Emily Collins

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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins September 1, 2020
Amazon Launches Halo, Its First Wearable Health Device For The Average (Budget-Conscious) Consumer This week, Amazon launched Halo, a screenless wearable device that can monitor activity, sleep, temperature, BMI, and emotion. At $99.99 (plus a small monthly service fee for advanced features), the Halo Band sits closer to Fitbit’s fitness trackers (ranging from $99.95–$169.95) than the Apple Watch ($400-plus). It focuses on what consumers want most: tracking fitness-related activity, […]
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How To Keep Marketing In A Pandemic

Emily Collins August 19, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic upended the 2020 plans of many B2C marketers — amounting to a projected 28% decline in US marketing spend through 2021. Brands improvised, cutting media spend and adjusting their previous marketing strategies to accommodate rapid shifts in consumer behavior. Many companies, especially those in hard-hit industries like travel and fashion retail, were […]
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Use Customer Understanding To Guide Your Pandemic Marketing Strategy

Emily Collins August 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic adds even more consumer considerations to marketers’ already full plates. Stay-at-home orders, unemployment, and anxiety about the virus have altered shopping behavior, technology adoption, and expectations. But despite this uncertainty, now is not the time to pull back on marketing: In fact, businesses need to keep investing in marketing to move through […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins August 17, 2020
This week’s edition of our FORRward series covers the latest tech news on Gong, revenue intelligence, People.ai, Chorus.ai, brand, zero-party data, future of work and movie making.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins August 10, 2020
Mobile Advertising Comes Under Scrutiny Most data deprecation discussions center on cookies and web browsers. But two recent moves broaden the aperture to include mobile environments, too. First, Apple announced iOS 14, which will prompt users on whether they want to let an app track them or “ask app not to track.” If a user picks the latter, the app can’t […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins August 3, 2020
The Clock Keeps Ticking On Microsoft’s Pursuit To Purchase TikTok In The US Late last year, we predicted that companies like Facebook or Meredith Corporation would court TikTok for acquisition but that its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, would ultimately hold out for an IPO. Now, it looks like we were half right. Increasing scrutiny from lawmakers over data privacy concerns and […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins July 27, 2020
Even If You’re Reopening Your Offices, You Need To Plan For A Remote-Work Future This week, Google extended its remote-work plans for all 200,000 full-time and contract employees through summer 2021. Alphabet Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said in a company memo, “I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins July 20, 2020
The EU-US Privacy Shield Was Just Invalidated: What To Do Now This week, the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down its ruling in the case popularly known as “Schrems II.” Why should you care about an obscure EU case? Because the ruling invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield, the mechanism by which American companies could […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins July 13, 2020
How Poor Pandemic Management Destroys A Brand As the rest of the UK started emerging from lockdown, the city of Leicester saw local restrictions reimposed due to a second wave of infections. Leicester’s garment factories, many of which are suppliers to UK-based online fashion retailer boohoo, were identified as the most likely cause of the new outbreak. An investigation into employee conditions found that factory workers were forced to work without any social […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins July 6, 2020
Walmart Takes The Lead In The Race To Fix Healthcare With New Health Supercenters As healthcare clinics start to reopen, many patients continue to put off necessary care. For some, cost is a major barrier to care. While the hurdle is not new, rising unemployment and financial uncertainty make it harder, if not impossible, to overcome. At the same time, providers also face a dire financial situation. Primary care is expected to […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins June 29, 2020
NIST Commits To Renaming Racially Suggestive Technology Terms From Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s to Lady Antebellum and the Dixie Chicks, we’ve seen a wave of rebranding sparked by ongoing anti-racism protests. Now, it’s moving beyond consumer-facing brands and groups. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) — the nonregulatory agency that publishes standards for federal activities — announced last week that it plans to remove terms […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins June 22, 2020
“Digital Therapy” Reaches A Milestone: The FDA Just Approved A Prescription Video Game This week marked a major win for digital therapeutics as the US Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing of the first game-based digital therapeutic device. “The EndeavorRx device offers a non-drug option for improving symptoms associated with ADHD in children and […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins June 15, 2020
A Flash-Point Week For Facial Recognition Last week, IBM, Amazon, and Microsoft came out and made some big announcements on how they intend to halt or ban the use of facial recognition technology for law enforcement. At a time when privacy and civil rights dominate the zeitgeist, these values-based decisions will force much-needed dialogue on the ethics of facial recognition […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins June 1, 2020
Brands Pledge To Stand With The Black Community In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder, citizens are taking to the streets to protest institutionalized racism. Brands are speaking out, too, because, as Netflix tweeted, “To be silent is to be complicit.” Netflix joins brands such as Google, Nike, Peloton, and Target (whose stores were looted) in taking a vocal anti-racist stance. Firms hear consumers’ desire to align with brands that share their values and are emboldened to make […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins May 26, 2020
Ensuring Employee Mental Health Is Crucial For COVID-19 Economic Recovery The mental health impact of COVID-19 is coming to light, and it’s not reassuring. In a survey conducted by SAP, Qualtrics, and Mind Share Partners, over 40% of respondents said their mental health has declined since the outbreak of COVID-19. Returning to work is not likely to fix the issue. The workplace is […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins May 18, 2020
Firms Poised To Survive The Pandemic Aren’t Laying Off CX Pros — They’re Doubling Down To cut costs, companies are laying off employees in customer experience (CX), customer success, and customer support. That’s a big mistake for three reasons. First, we have proof that improving CX increases revenue, lowers cost, and mitigates risk. Second, firms with a strong CX function have the customer understanding needed to weather the pandemic. Insights about needs and […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins May 11, 2020
COVID-19 Accelerates Momentum For Sales Engagement B2B sellers face the most challenging selling environment of their lifetimes. Business leaders who already invested in sales digital transformation and technologies are reaping the rewards for their prescient decisions. Sales engagement (SE) solutions — originally designed to help sales development reps manage and automate multichannel touchpoints — now deliver significant productivity gains and more to entire revenue teams. The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating existing […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins May 4, 2020
Use Federal Stimulus Funds To Deepen Customer Obsession US federal stimulus packages feature over $1 trillion in benefits to businesses. How will your company use its share? In our report, “Six Ways You Should Use The Federal Stimulus To Drive Customer Obsession,” we detail key ways businesses can use federal stimulus money to put customers at the […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins April 27, 2020
COVID-19 Is Proving That Consumer Voices Can Influence Business Decisions Last week, major corporations learned firsthand the power of values-based consumers. Many received harsh backlash after applying for and receiving funds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), intended to help small businesses keep their workforces employed amid the COVID-19 crisis. The US government allocated $349 billion to the program, but many small businesses were denied after larger players received […]
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Emily Collins April 20, 2020
The March Numbers Are In: Retail Sales Are Down But Not Out The United States Census Bureau released preliminary figures for March sales in the US on April 15, which provided an official glimpse of the impact of COVID-19 on the US economy and retail spend. We expect the upcoming slate of earnings releases to reinforce the following narrative: Consumer spend is up at grocery stores (including alcohol […]
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