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5thScape to list its first game “MMA Cage Conquest” on Meta Store: Ultimate Virtual MMA Experience

Spark Metro PR

Mixed Martial Arts fans and enthusiasts, your virtual fighting dreams have arrived! 5th Scape delivers a transformative experience with "MMA Cage Conquest," stepping far beyond traditional fighting games into true sensory immersion. Step into the iconic MMA cage, feel the roar of the crowd and become the champion you always envisioned. The 5thScape Project is an ambitious venture that aims to create a comprehensive Virtual Reality ecosystem. In this VR ecosystem many developers, gamers and experts from various industries can collaborate. This is a VR gaming studio startup in which they focus on developing games, movies, animations etc. Apart from this, they are also planning to launch a special VR headset and a VR Chair which is an ergonomically perfect chair for long gaming sessions. Now, coming back to the game, - "MMA Cage Conquest" redefines virtual combat. Its skill-based system demands true martial arts strategy along with honed reflexes. Learn and master strikes like a real-life wrestling professional. It includes (not limited to) powerful grappling throws and the intricacies of ground control to secure your victories. Feel the impact of every blow, the thrill of a perfectly executed submission, and the tension of a match fought on the razor's edge. Training lies at the heart of "MMA Cage Conquest." This journey transcends button-mashing and enters the realm of personal development. Start as an eager underdog, mastering the fundamentals through rigorous simulations. Refine your striking, defense, and ground game, tracking your progression and building unshakeable confidence. With each session, you don't just play the game – you live the fight. MMA Cage Conquest is all set to make gaming experiences more vigorous and a powerhouse for the senses. Feel the rush in your bones as you climb the leaderboards, and establish yourself as the ultimate MMA cage conqueror. Ready to unleash your inner champion? " MMA Cage Conquest " will be available on the Meta platform. Submitted for listing on May 2, 2024, the developers await approval from Meta. Visit 5thscape.com for trailers, release updates, and the latest news on your journey to become the undisputed MMA Cage Conqueror. Contact Details 5th Scape 5thScape Team +1 302-597-6768 Team@5thscape.com Company Website https://5thscape.com

May 03, 2024 06:51 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Plotline raises $2.6m as it harnesses AI to boost adoption in the super app era

