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27 things I need to see on an ecommerce homepage

Here are 27 elements that are commonly seen on ecommerce homepages, many essential, others desirable. If I’ve missed any, please leave a comment below… Status updates or contextual copy Current events may affect factors like price or delivery, such as Christmas, or bad weather, so adding a message to the homepage is a good way […]

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Social Media Advertising Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide, Social Media Platforms Overview, B2B Social Media Best Practice Guide and Paid Search Best Practice Guide. The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the opportunities, risks and the required investment of time, effort and budget […]

Customer Journey Mapping Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of customer journey mapping. It provides a simple starting point for anyone yet to map out their customer journeys. It is also a reference for those for whom the process is underway. This guide draws insights from those who have developed complex journeys […]

Email Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1 About this report Econsultancy’s series of Best Practice Guides have been created for modern marketing professionals who typically work in marketing or ecommerce roles. Given the ongoing significance of email, this guide will be relevant to CEOs to understand the business case for email, as well as anyone working in a marketing […]

Beginner’s Guides

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Using PEST, SWOT and scenario planning in a crisis

The Covid-19 crisis is an unprecedented event, the exact impact of which is impossible to foresee. However, those organisations that have dealt with the crisis best are those that had robust strategies in place for dealing with the unpredictable. There are a multitude of different tools available to help organisations consider and prepare for potential […]

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30 brands with excellent social media strategies

From brand storytelling to new commerce opportunities, social platforms offer brands an unmissable opportunity to reach and engage consumers today (social media users passed the 3.5 billion mark in July 2019, as reported by WeAreSocial). Strategy is not always easy to get right, especially when it comes to the tricky issue of attribution. With that […]

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Ecommerce

Achieving Omnichannel Excellence

1. Introduction This guide has been written to help the retail sector’s heads of customer experience, CCOs, CMOs, senior marketers, heads of digital and CIOs to move along the omnichannel journey towards omnichannel excellence. Its purpose is to give brands an understanding of the current retail landscape, which key challenges they need to address and […]

Data & Analytics

Customer Retention Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Customer retention refers to the ability of an organisation to retain the same customer over a period of time. Companies that enjoy high levels of retention benefit from more reliable revenue streams and a high degree of brand equity. Although there is a strong business rationale for focusing on customer retention, many marketers […]

Digital Transformation and the Role of Data

1. Introduction The modern marketer’s dilemma “After several years of long Christmas lists to Santa, this year my girls could not think of anything they wanted. It dawned on me; my kids are not seeing marketing encouraging them to want things. My job and the jobs of future global marketers are getting more challenging. We […]

Customer Data Platforms Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Organising large amounts of customer data is becoming a huge challenge for marketers who want a ‘360 degree view’ of their customers. Customer data platforms (CDPs) offer a way for organisations to bring together disparate customer data into one place, to allow for the easy sharing of this information with other systems. This […]

Customer Experience

Customer Journey Mapping Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of customer journey mapping. It provides a simple starting point for anyone yet to map out their customer journeys. It is also a reference for those for whom the process is underway. This guide draws insights from those who have developed complex journeys […]

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Personalisation is all about delivering greater relevance to customers and providing a richer experience by serving the right message on the right channel at the right time. Companies that harness the power of personalisation and offer experiences tailored to each consumer’s specific needs will find their customers are more likely to continue their […]

Customer Experience Management

A Guide to Customer Experience Management (CXM)

1. Introduction Econsultancy’s A Guide to Customer Experience Management features findings from its 2018 Customer Experience Management survey, conducted among 482 marketing professionals around the world in January and February 2018, including 299 client-side marketers and 183 agency marketers. For the purposes of this report, we have carried out separate analysis for both of these […]

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Social Media Advertising

1. Introduction This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide, Social Media Platforms Overview, B2B Social Media Best Practice Guide and Paid Search Best Practice Guide. The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the opportunities, risks and the required investment of time, effort and budget […]

