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Cory Treffiletti

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Cory has been a thought leader, executive and business driver in the digital media landscape since 1994. Cory is currently Vice President of Strategy for the Oracle Marketing Cloud, following the acquisition of BlueKai and his previous role as SVP of Marketing. Cory has authored a weekly column on digital media, advertising and marketing since 2000 for Mediapost's Online Spin. Cory spent many years primarily on the agency services side of the business as a successful executive, media expert and/or founding team member for a number of companies. Cory was part of the initial team and VP Client & Media Services for i-Traffic (acquired by Omnicom), VP Media Services for Freestyle Interactive (acquired by Aegis/Carat), SVP Managing Director for Carat Fusion (Interactive), VP Media for Real Branding (acquired by Schawk) and President of Catalyst S+F. In the start-up media space his experience includes Director of Marketing for IUMA, the Internet Underground Music Archive (acquired by eMusic), Chief Marketing Officer for Sharkle (acquired by ViTrue, then Oracle), Co-Founder of Republic Project (acquired by DG/MediaMind) and Co-Founder of The Virtual Fan Network. Cory is a graduate of the Newhouse School for Public Communications at Syracuse University and is also the author of "Internet Ad Pioneers" (available on

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  • Bad Practices From The Front Lines Of Sales in Online Spin on 11/19/2014

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" -- for salespeople. I should actually rephrase that to "they were the best of tactics, they were the worst of tactics," because there are some pretty poor tactics employed by salespeople these days, which is funny given all the tools and insights available to them.

  • ABCs Of The Retailer's Q4 Customer Journey: Coffee Is For Closers  in Online Spin on 11/12/2014

    There are two movies I, and probably most people around my age, quote when referring to marketing and sales: "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Boiler Room." "Glengarry" gets quoted more often, so I decided to focus on only one analogy from that movie to discuss the marketer's role in this retail-heavy period of the year. The ultimate rule of "Glengarry" is A-B-C: Always Be Closing.

  • What Are Your (Customer) Priorities? in Online Spin on 11/05/2014

    Remember back in high school, when you got in trouble and they sent you to chat with your guidance counselor? One of the first questions was always, "What are your priorities?" It's still a very valid question when applied to the world of start-ups.

  • What Makes A Strategy (And A Strategist)? in Online Spin on 10/29/2014

    I was asked this question a few weeks back: "What can one do to become a strategist?" That's a great question, one that requires you to do two things. First off, you have to understand what strategy is. Second, you have to put yourself in a position to be strategic.

  • Are You Genuine? (Sales & Marketing Leaders Should Be) in Online Spin on 10/22/2014

    In marketing, sales, the agency business and leadership, being genuine and authentic is a requirement. When you don't have those qualities, your audience and colleagues can smell it a mile away.

  • Does Dirty Data Detract From Your Day?  in Online Spin on 10/15/2014

    How much time do you spend with dirty data? Are you even thinking about the time lost trying to clean it up? What would you do if you could have spotless data in real time?

  • Are You The Smartest Person In The Room?  in Online Spin on 10/08/2014

    Are you the smartest person in the room at work? If you answer "yes" to that question, you might need to rethink how you operate in business. Humility is a very overlooked personality trait in business, but it's probably one of the most important characteristics that can lead you to success. I'm not saying you can't have an ego or take pride in your work -- you should have both. It's more about finding the balance between your ego and your willingness to learn.

  • Where Sharks Are Swimming, Expect Blood in Online Spin on 10/01/2014

    Wow. Where did the time go!! It's already October, and Q4 is here. I feel as if it was just yesterday when things were gearing up for summer. There was a sense of optimism as the sun came out, the snow melted and the winter weather wore off. Things were looking up for the tech sector! That changed a bit when we saw a couple of missed IPOs and some ad-tech fails. Now things are slightly more pessimistic, which suits me just fine. This business seems to prevail better when the odds are stacked against it. I

  • Size DOES Matter -- We Like BIG Trends in Online Spin on 09/24/2014

    We are a society that measures everything we do, and size truly does matter. Last week saw the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It's BIGGER, faster, and the screen might even be stronger. Apple sold 10 million of these bad boys in three days. If the iPhone came out with the new software but in the same size as its predecessors, everyone would have been disappointed. The truth is, simply put, we like 'em BIG (our phones, of course).

  • Journey From The Unknown To The Known  in Online Spin on 09/17/2014

    Marketers are not scientists or magicians, but they are quickly spearheading the journey from the unknown into the known. Let me explain.

