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What is utility marketing and why is it important?

While marketing was once about making a big impression, the focus is now more towards creating value. 

Instead of flashy ad campaigns, brands are intent on creating functional, useful, and relevant tools to meet the needs of consumers.

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Google Analytics will soon be able to answer questions in plain English

"How did traffic from search change year-on-year in June?"

In the coming weeks, Google Analytics users will be able to ask questions like this and have them answered in seconds thanks to natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) technology Google is integrating into its popular analytics platform.

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Four key digital challenges for IT leaders in 2017

Once solely thought of in terms of support, IT is now recognised for playing a pivotal role in businesses undergoing digital transformation. 

But what are the key challenges for IT leaders aiming to help drive this change? Econsultancy’s 2017 Digital Trends in IT report, published in association with Adobe, considers this question. 

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What is the state of marketing automation in Australia & New Zealand?

Marketing automation - no longer the bright young thing of marketing, but not necessarily at maturity yet either.

Econsultancy's latest survey report, the State of Marketing Automation in Australia and New Zealand, in association with Oracle Marketing Cloud, assesses what marketers in the region are doing.

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Amazon Prime Day 2017: The mind-blowing stats and facts

Last week, Amazon held its annual Prime Day event.

The shopping holiday, which Amazon launched in 2015 to celebrate its 20th anniversary, is positioned as a sort of Black Friday in July and thanks to Amazon's online retail dominance, has become one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

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Bounce is back! And product pages are to blame..

High bounce rates are making an unwelcome return - so what’s happening and what can you do about it?

There’s no doubt about it; high bounce rates are back - and back with a vengeance. But this time with new underlying causes that retailers are just beginning to understand and starting to tackle.

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GDPR: 10 examples of best practice UX for obtaining marketing consent

With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to come into force in May 2018, there are already lots of resources out there to help guide you towards compliance.

However, there are fewer articles that point to companies who are already exhibiting best practice. So, I'm going to attempt to round up examples that already seem to comply with aspects of the GDPR.

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A day in the life of... a web designer for a programmatic ad company

Chelsea Ikona is a web designer at Sociomantic, a display advertising company and part of Dunnhumby, the customer science company, wholly owned by Tesco.

What does a designer do for a programmatic ad firm? We're about to find out...

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A beginner's guide to building a data science team

So, you want to build a data science team? Here's some stuff to think about.

Before long, just like this stock photo, you'll have a team of weird orange people with big bulbous heads, who can sit around a table looking at an enormous hologram of a simple bar chart.

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10 dazzling digital marketing stats from this week

Let’s sink our teeth into some juicy stats, shall we?

This week’s roundup includes news about GDPR, emojis, online search, and lots about Amazon Prime Day. You can also download the Internet Statistics Compendium for more.

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Three reasons to admire Glossier: The best online beauty brand you've never heard of

Little-known internationally, Glossier is becoming quite the cult favourite in the US.

A relatively late entrant into the crowded beauty sector, its rise has been meteoric – last August a Buzzfeed article revealed projected growth of 600% in 2016, with up to 30,000 people on product wait-lists.

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The most joyful digital news stories from the last week

It's a short roundup of the most enjoyable news stories this week, but rest assured that it is 100% gold.

From great GIFs to literally life-changing apps, there's much to raise the spirits and interrupt your daily routine of email creation, client calls, spreadsheet wrangling, or whatever else it is that you do.

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