Announcing New Name and Brand: Research Now SSI is Now Dynata

DALLAS, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Following the merger and integration of two global leaders in first-party data, Research Now SSI announces that its new name and brand is ‘Dynata.’ The new brand speaks to the company”s unique value proposition: Dynata offers one of the world”s largest collections of first-party data, contributed by people — consumers and business professionals — who opt-in to participate in surveys and market research. The current opinions, reactions and data that they provide are critical to organisations” decision-making, particularly to business investment in marketing services spanning from product development and brand tracking to advertising.

The new brand reflects the company”s strategy to provide precise data based on actual people across the marketing spectrum from research to advertising to achieve new standards of marketing performance and to close the learning and knowledge loop across marketing disciplines. Dynata understands that marketers have evolved beyond big data and are now seeking reliable, connected information that will give them game-changing insights, more relevant engagement with their customers and prospects, and significant competitive advantage.

With a reach of 60+ million people globally, Dynata is strategically positioned to provide data on a scale that is both broad and deep. As a single-source provider, the company actively manages and maintains its relationships with opted-in panel participants and their information, resulting in quality data.

Gary S. Laben, CEO of Dynata, says, ‘Our new name and brand identity signify our ongoing commitment to revitalise data-driven marketing and to be a major player as a provider of first-party data representing the voice of actual individuals to inform the B2C and B2B dialog. Our new brand is representative of our growth strategy and vision. Just as we have undergone an organisational transformation via our merger, we look to transform marketing in an era requiring trustworthy data and to help our clients achieve better business results.’

About Dynata
Dynata is one of the world”s leading single providers of first-party data contributed by people who opt-in to member-based panels that the company manages and maintains. With a reach that encompasses 60+ million people globally and an extensive library of individual profile attributes collected through surveys, Dynata is the cornerstone for precise, trustworthy quality data. The company has built innovative data services and solutions around this core asset to bring the voice of the individual to the entire marketing spectrum, from market research to marketing and advertising. Dynata serves nearly 6,000 market research agencies, media and advertising agencies, consulting & investment firms and healthcare and corporate customers in the North America, South America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. For more information, go to

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New Brand Identity Signals Expansion Beyond Market Research to Transform Data-driven Marketing

TAN Media Achieves IAB’s Gold Standard Certification

Leading native advertising network, TAN Media has achieved the Internet Advertising Bureau”s (IAB) Gold Standard certification in two separate categories.

Upon receiving the accreditation, Adam Rock, Managing Director said:

‘We are proud to have achieved the standards set out by the IAB to attain Gold Standard certification.

It”s important to demonstrate that our industry is committed to ensuring the highest possible standards online as native advertising continues to grow in importance to brands, agencies and publishers.

The IAB have recognised that the industry needs to come together to combat ad fraud, ensure brand safety and improve the entire digital advertising user experience. Our non-interruptive formats on trusted publishers are testament to our support for the Gold Standard.’

The accreditation process involved TAN Media implementing and supporting the ads.txt initiative, adherence to Coalition for Better Advertising LEAN standards, and working with UK regulatory group JICWEBs towards attaining The Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) certification for brand safety.

The IAB Gold Standard has three aims – to reduce ad fraud, to improve the digital advertising experience, and to increase brand safety. The initiative was launched in October 2017 as part of the IAB”s commitment to raising standards in digital advertising and building a sustainable future for the industry.

About TAN Media

TAN Media (The Attention Network) was founded in 2010, specialising in the distribution of brand content through best-in-class native advertising. The company works with both agencies and direct clients on long-form content campaigns as well as native display and video formats. Its editorial and account teams help advertisers execute highly successful content campaigns, while its publisher team help monetise websites and apps with leading technology.

LONDON, November 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Hi Chery! First Chery Fan Festival to Take Place from October 24-30

Chery drivers posting Chery-related photos of him or his family on social media will win the ultimate award: a trip to China if they are lucky enough. The simple and convenient form of contribution attracted Chery drivers worldwide. As of the deadline, Chery has received nearly 700 contributions and the most popular one got 4,800 ‘likes’, showing the great participation enthusiasm of Chery drivers.

The first Chery Fan Festival, with the theme ‘Hi Chery’, will be taking place from October 24 to 30, 2018. In the one-week trip spanning Shanghai, Suzhou and Wuhu, Chery fans will experience the poetic and picturesque landscape of Jiangnan and the brand charm of Chery.

