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Apple is making it harder for small businesses to offer iOS apps

Earlier this year, Apple announced new policies aimed at, among other things, banning apps that contribute to spam and clutter in the App Store. Specifically, one policy gave Apple the right to reject apps built using a "commercialized template or app generation service."

Now, Apple appears to be prepping enforcement of this rule in a way that could hurt small businesses in a big way.

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Let’s marvel at some wondrous stats from the world of digital marketing, shall we?

This week’s roundup is complete with news about online ads, supermarket emails, and everyone’s favourite festive topic – GDPR. 

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What were the biggest social media trends in 2017?

Next up in our look back at the year that was 2017, we’re talking social media.

With insight from those in the know, here’s a run-down of some of the biggest social trends and talking points.

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Four key programmatic trends from 2017

2017 seems like it may prove a somewhat seminal year for programmatic advertising.

Ahead of a lengthier take on what 2018 might hold, our experts take a look at four key trends from this year.

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Four qualities of an agile marketer

In marketing, buzzwords often emerge and acquire a definition which loses some of the original meaning of the term.

One recent example is the word 'agile' which now (capitalized) almost always refers to the project management method with stand-up meetings, sprints, and scrums.

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How to start planning a successful content strategy

When it comes to creating a content marketing strategy for the year ahead, it’s easy to get caught up thinking about the end result.

When will the content be published, and how can you ensure it reaches consumers? Questions like these are highly important, of course, but they certainly shouldn’t be only focus. 

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Don't patronise me with 'personalised' cart abandonment emails (a case study)

Personalisation is massive. We see it more and more in digital marketing and it's partly what machine learning technology will be tasked with in 2018.

But automated personalisation isn't always a good thing. If it isn't implemented sensitively it can jar. Nobody likes to feel like they are in some giant sausage making machine, or being served by a slightly sinister robot butler.

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The six-point guide to data-driven transformation

Nearly every business now has a company-wide programme to help it capitalize on recent advances in digital technology.

Commonly known as 'digital transformation', this process could (and perhaps should) be thought of as 'data-driven transformation' considering how important data is to the whole process. 

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Data & analytics trends in 2018: What do the experts predict?

It's been a big year for data-driven marketing. Gone, mostly, are the dry aphorisms about 'data as the new oil', and in their place are marketers actually talking about data science.

The catalyst for this has arguably been the 'AI summer', but there's much more to consider. Let's ask the experts what 2018 will have in store...

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Four tips for reducing checkout abandonment

All retailers - from huge multinationals to the independent -  face the same dilemna. Why do online shoppers abandon their baskets, and what can they do to improve?  

Dropped baskets can happen at any stage of the customer journey, and can be due to a range of reasons, from a poorly designed website to a lack of fulfilment options. But it’s even more frustrating when this happens at the final hurdle, when customers are clicks away from getting through to the confirmation page.

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China: Why digital marketing is changing along with a millennial middle class

Since the time of David Ogilvy, our job has been to make people want things and it’s time we redirect our energies to that purpose because advertising is getting harder due to the appearance of a new middle class, the Y-generation, or millennials, in China and the rest of the world.

The 2017 Havas Meaningful Brand global report shows findings that “people wouldn't care if 74% of the brands they use disappeared.”

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Three ways to take marketing automation to the next level

Marketing automation continues to be one of the biggest martech success stories of the past few years.

Econsultancy recently conducted a survey of companies in Australia and New Zealand and found that nearly four in five (79%) of brand marketers are already using marketing automation.

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