Merkle Launches New Consumer Experience Sentiment Report, Exploring Consumer Preferences and Perceptions

Merkle, a leading technology-enabled, data-driven performance marketing agency, has launched the first edition of its Consumer Experience Sentiment Report. Within this report, Merkle reveals how consumers feel about the personal experiences brands are delivering and how their feelings and expectations of brands are changing over time. Merkle surveyed more than 1,000 US respondents over the age of 18 in July 2020, amidst a global pandemic, widespread social unrest, and economic uncertainty. Given this, the report dives into consumers’ preferences and perceptions on the significance of authenticity in brands’ marketing.

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ServiceNow Unveils Next Wave of Partner Program Transformation with New Specializations

Business Wire | January 24, 2024

ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW), the leading digital workflow company making the world work better for everyone, today unveiled the next wave of partner program transformation with new Specializations. As part of the revamped ServiceNow partner program announced in January 2023, the recently developed Partner Specializations are the next step in the partner program evolution for partners to unlock new revenue opportunities and earn a range of benefits to further grow their practice. Announced today at ServiceNow Partner Kickoff in Las Vegas, partners can obtain three Specializations which include Service Operations, Serve the Customer, and Power the Employee. ServiceNow is on a path to significantly increase the percentage of net new revenue sourced by partners in the coming years by supporting partners who build the ServiceNow platform into the core of their business models. Partners can acquire the new Specializations by showcasing a combination of product and sales expertise through customer wins and a go-to-market strategy. The new Partner Specializations showcase partners’ unique strengths in the market and encourage innovative ways to continue to grow their ServiceNow practice. “Last year at this time, we made a massive commitment to our partner community by completely transforming our partner program to ensure that partners are front and center in everything we do as a company,” said Erica Volini, senior vice president, global partnerships at ServiceNow. “With the launch of Specializations, our customers can easily identify partners with the best experience and expertise they need to help solve some of their biggest digital transformation challenges.” Obtaining a Specialization will help partners in three critical areas: Differentiate among the ecosystem:Partners will receive badging that will appear across their ServiceNow profiles with increased visibility on the ServiceNow Partner Finder. Prospective customers will also be able to search partner experts in Partner Finder based on the current Specializations. Unlock new revenue opportunities:Each Specialization addresses a pressing customer need that presents a large, untapped market opportunity and high year-over-year growth. Earn benefits to grow ServiceNow practices:ServiceNow will offer additional benefits for partners to build and grow their business through invitation to the ServiceNow Partner Advisory Council to ensure their needs and counsel are being addressed across the broader ServiceNow ecosystem. Qualifying partners will also have access to ServiceNow co-marketing programs and the ServiceNow Partner Development Fund announced last January. The program is launching with three Specializations, Service Operations, Serve the Customer and Power the Employee, that present large market opportunities with high year-over-year growth and a large total addressable market (TAM). All Specializations can be obtained at the regional and global level as well as two levels of achievement for further differentiation. Additional Partner Specializations are expected to be launched in 2024. The three Partner Specializations are expected to be available for partners to obtain starting in ServiceNow’s second quarter of 2024. Many partners have already expressed their feedback on the importance of the ServiceNow Partner Specializations including: Jason Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President at Cask: “ServiceNow’s new Partner Specializations offer an opportunity for Cask to showcase our unique consulting expertise and change management solutions to drive digital transformation across enterprises. Program updates like subsequent badging and product line achievements provide greater reach and visibility with organizations looking for the best partner to meet their specific needs. We believe Specializations and the partner finder are a winning combo for connecting customers with the right support and implementations.” Michael Lombardo, Chief Executive Officer at GlideFast Consulting: “We’re thrilled about the new designations to ServiceNow’s Partner Program. With new Partner Specializations, we can continue expanding our technical consulting services and delivering deep ServiceNow expertise to new markets. We look forward to helping customers find value in the Now Platform.” Michael Vadini, Chief Executive Officer at Infocenter:“Today, organizations are looking for a collaborative partner for support with the adoption and scale of new technologies. ServiceNow’s new Partner Specializations will help Infocenter build industry-specific solutions and accelerate technology for customers and their businesses more quickly. We are excited about the enhanced benefits offered by ServiceNow and the continued focus on partners.” Jon Reynolds, Senior VP Global Alliances & Corp Development at Thirdera, a Cognizant Company:“As our company looks to further expand our work across different industries, we’re focused on differentiating our services and ServiceNow platform expertise. ServiceNow's comprehensive Partner Program provides valued guidance and incentives to improve how we advise, implement and optimize technology for businesses worldwide. ServiceNow sets a standard for what it means to be an innovative partner.” ServiceNow is also launching a brand-new partner channel on LinkedIn. Join the new social community for the latest ServiceNow partner news here. For more information on the ServiceNow Partner Specializations visit here. About ServiceNow ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) makes the world work better for everyone. Our cloud-based platform and solutions help digitize and unify organizations so that they can find smarter, faster, better ways to make work flow. So employees and customers can be more connected, more innovative, and more agile. And we can all create the future we imagine. The world works with ServiceNow™. For more information, visit: www.servicenow.com.

