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Site review: How Mamas & Papas combines content and commerce

Nursery brand Mamas & Papas prides itself on going the extra mile for parents-to-be, offering up a personal shopping service for customers in-store. 

Last year, this reportedly led to an 11% increase in like-for-like sales for the brand during the Christmas period – cementing the demand for this kind of personalised shopping experience.

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Could Bumble Bizz be a serious challenger to LinkedIn?

Bumble, the female-first dating app, has recently launched ‘Bumble Bizz’ – a new feature aiming to help women network and forge professional relationships via the platform.

According to Whitney Wolfe Herd, the founder and CEO of Bumble, this is the next logical step for a company that has already revolutionised the dating industry. 

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Could cryptojacking go legit and disrupt digital advertising?

The price of Bitcoin recently touched the $6,000 level for the first time ever, and this year has seen the cryptocurrency's value jump by over 500%.

Given the rising fortunes of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, it's no surprise that scammers have sought to capitalize. One of the ways they have attempted to cash in on the cryptocurrency craze is through a new phenomenon dubbed cryptojacking.

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Automated content is a thing – but should it be?

‘An automated world is coming!’ the headlines inform us. It’s a daunting prospect. Technology develops apace, and the path of automation seems to lead inexorably towards humans being replaced by machines.

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Ask the experts: What's the best way to target programmatic ads?

The experts are back with more advice on programmatic advertising.

In this article they answer two questions – Which data are most valuable for targeting? And what are the most important innovations in direct response?

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Six excellent hotel websites (and how they encourage direct booking)

Online travel agencies (OTAs) have enjoyed huge growth over the past few years, with the majority of consumers now booking hotels and accommodation via third-party sites. 

However, new research from Kalibri Labs suggests that consumer favour could in fact be be shifting, reverting back to brand hotel sites rather than OTAs.

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From zero to CMO: Five essential steps

Almost everyone is planning their next career move and they often think about what they need to do to make it happen.

Some, however, have a longer time horizon and bold ambitions. They may be writing email copy now, but they have visions of becoming the chief marketing officer (CMO) one day.

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A day in the life of... a freelance digital marketer

This week we talk to Fi Shailes, a digital marketing freelancer.

Before we do, here's your usual reminder to check out the Econsultancy jobs board if you're looking for a change of scenery.

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The role of copywriters in a GDPR-ready world

The GDPR will apply to any company that holds data on EU citizens, so affects global as well as European-based companies. 

Those companies that don’t comply with the regulation could face massive fines. And it’s likely that could be more than a few – some estimate that 75% of current marketing data won’t comply with GDPR.

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The best APAC digital marketing stats from October 2017

It's a China-heavy roundup in this month's APAC stats.

We look at a Bain study of FMCG purchasing, some mind-boggling predictions ahead of Singles Day, and consider the nascent impact of voice technology in smartphones.

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10 interesting digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

We’ve got a shedload of stats for you to enjoy this week. The roundup includes news on consumer trust, predicted retail spend, AI, and some rather positive updates about Amazon.

The trusty Internet Statistics Compendium is also ready and waiting, should you require any more statistical goodness to round off your week.

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Why online shoppers abandon their baskets and how to stop them

Basket abandonment remains a big challenge for ecommerce retailers, with the latest stats suggesting a global abandonment rate of 76.9%.

How to reduce this is just one of the topics discussed in Econsultancy’s Ecommerce Best Practice guide, which also delves into other important areas of ecommerce such as search data and landing page design.

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