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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Digital transformation in sports: from diamond to gridiron

Sports teams have always been fertile ground for technology and innovation.

From a marketing point of view, the question is how fan engagement can be increased, above and beyond television viewing figures.

I thought I'd take a look at some examples of marketing innovation in the NFL, MLB, NBA and EPL.

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Kogan.com - a world of cheeky (and divisive?) UX

Kogan.com is the only international Australian electronics retailer, the work of self-made Ruslan Kogan.

Perhaps the most amusing story in its 10 year history was its application of an IE7 tax in 2012, charging people 6.8% more for using the outdated browser (0.1% for every month the browser had been on the market).

It's not just this that seems unconventional, the site is full of UX quirks (some good, some bad) that I thought I should highlight. Let me know what you think.

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10 ways to reduce email unsubscribes

A well-oiled email marketing strategy can be unsurpassable in terms of ROI and audience engagement.

So, what are the myriad ways companies can keep their database plump and receptive and reduce unsubscribes?

Here are 10 ways.

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What does content strategy mean at The Economist?

The Economist has caught the eye of late, with notable successes in creative programmatic and experimentation with social platforms.

I caught up with Heather Taylor, Director of Content Strategy at The Economist, to ask a few probing questions.

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PPC: a beginners' guide to KPIs, budgets & agencies

There's a lot to know about paid search advertising.

To mark the release of Econsultancy's newly updated PPC Best Practice Guide, I've pulled together a brief intro to KPIs, budgets and resourcing for paid search.

The full guide is more than 350-pages long and includes the basics of setting up a campaign, to more involved cross-channel strategy.

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Should we be in the creative's corner against programmatic?

At Econsultancy's recent Creative Programmatic conference, I was struck by a healthy scepticism towards some areas of personalization.

Then this morning I read a beautifully concise post from the Ad Contrarian.

I'll quote from both the conference and the blog post and you can make up you're own mind as to the dangers posed by personalization to the art of advertising.

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Google's got it right: Instead of bribing bloggers, sort out your website

On Friday, Google explicitly stated what it expects from bloggers who receive free products (read the blog post here).

In a nutshell: a prominent clarification of a commercial relationship, a no-follow link and content that isn't suspiciously hotchpotch.

We already knew this, so why has it peeved some SEOs?

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In programmatic advertising, what are CMPs and DCOs?

Programmatic creative is a burgeoning area of ad technology.

Lots of new software is entering the market that allows ad creative to be produced and optimised quickly and at scale.

These technologies can be defined as CMPs or DCOs. So, what exactly are they?

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Ecommerce product descriptions: Are they always necessary?

Product descriptions have long been advocated as both a sales and an SEO tactic.

But is this a bit 'web 2.0', or even 'web 1.0'?

Here is some evidence that product descriptions could be a red herring.

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Topman vs. Next: who has the best purchase journey UX?

Why am I comparing two well-known fashion retailers and their ecommerce sites?

Well, though many conventions of web design are well-established, it still surprises me how different ecommerce sites can be, even in the nuts and bolts of basket and checkout.

So, I thought I'd look at two quite different fashion retailers, and see how they match up.

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A day in the life of... Head of Product at Bloom & Wild

This is potentially my favourite 'A day in the life' yet.

Sharon Ann Kean gives us an eloquent insight into the her role as Head of Product at Bloom & Wild, a startup that's innovating in ecommerce and delivery.

Enjoy!

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Start Me Up! Tunsy is the 'Tinder' marketplace app for fashion

Tinder-style ecommerce apps have been gaining momentum of late.

Tunsy uses this same addictive UI but, interestingly, it's a marketplace, where multiple retailers can find customers.

I got the inside story from Mehdi Boumendjel, co-founder and CCO.

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