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As customer acquisition costs soar, consumer companies are rushing to find new ways to make their apps appealing by building super apps that offer multiple services. But with 50% of the global population expected to be using super apps by 2050, the competition to win and engage users is intensifying. Plotline, a startup enabling consumer app companies to rapidly and effortlessly customize their apps, has raised $2.6 million from Elevation Capital to improve user adoption and loyalty in the super app era. Plotline was founded in 2022 by Shubham Jindal and Adarsh Tadimari, who previously led the business and AI teams at HyperVerge, a leading identity-verification SaaS company. The pair initially set out to help product teams get real-time app feedback, but quickly found that many apps were being underutilized because the majority of users weren’t aware of all of the available functionalities in the first place. Shubham Jindal, co-founder of Plotline commented: "Mobile apps are adding a lot more functionality into their apps today compared to half a decade ago. This poses a unique challenge in how users navigate and discover these offerings. Through our work with customers over the past year, we see that influencing user behavior by making apps dynamic can be extremely beneficial for the company and end user. As apps transition from single-function tools to vertical super apps that offer multiple complementary services - they realized there was untapped potential in helping marketers and users unlock their apps' full value.” Today, Plotline helps consumer brands make their apps dynamic based on individual user behavior, analyzing billions of data points to create a personalized experience that drives significant improvements in app usage. This helps product marketers cut through the noise in a way existing customer engagement platforms are currently unable to. While those platforms excel at bringing users back to apps through channels like push notifications, SMS, and emails, they fall short in being able to influence the user within the app itself. Furthermore, by integrating LLMs for content creation and continuous experimentation, Plotline ensures that each user's experience is optimally engaging and consistently evolving. Based in San Francisco and Bengaluru, Plotline’s powerful no-code platform facilitates in-app user experimentation with inline widgets, improves activation, feature adoption, and retention with nudges, and drives deeper engagement with gamification components. This empowers consumer brands across the globe to skyrocket their user adoption and engagement rates. Since launching just one year ago, Plotline has garnered significant traction among 50 consumer app teams, including industry leaders like Khatabook, BharatPe, CoinDCX, Niyo, Step, and Kredivo. Plotline has served over 150 million end users through its platform and has helped every customer improve implementation and experimentation speeds by up to 10x. Strategically deploying its $2.6m seed round to bolster key functions across R&D, marketing, and sales, Plotline is now looking ahead to drive expansion in the US, Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions. “With the rise of vertical superapps, Plotline helps consumer apps cut through the noise and deliver the best in-app experiences through their no-code platform that allows growth marketers to craft and launch tailored UX campaigns. We're eager to support Shubham Jindal and Adarsh Tadimari on this journey as they redefine the dynamics of user engagement and drive unparalleled growth in this industry.” Poorvi Vijay, Vice President, Elevation Capital. “The growth isn’t just in numbers. With apps turning multi-functional, there’s a lot more ground to cover, and the role of app adoption platforms is becoming even more crucial. We’re enabling both companies and their users to navigate the dynamic digital landscape, and the journey is far from over,” said Shubham Jindal. About Plotline Plotline is a plug-and-play platform that empowers B2C product marketers to customize app experiences to each user’s behavior and preferences. Plotline facilitates app experimentation with inline widgets, improves activation, feature adoption, and retention with nudges, and drives deeper engagement with gamification components. Plotline powers over 50 gaming, fintech, and commerce consumer apps, including industry leaders like Khatabook, BharatPe, CoinDCX, Niyo, Step, and Kredivo. About Elevation Capital Elevation Capital is a leading venture capital firm that provides seed and early-stage capital for emerging companies in India. Having invested in India since 2002, Elevation has deployed over $2.6 Bn of capital in over 190 companies. The firm announced its eighth pool of capital of $670 million in April 2022. Co-led by Managing Partners Ravi Adusumalli and Mukul Arora, along with Partners Mridul Arora and Mayank Khanduja, the firm has invested across Consumer Internet, SaaS, Fintech, Consumer Brands, Edtech, Healthtech and Deeptech. Elevation Capital has offices in Bengaluru and Gurgaon. Contact Details Plotline Bilal Mahmood +44 7714 007257 b.mahmood@stockwoodstrategy.com Company Website https://www.plotline.so/

May 02, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Listen B*tch Tackles Toxic Bounce Back Culture, Encouraging New Moms to Embrace ‘Mom Puberty’ Instead

