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What Amazon's entry into the pharmacy market might mean for pharma marketers

Amazon's unrelenting drive to take over the world continues. The latest potential target of the online retailer's ambitions: prescription drugs.

According to reports, Amazon is exploring entering the retail pharmacy market in the U.S., a $400bn a year business that many believe is ripe for disruption. While a final decision has apparently not yet been made, it's not too early for pharma marketers to start considering the prospect of Amazon entering this huge market.

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SEO trends in 2018: What do the experts predict?

What can 2018 throw at us that can top the un-ending dystopian nightmare of 2017?

Thankfully, in this article we're concentrating solely on SEO (..and breathe). We've already looked at the big trends from this year, now let's look into the crystal ball with the help of some search experts.

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

This week’s selection of stats is like a tin of Quality Street (a particular diverse type of English chocolate). You might not like every single one, but there’s bound to be someone out there who will. So, why not share it with your nearest and dearest (or, you know, people you don’t talk to on Twitter)?

The roundup includes talk about personalisation, packaging, and regrettable social media posts. Don’t say we don’t spoil you. 

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Four key traits of ‘human’ brands

As the year draws to a close, talk naturally turns to what the biggest trends of 2018 will be. Will AI dominate? Is personalisation yet again going to take centre stage?

Interestingly, it seems the one thing consumers will look for in the year ahead is a brand that sounds exactly like they do. In other words, emotional intelligence – i.e. the ability to empathise and engage like a human – will become the biggest consumer expectation of all.

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Four key digital trends impacting travel and hospitality brands

The end goal for travel and hospitality brands used to be securing a booking. Now, in an increasingly competitive market, many are placing a greater focus on securing the best all-round ‘experience’.

In fact, this emphasis on customer experience is so high that it has now collectively overtaken customer acquisition as the biggest business priority in travel.

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Target is the latest retailer to launch a mobile wallet: Will it work?

2017 has been a record-breaking year for retail, and not in a good way.

Under pressure from a number of factors, including the growth of ecommerce, brick and mortar retailers have closed thousands of stores this year and some, including big names like Toys R Us, Sears Canada and Payless, have filed for bankruptcy.

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What were the biggest UX trends of 2017?

We've all been ordering our toilet tissue through Alexa, right?

Maybe not exactly. Let's ask the experts about the biggest user experience (UX) trends in 2017.

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China: Tips for marketers taking a new digital role in the country

Recently, I wrote a piece on what brands should take note of before entering the Chinese market.

However, brand marketers and advertising professionals have to do some preparation of their own before coming to China. Here are some tips for your consideration.

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Four steps to optimizing customer experience using data & analytics

Few would argue that two of the most important marketing topics at the moment are customer experience (CX) and data analytics.

Which is interesting as CX and analytics seem worlds apart. CX tends to be a soft, holistic study of how to make customers happier and analytics consists of the cold, hard numbers which fuel return on investment (ROI) calculations.

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What were the biggest SEO trends of 2017?

Well, folks, 2017 is on its last legs (though it's felt that way since January), and that means it's time to look at what happened this year in digital marketing.

Let's start with the big daddy, SEO. What do the experts think was particularly pertinent in 2017?

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Three ways to boost brand safety in the programmatic age

A perfectly planned ad campaign, sabotaged by brand messages popping up next to extremist or inappropriate content. This nightmareish prospect is enough to fill most marketers with fear - and for some, unfortunately, it has become a reality. 

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The best APAC digital marketing stats from November 2017

Unsurprisingly it's been a big month for Chinese ecommerce, with Singles Day dominating the headlines.

Our roundup for November is therefore focused on China and ecommerce, but never fear – we bring you a range of fascinating insights into consumer behaviour, as well as some stats from India, too.

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