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Mato Jelic’s YouTube chess channel dominates in Australia

ADELAIDE, South Australia, 2020-Oct-14 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Chess is an exceptional mind game and it requires a large amount of skill and practice as well as the ability to create and implement effective strategies. In spite of being a discipline rooted in ancient times, nowadays chess lovers have a variety of modern tools for developing their skills and improving their level, including online resources. Free chess videos can teach you how to play chess like a champion in a very short period.

The use of online tools for learning chess has grown exponentially in the last few months as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. If schools like the Chess School of South Australia were extremely successful before the crisis, things have changed dramatically last autumn because of the lockdown and new social distancing rules. When the Covid-19 crisis hit South Australia, Mato Jelic, founder of the most popular chess school in the region, lost all his teaching contracts with schools and also all interschool chess tournaments were cancelled. His only income was from YouTube revenues, so he decided to focus on that.

At the same time, his real-life students still needed the mental exercise that chess provides, and an increasing number of Australians began to look for stimulating activities they could perform at home. This is how Mato’s YouTube chess channel, active since 2011, took off; as of October 2020, it has more than 140K subscribers and 87.5M lifetime views!

“You can learn how to attack aggressively to win or how to spot key quiet moves and still move in for the win,” reveals Mato Jelic, founder of Chess School of South Australia and the newest online chess star. Some of his videos have even more than 1M views and his most popular upload is about the greatest chess game ever played, between Garry Kasparov and Veselin Topalov in 1999.

When Magnus Carlsen, the current world champion, was launching his app – Tactics Frenzy – Mato was hired to promote it. “This app is addictive and will make you a strong player,” Mato warned his fans, who are already intensive users of his online chess tools and resources.

Mato is the founder and owner of Chess School SA, a leading provider of chess coaching services in Adelaide, South Australia. His YouTube channel is a great place for beginner and intermediate players to watch entertaining chess videos. The content focuses on categories such as the greatest chess games ever played, immortal chess games, the best games from the latest tournaments, old masters games, and free chess training.
https://chessschool.com.au/

Follow him on:
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chessschool.com.au/
Twitter https://twitter.com/ChessSchoolSA
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/MatoJelic

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Mono Websites added to the leadhub platform

COPENHAGEN, 23-Sep-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions is pleased to announce a partnership with Lokale Internetwerbung GmbH & Co. KG, an expert in delivering a SaaS marketing solution to local businesses in more than 40 markets. This partnership brings the addition of Mono Websites to their proprietary toolbox offering, the leadhub platform.

As an established marketing provider with a focus on digital, leadhub is a spinoff from long-time Mono Partner, advantago. The leadhub platform was launched in 2012, and the addition of Mono Websites to the platform has been the perfect expansion alongside leadhub’s existing multi-channel, local marketing capabilities, including search engine advertising (SEA), display ads and Facebook ads.

“The launch of Mono in the leadhub platform is truly a testament to our long standing relationship and confidence in Mono’s technology. Throughout our partnership, Mono has always worked with us hand-in-hand to find solutions for new market developments and business opportunities – and it has therefore been a natural progression for us to involve them in our leadhub platform.” says Jens Unger, Executive Vice President at Lokale Internetwerbung, “We appreciate the openness and truly helpful nature of the Mono Team – and look forward to more exciting projects in the future.”

The leadhub platform focuses on providing marketing automation, as well as facilitating and optimizing the efforts of small businesses to reach more customers through the use of multi-channel online campaigns. With websites as a foundational element of any business’ digital presence, the addition of Mono Websites to leadhub was a central digital element to ensure that leadhubs’ small businesses clients can easily carry out- and effectively measure their digital advertising and marketing efforts.

“The leadhub project is very exciting, and we’re thrilled that Lokale Internetwerbung has included us on this exciting new journey to help small businesses. As a digital service provider with a proven track record, the leadhub platform is well positioned to bring more marketing automation to the digital efforts of small businesses. This aligns closely with our own vision of empowering small businesses to succeed online, and we’re thrilled to see our long-time partners, like Lokale Internetwerbung, forging innovative new concepts and ideas to bring professional websites to market”, says Svenn Andersen, COO at Mono Solutions.

Mono Websites were launched in the leadhub platform in August 2020.

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Mono Solutions, part of Bauer Media Group’s SME Services, welcomes Jeppe Gammelby as its new CFO

COPENHAGEN, 10-Aug-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions, part of Bauer Media Group’s SME Services, welcomes Jeppe Gammelby in the role as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) starting August 1, 2020.

The Management team is delighted to onboard a new Chief Financial Officer who can continue to manage the financial growth of Mono’s global and partner-driven Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business. In his role as CFO, Jeppe will be responsible for ensuring a sustainable financial strategy that supports Mono’s growth strategy. Jeppe replaces Kasper Boel Rousøe, who has decided to pursue new career opportunities outside Bauer Media Group.

