Month: July 2019
Vegan pea milk brand Ripple Foods secures $65m in fundingPosted By: News Deskon: January 31, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Health, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailUS vegan brand Ripple Foods has closed a $65 million capital funding round, with lead investment from Euclidean Capital.Ripple, which makes a pea-based milk alternative beverage, has also secured funding from Goldman Sachs, Khosla Ventures, Fall Line Capital and S2G Ventures.Last year, Ripple launched a vegan Greek yogurt and child-friendly vegan milk. To date, it has secured a total of $110 million in funding.The brand launched its pea milk at Whole Foods in 2015 and has seen demand for its products grow by a reported 300% per year.Kathy Elsesser of Goldman Sachs told Bloomberg: “We are proud to invest in a company that has one of the fastest-growing plant-based product lines.”A statement on Ripple’s website said: “We’re taking a stand against dairy alternatives that are thin, chalky, or anything less than delicious. When you choose dairy free, you shouldn’t have to give up great taste. That’s why we’ve made Ripple dairy free, as it should be: a great source of protein, lower in sugar and most importantly, rich, creamy and delicious.”It claims that its beverage has “eight times the amount of protein of almond milk and half the sugar of dairy milk”.The announcement follows the growing popularity of plant-based products. Vegan confectionery launches increased by a reported 140% between 2013 and 2017. Sacla, Ben & Jerry’s, Goodfella’s and My/Mo Mochi are among brands to boost their vegan offering this year.Share with your network: Tags: plant-basedRipple FoodsUnited StatesveganWorld Vegan Day 2018
DoseBiome unveils three new flavours of its qii oral health drinkPosted By: News Deskon: April 20, 2018In: Beverage, Health, Industries, New products, Tea & CoffeePrintEmailToronto-based start-up DoseBiome has expanded its qii range of oral health care drinks by introducing three new fruit flavours.White peach, pomegranate and lychee tea flavours join the existing lemongrass ginger green tea and oolong tea drinks in the product line.qii drinks are brewed from loose leaf tea and include an ingredient called XyVita, which contains xylitol.The company claims the XyVita formulation helps to reduce mouth acidity and lowers the risk of tooth decay.Figures provided by the company claim that qii could reduce up to 52% of dental plague per serving due to the neutral pH levels of the drink and its xylitol-based formula.Packaged in 8 fl-oz cans, all flavours in the range contain 30 calories per serving, and the drinks are al non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and soy-free.qii founder Ted Jin said: “The oral microbiome is an emerging area of research centred around the relationship between beneficial and harmful bacteria.“Our team is comprised of PhDs from the fields of microbiology, food science and dentistry who are dedicated to finding innovative ways to improve oral health.“In understanding harmful bacteria and how they form plaque, we have effectively found ways to reduce both, leading to the development of qii.“It just made sense – trying to take the bad habit of drinking sugary beverages and replacing it with a good habit that satisfies your craving and takes care of your mouth.“We believe it’s important to brush twice daily and regularly visit your dentist. If you can’t, we want you to do the next best thing – drink qii.”All drinks in the qii range are available directly from the brand’s website and through Amazon, with a retail price of $9.99 for a pack of four 8 fl-oz cans.Share with your network: Tags: DoseBiomeqiiteaUS
Start-up Once Upon a Farm receives $20m in fundingPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 10, 2018In: Business, Food, Industries, Nutrition, SnacksPrintEmailInfant nutrition start-up Once Upon a Farm has received $20 million in a Series B financing round led by CAVU Venture Partners.Once Upon a Farm produces organic, cold-pressed baby food, applesauce and smoothies for the US market, and is available from over 8,500 retailers throughout the US, including Target, Kroger and Walmart.The company says that the funding will allow the company to further expand its product range to support the growth of the company in the future.CAVU Ventures co-founder and managing partner Brett Thomas and investor Jared Jacobs, will join the company’s board as part of the agreement.John Foraker, CEO and co-founder of Once Upon a Farm said: “From day one, our investors have all been tremendous partners for our brand.“Due to their generous support and this round led by CAVU, Once Upon a Farm has been able to maintain incredible momentum to create a new Fresh Baby category and build a company that is committed to driving social impact for families.”Once Upon a Farm co-founder Jennifer Garner added: “I am proud of the innovative business that we have built. It is incredibly exciting to see so many families embracing our products.“This latest round of funding allows us to continue to help busy parents give their children the most nutritious foods possible and make life a little bit easier for families across the country.”CAVU Ventures managing partner Brett Thomas said: “The baby food category has lacked real product innovation for quite some time.“We’re thrilled to partner with John, Jen and the rest of the Once Upon a Farm team to disrupt and lead in this space.”Share with your network: Tags: infant nutritionOnce Upon a Farmstart-upsUS
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Reuse this content Tensions between Iran and the west have deepened after Tehran denied a US warship had brought down one of its drones and a Gibraltar court extended the detention of an Iranian ship seized by Royal Marines following a breakdown in talks.The drone incident was first revealed by Donald Trump, who said that USS Boxer took defensive action after the unmanned vehicle came within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down.“The drone was immediately destroyed,” Trump said, adding that unmanned aircraft had threatened the safety of the American ship and its crew,. He called on other countries to condemn Iran and protect their own ships. Heightened tensions between countries comes as Gibraltar court extends detention of Iranian ship Share on Twitter Iran Middle East and North Africa Share on LinkedIn Read more news US foreign policy “This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in international waters. The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, facilities and interests, and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran’s attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce.”However, Iran denied Trump’s claims. The deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, tweeted: “We have not lost any drone in the strait of Hormuz nor anywhere else. I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own UAS [unmanned aerial system] by mistake!”The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted a military spokesman, Gen Abolfazl Shekari, as sayingthat “all Iranian drones that are in the Persian Gulf and the strait of Hormuz […] have returned to their bases”.The contradictory claims came as Gibraltar’s supreme court extended the detention of the Iranian ship Grace 1 for 30 days, in a move that suggests talks between Iran and the UK over the terms of the ship’s release are not progressing.On Thursday, Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo, held talks with Iranian officials at the UK foreign office in London. Picardo also held talks with Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary.The UK has been seeking legal assurances that the tanker, if released, will not travel to Syria to unload 2.1m barrels of oil.The Gibraltarian authorities, assisted by Royal Marines, seized the ship a fortnight ago declaring it was bound for Syria in breach of an EU embargo. The seizure was undertaken at the request of the US, Iran claims.Tehran says it is not party to an EU embargo and that the ship was not bound for Syria. The foreign minister, Javad Zarif, who was in New York on Thursday, has refused to offer an alternative