Innovation Brief: Amazon, Apple, and FCC Alerts

On a semi-weekly basis, Street Fight’s Innovation Brief series aggregates and analyzes happenings from across the technology and media spheres. This week, we look at Amazon’s Ring Car Cam, Apple’s new picture-in-picture feature, and the FCC’s latest alerts. 

Global Brands Get Creative with Post-Pandemic Loyalty Strategy

As the country reopens and consumers step outside once again, brands are beginning to reimagine their loyalty programs for a post-pandemic world. That means pivoting away from strategies that rely on third-party data and providing more customers with relevant experiences in owned digital channels.

6 AI-Based Mapping Systems for Efficient Logistics

Already, businesses are using AI-based mapping systems to find the most efficient routes, which saves valuable time and fuel costs. AI-based mapping systems could also be useful for companies that want to create more optimized truckload plans based on market situations and cargo specifications.

Innovation Brief: Google, Facebook & Netflix

On a semi-weekly basis, Street Fight’s Innovation Brief series aggregates and analyzes happenings from across the technology and media spheres. This week, we look at Google’s latest machine learning, Facebook’s Watch play, and Netflix getting into e-commerce. 

MOLOCO Leverages Machine Learning for Ad Creative

When Dynamic Creative launches this morning, MOLOCO will become one of the first players in the industry to apply algorithms to creative, not just to make creative design and production easier, but also for more efficient production of ads across the programmatic ecosystem.

Vungle Acquires Influencer Marketing Platform JetFuel

Just this morning, the mobile performance marketing platform Vungle announced its acquisition of JetFuel, an influencer marketing platform headquartered in San Francisco. JetFuel’s platform provides app developers and other advertisers with a way to scale marketing campaigns across an expansive network of verified influencers, with a combined reach of more than 4 billion Instagram followers, 1.5 billion TikTok followers, and 100 million daily Snapchat views.

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What Colorado’s Privacy Act Could Mean for Brands

Colorado’s privacy regulations are just the latest in a string of privacy rights laws in the United States and Europe designed to protect consumers’ online data and the way digital information is shared. While the CPA is similar to Virginia’s Consumer Data Protection Act and the California Consumer Privacy Act, it also differs in some key ways that will have a major impact on businesses and brand marketers more specifically.

Mapping Innovations Accelerate for the Post-Covid Era

The latest mapping innovations can be summed up in the announcements coming out of the last three major developer conferences. As we’re in the midst of developer conference season, this includes Google I/O, Snap’s Partner Summit, and Apple’s flagship WWDC. Let’s tackle those one at a time.

Brands Turn to Zero-Party Data Amid Privacy Restrictions

Tighter privacy restrictions are leading brand marketers to consider data collection opportunities they may have overlooked in the past, including some zero-party data collection methods that involve partnerships with subscription box companies and legacy media publishers. Unlike first-party data, which involves a company collecting insights about a customer or user, zero-party data is information that the customer or user proactively hands over to the brand.

SMBs Scramble to Capitalize on an Early Amazon Prime Day

Small and mid-size businesses saw record-breaking sales during Amazon’s Prime Day in 2020, with an increase of nearly 60% year-over-year. But with so much of the retail space currently in transition and an early Prime Day on the horizon, SMBs are scrambling to ensure they can take advantage of the corporate holiday this year.

Retail Heavyweights Add Visual Search Experiences for Shoppers

When you haven’t stepped foot inside a store for months, navigating crowded aisles can be disconcerting. With products moving to new locations, and sales associates in scarce supply, major retailers are doubling down on visual search experiences to keep customers in the loop.

Swiftly Closes the Online-to-Offline Loop for Grocers and CPGs

Swiftly co-founder and CTO Sean Turner told me his company wants to be the “Google analytics for brick-and-mortar,” helping retailers, especially grocers, and consumer-packed goods brands not only sell and market their products online but also measure how both online and physical channels are performing.

What is Omnichannel Video? And Why Is Now the Time to Tackle It?

Marketers have become familiar with omnichannel commerce, which brings mobile, desktop, and physical commerce experiences together so that the consumer can hop from one to the other without logistical setbacks. Omnichannel video means aligning an advertiser’s video strategy so that messages take advantage of the device they’re on and complement each other across channels.

Innovation Brief: Instacart and Instagram

M7 Innovations’ Matt Maher discusses Instacart’s new 30-minute-or-less delivery promise and Instagram tweaking its algorithm to avoid blocking pertinent content.

Yubo’s Commerce-Focused Strategy Could Be the Future of Social Media

With 45 million users worldwide, Yubo is not the largest live streaming app on the market. It’s also not the newest. But the company’s founders still think they’ve got an edge in an otherwise crowded space, thanks to a unique business model that replaces in-app advertising with social commerce.

Invoca Acquires DialogTech as Companies Chase New Data Sources

With Google phasing out cookies and Apple limiting access to the identifier for advertisers, among other data privacy reforms, companies need more information about what their customers need. Conversation intelligence solution Invoca thinks it is taking a step toward providing that access with its $100 million acquisition of rival DialogTech.

Peer39 Uses First-Party Audience Data to Power Contextual Ads

Peer39 became one of the latest entrants in the contextual AI space just this morning, launching first-party contextual onboarding to turn advertiser intelligence into future-proof targeting categories. In practice, this means advertisers that can no longer track customers across the Web with cookies can use first-party information about them to serve them ads based on their interests.

Frictionless Payments Evolve Post-Pandemic

From tethered to cordless, handheld to hands-free. As payment processing hardware continues to evolve, retailers are beginning to experiment with allowing customers to actually become their own point-of-sale systems.

Innovation Brief: AT&T, Cloudflare & Twitter

M7 Innovations’ Matt Maher discusses AT&T’s new powerhouse, Cloudflare’s latest authentication solution, and Twitter subscriptions. 

DevHub Acquires Brickwork Software to Expand Online-to-Offline Marketing Power

Brickwork will be operated by DevHub going forward, and the company’s software will become a product in DevHub’s lineup of solutions. DevHub CTO Daniel Rust believes that Brickwork’s software will make DevHub’s current offerings to local marketing brands even stronger by enabling new online-to-store conversion actions, such as appointment booking and event RSVP.