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Emojis in email subject lines: smiley face, or smiley poop?

Emojis are in lots of subject lines these days. But do they work?

We get asked this question all the time. Here’s what we learned about emojis by looking at >1.5m subject lines.

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Hotels are boosting loyalty with dining experiences (featuring four examples)

Dining is part and parcel of the travel experience, with many people now drawn towards destinations based on their food culture and cuisine. 

Thanks to the rise of food tourism, an increasing number of hotels are launching dining experiences of their own. Whether it’s an in-house event or a partnership with third-party food brands – the aim is to increase loyalty and create a seamless experience for customers.

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Physical book sales rise as consumers embrace the #shelfie

C.S Lewis once said that “you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

Well, if sales of both tea and books are anything to go by - the British public wholeheartedly agrees. 

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Innovation: 10 quotes to inspire marketers

Here's your first one...

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Examining Lego's social success (and how it boosts ROI)

Lego is certainly a great success story.

Especially when you consider that several years ago some believed the brand's fortunes were destined to decline as they surely couldn't hope to compete with video games and other forms of digital entertainment for the attention of a generation that had grown up on technology.

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How Hilton is iterating its excellent app to improve customer experience

How does a 98 year old company like the Hilton stay relevant in today’s ‘always on’ world. Geraldine Calpin, CMO at Hilton Worldwide enlightened us at Web Summit 2017.

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10 signs that programmatic advertising is reaching maturity

If you read the press you'd be forgiven for thinking programmatic advertising is in decline.

But for all the noise about brand safety, viewability, fraud and kickbacks – programmatic is maturing fast. A range of new technologies and initiatives have got many in the industry hopeful that 2018 could be a big year for programmatic.

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A day in the life of... a social media strategist

Do you spend all day on social media? Would you like to get paid for it?

Well, maybe you should consider being a social media strategist, like Rod Alvarenga of BzzAgent (a dunnhumby company).

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10 thought-provoking digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Welcome to your regular dose of digital marketing statistics.

It's a good'un this week. The roundup includes news about brand safety, B2B growth, and Black Friday emails. If that’s not enough, you’ll find lots more to enjoy in the Internet Statistics Compendium, which subscribers can download right here.

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Are retail brands ditching mobile apps? A look at some stats & case studies

We are now spending more time than ever on our mobile phones. Recent research suggests US consumers are dedicating five hours per day to their mobiles, with the time spent in apps rising 69% year on year.

Interestingly, with media and entertainment apps like Facebook and Netflix taking up the largest share, shopping apps are said to account for just 5% of users’ daily time.

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What we've been reading this week at Econsultancy

Some great reads this week, from a crisis of leadership in agency land, to a hatchet job on Zuckerberg, by way of a potential boom in WeChat AR usage.

Get stuck in...

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Advent calendars: Why beauty brands are so keen

Advent calendars used to be the hallmark of confectionary companies like Cadbury and Nestle. Nowadays, brands from a whole manner of industries are muscling in on the trend, releasing calendars filled with everything from gin to cheese.

Brands within the cosmetics and skincare industries are chiefly reaping the rewards, turning the once humble ritual of the advent calendar into a ‘must-have’ for modern-day beauty consumers.

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