The Revenue Throughput Podcast: January 3, 2022
Leveraging the Right Sales and Marketing Data with Sky Cassidy
TOO much data is almost as bad as too little data. It hinders your sales & marketing clarity. The key to growth is knowing what data matters and how to leverage it.
Today’s guest is Sky Cassidy of MountainTop Data. Today, we will talk about data: about how there are more opportunities to obtain quality data to expand and extend your marketing efforts, even as marketers in small to mid-sized companies.
So listen carefully if you’ve ever wondered, “how do we reach out to people in ways that are legal, ethical, and effective?”
Authority Magazine: January 20, 2022
How to Effectively Leverage The Power of Digital Marketing, PPC, & Email to Dramatically Increase Sales
Grit, Mindfulness, Fairness, and Intelligence. You need a good combination of these and to enjoy working in an ever-changing landscape. Marketing doesn’t stand still; soso, you can never rest. A lot of marketing is competing against other companies and dealing with human nature; thewhile the techniques that work change from day to day. To really be successful you must enjoy solving the same problem over and over in different ways under different circumstances.
Savvy Broadcasting: January 4, 2022
Remote Opportunities for Businesses & Employees Alike with Sky Cassidy. 11th Season, Ep. 001
Christina Rivera and Sky Cassidy discuss the wonderful opportunity that is here thanks to the explosion of remote work.
MarTech Series, 2021
Maintaining First-Party Data: How It Goes Wrong for Businesses
Many businesses try to manage their own first-party data, and since they aren’t doing it correctly, they end up harming their business over time. Sky Cassidy, CEO of Mountaintop Data, explains the pitfalls and landmines involved with “dirty” data, and why it is often a job for the experts.
In Business Greater Phoenix: October 28, 2021
Employee Retention Woes Playing Havoc with Marketing Data
CISION PRWeb: August 30, 2021
Direct Mail Marketing Comeback Demands Digital Integration
CFO DIVE: August 27, 2021
Towns waving cash at remote workers complicate CFOs' compensation models
A number of small towns, their eyes on companies’ newly liberal remote-work policies, are offering relocation incentives to higher-income employees. The trend is raising the stakes for CFOs whose C-suite colleagues are looking to them to help devise a compensation model for a permanently distributed workforce.
Rush to Reason: August 12, 2021
Radio Interview with MountainTop Data CEO Sky Cassidy?
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StrategicCIO: August, 2021
Is Your Data Decaying?
Pre-Covid, the average U.S. job turnover was around 4% per month. On top of that, to keep data clean you also need to update information when people change their phone number, title or email. Then you have company-level changes that need to be managed: businesses moving, mergers, acquisitions, companies going out of business and rebranding. When something like Covid happens, the difficult work of maintaining your target audience is suddenly multiplied and every one of these potential data changes jump into double digits. Typically, this data turnover is mostly seen in lower-level positions, but with Covid many people are reevaluating their careers and experts are predicting as much as a 20% turnover at the executive level.1 All of this adds up to a monumental task for those whose job it is to keep the sales and marketing campaigns reaching the intended audience.
Small Business Digest – Sky Cassidy & Eric Czepyha: July 13, 2021
Data and how to stay safe using it in your marketing
Martech Cube: June 29, 2021
How Email Lists Can Ruin Marketing Campaigns
Young Upstarts: Feb 17, 2021
Understanding Business Data In 4 Categories Or Less
Advisors Magazine: January 21, 2021
CLEAN DATA, KEY TO MAXIMIZING 5G'S POTENTIAL TO AUGMENT MARKETING
PR WEEK: January 6, 2021
Tech Talk with MountainTop Data CEO Sky Cassidy
PR NEWS: January 4, 2021
Eat or Be Eaten: Battling Dirty Data During The Pandemic
Businesses are similar. They need information to know what direction to go, what life-and-death decisions to make. There are two types of information in this analogy: Information that keeps you from going off a cliff or being eaten, and information that helps you eat.
With COVID-19, many businesses are finding uncertainty in both areas. First, you have to make sure you’re not going off a cliff, then you’ve got to eat. Eating, that’s where direct marketing data comes into play. Business need leads for the sales team to close.
INSIDE BIG DATA: December 25, 2020
The 6 Types of Data Everybody Should Know to Avoid Confusion
Whether you subscribe to the scientific definition of data (information on which operations are performed by a computer transmitted in the form of electrical signals) or the philosophical definition (that which is known utilized as the basis of reasoning or calculation), MountainTop Data CEO Sky Cassidy thinks most people use the word “data” incorrectly.
CISION PRWeb: December 15, 2020
Data Privacy: Balancing Customer Protection With Quality Web Experiences
Can your customers trust their personal data when it’s captured online? Perceptions are dangerously skewed right now, from a widespread mistrust of media to underreported cybersecurity breaches of companies that rely on customer information. How much are B2Bs willing to lose if their customers’ data is compromised? More importantly, how can consumers and businesses coexist in sharing personal data? Sky Cassidy, CEO of MountainTop Data, offers suggestions as to how to deal with these and more pressing matters.
There’s a disconnect between willingly surrendering privacy data and the consequences of a data breach. Even as businesses struggle to survive the COVID-19 landscape, their customers believe their personal data is less secure than ever.(1) There’s also the cost of doing business: a single data breach has a global average toll of more than $3 million, according to IBM. (2) Corollary effects include lost productivity as well as indeterminate costs incurred by poor data quality, which aren’t easily quantifiable.
