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  • Matt has worked in digital marketing for over 20 years, alongside many of the world’s leading brands, agencies, and technology companies. Before joining Adestra, Matt headed up strategy for Google’s Ad Agency business. Prior to Google, Matt served as MD of Incisive Media and before that he was COO of PropertyRoom.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Matt_McGowan.

1 week ago by Matt McGowan

Who needs a CMS anyway?

Just last month, Salesforce acquired productivity tool Quip in a bid to compete against the likes of Microsoft Office, according to a number of reports. The move had a lot of the industry talking. Not only because it was a big punch in the face for those such as Microsoft and Google, but also due to the…

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3 weeks ago by Matt McGowan

Teens and email: getting in the inbox

Everyone “knows” that teens are all about the chat, right? At Adestra, we believe in relentless testing – and that goes for ideas, too. So, we did a consumer survey that looked at people at both edges of the age span: teens aged 14 to 18 and millennials aged 19 to 34 at one end,…

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1 month ago by Matt McGowan

Bigger investment in CRM leads to better email

Digital ad growth is slowing, while investment in customer relationship management (CRM) is growing. This makes total sense and points to further growth in email marketing. Last week, eMarketer reported on a couple of outside studies indicating that companies of all kinds are spending more on CRM – because it improves sales and customer service.…

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2 months ago by Matt McGowan

How email could help brands to make Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO is crazy fun, dangerously addictive and just plain dangerous when it leads distracted people into trouble. Syracuse.com is charting every incidence of injury and mayhem while they’re Mewtwo hunting here. Still, that hasn’t deterred anyone so far – least of all marketers, who are dreaming up creative ways to buy into the hype. In…

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2 months ago by Matt McGowan

How to build a robust marketing automation program

Marketing automation can mean many things. Today, many marketers send personalized emails based on triggers. The ultimate would be complete integration between the marketing automation platform, ad servers, first-party data and third-party data providers. Then, to complete things, an attribution model sitting above it that would include all those different touch points, allowing marketers to…

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3 months ago by Matt McGowan

Innovation in marketing automation: What’s next?

Remember when the holy grail of marketing was delivering the right message at the right time in the right place? At Adestra, we think that concept (and cliché) is outdated, not to mention a little cringeworthy. It’s too simplistic for the current marketing landscape. First, the idea of a “right time” to deliver an ad…

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Man vs machine

3 months ago by Matt McGowan

Email: The channel that just keeps on giving!

Year after year, email remains the top tool in the marketer’s arsenal, as a recent survey by eMarketer confirms. Sure, email is a workhorse that gets the job done and it will continue to be the top target for increased investment across all digital channels in 2016, according to the recent studies. But there’s another reason…

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3 months ago by Matt McGowan

After Cannes: Agencies, tech and creative taking stock

We’ve just wrapped up another Cannes Lions and what a great event it was! As I reflect upon my week, I think there’s no better time to talk about the changes and trends that I see in our industry. Here’s what’s top of my mind as we move into summer. Creative versus technology Although Cannes Lions is…

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3 months ago by Matt McGowan

Are you working too hard, or hardly working?

In a recent CMO Spend survey from some of my industry peers over at Gartner (Jake Sorofman, Yvonne Genovesee, and Anna Maria Virzi (hi Anna Maria!)), a couple of stats truly jumped out at me. 33 percent of marketing budgets are now spent on Marketing Technology (MarTech). 56 percent of marketers ranked customer experience as…

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Work smart, not hard

5 months ago by Matt McGowan

I loved my time at Google, but here is why I joined Adestra

What an exciting time to be a marketer. Let’s face it, email is not sexy. Most think email is old. We have been there right? Done that. Really?? I disagree. Email is the Holy Grail in marketing. It is the unique identifier in all best-in-class CRMs. It’s the linchpin that allows marketers to build attribution…

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