AFAIK: Hawthorne Direct,, Adroit Digital, BrainShark, Softchoice, Yesmail, TruEffect


ADOTAS — Today’s email yields the following bulletpoint-worthy information:

Hawthorne Direct, a full-service brand response advertising agency, has promoted Jessica Hawthorne-Castro (pictured) to Chief Operating Officer.  The announcement was made today by Tim Hawthorne, Chairman/CEO and Founder of Hawthorne Direct. Representing the “next generation” of brand marketing experts, Hawthorne-Castro, Tim Hawthorne’s daughter, will remain based in the company’s Western Regional offices in Los Angeles. She first joined Hawthorne Direct in 2007 as an Account Executive. During the course of the past six years, she worked her way up the company’s corporate ladder, later becoming a Senior Account Executive, Director of Client Services, Director of Client Services & Operations, and most recently Vice President of Operations & Client Services. Prior to joining Hawthorne Direct, Hawthorne-Castro had been a successful television literary agent with William Morris Endeavor (formerly Endeavor), one of Hollywood’s top, full service talent agencies representing performers, writers, directors and producers for television and feature films. As the agent for an impressive list of WME’s top TV talent, she identified and negotiated opportunities for shows airing on all major broadcast and cable television networks. She also packaged key elements necessary to develop TV shows, working regularly with executives from CBS, Fox, NBC, HBO, USA, Bravo, and others. In this capacity, Hawthorne-Castro assisted the creators of a number of top-rated television programs, including “Entourage,” “The Office,” “Heroes,” “24” and “Law and Order,” to name a few., a marketplace for businesses to create high-quality content at scale, today announced $4.5 million in Series A financing led by Crosslink Capital and Redpoint Ventures. Chris Moore from Redpoint Ventures and Eric Chin from Crosslink Capital will be joining’s board as part of the financing. Also participating in this round are James Currier and Stan Chudnovsky from Ooga LabsBranchout CEO Rick MariniBebo co-founder Michael co-founder Chris Michel and LA angel investor Paige Craig.

Advertising Decision Solutions (ADS), operator of the leading online advertising data cooperative, has rebranded as Adroit Digital. The new name reflects the company’s unique combination of audience marketing technology with skilled online data and advertising professionals. Adroit Digital helps marketers identify the best online audience for their products and services through the largest private online data co-op, which pools insights from all member organizations to build rich, detailed audience models. Advertisers can then leverage these models to buy media and prospect new customers across the web across multiple devices.

Leading sales enablement platform provider Brainshark, Inc. today announced a strategic partnership with Softchoice, a leading North American solutions and services provider. Through this partnership, Softchoice is authorized to resell and support Brainshark solutions, including SlideShark Team Edition, the award-winning, business-class version of Brainshark’s SlideShark app – the industry standard for showing PowerPoints properly on the iPad and iPhone. Brainshark’s products are now also available through Softchoice Cloud, a secure online platform that simplifies the purchase, deployment and management of cloud-based applications – allowing IT departments to serve as a cloud services brokerage within their organizations.

Yesmail Interactive, an Infogroup company which powers intelligent customer interactions, today announced its partnership with TruEffect, the leader in first-party ad targeting and measurement. TruEffect’s data-driven technology enables marketers to target their customers more effectively, improve ad performance, and increase conversion rates. The partnership between Yesmail and TruEffect will enable marketers to utilize data from their email program to optimize the performance and reach of their display ads by targeting only those prospects who have engaged with their brand’s messages.  This allows marketers to develop behavior-based, multichannel campaigns and more accurately measure the effectiveness of these ads by leveraging what they know about their customers to target the right ad to the right person and improve overall performance.


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