to create the changes that can boost results.
BEST FEATURES: Stores and manages the data in the cloud, which also gives marketers the ability to scale quickly and massively when needed.
PRICING: See vendor for details.

 

Entrinsik Informer is reporting and business intelligence software that delivers ad-hoc reporting, self-service data analysis, and interactive dashboards all in one intuitive, user-friendly environment. Among its capabilities are in creating reports and dashboards by securely extracting data from relational or MultiValue data sources in one web interface. Informer can differentiate a solution by integrating advanced analytics and dashboards. The program also offers Self-service reporting and business intelligence for every user in your organization regardless of technical ability.
BEST FEATURES: Supports multiple data sources including Microsoft SQL Server, Informix, Oracle, IBM DB2, MySQL, U2, Google Docs, Microsoft Excel, and data warehouses.
PRICING: One-time fee is required. See vendor for details.

 

KnowledgeCORE is advanced data mining and predictive analytics software that reduces coding time by more than 30% for data preparation, model building and deployment. Get insight and deliver results in a fraction of the time needed by its competitors. KnowledgeCORE offers an easy-to-use framework featuring pre-built functional nodes and custom program creation in SAS and R languages.
BEST FEATURES: Offers speed and therefore a financial savings. Easy navigation through drag-and-drop and wizards.
PRICING: See vendor for details.

 

CXAIR is a search-powered data analytics platform featuring a comprehensive visual dashboard, a user-friendly drag and drop interface, and functionality to shape vast amounts of data into visual charts, tables, graphs and infographics. CXAIR lets you explore data using ‘natural language’ search engine style queries, as well as rapidly filtering results by simply clicking on values on the screen or generating different filters. By making the process of querying easy, the user can select the data they desire without having to rely on running pre-canned reports or SQL queries.
BEST FEATURES: Unlike other solutions, position your reporting data anywhere. Users can structure and group related data together, incorporating logos, pictures, images and text as if typing data into a publishing package.
PRICING: See vendor for details.

 

Lavastorm is a business intelligence platform that combines self-service data preparation with advanced analytics. Lavastorm enables business users and IT to build sophisticated analytical applications without requiring coding. When presenting, Collaborate on the design and configuration of analytic graphs against a shared data set.
BEST FEATURES: The Server editions of the Lavastorm Analytics Engine scale to analyze billions of records per day.
PRICING: See vendor for details.

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Study: User Generated Content influences 90% of choices to buy
June 19, 2017 Content Marketing

User-Generated Content is king when it comes to influencing a buyer.

Results from a recent study show most shoppers (90 percent) report UGC influences their decisions to make a purchase, outranking all other forms of marketing, including search engines (87 percent) and promotional emails (79 percent), which came in second and third. Notably, shoppers are also willing to pay more (81 percent) and wait longer (81 percent) for products paired with UGC.

The study,  “Hearing the Voice of the Consumer: UGC and the Commerce Experience,” was developed by TurnTo and executed by Ipsos. Additional findings include:

  • Nearly a quarter of female shoppers (24 percent) consider UGC to be the most influential marketing tool.
  • Shoppers under 30 report a greater influence of UGC in purchasing decisions versus older respondents. Of those aged 18-29, 97 percent report UGC has an extreme influence.

CabinetM offers a database of 7,000 tools, including the tools to automate the process of getting user generated content in front of your future shoppers. Browse categories such as Influencer Marketing, Social Influencer Marketing, Social Media Content tools and Hashtag Marketing tools.

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Mona Lisa from Gravity4 uses AI to automate media buying, attribution
June 19, 2017 Artificial Intelligence, MarTech Product News

Big data marketing cloud company Gravity4 has introduced Mona Lisa, the first artificial intelligence (AI) digital assistant for online advertising across 19 countries. Brands use this machine learning prediction management platform to forecast media channels that will achieve optimal results in a programmatic environment. Mona Lisa’s aims are to push predictive analytics, attribution, media buying, optimization and placement into one dashboard.

From the release: “There is a tremendous opportunity for AI in a market that has grown to $200 billion worldwide,” said founder and CEO, Gurbaksh Chahal. “When brands deploy machine learning programmatically, they can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of customer engagement. The results are directional guidance for media channels can tune to, which to divest and which to accelerate automatically. This is why we’re proud to announce Mona Lisa. This platform further separates us from Oracle, Adobe, and Salesforce Marketing Cloud.”

Link: Huffington Post

Visit Mona Lisa on CabinetM.

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Roundme adds Panorama Folders
June 15, 2017 MarTech Product News

Roundme, the VR platform for creating 360 degree images, publishing panoramic views, sharing individual VR experience with worldwide community users, has added Panorama Folders. The new feature allows you to structure large tours with many panoramas into a logical folders that make it easier for you and your viewers to navigate.

Visit Round.me at CabinetM.

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Instagram sets standard for sponsored posts
June 14, 2017 MarTech Product News

Instagram is rolling out a new standard for sponsored posts. New tags will allow creators to, and perhaps set the standard that they should, clearly communicate to their followers when they are working in partnership with a business. They will note on posts and stories that publishers are working in “paid partnerships with” sponsors.

From the release: “Not only is this level of transparency beneficial for our community, but it also gives creators and businesses the ability to track and share insights around a partnered post,” noted a blog post from the Instagram Business Team.

Link: Instagram

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Content Performance to aid WP Engine users in driving engagement
June 14, 2017 MarTech Product News

WP Engine launched Content Performance, the company’s latest Performance Intelligence solution for marketers and publishers looking to drive higher brand engagement with greater agility through WordPress and greater insights into their entire WordPress content. With visual reporting based on the taxonomy of the customer’s WordPress site, Content Performance measures categories, authors, posts, and tags against nine Google Analytics metrics, including unique visitors, time on site, new users and bounce rate.

From the Release: “Today, WordPress powers 28 percent of the web and we believe analytics should include WordPress specific insights for marketers and publishers to understand how their content is performing and impacting business,” said Jason Cohen, Founder & CTO, WP Engine. “Content Performance fills this void by offering simple and accessible performance analytics customized to improve digital experiences for WordPress. As the latest addition to our Performance Intelligence suite of solutions, Content Performance helps further our promise to continuously develop the tools and insights our customers need to win online.”

Link: WP Engine

Visit Content Performance online at CabinetM.

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