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IAB Tech Lab Expands Presence in APAC

Shivendra Misra to Focus on the Asia-Pacific Region and Local Efforts

NEW DELHI, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — IAB Tech Lab (Tech Lab), the digital media and marketing industry’s global non-profit research, development, and technical standards-setting consortium, announced that Shivendra Misra has been appointed to represent the organization in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region (Southeast Asia, India, China, and Japan). As IAB Tech Lab’s APAC Director, Misra will oversee key aspects of operations in the region, and will be based in New Delhi, India.

IAB Tech Lab aims to strengthen local cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region for advertising technology through relevant stakeholders, including advertisers, agencies, publishers, advertising technology companies, local IAB chapters, and other trade organizations. Misra’s initial focus will be to increase awareness of IAB Tech Lab in the region. He will mobilize member companies and partner organizations, setting up collaborative working groups for local experts to devise regionally relevant strategies and priorities, while supporting implementation of technical standards and best practices. This will also provide a robust feedback loop to inform future development of Tech Lab’s advertising standards.

“APAC and India are the biggest growth drivers for the digital advertising industry. The region already has the most internet users in the world, most via mobile devices,” said Dennis Buchheim, President, IAB Tech Lab. “Tech Lab has seen solid local adoption of many of its global standards, notably Open Measurement SDK, which has been deployed by over 20 APAC companies to support mobile app measurement. By engaging with product and operations teams in the region, we can help more companies benefit from the interoperability, efficiency, and increased innovation enabled by our standards and can ensure we are supporting them effectively.”

“The APAC region has also become a prime focus for IAB Tech Lab member companies, and it is crucial that Tech Lab connects regularly with more local companies to better understand their needs, share new developments, and facilitate standards adoption,” said Shivendra Misra, Director, APAC, IAB Tech Lab.

Misra has significant experience in the digital industry, initially building internet gaming and healthcare platforms, and was also part of the Indian e-commerce wave. He also served as a management consultant, defining digital strategy for one of the biggest Indian corporations, as well as several small and medium enterprises. Misra’s varied background has prepared him well to support Tech Lab interests in the region.   

Tech Lab’s investment in the Asia-Pacific region builds on other collaborative work around the world. Since 2018, IAB Tech Lab has been working closely with IAB Europe in the development of the Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF), the flagship technical implementation for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in advertising technology. Tech Lab has also collaborated with international IAB chapters to facilitate global input and feedback on Project Rearc, which is focused on the future of addressability as the use of cookies and other identifiers becomes limited.

Product managers, engineers, ad operations staff, and other professionals in the digital media industry in the Asia-Pacific region who wish to get involved in IAB Tech Lab’s initiatives can learn more and participate in the upcoming webinars, here.

About IAB Tech Lab

Established in 2014, the IAB Technology Laboratory (Tech Lab) is a non-profit consortium that engages a member community globally to develop foundational technology and standards that enable growth and trust in the digital media ecosystem. Comprised of digital publishers, ad technology firms, agencies, marketers, and other member companies, IAB Tech Lab focuses on solutions for brand safety and ad fraud; identity, data, and consumer privacy; ad experiences and measurement; and programmatic effectiveness. Its work includes the OpenRTB real-time bidding protocol, ads.txt anti-fraud specification, Open Measurement SDK for viewability and verification, VAST video specification, and Project Rearc initiative for privacy-centric addressability. Board members/companies are listed at:

https://iabtechlab.com/about-the-iab-tech-lab/tech-lab-leadership/.

For more information, please visit:  https://iabtechlab.com.

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Simplilearn Wins Fourth Consecutive EC-Council Global Award

BENGALURU, India, Jan. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Simplilearn, the world’s leading Online Bootcamp for digital economy skills training, has been awarded the EC-Council Circle of Excellence Award (Enterprise) for 2020, as announced at the EC-Council Global Awards event. This is the fourth consecutive year that the company is winning an EC-Council Global award. This award honors those training centers that have been most successful in contributing to the information security community by providing comprehensive and cutting-edge certification programs for cybersecurity professionals and aspirants throughout the year.

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The EC Council selected this year’s winners from an extensive training partner network spanning across 145 countries and a large pool of Certified EC-Council Instructors. After evaluating the candidates by the EC-Council awards committee’s stringent criteria, the committee chose the best from each category. 

For more than a decade, the EC-Council’s Circle of Excellence Awards program has honored training companies and enterprises in cybersecurity and other internet-related industries. The council employs numerous industry experts, training partners, and expert instructors on its annual awards board in its selection process. The EC-Council chose Simplilearn from among hundreds of training centers worldwide, including a large pool of Certified EC-Council Instructors.  

