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10 funky digital marketing stats from this week

This week's stats include YouTube ads, emojis and email, product descriptions, digital budgets and much much more.

They're funky, because I've run out of good adjectives.

For more statistics to build a business case or simply impress your friends, see the Internet Statistics Compendium.

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How to gear towards mobile commerce success

Apple’s recent announcement that it is preparing to bring one-touch shopping to the mobile web points to a major milestone in mobile commerce.

Brands are moving past mobile hype and towards delivering options that customers want.

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The rise of Amazon's private labels shows the perils of not owning your data & customers

Some Amazon vendors are learning the hard way that selling their wares through the retail giant is a double-edged sword.

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Is there such a thing as 'bad publicity' on social media?

Today's consumers are more empowered than ever to raise their voices and speak out when brands do something to spark their ire.

And it would seem that the old adage "there's no such thing as bad publicity" isn't quite true in the realm of social media.

But is that really the case?

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10 examples of great travel marketing campaigns

Great marketing creative is always popular on the Econsultancy blog.

Thus far, I've enjoyed rounding up some campaigns from big brands (e.g. IKEA and Lowe's).

Now, I want to pick some pearls from across a sector. This week, I've chosen travel - enjoy!

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Real-time marketing: The key to real success?

Just a few years ago, customers would wait 24 hours for an email or callback.

Today it’s NOW – or nothing... along the whole customer journey.

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China: How can Waitrose profit where ASOS couldn't?

Last week, Waitrose announced it would sell 30 products through the Royal Mail online shop on China's Tmall.

Such inauspicious beginnings in its 59th international market could, Waitrose said, turn into its biggest overseas market in three to five years.

But, so shortly after ASOS decided to mothball its Chinese website, why is Waitrose so confident?

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Will conversational marketing become a reality in 2016?

Clearly it is not new to think of marketing as conversations

In the Cluetrain Manifesto of 1999 Doc Searls and David Weinberger remind us that markets are conversations.

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Search ads found to lift in-store sales: report

For many brands, search advertising is already one of the most productive marketing channels.

However testing conducted by Yahoo and Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) found that advertisers using paid search may be benefiting even when consumers don't click on their ads.

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Confusing UX: The new Royal Family website reviewed

My editor pointed out that this article might just be treason.

Low-level treason, but treason nonetheless.

Well, now you know the lengths to which I will go to champion good UX.

Here are some things to note about the new Royal Family website, a place of great content and slightly confusing user journeys.

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Three online copywriting tips supported by research

When you're writing for the web, there are many, many things to consider. 

To help our readers keep track of many of these considerations, Econsultancy regularly posts helpful tips and reminders about writing high-quality online copy.

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Unlock Amazon's Buy Box with the power of data

The journey to the Buy Box on the Amazon marketplace can feel like an excursion for hidden treasure in the Amazon jungle.

It's like you're wandering around, holding a map with no clear trail and a compass that doesn't really work.

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