Author: Ben Davis

Ben Davis

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

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A no-bullshit framework for growth hacking

Can any marketer simply implement the tricks that Instagram, Airbnb and PayPal used to stimulate growth?

Of course not, but there is a way of thinking and a mindset that will set you on the right path.

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The future of video is vertical, texted & emotional

This week saw Econsultancy's Future of Digital Marketing conference take place in London.

One of the speakers was Nic Newman, former journalist, product manager and now an academic, researching changing media.

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The best APAC digital marketing stats from May 2016

It's time for our monthly roundup of Asia Pacific (APAC) digital marketing stats.

The month of May brings us stats on WeChat, Indian railway station WiFi, social commerce, pre-roll ad growth, budgeting for customer experience, and FMCG brands.

Get stuck in or see our Internet Statistics Compedium for even more.

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12 outstanding mobile customer experiences

I was privileged to hear Avinash Kaushik speak at Syzygy's excellent Digital Innovation Day last week.

Avinash discussed some of his favourite mobile experiences.

Here are 12 of them.

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Are marketers overspending on TV, display and even SEO?

Econsultancy's Media Budgets Index, in association with Datalicious, compares media budget allocation with perceived media consumption.

I've picked out some highlights from the worldwide survey of 678 relevant senior staff, including overspend and underspend by channel.

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smiley

How can we design experiences that increase customer happiness?

Improving customer experience is often a balance of science and art - design thinking combined with technology-led insight.

We use analytics to identify pain points in a customer journey and confirm or confound our instincts. 

What can often be missed is an empathetic view of design. Are we truly designing with the customer’s feelings in mind or are we improving an existing flawed model?

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ian gallagher

A day in the life of... Digital Media Officer at Leicester City Council

This week's Day in the Life has a particularly interesting angle, as we talk to Ian Gallagher, the digital media officer at Leicester City Council.

Thanks to Richard III and that car park, followed by Vardy and his party (dilly ding etc), Leicester is firmly on the world map.

But council digital work is more than social media and PR. Let's get the inside track, as well as some excellent career advice from Ian.

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What can we learn about customer experience from a colonoscopy?

At Syzygy’s Digital Innovation Day, Paul Marsden discussed customer experience and the ‘Peak End Rule’, the idea that ‘finishing strong’ leaves a lasting impression.

To demonstrate this he used the example of a colonoscopy, and a study by Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow.

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The week in digital (in five minutes)

It's your weekly digital roundup.

Everything you need to sound like you know what you're doing.

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How Wish uses 'aggressive' automated email in ecommerce

I reviewed the mobile UX of the Wish ecommerce app last week.

It's a platform for bargain hunters and uses lots of tactics to create a sense of urgency.

In the week since signing up, I have received seven automated emails (as well as a number of app notifications).

Let's have a look at Wish's approach.

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cart before horse

Without data & analytics strategy, are you putting the cart before the horse?

Our 2016 Measurement and Analytics survey is in the field and you can take part yourself to receive a free copy of the ensuing report.

Last year, the survey found that fully two-thirds of client respondents have no formally documented analytics strategy. 

These marketers are no doubt still attempting to optimise their marketing spend in an ad hoc fashion, so what needs to change?

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ad

Has CNN created the worst ever mobile ad experience?

Last week I encountered this ad experience on my iPhone.

Even for a mobile ad, this was bad.

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