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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.

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A day in the life of... senior director for strategy & analytics at Zeta Global

Do you work on the customer lifecycle and wonder what it would be like to be on the supply side or in charge of strategy?

Jill Brittlebank is senior director for strategy and analytics at Zeta Global, a CRM technology company, and is the latest of our Day in the Life interviewees.

Let's see what she gets up to every day...

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Happy Black Friday to you all - undoubtedly the most sanctified and unanimously-loved day of them all.

It's not been the busiest week of digital news, but there's plenty a discerning reader like you needs to keep abreast of.

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Why Asda and Waitrose have won the battle of the Xmas TV adverts in 2016

My overwhelming feeling after watching a whole bunch of Christmas adverts is that brands aren't really sure what approach to take.

Have they misjudged the consumer of 2016? Let's start with John Lewis...

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Forget learning to code; what should marketers really know?

It is a common refrain on industry blogs - "marketers should learn to code" - but it doesn't really make sense.

Hands up, I've said it myself in the past. But what I was really referring to was learning the very basics of code, so marketers can get better at working with analytics, agencies and their tech teams. 

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Why is design thinking suddenly so important?

Design thinking is one of the year's buzzphrases.

Though it has been around for decades, design thinking is back in focus due to the rapid expansion of digital products and services.

I recently wrote an article asking 'What is design thinking?'. Now, let's look at why companies should be using design thinking.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

This week's digital news sees plenty from the world of social media, alongside a dose of alt-right controversy and some smashing results from China.

Elsewhere, we've seen gender updates from Tinder and a lovely Rube Goldberg recruitment video from AT&T.

Dive in.

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10 examples of AI-powered marketing software

Artificial intelligence has many uses in marketing.

This year the level of interest in AI has bumped up a notch, partly due to press coverage of Microsoft's Tay, Google Photos, and IBM's Watson (the list goes on).

With many software-as-a-service companies acquiring or developing AI, I thought I'd round up some examples.

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Nike vs. Adidas vs. Under Armour: Site navigation comparison

Who has the best site navigation - Nike, Adidas or Under Armour?

I have already looked at their product pages and email data capture, but now we'll examine site search, header menu, category pages and more.

By the end, we will have crowned a winner.

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Thorntons fudges site relaunch, asks customers to re-register

Thorntons launched a new website this week and Twitter was quick to point out a few issues, including one reminiscent of Marks & Spencer's migration fail of 2014.

Let's take a look at a few places where improvements could arguably be made, as well as some brighter spots.

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Programmatic in China: Seven things to know

It goes without saying that the Chinese display advertising market is huge and evolving quickly.

With the number of smartphone users comfortably exceeding 500m in 2016, Western brands in China are experimenting with programmatic to increase their reach.

Here are some key points about Chinese programmatic for the newcomer.

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10 horrible words & phrases that consultants need to cut out

There are plenty of these lists around but as a writer with a scientific education I feel well qualified to create my own.

These are the words I find most objectionable, used by consultants who feel clarity is akin to nakedness.

As usual, add your own below.

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What should marketers be paid in 2017?

Every year we conduct a survey to find out what marketers of all shapes and sizes, or rather titles and specialisms, are getting paid.

The 2017 Salary Survey is now open, so please do take part and contribute to making this as comprehensive a study of our industry as possible.

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