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Sigma Labs Inc. (NASDAQ: SGLB) Ensures Quality Assurance in 3D-Metal-Printing with Patented Software

  • Laser-based metal-additive manufacturing is the leading technology in the metal 3D-printing space
  • LPBF being used in additive manufacturing at increasing rate, allowing users to quickly create prototypes, more complex geometries
  • Sigma Labs leads industry in providing invaluable quality-control technology throughout metal AM space

Laser-based metal-additive manufacturing is the leading technology in the metal 3D-printing world, and as scientists learn more about the correlation between laser power, temperature and other effects, Sigma Labs (NASDAQ: SGLB) is at the forefront, providing real time quality-assurance software for the commercial 3D-metal-printing industry.

In recent report from Nature journal (http://ibn.fm/FGOgm), titled ‘Subsurface Cooling Rates and Microstructural Response during Laser Based Metal Additive Manufacturing’, scientists explain that “laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) is a method of additive manufacturing characterized by the rapid scanning of a high powered laser over a thin bed of metallic powder to create a single layer, which may then be built upon to form larger structures. Much of the melting, resolidification, and subsequent cooling take place at much higher rates and with much higher thermal gradients than in traditional metallurgical processes, with much of this occurring below the surface.”

LPBF is being used in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, at an increasing rate – at least in part because of the ability it provides for users to quickly create prototypes as well as create more complex geometries. In addition, LPBF allows users to utilize a variety of metal powders that are more efficient for creating objects.

However, because the process involves the rapid melting of powder and then re-solidification, users who choose LPBF must consider several thermal gradients, including cooling rates, which can affect the outcome of structures. In their research, the authors of the Nature study quantified cooling rates and then compared those rates to the quality of the printed product.

The report is worth noting because scientists concluded that their reported results “provide a direct measure of the subsurface thermal history and demonstrate its importance to the ultimate quality of additively manufactured materials.”

As further research is done on LPBF and all types of additive manufacturing, Sigma Labs will continue to lead the way in providing invaluable quality-control technology throughout the 3D-metal-printing industry. The company is the leading provider of in-process, quality-assurance software to the commercial 3D-metal-printing industry that allows operators of machines making 3D metal parts to offset emerging quality problems, sustain part quality, and avoid rejects.

Sigma’s proprietary PrintRite3D(TM) is the first additive manufacturing solution that enables real-time quality control, allowing errors to be detected and corrected in real time, thus saving both money and time. By providing the unique quality-assurance solution that the 3D-metal-printing sector needs, SGLB is set to leverage the latest additive manufacturing research and processes to ensure the highest quality 3D-metal-printing results across a wide variety of sectors, including aerospace, automotive, biomedical and electronics.

Founded in 2010, Sigma is a software company that specializes in the development and commercialization of real-time, computer-aided-inspection (CAI) solutions known as PrintRite3D for 3D-advanced manufacturing technologies. SGLB’s advanced, computer-aided software product revolutionizes commercial additive manufacturing, enabling nondestructive quality assurance mid-production, uniquely allowing errors to be corrected in real time.

For more information about Sigma Labs, please visit www.SigmaLabsInc.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to SGLB are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/SGLB

SRAX Inc. (NASDAQ: SRAX) Poised to Grow Rapidly, Pioneering Global Data Market

  • SRAX leverages powerful momentum in data-driven economy to become leader in nascent global data market
  • New international privacy regulation, increasing consumer demand for data ownership fuel SRAX’s growth as competition lags behind
  • SRAX poses attractive investment opportunity offering high growth backed by highly valued, data-based business model

Today’s consumers are savvy about their data – recent regulations like California’s Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) have given citizens the choice over whether they release their digital data, and many are opting out. This has left brands searching for mechanisms to reveal information about their target audiences and data companies scrambling to comply to new regulations. One company at the forefront of this new data era is SRAX Inc. (NASDAQ: SRAX), a digital marketing and consumer data management technology company offering a way for all stakeholders – brands, consumers and advertisers – to earn a piece of the data pie.

SRAX’s novel technology is revolutionizing the data collection market. The Company developed two flagship products – BIGtoken, which collects consumer data and SRAX IR, which collects public company data from the stock market. The Company has achieved significant revenue milestones in 2019 and expects to grow on the back of a global momentum underpinning the data collection landscape. The momentum is built upon the growing recognition that data is one of the most valuable resources in the modern economy and, also, that data owners should benefit from the data they create – a movement recognized by new regulations being introduced around the world.

BIGtoken is a unique digital marketing product that leverages consumers’ increasing awareness of the value of their digital data to create a symbiotic relationship with brands hoping to access this data. BIGtoken allows consumers who register with the platform to own and earn from their data, as these datasets are sold to consumer brands’ marketers. Major brands in the CPG, automotive, investor-relations, luxury and lifestyle verticals then utilize this data to understand and serve their target market and core customers. Due to its forward-thinking strategy, SRAX has already attracted leading CPG brands such as Proctor & Gamble, Kraft, Sun-Maid and a variety of others. At the same time, the platform allows consumers to make money from selling the data they are creating as part of their digital footprint.