Listen B*tch

Canadian wellness brand, Listen B*tch, is launching a campaign that challenges bounce back culture and urges new moms to embrace the physical, psychological, and emotional transformation that comes with motherhood - a process they’re calling ‘Mom Puberty’. The campaign launches with a series of rallying billboards across Toronto alongside a digital gallery that offers an unfiltered view on the postpartum period while encouraging women to dismiss societal pressures to 'bounce back'. The campaign targets bounce back culture which disregards the physical and mental recovery needed postpartum and places unrealistic expectations on women to “snapback” to their former selves. “Embracing and normalizing the change you're experiencing is a powerful way to combat bounce-back culture,” says Listen B*tch Co-Founder, Daniela Angelucci-Rizzi. “Similar to adolescence, becoming a mother is a transitional period which involves physical, hormonal, psychological and emotional changes. That process is known as 'Matrescence’. Or as we like to call it - ‘Mom Puberty”. The campaign aims to redefine the cultural conversation around postpartum experiences by presenting a more realistic view of the joys and hardships that new motherhood presents. As part of this initiative, Listen B*tch is launching an online gallery showcasing unfiltered portraits of postpartum moms. The portraits are accompanied by personal narratives that explore their transformative journey into motherhood - the challenges, triumphs, and the things they think new or expecting moms should know. In addition to the online gallery, Listen B*tch is bringing this campaign to the streets of Toronto with billboards that champion the same message. The billboards can be found at, College & Dovercourt, Queen St West & Augusta Ave, Dundas St West & Rusholme Rd, Queen St West & Noble St, Queen St West & Triller Ave, and College St & Clinton St. On May 6th from 5pm-9pm, the general public will have the opportunity to attend an exhibit of the project at Cry Baby Gallery in Toronto. The brand is also donating copies of their New Mom and Pregnancy Affirmation Card Decks to support groups at Sunnybrook and North York General Hospital, as a way to provide tangible support and encouragement to women navigating the complexities of motherhood. To capture the raw portraits of the Canadian moms, Listen B*tch partnered with Toronto-based photographer and mom, Jorian Charlton whose work has been featured at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, and the critically acclaimed exhibition - The New Black Vanguard. Listen B*tch is a Canadian, women-owned wellness brand that was co-founded by entrepreneurs Daniela Angelucci-Rizzi & Michelle Osei-Bonsu. The brand, best known for their cheeky deck of affirmation cards, launched two new affirmation card decks in 2024 focusing on expecting moms and new moms. Contact Details Langton PR Inc. Amanpreet Dhami, Account Director Amanpreet@langtonpr.com Langton PR Inc. Daniel Pillai, Vice President Daniel@langtonpr.com Company Website https://www.listenbitch.ca/

May 02, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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The Media Agency Shift - Genius Monkey’s Assessment

Genius Monkey

Looking back 20 – 25 years ago, you simply could not get your commercial on TV, your ad on a billboard, or mailers sent out to your audience without going through an advertising agency. They were the end-all-be-all for anything you needed in marketing and there really was no other option. But the advertising landscape has changed dramatically in the last couple of decades, thanks in no small part to new technologies and – more recently – a worldwide pandemic that changed how many companies prioritize resources. The media agency is going through a paradigm shift. Here is our assessment of where we are and where we are going. The COVID Effect In 2013, around 58% of marketers had transitioned to in-house agencies in an effort to cut costs and middlemen. When the pandemic hit in 2019, this process accelerated and saw many businesses adopt the in-house method, whether they were ready for it or not. Many companies’ internal teams – which were already understaffed and overworked – quickly began getting overburdened by the immense workload. Agencies that previously had Google experts, GRP buying teams, social media departments and more were now being significantly downsized, sometimes reducing teams to as little as 2-5 people in total. These teams were also generally using self-serve platforms, a supposedly cost-effective solution where the advertiser builds and maintains campaigns themselves. If the team found themselves lacking the expertise needed on certain platforms or ways of buying media, there wasn’t much they could do. Marketing suffered, and many companies found themselves in this situation amid the upheaval of Covid-19. From Self-Serve to Fully-Managed For better or worse, the majority of the industry followed this path. In 2023, a full 82% of marketers had transitioned to an in-house model; today, many teams are now starting to feel the squeeze. They need more efficient tools and all-in-one platforms that can help them do more with less time. Enter the fully-managed platform, where the ad tech companies build and maintain the campaigns for the advertiser. With this methodology switch, advertisers can remain on 15-20+ DSPs/networks in a fraction of the set up and management time, all while having a much more accessible and digestible all-in-one reporting location. Above all, advertisers could make use of the expertise that came with a fully managed platform: a support group they could always come to for help with specific and nuanced marketing questions. Ad placements and programmatic campaigns become a footnote so in-house teams can focus on branding, company voice, and other areas where they are the experts. The Media Agency Shift So where does this leave the media agency? There are things that an agency can do better than anyone; there’s no better partner for brand development, TV GRP buying and more. But in an evolving landscape, agencies also need to adapt if they want to thrive. The best agencies find the best partners and assimilate a team with the expertise to help companies thrive and aggressively pursue their goals. Embracing fully managed platforms is just one example of how agencies can reap the same benefits as the in-house teams with: Full ad coverage with placements on all devices Access to programmatic experts Campaigns supervised by humans instead of an AI. Decreased costs and more efficient workflows. Genius Monkey data alone shows a 19% better cost per conversion on fully managed over self-serve with even better metrics on CPC, CPM and other key data points. Efficiency is the metric of the future, and fully-managed platforms are built to deliver it. The Genius Monkey Difference Of course, not all programmatic platforms are created equal, and finding the right fit is step one to reaping the benefits of modern marketing. Featuring the latest technologies and spanning dozens of networks and DSPs, Genius Monkey is the farthest-reaching platform on the planet, built to track every detail of the customer journey and cut your cost-per-conversion. No matter your audience, no matter your industry, Genius Monkey can help you evolve your marketing to the next level. Get in touch with us today to see how! Contact Details Genius Monkey Travis Champ- Chief Operating Officer Info@geniusmonkey.com Company Website https://geniusmonkey.com/

