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Why so many website relaunches fail (but shouldn’t have)

Website relaunches fail.

Sometimes they are big, public ‘blow up in your face’ failures like M&S a couple of years ago. Often they are just a bit of a disappointment – waves of optimism petering out when they hit the shores of reality.

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How visual social listening is helping FMCG and beyond

Computers are increasingly able to recognise constituent parts of images and videos, and this may signal a change in the way we find and organise media online.

One area set to change is social listening, helping brands, particularly in FMCG, to recognise the context in which their products and logos are seen in shared photos.

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Stories from SXSW 2017: ad blocking, content distribution, and Joe Biden

Although there will be plenty of summaries coming out of SxSW Interactive 2017, many of these will address broad trends and themes, without digging into the detail of specific sessions. 

Because of this, I thought it would be interesting to provide a summary of some of the interesting debates I attended last week.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Lots of exciting glimpses into the future in this week's tech roundup.

New tools for marketers, new user experiences in banking, hope for augmented reality, and even a special smartphone pocket in your jeans (whoever could've imagined it?).

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Top tips to drive more engagement with data-driven native ads

It wasn’t long ago that most advertising pundits were ridiculing and criticizing the native ad format.

Jump forward to 2017 and current forecasts estimate that native ads will capture 30% of the global ad spend by 2020.

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10 amazing digital marketing stats from this week

Ready for the mother of all stats roundups?

You better be, because this week it includes news about online retail sales, video views, Instagram advertisers and robots running the high street. That's right, robots.

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Sentiment analysis: How consumers feel depends on who you ask

Starbucks is one of the brands that isn't afraid to get political in an increasingly polarized world.

Its most recent political statement: it announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees following US President Donald Trump's enactment of a temporary travel ban targeting individuals from a number of predominantly Muslim countries.

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Why Google Home ads are like The Truman Show and the future is better CRM

Imagine if, in the movie Her, just as Joaquin Phoenix's character feels the pangs of love for his automated personal assistant, Samantha, she had said: "I'm not sure about you, but personally I feel Bank of America offers a very competitive mortgage product for first time buyers."

Complete mood killer.

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How ethical fashion brands are marketing to conscious consumers

Eco-friendly fashion often comes with bit of a stigma. But while it was once thought of as uncool or only a concern for hippies, the tables appear to be turning.

According to a recent Unilever study, sustainability issues are increasingly affecting shopping decisions, with 21% of people saying they would support brands that clearly convey sustainability aspects through their marketing and packaging. 

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Childline launches app to offer counselling direct to mobiles

When Childline first launched, it largely relied on public telephone boxes to offer a safe and secure way for kids to get in contact. 

Thirty years later and the concept of a public telephone is probably alien to most children.

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How GE is using co-creation as part of its digital transformation

GE is a fascinating company. For those that don't know, it was originally the Edison General Electric Company.

And though it may be a venerable old company, it's famously an innovative one. That innovation extends from products to marketing and GE's ongoing digital transformation.

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An introduction to AI-powered ecommerce merchandising

Amazon has been using algorithms to try to sell you extra stuff for years.

But the technology to personalise merchandising, much further than recommendations, is advancing rapidly across ecommerce.

Companies such as Sentient and Apptus and their AI-powered systems are changing site search functionality, product lists, facets and more, to try to generate more sales.

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