Pete LaFond

Pete LaFond

About Pete LaFond

As chief marketing officer, Pete leads TruSignal’s marketing group, including marketing strategy, brand and acquisition advertising, product and vertical marketing, events and conferences, social media and public relations.

Bringing Down the House: Is In-House Programmatic the Best Decision for Every Brand?

Colossal brands like Netflix, Allstate and Kellogg have touted doing away with the agency middle man in favor of in-house programmatic. This sounds enticing, but for most brands, building an in-house programmatic suite sounds much easier than it actually is. … Continue reading

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How To Extend the Power of Your First-Party Data

Data algorithms. They’ve leapt into notoriety over the past decade with curious stories about unexpected data correlations. Through data mining Wal-Mart discovered a bizarre correlation between diaper and beer sales. Inside Sales uncovered that sale cycles eerily coordinated with lunar … Continue reading

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The Insurance Industry’s Ad Feud and Struggle for Sustainable Advertising

There’s a vicious cycle beleaguering the insurance industry, threatening advertising sustainability and increasing insurance rates, and inflated online signals are at the epicenter. The Cycle Insurance rates are set to increase, according to reports by Forbes, Allstate and Geico, which will inevitably prompt consumers … Continue reading

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Your Marketing Jargon Primer

Terminology matters in today’s digital advertising. And yet, it seems that the speed of our linguistic innovation has outpaced our ability to really make good use of our shiny new acronyms and buzzwords. What’s worse still is that all the … Continue reading

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Don’t Sleep on Third-Party Data

An assumption prevails over the world of data-driven marketing. It goes something like this: “First-party and second-party data are more actionable, and of much higher quality than third-party data.” That assumption is wrong. Data quality is not determined by its relative … Continue reading

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Boost Results with People-Based Marketing

Amid the rapid emergence of programmatic, two unsettling issues have come to the fore that have since gobbled up much of the airtime — fraud and viewability. The industry is in a frenzied rush to address both. Marketers have channeled … Continue reading

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Retail Marketers: Beat Your Competitor’s Holiday Mad-Dash with This Digital Strategy

For retail marketers, the holiday season is upon us and the forecast looks bright. The billions of e-commerce dollars on the table are causing a surge in competition that will increase as the holiday season draws closer. Digital marketers facing increased … Continue reading

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Are Marketers Masochists? Why Do We Put Up with this Waste in Campaigns?

Digital marketers sit at the epoch of a technological revolution with the ability to use Big Data to target like never before. And even though they continue to preach about targeting and reaching the right people, in the shadows, one parasitic foe … Continue reading

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Is Offline Data the Dark Horse of Digital Marketing?

We are living in the era of Big Data, and the consequences for marketers are seismic. But no matter how much information there is about online behavior, and no matter how sophisticated we become at analyzing it, what consumers do … Continue reading

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The Holidays are Coming: Two Steps to Avoid Ad Waste This Season

The holiday season is coming. Think that statement’s a bit premature? With 1 in 5 consumers beginning their shopping in September, we humbly disagree. Digital marketers are already busy making their lists of which consumers to target. But have they checked … Continue reading

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