May 01, 2024 03:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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TOWER CAPITAL GROUP SPONSORS A GLOBAL INVESTMENT CONSORTIUM

TOWER CAPITAL GROUP

TOWER CAPITAL GROUP, market maker of Generational Health, defines the trillion dollar category as pivotal to evolutionary capacity, country competitiveness, and global health. In a recent publication TOWER reveals that a critical lever for Generational Health is Women’s Health. TOWER states that funding women’s health innovation is a requirement for Generational Health and has committed to support this effort at a global scale. In demonstration of this commitment, TOWER expands its relationship with the Centre for Health and Healthcare at The World Economic Forum, and is the lead champion and sponsor of a first-in-kind global women’s health investment consortium. The Consortium, ”Global Women’s Health Responsible Investment Consortium” is designed to serve the global need for innovation in women’s health. Not only to be a channel of investment, but responsible and sustainable funding for the category. The Consortium serves to: Unite Global Investors with Global Innovators for Women’s Health Outcomes Accelerate and Measure Commitments to Funding and Secure Matching Commitment to select Innovators Leverage The World Economic Forum and Global Alliance for Women’s Health Platform to Curate Investment Outcomes Amplify Tower Capital’s Collective of ~1000+ Innovators Open the Aperture of Women’s Health Through the Lens of Generational Health “There is nothing more important than actualizing innovation and scientific breakthroughs for women, to ensure Generational Health.” Sanskriti Thakur, TOWER CAPITAL GROUP Founder and Chairwoman. “In collaboration with TOWER CAPITAL, we are delighted to launch the First Global Responsible Investment Consortium for Women’s Health. Together, let’s bridge the funding gap and unlock innovation for better health outcomes for all women.“ Shyam Bishen, Head, Centre for Health & Healthcare, The World Economic Forum. About TOWER: Operating across industries, regions and partners, TOWER CAPITAL GROUP and its affiliates deploy expertise and capital to uncover economic value, investment, and innovation within Generational Health and bring it to stakeholders across the globe. Generational Health are those effects passed on genetically, epigenetically, and environmentally, shaping humanity’s evolutionary curve. It represents a multi-trillion-dollar opportunity encompassing critical areas of community, environment, and women’s health. Visit www.towercapital.org for more information on Generational Health, the company, and its mission. Investor Inquiries: Sheri Bailey sheri@towercapital.org Contact Details For Media Inquiries please contact TOWER CAPITAL GROUP contact@towercapital.org Company Website https://towercapital.org/

May 01, 2024 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Hong Kong Authorities Approve Bitcoin and Ethereum ETF, A New Dawn For These Tokens?