B2B Social Selling Strategy Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Social media has grown exponentially. In January 2020, there were 3.80 billion social media users, with this number increasing by more than 9% (with 321 million new users) since January 2019.[1] But the term is misleading: social media has become as important for business as it has for social interaction, reflecting the changing […]

Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide

Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Platforms Overview. Its purpose is to provide a framework for developing a social media strategy, as well as a summary of the main considerations for marketers when developing a strategic approach to social media marketing and communications. 1.1 About this report Over the […]

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Keys to effective influencer marketing in a pandemic world

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has dealt the booming influencer economy its first real setback. Despite the fact that social media usage is up, brands faced with the threat of a prolonged economic downturn are cutting their influencer marketing engagements. According to SocialBakers, UK posts using the hashtag #ad dropped by more than a third this […]

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Content Strategy Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This report is designed to provide marketers with practical and essential guidance into all aspects of content strategy. The role of content within marketing and digital marketing practice has never been more important than it is now, but it remains an area of constantly changing practice, with evolving dynamics around technology, content production […]

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Ratings and Reviews Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Customer centricity is at the heart of any successful business today. Digital has empowered consumers in numerous ways, giving them greater choice and convenience when they shop, but also offering a platform for them to share their views at the touch of a button. There are a host of platforms enabling consumers to […]

Storytelling for Marketers

Storytelling for Marketers

1. Introduction 1.1 Executive summary This report identifies best practice approaches, techniques, challenges and opportunities around storytelling in the context of marketing. It explores how marketers perceive the importance of storytelling to the practice of marketing and the best practice application of storytelling principles to support marketing objectives and activity. The following topics are covered […]

B2B

B2B Social Selling Strategy Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Social media has grown exponentially. In January 2020, there were 3.80 billion social media users, with this number increasing by more than 9% (with 321 million new users) since January 2019.[1] But the term is misleading: social media has become as important for business as it has for social interaction, reflecting the changing […]

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 […]

How to choose a B2B PR agency

There are more PRs in the UK than bricklayers, or bar managers. The global communications industry continues to grow and B2B marketers have to be sure-footed when commissioning an agency. So how do you pick a PR?

Advertising

Optimising Programmatic Campaigns

1. Introduction This report is aimed at providing guidance on setting up and running a highly effective programmatic campaign in the present climate. It is intended as an informational tool for advertisers who run their ads programmatically, as an audit guide for agencies that deliver the programmatic activity and as a best practice manual for […]

Getting to Grips with Digital Advertising Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Digital advertising has grown to become the largest advertising medium in the UK, and is expected to represent 50% of total advertising spend across the world as early as 2019.[1] Thanks to people spending more time than ever online, the uniquely low barriers to entry and the wealth of data that digital advertising […]

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Social Media Advertising Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide, Social Media Platforms Overview, B2B Social Media Best Practice Guide and Paid Search Best Practice Guide. The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the opportunities, risks and the required investment of time, effort and budget […]

Email

Email Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1 About this report Econsultancy’s series of Best Practice Guides have been created for modern marketing professionals who typically work in marketing or ecommerce roles. Given the ongoing significance of email, this guide will be relevant to CEOs to understand the business case for email, as well as anyone working in a marketing […]

Marketing Automation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary This report seeks to provide marketers who are considering the use of marketing automation with a simple guide to what it is, how to plan for and implement it, what success looks like and what the future of the industry may hold. This guide hopes to be useful to a […]

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14 useful email marketing KPIs for your business

Econsultancy’s Email Marketing Best Practice Guide observes that email is the “unsung hero of digital marketing”. Far from dying out over the years (as has often been predicted), it continues to consistently drive high levels of traffic and conversion. 

Search Marketing

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Content Calendars

Planning ahead to ensure you have the resources and content available to meet objectives efficiently.

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Online Fast Track: Digital Marketing Training Course (2 Days)

Our popular 2-day Fast Track is a fully interactive virtual workshop and is a great place to start your digital marketing training or refresh your knowledge.

Led by an expert digital marketing practitioner, you’ll benefit from a complete overview of digital marketing as you explore how you can best leverage digital channels.