“We’re getting a lot of brand recognition around BIGtoken because of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which is a law that’s been implemented in California for privacy and also GDPR in Europe, and there are thirteen other states that are issuing a similar type of laws,” SRAX CEO Christopher Miglino stated in an interview with NetworkNewsWire’s Stuart Smith (http://ibn.fm/m8gkz). “We are very lucky to be positioned to be able to capitalize on that.”

The CCPA was created in response to the public’s demands. The new law came into effect on January 1 of 2020, granting consumer rights relating to access, deletion and sharing of personal information collected by businesses. By putting power in the hands of the consumer, BIGtoken has been experiencing rapid growth, with three to five thousand new users joining daily. In an environment that is only going to grow in its scrutiny over consumer data collection and management, the addressable market is poised for growth, and SRAX appears to be at the forefront of the trend.

The second flagship product that the Company developed is SRAX IR, a platform that helps public companies communicate with their current shareholders and also engage more effectively with potential investors by leveraging data that tracks investors’ behavior in the stock market. The product collects data about stock buyers’ and sellers’ activities in the market to uncover trends in their behavior over time, helping public companies track return on investor outreach programs.

SRAX’s diversified business model generates multiple income streams across the world’s largest markets, from North America and Europe to massive markets in India and Mexico (http://ibn.fm/coJdl). It has a solid growth foundation backed by the irreversible movement that recognizes the value of data in today’s data-driven economy while acknowledging consumers’ heightened demand for data privacy and ownership. SRAX is a pioneer in this nascent globally scalable market and is uniquely positioned to profit from being at the front of the pack in a space that is yet to experience rapid growth. With a business model that opens up virtually limitless monetization opportunities, SRAX is an attractive investment opportunity for investors who seek growth backed by fundamental driving forces.

“We have some amazing plans for 2020,” Miglino stated, adding that “2020 is when we’re going to start seeing both BIGtoken and SRAX IR starting to contribute to the top line for the Company.”

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SRAX.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to SRAX are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/SRAX

MCTC Holdings Inc. (MCTC) Launches Groundbreaking Study on THC-V and Weight Loss Amidst Wave of Industry Growth

  • The company has filed six patents on hemp extract technologies and delivery systems pending approval with USPTO
  • MCTC uses strategic agreements, acquisitions, and intellectual property to achieve multiple growing verticals within global cannabis industry
  • Hemp industry continues to experience sustainable growth in wake of 2018 industrial hemp legalization

MCTC Holdings Inc. (OTC: MCTC), a cannabinoid science innovator doing business as Cannabis Global, announced the completion of its R&D phase for its Hemp You Can Feel(TM) line of sweeteners and coffee creamers. The product line is comprised of two organic natural sweeteners, two low-calorie sweeteners, and three powdered non-dairy creamers. Each product will feature the company’s patent pending Hemp You Can Feel(TM) technology, based on all-natural hemp infusions (http://cnw.fm/5aliW).

According to MCTC Holdings CEO Arman Tabatabaei, products in the lineup also utilize 100 percent natural infusions of hemp. “With our technology, chemical surfactants, emulsifiers and processing agents are not needed,” Tabatabaei said. “Consumers can now simply and easily add these sweeteners and non-dairy creamers to beverages for easy flavorings.”

The launch of the sweetener and non-dairy creamer line came shortly after the company released its Hemp You Can Feel(TM) CBD and hemp extract coffee line in single-serving compostable pods and packaging (http://ibn.fm/lnPD4). According to Tabatabaei, this is a unique product line based on what MCTC believes to be the most bioavailable infusion technologies in the marketplace. Hemp You Can Feel(TM) Coffee is based on a unique patented and patent pending set of dual infusion technologies. The dual infusion process differs markedly from the practices of most hemp coffee brands, which just spray the coffee with extract. This process could significantly increase the amount of hemp extracts usable by the body.

Each single serving pod delivers approximately 30 milligrams of CBD and additional hemp extracts via a unique water-soluble, all-natural formulation. Additionally, the products used are organic and of superior quality. The company monitors the entire production process as green coffee beans are imported from South America, roasted, and ground on site.

MCTC recently filed patents on six different technologies on cannabinoids, hemp extracts and delivery systems, currently pending approval with the USPTO. The company is focused on high-growth and high-margin sub-sectors of the cannabis and hemp industry, including the use of minor cannabinoid (THC-V) as an appetite suppressant or weight loss tool. In this regard, MCTC has already completed Phase One of its Project Varin, a program designed to develop delivery systems and uses for THC-V, and is now moving into the second phase of research (http://ibn.fm/v04Ad).

The company achieved its main goal in Phase One, which was to produce highly concentrated THC-V nanoscale fibers, as well as the secondary one, examining pH sensitivity issues. Company researchers are now organizing a groundbreaking study: the first animal study in the industry to determine if consumption of THC-V leads to weight loss and/or appetite suppression.