Asked what one of the biggest market challenges is these days, Cassidy says, “Privatization.” (3) Just as companies use regulations and fear to drive customers to their paid proprietary platforms, anxiety among consumers about their increased exposure can corrupt platforms’ functionality and degrade the quality of users’ experiences. Not enough companies have the strategy and IT resources to play fair with private data. Meanwhile, too many exist solely to collect information on online behaviors, and demographics. “Basically, you’ve invited a data vampire in,” said Cassidy. (4)
Destination CRM: November 30, 2020
RSVD Scales New Contacts with MountainTop
“This enables attendees to have a much better experience than if they need to wait in line for hours,” says Rommia White, RSVD’s general manager.
The company started when its founders saw the need for such a technology at the popular South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, a large-scale event for the interactive, film, and music industries that takes place in Austin, Texas, in the spring.
SXSW was one of the first major events canceled in 2020 as a result of COVID-19. Every other major event followed suit, ending the need for online reservations like those provided by RSVD. But at the same time, another opportunity was opening up for RSVD. Businesses of all sorts looking to maintain government-mandated social distancing standards could turn to RSVD to manage capacity.
“Right now, there are a lot of Band-Aid solutions for businesses to put in place before they reopen,” says Brandon Stuart, chief marketing officer and cofounder of RSVD. “While our original business model was built on the ideas of convenience and that people did not want to waste time standing in line, the outbreak of COVID-19 and the necessity of social distancing made us realize our technology could be used to increase safety and help implement social distancing, and that the technology would be valuable to all types of businesses where people typically have to wait in line or for an appointment. And those types of businesses include farmers’ markets, gyms, small businesses, franchises—any business that doesn’t have a tech team or big budget to build the technology themselves.”
But to pivot to this new market, the company needed to find a way to promote its capabilities. It connected with MountainTop Data to do just that.
MountainTop Data started by helping RSVD identify target audiences. It provided RSVD with on-demand access, through the TopData Search platform, to its business marketing database so RSVD could pull whatever target contact data it wanted.
Authority Magazine: November 29, 2020
How to Increase Your Bingeability through Candid and Curious Conversations
As a part of my series about “5 Things You Need to Know to Create a Bingeable Podcast”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sky Cassidy.
MediaPost: October 19, 2020
Advertisers Can Teach U.S. Government A Lot About Cross-Data Integration
Technology can find the correct nuggets and combine the information from numerous platforms and databases to target across channels -- from connected technology and radio to searches on Google or Bing. And the recent redesign of Google Analytics is said to have significantly improved the measurement of targeting for advertisers.
Sky Cassidy, CEO of MountainTop Data, a data provider to some of the biggest U.S. brands such as Motorola, and Symantec, says dirty data -- which he defines as any type of inaccurate information -- has become dirtier during COVID, at least for B2B.
MarTech Today: October 13, 2020
How marketers can get the highest ROI out of podcasts
The new at-home lifestyle brought about by the onset of COVID has driven a significant increase in the numbers of listeners and the numbers of programs in the podcasting and audio-streaming space, and where the channel was a secondary or tertiary option for most marketers, having a podcast strategy is now part of many marketing plans for 2021.
“Podcasting is still a vast, open space that brands are smart to jump into,” said Lindsay Tiepkema, CEO of Casted, a podcast-centered marketing platform. “When you consider there are about 1 million podcasts, but more than 600 million blogs, you can see how much opportunity still exists for brands to own their own space,” she continued. “And listenership continues to rise dramatically, even in the midst of a pandemic, as people are actively seeking connection. Podcasts that offer that ability to connect an audience with a brand like not other form of content can and, in doing so, build trust and loyalty.”
How Social Media Platform Data Could Be Hurting Businesses
When businesses looking for leads rely on outdated—even fake—data, their efforts will not only cost them money but, more importantly, the allocation of valuable resources to an empty lead. But when they have access to the right data, it can lead to success. Sky Cassidy, CEO of MountainTop Data, says there are specific steps marketers need to take to ensure their data is clean.
A recent study shows that 3.96 billion people are currently using social media—that’s more than half of the world’s total population.(1) The increase includes more than one million new users since July 2019 which is 12 new users every second.(2) The data to create new leads from these new users could be a boon for any business but Sky Cassidy, CEO of MountainTop Data, says it is imperative that businesses have correct, clean data.
Date: September 30, 2020
The Secret Behind Why E-Mail Lists Will Always be More Effective than Facebook Ads
1/3rd of small businesses start with less than $5K while a whopping 77% use personal funds as their financing method, which is why entrepreneurs are getting wiser on how they spend their marketing dollars. Despite the power of social media marketing, statistics show that Facebook ads lack in producing high ROIs for businesses, whereas email lists remain to be the most influential business generators.
Date: March 9, 2020
Extortion Artists Prey on AdSense Users
"In the past, the schemers were probably being hired by AdSense account holders to commit ad fraud. Once Google shut that down, they decided to do it to people and make them pay to not do it," Cassidy speculated. "They're taking their tools, pointing them at legitimate people, and making them look like the bad guys."
Date: February 19, 2020
What You Need To Know About Dark Data
The concept of dark data sounds ominous, even sinister. But it is very important in the technology world. “To make it more relatable, dark data is like all of the photos on your devices,” said Sky Cassidy, who is the CEO of MountainTop Data. “Most of them will never be used or even viewed again, but they are there.
Date: October 27, 2019
Is Martech Making You a Bad Marketer?
As the name suggests, Martech is the blending of marketing and technology. However, having the system and understanding the data are two entirely different animals. Presently, only 13 percent of marketers are confident that they're able to fully utilize the data they get from their MarTech tools . In part, this may be because the technology itself overshadows its ultimate purpose.
Date: October 23, 2019
California’s Consumer Privacy Act Means Changes for Online Marketers.
According to Sky Cassidy, CEO of MountainTop Data, the CCPA is set to change three major elements of the data collection process.
Date: September 23, 2019
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