If you want to know more about the first Chery Fan Festival, please click on the live link:  

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BEIJING, Oct. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On August 1, 2018, a post titled ‘Chery Global Fan Festival Recruitment’ published on Chery”s social media drew global attention, according to Chery Automobile Co., Ltd.

Hi Chery! First Chery Fan Festival to Take Place from October 24-30

Chery drivers posting Chery-related photos of him or his family on social media will win the ultimate award: a trip to China if they are lucky enough. The simple and convenient form of contribution attracted Chery drivers worldwide. As of the deadline, Chery has received nearly 700 contributions and the most popular one got 4,800 ‘likes’, showing the great participation enthusiasm of Chery drivers.

The first Chery Fan Festival, with the theme ‘Hi Chery’, will be taking place from October 24 to 30, 2018. In the one-week trip spanning Shanghai, Suzhou and Wuhu, Chery fans will experience the poetic and picturesque landscape of Jiangnan and the brand charm of Chery.

If you want to know more about the first Chery Fan Festival, please click on the live link:  

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BEIJING, Oct. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On August 1, 2018, a post titled ‘Chery Global Fan Festival Recruitment’ published on Chery”s social media drew global attention, according to Chery Automobile Co., Ltd.

Hi Chery! First Chery Fan Festival to Take Place from October 24-30

Chery drivers posting Chery-related photos of him or his family on social media will win the ultimate award: a trip to China if they are lucky enough. The simple and convenient form of contribution attracted Chery drivers worldwide. As of the deadline, Chery has received nearly 700 contributions and the most popular one got 4,800 ‘likes’, showing the great participation enthusiasm of Chery drivers.

The first Chery Fan Festival, with the theme ‘Hi Chery’, will be taking place from October 24 to 30, 2018. In the one-week trip spanning Shanghai, Suzhou and Wuhu, Chery fans will experience the poetic and picturesque landscape of Jiangnan and the brand charm of Chery.

If you want to know more about the first Chery Fan Festival, please click on the live link:  

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BEIJING, Oct. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On August 1, 2018, a post titled ‘Chery Global Fan Festival Recruitment’ published on Chery”s social media drew global attention, according to Chery Automobile Co., Ltd.

Orange Economy Already Accounts for Almost 3% of GDP in Colombia

  • Between 2007 and 2017, Bogotá was the main destination for new foreign investment in the Colombian market with more than 400 million dollars, surpassing São Paulo, Miami and Buenos Aires.
  • A sample of Colombian talent from this sector will be present at MIPCOM with a delegation of 16 companies, led by ProColombia.

The Orange Economy is on the way to becoming one of the main economic engines of Colombia: the world of entrepreneurship, technology, and creative industries already accounts for almost 3% of the GDP of the Latin American country – that is three times the contribution of coffee and almost 1.5 times the contribution of mining.

Colombia wants to position itself as an orange symbol, color of culture and creativity. ‘Boosting the Orange Economy is one of the Government”s priorities. In ProColombia, we have identified great sales opportunities in the development of software, films, television, animation, and videogames. These are sectors that have grown by more than 30% in exports,’ explains Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia, the entity of the Government of Colombia that promotes investments, exports, tourism, and the country brand abroad.

According to data from Invest in Bogotá, between 2007 and 2017, the Colombian capital was the main destination for new foreign investment in this sector, with more than 400 million dollars, surpassing capitals such as São Paulo, Miami, and Buenos Aires.

Development of audiovisual content: Colombia is becoming an ideal filming location for industries such as Hollywood. Antonio Banderas, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, or Mark Wahlberg are some of the actors of international stature that in recent years have filmed movies in Colombian territory. While in 2013 an international film was recorded, in just over five years the number increased to 28.

A sample of this effervescent Colombian industry will be present at MIPCOM from the hand of 16 companies, accompanied by ProColombia:

  1. Provideo SAS
  2. Cumbia Films SAS
  3. Team Toon Studio SAS
  4. Primetime Media SAS
  5. Katapix Media SAS
  6. Metro Television SAS
  7. Incomsa S.A
  8. Digitzfilm
  9. Salabi SAS
  10. Zincotools
  11. Televideo SAS
  12. Dynamo Producciones S.A
  13. Producciones GNR SAS
  14. AG Studios Colombia S.A.S
  15. La Diana SAS
  16. Creativivo SAS

MADRID, October 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

D-ID Officially Launches Product for Protection Against Face Recognition at TechCrunch Disrupt 2018

D-ID has officially announced its initial product launch onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2018. The company has developed a solution that protects photos and videos of organizations from face recognition, while keeping them similar to the human eye.