Tabatabaei commented that to date, no studies validating the potential for THC-V as an aid to appetite suppression and weight loss exist. “We plan to use several internally developed delivery systems in a diet-induced obesity model (DIO) utilizing C57 Black 6 male mice. These delivery systems will include our internally developed patent pending nanoparticle and fiber technologies, and our patent pending 100% natural infusion technologies originally developed for CBD, which will now be applied to THC-V.”

MCTC’s latest developments come against the background of a massive U.S. hemp industry growth following the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp. The sector was worth millions just a year after federal legalization, augmented by the demand for hemp-derived CBD. According to research from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research, the U.S. CBD market is expected to reach $20 billion in sales by 2024 (http://ibn.fm/pUMyi). Meanwhile, the global industrial hemp market is poised to grow exponentially as well – from $4.6 billion in 2019 to $26.6 billion by 2025, recording a CAGR of 34%, as indicated by a Research and Markets report (http://ibn.fm/6Vs3H).

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.CannabisGlobalInc.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to MCTC are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/MCTC

PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSX. V: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (FRA: 1ZVA) is “One to Watch”

  • PowerBand is disrupting the antiquated business model of the automotive industry, replacing distrust and confusion with transparency, access to information and ease of use.
  • PowerBand empowers the consumer to self-direct a transaction, by streamlining the interactions among all participants and eliminating unnecessary middlemen.
  • Nearly 90% of Americans report they dislike the car dealership experience, noting they feel anxious or uncomfortable in dealership settings.
  • In 2018, 17 million new cars and 40 million used cars were sold in the U.S., with 31% of the new vehicles leased.
  • The automotive-leasing industry generates an approximate annual revenue of $120 billion, with the demand for leasing expected to continue its upward trajectory.
  • MUSA Auto Finance utilizes a first-of-its-kind technology to navigate the underwriting, funding and delivery process, completing the entire customer experience in minutes.
  • MUSA also built a custom solution for Tesla, which is capable of being scaled across a variety of customers to address a rapidly growing demand for lease technology. It has demonstrated that leases can be approved in under a minute.
  • PowerBand’s major partners include leading financial platform RouteOne LLC and TÜV NORD Mobility Inc., an international vehicle inspection company.

PowerBand Solutions Inc. (TSX.V: PBX) (OTCQB: PWWBF) (FRA: 1ZVA) is revolutionizing the world’s automotive industry with a cloud-based platform that makes buying, selling, leasing and trading cars and trucks as easy as purchasing a product on Amazon or ordering an Uber from a smart phone. PowerBand offers auction and finance portal software tools that increases sales, efficiencies and profitability to its customers and dealers. It provides a transparent, simple, buy-sell online-auction and inventory-management system.

A Better Way to Connect and Acquire Vehicles

PowerBand’s mission is to create an online, consumer-directed marketplace that streamlines the interactions among all participants in the automotive industry. It transforms today’s antiquated business model with speed, transparency, access to information and ease of use for consumers and dealers.

Consumers can easily connect with new sources to buy vehicles, network with motivated buyers and sellers, maximize their trade-in values, improve their customer experience. PowerBand’s standardized system and transaction process also increase efficiencies and benefits with hands-on, process-driven, in-store training and support.

Through internal development, acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, PowerBand is developing solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers, commercial customers and lenders that are poised to transform the trillion-dollar U.S. automotive industry.

The PowerBand Auto Platform

PowerBand’s transaction platform was developed by a team of experienced automotive, technology and finance experts, and has been refined through years of operational experience. Built on the core belief that the consumer prefers to primarily conduct automotive transactions online and avoid interactions with unnecessary middlemen, PowerBand’s product solutions include:

  • Leasing: PowerBand is currently licensed in 33 U.S. states via a majority interest in MUSA Auto Finance LLC, an advanced online leasing technology platform that has transformed the new and used vehicle leasing industry. MUSA is the only approved, non-captive lease partner for Tesla in the U.S., and the platform can approve leases in a matter of seconds.
  • Inventory and Financing: A partnership with RouteOne LLC, a leading financial platform founded in 2002 by Ally Financial, Ford Motor Credit Co., TD Auto Finance and Toyota Financial Services, allows access to a network of more than 18,000 dealerships and 1,400 financing sources.
  • Auction Platform: PowerBand and its joint-venture partner, D2D Auto Auctions, are developing a direct consumer-to-dealer and a consumer-to-consumer automotive portal, which will provide an innovative alternative to physical dealership and auction locations.
  • LiveNet Auction: An online platform portal that allows dealers to create instant live vehicle auctions to a vast network of the industry’s top used vehicle buyers.
  • MarketPlace Auction: An online listing auction site for buying and selling automotive inventory – ideal for dealers, fleet, OEM and rental companies.
  • Used Vehicle Inspections: An LOI agreement with TÜV NORD Mobility Inc., a German-based global leader in vehicle inspections operating in more than 70 countries, will provide the most comprehensive, certified vehicle inspection reports available in North America. Appointments booked within the platform can be performed nearly anywhere.
  • Product Development: PowerBand’s comprehensive consumer solution, Driveaway, will be a fully transactional consumer marketplace where dealers and consumers can buy, sell, trade-in and finance vehicles, often in seconds, from the comfort of their home.

