In this report, Chick Foxgrover, 4A’s EVP of creative technologies and innovation, shares his perspective on this year’s CES conference — including key take-aways for agencies, insights on voice technology, VR, smart homes, and more.

Most digital strategies don’t reflect how digital is changing economic fundamentals, industry dynamics, or what it means to compete. Companies should watch out for five pitfalls.  The processing power of today’s smartphones are several thousand times greater than that of the computers that landed a man on the moon in 1969. These devices connect the majority of the human population, and they’re only ten years old.

OK, I admit it. Every now and again I talk to myself, usually under moments of stress or excitement. And it occurs to me that with the advent of voice-first technologies digital designers, advertisers and researchers could get a whole new set of insights into how people experience their content. Of course, they might not always like to listen to what people say.  by Nigel Hollis

Two consumer behaviors are driving brands’ ability to gain insights into purchase behavior: the rise of pre-shopping research on products, and the adoption of ecommerce. Even as in-store buying remains far and away the preferred method to purchase groceries, the insights gained through digital touchpoints are helping consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands shape the new customer journey.

The idea of going cashless isn’t too far off, especially with giants like Starbucks and Amazon already taking the leap.

H Code Media announced the launch of a new division called H Code Studio—a full-service content studio combining the identity of a brand, the storytelling of a production house, and the scale of a digital platform.

In the latest episode of "Behind the Numbers," eMarketer staffers consider recent regulatory changes covering internet access, and discuss the implications for platforms, marketers and consumers.

To compete at the speed of digital, you need to unleash your strategy, your structure, and your people.

One in three people—2.48 billion—worldwide used a social network in 2017, eMarketer estimates. Rising social network use in emerging markets in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa drove an 8.7% gain over 2016.

Telemundo 47 / WNJU has named John Gonzalez Vice President of Technology and Operations.

Like it or not, our data is being harvested all the time and used to ‘personalise’ our online experience.  Increasingly people are wary and are asking more and more questions about how their data is being used: and what they’re getting in return.

On top of that are increasing operating costs and diminished revenue as a result of digital “badvertising” (fraud and middle men), along with the pressure to address issues like like social media addiction, and mental health problems attributed to social media.

A new study released by Wunderma in partnership with Penn Schoen Berland, finds that despite having access to more innovative marketing tools and systems than ever, 68% of global senior business decision makers (BDMs), are still struggling to bring their data, creative and technology together. Wunderman has introduced Future Ready as a call to action for business and marketing leaders to act now in order to prepare their businesses for the future.

Marketers may be intrigued by new developments like artificial intelligence, augmented reality and voice search. But plenty worry that they are unprepared to work with emerging tech.

Digital money management features such as automated savings and spending controls will become banks' tool of choice to attract millennials, according to Business Insider Intelligence's predictions for 2018.

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