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D-ID”s technology is being sold as both a SaaS and On-Premise solution. The company serves organizations that store photos and videos of employees, customers or citizens. Almost all organizations store this data. The initial verticals for D-ID include cloud storage providers, social networks, financial institutions, health management organizations and governments that want to protect their biometric databases.

D-ID”s first customer is Cloudinary, an image and video management solution which helps more than 350K companies manage, optimize and deliver more than 22B media assets. The company has also signed significant agreements with customers in the financial services and automotive industry.

The face recognition market is growing exponentially and has made our faces our identifiers. It”s increasingly used all around the world: To analyze shopping behavior, to authenticate payments, to access smartphones and even to rank citizens” or track people in protests. ‘Our photos contain biometric data. Using them with face recognition, anyone can track you, hack your devices and steal your identity. That”s why our photos must be protected,’ says Gil Perry, CEO and Co-Founder of D-ID. ‘We”ve moved too fast with face recognition and it is now a threat to our fundamental human right to privacy.’

Data privacy regulations like the European Union”s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which became enforceable in May 2018 address face images as personal sensitive information and require companies to protects this data or risk heavy fines and lawsuits.

D-ID enables companies to comply with regulations, prevent crippling fines, strengthen their consumers” trust and most important, to guarantee privacy and data protection. ‘People are aware and concerned about the security risks of face recognition. Now is the time to protect this data and we are here to make sure it happens,’ says Perry.

The company”s approach to digitally manipulating images renders images unreadable by the machine learning tools that are used to identify an individual, but are imperceptible to the human eye. ‘We use advanced image processing and deep learning to process the photo or video in such a way that it will look similar to the human eye but machines, AI, face recognition classifiers will not be able to recognize the individual,’ says Perry.

D-ID was founded in 2017 by CEO Gil Perry, COO Sella Blondheim and CTO Elira Kuta. The founders served in the Israeli Special Forces and intelligence unit 8200. They experienced first-hand the risks to privacy when, due to the sensitive nature of their roles, they were not allowed to share photos on social media. The company is an alumni of the prestigious accelerators EISP 8200 and Y Combinator. It received Gartner”s Cool Vendor 2018 recognition. The team consists of top experts in deep learning, computer vision and image processing, with five PhDs and PhD students. D-ID has raised $4mm led by Pitango Venture Capital with participation from Y Combinator, Maverick Ventures, Foundation Capital and Fenox Venture Capital.

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TEL AVIV, Israel, September 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Things To Do To Boost Your Sales

Things To Do To Boost Your Sales

Sales are important for any business to move ahead. There are a number of businesses that have shut only because of failure in creating a space in the market. You need to acquire a percentage of the market in order to get some kind of returns on your sales. While this may seem like an easy thing to do, there are a number of hindrances that come up. These hindrances are not usually looked at by business owners and they end up failing when things go wrong.

It is important to trust your instinct and make sure you move ahead on the right path. However, it is also important to ensure that you learn from other business owner's mistakes and never repeat them. The one mistake that most business owners do is rush into a marketing campaign just because it is working for someone else. This is something that only spells disaster. Here are a few things that you can do to help boost your sales.

Advancement In Technology

Technology has advanced beyond imagination and business owners struggle to keep up with these advancements. Most old school businesses have fallen behind because they have not accepted what is in store for them. They need to move ahead with the times and make changes accordingly. If you want your business to succeed, you will need to make sure you are making the necessary adjustments in order for your business to succeed.

With the help of technology, you can even take your business to the next level. Most business owners assume that their business will be successful if it has had a successful past. However, that cannot be done if you are not embracing technology. You cannot continue advertising on the radio and ignore the internet boom just because the radio has worked for you in the past. Your strategy needs to be aligned with what is working in today's world.

Automated Processes

There are a number of automated processes that can be put in place to help your business. When you are looking to make your business grow, you cannot keep doing things manually. A number of business owners still believe that they need to stay in touch with each customer manually so that their customers stay loyal. While this is all good when you have just hundred customers, if your customer base increases to a million, how will you send out individual emails to each of them?

Apart from being time consuming, gathering the contact details of these customers is another hassle. Getting hold of a good database is very important for every business. Even when you have good database in hand, you need merge purge software from data ladder that will help you purify the data before using it. Not cleaning data before using it is a big sin. There are business owners that have failed miserably because their campaigns have failed and all this because of invalid email ID's. This is where this software comes into the picture. You will be able to eradicate your invalid contact details and focus on the ones that will help your business move forward.

