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A day in the life of... a B2B lifecycle marketing specialist

This week's Day in the Life is all about email – MaryBeth McIvor is a Lifecycle Marketing Specialist at Storyblocks, a stock media website.

Here's what she does with her days...

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Trainline's head of engineering: "building our own voice app was a no-brainer"

Voice is "here to stay" according to Jonathan Midgley, Director of Engineering at Trainline, who added that building a voice app was "a no brainer".

We caught up with Midgley to ask a few questions about how Trainline is using AI in its products.

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Five examples of charity chatbots

Whether used to entertain or as a tool for customer service - a wide range of brands (from a variety of industries) have experimented with chatbot technology. 

When it comes to new innovations in technology, the third sector typically often lags behind others. This is understandable, of course, as with greater financial challenges, investment can be a daunting prospect. 

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How publishers in Asia-Pacific are taking on Google and Facebook

Competing with Google and Facebook for ad revenue is a worldwide problem for publishers, but in Asia-Pacific's fragmented media market the situation is even more dire.

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Fancy a few statistical nuggets to round off your week? There’s a lot to enjoy in this roundup, including news about influencer marketing, digital jobs, and UX. 

Don’t forget to download the Internet Statistics Compendium for even more. 

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Five brands using employee advocacy to drive talent acquisition

Asked about John Lewis’s greatest attribute against the digital giants in Vogue, Paula Nickolds, Managing Director, had two words: “It’s people”. 

It sounds simple, right? But in an increasingly competitive marketplace, brands need to be smart to reach prospective candidates and then attract and retain the best talent – something existing employees can help with when given the opportunity to become advocates for the business.

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45% of marketers cite content & experience management as top priority in 2018

Econsultancy’s Digital Trends 2018 report, published in association with Adobe, delves into the biggest trends that are set to impact companies in the near future. 

This year, the report – which is based on a global survey of 12,795 marketing, creative and technology professionals – also strives to identify how top-performing companies are setting themselves apart from their peers.

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Are virtual stars the next step for influencer marketing?

From the FTC’s reinforced regulations and CAP's guidance to the increase in artificial Instagram pods - the world of influencer marketing seems to have been riding a wave of scepticism in the last year.

Now, a new phenomenon has cropped up, which hasn’t done much to help perceived authenticity within the industry. It’s mainly down to Lil Miquela – a virtual/CGI influencer with an impressive 600,000 followers on Instagram.

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L.L.Bean revises its lifetime returns policy: will it dent the company?

On Friday, L.L.Bean, the 106 year-old retailer known for its clothing and outdoor recreational products, announced a radical change to is unique lifetime returns policy, which allowed customers to return products they had purchased even years after purchase.

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Google brings the popular Stories format to AMP: is it worth using?

Snapchat pioneered them, Instagram copied them, and now the commodification of Stories continues.

On Tuesday, Google announced a story format for AMP, its Accelerated Mobile Pages project that aims to make the web more mobile-friendly, which is currently available as a developer preview.

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How AI is transforming healthcare

It’s fair to say that artificial intelligence has become a part of our daily lives. The average person doesn’t think twice about letting an algorithm provide music recommendations or directions on how to get from A to B. 

But what about health advice, or even medical treatment? 

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Unilever fires a shot across the bow of Google and Facebook, but is it all bark and no bite?

Recent history hasn't been so nice to Google and Facebook.

In the wake of a growing number of scandals involving fake news and high-profile content creators that publish through their platforms, the two digital behemoths have found themselves facing scrutiny and scorn from the public, politicians and advertisers at a level they haven't experienced previously.

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