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All the digital news stories you missed this week

The UK general election and Trump's 100-day milestone seem to have contributed to a subdued week of digital news.

However, there are still some important factoids and stories to chew on, not least the appearance of emoji gargoyles in the Netherlands.

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Driven by mobile, digital overtakes TV in US ad spend for the first time

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) this week released its numbers for ad spend in the US in 2016, and for the first time since the organization began tracking digital ad spend in 2004, spend on digital ads has surprassed spend on television ads.

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10 mind-boggling digital marketing stats from this week

Before we all head off for some more May bank holiday fun, it’s time to delve into our weekly roundup of digital marketing stats.

This week’s includes news about ad blocking, personalised marketing, and UK adspend.

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Five reasons behind Boohoo’s 97% increase in profits

Earlier this week, online fashion retailer Boohoo reported that its pre-tax profits rose 97% to £31m in the past year, almost doubling from just under £16m. Meanwhile, sales rose 51% to £295m.

Interestingly, this comes after the news that retail sales in the UK fell at the fastest quarterly rate since 2010.

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Social commerce: Why basic bots and buy buttons are not enough

Social commerce hasn’t quite taken off in the way it was predicted to. 

While 52% of marketers said it would be the most prominent trend of 2016, you could argue that live video or influencer marketing ended up stealing its thunder.

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Three ways the Internet of Things will improve business efficiency by harnessing big data

When we hear about the Internet of Things (IoT) we often think of consumer products like wireless thermostats and multiroom speakers, meaning business uses are often overlooked.

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MealPal review: Are Londoners hungry for a lunch subscription service?

Lunch time in London usually involves paying £8 for the privilege of a soggy wrap. If you manage to avoid the temptation of a Boots meal deal, that is.

MealPal is a new service that’s aiming to make lunch times both more enjoyable and affordable. 

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Six ways Aldo’s new mobile site streamlines the shopping experience

Aldo is a footwear retailer with a heavy presence in shopping centres and high streets, but while in-store revenue climbed 5% in 2016, online revenue increased by 15%.

With clear demand from online consumers, Aldo decided it was time to freshen up its digital presence, recently redesigning its online and mobile website as well as launching ecommerce in 10 additional countries.

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Shea Moisture's customer backlash was caused by poor brand management, not bad advertising

Natural beauty brand Shea Moisture was forced to apologize after a new ad campaign sparked a social media backlash among some of the company's customers.

But this backlash wasn't really the result of a bad ad.

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Amazon launches 'Subscribe with Amazon' to help companies sell subscriptions

Amazon's effort to take over the world continues unabated.

This week, the online retail giant announced a big push into a new market with the launch of Subscribe with Amazon, a new marketplace that will allow third parties to sell subscriptions through Amazon.

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Lastminute.com partners with Spotify to target music-loving travellers

There’s always one song that brings back memories of a really great holiday. Personally, 'All that she wants' by Ace of Base is guaranteed to transport me back to a few glorious weeks on the Costa Del Sol.  

This intrinsic link between music and travel is the idea behind Lastminute.com’s new partnership with Spotify. 

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How airline brands are improving customer experience in-flight

Cramped seats and stale peanuts used to be the hallmark of most airlines. 

Today, the state of air travel isn’t quite so depressing – even if some budget airlines stand by their dedication to no-frills ‘efficiency’. 

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