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Posts in Search Marketing

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What were the biggest SEO trends of 2016?

It's that time of year again; time to take stock of everything that's happened in marketing since January.

Let's start by looking at the big talking points in SEO, with the help of some our industry's esteemed search experts.

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Grabbing attention online: Three questions to kickstart your strategy

Understanding how to get attention is perhaps the most underrated business skill in the 21st century.

Before the digital age, meaningful attention for a brand, business or public figure could only be gained through those that controlled distribution, like news outlets, television stations and radio platforms.

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How Glossier has used Instagram to create a cult following

From Estee Lauder to Clinique – the biggest beauty brands in the world have been heavily building on their digital presence over the past five years, particularly on social media. 

In contrast to this, one of the most talked-about new brands on the block, Glossier, has been built on digital from the very start.

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The problem with voice user interfaces like Amazon Alexa

What innovation will bring the next step change in customer experiences?

Of all the candidates mooted over the past few years (augmented reality, the internet of things, 3D printing, blockchain), voice user interfaces in digital personal assistants is as good a bet as any.

But despite the success of early entrants such as Alexa, could voice-user interfaces be flawed?

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Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages: 12 pros and cons

The Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project seems to be progressing nicely.

Google has recently revealed integrations with Tag Manager, A/B testing in Analytics, long-awaited form elements are now possible (e.g. email fields), and there's a continuing roadmap of features.

For the uninitiated, here is a digested list of AMP's pros and cons.

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10 of the finest digital marketing stats we've seen this week

Getting chilly outside, isn’t it?

Why not grab yourself a nice cup of tea and settle down with some stats. You deserve it.

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Site speed for SEO: Why it's about more than just loading times

One of the first things I was taught when I started out in SEO a few years ago was that “your site speed is part of Google’s algorithm and can affect ranking performance.”

My reply was something like “Google has algorithms?”

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

The usual author of this roundup is taking a well-earned break in Japan, so for one time only it’s down to me to collate the week’s most important digital stories.

On this occasion the stories include the usual lineup of giant brands such as Snapchat, Facebook and Netflix.

And there’s even some record-breaking news from China.

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Google to create separate mobile index: What you need to know

If you needed any more evidence that mobile has taken over the world, you got it last week when news broke that Google is going to be creating a dedicated mobile index.

Here's what you need to know about it.

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Black Friday 2016: How are UK retailers optimising search landing pages?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many online retailers are preparing for one of the biggest days of the year – Black Friday.

However, with increasing backlash over the ‘Black Friday creep’ – is it still all it’s cracked up to be?

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Six things marketers should know about social media in Asia-Pacific

Three out of every five people on Earth and more than half of the global internet population live in an Asia-Pacific (APAC) country.

With impressive numbers like this, it is likely that most in our industry will, at some point, face the challenge of marketing in the region.

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Traffic to hotel websites is declining: How should they respond?

There is little doubt that residential rental sites such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway are disrupting the multi-billion dollar hotel business.

There is still significant debate about the long-term impact of that disruption but if a new study conducted by Hitwise, a division of Connexity, is any indication, these sites are complicating hotels' online efforts.

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