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BMO WEB WALLET DELIVERS ONE-CLICK PAYMENT CONVENIENCE The Bank of Montreal is the latest Canadian organization to launch an encryption device to help consumers more easily buy products and services over the Web. BMO MasterCard Wallet users will be able to...

BMO WEB WALLET DELIVERS ONE-CLICK PAYMENT CONVENIENCE

The Bank of Montreal is the latest Canadian organization to launch an encryption device to help consumers more easily buy products and services over the Web. BMO MasterCard Wallet users will be able to securely store their personal credit information in an icon, or wallet, for use when shopping on the Net. With 128-bit encryption to ensure security, the MasterCard Wallet’s one-click feature automatically re-enters the information on a merchant’s checkout page. The wallet, which was developed by IBM, can be downloaded from www.bmo.com/mastercard.

REAL-TIME CONSULTATION TOOL LAUNCHED

The vast majority of businesses will soon require more than just ‘pick and pay’ e-tailing capabilities – whereby buyers fill up virtual shopping carts and then check out with a credit card – according to one Web retailing expert. Chris Risley, CEO of Redwood City, Calif.-based NewChannel Inc., says more than 80% of businesses require a consultative sales approach. To that end, NewChannel has recently introduced Targeted Engagement Technology, which initiates a live Web interaction between a qualified prospect and an online sales person. The real-time interaction allows businesses to guide visitors through the sales process, thereby increasing browser-to-buyer conversion rates, says the company.

PIVOTAL, WEBEX ANNOUNCE REAL-TIME MEETINGS COLLABORATION

Vancouver-based Pivotal Corporation and WebEx have agreed to jointly develop an eCollaboration service for Pivotal eBusiness relationship management users. The service is designed to enable customers and business partners to conduct interactive meetings, seminars and demos in real-time over the Internet.

SOFTWARE ALLOWS SMALL COMPANIES TO BUILD BRANDED SITES

Small companies looking to bring their brand to the Web may find it easier with a new suite of software introduced by Conneticut-based Thomson Interactive Media. The company’s Encore 1.5 software was introduced at the Internet World Convention in Toronto this month. The Web site builder allows companies to create customized, branded sites with the ability to issue coupons as well as create a database for billing, marketing and demographics. The software package includes tools allowing businesses to insert everything from streaming video to 360-degree photography and graphics.

CRM SOFTWARE PROVIDES HOUSEHOLDER INFO

A new software package created by Toronto-based Angoss Software is promising to help companies better manage its current client database. KnowledgeExcelerator and KnowledgeAccess run on Microsoft’s Excel and Access spreadsheet and database applications and provide online access to external marketing information on approximately 95% of all U.S. households, the company says. In connection with the release, the company is co-marketing the software with Acxiom to allow its clients easier access to Acxiom’s data network through the software.

Zulu grows its team and makes a slate of promotions

A director of interactive production for Zulubot is among dozens of new faces and roles at the agency, in response to recent wins.
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Toronto indie shop Zulu Alpha Kilo had made several new hires and promotions on the heels of new business and also organic growth from existing clients.

Zulu could not officially announce the account wins at this time.

However, it can report that Ece Inan, most recently at Toronto design and tech shop Array of Stars, has been named the agency’s new director of interactive production for Zulubot, the agency’s production arm. In the new role, Inan will lead AR, VR, voice and other digital innovation projects.

Also on the production side, James Graham, who has spent the last 17 years with Grip, has joined the agency as its studio director.

Zulu has also made numerous additions on the client services side, led by Michael Brathwaite, also from Grip, as account director.

It’s also announced a spate of new account supervisors, including Hayley Blackmore (from G Adventures), Risa Kastelic (from BT/A), Kara Oddi (also from BT/A), Emily Anzarouth (also from Grip), Chris Rosario (from FCB/Six) and Sarah Shiff (from Rethink).

In addition to the new hires (pictured above), the agency has also announced several promotions: Alyssa Guttman moves from account director to group account director, while Nina Bhayana, Michelle Fournier, Jenn Gaidola-Sobral and Erin McManus have all been promoted to account director, and Haley Holm to account supervisor. On the strategy team, strategists Carly Miller and Spencer MacEachern have both been promoted to strategy director, while Shaunagh Farrelly, who has been with Zulu for two years in a client service role, moves into a new role as a digital strategist.

In December, the shop also announced that Stephanie Yung would be returning to the agency after a stint in New York as its head of design. Recent wins the agency has been able to announce including work as AOR for the Ottawa Senators, as well as a new arrangement with existing client Consonant Skincare, setting up an in-house team to support growth after taking an equity stake in the company.

Zulu president Mike Sutton says it’s wonderful, in a new year, to welcome new faces and energy to the team and says the agency is fortunate to have had so many people across the agency step up to support its clients.

“Simply put, they were rock stars, and the promotions are very well deserved,” Sutton says.