“With a proven track record within SaaS and fintech, I’m thrilled to welcome Jeppe Gammelby as our new Chief Financial Officer. As we accelerate the growth of our business, strong financial management is vital and we warmly welcome Jeppe’s experience,” says Louise Lachmann, CEO & Co-founder of Mono Solutions.With a strong financial background, Jeppe brings more than 10 years of experience in financial controlling, planning and management. In his prior role as Finance Director at Verifone, Jeppe was responsible for leading the development and implementation of key financial strategies and initiatives, as well as the overall financial analysis to support and optimize strategic decisions. Jeppe holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics and Auditing from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

New CFO for Bauer SME Services

At the same time, Thomas Loft was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Business Area SME Services, leading innovator and supplier of highly automated digital marketing services for small and mid-size companies. Thomas joins from the Danish company TimeExtender, where he was COO and CFO. Prior to that he had served for eBay in various senior Finance roles. Mono’s CFO Jeppe Gammelby will report directly to Thomas, as well as Louise Lachmann.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Bookies Clamoring for Safe and Secure Ways to Collect and Get Paid from Players

San Jose, Costa Rica, 2020-Aug-07 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — After the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in 2018, U.S. based organizations created online sportsbooks to compete with offshore sportsbooks, also called post-ups.

Now the times have changed and as the local bookie business starts to gain in popularity, so do the demands of satisfying the players. And it’s PayPerHead’s proprietary Agent Payment Solution that is making it safe, convenient and practical for bookies from all walks of life to manage and grow their businesses.

Individuals have also become online sportsbook owners. In addition, existing bookies have taken their operations to the Internet. In most cases, bookies have become “pay per head agents”. A pay per head agent uses software to run their online sportsbook company. But although the software does some things well, most pay per head software struggles to meet agent needs.

Bookies must figure out on their own how to collect or pay players. In a social distancing age, that can cause major delays and disruptions in a bookie’s sportsbook operation. Not only that, but bookies cannot compete with offshore post-ups because they must keep their services at a local level.

Created in 1997, PayPerHead, a leading pph sportsbook software provider, has developed a mobile online payment interface, the Agent Payment Solution (APS®). PayPerHead’s agents can pay or collect from players via the APS in a matter of seconds. The APS works like PayPal but unlike PayPal, agents that use the APS mustn’t pay exorbitant fees.

The social distancing advantages are obvious. PayPerHead Product Manager Nate Johnson, though, said that’s just one advantage the Agent Payment Solution provides.

Johnson explains that, “We want our agents to be safe first of all. And not only that, but the APS allows agents to expand their businesses. It’s a mobile agent and player payment system that allows our agents to say, ‘Hey, you can pay and get paid in the same way as any offshore post-up operation.’ That allows our agents to increase their player footprint, which means they grow their sportsbook businesses, which means they make more money. Also, they don’t have to be restricted to the same area and can recruit players in other ways.”

Johnson noted that players can send money to their agents via credit cards, Bitcoin, eCheck, and even Moneygram. He added that PayPerHead believes the APS will revolutionize the pph sportsbook industry with its seamless technology. “With the APS, it’s all about confidentiality and security. We’ve created the PayPal for our industry. The difference is that the APS doesn’t charge a fee for every transaction the way PayPal does. In addition, our agents can make as much money as they want because they can promote their sportsbooks to players all over the world if they wish.”

Also, Johnson said the Agent Payment Solution provides peace of mind. “It’s a great thing to know that you’re going to get paid safely and securely. We’re the first and only to come up with an answer to that question, the most important question that pay per head bookies have. With the Agent Payment Solution, all our customers must do is go onto the system, go to Pay Me, then continue to the payout process and that’s it.”

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CDP Industry Update July 2020: revenue for 2020 estimated at $1.3 billion, 30% up YoY

SWARTHMORE, PA, U.S.A., 28-Jul-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The Customer Data Platform industry continued to grow in the first half of 2020, but at a slower pace as cautious buyers absorbed pandemic-related budget cuts and assessed new entries from enterprise software vendors. The CDP Institute’s semi-annual Industry Update found a record number of new vendors entered the industry but that growth in employment and funding was the lowest in two years.

The CDP Institute estimates industry revenue for the 2020 at $1.3 billion, a respectable 30% increase of $1 billion in 2020. Enterprise software vendors listed for the first time include Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAS. These firms were added because they now offer products that meet the CDP Institute’s RealCDPTM standard. Estimated 2020 sales for these vendors are modest but are expected to grow rapidly in future years.

In all, a record twenty-two vendors were added to the report. More than half were U.S.-based and the majority offered campaign management and message delivery in addition to the core CDP function of building and sharing unified customer profiles. Most of these were large, established companies that were adding CDP to existing products. A minority were small, new companies that with products designed as CDPs from the start.  These were more likely to be based outside the U.S., with particular growth in Europe.

The period also saw a sharp slowdown in investment activity, with only one major acquisition (Evergage purchased by Salesforce) and one large funding round ($45 million for mParticle). There were no significant acquisitions made by CDP vendors and no CDP vendors left the industry. The preceding six month period saw six major funding events, three acquisitions of CDP vendors, four acquisitions by CDP vendors, and four CDP vendors ceasing to exist.

“The CDP industry was entering a transitional phase even before the pandemic, with increased competition from CDP capabilities embedded in larger systems,” said CDP Institute CEO David Raab. “The pandemic has accelerated this development and put increasing pressure on small CDP developers. But the need for CDP capabilities remains strong and many firms are prioritizing CDP investments as they prepare for the post-pandemic world. We expect that industry growth will accelerate as economic activity picks up and buyers have a chance to assess the new options that are now becoming available.”

A free copy of the complete report is available here.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Brandify to launch with Mono Scheduling in Q3 2020

COPENHAGEN, 10-Jul-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions announces their partnership with Brandify, the leader in local presence for multi-location brands, to bring appointment booking to local businesses across North America.