destination for the ship, saying it was not in Iran’s interests to reveal how it could avoid a US-imposed embargo on Iranian oil exports. The UK foreign office remains certain the destination was Syria.The apparent breakdown in talks over the ship’s fate is a serious setback for efforts to de-escalate the wider crisis in the Gulf. The release of the ship might have set in train a virtuous circle, but instead it is likely to lead to calls within Iran to do more to disrupt western shipping travelling through the strait of Hormuz, the narrow waterway that carries 60% of oil trade.Picardo has repeatedly stressed that talks between the unnamed Iranian officials and his team were constructive and positive. He also said the decision to seize the ship initially, and any decision on its release, was a matter for the Gibraltar authorities. In practice, the UK foreign office will have been influencing the tone of the discussions.Furthermore, the new standoff with the US came just hours after Iran offered a deal with Washington in which it said it would formally and permanently accept enhanced inspections of its nuclear programme in return for the permanent lifting of US sanctions.The offer was made by Zarif on his visit to New York. But it is unlikely to be warmly received by the Trump administration, which is currently demanding that Iran make a range of sweeping concessions, including the cessation of uranium enrichment and support for proxies and allies in the region.Zarif insisted, however, that his offer was “a substantial move”.“It’s not about photo ops. We are interested in substance,” he told reporters at the Iranian mission to the UN in New York on Thursday. “There are other substantial moves that can be made.” Share on Pinterest Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed drone over Gulf First published on Thu 18 Jul 2019 15.33 EDT Share on WhatsApp
Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadShow NotesHi folks. Welcome to “Accessibility Minute”, your weekly look at Assisitive Technology—those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs.Gerontechnology may be a new word for some of us. It refers to the integration of technology for health, housing, mobility, communication, leisure and work of older people. As people age, the utilization of technology to maintain and regain independence is critical.The Massachusetts of Institute of Technology even has an “Age Lab” that focuses on the development and deployment of technology to assist as people age in the areas of: Safe Driving & Lifelong Transportation, Disaster Preparedness, Eldercare & Caregiving, and even Retirement PlanningFor more information, to read our blog or to drop us a line, visit EasterSealsTech.com. That was your accessibility minute for this week. I’m Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads, in Indiana.Gerontechnology – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://bit.ly/16j4owuAbout AgeLab | MIT AgeLab http://bit.ly/16j4YKHShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedAM056 – Accessible GolfJune 22, 2012In “Accessibility Minute”AM070 – W3C Web Accessibility InitiativeSeptember 28, 2012In “Accessibility Minute”AM055 – AppleVisJune 15, 2012In “Accessibility Minute”
For this week’s Tech Tip, our equipment loan specialist Justin Amber is going to introduce us to the Blindfold Video Poker app. This is a free iOS app that allows individuals to enjoy video poker–without ever having to look at the screen! NOTE: The money used in this game is fictitious and will rejuvenate after a certain period of time, thus real money is not necessary. However, there are in-app purchases available. To view this app on iTunes click here.To learn more details on this app, visit the AppleVis site. Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedTech Tip: Mag. LightAugust 18, 2014In “Tech Tips”Tech Tip: CamScanner AppNovember 17, 2014In “Tech Tips”Monday Tech Tip: Math AppsSeptember 19, 2016In “Tech Tips”
Objective: Children race to be the first player with a full card of matching tiles. The first one done that yells ZINGO! wins the game!3. Stack Up!Can you stack the 12 blocks before the Stack Smasher gets to the tower and topples it? In Stack Up! children have fun spinning for their task. “Spin a color and stack a block. Spin a Challenge and add a tricky task like stacking while singing ‘Happy Birthday!’ Or spin the Stack Smasher, and you’re one space closer to the big topple!”Works on:Fine and gross motor skillsHand-eye coordinationSocial skills/cooperationColor matchingBalance Features:For 2 or more playersAges 4 and upContents: 30 noodles, Yeti, Bowl, InstructionsObjective: Don’t let the Yeti fall into the bowl of spaghetti!Other gameplay option: You can also have children use chopsticks to pull spaghetti to practice fine motor skills2. Zingo!:Zingo! is a fast-paced Bingo-like game where players take turns matching pictures. It encourages pre-readers and early readers alike to match pictures and words to their challenge cards. The Zingo! Zinger dispenses tiles as children race to be the first player with a full card and yell “Zingo!”Works on:Visual motor and perceptual skillsFine motor and grasping skillsLanguage developmentSocial skills Features:2-6 playersAges 3 and upNo reading requiredContents include:1 game board12 colorful blocks12 challenge cards2 stack sticks1 Stack Smasher and Stand1 spinnerInstructions for 3 game levels Objective: Players must work together to get to the treasure before the Ogre does!Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFeed the Woozle Board GameNovember 20, 2018In “Toys”8 Outdoor Products for Children with Special NeedsMay 3, 2017In “Products and Devices”6 Toy Ideas to Encourage Language–Part 3: Holiday Gift Guide 2015December 2, 2015In “Products and Devices” 5. Race to the Treasure!:If you’re looking for a game that encourages teamwork, look no further! In Race to the Treasure! players work together to beat the Ogre to the treasure by creating a path from start to finish. Along the way, they must collect three keys to unlock the treasure.Works on:Social skills (cooperation, teamwork, etc.)StrategizingVisual motor skillsProblem-solving skillsFocus and attention skillsDecision-making skills Features:2 or more playersAges 3 and upContents:6 double-sided Zingo! cards with 2 levels of play72 double-sided tilesZingo! Zinger with easy cleanupParent’s Guide Objective: Players ask each other yes or no questions like, “Do you have blue eyes?” or “Are you wearing a hat?” The first player to guess character correctly wins the game!Guess Who? is also available in different themes!Guess Who? Marvel EditionGuess Who? Finding Dory Edition A few weeks ago, I discussed several products to encourage outdoor play this summer. However, if you’re looking for something fun for your child to do on rainy days, what’s more fun than board games?!I’m sure by now you’ve played Candyland and Monopoly too many times to count. So for today’s post, I’d like to discuss five other games that are not only fun, they also work on developmental skills. What are you waiting for?! Let’s go play!5 Board Games for Childhood DevelopmentI have always been a huge fan of board games my entire life. They’re an exciting means of socializing, strategizing, and more. Additionally, a majority encourage motor skills, language development, problem-solving, and so much more. The best part is they’re so fun children don’t even know they’re learning!1. Yeti in My Spaghetti:First off, how fun is the name of this game? Yeti in My Spaghetti is a fun, wacky game where children pull strands of spaghetti out while trying to not let the Yeti fall into the bowl.Works on:Fine motor and grasping skillsHand-eye coordination skillsVisual motor and perceptual skillsFocus and attention skillsOrganizational skills Features:2 to 4 playersAges 5 and upContents:1 game board1 pair of dice37 game cards4 key tokens1 Ogre snackInstructions Objective: Try to stack all 12 blocks before the tower is knocked over by the Stack Smasher!4. Guess Who?:Okay, I was going to stay away from games that have been around forever, but Guess Who? is just too good to not include on this list! This is a classic game from my childhood that can benefit a child’s development today. Children will have fun trying to be the first person to guess the person on the other player’s card.Works on:Visual skillsOrganizational skillsFocus and attention skillsLanguage skillsInformation processingSocial skillsFeatures:2 playersAges 6 and upContents:2 character sheets2 game boardsInstructionsBONUS: Adults can also download and print more character cards online