Automotive’s Growing Markets

The automotive dealership and commercial fleet vehicle auction industry is a $100-billion sector with more than 40 million used vehicles transacted in the U.S. each year. Of those, ten million are sold through auctions. From 2013 to 2017, the growth of online-only auctions far outpaced physical auctions, growing at a 33% compound annual growth rate compared to 2% CAGR at physical auctions.

Automotive leasing is another large, growing and fragmented market, generating approximately $120 billion in annual revenue. As a percentage of vehicle sales, leasing reached 30% in 2018, up from 21% in 2012, and is seen as a substantial opportunity for PowerBand and MUSA Auto Finance. Using proprietary technology and by focusing on high-quality, credit-worthy customers, MUSA grew its automotive lease originations to $182 million.

Disrupting Auto Leasing with MUSA

Legacy solutions are complicated, expensive and slow at processing leases. MUSA’s first-of-its-kind technology platform eliminates third-party decisions and the human capital required in the underwriting process. MUSA’s platform navigates the entire customer experience – underwriting, funding and the delivery process – within minutes. Leases can be approved in seconds.

PowerBand’s acquisition of MUSA brings together two leading-edge companies with the vision to become a one-stop platform for the entire vehicle purchase lifecycle.

Experienced Leadership

PowerBand is led by a collection of automotive veterans with a passion to collectively and positively impact the industry.

  • Kelly Jennings, president and CEO, is the founder of PowerBand Solutions and a franchise dealer owner/operator with more than 27 years of automotive experience. Jennings received General Motor’s Triple Crown Award, Ford Motor Company President’s Award and Honda Canada’s Excellence Award.
  • Darrin Swenson, COO of PowerBand and D2D Auto Auctions/Hunt Automotive Group, has more than 25 years of automotive/auction experience.
  • Jeff Morgan, CEO MUSA, holds over 25 years of experience in the auto finance sector.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.PowerBandSolutions.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to PWWBF are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/PWWBF

SRAX Inc. (NASDAQ: SRAX) Gives Users Opportunities to Earn Money from Data Without Leaving the Couch

  • SRAX recently partnered with charities to allow users to make donations through BIGtoken platform
  • BIGtoken allows users to earn from their data while generating reliable data sets that marketers can access
  • BIGtoken users estimated at 16 million with revenue potential of $400 million by January 2022

As a quarter of Americans have been told to stay at home for the public’s overall health, a timely opportunity presents itself to Internet-based companies (http://ibn.fm/rxbSO). SRAX Inc. (NASDAQ: SRAX), a marketing and consumer data management technology company, gives users unique opportunities to earn money from their online data through its BIGtoken platform—a unique vehicle to help users earn extra cash while stuck indoors. Besides offering profit solutions for consumers, the company also gives those consumers the option to donate their BIGtoken earnings to charities (http://ibn.fm/6HEfa).

Gifting toward culture and social awareness has always been a standard component of SRAX’s corporate culture. In line with that spirit of connection, the company recently partnered with charities such as The ALS Association, HealthCorps, American Heart Association and Keep a Child Alive to provide BIGtoken users an opportunity to donate what they have earned from sharing their data.

In addition to allowing users to own and earn from their data, the BIGtoken system also generates reliable data sets that marketers can access for a fee. Data obtained by SRAX spans multiple industries, including the automotive, luxury, lifestyle and investor relations spaces, and is often of higher quality than data obtained through general mining techniques because of the permission-based nature of the BIGtoken system.

The BIGtoken platform is an evolution in data management – for users and marketers alike. Millions of users have abandoned some of the most popular social media platforms for various reasons – including concerns about data privacy (http://ibn.fm/QfxBo). BIGtoken presents a solution that offers users clarity, control and compensation for their data.

Based on the platform’s widespread success, SRAX recently announced an initiative to expand through a secured term loan (http://ibn.fm/uCbnu). “This financing will help fuel growth as both BIGtoken.com and SRAXir.com are gaining traction in their goals to be the leaders in their respective data businesses,” CEO Christopher Miglino stated in a news release.

BIGtoken users can earn rewards through the platform by opting into agreements regarding what data is shared and when that data is purchased. They can also earn rewards by answering questions, checking into locations, recruiting new members and more. In addition, BIGtoken users have control over what companies can buy their data and how that data will be used. In short, the entire process creates opportunities for empowered consumers to earn rewards while creating accurate, verified consumer data for targeting.

Current users of BIGtoken are estimated at over 16 million, with a revenue potential projected at $400 million by January 2022. Through several international ventures, the company has launched into new markets including India and Mexico, along with several future multilingual offerings of BIGtoken in Europe.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SRAX.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to SRAX are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/SRAX

iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK) is “One to Watch”

  • Largest independent, industry-leading marketing technology company in China
  • Digital advertising solutions reach 98% of China’s internet users
  • Secured more than $30 million in credit facility with HSBC’s GBA+ Technology Fund
  • Financing from Marine Central Ltd., backed by majority shareholder of Forbes Media LLC, will be a catalyst for further high-potential opportunity and synergies
  • Strong balance sheet and working capital management supercharging the growth of marketing solutions
  • Proprietary, award-winning marketing technology transforms data into insight, action and performance
  • Over the first three quarters of 2019, iClick set record high in revenue ($142.7 million) and gross profit ($39.5 million)
  • Core Marketing Solutions has reached economics of scale with the proved positive adjusted EBITDA and will become an organic growth driver and profitability contributor going forward
  • Newly launched Enterprise Solutions business segment quickly accumulated revenues of $6.8 million
  • Enterprise Solutions business segment expected to become the top-line and bottom-line growth driver in the future
  • Focused on its evolution into an enterprise and marketing cloud platform, providing full consumer-cycle solutions to the brands
  • Ten locations worldwide with 450+ employees

iClick Interactive Asia Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ICLK) is an independent online marketing and enterprise data solutions provider connecting worldwide marketers with audiences in China. Built on cutting-edge technologies, iClick’s proprietary platform possesses omni-channel marketing capabilities and fulfills various marketing objectives in a data-driven and automated manner, helping international and domestic marketers reach their target audiences. Headquartered in Hong Kong, iClick operates in 10 locations worldwide, including Asia and Europe.

iClick aims to become a fully integrated Enterprise and Marketing Cloud Platform in China, providing clients a full consumer-cycle solution. This is facilitated by two pillars’ growth strategy through two business segments: Marketing Solutions and Enterprise Solutions.

Marketing Solutions

Using data and AI-driven technology to help brands efficiently identify, target and acquire the right customers

As the leading programmatic marketing platform in China, iClick’s proprietary platform collects a wealth of data from multiple sources to precisely reach the right audience at the right moment, on the right channel and right device. Cross-screen search solutions capture critical micro-moments when users proactively search for what they need. This multi-dimensional approach to marketing allows iClick to effectively understand internet users and exponentially widen target audiences for its brand clients. Multiple monetization models available in the Marketing Solutions segment allow iClick to serve its clients in several ways, such as audience targeting.

Data-driven marketing is indispensable to marketers targeting specific audiences in China. More than 825 million internet users in China are anonymously profiled on iClick’s platform, which boasts cross-channel and cross-screen capabilities.

Enterprise Solutions

Enabling brands to efficiently manage their consumers through online and offline data integration and analysis, increase the repurchase rate, and enhance consumers’ loyalty

iClick’s Enterprise Solutions segment addresses enterprise needs in China, particularly focusing on “smart retail,” an expanding and innovating market involving the combination of online and offline consumers’ behavioral information. Enterprise Solutions support detailed profiling of customers, which facilitates data-driven business strategies, enhances business processes at various levels, and increases operational and marketing efficiency.

Enterprise Solutions leverages iClick’s proprietary platform that incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI) to learn, build and store knowledge, enabling accurate predictions about consumer behavior that ultimately provide marketing solutions derived from the large amount of available data.

Through a strategic partnership with Tencent, iClick’s Enterprise Solutions presents strong recurring revenue streams with tremendous opportunities to upsell multi-national corporations (MNCs). Tencent’s proprietary API connection enables brands to build 360-degree consumer profiles based on the collection and integration of purchased behavioral information from online and offline touchpoints, including WeChat Mini Programs, WeChat Payment, WeChat Work and more.

As iClick continues to provide integrated marketing and smart retail solutions targeting Chinese consumers, the company believes Enterprise Solutions has strong long-term growth potential and will become a major gross margin contributor in the future.

Partnerships

In 2019, iClick established various agreements and partnerships with a number of leading southeast and northeast Asian companies for regional diversification and in 2020 is focused on continuing to develop additional partnerships and new business models globally. Many of the world’s top companies are leveraging iClick’s proprietary data platform to precisely identify and reach out to core target audience groups in China.

The company’s partnerships include:

  • A tri-partnership with BTG WELINK, an online retail services arm of Beijing Tourism Group (“BTG”), and Tencent Holdings Ltd., China’s leading provider of internet value added services. As part of this partnership, iClick applies its upgraded solutions to build a private DSP (Demand Side Platform) system for BTG. Using Tencent’s big data advertising platform, iClick can assist BTG to develop precision marketing campaigns.
  • An Advertising Agency Authorization Certificate from Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), under which iClick is designated the authorized agency for native advertising of Baidu’s news feed ads. Native advertising is a consumer-friendly, non-disruptive advertising format that has gained rapid popularity among advertisers in recent years. Native advertising and creative marketing content have become a more effective marketing method among the Chinese young consumers. In 2019, the native advertising sector was estimated to have an around 53.5% share of the online advertising revenue, according to Statista.
  • A joint-venture partnership with VGI Global Media Plc (VGI.BKK), Thailand’s No. 1 online to offline (O2O) solutions provider across advertising, payment and logistics platforms, which enables brands in Southeast Asia to capture the multi-billion-dollar Chinese consumer market through a range of technology-driven marketing solutions.

Case Study: Armani Hotel Dubai

Dubai has been gearing up to welcome the growing wave of Chinese visitors. Chinese nationals are eligible for a 30-day visa-on-arrival into the UAE, which gives Chinese travelers tremendous convenience. In light of this, Armani Hotel Dubai set the objective to increase its sales in this market.

The challenge: What Aarmani Hotel Dubai lacked in executing this goal was insightful understanding of Chinese travelers in particular the demographics that were likely to be attracted to the hotel. Challenged by the huge differences in the business practice, unique culture and language barrier in running digital campaigns in China, Armani Hotel Dubai turned to iClick’s know-how and expertise to guide its campaign to success and meet its sales goal.

The solution:iClick tailored an optimal solution for the hotel to increase brand awareness and booking rate from China – which is the key market for the hotel – and successfully assisted Armani Hotel Dubai in reaching its target Chinese audiences by using China’s most popular mobile and internet sites, including WeChat and Weibo, to improve reach and booking potential.

The results: Due to iClick’s unrivaled technological and execution strengths, Armani Hotel Dubai’s ads were delivered in an omnichannel manner, raising brand awareness and garnering interest between Chinese consumers. Subsequently, Armani Hotel Dubai saw a surge in conversion rate.

During the campaign, the Armani Hotel Dubai brand was connected with 87% of Chinese mobile users.

Award-winning Provider

iClick, a Deloitte Technology Fast50, has received multiple industry awards from the international marketing community. The company is committed to helping clients access digital China with its omni-channel, data-driven marketing solutions that deliver uniquely sharpened marketing capabilities and outstanding advertising results.

Most recently, iClick subsidiary OptAim (Beijing) Information Technology Co., Ltd was recognized by Tencent Ads as a 2019 Gold Service Provider. Tencent Ads also named OptAim the winner of three major annual awards for the second half of 2019: “Outstanding Contribution of the Year,” “Best Technology & Data Application Award,” and “Best Branding Awards.”

In November 2019, company co-founder and CEO Sammy Hsieh was chosen as the winner of the “EY Entrepreneur of The Year China 2019 Award in Technology Category,” an award recognizing his entrepreneurial acumen, innovative spirit and strong leadership. As one of the world’s most prestigious business accolades, the “EY Entrepreneur of The Year” awards program honors those who accomplish success by combining ability with opportunity, and inspire others with great vision, leadership and outstanding achievement.

iClick won the Annual Influential Platform Award and the Innovation Golden Award in Marketing at the Creative Award 2019, as well as the Best Tourism Marketing Agency. The company was also the recipient of the “Best Brand and Performance Marketing Award” at the Performance Marketing Ecosystem Summit 2018 hosted by the Advertising & Marketing Service, a division of Tencent Holdings Limited.

The company in 2018 was also recognized as “Platinum Service Partner of Tencent Social Ads” at the Tencent Key Accounts Mid-Year Summit held in Beijing. The mobile division of iClick, Optaim, received the same award beginning in 2016. Optaim was also the “Best DSP Partner” and “Key Account Data Partner” of Tencent, making it the only player in China with such unique and deep level of cooperation with Tencent Social Ads.

Leadership

Sammy Wing Hong Hsieh, chairman of the board and co-founder, was CEO from 2009 to 2019. Prior to co-founding iClick, Hsieh held senior positions in several prominent technology companies. He was general manager for Asia Pacific at Efficient Frontier (now an Adobe company), a leading digital performance marketing company, and was director of Search Marketing at Yahoo Hong Kong from 2000-2008. Hsieh received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jian Tang, director, CEO and co-founder, has 20 years of experience in digital advertising and is well-known in China for his expertise in advertising technologies and big data. In 2012, he founded OptAim, which was acquired by iClick in 2015, and has served key research, engineering and management roles at Yahoo’s global research and development center. Tang received his doctorate in computer engineering from Tsinghua University and was named by Campaign Asia as one of the leaders in its Digital A-List in 2016.

Terence Chi Wai Li, chief financial officer, has 15 years of experience in financial management, investment and business operations. He has served in management roles and advisory capacities at several start-ups, in addition to financial management and fundraising roles. He previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, specializing in M&A due diligence and cross border tax and deal structuring projects. Li received an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School. He is a Fellow Member of ACCA, a Member of HKICPA, and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.i-Click.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to ICLK are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/ICLK

SinglePoint Inc. (SING) Soars to New Heights as Revenue up 190%, Company Anticipates Increased Commercial Client Solar Installations

  • SinglePoint Inc. recently posted $3.3 million revenue in preliminary annual results, showing a 190% increase from the previous year
  • Sales projected to reach triple-digit growth as SING establishes financial partnerships for commercial clients
  • Solar installations for Q3 2019 up 45% from previous year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association

SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) continues to ride the rising waves of the solar industry, posting more than $3.3 million in revenue in the company’s preliminary unaudited annual results—showing a 190% increase from 2018 to 2019. With $2 million of that revenue directly derived from its subsidiary Direct Solar of America, the diversified holdings company anticipates significant and sustained growth for 2020 and beyond, during what many industry analysts, investors and fans are now calling ‘the decade of solar’ (http://ibn.fm/C6TUX).

Growth for SinglePoint’s residential-solar segment is expected to continue from the addition of incremental revenue through market expansion, in addition to cultivating and closing revenue opportunities in established markets. “The sky is the limit,” SING CEO and founder Greg Lambrecht stated during a recent MoneyTV interview.

At the time of its acquisition by SinglePoint, Direct Solar was almost solely focused on growing its scalable residential-solar brokerage model on a national level. Much has changed under SING’s direction. With an eye on expansion, the company currently engages in awareness campaigns with schools and commercial businesses promoting the benefits of using solar energy. While many of these projects are currently in the review stage, once executed they could bring the company significant incremental revenue and profitability that is purely accretive to existing projections for the residential solar division.

“There is a huge need for commercial solar in buildings and schools,” explained Lambrecht. “We’ve been working on this, and the problem was not that these types of entities didn’t want solar. It was hard to find bank financing.”

Lambrecht believes that entry into the commercial solar space will open Singlepoint up to unprecedented growth, and in an effort to assist potential commercial clients, the company has sourced several institutions willing to fund commercial solar projects.

“This is going to take SinglePoint to a whole new level, and what I mean by that is that the average solar residential project is about $30,000,” said Lambrecht. “The average commercial solar project that we’re looking at – and we have probably about $30 million in the sales pipeline – can range anywhere from $1 million to $5 million dollars… Even if we get five or ten of these commercial solar projects this year, you’re talking huge revenues.”

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar installations had their best-ever quarter in Q3 2019, with a 25% increase from Q2 of the same year and a 45% increase from the same quarter in 2018 (http://ibn.fm/5qD0d). The investing world seems to echo these sentiments, with Invesco Solar ETF up 51% as the best-performing ETF of 2019 (http://ibn.fm/5PyyB), along with major players like Goldman Sachs and Warren Buffet making huge bets on the future of the industry.

“It’s never been a better time to be a shareholder of SinglePoint,” Lambrecht concluded. “We have growing business units in thriving sectors. We have recently become a fully reporting public company and are committed to continuing to enhance shareholder liquidity by uplisting to the appropriate exchange that allows investors to confidently invest in the company due to its trading volume.”

In addition to solar energy, SinglePoint’s portfolio includes marketing applications and hemp products. SING researches opportunities and acquires brands and companies it can expand through capital injections, sales and marketing expertise, and expert corporate leadership.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SinglePoint.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to SING are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/SING

Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF) Announces Incentive Stock Options, Focuses on Transition to Clean Energy

  • Stock options allow select individuals to purchase shares pursuant to company’s stock-option plan
  • Exro has developed, commercialized electric power module that integrates into existing motor systems resulting in better performance
  • Possibilities for use of Exro’s unique technology, efficiency optimization algorithms are widespread

Exro Technologies Inc. (CSE: XRO) (OTCQB: EXROF), an innovative pioneer in the energy sector, announced that it has granted incentive stock options to specific directors, officers, employees and consultants (http://ibn.fm/XPiQJ).

The announced stock options allow select individuals to purchase an aggregate of 735,000 shares in the capital of Exro at a price of $0.375 per share, pursuant to the terms of its stock-option plan. All options are subject to vesting provisions, and any shares issued upon exercise of an option will be subject to a hold period of four months and one day from the date of grant.

The stock options were announced after Exro closed the second and final tranche of its oversubscribed, non-brokered private placement financing in February. The company raised more than $4 million through the issuance of 12,284,545 common shares (http://ibn.fm/LeH6A).

Recognized for its innovation, Exro has developed and commercialized an electric power module (EPM) that integrates into existing motor systems resulting in better performance. Exro’s patented technology optimizes a motor performance by automatically sensing and adapting operating parameters to an optimized state and creating measurable efficiency gains, reduced mechanical components and increased system availability.

Exro’s proprietary, patented software controls electric motor coils through individual coil switching. This introduction of intelligence into energy conversion at the individual-coil level produces expanded speed/torque capability as well as improved machine efficiency, reliability, safety and maintenance. Exro’s advanced-control algorithms create smart, real-time, optimized power management.

The possibilities for use of Exro’s unique technology and efficiency optimization algorithms are widespread. The company is evaluating potential use in optimizing performance of electric vehicles, locomotive traction applications, industrial motors and UAVs, as well as industrial motors and energy capture from wind and tides.

Currently, electric motors are the single biggest consumer of electricity – accounting for an estimated two-thirds of industrial power consumption and approximately 45% of global power consumption, according to an analysis by the International Energy Agency. With Exro’s technology, industries have new options available as they evaluate how to improve energy consumption.

Exro currently holds 15 patents, with 8 patents pending and additional patents under development. The company focuses on facilitating the transition to clean energy by providing manufacturers with the products and services necessary to increase the efficiency and reliability of power systems, including electric motors, generators and batteries.

Exro’s patented technology enhances energy systems by dynamically sensing and adapting variable inputs and optimally matching them to desired outputs, creating measurable performance gains and extended lifespan. The company continues to expand its IP portfolio to support its goal of becoming a globally recognized leader in leveraging advanced control algorithms to improve the performance, efficiency and longevity of electric motors and generators.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Exro.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to EXROF are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/EXROF

SinglePoint Inc. (SING) Set Out to Be Part of Future of Energy in America

  • SinglePoint CEO says company set out to harness robust solar-energy growth through acquisition of Direct Solar America
  • SING expects to break even in 2019; see significant increase in revenue, profitability in 2020
  • Solar energy sector is one of fastest-growing; fueled by strong demand and push for carbon-print reduction

In an interview with MoneyTV’s Donald Baillargeon, SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) CEO Greg Lambrecht discussed how the company is poised to harness renewable energy growth in 2020 and beyond.

A diversified holding company, SING specializes in acquisitions of small to mid-sized companies, helping those companies become multinational brands while providing investors with the opportunity to make investments across a wide range of assets and industries. As SinglePoint continues to capture opportunities through an ambitious expansion strategy across a broad range of high-potential companies, the company has entered the lucrative renewable energy sector by acquiring Direct Solar America, a national solar-energy brokerage.

The renewable energy sector – and solar in particular – is continuing to demonstrate a bullish outlook backed by the increasing appetite of both residential and commercial consumers for solar-power alternatives to cut their energy costs. The International Energy Agency found that solar, hydropower and wind projects are rolling out at the fastest pace in four years (http://ibn.fm/hJgjP). The agency is also predicting that renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years – the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the United States.

“Momentum is building for solar; we are excited,” Lambrecht stated in the interview. “We were at the right spot at the right time. We are getting our financials done for our year-end audit, and I can’t really talk about it until it’s audited, but I can estimate that we are looking at $3–$3.5 million, which is way up from last year,” he continued, alluding to the high growth potential of the renewable energy business.

The Solar Energy Industries Association is predicting that the industry will become the dominant source of new electricity generation, calling the next decade the Solar+ decade as collaborations such as Solar + Storage, Solar + Grid Modernization, Solar + Diversity, Solar + Trade, and Solar + Finance will shape the future of energy in America (http://ibn.fm/vqtYs).

SinglePoint is seeing this predication come true. The company recently announced a deal with a major real-estate agency, My Home Group, one of the fastest-growing real-estate companies in the country with 2,300 agents. “Also, I have connections to other large real-estate agencies in the country, and once we get this off the ground, we’re going to bring on other real-estate agents to help sell solar,” he said.

As an emerging growth sector in 2019, solar energy has started to attract investors seeking robust returns usually reserved for early entrants. Combining clean-energy awareness with falling market prices, solar is becoming more desirable and affordable, with many homeowners and business owners choosing to go green to offset energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint. California is making this decision even easier with its building code that went into effect on January 1, 2020, requiring solar on all new homes and ensuring a robust demand for solar products well into the future. SING represents a compelling investment as the company is well-positioned to harness these immense opportunities that reward investors with considerable growth potential.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.SinglePoint.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to SING are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/SING

Predictive Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: POAI) Enters into Securities Purchase Agreement to Raise $3.5 Million

  • POAI announces securities purchase agreement with accredited investors to purchase shares of common stock
  • Company to use net proceeds from purchase agreement for general corporate purposes
  • Agreement expected to raise $3.5 million through issuance of up to 1,650,165 shares of common stock or common stock equivalents

Predictive Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ: POAI), a leader in the cancer precision-medicine field, entered into a securities purchase agreement with certain accredited investors to purchase shares of common stock; the company plans to use the net proceeds from the purchase agreement for general corporate purposes.

POAI, a company that focuses on providing predictive models of tumor drug response to improve clinical outcomes for patients, provided details of the securities purchase agreement in a March 16 announcement (http://ibn.fm/9l1rL).

The company explained that “it has entered into a securities purchase agreement with certain accredited investors to raise $3.5 million through the issuance of up to 1,650,165 shares of common stock (or common stock equivalents) and accompanying warrants to purchase an aggregate of up to 3,300,330 shares of common stock at $2.121 per share of common stock and accompanying warrants.

“The warrants will be exercisable immediately at an exercise price of $1.88 per share, with one-half of the warrants to expire two years after the date of issuance, and one-half to expire five and one-half years after the date of issuance,” the statement continued. “The closing of the private placement is subject to the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions set forth in the securities purchase agreement.”

The release noted that the offer and sale of the securities are being made in a transaction not involving a public offering and have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or applicable state securities laws. As a result, the securities may not be reoffered or resold in the United States except pursuant to an effective registration statement or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and such applicable state securities laws.

Under an agreement with the investors, however, POAI will be required to file an initial registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering the resale of the shares of common stock to be issued to the investors no later than 30 days after the closing of the agreement.

POAI is bringing precision medicine, or tailored medical treatment using the individual characteristics of each patient, to the treatment of cancer. Through the company’s Helomics division, the company leverages its unique, clinically validated patient derived (PDx) smart tumor profiling platform to provide oncologists with a road map to help individualize therapy. In addition, the company is leveraging artificial intelligence and its proprietary database of over 150,000 cancer cases tumors to build AI-driven models of tumor drug repose to improve outcomes for the patients of today and tomorrow.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Predictive-Oncology.com

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to POAI are available in the company’s newsroom at http://ibn.fm/POAI

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