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  • Attribution And 'The Matrix' Trilogy by Cory Treffiletti (Online Spin on 05/07/2014)

    If attribution is idiotic, Mike, then why is Google buying Adometry? Why is AOL buying Convertro? I think you may be missing the point.

  • Are You Hiring, Or Not Hiring, Based on Age? by Cory Treffiletti (Online Spin on 04/02/2014)

    Paula - i see you comment on everyone of my posts and are always very counter to whatever i write. If you hate my writing so much, how come you always comment?

  • Marketers Need To Be 'Polite' by Cory Treffiletti (Online Spin on 01/15/2014)

    i dont disagree with your comment, but i think you are missing the point. tv and video advertising are not data driven marketing tools. they are not audience based buys. they are standard interruptions. the polite concept is based on using data to inform an interaction.

  • 10 Things That Make New York Media Great by Matt Straz (Online Spin on 08/26/2013)

    Great piece Matt - i am going to have to do a response about the bay area this week. You inspired me!

  • Using What You Know To Power What You Do (No Buzzwords Allowed) by Cory Treffiletti (Online Spin on 06/26/2013)

    Its interesting that you take the idea that far. What is your perception of how private that information actually is? All companies have to live by all established privacy rules and regulations and that stands for the internet as well as every other company you interact with. Your grocery store, your phone company, your cell provider, your credit card companies and even your bank. Everyone of those companies has been using these methods for many, many years and the acceptance is quite high. How is this any different?

  • Integrating Marketing Key, Yet Challenges Remain by Steve McClellan (MediaDailyNews on 04/29/2013)

    The other missing element in a strong integrated marketing effort is the data - how do you leverage audience segmentation across ALL channels and maintain a cohesive message, understanding your customer and customizing their experiences no matter where they interact with your brand.

  • Pick One Horse In The Race -- Or Else Even When You Win, You Lose by Cory Treffiletti (Online Spin on 04/10/2013)

    When you write an article every week for over 11 years, you tend to hear a lot of feedback; some of it good, some of it bad. I read what people write in response to my columns and in many cases I get direct emails from people. Sometimes they write their responses in other online forums, but in just about every possible case I end up hearing about it. Last week’s article got a LOT of that kind of discussion going. In my last column I made the statement that when a brand picks more than one agency to handle its business, they lose because they create a situation that breeds agency infighting. I stand by that statement, but I feel the need to clarify because its clear that many people completely missed the point of the piece. For a multiple agency situation to truly succeed, the customer needs to take an active role in strategic planning and they need to establish guidelines. If they don’t then they set everyone up to fail. You cannot rule in a league of mercenaries. You cannot establish order when herding cats. You cannot expect rank and file organization when you lead an army of pirates. At some point every agency in that relationship has a goal to grow their business and that happens by decreasing the business somewhere else. The client's responsibility is to take the guesswork out, lay the framework for the relationship and parameters by which everyone operates. Too often people miss the point because they hear what they want to hear. This means they are less open to hearing the other side of the issue. That’s just too bad.

  • Where Does The Time Go? by Cory Treffiletti (Online Spin on 03/13/2013)

    Sorry if that was not clear - i actually think Tumblr may fall off the list and something else entirely will come along.

  • Sorry, I Don't See The Web Going 'Native' Anytime Soon by Cory Treffiletti (Online Spin on 12/05/2012)

    I rarely actually respond to my responses, but this is a hot topic so i feel i have to. I appreciate everyone voicing their opinion, but the defense that i keep seeing is that Facebook and Twitter are considered native and that just bolsters my opinion. Facebook and Twitter and single use ad placements, meaning what you do with them only works with them. You can generate reach their, but ti be a successful brand you have to reach your consumer in other ways, not just on Twitter or Facebook. Plus, lets be honest, not everyone is on Twitter and Facebook. Younger audience do not use Facebook and more aged audiences do not use Twitter. Now using these platforms as a component of your mix is smart, and i state that in the article They are just not the only place to run your marketing. That being said - i love a good debate and i REALLY appreciate you all bringing your points of view to me. It helps me to se other sides of the discussion. Thank you!!

  • Don't EVER Tell Me I Can't Do Something by Cory Treffiletti (Online Spin on 10/03/2012)

    I write blogs because i like them and because i like being the inspiration for someone else to shift their paradigm of thought. I didn't say that I can do everything myself! :-)

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