Huck's Sees Sales Lift From New Audio Advertising Marketplace

csnews | February 10, 2020

Huck's convenience stores are experiencing a sales lift following beta testing of the Vibenomics Audio Out-of-Home Advertising Marketplace platform. Vibenomics, provider of custom streaming radio stations for retailers, launched the Audio Advertising Marketplace as a platform to generate new revenue for participating stores and help shopper marketers target customers in-store with a new form of retail media. For each campaign that participating retailers run, the Vibenomics platform relieves the cost of selling and managing ads, giving c-store operators the ability to generate profit and an opportunity to offset the traditional cost of business music licensing, according to the company.

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Advertisers continue to demand transparency, greater control, access to quality environments and inventory and are developing in-house strategies to achieve these. According to the research, in-house is now the favored advertiser model with nearly 40% executing their programmatic trading via in-house operations. It also remains the primary model for publishers (50% now have an in-house model) and agencies (62% now have an in-house trading desk). The amount of display, mobile and video inventory that agencies and publishers trade programmatically has continued to increase whilst the level of investment from advertisers has seen weaker growth.

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Advertisers continue to demand transparency, greater control, access to quality environments and inventory and are developing in-house strategies to achieve these. According to the research, in-house is now the favored advertiser model with nearly 40% executing their programmatic trading via in-house operations. It also remains the primary model for publishers (50% now have an in-house model) and agencies (62% now have an in-house trading desk). The amount of display, mobile and video inventory that agencies and publishers trade programmatically has continued to increase whilst the level of investment from advertisers has seen weaker growth.

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Vonage Adds Conversational Commerce Solution To Its Product Portfolio With Acquisition Of Jumper.ai

Vonage | October 20, 2021

Vonage, a global leader in cloud communications helping businesses accelerate their digital transformation, today announced that it has acquired Jumper.ai, a Singapore-based leader in omnichannel conversational commerce solutions. Jumper.ai's team will join Vonage's Product and Engineering group. With this acquisition, Vonage gains significant technology and developer-focused talent, as well as expertise in conversational commerce, complementing the programmable, flexible and intelligent capabilities of its singular Vonage Communications Platform and robust portfolio of APIs. Conversational commerce is an in-demand retail trend that capitalizes on the growing convergence of shopping and conversations on platforms such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, using the chat feature to create a seamless shopping experience. Consumers can engage in personal conversations to inquire about product and pricing information and build trusted relationships with retailers. The Jumper.ai platform creates omnichannel, messaging-first customer engagement and shopping journeys across social, messaging, and web (WhatsApp, Messenger, Apple Business Chat, Instagram, Twitter, SMS, LINE, Google Ads, Brand websites, and more). According to an April 2021 Conversational Commerce forecast by Juniper Research1, the total addressable market in this space will be worth $27 billion by 20251. As social messaging becomes more important to consumers across the globe as a quick and direct way of connecting with their favorite brands, Vonage will incorporate Jumper.ai technology to expand its total addressable market and complement its robust portfolio of APIs with a packaged AI-enabled conversational commerce offering. "The addition of Jumper.ai's conversational commerce and omnichannel capabilities fits perfectly into Vonage's strategy and is a natural extension of Vonage's offerings. It transforms customer interactions from notifications and simple communications to conversations across the spectrum of customer engagement points," said Vonage CEO Rory Read. "With conversational commerce capabilities, we are meeting new and existing customer needs now and are positioned to continue to meet their evolving needs well into the future, providing businesses with embedded commerce capabilities to simplify the way they serve, connect with, and sell to their own customers from anywhere, on any channel." Jumper.ai is an all-in-one solution that meets the needs of major brands to connect with consumers through web and social channels, while also turning these conversations into richer AI-enabled customer experiences with rapid service and sales follow-through. With the acquisition of Jumper.ai, Vonage is gaining relevant technology to address this growing need, as well as existing enterprise customers across key industries that are driving the growth of conversational commerce, including leaders in the Consumer Brands, Food, Retail, Entertainment, Hospitality and Travel industries, such as L'oreal, Kiehl's, Disney, Axe, Dove, Ben & Jerry's and Burger King. Jumper.ai was built with a mission to help businesses respond to the increasing use of instant messaging as the most preferred mode of communication, both for connecting with family and friends and for receiving immediate, personal, and attentive experiences from brands.We are excited to be joining the Vonage team. Combining our market-leading technologies presents an opportunity to create new, amazing customer experiences, leveraging Jumper.ai technology and the global reach of Vonage." Yash Kotak, CEO and Co-founder of Jumper.ai "Over 3.5 billion people use social networks on a regular basis, worldwide," explained Dan Miller, Lead Analyst at Opus Research. "Jumper.ai anticipated the role social networks and platforms would play as platforms for advertising, promotion and, ultimately, purchases. With this technology, Vonage reinforces its platform's ability to be agile and continuously meet the evolving needs of its customers' customers." About Vonage Vonage, a global cloud communications leader, helps businesses accelerate their digital transformation. Vonage's Communications Platform is fully programmable and allows for the integration of Video, Voice, Chat, Messaging and Verification into existing products, workflows and systems. Vonage's fully programmable unified communications and contact center applications are built from the Vonage platform and enable companies to transform how they communicate and operate from the office or anywhere, providing enormous flexibility and ensuring business continuity.