Kangamoon

After the Hong Kong regulatory authority's approval of Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs, the crypto market is set to witness a resurgence. Some of the tokens that badly need this approval are Ethereum (ETH) and Polkadot (DOT) which have slipped considerably in the wake of the bearish sentiments. For KangaMoon (KANG), the development is a good way of continuing its bullish momentum, projecting it as one of the best meme coins to buy now. KangaMoon (KANG)- An Injection of Fresh Idea KangaMoon's fresh idea is set to revolutionize the meme coin market. The platform blend of SocialFi and GameFI models projects it as the future of meme coin utility, offering a platform where participants come together for an immersive gaming experience. KangaMoon's ideas also transcend to making the platform a user-centric one. Every participant on the platform has a chance to earn significant rewards through their active participation. Players earn through weekly, monthly, and quarterly competitions. Spectators earn through predictive betting while holders get free tokens through simple social tasks. At stage 5 of the ICO campaign, KangaMoon has broken through as one of the best meme coins to buy. Its native token KANG has witnessed huge growth, rising from $0.005 at inception to $0.0196 now. With the price rising, investors have also pocketed a 290% ROI for holding on to the token. With the listings across major exchanges set to happen in Q2 2024, KangaMoon's potential ROI could be up 1000%. Although the token has proved itself in the meme coin market, keen watchers believe more are still to come. With events such as the approval of Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs and the upcoming bull market, KangaMoon can truly serve investors with a bounce to $1. Can The Effect of Hong Kong ETF Approval Kickstart a New Dawn For Ethereum (ETH)? Ethereum (ETH), the number two crypto, has witnessed a subdued performance in recent times, losing almost $1000 of its price value within a few months. However, the recent approval of the Ethereum ETF in Hong Kong is expected to trigger a massive rally in the next few months. Even though the Ethereum token still has the US SEC to contend with, Ethereum EMA is battling hard to find support at the $3k threshold. If Ethereum's price can find support, analysts observe that it may restage its move above the key resistance level of $3500. Otherwise, a pullback to below $3k can not be ruled out. Holders Expect Polkadot (DOT) To Surge After Breaking Key Support Level Now that Polkadot (DOT) has broken out of the support level of $6.5, the token may be set for an extended spell with a bullish sentiment. From the trading outlook, the Polkadot token is moving next into the 100-day EMA located at $8.1 and the Fibonacci retracement level situated at $8. This audacious jump by Polkadot may be due to the recent massive adoption of the Polkadot network by many projects. Projects such as Moonsong Labs, Origin Trail, and Neuro Web AI have all embraced Polkadot silky blockchain as their preferred network to drive their platform growth. Discover the Exciting Opportunities of the KangaMoon (KANG) Presale Today! Website: https://KangaMoon.com/ Join Our Telegram Community: https://t.me/KangaMoonofficial Integrating GameFi and Play To EarnEmbark on your quest for glory. Assemble your champions, engage in epic battles or bet on your favorite fighters to earn $KANG tokens and exclusive rewards. Gain control of rare NFTs, unlock exclusive content and build alliances with fellow gamers as you ascend the ranks and leaderboards. Disclaimer: The following disclaimer is important to read and understand before engaging with Kangamoon, a play-to-earn meme coin. By accessing or participating in any activities related to Kangamoon, you acknowledge and accept the terms outlined below: 1 No Financial Advice: This whitepaper and any associated content do not constitute financial advice, investment recommendations, or solicitation to purchase Kangamoon tokens. The information provided is for informational purposes only. It is your responsibility to conduct thorough research and seek professional advice before making any financial decisions. 2 Volatility and Risks: Cryptocurrencies, including Kangamoon, are volatile and subject to significant price fluctuations. Investing in or holding Kangamoon tokens involves substantial risks, including the possibility of total loss. Past performance is not indicative of future results. 3 Regulatory Compliance: The regulatory environment surrounding cryptocurrencies is evolving and varies across jurisdictions. It is your responsibility to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations in your country or region before engaging with Kangamoon. 4 Uncertain Market: The market for meme coins and play-to-earn platforms is highly speculative and subject to rapid changes. There is no guarantee of market demand, liquidity, or utility for Kangamoon tokens. Token values may fluctuate drastically and may not reflect the intrinsic value of the project. By continuing to engage with Kangamoon, you acknowledge and accept the risks and limitations outlined in this disclaimer. You should only participate if you fully understand and are willing to assume these risks. Contact Details Kangamoon marketing@kangamoon.com Company Website https://kangamoon.com/

May 01, 2024 05:27 AM Central Daylight Time

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Small Business Week: Tech Tools

News Media Group, Inc.