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NUSO Acquires Integrated Customer Experience Software-as-a-Service Company

NUSO | December 13, 2023

NUSO, a leading multinational service provider of proprietary cloud communications, customer experience and CPaaS enablement solutions announced the acquisition of Italian-based Mida Solutions S.r.l (Mida), a software-as-a-service provider of contact center, compliance recorder and call analytics with customers in 39 countries. This combination enriches NUSO’s core customer experience (CX) offer to its cloud communications applications. Mida’s applications, including Contact Center and Compliance Recorder solutions, integrate to enable services and applications for environments such as Microsoft Teams™. “We are excited to add Mida’s core capabilities around Contact Center and Compliance Recorder solutions to the NUSO portfolio,” said Matt Siemens, NUSO CEO. “Mida’s products further our reach into Microsoft Teams and other collaboration marketplaces. In addition, this move anchors NUSO directly in the global service provider and critical infrastructure markets serving transportation and emergency services. Incredibly, this acquisition also nearly doubles our software development resources.” “We are thrilled to be a part of the NUSO family of services,” said Attilio Licciardello, Mida General Manager and Owner. “Our current partners and customers will have access to new services through the NUSO portfolio in cloud communications, network, and enablement technologies. Additionally, customers and partners can expect the same level of top-quality service.” Mida’s contact center and compliance recorders meet the most stringent security and regulatory requirements, including GDPR, MIFID 2, and HIPAA. These solutions can be seamlessly integrated with traditional UCaaS and PBX implementations as well as Microsoft Teams and other cloud communication systems. “NUSO’s acquisition of Mida Solutions broadens the portfolio of solutions our partners can offer their customers,” said Ryan Henley, NUSO CRO. “The integration with and extension of NUSO’s full-stack capabilities address market needs at the network, service, and application layers, driving value creation as customers move to the cloud. We are excited to add these CX capabilities to our expanding partner network and geographic reach.” This announcement marks NUSO’s second acquisition over the past 45 days. NUSO was advised by Q Advisors, a global TMT investment banking boutique. ABOUT NUSO NUSO delivers SaaS cloud communication services via a proprietary CPaaS enablement platform supported by a fully redundant network in North America and Europe. The Company offers a diversified portfolio of business-focused Cloud Communications solutions. The Company addresses multiple expanding markets selling enterprise–grade, as–a–service offerings via a robust network of channel partners and direct customers.

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FiscalNote Announces Strategic Commercial Partnership to Accelerate Company’s Global AI Co-pilot Program

