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Lack of resources and budget still the main barriers to CRO: report

Within marketing there’s a lot of focus on raising brand awareness and getting in front of new customers.

While this is important, there’s a danger that we spend too much time focusing on KPIs high up the marketing funnel.

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23 examples of duotones and colour filters in web design

Duotones were one of the trends we identified in web design for 2017.

I've rounded up 23 examples of websites using duotones (or sometimes gradients, colour filters or a classy monotone / grayscale).

There are various reasons these effects abound, notably allowing informational websites to use authentic photography without distracting from navigational elements or important copywriting.

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Online merchandising: The importance of showing products in context

According to research, 64% of women who shop on their smartphone say that seeing images of products in context positively influences their purchasing decisions.

It’s a simple tactic, but by including context, the online customer experience can be greatly improved - and this doesn't just apply to shopping on mobile either.

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UK online retail sales hit £133bn in 2016, up 16% year-on-year: stats

UK online retail sales reached £133bn in 2016, an increase of £18bn, or 15.9%, year-on-year.

Mobile commerce accounted for much of this growth, with sales made via smartphones increasing 47% YoY in December.

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Ashley Friedlein's marketing and digital trends for 2017

Every year I pick out digital and marketing trends and developments which I think will shape the industry and digital/marketing planning and thinking in the year ahead. 

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Mapping the customer journey doesn't have to be difficult

Mapping the customer journey is not exactly a science.

It can be, but more often that not it's a collaborative exercise that draws on some data and some qualitative and anecdotal insight from customers and staff.

The objective is to encourage customer-led and design-led thinking in a group, using the results to prioritise challenges and opportunities.

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Why Oprah’s endorsement could be the key to success for Weight Watchers

I recently wrote about how Iceland is turning its back on celebrity marketing in favour of micro-influencers.

However, with shares in Weight Watchers growing 20% after Oprah revealed the results of her new diet, it appears high-profile personalities might still hold the power.

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The impact of the sharing economy on retail

From hospitality to transportation – the sharing economy has had a huge impact on many industries.

Now, a lot of consumers use the likes of Uber and Airbnb before even considering traditional taxis or hotels.

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A day in the life of... marketing director at a social agency

What goes on in the wonderful world of social media agencies?

We find out this week by spending a day in the life of Lucy Clarke, business development and marketing director at Social Chain.

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10 mind-boggling digital marketing stats from this week

We’ve got a bumper edition of stats for you this week.

Well, just the standard set of ten, but there’s lots to enjoy.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Some funny and nostalgic news this week.

Here are the digital stories you might have missed, with added doll's house, peeing and Snapchat.

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Ecommerce, uncertainty and 500 working days until Brexit

2017 may be a year of finding out what the true impact is of Brexit for ecommerce companies.

But I believe for those that take action it may separate the wheat from the chaff, producing some winning businesses.

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