Buddig Launches National Advertising Campaign “Lunchtime Anytime” MTS Staff WriterJune 18, 2019, 9:30 pmJune 18, 2019 New hyper-targeted marketing push looks to redefine “lunchtime” Carl Buddig and Company (Buddig), along with their newly appointed agency of record, Fusion92, will launch a national integrated campaign aimed at capturing the imagination of lunchmeat eaters while also repositioning the Buddig brand. BuddigFusion92Marketing TechnologyNational Advertising CampaignNews Previous ArticleTeamSupport Unveils New Capabilities to Strengthen B2B Customer Support SoftwareNext ArticleTelefónica to Offer Google Cloud Solutions to Companies Around the World Named “Lunchtime Anytime,” the new campaign approach allows Buddig to hyper-target consumers based on behaviors and location, because the advertising buy, even for television, is being executed digitally. The fully integrated national campaign includes touchpoints in digital, mobile, TV, video, radio and in-store. Additionally, the creative strategy is rooted in consumer insights around variety of products and usage occasions, trust and an on-the-go lifestyle, which means everything has a purpose and connects to consumers, no matter where they are in their journey.Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC Minneapolis“As a third-generation, family-owned company, we have carved out a unique niche in our category, by placing a premium on family. Our approach has served us well, as we have seen continual growth,” says Tom Buddig, EVP of Marketing, Buddig. “However, we’re at a turning point with the brand and understand the dynamics of how ‘family’ is defined has changed, as well as how we all consume media. This new campaign allows us to streamline the way we reach our consumers, by focusing less on demographics and more on their lifestyles. Essentially, we’re meeting our consumers where they are, with the right medium and message for them.”The campaign launch will kick off with new packaging (already available in some markets), a refreshed website and TV commercials debuting June 3. The creative for this campaign is an evolution from the company’s past human-contact approach and introduces humor into the mix. Three new :15 spots titled “Stomach Growls,” “What Time Is It?” and “Grandfather Clock” show the hilarious possibilities of what happens when we re-think lunchtime with Buddig. Each digital touchpoint features a vibrant, daypart-specific design system inspired by the new packaging that will have consumers looking at Buddig – and lunchtime – in a new way. Dynamic video and banner ads feature hundreds of headlines, meal occasions and snack variations to show the value of Buddig through variety, social media posts center around tasty but accessible “snackable” content complete with custom food photography and videos, and a handful of “meatitative” radio spots will have listeners asking, “what is the meaning of lunch?”“Lunchtime Anytime is the brainchild of our agency Fusion92,” added Robert Gay, VP of Marketing, Buddig. “We were at a point where we realized it was time to reposition consumers’ perception of our brand and asked all of our agencies to bring us their best. Fusion92 developed this strategic and fully integrated campaign. We have such high confidence in their work and how much they understand our business, that we recently named them our official agency of record.”Marketing Technology News: CoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud Marketplace“We pride ourselves on delivering real-world business results for our clients and we measure our success by our clients’ success,” said Matt Murphy, Founder & CEO of Fusion92. “We really know the Buddig brand and given everything we know about modern consumer behavior through digital, and the shift in the marketing channels to hyper-targeted and high quality, we know there’s no better time to refresh and re-introduce the brand to the market.”Fusion92 has been a roster agency for Carl Buddig and Company for more than 10 years. As a digital-first agency, Fusion92 has incrementally taken on additional responsibilities until recently being named the agency of record for the Buddig brand. The agency remains the digital agency of record for Carl Buddig and Company’s other brands, including Old Wisconsin Sausage, Inc. and Kingsford Ribs and BBQ Meats.Marketing Technology News: Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform Market
Confirmit’s B2B Account Health solution recognized for best-in-class innovationConfirmit announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named Confirmit B2B Account Health solution as a Customer Experience Innovation Award winner.Confirmit B2B Account Health solution empowers teams to understand the accounts’ status and manage revenue risk collaboratively with an easy, streamlined user interface. With Account Health, companies receive richer insights to proactively identify and address the customer issues that have the biggest impact on the business goals, driving organization-wide engagement in the CX program.Marketing Technology News: Insite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerce“We know that revenue is a top priority for all companies, but challenges like customer churn, service reductions and stalling customer acquisition can stand in the way of growth,” said Michael Wooh, CMO, Confirmit. “To help business leaders mitigate risk, we developed a highly configurable solution to deliver rich insights to the right people at the right time so teams can make smarter business decisions and drive better business outcomes. We are honored to be recognized by TMC and the CX industry for our commitment to delivering innovative results.”Marketing Technology News: Tencent Champions “Tech for Good” in CannesThe Customer Experience Innovation Award recognizes best-in-class companies setting the standard in delivering exceptional customer experiences over all channels. Winners represent prominent players in the market who consistently demonstrate the advancement of technologies, and each recipient is a verifiable leader in the industry.“On behalf of TMC and CUSTOMER magazine, we are pleased to honor Confirmit with a Customer Experience Innovation Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. “Confirmit B2B Account Health solution has proven to deliver a world-class customer experience to improve customer relationships, and we look forward to seeing their continued innovation driving success for Confirmit and their clients.”Marketing Technology News: Only 6% of Small Businesses Focused on Retaining Customers, Despite Main Digital Marketing Goal of Increasing Sales B2B AccountConfirmitcustomer experienceMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleEvergage Named a Leader in G2 Grid Report for Personalization EnginesNext ArticlePersistent Acquires youperience™, Bringing it Together With PARX to Create Europe’s Leading Boutique Salesforce Partner Confirmit Receives Customer Experience Innovation Award PRNewswireJune 26, 2019, 6:49 pmJune 26, 2019
