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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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Is the Calvin Klein & Amazon deal a step-change for multichannel fashion retail?

Last month, Calvin Klein announced a new collaboration with Amazon Fashion for the 2017 holiday season. Along with an exclusive online shop, it has opened two pop-up stores in New York and Los Angeles to run until the end of December.

Previously, Calvin Klein has given department stores first access to its new ranges. This time, however, shoppers won’t be able to get their hands on fresh Calvin’s anywhere but Amazon until January – long after the Christmas period has finished.

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Eight steps to landing page success

A well-designed landing page can make or break a campaign. 

Sure, your ads or emails might be perfectly optimised, but that certainly does not mean guaranteed conversion once visitors arrive on your site. So what makes an effective landing page?

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Four ways brands build loyalty & engagement (without using points)

It's often said that it costs a lot more to acquire a new customer than to retain an old one.

Because of this, many marketers have been tasked with developing engagement and loyalty programmes.

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Six ways fintech startups could hurt incumbent banks

For years, there has been much talk about the impact of fintech startups like Monzo and Atom Bank on incumbent banks but little has been done to quantify the actual effects fintechs are having on big banks.

New data from The Bank of England (BoE), published as part of its 2017 stress test of the UK banking system, however, is shedding light on this subject.

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A day in the life of... insight director at UM

This week's 'day in the life' interview is one of my favourites.

Michael Brown is insights director at UM. Here's how he fills his time, and what makes his role so enjoyable.

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Battle of the Christmas chatbots: Why M&S beats Lego & ASOS

Christmas is a time for drinking mulled wine, eating mince pies, and panic-buying naff presents for people.

This year, a few retailers are doing their utmost to make the latter experience a little less stressful, by launching their own gift-finding chatbots.

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