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Traaqr connects your online identity with your real one

Traaqr, a St. Louis-based company, has just announced the launch of their interesting and clever new service. Essentially the system connects online interactions with real world customer service repre

AI startup Appier hires Sean Chu from Microsoft to head its Asia growth strategy

Appier, the artificial intelligence startup that recently raised a $33 million Series C from three of Asia’s biggest Internet companies, has hired former Microsoft Japan marketing senior director Se

Marketing startup Synup gets $6M Series A to help brands manage their online reputation

Synup, a startup that helps marketers monitor where their brands are mentioned online, announced that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Vertex Ventures. Existing investor Prime Ventu

Report: Facebook gave special investigator Robert Mueller detailed info on Russian ad buys

An official for Facebook told TechCrunch that the company is “continuing to cooperate with the relevant U.S. authorities,” as investigations into the Russian hack of last year’s pres

How startups can avoid Bodega’s PR disaster

Oh, Bodega. The newly launched startup’s insensitivity hit some pretty tender nerves during a time when cultural and societal tensions are high. The first article published about Bodega read almost

AI startup Appier gets $33M Series C from investors, including SoftBank Group, Line Corp. and Naver

Appier, a Taiwanese startup that helps companies harness artificial intelligence to make marketing decisions, announced today that it has raised a $33 million Series C round from an impressive roster

Bozoma Saint John to talk about transforming Uber at Disrupt SF

Uber has lately been in the news for all the wrong reasons. But the June hiring of Bozoma Saint John as the company's first-ever chief brand officer was a breath of fresh air. At TechCrunch Disrupt S

Marketing personalization startup Dynamic Yield adds $9M to its Series C, bringing it to $31M

Dynamic Yield, which uses machine learning to help online marketers personalize customer experiences on their site, has added $9 million to its Series C, bringing it to a new total of $31 million. Its

Jeremy Bloom’s Integrate raises $8 million for marketing software

You may know Jeremy Bloom from his days as an Olympian on the U.S. ski team or from when he was a professional football player. These days, he's busy running an enterprise software startup for markete

Clara Labs nabs $7M Series A as it positions its AI assistant to meet the needs of enterprise teams

Clara Labs is announcing a $7 million Series A led by Basis Set Ventures. Slack Fund also joined in the round, alongside existing investors Sequoia and First Round. The startup will be looking to fur

Reach Robotics closes $7.5M Series A for its augmented reality bots

After years of research and development, Reach Robotics has closed a $7.5 million Series A, co-led by Korea Investment Partners (KiP) and IGlobe, to bring its augmented reality bots to market in a b

Alabama-based Shipt raises $40 million to challenge dominant grocery delivery startups

Shipt, the Birmingham, Ala.-based online grocery delivery marketplace, has raised another $40 million in its quest to rise above its southeastern roots to become the dominant grocery delivery brand i

Google’s Unique Reach tells marketers when you’ve seen the same ad a gazillion times

We have all suffered the pain of seeing the same ad for a BBQ grill we can’t fit in our apartment on our phone, tablet, laptop and work desktop. The duplication is not only annoying, it’s

Google Attribution is a free and easy way to evaluate marketing efforts

At Google’s Marketing Next conference, the company is announcing a new beta for Google Attribution, a free tool for examining the role that different marketing strategies play in customer pur

Yieldify raises another $6M, appoints adtech vet John Giuliani as chairman

As the web becomes an ever more crowded landscape of things battling for your attention, we’re seeing an increase in marketing spend from companies to help capture it, and that in turn is leadin

Mailchimp’s marketing automation tools are now available for free

MailChimp is probably best known for its basic email newsletter services, but it has long offered a number of more advanced marketing tools; for example, one that allows its users to follow up with on

Oracle delivers artificial intelligence across its customer experience cloud

Oracle announced a slew of AI-driven capabilities across its Customer Experience Cloud Suite  today that are designed to help users to deliver better, faster and more personal experiences. If you t

Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend since at least 2013. Using a cell phone's location data and video monitoring, retailers have been tracking customers' movements through stores in an

The death of retail is greatly exaggerated

I’ve been thinking a lot about retail these days and I’ve been connecting the dots between the seeming death of retailers like Ralph Lauren and the book industry. In short, we are feeling
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