FiscalNote | December 11, 2023

FiscalNote Holdings, Inc. ("FiscalNote"), a leading AI-driven provider of policy and global intelligence, today announced a commercial partnership with Era Global Technologies, LLC (“Era”), a technology-focused investment firm backed by leading, closely-held family enterprises. This marks continued support from an early-stage investor and strategic advisor to the Company who has been closely aligned with FiscalNote for over five years. Era’s dedicated value-creation platform, Era Catalyst, will be a foundational channel partner, providing distribution support for FiscalNote’s recently-announced AI Co-pilot program. Era will provide referral services into their extensive network to accelerate sales and introduce FiscalNote’s proprietary AI products in the legal and regulatory space to several of the world’s largest conglomerates. Through these referrals, FiscalNote will drive further AI innovation augmented by input from Era’s network of family-owned enterprises, including large European and Asia-based multinational chemical and consumer goods conglomerates which operate across 19 countries and 25 industries. The collaboration is expected to enable FiscalNote to accelerate its ongoing growth and expansion strategy, advance new product development, and optimize sales and marketing efforts. In connection with the agreement, Era’s investment vehicle, EGT–East, is investing $5.5 million in FiscalNote in the form of a convertible subordinated promissory note, with the potential for up to an additional $2.0 million. The strategic investment will, in part, fund further capital expenditures and development of FiscalNote’s next generation of AI Co-Pilot capabilities, inclusive of deployments into Era’s network of global companies. The terms of the promissory note are further described in FiscalNote’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 11, 2023. “We are delighted to have Era as a foundational partner in our mission to extend the power of AI-driven policy and global intelligence to businesses and organizations around the world,” said Josh Resnik, President and COO, FiscalNote. “This investment is a testament to the industry-leading and innovative nature of our technology and our potential to transform the way businesses operate by leveraging our longstanding pedigree and leadership in AI. We are especially excited that this investment will galvanize and accelerate our product development and go-to-market strategy for our AI Co-pilot program, which is positioned to revolutionize the legal, regulatory, and legislative domain. Our Co-pilot program marks yet another development in FiscalNote’s ongoing leadership as we innovate and bring to market more AI-enabled solutions aimed at the legal and regulatory sector, while providing incremental growth opportunities to complement our proven, durable base of recurring revenue solutions.” FiscalNote’s AI Co-pilots are new AI solutions customized for policy and risk management professionals to facilitate their day-to-day work such as key tasks related to legislation, advocacy, constituent communications, regulatory responses, and global risk analysis. FiscalNote’s Co-pilots will combine the power of large language models, FiscalNote’s trusted industry leading policy and geopolitical data, and customers’ data, all in a seamless workflow to provide intelligent assistance for the world’s most important decision makers. By deploying FiscalNote’s AI Co-pilots, customers will be able to automate tasks, improve decision-making, and increase productivity and efficiencies – driving value and results across the enterprise. About FiscalNote FiscalNote (NYSE: NOTE) is a leader in policy and global intelligence. By uniquely combining data, technology, and insights, FiscalNote empowers customers to manage political and business risk. Since 2013, FiscalNote has pioneered technology that delivers critical insights and the tools to turn them into action. Home to CQ, FrontierView, Oxford Analytica, VoterVoice, and many other industry-leading brands, FiscalNote serves approximately 5,000 customers worldwide with global offices in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. To learn more about FiscalNote and its family of brands, visit FiscalNote.com and follow @FiscalNote. About Era Global Technologies Founded by Jasper Lau, Era is a global investment firm backed by leading closely-held family enterprises across 19 countries and 25 industries. Era harnesses the collective knowledge, corporate intelligence, and strategic capital of the firm's families to build and back transformative, category-defining technology companies.

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Procure IT Names Tech & Channel Marketing Veteran Brian Leonard as Chief Marketing Officer

Procure IT | January 05, 2024

Procure IT, a game-changing data-driven IT procurement company, announced today that it has named Brian Leonard, an 18-year technology and channel marketing veteran and former Vice President of Marketing for RapidScale, as its Chief Marketing Officer. In his new role, Leonard oversees the creation and management of Procure IT's marketing strategy, including digital marketing, strategic leadership, brand management, market research, sales collaboration, customer engagement, public relations, data analytics, budget management, and marketing team leadership and development. "Brian Leonard and many of the Procure IT team members have extensive experience working together to build and successfully sell RapidScale," said Randy Jeter, Procure IT Co-founder and Managing Partner and former CEO of RapidScale. "We know and respect each other well and can hit the ground running to develop and execute Procure IT's marketing strategy to drive rapid growth and shareholder value." Leonard is a data-driven technology marketing leader with nearly two decades of experience leading, growing and managing international marketing teams. Previously, Leonard led marketing operations for technology providers, such as RapidScale and ujet.cx, and technology services distributors (TSDs), including Intelisys and AppDirect. Leonard has also consulted with many technology, software as a service (SaaS) and telecommunications firms on marketing strategy and execution. "I've run marketing on every angle of the technology advisor ecosystem, including distributors, platforms, agents, consultants and technology vendors," said Leonard. "I've spent my career helping small and midmarket companies scale their marketing organizations and positioning. I'm excited to reconnect with Randy Jeter and other members of the RapidScale team to drive revenue growth for Procure IT." In addition to his role at Procure IT, Leonard serves as an advisor for several SaaS and platform organizations, including the SaaS Ecosystem and Business School (SEBS), Product HQ and Squibler AI. Leonard is certified in MEDDPIC Sales Methodology, Pragmatic Product Marketing, Demandbase ABM and Revenue Architecture School. About Procure IT Procure IT, the data-driven IT procurement and management company, simplifies IT sourcing and expense, performance and risk management for businesses of all sizes – from small and medium businesses (SMBs) to global enterprises. Procure IT leverages decades of expertise in technology sourcing, relationships with more than 350 IT suppliers, proven processes and a proprietary CX software platform to help business clients save time and money while ensuring they have the technology they need to succeed in a competitive marketplace. Procure IT advises more than 3,000 businesses nationwide, speeding sourcing by 5X and reducing spending by 25 percent. For more information, visit www.procureit.com or engage with us on LinkedIn.

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