XAPPmedia today announced that Curt Kolcun and Doug Wagoner have joined the company’s advisory board to help grow its public sector business. Mr. Kolcun served over 27 years at Microsoft -- the last 9 as VP U.S. Public Sector where he oversaw multi-billion dollars in sales growth. Mr. Wagoner served 10 years at SAIC – the last 4 as Sector President where he was responsible for SAIC's delivery of services and solutions across all global markets for an organization consisting of 13,500 engineers, technologists and specialists located worldwide.
XAPPmedia, the leader in interactive voice engagement for brands and media, today announced that Kirk Owen has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Owen most recently served as a senior business development manager for Amazon on the Alexa team. While at Amazon, Kirk worked with developers to bring Alexa skills to market for gaming, finance, retail, and media. Prior to Amazon, Owen served as General Manager of TotalCast for Capitol Broadcasting Company, served as CEO of Zenph, was an Executive Producer for The Walt Disney Company’s gaming division Playdom, and was co-founder and CEO of Merscom. He earned an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from Duke University.
National Geographic’s Bravo Tango (Brain Training) Google Action was recently recognized as a 2018 Clio Award Gold award winner. The Google Action was the winner in the Television/Streaming Category for Social Good. Since 1959, the Clio awards have recognized excellence for the “creative business,” and are a widely sought after accolade. 360i and XAPPmedia were listed respectively as the media and interactive agencies responsible for the project’s design, development and launch.
Earlier this month, XAPPmedia participated in a session at Advertising Week titled “How Media and Brands are Using Voice AI to Connect with Consumers” alongside representatives from Cumulus One, 360i and Spark Foundry. Forbes contributor, Lauren deLisa Coleman, covered the session, noting that the consumer adoption of voice assistants and smart speakers, creates a “situation where the stakes become quite interesting for the right brand to problem-solve for appropriate consumer questions and dilemmas, provide value and begin a relationship in a more intimate way than anything that television or mobile currently offers.”
During Monday’s Advertising Week Panel, Suzanne Grimes of Westwood One, along with XAPPmedia’s Pat Higbie announced a new partnership with XAPPmedia to bring voice activated marketing to the national advertising marketplace.
Voice is the next big digital channel for marketers. Consumers are there. What’s your plan? That is what XAPPmedia will be talking about on Day 1 of Advertising Week in the session “How Media and Brands are Using Voice AI to Connect with Consumers.” The panelists on stage for this session have collectively launched over 1,000 voice apps on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Of the more than 1,000 voice apps launched for brands and media companies by XAPPmedia, over 900 are Amazon Alexa skills. This experience is an order of magnitude larger than even the most prolific Alexa skill developers. The breadth and depth of experience has taught us a few things about what makes a good Alexa skill and what doesn’t.
XAPPmedia has launched more Google Assistant Actions than anyone. These include work for Progressive Insurance, E. & J. Gallo and the award winning Bravo Tango Brain Training Action for National Geographic. Google Assistant is different from Alexa and poses different opportunities. XAPPmedia’s Ryan Higbie recently conducted a webinar on Google Assistant Action best practices for brands and the video is included below.