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Ncsolutions and ciValue Collaborate to Launch a New Cloud-based Retailer Marketing Service

NCSolutions | September 09, 2020

NCSolutions (NCS) and ciValue are collaborating to launch a new cloud-based retailer marketing service designed to support the personalized and relevant experience today's shoppers expect from retailers and brands. The joint service, named the ciMedia Platform, allows retailers to serve the most relevant offers possible and better meet the expectations of their shoppers. By collaborating with brands on offers and campaigns, retailers can capture a larger share of CPG advertising investments. Additionally, as a part of the new service, they will gain access to NCS proven targeting solutions to expand the reach of their campaigns and ultimately drive new consumers into their retail and online stores. NCS is the leading company for advertising effectiveness, with more than 10 years of experience and innovation helping CPG advertisers target, optimize and measure the sales of their advertising and drive the growth of their brands. ciValue, in 2019, was named by Gartner as a "Cool Vendor in Retail for Excellent Execution of Customer Expectations" for helping retailers and CPG brands to put customers at the center of their strategy.

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BrandStar Named Advertising Agency of Record for Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation

BrandStar | November 22, 2021

BrandStar, a fully horizontally and vertically integrated production company, has been engaged by the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation (Levan Center) as its advertising agency-of-record. The Levan Center is a public-private partnership between NSU and Broward County, acting as an economic and education development engine linking the South Florida innovation ecosystem. Services to the Levan Center will be developed and executed by Beacon, the advertising & marketing agency arm of the BrandStar family of companies. The diverse scope of services will include using multiple digital assets and strategies to develop brand awareness, campaign development, marketing strategy and support, social media, paid media, and digital UI/UX. To support the collaborated mission and vision of the Levan Center, BrandStar will also be donating upwards of $100k in additional pro-bono services. The Levan Center supports the business founder's journey from birth of an idea through successful exit or global expansion providing programs, events, and wraparound services to entrepreneurs and early-stage startups for the buildout and scaleup of their business. The 54,000 sq. ft. facility includes incubator and accelerator programs, co-working and meeting space, technology certification programs, specialized workshops and seminars, and professional networking social events. We are so honored to be a strategic part of this revolutionary enterprise of business innovation. As fellow visionaries and creators, we are looking forward to furthering the Levan Center's vision as a business incubator that benefits all of South Florida." Mark Alfieri, CEO and Founder, BrandStar. "Our mission is to link the South Florida innovation ecosystem by acting as a collision station for entrepreneurs, academia, industry, government, funders, wraparound services, and professional networks," said Dr. John Wensveen, Chief Innovation Officer, NSU and Executive Director, Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation. "We look forward to partnering with BrandStar on this exciting journey." About BrandStar BrandStar is a fully horizontally and vertically integrated production company, marketing agency, and content exchange platform. Offering everything a full-service marketing firm provides, but with a twist – our focus is on positively impacting people's lives. Fueled by the collective passion of entrepreneurs, creatives, technologists, and thinkers, we pride ourselves in being Marketing Matchmakers – connecting people with brands to do life better. Utilizing a combination of creative storytelling, marketing strategy, results-driven media, technology innovation, and unrivaled television production capabilities, we have succeeded in giving startups a national footprint, and national companies a global one. About Beacon For brands expecting positive marketing results, Beacon, a BrandStar Company, is a full-service marketing and ad agency with a team of diverse individuals who have been on both sides of business transactions; recognizing the importance of transparency and partnership. Beacon helps brands understand what their marketing and advertising efforts are doing to their bottom-line and then goes above and beyond to produce real, quatifiable results. The Alan B. Levan NSU Broward Center of Innovation is a public-private partnership between Nova Southeastern University (NSU) and Broward County housed at NSU. The center is an economic and education development engine for Greater Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and South Florida focused on innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Customized programs, events, and wraparound services support the Founder's Journey (Ideate, Incubate, Accelerate, Post-Accelerate) from the birth of an idea through successful exit or global expansion of a company incorporating four pillars.

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