About DougAbout DialogTechAbout Doug “Call Analytics enable marketers to understand how their channels, campaigns, keywords, and website drive calls that convert to customers.” AIAnalytics Platformcall analyticsDialogTechinterviewsmachine learningMarketing TechnologyMarTech Interview Previous ArticleSAPO Adopts AppNexus’ Full-Stack TechnologyNext ArticleInteractive Demo Automation for Sales Engineers – Consensus’ New Release Unlocks Unique Buying Group Analytics About DialogTech MarTech Interview with Doug Kofoid, CEO, DialogTech Sudipto GhoshJune 3, 2019, 3:15 pmJune 10, 2019 Doug Kofoid is responsible for overall business strategy and corporate leadership as the CEO of DialogTech. He comes to DialogTech with over 25 years of experience and nearly 20 years in digital marketing.Doug joined DialogTech after a successful run as an early member, builder, and President of VivaKi, Publicis’s data, technology, and innovation hub for all of its agencies. Doug helped build the 500-person organization that drove over $200 million in revenue across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC, while also building out the Publicis Groupe’s offshore operations in New Delhi, India.With a strong passion for finding market inefficiencies and fixing them, Doug wrote the algorithm that was developed into DART Search – the first SEM platform and one of the first real-time bidding tools – in 2004 while at Performics. Performics and the DART Search technology were sold to DoubleClick, which ultimately was sold to Google, where Doug also held a position as Director of Search. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Ford, CVS Caremark, and FastWeb (acquired by TMP/Monster.com).Doug earned his MBA in Finance, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago and his B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University. MarTech Interview Series DialogTech’s proprietary technology provides marketers with transparency into the voice of their consumers through AI-driven conversation insights. DialogTech’s analytics suite helps marketers identify key behaviors that lead to conversion events, deliver deeply personalized consumer experiences, and improve effectiveness across channels by linking every consumer activity, from click to conversion to loyalty. Consistently recognized as the leader and pioneer in call analytics, DialogTech is the trusted voice management platform for leading brands and agencies. The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to start at DialogTech?I have always been interested in how technology can disrupt mature industries, and that interest intensified while I was in business school during the dot com boom. Technology at the time was a disruptor and brought a different focus – on the data-based decision; the objectivity was something I was drawn to. This passion came to fruition in 2004, when I was a consultant for Performics and helped start their search marketing business. At the time there were no platforms to help advertisers bid optimally in a scalable manner across millions of keywords. So, I developed DART Search – the algorithm known today as Google Ad Manager – and sold it to Performics, who brought me on board to build out the business around it. That business was eventually sold to DoubleClick, which Google later bought, and the rest was history.Since then, I have been deeply involved in orchestrating optimal consumer experiences through data, analytics, and automation. It is what inspired me to work at DialogTech. DialogTech provides AI-powered call analytics and attribution for search, social, programmatic, and other marketing channels. I first heard about it during a conversation with a DialogTech board member, and my initial reaction was disbelief. I think I said something about how ‘phone calls are dead — marketers don’t care about calls!’ But he showed me the data that opened my eyes. Thanks to smartphones, search and digital advertising drive over 160 billion calls a year to businesses. And when you get a consumer to call you, they convert to revenue 10-15 times more than the next best digital tactic. I then saw that having analytics on calls will be crucial for marketers to compete and win in search and digital.What is DialogTech and how does it make Call Analytics more powerful?Over a decade ago, DialogTech pioneered what most marketers know today as ‘Call Tracking‘ or ‘Call Attribution‘. It is Marketing Technology, that attributes each phone call to the marketing interaction that drove it. So, when a consumer calls your call center or business location, DialogTech captures the originating channel, ad, search keyword, and webpage, as well as data on who the caller is, their location, the day and time of the call, and more.What helps set DialogTech apart is that our solution not only attributes calls but, it also records and transcribes them, and has AI and Machine Learning algorithms familiar with each customer’s business, analyze those conversations to uncover important data points around the intent, urgency, preferences, outcomes, and value of each caller. DialogTech then passes all those insights on callers as structured first-party data to digital ad platforms, CRM, bid management tools, and DMPs for businesses to leverage to drive better business results. It is truly end-to-end call analytics, powered by AI, built for enterprise marketers.Why should Marketing and Sales teams leverage Call Analytics platforms? What are the benefits? Call Analytics provides the literal ‘Voice of the Customer’ to the marketer in a packaged up, structured format. It is the only channel that is truly real-time where you get the facts about demographics, behavioral, and geographic information. Digital Media does a good job, but it is still triangulating data to arrive at best assumptions on the consumer. Call Analytics enables marketers to understand how their channels, campaigns, keywords, and website drive calls that convert to customers. So, they can prove the full impact of their marketing on business results and allocate budget to what drives the most customers and revenue. Without call data, the full attribution path is incomplete and marketers are only curating experiences based on partial information.DialogTech also takes it a step further by providing Marketing Insights on what drove each call and what was said during each conversation. That is a very granular data that marketers can use to deliver more personalized 1-to-1 experiences. For example, you can put a caller who did not convert into the best audience segments for more effective search and display retargeting. Equally important to a marketer is understanding when to suppress ads from audiences who will likely not convert. Or you can personalize the content of your website homepage based on the product a caller expressed interest in during a previous call. Personalized experiences are what convert consumers into loyal customers, and call data plays a big role in enabling marketers to do that optimally.You asked about the sales team, and Call Analytics platforms like DialogTech are also used to help sales organizations improve operational efficiencies and drive revenue growth. First, Call Analytics platforms can use the information on callers and why they are calling, to determine if they are a sales or support call and dynamically route the sales calls to the best sales agent to convert them to a customer. Call Analytics platforms can also identify the calls that were good sales leads but did not convert and compare those conversations to calls that did, to help sales managers understand what on-call strategies to use, to close more business.How do you focus on bringing AI and Data Analytics together at DialogTech? What are the core technologies driving your product? The DialogTech Call Analytics platform has four main products. Our core AI product is called DialogAnalytics™, a conversation analytics tool that uses AI and Machine Learning to uncover the actionable insights at scale from conversations. So for each call, DialogAnalytics’, AI automatically determines if it is a sales or support call, what products or services the caller is interested in and if there was any contextual relevance in the advertising they saw, if the caller converted, how the sales agent or location performed, and more. We expose these insights to the marketers within DialogTech through a wealth of reports and dashboards, as well as via email alerts that notify our customers of issues on calls, such as when good leads call a location but don’t convert, so they can take immediate action.Those AI-driven conversation insights from DialogAnalytics are tied to the marketing source driving the call, which is captured by our SourceIQ™ call attribution product. All that data is then passed to the marketing platforms and tools that our customers use, from Google Ads to Adobe Experience Cloud to Salesforce, via our IntegrationStudio™ product for better outcomes. And finally, when consumers call, our ExperienceHub™ product uses data from the other three products