IBM’s Watson helps turbocharge Rocket Fuel with more brainpower

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The predictive marketing platform Rocket Fuel began in 2008 as a demand-side ad-buying platform, with artificial intelligence (AI) helping to steer ad placements from the start.

It now also employs its AI to help inform marketing decisions made through other channels, such as selecting the most effective content for website visitors or choosing the best email message for a certain segment of email recipients.

But the Redwood City, California-based company decided it needed a boost to its onboard intelligence, and it recently announced the alpha phase of a new integration with IBM’s Watson Discovery service.

Called Brand Moments, this integration utilizes Watson to help decision-making for ad buying and placement, including display, video and native ads on sites, apps, Facebook, Twitter and other inventory.

Watson identifies keywords and sentiment in surrounding content where ads might be placed, and an advertiser manually determines whether that page should be blacklisted or ignored, or if no effort should be applied.

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]

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Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a Senior Writer for VentureBeat, and he has written about these and other tech subjects for such publications as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and led the web site/unit at PBS station Thirteen/WNET; worked as an online Senior Producer/writer for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: The First CD Game; founded and led an independent film showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T.; and served over five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find him at LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.


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