Contact Details News Media Group, Inc. Karl Wayne +1 334-440-6397 karl@newsmg.com Company Website https://newsmg.com/

April 29, 2024 10:18 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Family Tech Trends – Spring 2024

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Contact Details News Media Group, Inc. Karl Wayne +1 334-440-6397 karl@newsmg.com Company Website https://newsmg.com/

April 26, 2024 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Industry Visionaries Share Perspectives on the Future of Marketing and Communications at The PR Net Future Focus Conference

The PR Net

On April 12th The PR Net hosted its second annual Future Focus Conference at Kimpton Eventi’s dedicated event space, SECOND, assembling top industry figures to discuss the future of marketing and communications. The full-day conference featured six panels interspersed with networking sessions and attracted a diverse audience of senior executives from various sectors. Panels were themed around hot topics such as the reinvention of modern media, the future of events & experiences (presented by Snap, Inc.), what's next in influencer marketing (presented by Trend Companies), the effects and applications of AI, affiliate marketing strategies, and the value of brand marketing. To purchase professionally produced recordings of the conference, showcasing all panel discussions from the day for $49.99, click this link here. Reinventing Modern Media Moderator: Brian Strong, Global Head of Communications, Bloomberg Media Panelists: Samantha Barry, Editor-in-Chief, Glamour; Amanda Smith, President, Fairchild Media; Willa Bennett, Editor-in-Chief, Highsnobiety and Simone Oliver, Strategic Advisor & Editor at Large 'Reinventing Modern Media' panel featured industry leaders discussing the dynamic nature of media today. Samantha Barry, Glamour's Editor-in-Chief, emphasized the universality of good content, noting, “Sometimes, as a brand, we can go down a rabbit hole of ‘this is a Gen Z thing,’ or ‘this is only for millennial women,’ etc. Oftentimes, good content will reach them all, regardless of generation.” Amanda Smith, President of Fairchild Media, highlighted the importance of brand clarity, stating, “I think we're all being rewarded for having total clarity on who we are and what defines our brand IP. The more we can articulate that in the marketplace, the better off we’ll be.” Willa Bennett, Highsnobiety's Editor-in-Chief, emphasized the value of long-term content investment, saying, “If you invest long term, the traffic will come.” Simone Oliver, Strategic Advisor & Editor at Large, discussed the shift in content engagement and distribution, noting, “Engagement has been the clear winner in terms of how people engage with your content and what you're producing. You want people to see what you make, you want the message to get out there, but distribution has changed.” She also highlighted the evolving nature of content discovery, adding, “Discovery has a different face now.” The Future of Events & Experiences Moderator: Jed Weinstein, Founder & CEO, Rise & Set Panelists: Bronson Van Wyck, Founder, Workshop and DIO; Rachel Racusen, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Snap Inc. and Allison Barrie Rand, Head of Experiential Marketing & Talent Partnerships, Walmart The 'Future of Events & Experiences' panel explored immersive experiences and media's evolving landscape. Bronson Van Wyck, Founder of Workshop and DIO, emphasized holistic experiences, stating, “You want to give someone an opportunity to return to the womb where every aspect of their needs, physical and emotional, are being taken care of.” Rachel Racusen, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Snap Inc., highlighted quality over quantity in media, noting, “If you have an amazing New York Times story that is meant to reach a certain audience and that's the only story you get on something, that could provide a lot more value than twenty stories.” Allison Barrie Rand, Head of Experiential Marketing & Talent Partnerships at Walmart, discussed the intangible nature of creating memories, noting, “We are fundamentally in the business of making memories. And that's hard to measure.” Rand also emphasized using technology to foster community and connection, stating, “Tech needs to be leveraged as a tool to help further