to dynamically route each call to the best agent or location to handle them based on who the caller is and why they are calling. ExperienceHub™ is a seamless and self-serve and, can be controlled in real-time, ensuring the consumer has the most relevant caller experience. It is pretty amazing. Five years ago, I would never have imagined that the marketers could have this much control and visibility into the call, but now it has become integral to the success of many brands.Which set of industries is the fastest to adopt Call Analytics for their Digital Transformation? Calls are an important part of the customer journey for industries with complex, expensive, infrequent, or urgent purchases. Consumers looking for those products or services want to call and speak to a real person before finalizing a purchasing decision or booking an appointment. So, those industries have been the fastest to adopt DialogTech and call analytics – industries like automotive, financial services, healthcare, insurance, home services, travel, and technology.What’s interesting is that we are now seeing many of the big brands in retail and e-commerce express interest in Call Analytics. It may seem counter-intuitive, but online shoppers do often need to call and speak to a person before making an online purchase, especially if that product is expensive. And the retail marketers need analytics on those calls to measure and optimize their impact on sales.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in AI and Data Management technology for 2019-2020?Everything that is happening around voice – with voice search, voice assistants, and conversational AI – is exciting. Voice as a platform is disrupting and transforming how people find and interact with brands. Historically looking across verticals, not many marketers engaged broadly with the voice as a channel. However, with the habitual changes that voice assistants and smartphones bring, more and more consumers want to talk to a business. So, now businesses who never had a way to directly engage with their consumers (like CPG and pharma) – along with the expected businesses in healthcare, travel, banking, and retail – have access to a more complete consumer journey. Marketers will need deep analytics on voice interactions to ensure that they are providing the best contextual experiences to win and retain the customers.I’m excited about the work DialogTech is doing around applying AI to uncover intent, interest, disposition, and sentiment from conversations at scale and tying that to the source of the call. This is game-changing data that can be used to deliver more personalized experiences both online and via voice.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now? I do like what I’m seeing from Customer Data Platforms (CDPs). I spent the last 15 years of my career obsessed with how businesses can apply data to improve results. But when I started, everything was about third-party data. Now with CDPs and other technologies, we are seeing a shift to first-party data and leveraging what we know about our own customers to drive better business outcomes.The potential of leveraging first-party data is something that also drew me to DialogTech. Is there a richer source of first-party data than what a consumer actually says when they call you? What data gives you a more accurate picture of their intent, urgency, or sentiment than their own words?How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Business Leader?We live and breathe AI every day at DialogTech. It is everything to our business -helping customers use AI to go deep into their consumer conversations, to uncover insights that marketers could only dream of three years ago.How do you inspire your people to work with technology? I don’t need to inspire our people to work with technology – they inspire me. We hire people that are passionate about technology and data. So, working with technology is something we do it intrinsically – it is in our DNA. We use it every day to work smarter and collaborate more efficiently. For DialogTech, that starts with using our technology to attribute, analyze, and manage calls, and integrate that data with all the marketing and sales tools our business uses. But, technology helps facilitate all our business processes, from analyzing customer data to interacting with co-workers in other offices and countries.One word that best describes how you work.Collaboration. I’m a big proponent of hiring smart people and then working with them to develop repeatable processes that drive growth.What is the best advice you have ever received?Heroes don’t scale. Your greatest individual will never outperform a solid team with the right processes supporting them.Thank you, Doug! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon.
Adslot MediaGreenlightMarketing TechnologyNewsPMP campaignsProgrammatic Guaranteed Solution Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Michael Scharff, Chief Executive Officer, EvolvNext ArticleMitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And That’s A Good Thing Adslot Delivers 467% Increase in ROI Through Programmatic Guaranteed Solution MTS Staff WriterJune 14, 2019, 4:03 pmJune 14, 2019 Leading Digital Agency Greenlight Realized Significant Operational and Media Efficiency Improvements During Peak Media Buy Times Adslot Media announced that a recent campaign executed on its programmatic guaranteed (PG) platform, achieved a 467% increase in ROI when assessing effective cost per mille (eCPM) compared against private market place (PMP) campaigns. Multiple award-winning digital and commerce agency Greenlight, planned and launched the campaign during the high-traffic Black Friday holiday, using its client’s first-party data to book guaranteed, premium inventory from trusted publishers through the Adslot platform. Notable results include double-digit increases in performance and reduction of media waste when compared to the same campaign executed through a PMP.By running PG deals through Adslot, Greenlight was able to quickly access premium, global inventory in a fraction of the time it would have taken to work directly with publishers. The agency also was able to book guaranteed inventory—including video—during high-demand, key traffic days synonymous with Black Friday. Standout results from Greenlight’s campaign with Adslot include:· 57% decrease in cost per actions (CPAs) from its PMP campaigns· 79% decrease in eCPMS when compared to its PMP campaigns· 60% reduction in time spent on operational tasksMarketing Technology News: New Research Reveals That Understanding Customer Emotions is a Key Driver of Business Predictability for Brands“As supply path optimization takes hold of our buying decisions, efficient, transparent and brand-safe outcomes are table stakes. Adslot not only took all of the guesswork out of programmatic buying, but delivered a positive return on results four times over” said Fahmi Mohammed, Head of Display at Greenlight. “Clearing the pathways of supply through Adslot helped us reduce our media costs significantly and in turn, deliver more value to our client by investing these freed assets into more strategic initiatives.”Working through Adslot’s PG platform allows brands to work directly with publishers, avoiding the risk of cannibalizing their budgets across multiple middle parties. Additionally, use of PG eliminates the need to work with a demand-side platform (DSP), in turn removing buy-side fees and technology setup for buyers. By requiring a single fee for the entire campaign, Adslot’s platform typically costs less than half of what it does to run campaigns through other PG avenues in the marketplace.Marketing Technology News: Contentsquare and Monetate Bridge Customer Experience Gap Between Brands and People“As first-party data continues to become more valuable for the media buying equation, PG solutions demonstrate these audience segments no longer need to be restricted to lower-value inventory found in PMPs or preferred deals,” added Charmagne Jacobs, vice president of global marketing at Adslot. “We’re seeing a growing appetite for true PG solutions from our brand, agency and publisher partners who are looking to access premium inventory and priority placements, while simultaneously achieving media and operational efficiency.”Marketing Technology News: Study Shows Two-Thirds of Consumers Prepared to Flee to Brands Offering Superior Service
