Cardlytics combines ad tech with fintech to create a unique walled garden for advertisers

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30-second summary: Atlanta-based Cardlytics is an ad platform that operates within banks’ native digital channels. Cardlytics brings the worlds of ad tech and fintech together within a fraud-free and brand-safe environment, offering a high degree of trust. Cardlytics boasts an audience within the US of more than 125M monthly active users. Larger than Snap, Twitter, and Pinterest. The Cardlytics platform enables banks to send offers to their end customers and enrich the banking experience by getting cash back. Advertisers can show ads to potential customers to motivate online and in-store purchases, and they’re also able to give their customers cash back. Cardlytics sees 1 in 2 of all credit and debit card swipes in the US, which enables them to understand how a bank user engaged with an offer through the platform and then went on to make a purchase. Cardlytics has helped customers get back nearly half a billion dollars in rewards. For 2020, Cardlytics is focused on continuing to develop and test their self-serve platform which will allow marketers more freedom to build and run campaigns themselves. Founded in 2008, Atlanta-based Cardlytics is an ad platform that operates within banks’ native digital channels. Clients include large financial institutions such as Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, PNC Bank, and Lloyd’s in the UK. Cardlytics’ platform enables advertisers to engage with consumers through their online and mobile banking channels. ClickZ recently spoke with Michael Akkerman, Cardlytics Chief Product and Strategy Officer, to learn about how they help marketers reach consumers with engaging advertising based on purchase behavior. A history in ad tech Prior to joining Cardlytics, Michael Akkerman served as the Global VP of Kenshoo for five years where he helped grow the company from 20 to 700 employees. In 2015, Akkerman went on to become the Global Head of Pinterest Partnerships at Pinterest. He was responsible for growing and managing the platform’s ecosystem of strategic technology partners working with some of the largest brands and advertisers around the world and helping them be successful on Pinterest. The Pinterest Partners program has over 80 technology partners and spans six specialties; Advertising, Content Marketing, Audiences, Measurement, Creative, and Shopping. From there, he joined Cardlytics in 2019. Akkerman moved to New York in 2009 during the height of the financial crisis and worked as a consultant helping companies build their digital presence before joining Kenshoo as the third NY-based employee. “As …

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How AI fits into the martech landscape

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30-second summary: Today, artificial intelligence, sensors, and digital platforms—and an explosion of data—have already increased the opportunity for learning more effectively; but competing on the rate of learning will become a necessity in the 2020s. The Lean AI Autonomy Scale serves as a framework for assessing how the different capabilities of martech vendors stack up with AI in the industry. All major ad platforms and exchanges are powered today by a dizzying array of complex calculations with the goal of delivering your message to the right audience at the right time — and encouraging people to take an action, buy a product, or a host of other outcomes a marketer might be looking for. Today, we’re at a place where buy-side solutions are emerging that operate a layer above the platforms themselves, working to orchestrate your spend, targeting and even creatives across channels. A range of emerging vendors are out …

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How to Get Quick Results With SEO Sprints: The DriveSafe Case Study

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Posted by ChristopherHofman Currently, many businesses face challenging times and are moving their SEO budget to disciplines which offer quicker wins. But you can also create instant results with SEO, and it can be done on a small budget even when you are up against bigger players in your industry. In this blog post I will show you my framework to do SEO sprints. I will show you how you can use Google’s ability to index and rank faster to your advantage. Later, you will be presented with a case study, where we used SEO sprints for a chain of opticians. The result: an increase in bookings of vision tests of 73%. But first, let's have a look at the layout on page one of Google (for most queries). Google never took SEOs into account when designing for the user. As a result, their transformation over the last few years …

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The impact of native advertising across the consumer journey

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30-second summary: As native advertising becomes industry table stakes, recognition of its value as a full-funnel strategy increases exponentially. Research indicates native advertising impacts purchase decisioning more than standard display tactics. Nativo’s exclusive Native Article format centers on a “click-in” approach that facilitates a seamless user experience, keeping consumers actively engaged on a publisher’s site. When native advertising appeared on the scene in 2011, it posed an important question: Why not create an advertising experience consumers enjoy? Since then, native advertising has evolved from a consumer engagement tactic to a powerful tool that influences behavior across the decision-making process. With marketers devoting almost two-thirds of their display budgets to native ads in 2020 according to a 2019 eMarketer study , native ads will be an essential tool for marketers’ in the decade to come. Nativo commissioned Comscore to assess how native advertising and Nativo’s exclusive format, Native Article, influence purchasing …

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Cardlytics’ spend report shows consumer spending beginning to recover

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30-second summary: To address the uncertainty around consumer spending in the age of COVID-19, ClickZ hosted a Peer Network webinar with Michael Akkerman, the Chief Product & Strategy Leader at Cardlytics. Through their ad platform, Cardlytics has visibility into half of all card swipes in the continental US. This gives the company a complete view into more than $3 trillion in consumer spending each year and is the basis for their State of Spend report. Weekly monitoring revealed spending from March through the end of April was in decline, reaching a max decline of about 35% across all retail categories. By the end of April, Cardlytics to see the trend in declining spend begin to decrease, with spending down about 21% at the end of April and down about 14% as of this past week. Grocery purchasing has fueled some of this recovery, with grocery prices increasing by about 3% …