VOIP Accuracy

The one thing most businesses depend on is making calls. Most businesses have adapted VOIP for making calls. This is a classic example of moving ahead with the times. However what good is the VOIP system if you are not feeding in accurate data. The speciality of a VOIP device is dialling numbers quickly and feeding it to your agents. This way the agents do not have to manually dial any number and there will not be any kind of time wastage. However, in order for the VOIP to function properly, the database has to be proper. If there is an invalid number in the middle of the database, the entire system will come to a standstill.

When this happens, the system will auto shut and everyone will get affected by this. This will increase your downtime more than the manual work as well. This is something you cannot afford to have in an active business scenario. Also, when you have a smooth working VOIP system with accurate database, every call will be a connect. Your agents will not sit there and be listening to answering machines all day long. The more people they speak with, the more chances they have of making a sale.


Another thing that needs to be kept in mind when it comes to marketing strategies is safe guarding your servers. The server will help you to execute your campaign smoothly. However, when you start your email campaign without cleaned data, it will be a problem. When you use invalid data, there will be a number of emails that will reach invalid contacts. There will be other customers that are on a do not call or a do not disturb list. In such scenarios, the email will get marked as spam or the customer may complain against your company. In both scenarios, it will be a bad outcome for your business.

If the customer marks the email as spam, the outcome will be reflected against the server. This will not hold good as your server will be marked as spam. When this happens, all outgoing emails will be stopped from this server as the email service provider will not want too many of their customers receiving emails from spam senders. Your server will be blacklisted permanently and any email that you send will automatically be marked as spam.

If a customer makes a complaint against your company because they were on a do not call or do not disturb list, there could be heavy fines that you would have to pay. You will not be able to get any work done and all future email marketing campaigns will be blocked. This means that you will need to invest in a new server and this is a huge expense that you will need to face.

Here Is What Affiliate Marketing Can Do For Your Business

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Affiliate marketing is slowly taking over the world. More and more business organizations are opting for this digital form of marketing. This form of marketing has countless benefits and can help your business to grow to new heights. Affiliate marketing is an online form of marketing where a product owner or online retailer makes an arrangement with an external or third party website to increase sales that are typically generated through referrals. Let’s now discuss the various benefits that this form of marketing can have on your business and product sales.

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Affiliate Marketing Payments Are Completely Performance Based

One of the biggest advantages or benefits of affiliate marketing is that you get what you pay for. Unlike other forms of marketing where the marketer has to be paid for his services irrespective of his performance, in affiliate marketing the affiliates are only awarded a monetary remuneration after the desired action has taken place. Through affiliate marketing won’t end up paying for traffic that isn’t profitable to your business. This performance based style of marketing can be extremely beneficial for your business.

Broader Outreach Through Affiliate Marketing

Another reason why affiliate marketing is super beneficial for your business is because the audience that is targeted becomes much larger. When your product or business is marketed on a third party portal, even individuals and shoppers who have no idea about the existence of your brand or product will get to learn about it. The referral headers will reach out to a large audience and may end up bringing you a lot more customer conversions than you imagined.

Can Create Brand Awareness Amongst People Who Use Competitor’s Products

Affiliate marketing can prove to be a real boon when you want to create awareness about your brand amongst people who use the products of competitor brands. When a person is shopping online and the referral header or ad for your brand pops up on their screen based on their past purchases, they will be keen to find out more and explore the products your brand has to offer. Once they start exploring and see that your brand probably provides the same features in products as competing brands, or provides products at a lower rate than competing brands, they will start to order goods from your business.

Far More Cost Effective

Marketing can prove to be extremely costly. When you need to hire a professional marketing team or you outsource the marketing to a third party consulting firm, it will end up costing you a large amount of money. The marketing costs alone are enough to eat away your business profits. On the other hand, if you opt for affiliate marketing options, you will end up spending half the amount of money that you would typically spend on hiring a professional marketing team or consulting firm. Further, with affiliate marketing you will guarantee have a converted customer and a sale, making this form of marketing far more budget-friendly and easy on your pocket.

Your Brand Will Become Popular Online

The world is going digital and most businesses have a digital presence. People from across the globe now do most of their shopping online. If your business has an already existent online presence, the best affiliate marketing programs will help it grow. Further, when your referral ad pops up on the web page of a third party, more and more online shoppers will get to know about your brand, which in turn will increase your sales. Online popularity of your brand will help your business become bigger and better and your profits will increase too.