Key Finding: 90% Of Consumers Will Leave A Site If It Does Not Load QuicklyYottaa, Inc., the leading Cloud platform for accelerating eCommerce, announced the publication of a new research report titled, “2019 Retailer Website Performance Evaluation: Are Retail Websites Meeting Shopper Expectations?” The research, which was conducted by Retail Systems Research (RSR), evaluates 80 major retail websites on page speed performance and shopper experience, and includes survey results from 1,300 consumers to provide their perspective on eCommerce site performance.“2019 Retailer Website Performance Evaluation: Are Retail Websites Meeting Shopper Expectations?”Retailers evaluated in this year’s report include: American Eagle Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate & Barrel, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Express, Levi Strauss, Pier 1, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Ulta Beauty, and 70 more.RSR, an industry market intelligence firm that helps retailers make more strategic decisions about the role of information technology in their enterprise, conducted the study from April to May of 2019. In keeping with the methodology used in its previous two reports on this topic, RSR assembled a list of 80 top retail sites, and then tested the speed at which each retailers’ desktop and mobile sites loaded, evaluated the ease with which a shopper could shop their channels, and analyzed what 3rd party technologies (product reviews, recommendations, personalization, chat features, etc.) were provided to improve the shopper’s journey and increase online sales. The retailers were then ranked from 1 to 80 based on the collected data. In order to provide a broader look at eCommerce site performance, in this year’s report RSR expanded the scope of its research to include consumers’ opinions through interviews with 1,300 US-based shoppers.“Every year RSR’s report on eCommerce site performance evaluates retailers based on their website speed and shopping experience. But we never actually asked shoppers what they think about it,” said Steve Rowen, Managing Partner, Retail Systems Research (RSR). “This year we surveyed over 1,000 shoppers on the topic and found that 90% of consumers will abandon a shopping session just because it is slow. And when they get frustrated by a slow site, shoppers’ actions are damaging to a retailer in every possible way: they leave, they buy from a competitor, and they likely won’t be coming back to the site.”Marketing Technology News: 3Cinteractive and Automagi Partner to Enable RCS Business Messaging in JapanBelow are key findings from the report that illustrate the performance challenges that many eCommerce sites face today. The full RSR report, which was sponsored by YottaaShoppers Won’t Wait For Retailers –This year’s report clearly demonstrates that consumers will not only abandon an eCommerce site merely because it’s slow, but they will also take definitive actions after leaving the site, such as buying from a competing retailer, complaining on social media, or worse, never returning to the brand. This was supported by the following shopper survey results:90% have left an eCommerce site because it did not load in the time expected57% have left a slow eCommerce site and then bought from a similar retailer53% stated the biggest issue they had with slow retail sites is that they are wasting their personal time40% have left an eCommerce site because it is slow and then bought from Amazon23% never returned to a brand’s website due to slow page performance22% were concerned that a slow retail site might lead to a security risk of their personal information14% have taken to social media to complain about a slow loading retail siteMarketing Technology News: Bessemer Venture Partners Leads USD $13 Million Series a for Traction Guest to Accelerate the Global Expansion of Enterprise Visitor ManagementAverage Retailer Scores Are Still Too Low (47%) – Even in removing some of the subjective scoring from its criteria, RSR found retailers’ scores are too low. With the highest score in the class at 68%, something is very wrong. And as RSR’s consumer data demonstrated, shoppers are not willing to grade on a curve – they want to act now, and they are more than willing to leave for someone who can provide that.Third Party Requests Are STILL Slowing Down Sites – Consumers are clear that they want rich functionality built into both the desktop AND the mobile site. In fact, when asked to identify the top 2 online features that make shopping online most enjoyable, product ratings/reviews and the ability to compare similar products top the list. However, RSR’s results also show that retailers’ sites just aren’t fast enough and this is largely due to heavy pages from 3rd party technologies. This is consistent across home pages and product detail pages, mobile and desktop. In fact, only a handful of retailers scored maximum points in the “percent of load time from 3rd parties” category.“The annual Retailer Website Performance Evaluation Report from Retail Systems Research has become the industry benchmark for evaluating how retail websites are engaging customers and driving online revenue,” said Rich Stendardo, CEO of Yottaa. “After two years of focusing strictly on retailers, this year’s report goes to the next level by directly adding the shopper’s expectations. The interviews RSR conducted with consumers augment its evaluation of the 80 retail sites profiled in the report and validate Yottaa’s mission to optimize digital experiences by making eCommerce sites faster and more profitable.”Marketing Technology News: Fox Corporation and Leading Agencies Join Project OAR to Provide Buy-Side & Sell-Side Guidance for New Addressable TV Standard Shoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website Performance Business WireJune 14, 2019, 4:32 pmJune 14, 2019 accelerating eCommerceCloud PlatformMarketing TechnologyNewsRetail Systems ResearchYottaa Previous ArticleMitsubishi Motors And New Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Gardiner Think Small… And That’s A Good ThingNext ArticleDun & Bradstreet Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Lattice Engines To Become Leading Customer Data Platform Provider
Aiozium, a new launch of Crowdnik Networks Private Limited, is a SaaS-based platform for marketers powered by machine learning techniques in a different way. The tool has intelligence for self-correction and self-learning for better campaign optimization and high ROI.Aiozium is a multi-dimensional platform that not only reads the data, makes sense of all the data and generate actionable insights on them, but also gives the real-time information about customer behavior. It builds the trend of the customers based on a various emotional and behavioral algorithm which leads to prediction and results in an increase of leads by selecting the best marketing mix and marketing strategies for optimum use of resources which results in greater ROI.Marketing Technology News: Mindtree to Showcase Contextual, Real-Time Solutions for Personalized Traveler Experiences at HITEC MinneapolisReason Why Every Marketer Needs AioziumAiozium is marketing ally, it is a tool for all the marketers which makes life simpler and completes the customer journey with ease.– Emotional Algo: It is said that the only difference between Robot and Human is the emotions or the feel factor. Emotional algo consists of human psychological ethos. It analyses the behavior basis on different kinds of emotions exhibited by humans. It helps in analyzing the marketing communications, activities and asses their value. It also measures and analyses the emotions of a person towards buying the product.– Contextual Algo: It analyses the content across various channels viz. website, email and all communication platforms based on multiple parameters such as aggression, transaction, emotion etc. It also analyses whether the user is persuaded with the interaction or not, basis on which it predicts the usefulness of the content.