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Jack Kraft

Senior Advisor

As Senior Advisor, Jack Kraft brings more than 35 years of diversified management experience to Rise Interactive. Kraft was Vice Chairman and COO of Leo Burnett Company for nearly 20 years, and retired in 1992. At the time of his retirement he was a member of the executive committee, chair of the finance committee, and a board member. Next, Kraft joined Young and Rubicam as EVP/Chief Administrative Officer and a board member. For the past dozen years, Kraft has been an active founder, investor, advisor and board member of a number of technology service firms.

Kraft participated in the development of a number of Internet-related firms. Among them, Modem Media, a pioneering interactive ad agency that went public, was acquired by Digitas, and is now part of Publicis Group. Two-Way Communications is another such firm Kraft helped to launch. It was later sold to iXL, which went public, became part of Avenue A/Razorfish/aQuantive, and was recently acquired by Microsoft.

Kraft regularly consults with a wide range of developing companies on matters of structure, growth, management development and corporate opportunities.

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Google announced its Hummingbird Search Algorithm Update on September 26th. Here are the details, explained in one minute:

 

Hummingbird is the new search algorithm that Google uses to sort through its information and web pages, in the hopes of returning relevant answers that meet today’s...

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80 senior marketing leaders gathered in New York City this month for the Internet Marketing Leadership Series. They shared 10 ingredients for cooking up a content marketing strategy that converts. Check out the list here:

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10 Essential Ingredients for a Content Marketing Strategy That Converts

10 Essential Ingredients for a Content Marketing Strategy That Converts

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There is a lot of industry chatter around the impact of display advertising. Does display advertising work? Are consumers impacted even if they don’t click on ads? Is there value in view—through conversions? We decided to run a test to find out. Click through below to see what we learned:

 

 

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