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Andrew Frank

VP Distinguished Analyst
Andrew Frank covers marketing and advertising. As VP Distinguished Analyst with Gartner for Marketing Leaders, Mr. Frank specializes in best practices for data-driven marketing, including how organizations can use data to drive...
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The Super Bowl of Ad Measurement

Everybody’s blogging about Super Bowl 50 and advertising, for good reason: it provides an annual measure of the movement of the tectonic plates of media as the massive continent of TV collides with the unstoppable movement of digital. With so much power up for grabs, an inevitable question is: which team is winning? It’s broadcasters…

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The Digital Marketing Slush Fund

A CIO, CMO, and CFO walk into a bar. The CFO says, “OK gentlemen, who’s buying?” (Yes, they’re all men.) The CIO points to the CMO and says, “He should, after all he always drinks more than both of us combined.” The CMO smiles and says, “That may be true, but I think our friend…

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Why the Coming Mobile Ad Wars Matter to Marketers

FT recently broke the story of alleged plans by mobile carriers in Europe to use ad-blocking tech from a company called Shine to intercept ads on their networks. Shine is an Israeli company that got its start in high-tech security and anti-virus solutions for carriers and has now developed ad blocking solutions that are “embedded in…

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More Predictions for 2015

The dawn of a new year is a traditional time for predictions. Gartner published many back in November, including these from the Marketing Leaders team (subscription required), but not all of our predictions made it into our reports. For one thing, the ones we published looked at longer horizon than just the coming year. They…

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Oracle and Datalogix Make Strange Bedfellows

If anyone had any doubts about the seriousness of Oracle’s intention to be leader in digital marketing solutions, its decision to buy Datalogix should erase all skepticism. (Announcement here.) Most industry watchers predicted that Datalogix, a leader in tying offline consumer purchase data to online identity and behavior, was about to be acquired by Nielson…

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Publicis.Sapient Marks the End of an Era

Maurice Levy has never been shy about his plans to acquire the best, savviest digital talent in the industry to remain relevant to the modern CMO.  It started with his acquisition of Digitas in 2007, then Razorfish in 2009, Rosetta in 2011, then LBi in 2012 (which formed DigitasLBi).  Now he’s acquired what he referred…

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I Know What You’ll Do Next Summer: Why Marketers Must Embrace Predictive Analytics

We’ve all met a few: the master sales person. Armed with the same product and the same audience, these people outsell their peers by orders of magnitude. Clearly, personality and looks are a factor: they appear more trustworthy, more credible and forthright. But there’s something else. They’re also experts at reading a prospect’s signals –…

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As Social Media Matures, It Reveals Its Dominant Media Genes

Have you noticed that the voices of social network utopianism are quieter lately?  Facebook’s secret mood experiment didn’t help the idealist view – nor did COO Sheryl Sandberg’s apologetic acknowledgement that Facebook’s actions were merely “poorly communicated.” But I think it would be a mistake to read this as simply another in a long line…

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The Campaign to End All Campaigns

To campaign or not to campaign, that is the question on a lot of digital marketers’ minds these days. Mike Volpe, CMO of Hubspot, is among those who believe that “the notion of the marketing campaign is dead.” And he’s far from alone. But for those of us of a certain age – especially if…

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The Story of Ad Tech

The announcement of Oracle’s acquisition of BlueKai brought me to the realization that the story of ad tech, and how it went from antagonist to ally of the software megavendors, is not so well known outside the insider’s clique. This has created some challenges in interpreting this event. So here it is – my take,…

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