– Behavior Algo: Based on historical and real-time customer behavior across all channels with prospective data listening mechanism, this model can learn, react and predict the most accurate customer flow for maximum conversion. It predicts the probability of the rate of conversion through Machine Learning, Deep learning, Natural Language processing and Augmented Visualization.Marketing Technology News: CoreMedia Announces CoreMedia Content Cloud – Marketing Connector on Salesforce AppExchange, the World’s Leading Enterprise Cloud MarketplaceHow Is It Going To Benefit The End-users:On-boarding with Aiozium will reduce the marketing expenses by cutting down the misspend funds and optimizing the campaign to increase the ROI. It remembers and recollects the historical hand burns and successful campaigns and accordingly suggests marketers the most accurate pathway to follow. It also learns the customer behavior towards marketer’s product line. The best part of Aiozium is that it works across channels and sync with all the digital assets in a single click.Marketing Technology News: Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform Market Aiozium Launched SaaS-Based Marketing Intelligence Tool Powered by AI PRNewswireJune 18, 2019, 9:00 pmJune 18, 2019 AIAioziumCampaign Optimizationmachine learningMarketing TechnologyNewsSaaS-based Marketing Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Patrick Moorhead, CMO at PricefxNext ArticleTeamSupport Unveils New Capabilities to Strengthen B2B Customer Support Software
Seamless integration allows joint customers to fully leverage the power of their customer data to drive highly personalized programs and campaignsAmperity, the first AI-powered Customer Data Management platform, and Snowflake, the data warehouse built for the cloud, announced a strategic partnership and technology integration to help joint customers accelerate their Customer 360 initiatives. Both companies are focused on reinventing legacy systems with modern cloud infrastructure and machine intelligence solutions to make data management faster, simpler, and more effective.Amperity tackles data silos and impossible-to-unify customer records using AI, helping customers graduate from slow, manual, and error-prone legacy approaches to data unification. Snowflake brings unparalleled data warehouse performance, concurrency, and simplicity. Both run end-to-end on either AWS or Azure, giving customers the freedom to use their cloud provider of choice.Amperity and Snowflake share a long list of joint customers including Brooks Running. The strategic partnership between the two companies provides seamless integrated access to Snowflake’s cloud-built data warehouse, enabling joint customers to fully leverage the power of their customer data to drive highly personalized programs and campaigns. Together, they provide joint customers with the most flexible, complete, and scalable foundation for Customer 360 initiatives.Marketing Technology News: 4C Launches New Cross-Channel Video Solution to Help Marketers Reach Cord-Cutters and Cord-Nevers Across Streaming Environments“Next-generation customer data management is critical for companies to gain accurate insights about their customers,” Snowflake Vice President of Data Sharing Business Development, Justin Langseth said. “Amperity and Snowflake are quite similar in that we were both purpose-built for the cloud. Amperity’s approach to leveraging machine learning and AI drives customer data unification and usability for the enterprise and integrates well with Snowflake as we deliver on our commitment to performance, simplicity, and affordability.”Benefits and features of the Snowflake-Amperity integration include:Full support for ingress from Snowflake into Amperity, leveraging Snowflake secure data sharingFull support for egress from Amperity into Snowflake, leveraging Snowflake secure data sharingMaximum security and control when moving data between systemsAn even easier way to ingest data and deliver profiles across platformsFlexibility to leverage cloud provider of choice for end-to-end data management using Amperity and Snowflake’s full support to run on either AWS or Microsoft AzureMarketing Technology News: PubNub Selected as Winner for Best Overall Bot Solution in the 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards“From the outset, we knew we had the opportunity to completely upend the status quo in customer data management,” said Chris Jones, Chief Product Officer at Amperity. “We were at an inflection point in the market where by taking advantage of the latest in machine learning and affordable cloud computing, and by partnering with cloud-native technologies like Snowflake, we could fundamentally reinvent the process of managing and unifying customer data — and we did. Using this modern approach today, we’re helping companies achieve a truly comprehensive 360 view of the customer. And we can deliver it in a few weeks instead of months or years, and it’s highly flexible and easy-to-evolve.”Marketing Technology News: Absolutdata Named Best Overall AI-Based Analytics Company in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards Program Amperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 Initiatives PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 4:41 pmJune 28, 2019 AIAmperityChris Jonescustomer data managementdata warehouseNewsSnowflake Previous ArticleCreator by Zmags Brings Greater Agility to Ecommerce CreativityNext ArticleCoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers Work
AIMIMAsaduddin OwaisiHyderabad First Published: June 1, 2019, 7:19 PM IST Hyderabad: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday slammed Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy for his statement that Hyderabad is a “safe zone for terrorists”.The Hyderabad MP termed the minister’s remarks irresponsible and said it was unfortunate that he has stooped so low. Kishan Reddy, who was elected from Secunderabad, one of the Lok Sabha constituencies in Hyderabad city, had said on Friday that Hyderabad had become safe zone for terrorists as any terror incident in the country would have a link to the city.Talking to reporters, Owaisi asked Kishan Reddy to spell out as to how many written advisories were sent by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) to the Home Ministry during last five years that Hyderabad had become safe heaven for terrorists.The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief also said for the last five years, there was complete peace in Hyderabad as no communal riots broke out in the city and all religious festivals passed off peacefully.Owaisi, who was re-elected to Lok Sabha from Hyderabad for fourth consecutive term, said out that the city is also the second major exporter of software exports after Bengaluru.”The statement shows how much they hate Telangana and Hyderabad. They don’t want to see the state and the city grow because major companies are investing here due to the efforts of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao,” he said.Owaisi said that such statements from BJP leaders are not unexpected as “wherever they see a Muslim, they think he is terrorist”.He clained the BJP was following a “theory of confusion” as Prime Minister Narendra Modi says one thing while his ministers, leaders of BJP, VHP, other organizations and Baba Ramdev say something else.Recalling that after Modi first became Prime Minister, they started with “Love Jihad”, he said that “this was followed by “Ghar Wapsi”, mob lynching, excesses on Dalits and now they were speaking of safe zone for terrorists”.After Modi took as the Prime Minister for the second term, series of hate crimes against Muslims occurred in Gurugram, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, he added.”Mere lip service will not help. You have to practically discharge your constitutional responsibility,” he said on Modi’s call to end fear among minorities.On BJP leaders setting the goal of coming to power in Telangana in next elections, Owaisi said the state under the leadership of Chandrashekhar Rao was making all-round progress and it believed in the composite culture. “RSS and BJP leaders will not succeed in their efforts,” he said.