enable community, to help further enable connection.” She cautioned against expecting every experience to achieve all objectives, stating, “When we expect every single experience that we do to boil the ocean of objectives, that's not going to get us so far.” What's Next in Influencer Marketing? Moderator: Faye Halligan, Director of Talent Relations, Trend Companies Panelists: Ted Raad, Founder & CEO, Trend Companies; Anna Kai, Content Creator, @itsmaybeboth; Nena Evans, Content Creator, @nenaevans and Emily Fauver, Content Creator, @emily.fauver The 'What's Next in Influencer Marketing?' panel delved into the evolving influencer landscape. Ted Raad, Founder & CEO of Trend Companies, stressed the importance of creators remaining authentic to their audience, noting, “The most important thing... is that they are saying who they are to their audience, and the audience will matter more than any campaign.” He also highlighted creators' influence on both their audience and fellow creators. Emily Fauver, Content Creator, mentioned the continuous innovation in content creation on established platforms, saying, “The fact that we're still coming up with new ways to create content on platforms that have been around for a while, I think it’s just getting started.” Anna Kai, Content Creator, expressed confidence in the enduring nature of social media platforms, stating, “Social media is gonna be around forever whether it's TikTok or MikMok, so we'll figure it out.” Nena Evans, Content Creator, discussed the uncertainty of future content sharing platforms, stating, “At the end of the day, the value that we're creating, it has to be shared somewhere. It might not be TikTok, it might not be Instagram, it might be an unknown. We really don't know.” She emphasized the current importance of relatability and authenticity in connecting creators with their audiences. AI’s Effect on Marcomms Moderated by Samyutha Reddy, Head of Corporate Marketing, Jasper AI Panelists: Paul Miser, EVP, Group Director, HOW (a 5W Agency); Aaron Kwittken, Founder and CEO, PRophet and CEO, Stagwell Marketing Cloud, Comms Tech Unit and Alexia Adana, VP, Director of Creative Technology, Edelman The panel on "AI’s Effect on Marcomms" delved into how artificial intelligence is reshaping marketing and communications strategies. Paul Miser, EVP, Group Director at HOW, highlighted that AI complements human roles, enabling faster validation of insights and ideation. He emphasized, “[AI] is not going to replace your role, but it allows you to validate insights faster, it allows you to ideate faster, it gives you analytical models that are faster.” Miser also stressed the importance for agencies to understand AI's role in enhancing relationships and expediting validation processes. Aaron Kwittken, Founder and CEO of PRophet, urged professionals to embrace a mindset of becoming communications engineers. He discussed the significance of predictive AI, stating, “Anytime people talk about AI, they think about generative. But predictive AI will be most potent, consequential and revolutionary for comms pros." Alexia Adana, VP, Director of Creative Technology at Edelman, emphasized the need to become proficient with AI tools, stating, “On an individual level, it's getting comfortable with having a back and forth with AI tools in a way that's going to help you approach problems and your goals in a far more efficient way than if you were just solely relying on your individual brain.” Elevating Affiliate Marketing Strategies Moderator: Jeremiah Corley, Affiliate Director, Dreamday Panelists: Teresa Grammatke, Senior Director, eAccountable; Taylor Kendrick, Senior Manager, Channel Partnerships, impact.com; Jacqueline Goldstein, Vice President, Commerce, NY Post and Leilani Han, Executive Director, Commerce, The New York Times Wirecutter The "Elevating Affiliate Marketing Strategies" panel offered dynamic insights to supercharge affiliate approaches. Teresa Grammatke of eAccountable highlighted a shifting audience perspective, noting, “The audience has changed and people assume that you're getting the money now. So it's not as big of a deal for the audience to know that they're earning off of it.” Taylor Kendrick from impact.com emphasized the critical need for proactive affiliate engagement, stating, “You have to be diligent with following