Global Presence Of Your Business

Affiliate marketing is a form of online marketing. Online marketing will help you to expand your business into new and unknown territories. Your business will no longer remain the small local store that is visited only by repeat customers. People from across the globe will start showing interest in your products and start purchasing them from online shopping portals or from your web page. Increasing your business across the globe will prove to be monetarily beneficial for you. With affiliate marketing your business will make a global imprint without the additional store costs and overheads.

No More Expenses On Searching For Customers

A lot of businesses end up spending a large amount of money in their search for new customers. With affiliate marketing, you will no longer have to invest money in search for new customers. Through the referral headers that pop up on the third party web page, genuine customers will automatically start pouring in without you needing to spend tons of money on cold calls, advertising costs and other such expenses.

An Indirect Form Of Advertising

Affiliate marketing is an indirect form of advertising. When the referral header of your business pops up on a third party website, your brand automatically gets advertised online. Online advertising can rope in countless different customers from different parts of the globe. Instead of spending absurd sums of money on television, newspaper and radio advertisements that will only reach to a small and local customer base, through affiliate marketing your advertisement can reach to millions across the globe.

There you have it, the many ways in which affiliate marketing will help your business boom. The world is changing and most people are now resorting to online and digital shopping. When people see ads pop up on their screens, they are tempted to browse the products available from that specific brand. Affiliate marketing will help your business to grow to new heights. The best part about affiliate marketing is that it will give you massive customer conversions at a minimum cost. No more hiring expensive marketing consultants or teams of marketing experts. You can get the same job done at half the price and twice the productivity and see your sales increase. If you haven’t already gotten your business onto the affiliate marketing bandwagon, it’s about time that you did. You will not regret the decision of affiliate marketing and will see great profits in your business through it.

Swonkie is Fighting Social Media Nightmare at UnGagged Conference in London, June 11-12

The Swonkie social media platform is available this month in the UK and will be presented to digital agencies and publishers at UnGagged – a two-day SEO & Marketing conference in London, June 11-12th.

Swonkie is a new social media platform that is focused on content creation, team collaboration and competitors” Analysis. Targeted for agencies, brands and publishers, Swonkie supports all major social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram (even Stories), Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Pinterest, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogspot and Medium.

The Swonkie platform sends content in one shot through multiple social networks, keeping the brand social presence alive and consistent. For companies that struggle with the resources to fully deliver on all social networks, Swonkie can schedule any content and manage teams with real-time collaboration, editing and notification.

The platform advises on how to improve content with a three-second SEO analysis. Swonkie tracks the accounts” metrics, and any other KPIs, such as those of competitors, and immediately creates performance reports.

Why Swonkie is powerful compared with other tools: 

  • Community Management: Allows users to reply to comments, receive messages in one spot and easily manage feedback from customers
  • RSS Feed: Turning on RSS feed Choosing when and where to post with Swonkie doing the rest
  • Integration with content platforms and SEO Analysis for content
  • Instagram Stories and specific Stories Analytics, plus Repost mode post
  • Most complete Analytics for Facebook and Instagram
  • Spy tool integrated to follow activity, track keywords, get rankings and competitors” Analytics
  • Collaborative flow for teams

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LONDON, June 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

artegic Explains Best of Breed and Single Vendor Solution, the Two Main Marketing Technologies

No more marketing without IT. Whether digital dialogue marketing, data analytics, programmatic advertising, or other (digital) marketing disciplines the challenges of digital transformation in marketing cannot be mastered without suitable technologies. There are two main approaches to the use of marketing technologies: best of breed and single vendor solution. What distinguishes these two approaches is explained in this article.

Best of Breed The Best Solution for Every Challenge 

Digital marketing today consists of a variety of disciplines. The idea behind the Best of Breed approach is to flexibly select the most suitable technology for each discipline and to integrate the individual systems with one another. The resulting system landscape is also referred to as the marketing stack. On the other hand, there is the Single Vendor Solution approach.

Single Vendor Solution One System for Everything 

The Single Vendor Solution (also known as Full-Stack Solution) approach provides all essential functions in a single technology. Most Single Vendor Solutions are based on a modular system. If further functions are required, the appropriate modules (subject to a charge) can be activated. With this approach. The greatest effort is primarily required to adapt the very complex software to the existing company processes and system landscapes.