Speaking about the achievement, Anand Narayanan, Chief Product Officer, Simplilearn, stated, “We are greatly delighted and honored to have been chosen as the winner of the 2020 EC-Council Circle of Excellence Award (Enterprise), yet another EC-Council Global award win, now for the fourth year in a row and the fifth time overall since 2014. At Simplilearn, all programs are delivered through an online Bootcamp approach that combines the best aspects of self-paced online learning, instructor-led live virtual classrooms, hands-on projects, student collaboration, and 24/7 global learning assistance. We will continue to offer new courses on the highest demand skills, including cybersecurity, to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals in this crucial industry.” 

Previously, Simplilearn has received the EC-Council Circle of Excellence Award in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2014, and the Best Newcomer award in 2013. This award adds to the company’s other recent honors that include the 2020 and 2019 Stevie Awards for Customer Service Success and Innovation in Customer Service Management along with Training Industry Magazine’s 2020, 2019, and 2018 Top 20 Online Learning Library awards and 2020 Top 20 IT Training Company Award.

About Simplilearn

Simplilearn is the world’s leading online Bootcamp for digital skills training, focused on helping people acquire the skills they need to thrive in the digital economy. Simplilearn provides outcome-based online training across technologies and applications in Data Science, AI and Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Digital Marketing, DevOps, Project Management, and other critical digital disciplines. Through individual courses, comprehensive certification programs, and partnerships with world-renowned universities, Simplilearn provides millions of professionals and thousands of corporate training organizations with the work-ready skills they need to excel in their careers. Based in San Francisco, CA, and Bangalore, India, Simplilearn has helped more than 1,000,000 professionals and 2,000 companies across 150 countries to get trained, acquire certifications, and reach their business and career goals. With over 1,000 live classes each month, real-world projects, and more, professionals learn by doing with Simplilearn. Ongoing industry recognition for the company includes the 2020 Aegis Graham Bell Award for Innovation in EdTech, 2020 Stevie® Gold Award for Customer Service Success, and recognition by the prestigious Training Industry Inc. as one of the Top IT Training Companies for 2020. For more information, please visit www.simplilearn.com

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Matteo Magnani Joins Firmenich as Chief Consumer & Innovation Officer, Perfumery

GENEVA, Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Firmenich, the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, officially announces the arrival of Matteo Magnani as Chief Consumer & Innovation Officer, Global Perfumery. Magnani is responsible for future-proofing the marketing and innovation pipeline by enhancing existing capabilities and driving breakthrough solutions for our customers.

Matteo Magnani: Chief Consumer & Innovation Officer, Perfumery, Firmenich

“Matteo is an experienced business leader with a strong track record in brand building and innovation,” said Ilaria Resta, President, Global Perfumery, Firmenich. “In this new role, he will focus on transforming in-depth market and consumer insights into business opportunities and solutions, to enhance our robust capabilities across innovation, naturals and sustainability. Matteo will also develop our brand equity and communications, while accelerating digitalization with our customers.”

Prior to joining Firmenich, Matteo spent 17 years at Procter & Gamble. In his last role, he served as Brand Vice President for Fabric Care Europe, where he contributed to the strong growth of brands such as Ariel, Tide, Lenor and Fairy. Prior to this, Matteo led Dolce&Gabbana Beauty, formerly licensed to P&G, overseeing a rich innovation program, including blockbuster fragrance launches and the successful establishment of the luxury fragrance collection and color cosmetics. Born and raised in Milan, Matteo lives in Geneva with his wife and two children.

“I have always been passionate about fragrance and it’s potential to bring added benefit and value to consumer products,” said Matteo Magnani.  “It’s an exciting time to join Firmenich, which, after 125 years, continues to lead the industry in creativity, innovation and sustainability. I feel empowered to drive greater impact for our customers and their consumers.”

Based in Geneva, Matteo will report directly to Ilaria Resta, President, Global Perfumery, and will oversee Perfumery teams across innovation, marketing, consumer insights, naturals, sustainability, digital and communications.

About Firmenich

Firmenich was founded in 1895 in Geneva, Switzerland, and for 125 years has been a private family-owned company. Firmenich is a leading business-to-business company operating primarily in the flavors and fragrances market, and is involved in the research, creation, manufacture and sale of perfumes, flavors and ingredients. Firmenich aims to offer its customers superior creativity in formulation, a broad and high-quality palette of ingredients and proprietary technologies including in biotechnology, encapsulation, olfactory science and taste modulation, among other areas of innovation. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 3.9billion Swiss Francs at end June 2020. More information about Firmenich is available at www.firmenich.com

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Housing.com partners with MoEngage to boost platform enquiries by 15%

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Housing.com, India’s leading real estate portal, has signed MoEngage to help increase its push delivery rates and drive better stickiness with hyper-personalized engagement. The decision comes on the back of a three month long POC that clearly established the uplift in deliverability and conversions brought about by MoEngage’s insights led engagement platform.