up with all these affiliates, just make sure you continue and continue to reach out to them.” Jacqueline Goldstein of NY Post discussed the pivotal role of offering competitive benefits to affiliates, like free fast shipping. Leilani Han of The New York Times Wirecutter emphasized the strategic importance of commerce content publishers, stating, “For the performance PR professionals, commerce content publishers don't just represent a number in the tally of coverage you garner, now we are also adding value to your clients’ bottom line.” Han also stressed the vital nature of nurturing affiliate partnerships, noting, “An affiliate link isn't a spigot of revenue where you just put up an affiliate link and turn it on. It's a constant feedback loop, it’s important to be constantly nurturing the partnerships.” Is 2024 the Year of Brand Marketing? Moderator: Celia Jones, Chief Marketing Officer, FINN Partners Panelists: Ana Andjelic, Chief Brand Officer, Ex Esprit, Banana Republic; Colin Kavanagh, Chief Marketing Officer, Pernod Ricard; Samina Virk, North America CEO, Vestiaire Collective and Crystal Vinisse, Vice President - Global Brand Leader, Lifestyle & Luxury Brands, Hyatt Hotels Corporation The highly anticipated panel, 'Is 2024 the Year of Brand Marketing?' delved into the evolving landscape of brand marketing, with experts providing insights into the strategies and approaches that will define the year ahead. Ana Andjelic, Chief Brand Officer at Ex Esprit and Banana Republic, characterized brand marketing as a strategy of cultural influence, advocating for continuous engagement with culture and creativity. Samina Virk, North America CEO at Vestiaire Collective, preferred the term "brand growth," emphasizing the interconnectedness of brand marketing with overall business growth. She stressed the importance of understanding the customer to create authentic brand moments, stating, “Focus on who your customer or your client is. Because I think that will help answer which moments you speak about and marry that with what is authentic.” Crystal Vinisse, Vice President - Global Brand Leader at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, underscored the experience-driven nature of today's economy, noting that brands must deliver on their promises to maintain customer trust. She remarked, “We are still very much in an experience-driven economy. So that means, while I might have an emotional connection to your brand, there's less forgiveness and grace if I have an experience that isn't what you marketed to me.” Colin Kavanagh, Chief Marketing Officer at Pernod Ricard, emphasized the importance of authenticity in brand messaging, stating, “You have to be authentic. That's the key thing for me – and you have to stay true to that.” The Future Focus Conference provided attendees with invaluable insights about the latest trends and future predictions for the marketing communications industry. The networking breaks throughout the day were embraced by the audience, which included representatives from brands like Sephora, Bumble, Fritz Hansen, Hilton Hotels, Brunello Cucinelli, Turkish Airlines, Match Group, Pernod Ricard, J. Crew, Leading Hotels of the World and Campari Group, and agency leaders from M&C Saatchi, Weber Shandwick, BPCM, Magrino, H&S, Finn Partners, 5W, Derris, Quinn, Day One Agency, KWT Global, Karla Otto and LaForce. The summit culminated with guests gathering in SECOND’s bar area for the cocktail hour, enjoying cocktails by Redemption Whiskey, Gray Whale Gin, Cantera Negra Reposado Tequila, and Josh Cellars Wines. Photos: Link HERE (credit: Adele Makulova) ABOUT THE PR NET: The PR Net is the premier global network for marketing and communications professionals. It is a modern take on the classic networking club and an "industry insider favorite” for executives looking for a central platform for industry intelligence and connections. Founded by industry veteran Lisa Smith in 2015, The PR Net consists of online content that reads like a magazine, member-only services, and highly sought-after digital and in-person member events. Contact Details The PR Net Sara Sturges +1 646-934-4631 ssturges@theprnet.com Company Website https://theprnet.com/

April 25, 2024 11:37 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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