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Announcing The Digitals awards shortlist

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So, after reading through a whopping 850+ entries, we have decided upon a shortlist of 156 for our Digitals Awards

All entries were judged during the first phase by Econsultancy's internal staff then sent to our external judges, comprised of some of the finest minds in digital marketing and ecommerce. 

The judges work at firms such as House of Fraser, John Lewis, Poke, Santander, LBi. BSkyB, Samsung and more (You can see the full list here). 

There have been some really fantastic things going on in digital in the past year or so, and we believe that the shortlist represents real innovation and best practice in our industry.

Well done to all who have been shortlisted, and commiserations to the others who just missed out (some by very narrow margins).

The winners will be announced at our Awards night on June 27...

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Digital Marketing for Charities

Five tips for charities to rock their digital marketing

Much of what is discussed within the digital marketing space tends to focus on getting the most out of digital to drive sales, enquiries and conversions.

And yet charities and non-profits are often overlooked by our industry writers when it comes to offering help in driving donations and building relationships with their stakeholders.

Over the past few weeks, Econsultancy has published a number of posts covering TwitterPinterest and Facebook and now I have five more general tips, put together as part of our recent digital training day for non-profits to help maximise their presence online.

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Loyal customers are key to online growth

Consumers can buy almost anything online from groceries to holidays, gadgets to clothing, even cars.

Ecommerce today is exciting, innovative, and profitable: last year U.S. shoppers made internet history when Cyber Monday sales topped a record-breaking $1.5bn in online sales.

According to comScore, it was the biggest spending day in U.S. ecommerce history.

But one of the cornerstones of retail, be it online or in physical stores, has always been turning one-time shoppers into regular customers. What's the best way to do that?

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Performance marketing in the UK: three 2013 observations

UK affiliate marketing has gone a long way since its inception. It has become more mainstream, and altogether more complex.

And regardless of all the challenges, it now offers (both advertisers and publishers) more opportunities than ever.

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Is it time to review the small print in your affiliate network relationships?

Successful ecommerce thrives on working with the the best business partners that ensure you stay one step ahead of your competitors, but over the last decade things have become pretty stagnant in the affiliate channel when it comes to service provider choice.

Large brands tend to review their affiliate network provider every two to three years and differentiation between service providers has become harder to see.

A worrying trend has arrived driven by a lack of innovation. In order to lock in market share contracts have been increasing and the small print surrounding notice periods has been growing. 

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Are you getting personal with your customers?

M&S Virtual Makeover CounterContent is king. This phrase might have been around a long time, but it’s still applicable to marketing. Of course, nowadays it’s only truly valid if the content is personalised.

Otherwise, the message just won’t get through to your audience.

As technology progresses and new digital channels are adopted, targeting becomes more sophisticated, which makes personalisation even more critical.

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46% of consumer goods marketers use mobile ads for brand awareness

Consumer goods advertisers primarily use mobile advertising for brand awareness rather than driving site traffic or increased footfall in-store, according to new research from Millennial Media.

Almost half (46%) of consumer goods advertisers stated that their main campaign goal was brand awareness compared to an overall average of 14% among all industries.

Site traffic (29%) and ‘sustained in-market presence’ (11%) were the second and third most-common campaign goals for consumer goods companies, while just 5% aimed to increase foot traffic.

Much of what we do on mobile devices is location-based and a recent study found that 43% of Google searches have local intent, so it’s interesting to note that relatively few mobile advertising dollars are spent with the aim of luring customers in-store.

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10 interesting digital marketing stats we've seen this week

Here are some of the most interesting digital marketing stats we've seen this week.

Stats include online video ads, tablet commerce, multi-screening, email marketing, in-store Wi-Fi and mobile commerce.

For more digital marketing stats, check out our Internet Statistics Compendium.

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With PC sales declining 14% in Q1 of 2013, digital marketers should move half their budget to mobile now

With the PC officially in decline, mobile is clearly now the platform of choice for most digital services, including commerce, music, entertainment, banking, and communication. But advertisers and marketers have failed to keep up with consumers and continue to spend heavily in traditional media such as television and PC web media such as search or display.

Gregory Kennedy, Vice President of Marketing at TapSense, shares with us in this guest post why digital marketers should move half of their budget towards mobile advertising right now.

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Making digital and traditional marketing work together

Even though it is impossible to have a conversation today with a CMO or other marketing leader that doesn’t address digital strategies and tactics, it is easy to forget that the term “digital marketing” did not even exist 10-15 years ago.

In the rush to drive likes and tweets, pins and favorites, ratings and reviews, marketers often overlook traditional tactics, which are still an effective way to motivate desired behaviors among consumers.

And as the land grab to gain digital mindshare continues to pick up steam, it is becoming ever more important to differentiate your brand by offering compelling solutions to consumers across all channels -- both digital and traditional.

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Making the most of mobile over the holiday period

With mobile commerce continuing to gather pace through the performance channel, it has been interesting to look back across the past few weeks to analyse the role mobile played over the Easter bank holiday.

With our March stats indicating that traffic through mobile devices reached 21.1% while sales were at 14.2%, it was interesting to see the impact of a long weekend on mobile usage.

We have traditionally seen that consumers turn to mobile devices at weekends. This is not particularly surprising when we consider that office workers step away from their desktops and instead use mobile devices to access the internet.

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Integrated Marketing Week 2013: Seth Sarelson on integrating with data

Data, data, data. It's the core of what good marketers are doing and it's fingers are reaching into every corner of the business. And with this data we are finally seeing the benefits of integrated campaigns, products and teams.

As part of the lead up to Integrated Marketing Week, we spoke to Seth Sarelson, RevTrax COO & co-founder, about how data is affecting what we are doing, how we can integrate and how these changes are affecting the retail market.

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