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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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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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What We Can Learn from Google Contributor

At first it might seem counterintuitive: a company that makes 90% of its revenue – about $54 billion a year – from advertising offering consumers a way to block its ads. On closer inspection though, the Google Contributor is genius, and likely to be full of insightful discoveries for marketers and publishers. First, it’s undoubtedly engineered…

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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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Facebook Goes Programmatic and Other Tales from Ad Week

If you missed it, Facebook’s relaunch of Atlas, the ad server it bought from Microsoft last year, is big news. It will enable marketers to apply the targeting capabilities they use in their Facebook campaigns to advertising across devices and publishers. By applying Facebook’s ubiquitous identity system and its wealth of user data to the…

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Wow-Worthy Robots

Any sci-fi buff will tell you that robot uprising is about the most popular trope in the genre: The Matrix, Terminator, Battlestar Galactica…clearly the theme has legs. As the Internet of Things blurs the lines between our physical and digital worlds, robots and intelligent agents are shaking off their legacy metallic sci-fi associations and assuming…

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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 Empire Strikes Back

Aereo’s defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court looks to me like part of a trend of legal setbacks for the latest wave of digital disruptors. The company got farther than any of its predecessors in taking on the status quo of broadcast television, but in the end the high court essentially rejected the premise that…

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Adding Depth to Customer Experience

When 3D TVs made their big push at CES back in 2011 I was among the skeptics. Lack of programming was a huge barrier of course, but mostly it was the glasses: not just too expensive, clunky, and unreliable (the active types at least), but for me there was something else: they were too flagrantly…

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