Is Google’s updated SERP design a dark pattern?

In 2019, Google updated the look of its mobile search results pages (SERPs), displaying a website’s favicon and moving the name of the website to the the top of the results card. It also changed the appearance of ads in the SERPs, featuring a black bolded “Ad” label at the top of the card along with the website URL.

The best digital marketing stats we've seen this week

The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

This week we’ve got news about digital ad spend, digital literacy, AI and lots more to help beat the January blues. Before we get going, make sure to take a look at our Internet Statistics Database for additional insights into a plethora of marketing topics. FMCG has been identified as the highest paid sector in […]

Voice in 2020 is (still) not about search

Well, here we are. We’ve made it to 2020, the year that so many believed would be a milestone for voice search, because allegedly, 50% of all search queries by 2020 were going to be conducted via voice.

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Eight ways hotels can increase direct bookings

Online travel agents (OTAs) make it easier for travelers to find and book places to stay, and now account for over half of gross bookings at US hotels and lodging providers such as hostels and bed and breakfasts.

Digital transformation graphic depicting a plant growing onto a tablet screen

The role for marketing in business transformation and the ‘customer backwards’ approach

The content of this briefing is reproduced from Econsultancy’s Change Management for Marketers Best Practice Guide, published November 2019 and written by Neil Perkin. The report is designed to provide marketers with practical guidance and advice on how best to manage change in the context of rapidly shifting technology, consumer behaviour and market dynamics. With […]

Ecommerce

Data and Analytics

Segmentations and Personas Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Marketers have always sought to find the most relevant buyers for their products. In the 1950s, this concept took a step forward when Wendell Smith published an award-winning article in the Journal of Marketing on product differentiation and market segmentation.[1] This article put segmentations on the map for marketers, and soon market segmentations […]

Customer Experience

A Marketer’s Guide to Augmented Reality (AR)

1. Introduction Augmented reality (AR) is quickly becoming one of the most interesting technologies in the digital space. Although often overshadowed by virtual reality (VR), AR is expected to take the lion’s share of the market. According to one estimate, the AR market will be worth $70bn to $75bn by 2023 while VR will account […]

Voice in 2020 is (still) not about search

Well, here we are. We’ve made it to 2020, the year that so many believed would be a milestone for voice search, because allegedly, 50% of all search queries by 2020 were going to be conducted via voice.

Social

Content

B2B

B2B Content Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction ‘Content shock’[1] is real: the volume of B2B (and B2C) content is now outweighing our human capacity to consume it. However, content marketing can still present an immense opportunity for B2B businesses. When executed effectively, it can be a powerful engagement tool for fostering loyalty, lead generation and sales, and for conveying the […]

52%

The volume of global marketers that cite “driving growth through digital transformation and modernisation” as their top strategic focus.

$39k

The amount US marketers say they are willing to spend up to for a campaign with a celebrity influencer.

44%

Volume of global travellers that say they use voice search to help manage travel.

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