Housing’s marketing team was utilizing an internal tool to carry out their engagement strategy. However, for every campaign, the team had to depend on their internal tech team to segment users, trigger the campaign at a particular time, and revise content manually if needed. This was becoming a cumbersome task for the team. Furthermore, the delivery rate that the Housing team was able to achieve through the internal tool was improvable.

In an Asian market dominated by Chinese smartphones, the difficulties faced by Housing.com in reaching its users were not new. Multiple optimizations on devices from brands like Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, etc., limited the deliverability of Housing.com’s push messages. The fact that these brands make for more than 50% of the smartphone market share made it all the more critical.

Housing.com and MoEngage, therefore, embarked on a POC journey in early 2020, with well-defined goals around MoEngage’s Push Amplification Plus module to drive a significant uplift in the push delivery rates, personalization at scale, and subsequently, better conversions.

“We were initially slightly unsure whether to integrate with a 3rd party vendor or not for all the Push Notifications sent to our App audience as we already had an ‘in-house solution’ for the same. But when we saw some great & valuable features that MoEngage offers and the ease with which we could use them, we were confident that it would be worth trying. We then did a POC which turned out to be successful, and now we are using it to re-engage not only our App users but also our Web users.” – Gaurav Jain, Lead Product Manager, Housing.com.

“MoEngage’s three-tier push deliverability optimizations along with OEM partnerships enabled us to achieve a whopping 40% uplift in Push Delivery Rates compared to the internal tool. Using MoEngage’s proprietary Push Amplification Plus, we were able to reach 95% of our users,” added Gaurav.

Once the delivery was sorted, Housing.com decided to focus on a personalized user experience to enhance engagement and eventually improve conversions. Gaurav said, “An AI-powered, insights-led customer engagement platform, MoEngage enabled us to gain rich intelligence into our customers’ preferences, behaviors, and journeys; this allowed us to segment users based on attributes and behaviors. Basis this segment, we ran multichannel user engagement campaigns with relevant property suggestions and recommendations across channels like push and web push notifications. We leveraged MoEngage’s Dynamic Product Messaging (DPM) to scale personalization and ensure that messaging was automatically customized and sent with multiple property suggestions in one push notification.”

The Housing team also leveraged capabilities like content optimization through SHERPA, MoEngage’s proprietary AI engine, which automatically figured out the right message variant and the right time to send messages to every user – in real-time. This helped achieve higher conversions in terms of sessions and leads on the Housing platform.

The results were impressive, says Gaurav, “we saw a 2X increase in CTRs (Click through Rates), 15% increase in the overall app sessions, resulting in 15% more platform enquiries. MoEngage helped us transform our customer engagement strategy by stitching together all channels seamlessly and complementing them with features like DPM, advanced analytics, smart-trigger campaigns, and push amplification. “

Sangeet Aggarwal, Head of Product, Housing.com adds, “Finding your dream home is a long journey, and hence user re-engagement becomes key for us. It is not just about when to reach out, but the right messaging and personalization is very important. MoEngage has helped us realize this potential, and our discussion-to-execution-to-learning cycle has improved significantly.”

About MoEngage:

MoEngage is an insights-led customer engagement platform built for customer-obsessed marketers and product owners. MoEngage enables hyper-personalization at scale across multiple channels like mobile push, email, in-app, web push, on-site messages, and SMS. With AI-powered automation and optimization, brands can analyze audience behavior and engage consumers with personalized communication at every touchpoint across their lifecycle. More than 1,000+ brands across 35 countries use MoEngage to send 50 billion messages to 500 million consumers every month. MoEngage is recognized as a leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant Report and G2 2020 Summer and Fall report and is a “Strong Performer” in the Forrester Wave for Mobile Engagement Automation, Q3 2020. With offices in nine countries, MoEngage is backed by marquee investors such as Eight Roads, F-Prime Capital, Matrix Partners, Helion Ventures, Exfinity Ventures, and Venture East. To learn more, visit www.moengage.com.

About Housing.com

Housing.com is the fastest-growing company in the online real estate space. Born out of the need to simplify the search for a home, free of fake listings and endless site visits, they have created a unique property search platform that filled the gaps left by others in the market. Housing.com is an innovative real estate classifieds platform where their consumers and partners can ‘discover’, ‘rent’, ‘buy’, ‘sell’, and ‘finance’ their dream homes. Not only that, you can now pay your rents online using credit cards, generate rent agreements without stepping out and book many other home-related services, which not only makes your lives easy but also rewards you at every step.

Source: https://www.moengage.com/in-the-news/housing-com-partners-with-moengage-to-boost-platform-enquiries-by-15percent/

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