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A bi-weekly summary of the most exciting recent news in marketing technology and trends. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • You can now speak to Alexa on your Amazon Echo by talking to Cortana on your Samsung smartphone. Amazon and Microsoft are making their virtual assistants compatible in the US as they take on Alphabet’s Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri. How well this new marriage of voice recognition technologies works will be open to users’ feedback.

 

  • Email has the highest ROI (59 percent) when communicating with customers and prospects, according to a study by Campaign Monitor. While 53 percent of the marketers and experts surveyed said they use automated email campaigns, only 5 percent said they plan to manage their campaigns with artificial intelligence.

 

  • Ready for your close-up? Mediapost reports that L’Oréal and Facebook are planning to deploy augmented reality using Facebook’s camera apps to help consumers choose their makeup. L’Oréal has bought the AR firm ModiFace. Consumers will be able to test lipstick shades and other makeup brands in real time using the AR technology on Facebook.

 

  • The popular website cars.com plans to use machine learning to make the car purchasing experience even easier. Deploying AI, the website will match vehicle features with consumers’ answers to a series of lifestyle questions, offering up to 20 different recommended vehicle options. The app gets smarter as users give a thumbs up or down to the different options offered.

 

  • The Singapore startup WhereIsWhere has launched a location-based mobile app that lets retailers send promotions to mobile phone users conducting searches within a kilometer of a brick-and-mortar store. The app, dubbed “WhereIsWhere,” is downloadable on Apple and Android and will include push notifications and live updates from stores based on the mobile phone user’s location.

 

  • The geofencing market is expected to grow to US $1.7B by 2024, according to a Global Market Insights study. The technology that allows retailers, restaurants, and many other businesses to send push notifications and other types of messages to nearby mobile phone users is expanding rapidly, with the fastest growth predicted in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia and India.

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  • Mars Inc. 

Giant CPG conglomerate Mars Inc. has announced the end of a global media review that started in January of this year. The company, which spent US $745 million on paid media in 2017 according to Kantar Media, is consolidating all its media planning & buying duties with WPP’s GroupM. Mars Inc. is one of the biggest advertisers in the world, with an average yearly spent of US $1.5 billion on paid media.

 

  • Avianca Brasil

Avianca Brasil has appointed W3haus as its new digital agency, following a pitch in which 7 other agencies participated. W3haus will handle the airline’s social networks, expand the brand´s communication, generate content to raise awareness, develop media strategies and build brand equity.

 

 

 

 

  • Hyatt Place

Hyatt Hotels Corporation  announced that Hyatt Place San Pedro Sula is officially open, marking the second Hyatt-branded hotel in Honduras and fifth Hyatt Place hotel in Central America. The new hotel features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities for multi-tasking travelers, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings. The hotel is owned by Latam Hotel Corporation, which currently owns six hotels and convention centers in its growing portfolio, and operated by GHL, a Colombian based group with 70 hotels owned or under management in Latin America.

 

 

 

  • Mondelez

Mondelez has concluded a global media review that started earlier this year, the company has confirmed. GroupM´s agencies Wavemaker and Mindshare has been assigned large portions of Europe and Asia. North America duties were awarded earlier to Spark Foundry and VaynerMedia. Latin America stays with incumbent Spark Foundry.

 

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  • Amazon

Amazon has announced that its´ virtual assistant Alexa will soon speak Spanish as the company prepares to localize its smart virtual assistant for its first Latin American market. As of today, the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)  — a set of self-service APIs and tools for adding skills to Alexa — is available for developers to begin building voice-enabled features for consumers in Mexico. No date has been given for Alexa’s launch in the country, but it will be “later this year,” according to the company. With the addition of Mexican Spanish, Alexa will now be localized for 11 markets, though just six languages. Indeed, Alexa is available in English (U.S., U.K., India, Canada, and Australia), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Japanese (Japan), and Spanish (Spain and Mexico).

 

2018 NETWORKING SOLUTIONS. To find out about Portada’s new networking solutions targeting the decision makers of the above campaigns, please contact Sales Manager Isabel Ojeda at isabel@portada-online.com.

A summary of the most exciting news in soccer marketing. If you’re trying to keep up, consider this your one-stop shop.

  • FOX SportsAccording to Nielsen, Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinal matches delivered FOX with an average of 5,664,000 viewers, making this the most-watched day of Quarterfinal action since at least 1990. The Croatia/Russia encounter averaged 6,317,000 viewers on the channel, while England’s win over Sweden got 4,763,000 viewers. Twitter had its best day ever across FOX Sports accounts, with 13.7 million views.

 

  • Facebook has become the exclusive broadcaster of the Premier League matches in four Asian countries. The deal starts with the 2019-20 season and runs through 2022. Facebook will livestream all 380 fixtures in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

 

  • On May, Toyota formed a partnership with Club America on their Tour Águila – their series of friendly matches that take place in the United States. Now, during the kick-off match in Dallas, Texas on June 30th, the Toyota Tundra pulled in with an actual section of the iconic Estadio Azteca and shared the excitement and thrill with fans who got a chance to sit in them. The branded seats have since traveled to the next few games including San Jose and Fresno, California.  “Soccer is a unified passion point among Hispanics and deeply rooted in their cultural heritage.  Beyond reach, their engagement with the sport is enormous,” said Veronica Elizondo, VP and Group creative director at Toyota.

 

  • The US Soccer Federation will host North America’s first-ever soccer-specific hackathon in Chicago on July 14-15. Attendees will have exclusive access to data used by federations and professional clubs, develop solutions for soccer industry problems, and share ideas to push the sport forward from commercial and soccer standpoints.

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  • Nashville SCPinnacle Financial Partners Inc. has signed a partnership as a corporate sponsor of Nashville SC. This is Pinnacle’s third sports-focused partnership, after sponsoring the Tennessee Titans and Memphis Grizzlies.

 

  • The Croatian soccer federation has been fined by the FIFA with over $70,000 for violating media and marketing rules at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Members of the Croatian national team were seen drinking “non-authorized beverage products,” this means drinks with no sponsorship deal for the World Cup. Coca-Cola is FIFA’s main sponsor, together they have set strict marketing regulations about what brand of beverages players are allowed to be seen with during matches.

 

  • CoinDeal, a Cyprus-based cryptocurrency exchange, has become a sponsor of the UK Wolverhampton Wanderers soccer club, which will feature its logo on all training kits. CoinDeal’s logo will appear on the team’s shirt sleeves.

 

  • Telemundo Deportes added new audio offerings for Amazon Alexa and Google to enhance the final stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Customers can ask Alexa to hear Telemundo Deportes’ daily two-minute brief in Spanish recapping the action of the day, results of matches, the most interesting stories coming out of the games, and more, directly from Russia.