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10 interesting digital marketing stats from this week

A real mix of digital marketing stats for you this week, each addressing some major concerns for marketers.

Whether it's mobile, your IT department or GDPR, there's at least some solace to be had here. Remember to check out the Internet Statistics Compendium for more.

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Facebook adds value optimization to ad bidding & Lookalike Audiences

By some estimates, upwards of 85 cents of every new dollar spent on digital ads today is going to Google or Facebook.

That's not just a result of the fact that both companies have massive audiences, but also a result of the fact that both companies continue to offer marketers more and more options for targeting those audiences.

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10 silly digital things we've enjoyed in the last week

Here it is, our revised weekly roundup which includes the silliest things in digital.

It's a barnstormer this week and not for the fainthearted...

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Micro-influencers: How to find the right fit for your brand

The world of influencer marketing has changed considerably over the past couple of years. While early examples were all about using influencers with the biggest audiences – it now seems to be a case of less is more. 

Many brands are using micro-influencers – people with a smaller number of followers on social media, but who create a much bigger impact. Yet with an endless pool of micro-influencers to choose from - and a much lengthier planning process - how can brands ensure they find the right fit? 

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Brand as publisher: Is Anheuser-Busch InBev's investment in beer magazines savvy or risky?

Brands are increasingly getting into the storytelling business, and that means that content has arguably never been more important to them.

While this has fuelled the rise of spend in content marketing, some brands are taking their content investments a step further by investing in content-focused websites that serve their markets.

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How big brands coped with social media crises

You can tell a lot about someone by how they cope in a crisis.

The same goes for brands. Some rise to the challenge like a champion, coolly brushing off the possibility of any long-term damage to reputation, while others flounder in the face of public outrage – sent with their tail between their legs onto Twitter’s version of the naughty step.

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How shopping malls are enticing consumers offline

I recently listened in on a meeting of Econsultancy’s Digital Advisory Board – attended by an invite-only group of C-Suite marketers.

As you might expect from the group (which included people from a number of different industries) - the subject matter was varied. However, one thing that particularly stood out to me was the topic of consumer loyalty. 

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10 ingredients for email signup success for retailers

Survey after survey puts email marketing as top dog among digital marketers for effectiveness and return on investment (ROI). But getting web site visitors to subscribe to receive emails can be tricky.

This article will look at the different techniques used by websites – predominantly retailers – to improve signup rates above the magic 2%. And remember, Econsultancy subscribers can download our Fundamentals of Email Marketing report.

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Four brands pushing the boundaries of content strategy

With today’s brave new Web, there’s no place for mobile-tablet-desktop thinking.

The humble browser is no longer the only thing that consumes content, so getting your content to new audiences in new places means having a content strategy for the likes of native applications, voice user interfaces, and the emerging Internet of Things.

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Will healthy fast-food restaurant Leon succeed in the US?

Healthy fast food chain Leon recently announced it is to expand into the US market after receiving a £25m boost in funding.

When its first store opened in London’s Carnaby Street in 2004, there was a clear gap in the market for fresh, healthy and over-the-counter food in the UK – so it’s not hard to see why Leon has since enjoyed such growth. It now has nearly 50 restaurants in locations including Brighton and Nottingham. 

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Survey reveals the most disliked ad formats

In 2004, Neilsen Norman Group (NNG) conducted a survey to determine which ad formats internet users in the U.S. disliked the most.

More than a decade later, it decided to revisit its survey and see what has changed given the considerable changes in the digital advertising ecosystem.

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Mobile conversion rates: How does your site compare?

With conversion on mobile much lower then desktop, improving it is a priority for retailers.

How does your mobile conversion measure up?

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