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Author: Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Ben Davis is a senior writer at Econsultancy. He lives in Manchester, England. You can contact him at ben.davis@econsultancy.com or follow at @herrhuld.

creative programmatic

31 opinions on the future of programmatic advertising

Yesterday was Econsultancy's inaugural Creative Programmatic conference.

I was there, listening intently, and am delighted to bring you 31 of the most thought-provoking opinions expressed on the day.

Comments come from Topman, O2, TUI, The Telegraph, and a variety of tech companies and agencies.

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Missguided launches Tinder-inspired app experience: review

Missguided, the 'fast fashion' online retailer, has launched a shopping app built with the Poq platform.

It's not 'officially' available until March 8th, but it's there in the App Store if you search hard enough.

Let's look at some of the key features.


Why do law firms use Twitter as just a press release distribution system?

I conducted a little experiment.

I looked at the Twitter accounts of the UK's top 10 law firms and scrolled down the list of 'tweets and replies' to see which firms engage directly with other users.

All 10 accounts offered a combined total of just two tweet replies in 2016. Why?

ENO website

Improving UX by simplifying web design: English National Opera

The English National Opera (ENO) has a new website.

From a UX perspective, everything is cleaner and clearer.

Let's take a look at why it works, and get some insight from the agency that built the site.


Key stats from Facebook's State of Connectivity report

Facebook recently released its second annual State of Connectivity report on global internet access.

The tech giant has long pushed for increased global internet connectivity and this report is designed to increase the sharing of data around this issue.

You can see all the data by downloading the report, but here are a few of the stats that spoke to me.

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Are wearables failing? An early 2016 recap

Most people think wearables will be a big deal, but they're not yet, and there's the sneaky suspicion that we don't quite understand their best use cases or ideal UX.

Here's a roundup of some doom and gloom surrounding wearables in early 2016.

Prepare yourself for lots of pictures of hairy wrists...


How Thorntons uses content marketing to gain an edge at Easter

February, a strange month marked by freezing temperatures* and the first appearance of chocolate eggs.

This isn't strictly true, with some sightings of Easter eggs as early as Boxing Day, but now seems like a good time to catch up with British chocolate company, Thorntons.

We spoke to John Alexander Rowley, Content Marketing Manager, to discuss life marketing confectionery.

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Five questions raised by the Amazon & Morrisons grocery deal

The deal that will see Amazon supplied wholesale fresh produce by Morrisons has fascinated the media.

Could Amazon Pantry's entry to fresh online groceries in the UK shake up the already volatile supermarket landscape?

Here are five questions raised by the deal.

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Six reasons I love Zara.com (and a few reasons I don't)

There aren't hundreds of bells and whistles on Zara.com.

But it's a website I like using and it makes me want to buy stuff (even though I know it looks better on the website than in store).

Here are six reasons why.

hero app

Start Me Up! Hero App lets consumers message businesses

Messaging is already the marketing topic of 2016.

Facebook is evolving its platform and WeChat is as successful and fascinating as ever.

Hero is a new app designed to allow consumers to message businesses. We caught up with its founder, Adam Levene.

sticky men

What are sticky ecommerce elements?

Sticky or fixed ecommerce elements are the features that appear to follow you down the page as you scroll.

They're an established tactic to improve ecommerce UX.

Here's a bunch of examples...

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carrie barclay

A day in the life of... Head of Editorial at Government Digital Service

Our 'day in the life' feature returned triumphantly last week with Sophie Moule from Clarks.

This week it's another coup, we've convinced one of the Government Digital Service team to give us a walkthrough of their typical day.

Carrie Barclay is Head of Editorial at GDS. Here's what she does with her time.