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Three effective ways pharma brands have used Facebook for marketing

Facebook is an attractive platform for pharma companies looking to reach consumers directly online, but cutting through the clutter can be difficult, necessitating that pharma marketers employ the right Facebook tools for their campaigns.

Here are three ways pharma firms have used Facebook to good effect.

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Mobile app usage grows by 28%: Where are users spending their time?

Flurry’s State of Mobile Europe report has revealed that UK mobile app usage grew by 28% in 2016. The report also states that the usage seen across the EU is reminiscent of global figures from approximately six months ago.

So, it appears consumers are spending more time in mobile apps than ever before. 

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The hierarchy of user experience components

What are the components that make a great user experience?

These components can be ordered in a hierarchy or pyramid, with the most essential at the foot and the ultimate at the top. Let's examine this hierarchy, which is taken from Econsultancy's Best Practice Guide: User Experience and Interaction Design for Mobile and Web.

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Three reasons to appreciate VisitScotland’s tourism website

VisitScotland is the latest company to experiment with VR technology. Created to celebrate the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, its new ScotlandVR app offers users a 360-degree tour of the country’s most famous landmarks.

While I will have to reserve my judgement on the app for now, it’s yet another example of VisitScotland’s innovative use of digital technology. 

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Five ways marketers can use analytics to combat ad fraud

Data from ad campaigns has, in some ways, never been so important.

Data has become the way marketers know whether the brand messaging is right, what drives customers to purchase and where they should advertise in the future.

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Why specialists might be hampering innovation in digital transformation

The road to digital transformation is paved with innovation. Or, at least, the acceptance of an innovation mindset. 

Some of our clients call this "intrapreneurship" and some follow the Google 10% model, where time is set aside specifically for ideation and exploration of new products and approaches. Failure is often rewarded. In fact, one of our financial services clients has a "fail fast goal" that is measured as part of performance goals.

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Culture and digital transformation: How to build a 'living business'

What is the purpose of a business? The funny-because-it's-true joke in the HBO comedy Silicon Valley was that every startup professed to want to 'change the world'.

In reality, the purpose of a business is a bit more prosaic - 'business thinker' Peter Drucker defines it thus: 'to create a customer'.

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Seven brands already using Instagram’s new slideshow tool

The latest introduction to Instagram’s ever-expanding app is the slideshow tool, a feature that allows users to upload multiple photos or videos in a single post.

With many preferring the platform's original streamlined nature, the update has been met with some resistance. However, others have embraced it, with brands in particular using it as an opportunity to enhance storytelling and create a narrative.

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Should advertisers be more picky with programmatic?

In 2016, 73% of advertisers' total display budgets were spent on programmatic. And for good reason: programmatic ad buying gives advertisers the ability to target specific audiences wherever they go across the web.

But some advertisers are becoming more selective about where they'll target consumers using programmatic platforms.

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YouTube to remove 30s unskippable ads: What does it mean for brands?

In a bid to enhance the user experience, Google has announced that it will be removing 30 second unskippable adverts from YouTube at the end of 2017.

While this decision might sound like bad news for advertisers - forcing them to win over consumers within a shorter time frame - it could in fact be a positive. 

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A day in the life of... a user interface designer

Digital user interfaces are an integral part of brand image, usability and often the business as a whole.

So, what does a UI designer do? Matt Bartlett is Senior UI Designer at web-design agency Ridgeway.

Here's what he does with his time...

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Eight Western brands running cool campaigns on China's WeChat

When reading about WeChat it’s impossible not to marvel at its popularity in China and the range of functionality it offers to both consumers and brands.

Western tech companies can only dream of delivering the same array of tools and features. While apps in the West tend to focus on doing one thing really well, WeChat can handle commerce, social networking, banking, and travel bookings, among other tasks.

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