With more than 20 years of experience providing businesses with comprehensive digital marketing solutions, Brandify was looking for a provider to deliver a scheduling solution to meet a wide variety of business use cases, and serve as a new digital presence opportunity for their more than 300 multi-location brand clients, as well as the 4.5 million brick-and-mortar locations that they serve.

“We needed a partner who could provide appointment booking functionality at the scale required by brand customers with hundreds or thousands of locations.” says Manish Patel, CEO at Brandify. “Mono Scheduling will help us build the next level of engagement between brand clients and customers.”

Mono Scheduling is a truly flexible solution that can be embedded on any platform to enable bookings on local store pages, online business listings, social media profiles such as Google My Business and Facebook, and elsewhere. With a simple booking flow, Mono Scheduling allows brick-and-mortar locations to focus on running their day-to-day business, and still accept new bookings from clients 24/7.

“We’re happy to announce our partnership with Brandify, and look forward to bringing our appointment booking solution to multi-location brands. It’s great to be partnered with an established brand, like Brandify, that has a truly impressive footprint in providing powerful software and services to local businesses, as well as delivering excellence in local digital presence.” says Matt Matergia, Vice President of Sales & General Manager of the Americas at Mono Solutions.

Brandify is launching with Mono Scheduling in Q3 2020 to enable online appointment booking for their professionals.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

VIRGINIC defends its case and stands up to Virgin after attack on Linkedin profiles of shocked VIRGINIC employees

SEATTLE, Washington, 2020-Jun-02 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Last week Virgin launched a new attack on shocked VIRGINIC employees and threatened in court to serve them lawsuits directly to their Linkedin profiles. Virgin then followed its threats and served its lawsuits to unrelated email addresses of those individuals it found on the internet. Virgin revealed it has been spying on VIRGINIC employees social media and private Linkedin profiles and provided the Court daily screenshots of such profiles as evidence.

“Put it simply, it is bullying and VIRGINIC will stand up to it” – says a former employee of VIRGINIC, Mark Russell.

Thomas M Monagan from Norvell IP is the lawyer hired by Virgin in USA, together with Geoff Hussey from A.A. Thornton in UK to tear apart the business fabric of VIRGINIC and to destroy the start up company and force it to stop selling allergy-free organic creams.

According to Mark Russell, “the harassment Virgin lawyers have been maliciously applying for the past 2 years have adversely and financially affected many workers employed who lost their jobs because of the hardship caused by Virgin. Virgin has been trying to starve a small start up company financially to death for past 2 years and it’s a miracle VIRGINIC is still standing up straight by pure force of resilience, integrity and business pride”.

The former worker adds: “Virgin opened multiple lawsuits in multiple countries and demanded we close and commit a business suicide. VIRGINIC heroically stood up to it. All employees gave their 200% knowing it costs a fortune to hire lawyers in all those countries and a lot of us declared to work for reduced wage to support our mission-based company and stand up to bullying. Everyone with common sense knew Virgin’s claims were not only lacking factual merits but were in bulk part a legal manipulation aiming to attack for no reason, just like Virgin successfully destroyed through litigation many other start ups in the past including small Virgin Olive Oil producers”.

Question remains, should Virgin and its lawyers be held liable for damages they have caused including loss of jobs of VIRGINIC employees and financial hardships caused to many families? VIRGINIC is defending its case vigorously with the limited means it has but the irony is, what wrong did they do at the first place.

VIRGINIC is an honest, cruelty-free and natural-ingredients-only beauty company. The name is different from Virgin. They sell entirely different products. Their logo and branding is different. Customers buying VIRGINIC oraganic face cream jars online are certainly not confused thinking they are buying from Virgin Airlines/Mobile or Virgin Galactic.

Nevertheless VIRGINIC workers who lost their jobs due to high costs of multiple international lawsuits and whose private social media profiles are daily watched and taken screenshots of, are the ones to shoulder the burden. At the event of US Court eventually ruling for VIRGINIC, will the multi-billion dollar giant Virgin be ordered to compensate those employees for loss of income and privacy invasion?

Mark Russell comments: “US judges have a good reputation regarding protecting the rights of their citizens and US companies so despite Virgin’s army of lawyers and their tactics of spying and harassment on privacy, I hope the judge will make things right to VIRGINIC. I hope the saying that the party with more money for lawyers always wins, despite the merits and common sense, will not turn out to be a sad truth here. Maybe Richard Branson will be notified about what’s happening and will make things right”.

He adds: “There comes a point when you have to stand up to behavior of ruthless lawyers, because they destroy people and they destroy lives, just because there is a company with deep pockets willing to pay for it. Bullying like this scares and silences people but we all know this is not an acceptable practice. There needs to be accountability for false and malicious storytelling in courts and daily spying on private profiles and hiring private investigators to find out where those employees live, which is also what Virgin said in Court they did and presented those private investigators findings to Court as evidence. Virgin’s infamous and low litigation and personal harassment tactics are now a part of a public record so everything is out there to be seen and accounted for.”

A former employee who fell victim to this case, finishes by saying: “There is a human cost to this malicious bullying. VIRGINIC has continued to put on a brave face and has been boldly fighting back for the past two years, but I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been to many VIRGINIC employees. They lost their jobs, their privacy was violated. The multi-billion dollar giant attacked a small mission-based start up with no merits, because they could and because lawyers had to justify their fees. All this at the direct expense of many honest and hard working young people, their family income and the better mission-based future they have been building”.

