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Twitter has been working to rebuild and shore up its ad tech stack over the past quarter. Bugs in its mobile application promotion product have hurt advertising revenues by three or more points each of the past two quarters, executives said on its quarterly earnings call last week. The company expects its rebuilt ad server to be completed by the first half of the year and is also working on features that could bring more direct response advertisers back to the platform. 

Ad revenues grew by 12% year-over-year to $885 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, driven by a  21% jump in U.S. ad revenues. Twitter’s total revenue, which includes $123 million from data licensing and other sources, increased by 11% year-over-year to $1.01 billion, passing the billion-dollar mark in a quarter for the first time.

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Jennifer Cannon,
Senior Editor 

Pro Tip

Fostering relationships is key to managing a martech stack

“Whether you work in-house, at an agency, small businesses, enterprise organizations, for-profits and nonprofits, every organization has its own culture. I’ve worked with colleagues in a whole lot of different roles and found there are allies and frenemies (and hopefully not foes) for marketers in every case,” explains Steve Petersen of Western Governors University. “Through kindness and persuasion, some reluctant colleagues can turn into allies and champions for change. Depending on the size of the organization, marketers can develop an organizational plan with allies to strike the right balance of martech that works for all.”

“A marketer’s best allies (can) include: Buyers, Lawyers, Project Managers, Change Managers, Information Security Experts, Stack Component ‘Owners’ and Subject Matter Experts. While we can’t control how others behave, adopting a proper attitude can go a long way to securing productive teamwork.”

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On the Move

SugarCRM adds to c-suite (Can be wrap-up or tease one story)

SugarCRM announced the additions of Jason Rushforth as GM, Americas, and Clare Dorrian, chief marketing officer. Rushforth and Dorrian bring to joint experience in CX and CRM that will support the company’s mission for laser-like customer focus. “Having years of knowledge in building out both MarTech and CRM stacks, and being devoted to the discipline of customer service, I’m passionate about education and thought leadership,” said Rushforth. “I see great things in the company’s future, particularly with the Sugar Discover and Market products, which allow for other innovative capabilities to be easily implemented to create customers for life.”


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