Advantages at a Glance 

Both variants offer a variety of different advantages.

Best of Breed: 

  • Flexible adaptability of functionality and system landscape to the individual requirements of the company and business model
  • No dependency on a single provider
  • Successive rollout and thus sometimes lower costs for the adaption of internal processes and structures, as new technologies adapt to existing system landscapes
  • In an ideal case, possibilities of influencing the further development of individual technologies or individualization
  • Competitive advantages through the best possible technology combination

Single Vendor: 

  • Less training effort
  • Less coordination effort with different providers
  • Systems are presumably better integrated with each other and functionally interlocked
  • Various functions from a single source, which may lead to better interaction
  • Contractual relationship and negotiation with a provider

The brief overview of the main advantages shows that it is difficult to make a general assessment of which approach is the ‘better’ one. Of course, there are also mixed forms. Ultimately, it is an individual decision that takes factors such as business model, resources, goals, or existing system landscapes into account.

The current market trend is towards the Best of Breed approach. According to Chiefmartec study, 48 percent of companies prefer the Best of Breed approach, whereas only 21 percent favor the Single Vendor solutions. The remaining 31 percent either rely on individual single-function technologies, on in-house developments, or they do not use any marketing solution at all. The study Digital Data Insights by the Stuttgart Media University comes to a comparable result. Approval if the Best of Breed approach is about as twice as high as for the Single Vendor Solution approach. Some of the experts surveyed in the study justified in particular with the performance of specific tools and the lack in integration of Single Vendor Solutions in practice. Especially for larger companies that cannot adapt their processes/organisation to standard software, and for companies that want to stand out from their competitors and expand their unique selling points, individual software and thus the Best of Breed approach is ideal.


artegic AG supports companies in the construction of customer-centred, digital, best-in-class direct marketing. With 10 years of experience in marketing engineering, our service portfolio includes consulting, IT-integration and technology for realtime marketing automation and online CRM. artegic is the leading German specialist supplier of standard software for marketing automation via email and mobile. artegic is also operator of one of the largest software-as-service platforms for digital marketing in Europe.

With 65 employees at its German sites in Bonn and Munich, as well as international branches, artegic stands for sustainable and successful dialogue marketing with significantly better results and less operative expenses.

82% of German internet users are in contact with companies via artegic”s multi-award winning ELAINE technology. Our customers include RTL, PAYBACK, BMW, BURDA,, REWE, maxdome, as well as one in three DAX companies.

Every month, approximately 2.7 billion emails, SMS and social media messages are sent in 141 countries.

artegic is certified company-wide by TÜV Rheinland according to the international standard for IT and data security ISO/IEC 27001 and has received several awards for its innovative and trend-setting implementation of data protection requirements, including the eco Internet Award, the Cased Security Award and the International Business award (Stevie).

artegic AG
Zanderstraße 7
53177 Bonn
Mr. Sebastian Pieper
Tel: +49-(0)-228-22-77-97-0
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BONN, Germany, May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

South African Mohair Industry’s Response to Claims of Animal Abuse

The South African Mohair Industry is shocked by reports about animals being mistreated that came to light on Wednesday, 2 May 2018. We view these reports in a very serious light and are treating them with the greatest of urgency.

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While we consider much of the report, and accompanying footage, to be factually incorrect and a misrepresentation of the South African Mohair Industry, some isolated issues have been raised and we have launched an investigation to address these issues directly and swiftly.

Over the past decade the industry has taken great care to ensure that sustainable production practices are introduced, accompanied by third party audits as of the beginning of this year. These third party audits will be expanded and done in cooperation with animal protection organisations.

Once we have concluded the investigation and identified the individuals who have transgressed the Sustainable Industry Guidelines, punitive measures will be implemented and they will face action in terms of the Animal Protection Act.

Angora goats are farmed for their fibre and not intentionally harmed in any way as they are the livelihood of every mohair farmer. The treatment of the animals ultimately determines the farmer”s income and sustainability.

As an industry we are passionate about our animals, our fibre and every single one of the 30,000 individuals who depend on the Mohair Industry for their livelihood. We want to ensure that we portray the passion and dedication of the South African producers and our remarkable industry – passion and dedication that is widely recognised by the international community.

In the interim all mohair produced on farms implicated during the investigation will be suspended and withdrawn from auction until they have been audited and found to be in-line with industry guidelines.

Deon Saayman                                                                                                                     
Managing Director – Mohair South Africa
Tel: +27-41-487-1386

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, May 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —