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Denny Hatch is the author of six books on marketing and four novels, and is a direct marketing writer, designer and consultant. His latest book is “Write Everything Right!” Visit him at dennyhatch.com.

Thorin McGee is editor-in-chief and content director of Target Marketing and oversees editorial direction and product development for the magazine, website and other channels.

Digital marketing metrics are wearing the emperor’s new clothes, and adtech companies and marketing agencies are clapping along on the parade’s sidelines, collecting advertisers’ money. So rant digital marketing tech watchdogs, the loudest of whom is the Washington Post’s Aram Zucker-Scharff.

Ten states will start collecting sales tax from out-of-state online retailers, thanks to a series of new laws created in response to the South Dakota vs. Wayfair case the U.S. Supreme Court decided in June.

The marketing and advertising industry, like many other industries, appears to be in a constant state of flux. So why do some advertising agencies succeed while others fail?

Sometimes, it’s better to get the news from the horse’s mouth. DMA CEO Tom Benton spoke with Target Marketing yesterday morning, before word got out about ANA acquiring the Data and Marketing Association. The Association of National Advertisers formally announced acquiring DMA yesterday.

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