The case progresses and it is unclear how quickly the Court might rule.

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Gxlden Doll a.k.a GENE$IS signs management deal with Underground Hits Production

Kansas City, MO, USA, 2020-May-11 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Gxlden Doll a.k.a. GENE$I$ is a 19-year old American singer, rapper, songwriter, model and entertainer, born and raised in between Kansas and Atlanta, Ga. Gxlden Doll began singing at the age of 9 when her mother discovered her vocal skills. Although her voice was certainly a gift, it was a curse as well, because she could also rap. Gxlden Doll and her family moved to Atlanta, Ga following her fathers career. She did not want to leave her friends behind in Kansas, however, that decision became a blessing in disguise and an integral part of the journey to her dream.

Upon arriving in a new city filled with talent and opportunity, Gxlden Doll’s passion for music intensified as well as her focus on academics, becoming an A and B student at school. She was inspired to delve into her inner songwriter skills and perfect her vocals; these efforts combined with her natural ability led to Gxlden Doll becoming a better artist in music.

In addition Gxlden Doll has remained dedicated to honing her skills as an all around performer, engaging her audience with her command of the stage and pure passion into every show. In a short period of time, Gxlden Doll has garnered the respect of peers and veterans of the music industry alike. Because of her dedication, the Kansas City Peoples Choice Awards nominated Gxlden Dollin in 4 separate categories for Best Female Vocalist, Best Female Rapper, Best Makeup Artist and Best Model for the 2020 event.

Gxlden Doll currently signed to a management deal with Underground Hits Productions whose current roster includes Richard Petty Motor Sports, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, Urban producer/ performer Y.F.R.S., and Urban recording artist Eli. Gxlden Doll currently resides in Lenexa, Ks a suburb of Kansas City, Ks where she continues to work on her projects while lending her melodic voice and life experience through lyric to others.

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Olivier Gerey-Bak joins Mono Solutions as Chief Product Officer (CPO)

COPENHAGEN, 4-May-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions has recruited Olivier Gerey-Bak as Chief Product Officer (CPO) and welcomes him as the newest member of the Executive Management team effective as of May 1, 2020.

As part of Mono’s vision to deliver the ultimate platform for small businesses to drive their business online, the onboarding of a CPO will help strengthen the continued delivery of best-in-class technology to Mono’s worldwide network of partners. Olivier’s role will focus on Mono’s product vision and strategy, as well as managing the roadmap of for all Mono services and offerings.

With my background in digital products, I’m delighted to be joining Mono Solutions to continue to bring innovation, knowledge and structure to our product development. As a leader, I hope to bring an agile and cross-functional approach to Mono’s Product Team and deliver solutions that translate the needs of small businesses and our partners into our platform” says Olivier Gerey-Bak, CPO at Mono Solutions

Olivier is an experienced leader of global product management teams with recent management positions at Planday and Endomondo, as well as a background working for other B2B software solutions including BMC Software and Symantec. He also brings experience from companies with white-label solutions, 24i and Xstream, where he delivered online media applications and services for leading brands like Tennis Channel, FuboTV and Canal Digital – a part of Telenor.

We’re thrilled to welcome Olivier to the Mono Team. As a technology company, we’ve always prided ourselves on delivering the best solution to our partners – and the addition of Olivier as Mono’s CPO is a testament to our continued dedication to providing the SMB market with the ultimate digital solutions for succeeding online.” says Louise Lachmann, CEO & Co-founder at Mono Solutions

Olivier holds a Masters Degree in Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications from the University of Nantes in France. He will be based out of Mono’s global headquarters in Copenhagen.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

SaaS expert Kim Mortensen appointed CCO of Mono Solutions

COPENHAGEN, 31-Mar-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Mono Solutions announces that Kim Mortensen has joined the Executive Management team as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) effective March 16, 2020.

The Executive Management team is excited to onboard a Chief Commercial Officer that can help support Mono’s growing partner channel. Kim’s role will focus on strengthening the commercial and partner-facing departments to accelerate overall growth. In addition, he will also continue to expand Mono’s global partner network to leverage the full potential for growth in select markets and verticals.

“It’s great to welcome Kim Mortensen as the newest member of our Executive Management team. When we joined Bauer Media Group, we made a promise to our partners to strengthen our partnerships and offerings to help our partners grow successfully by helping small businesses to succeed online. Kim brings a wealth of relevant experience that will help drive more business for Mono, our partners and their small business clients.”, says Louise Lachmann, CEO at Mono Solutions.

With extensive leadership experience from software-as-a-service (SaaS) scale-ups within the digital marketing industry, Kim will work closely with the Executive Management team at Mono to continue to accelerate the growth of the business.

“I am truly excited to join Mono Solutions, a company that has shown outstanding performance in the past and with a significant growth potential for the future. With the new ownership and a fantastic team, I see a great opportunity for Mono to help our partners serve even more small businesses. In addition, I hope that my experience from scaling SaaS companies will contribute to the continued success of Mono Solutions.” says Kim Mortensen, CCO at Mono Solutions

Kim comes from a position as CEO at BIM Object, the world’s leading building information modeling (BIM) content platform. He also brings more than 10 years executive experience from various SaaS companies – most notably APSIS, a leading Nordic marketing platform, where he worked in various roles including CPO, COO and CEO – for nearly eight years.

Kim holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Denmark. He will be based out of Mono’s global headquarters in Copenhagen.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

CDP Industry in Europe 2020 report: number of vendors grew by 73%; employment by 80% in 2019

SWARTHMORE, PA, U.S.A., 9-Mar-2020 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Europe’s base of home-grown Customer Data Platform vendors grew rapidly in 2019, according to the CDP Industry in Europe 2020 report from the Customer Data Platform Institute. The number of vendors grew by 73% and employment grew by 80% during the year. Estimated revenue for Europe-based firms reached €260 million.

Europe-based Customer Data Platform Industry growth

The high growth came despite a near-total lack of outside funding for new CDP ventures. Only one Europe-based CDP announcing funding during 2019, for €10 million, compared with €450 million for eleven non-European vendors. One result is that European industry growth came primarily from established firms adding a CDP product, rather than new CDP start-ups. Another is that most European vendors are substantially smaller than their external counterparts and are more likely to serve a single national market.

The European industry remains highly fragmented, no single vendor exceeding 10% market share and the top five vendors combined accounting for one-third of total employment. A dozen European countries have at least one native CDP although the United Kingdom, France, and The Netherlands are home to half of all European CDP vendors and 60% of employment.

The report also lists non-European vendors with a presence in the European market. The CDP Institute estimates these firms earned €100 million in Europe in 2019 and will reach €135 in 2020. It expects that 2020 revenue for Europe-based CDP vendors will reach at least €350 million. Revenue may grow even more quickly as global software firms including Salesforce, Adobe, Oracle, Microsoft, and SAP start selling their own CDP products in Europe.

The new study also includes market-by-market analyses from local vendors. Their consensus is that buyers now have a clearer understanding of the value provided by CDPs. But vendors say that buyers are still cautious, with longer purchase cycles in Europe than other markets and relatively few completed implementations. They expect that sales to accelerate in 2020 as CDPs become increasingly familiar and global software vendors further educate the market.

A free copy of the complete CDP Industry in Europe 2020 report is available here. The CDP Institute’s latest global CDP Industry Update is available here.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The CDP Institute expects Customer Data Platform Industry revenue to be at least $1.3 billion in 2020

SWARTHMORE, PA, U.S.A., 11-Feb-2020 — /EuropaWire/ — Established Customer Data Platform vendors prepared for industry consolidation even as new firms entered industry during the second half of 2019, according to the CDP Institute’s semi-annual Industry Update. The industry added fourteen vendors and $236 million in new capital during the period while employment was up 64% over the previous year.

The CDP Institute estimates industry revenue for the 2019 at $1 billion and expects at least $1.3 billion in 2020. Growth will be driven by expansion outside the U.S. and entry of enterprise marketing vendors. Adobe, Microsoft, and Oracle all released RealCDPTM-compliant products during the period and Salesforce is expected to release one in mid-2020. RealCDP is the CDP Institute’s standard for capabilities required to provide expected CDP functions.

The dominant theme of the period was change. The period saw three acquisitions of CDP vendors by larger firms, four acquisitions of other firms by CDP vendors, seven major funding events, and the exits of nine firms through asset sales or repositioning. The trend continued in early 2020 with Salesforce’s February 3 acquisition of CDP Evergage. These developments show vendors positioning themselves to succeed in a crowded marketplace where no company has yet established a dominant position. The transactions were notably concentrated in the second tier of CDP vendors: eleven of the fourteen non-exit events involved firms ranking between 13th and 30th in the 101-company industry.

Significant CDP Industry Events, June 2019 – January 2020

Vendor Categories

The CDP Institute assigns CDP vendors to four categories based on the functions provided by their systems. Categories are:

  • These systems gather customer data from source systems, link data to customer identities, and store the results in a persistent database available to external systems. This is the minimum set of functions required to meet the definition of a CDP.
  • Analytics. These systems provide data assembly plus analytical applications. The applications always include customer segmentation and sometimes extend to machine learning, predictive modeling, revenue attribution, and journey mapping. These systems often automate the distribution of segment lists to marketing automation or advanced analytics products.
  • Campaigns. These systems provide data assembly, analytics, and customer treatments. These treatments may be personalized messages, real time interactions, product or content recommendations, outbound marketing campaigns, customer journey orchestration, or other contacts.  What distinguishes them from segmentation is they also specify the message to be delivered.
  • These systems provide data assembly, analytics, customer treatments, and message delivery. Delivery is typically through email, Web site, CRM, or several of these. Products in this category often started as delivery systems and added CDP functions later.

A free copy of the complete report is available at https://lp.cdpinstitute.venntive.com/DL2129-CDPI-Industry-Update-January-2020

Edinburgh’s leading letting agent Clan Gordon dedicated to raising standards in the private rented sector for landlords and tenants

EDINBURGH, United Kingdom, 2020-Jan-30 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — A LEADING Edinburgh letting agent has added a record number of properties to its portfolio in the last year – thanks in part to stronger legislation impacting the sector.

Clan Gordon, which focuses on high quality homes in or near the city centre, has seen its properties under management now exceed 500, growing by three per week on average – with 152 additional homes on its books in the latest 12 months to December.

The surging growth has largely been the result of switches from other letting agents where landlords were either unhappy with the level of service they were receiving or sensed a lax approach to the new regulations governing the sector.

Growth has also been driven by properties taken over from letting agents which have been forced to exit the sector as they were unable to meet the requirements of the new Letting Agent Code of Practice or, in one case, had been forced into liquidation.

Jonathan, who founded the business alongside his brother, Andrew, in 2008, believes it is a clear sign that the industry must continue to drive up standards – and that by protecting and respecting tenants, landlords can enjoy an improved and more profitable outcome.

He said: “It’s nothing less than a pivotal time for the sector – and with the approach Clan Gordon has taken we can only see our market share continue to expand.

“Edinburgh continues to see demand for long-term rental increasing while supply simply can’t keep up.

“While some landlords and agents may look to maximise short-term gain, a healthy relationship with the tenants, which we strive for at Clan Gordon, can produce a far better outcome for all parties. It creates fewer issues, cuts unnecessary turnover and typically results in a greater long-term financial return for the landlord.”

The latest Letting Agent Code of Practice and Letting Agent Registration introduced by the Scottish Government is seeking to increase professionalism in the sector.

It means that both landlords and tenants can challenge poor practice – and enforce it through a tribunal if necessary. Agents must now ensure all owners and managers are trained and have a qualification at (or at the equivalent of) Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 6 or above.

As a Firm of Surveyors which has been regulated by the RICS (Royal Institution of Surveyors) since they started almost 12 years ago, Clan Gordon already met all of the requirements of the new Code of Practice and goes above and beyond this by ensuring all employees – not just managers – are qualified to this level.

Across the new properties, the letting agent took over 12 properties from CMC – after it went into liquidation. A further 20 properties switched from an English agent unwilling to join the new Letting Agent Register. A total of 50 transferred from an Edinburgh agent also unable to meet the new requirements.

A further 70 new properties are the result of switches from other agents, or from new landlords altogether.

Jonathan added: “We’re driven to provide the best letting experience in Edinburgh for both tenants and landlords.

“That means we already go the extra mile. We believe that the vast majority of landlords are looking for an honest, open and efficient service and are pleased to see these efforts to try to drive up standards across the board in the sector.

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Writers’ Connection Announces Launch of Publisher’s Portal

Denver, CO, 2019-Oct-14 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Writers’ Connection, an online community connecting new and traditionally unpublished authors with the resources required to publish a book, today announced the launch of its much anticipated Publisher Portal. This latest community feature connects the writer and author community with publishing industry professionals seeking new manuscripts to publish.

Since October 2017, Writers’ Connection has been a support network for emerging and established self-published authors, providing access to information on traditional and self-publishing options through a blog, social media outlets, articles and events. The Publisher Portal opens up the door for aspiring and existing authors to be contacted by legitimate agents and publishers specifically seeking their work. Agents and publishers can now browse new, unpublished manuscript descriptions and directly contact authors they are interested in publishing, providing detail specific submission guidelines for their organization.

“It’s essentially the reverse of the aging traditional publishing model,” said Anne Meick, CCO of Writers’ Connection. “Writers’ Connection strives to modernize the book publishing process by allowing publishers to seek and contact an author with the story they want to publish next, down to a very specific subject, story or mixed genre. The options for new works in progress is continuous and endless.”

The Publisher Portal is the latest addition to the growing Writers’ Connection community features. To date, thousands of emerging authors have joined Writers’ Connection, making social connections, and finding guidance, and information to get from book idea to their dream of published author credit.

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Launch of new global property portal Commercial People and Residential People

DURBAN, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, 2019-Sep-26 — /EPR Network/ — Introduction of Commercial People and Residential People global property portals to the international market now live in South Africa, UK, UAE, India & Nigeria.

Global property portal allows agencies to target international buyers and reduce their overheads with free property listings.

  • Commercial & Residential property portals now live across five countries (South Africa, UK, UAE, India & Nigeria)
  • Over 350,000 listings worldwide – Aiming for 1 Million by Q4 2019.
  • Major agents include Annenberg Property Group, Baker Street Properties, Broll, CCH, Chas Everitt and Meridian Realty
  • Imminent launches planned for Mainland Europe, China and the Middle East.

Two up-and-coming global property portals Commercial People and Residential People are helping to provide a beacon of hope for real estate agents across the country with their listings and international coverage.

Currently operating across South Africa, the UK, UAE, India and Nigeria, Commercial People (and its residential property equivalent Residential People) are uniquely positioned to attract both local and overseas buyers & investors interested in purchasing property throughout South Africa.

The portals which will also launch across France, Germany, China and other key markets in 2019, is threatening to disrupt the Property24 & Private Property duopoly, offering support for agents across the country struggling to pay the high costs of membership with a radical free to list solution.

In just a few months since their launch, both Commercial & Residential People have attracted some of the biggest names across the property sector including the likes of Broll, CCH, Chas Everitt and more.

Commercial & Residential People Co-Director Christopher May says: “We are targeting both merging and established markets alike. Alongside South Africa, we are currently operating across the UK, UAE and India, and despite our brand infancy, we are well on the way to being one of the biggest portals in the UAE and on the way to becoming one of the largest in India as well”

“Our USP is simple. Every agent we’ve spoken to is concerned about the rising costs of property portals; Commercial & Residential People are both global property portals that helps to eliminate some of the expenses agencies face.

”Since launching, Residential People has found that a growing number of searches on its UK site come from prospective overseas buyers looking to relocate here or investors keen to enter the market, this figure is replicated across the South African market as well, with a particular interest in Johannesburg, commercial property for rent in Cape Town and houses for sale in Pretoria.

Mr May continues: “One of our key selling points is that we are international. It is a fact that thousands of properties in certain areas – especially commercial and new build apartments are not being bought by locals but international buyers.”

“In the UAE, for example, after only a few months, we have a 75% market share of all properties.”With the global reach of Residential People, any local South African estate agent can tap into the growing foreign investment across the country, gaining more exposure on their listings for free not only from potential customers in the UK but also from successful expats across the UAE, and soon China.

Mr May concludes: “We want to make it abundantly clear that our aim is to work with agents and build an alternative to some of the portals that exist today. While we understand that international attention doesn’t appeal to every South African agent, our nationwide coverage can ensure increased exposure for the local market as well.  With agents’ support, we are hoping to disrupt the status quo and give agents an alternative to the current duopoly”

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MS. WEST COAST 2019 CROWNED!

Laguna Beach, CA, USA, 2019-Aug-17 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Joanna Hairabedian of Laguna Beach, CA, has recently been awarded the Ms. West Coast 2019 title by the Ms. America® Pageant.

The Mission of the pageant is to celebrate the accomplishments of women, encourage them to be involved in community service, as well as use the “Crown for a Purpose” to make a difference.

The pageant is open to women 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced or married. The selection process for receiving a title was done by submitting an application, photo and followed up by an interview over the phone. Finalists from across the United States will compete in Interview, Sportswear, Evening Gown and On-Stage Interview and 4 national titles will be awarded at this year’s pageant including Ms. America®, Ms. America® International, Ms. America® Elite and Ms. International™. “Joanna Hairabedian really left a positive impression on our judges and we are thrilled to have her representing California at the 2019 Ms. America Pageant finals this August,” said Susan Jeske, Pageant CEO.

A successful career with NASA endorsed technology increasing blood flow, co-owner of (the zorb.com) providing EMF protection products; Joanna helps others with their mental, physical and spiritual journey. As a singer, songwriter and author, she loves inspiring others with her music.

Founder of the Princess Crowning Program, helping instill inner confidence to reflect outer radiance, Joanna says, “Knowing who you are on the inside can change your life on the outside and the course of your destiny.”

The Ms. America Pageant will be held on August 24, 2019 on the historic ship the Queen Mary that is permanently docked in Long Beach, California.

Red Carpet starts at 6:30 pm and the pageant starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets will go on sale in June of 2019 and you can go to the pageant website to purchase:
MsAmericaPageant.com

There will also be free LiveStreaming to watch the pageant on AlertTheGlobe.com

For appearances, email Joanna directly at: mswestcoast2019@gmail.com.

For more information about the Ms. America® Pageant visit the website at: MsAmericaPageant.com or Contact the CEO – Susan Jeske at 949 679-8888.

The Ms. America ® Pageant is a registered federal trademark with the USPTO in Washington DC since February 2000 and ranks as one of the top pageant trademarks in the United States.

CDP Industry Update July 2019: Fifteen of the nineteen new CDP vendors are from outside the U.S.

SWARTHMORE, PA, U.S.A., 8-Aug-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — The Customer Data Platform Industry continued its rapid growth in the first half of 2019, according to the CDP Institute’s semi-annual Industry Update. The industry added nineteen vendors and raised $317 million in new capital during the period while employment was up 71% over the previous year.

Major shifts in the market included expansion in Europe, EMEA, and APAC. Fifteen of the nineteen new CDP vendors are from outside the U.S. The Institute also confirmed its projection for the CDP industry to reach the $1 billion revenue in 2019.

Other milestones the report were:

  • More Funding. Cumulative funding for the industry grew by $680 million, reflecting funding during the period plus previous funding for vendors just entering the industry.
  • Strategic acquisitions. The period saw two CDP acquisitions: data integration specialist Allsight by Informatica and B2B CDP Lattice Engines by Dun & Bradstreet. Neither buyer is primarily a marketing system vendor, illustrating the value that companies in related sectors now see in CDP functions.
  • Operational CDPs. The period also saw addition of three vendors with a primarily operational focus: two customer success systems (Gainsight and Totango) and one in healthcare (Healthgrades). These firms represent the leading edge of a new class of CDP vendors that is expected to grow rapidly.
  • Marketing Cloud entrants. Salesforce, Adobe, and Oracle all announced future CDP products that are expected to be available before the end of 2019. These attracted new attention and are expected to substantially expand CDP awareness and adoption.

Vendor Categories

The CDP Institute report groups CDP vendors into three categories based on the functions provided by their systems. Categories are:

  • Access. These systems gather customer data from source systems, link data to customer identities, and store the results in a persistent database available to external systems. This is the minimum set of functions required to meet the definition of a CDP.
  • Analytics. These systems provide data assembly plus analytical applications. The applications always include customer segmentation and sometimes extend to machine learning, predictive modeling, revenue attribution, and journey mapping. These systems often automate the distribution of segment lists to marketing automation or advanced analytics products.
  • Campaigns. These systems provide data assembly, analytics, and customer treatments. These treatments may be personalized messages, real time interactions, product or content recommendations, outbound marketing campaigns, customer journey orchestration, or other contacts. What distinguishes them from segmentation is they also specify the message to be delivered.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Mono Solutions acquired by Bauer Media Group

COPENHAGEN / HAMBURG, 22-Jul-2019 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Leading white label small business Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform provider Mono Solutions joins Bauer Media Group. Bauer Media Group is a leading multi-business portfolio company with a strong focus on media and online services. The deal closed on Thursday, July 18th.

Together, Mono and Bauer will put more muscle and acceleration behind a shared product vision of data-driven and intelligent marketing solutions to drive SME success.

Mono has been looking for a way to accelerate product delivery and overall growth based on a strong conviction of the potential of the Mono platform to significantly help SMEs succeed online. SME marketing and sales services are an essential part of Bauer Media Group’s new business growth strategy. Bauer’s specific interest and belief in Mono’s current channel partner strategy is seen as an ideal head start.

Bauer Media’s COO Veit Dengler comments, “Mono’s strength in the market is driven by the perfect combination of leading technology with excellent service expertise to deliver best-in-class marketing solutions for SMEs at scale. Our newly established business area in SME marketing and sales services will strongly benefit from Mono’s expertise and position in the market. We are looking forward to working together and learning from each other.”

Both companies are clearly aligned on the vision, allowing Mono to continue to innovate together with Bauer’s ability to enable growth and provide a strong network. Louise Lachmann, co-founder and CEO of Mono Solutions underlines, “We found the perfect match with Bauer. Our visions are completely aligned and this transaction will significantly benefit our partners and the SMEs they serve by driving innovation to the market faster than ever before.”

Mono’s company name, branding, management and entire team structure remain as they were pre-acquisition, keeping the momentum and agility to support Mono’s and Bauer’s shared dedication to product innovation.

About Mono Solutions

Mono Solutions delivers the ultimate SaaS-based digital marketing platform for empowering small businesses across the digital landscape, making it easier for them to connect and drive business with their customers online. As a fully-white label solution, Mono empowers 70+ digital service providers across the globe with a true do-it-with-me (DIWM) approach to offering digital marketing solutions to increase engagement and deliver real ROI to their SME clients.

About Bauer Media Group

Bauer Media Group has become an enduringly successful media corporation by focusing on creating content that matters most to millions of people around the world: from print and online publishing to radio and money-helper services for consumers, as well as sales and marketing services for SME. Family-owned in the 6th generation, Bauer focuses on the long term, with a consumer-first mindset that guides us across our increasingly diverse portfolio. Our workforce of 11,500 shares a passion – to deliver content and services that are popular with, and helpful to, our customers and partners.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

CDP Institute Global Member Survey 2019: CDP users have higher satisfaction than non-users among both business and consumer marketers

SWARTHMORE, PA, 30-May-2019 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Business marketers are catching up with consumer marketers in Customer Data Platform deployments, according to a global member survey released today by the Customer Data Platform Institute.

The survey found that 41% of companies selling to consumers are in the process of deploying a CDP, compared with just 19% of companies selling to business. But 34% of the B2B companies plan to start deployment within the next twelve months, compared to only 19% of consumer brands.

Other survey finding suggest the change is coming just in time:

  • Business marketers are more likely than consumer marketers to rely on CRM or marketing automation systems to unify their customer data (22% vs 8%).
  • Business marketers using CRM or marketing automation in this way have below-average satisfaction with their martech investments.
  • CDP users have higher satisfaction than non-users among both business and consumer marketers.

Other survey findings include:

  • consumer marketers have more fragmented data than B2B marketers, with 62% reporting many disconnected systems compared with 48% of B2B marketers.
  • inability to assemble unified customer data is the most-cited obstacle to using customer data well, listed by 63% of respondents compared with incapable delivery systems (54%) or inaccessible source data (47%).
  • a unified customer view is the most important CDP benefit, listed by 86% of respondents. Many fewer cited applications such as predictive modeling (59%), message selection (49%) or cross-channel orchestration (49%).
  • companies with a specialized martech manager or staff are more satisfied with their marketing technology results than firms where marketing technology is run by a central IT department or left to individual groups within marketing.

A free copy of the complete report is available at https://lp.cdpinstitute.venntive.com/DL2066-CDPI-Industry-Survey-2019

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The Wing Opens in Los Angeles; 42West Founder and CO-CEO Leslee Dart Helps Found a Members-Only, Female-Focused Networking Space

NEW YORK, NY, 2019-Apr-25 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The Wing, a networking space for women, opened its first California location in West Hollywood. Leslee Dart, a founding member understands the importance of having a female focused networking space that provides women and non-binary individuals in Los Angeles a place to work and a build a supportive community.

The Wing location in Los Angeles is an 11,000 square foot space that includes a full service café with offerings from several female owned restaurants, a Ladies Library, the Little Wing childcare center, an outdoor space, a quiet room, phone booths and conference rooms, showers and lockers, a beauty room and a pump room for breastfeeding mothers. The Wing also has multiple locations in New York City, and singular locations in Georgetown, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and one international location in London.

Leslee Dart a long time entertainment publicist for top Hollywood talent, is one of founding members of this female based work and networking space. Other big name founding members of the WeHo location include entertainers, Jessica Alba, Gia Coppola, Katy Perry, Shonda Rhimes, Margaret Cho, Maya Rudolph, Marisa Tomei ,Lucy Liu, Amandla Stenberg, Busy Philipps, Laverne Cox, Mindy Kaling, Lucy Hale, Sharon Stone, Susan Kelechi Watson, Sarah Silverman, Roxane Gay, Gabourey Sidibe, Hari Nef, and Liz Goldwyn. Other founding members include Rodarte founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Hollywood stylists Karla Welch and Jamie Mizrahi and Chefs Nancy Silverton and Samin Nosrat.

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