Amongst the Econsultancy blog team, we certainly have our favourite companies as far as digital ambition and execution are concerned.

There’s a lot to choose from, but here are 18 we think are digital trailblazers. A lot of them are big retail companies and many are born digital but not all of them.

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1) Greggs

Despite being a staple of the British high street, food chain Greggs isn’t necessarily the first brand that springs to mind when it comes to digital strategy.

However, its tongue-in-cheek attitude has produced some amazing social PR.

https://twitter.com/danbarker/status/1078752246064660480

The brand's clever vegan sausage roll launch and humorous reaction to the outrage (in some quarters) helped Gregg's to boost sales by almost 10%.

https://twitter.com/hwallop/status/1097771763717545985

Elsewhere, its mobile app has also been a huge success, allowing users to access loyalty-based offers and easy payment options. Roger Whiteside, CEO of Greggs, told Marketing Week that loyalty app users increased 225% year-on-year in 2016.

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