Editors’ Recommendations Bill and Ted’s Excellent AdventureFans have been asking for another adventure with the time-traveling, death-defying, hard-rocking duo of William “Bill” S. Preston, Esq., and Ted “Theodore” Logan III — as played by Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves, respectively — ever since 1991’s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. More than 25 years later, that film appears to be on its way to screens in 2020, where it’ll arrive under the title Bill and Ted Face the Music.Here’s everything we know about Bill and Ted Face the Music so far.Production beginsIt’s actually happening. After years of rumors, delays, and near-cancellations, principal photography has begun on Bill and Ted Face the Music — and the cast and crew seem very excited.Writer Ed Solomon broke the news on Twitter the weekend before filming began, saying simply: “Monday. Crew call: 7:30. First shot: 9:00.” The official Bill and Ted Twitter account confirmed Solomon’s report the next day, posting: “We begin filming tomorrow [July 1], dude!” Solomon went on to share some behind-the-scenes photos on social media once production started (and no, that’s not Reeves and Winter in the film’s first shot).Party: on pic.twitter.com/ikum6Zowr3— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) July 1, 2019 The start of filming follows a flurry of last-minute casting announcements. According to Deadline, Jayma Mays (Glee) and Erinn Hayes (General Hospital) will be the latest actresses to play Bill and Ted‘s princesses (now, their wives), while Amy Stoch and Hal Landon Jr. will reprise their roles as Bill’s mom and Ted’s dad, respectively. Anthony Carrigan, who recently broke into the limelight as Barry‘s NoHo Hank, will play Face the Music‘s main villain.Dude, those are our kids!Bill and Ted will have some company on their next adventure, with actresses Brigette Lundy-Paine and Samara Weaving playing each character’s daughter, respectively.Meet the world's most excellent daughters! Bill's daughter, Thea Preston, played by @Sweaving, and Ted's daughter, Billie Logan, played by Brigette Lundy-Paine. Who’s ready to Face the Music?? ⚡️???? #BillAndTed pic.twitter.com/dl6GYzp4oG— Bill & Ted 3 (@BillandTed3) June 5, 2019The film’s official Twitter account posted a photo of the actresses juxtaposed with Winter and Reeves from the first Bill & Ted movie in order to showcase the similarities between the two generations of Wyld Stallyns.Lundy-Paine (The Glass Castle) will portray Billie Logan (Ted’s daughter), while Weaving (The Babysitter) will play Thea Preston (Bill’s daughter).Back on the roadGood news, dudes. After some uncertainty, it looks like Bill and Ted Face the Music is a go. In a video posted in March, Reeves and Winter confirmed that Face the Music will start filming in summer 2019, with a theatrical release scheduled for summer 2020.The world is about to get a lot more excellent. Watch this special announcement from your two favorite dudes! 8.21.20 ????⚡️ pic.twitter.com/miOtBhinlC— Bill & Ted 3 (@BillandTed3) March 20, 2019Reeves and Winter won’t be the only Wyld Stallyns signing on for the reunion tour, either. The official Bill and Ted Twitter account confirmed that William Sadler, who portrayed the board-game playing Death in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, will slip back into his robes for the sequel.So very bogusTwo months after the title was officially confirmed for Bill and Ted Face the Music and the project seemed like it was gaining momentum, the long-awaited sequel appeared to hit a speed bump. Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment, Reeves indicated the film’s future was in doubt due to issues with financing and rights, among other tricky elements.“I don’t know if [Bill and Ted Face the Music] is a reality,” he said. “We’ve been trying for a long time to get that film made, and it still has its challenges. … Part of it is business stuff — financing, rights, deals. Nothing creatively.”Bill & Ted’s Excellent AdventureHowever, fans know Bill and Ted have cheated death in the past, and look like they’re going to do so again, now that Bill and Ted Face the Music is back on.Produce on!According to Comingsoon, Bill and Ted Face the Music officially entered pre-production in May 2018. MGM owns the rights to the film and will handle the U.S. release under the Orion Pictures banner. Meanwhile, Bloom Media began shopping the film internationally during the Cannes Film Festival.A very excellent directorThe film’s title was revealed in a March 2018 feature in Entertainment Weekly that reunited Winter and Reeves with screenwriters Chris Matheson and Solomon, who penned the first two films. According to Winter, the film has more than just a title, too.“We went out and found a director,” revealed Winter. “Dean Parisot, who we love, did Galaxy Quest, which is a masterpiece.”According to Solomon, Steven Soderbergh is currently attached as a producer on the film, along with original franchise producer Scott Kroopf. Talk of a potential third film dates back years, but after decades of uncertainty, the film finally seemed to be moving forward.Adding to the sudden closer-than-ever feel of Bill and Ted Face the Music is the news that there is even some casting in the works beyond Winter and Reeves’ iconic slacker heroes. Solomon indicated that William Sadler, who played the Grim Reaper in Bogus Journey, will reprise the role for Face the Music.“We are hoping to close a deal with some financiers,” Solomon said. “Hopefully within the next month or so, we’ll have news that will stick.”The story, dude These are the best action movies on Netflix right now (June 2019) From Ted to John Wick, these are Keanu Reeves’ best roles A new bill could outlaw loot boxes in video games. Here’s what it says Indiana Jones 5: Here’s everything we know about the movie so far Best prepaid cell phone plans of 2019 Top Gun: Maverick Thank you so much to the fans of this movie. We literally could not have gotten this to happen without you. pic.twitter.com/DOnFszRdTn— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) July 1, 2019 More Movie News Roundups Indiana Jones 5 Terminator: Dark Fate As for the plot of the film, the quartet plans to explore Bill and Ted’s lives long after they were expected to save the world with their music, but never quite got around to it. Still struggling to create the musical masterpiece that will shape their lives and bring about peace, prosperity, and happiness for an entire world (and then some), Bill and Ted find themselves fearing what their inability to craft that ultimate song might mean for the future.“You’re told you’re gonna save the world,” explained Matheson. “And now you’re 50 and you haven’t done it. Now they’re married, and it affects their marriages, and it affects their relationships with their kids, and it affects their everything.”“Everybody’s a little older now,” added Reeves. “A little afraid.”Updated on July 1, 2019: Added more casting news and beginning-of-production Tweets.