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How Sendgrid Uses AI To Deliver 1.5B Emails Every Single Day (And Kill The Spammers)

Email is 20 years old and everyone claims to hate it … but it still tops the charts as a leading marketing channel. Today’s email, however, is not your grandma’s “You’ve Got Mail.” For one thing, there’s a lot of AI behind the message. The reason: to protect the future viability of the medium. “We

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Apple Kicks Off Massive Digital Payments Promotion In San Francisco; Big Discounts With Apple Pay

Apple kicked off a major digital wallet promotion in San Francisco today. This is just days after CEO Tim Cook reported that the company tripled Apple Pay transactions this year, hitting more than $1 billion in annual volume. That’s bigger than Square and more than Paypal’s mobile transactions, says Apple. And it has some saying

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Amazon Echo, Google Home Installed Base Hits 50 Million; Apple Has 6% Market Share, Report Says

The U.S. installed base of smart speakers has hit 50 million, according to a new report released today by research group CIRP. The market share leader? Amazon, unsurprisingly. Amazon invented this market in 2015 and still has a majority market share: 70%, according to the study. Google, however, which has seen sales leadership in some quarters,

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61% Of Consumers Will Share Personal Data For Personalized Marketing Communications

61% of American consumers say they’ll share more data with a company in order to get customized communications from them. 48% of UK consumers agreed. The key: having control. “While today’s technology allows companies to easily collect a tremendous amount of customer data behind the scenes, more stringent privacy laws are putting more and more control

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Modern Luddites Smash $15M Industrial Robots, Claim They Were Forced To Train Metal Replacements via “Skinning” Process

This is the fourth chapter of Insights from the Future, a book I’m writing about technology, innovation, and people … from the perspective of the future. LOS ANGELES — Fifteen workers at the LAX Distribution Center in Los Angeles were arrested Monday for alleged robot-smashing: destroying nine robots worth an estimated $15 million. The warehouse workers don’t deny

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8 Reasons “Hey Google” Is A Genius Assistant Wake Phrase (Versus Alexa, Hey Siri, or Hey Cortana)

Assistants are a big part of the future of human-computer interaction. So how you address the your artificially intelligent friend in the cloud is important. Star Trek’s “computer” is accurate, but cold and sterile. Of the current leading assistant technologies, three have aimed at friendly first-name approachability. Amazon has Alexa, which sounds fun, female, and

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what I do ...

live social, webinars

I speak on research, mobile, AR/MR/VR, futuretech, IoT, blockchain.

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I help CMOs with strategy, positioning, martech, and designing for growth.

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I deliver compelling messages in memorable ways at live events.

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research & writing

I help brands uncover insights in data … and share them in compelling stories.

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I help startups say meaningful things that get heard.

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I help tech companies build data-driven research practices that drive effective content marketing.

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