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Key insights: AI Summit highlights, microbrowser advertising, and customer engagement sweet spots

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30-second summary: We’re not in a “post-COVID” world, we’re in a “coexisting-with-COVID” world where essentialism and humanization will matter the most Now is the time for marketers to dive into their data and reconsider the technology they use to understand the customers’ pulse Emerging habits of the “Interim Normal” The common line of vision for the bigger picture of the oncoming times will be based on hyper-targeted advertising and marketing Keeping it light, engaging, and interactive isn’t an option anymore – it’s a prerequisite for brands wanting to succeed at marketing and advertising More on the big-four of microbrowser advertising, the sweet spot for engaging your audience globally, and the secret sauce to marketing success in emerging times The answers lie in the data and how it is digested and applied will continue to play a vital role. Today we’ll take you through key takeaways from our AI Summit, new …

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How To Use Events To Optimize Your Facebook And Google Ads Campaigns

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Your website is bustling with activity. Visitors are constantly interacting with your website. But are you taking full advantage of everything that’s happening on your website for your paid marketing? Every interaction of a visitor with your website – a pageview, a click – can be used to better understand your audience . And when you understand your audience better you can target them in a smarter way, and get more bang for your buck from your paid campaigns on Facebook and Google. Both Facebook and Google refer to these user interactions as Events . They allow you to track them using a tracking code installed on your website. What Are Events Events are user interactions that don’t involve loading another page on your website. In ecommerce, the prime example of an event is Add to Cart. Another event can be filling out a field in a form. As opposed …

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Terminus co-founder explains why ABM is a B2B strategy, not a tool

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30-second summary: Terminus is an award-winning account-based marketing (ABM) platform aimed at helping B2B marketers reach target accounts more efficiently and effectively. The platform, self-described as “all-in-one account-based marketing software” combines first and third-party data to help B2B companies target in-market accounts, manage audiences, and orchestrate marketing campaigns. With ABM, the goal isn’t to obtain more leads, but to be smarter about targeting the right prospects and nurturing those prospects throughout the sales funnel. Terminus developed a TEAM framework that includes five elements—target, engage, activate and measure (TEAM) which looks at ABM as a B2B strategy, not a tool. In 2018, Terminus acquired a company called Brightfunnel, a tool that measures marketing’s impact throughout the sales funnel. Meaningful ABM metrics are focused on business outcomes—improved acquisition, speeding up pipeline velocity, and expansion of existing accounts. Founded in 2014, by Eric Spett, Eric Vass, and Sangram Vajre, Terminus is a key …

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A definitive guide to video marketing 2020: Stats, strategies, and challenges

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30-second summary: Today, video marketing is a tool for building every marketing campaign, raising click-through rate, conversion rate, and memorability of the brand message. Although nearly 63% of marketers regularly use video marketing strategies, lots of them don’t know that the right ad formats and platforms can do wonders for their ad campaigns. Piling up the freshest conference insights with the customer data aggregated by SmartyAds DSP, I made a short and definitive video marketing guide specifically tailored to the year 2020. More on video marketing strategies that will work in 2020, stats, platforms, and challenges. Everyone agrees — the future of video marketing is bright and filled with innovations. Still, no one is talking about how to overcome challenges to get the most out of application strategies. What is video marketing in 2020? Today, it is a tool for building every marketing campaign, raising click-through rate, conversion rate, and …

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Preparing E-Commerce for the Post-COVID Bounce Back

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Posted by MrLukeCarthy COVID-19 has switched up life as we know it, and it’s unlikely to stop doing so for some time. E-commerce shopping is a perfect example of how things have changed, and in a number of ways. If you feel like Shopify has been dropping huge, disruptive news bombs practically each week now, you’re right! And who’d have guessed that in the UK, the exclusively online supermarket, Ocado, is now worth more than brick-and-mortar grocers Morrisons, Sainsbury's, and Marks and Spencer combined. The speed of transformation in e-commerce since the COVID-19 outbreak (an already fast-paced industry) has been savage. Supply chains are under strain for many brands selling online (especially where demand is high and supplies are low). How do you best manage expectations and maximize every opportunity to sell to your target audience? With your consumers now relying on the world of online shopping more than ever, …

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Live events may remain digital for the long term — words of wisdom from Certain’s CEO

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30-second summary: Certain, Inc. is an event automation and management platform headquartered in San Francisco whose clients include Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. Their focus is with companies that have over a billion dollars in revenue primarily within technology, financial services, and health care. We spoke with Certain’s CEO, Peter Micciche, to learn about their technology and how they’re working with customers to navigate the fundamental shifts in the event industry as a result of COVID-19. Certain’s customers have had to scramble to replace live events that they had scheduled and move them to their platform to deploy virtually. Micciche recommends that marketers stop thinking in terms of running large conferences virtually, but take larger conferences and carve them into many slices aimed at specific segments of buyers. Micciche predicts that marketers will see increased capabilities from event technology providers that make it much more conducive to being immersed in a …

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