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The marketing (to) automation problem: How will IoT products sell their services to other devices?

Data becomes more valuable when you share it.

Waze users share traffic data to help each other to have better car journeys. Uber users generate information about taxi journeys which can help town planners. Medical devices may share data to give doctors a more complete picture of the patients’ situation.

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What can we learn about CPG product strategy from new haircare brand Form?

It is no secret that the world of consumer packaged goods (CPG) is under threat from multiple directions.

In one corner, Amazon is slowly commoditising and white labelling goods to compete on its digital shelf spaces (as well as buying physical shelf space). In the other corner, niche startups with laser focus chip away at market share, as consumers continue to be attracted towards specific solutions, at the expense of the generic product lines CPG brands can be synonymous with.

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How Europe's $2.7bn Google antitrust fine could impact the internet economy

On Tuesday, the European Commission (EC) announced that it is levying a $2.7bn fine on search giant Google for abusing its dominant search position to illegally favor its own vertical shopping search offering, Google Shopping.

In explaining the record fine for breaking EU antitrust rules, EC Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated:

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10 rules for getting email unsubscribes right

People will unsubscribe from your email list – maybe 25% or more – accept it. Don’t fight it. If they want to leave, it’s probably your fault.

The penalties for making it hard to unsubscribe include damaging customer relations and brand reputation, getting reported to the authorities, receiving fines, but most likely and perhaps most dangerous of all - being marked as SPAM (unsolicited mail) by recipients.

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A digital transformation case study: The Met Office

It was 1758 when Samuel Johnston wrote: “When two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather.” Fast forward 250 years or so and he’s still pretty much spot on. 

The only difference now is that digital technology enables us to talk about it even more.

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Email marketing must be mobile, automated & personalised to deliver ROI

According to a recent Econsultancy report, marketers feel that email marketing delivers better ROI than any other digital channel.

The annual Email Marketing Industry Census in association with Adestra, offers insights into what marketers are doing globally through a survey of 1,200 marketers. At a recent Econsultancy event in Singapore hosted by NTUC, we reviewd these key insights.

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Research: Three lessons from the most successful marketers

A new study, conducted in partnership with Google, explores how the use of data and analytics within modern marketing is evolving to accommodate a fluid, changeable reality.

The study (The Customer Experience is Written in Data) uses the insights of more than 700 executives at large consumer-focused brands to look for advantages to be gained and pitfalls to avoid in creating and executing a marketing data strategy.

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11 impressive influencer marketing campaigns

We’ve been talking a lot about influencer marketing on the blog lately.

From common mistakes to tips on finding the right micro-influencer – it’s easy to wax lyrical about the idea. But what does successful influencer marketing really look like? 

To give you some proof that it can be an effective strategy for brands (and not just a buzzword) here are 11 campaigns that are undeniably great.

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A dive into the murky, but very important world of affiliate marketing

In 2007 founder and then ASOS CEO Nick Robertson called the affiliate business to order, describing some of its members as “grubby”.

10 years on the affiliate business is bigger, more reputable and driving good ecommerce sales. But it is still a business that is cloaked in a shroud of secrecy and invisibility.

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Channel 4 on the future of TV, personalisation & GDPR

Sarah Rose is Director of Consumer Insights at Channel 4. I caught up with her to discuss all things personalisation.

It's an incredibly exciting time to be working in TV, and Rose gave me some insight into emerging trends amongst audiences, as well as the work the company is doing to curate its content for users.

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A day in the life of... director of digital at a creative & marketing agency

Adam Edwards is our Day in the Life interview this week. He's director of digital at SMSW Media, an independent agency in Surrey, and his varied role includes plenty of work with Middle East clients.

If you're looking for a new role yourself, don't forget to check out the Econsultancy jobs board. If you're an Econsultancy subscriber, you might want to test your knowledge beforehand with our Digital Skills Index.

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The funniest digital stories from the last week

It's a cultured roundup of funnies this week, including Venn diagrams, sumo wrestling and Tinder.

Enjoy!

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