How UX makes Cookpad's app the best antidote to Instagram for foodies

Recipe sharing has come a long way from hand-me-down cookbooks. Now, you can find out how to make anything from roast beef to ramen with just a quick search online.

CookPad, Japan’s largest recipe-sharing network, now has global headquarters here in the UK in Bristol (where they are rapidly growing a data science team to further augment their app andnservice). With 60 million monthly unique users in Japan and 40 million global users per month – its hungry user-base is rapidly growing. 


Why your headlines are worth almost all your content marketing efforts (and how to improve them)

There was a part of me that used to think that people cared deeply about how good a piece of content looked, how it was written and what it had to say. I’m sure some people still do care about these things, but let’s not kid ourselves that they are a majority. 

My experience at various publishers is that, increasingly, people are looking less at what is contained within a piece of content and reacting more to the limited information that is shown around it. 

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Start Me Up! Metrical – reducing cart abandonment with predictive analytics

In 'Start Me Up' we feature new digital businesses, often in martech. This week it's the turn of Metrical, a cart abandonment solution built on predictive analytics.

We caught up with Zabe Agha, the Founder & CEO, to ask a few questions.


A UX review of Etsy, the most user-friendly mobile website according to Google

Any retailer that doesn’t have a mobile-friendly website doesn’t just risk losing out on sales. A poor mobile experience can lead to basket abandonment, or worse - a lost customer for life. 

This is because shopping on mobile is now second nature for most people. According to Adobe, 61% of visits to retail sites now stem from mobile devices, while 70% of purchases are predicted to be made on mobile over desktop by the end of the year.


The best APAC digital marketing stats from the last month

We're a bit late this month with this brief roundup of best Asia-Pacific digital marketing stats from February 2018.

Plenty to get your teeth stuck into here, as well as in Econsultancy's Internet Statistics Compendium.


Employer-sponsored healthcare initiatives will create new opportunities for pharmas & medical device companies

Last month, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they were teaming up to launch a venture aimed at providing better, more cost-effective healthcare to their employees.

And then last week, it was reported that Apple is launching AC Wellness, “an independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population.”


How Now TV is mastering multichannel customer experience

In a market with Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and plenty of other over-the-top and pay-TV services, Now TV obviously has its work cut out to compete.

Owners Sky have backed the service with a range of advertising and product innovation, leading to impressive recent growth figures; adding nearly 50% to its subscriber numbers in the 12 months to Q4 2017 (1.5m total).


A day in the life of... Head of Client Services at an ecommerce agency

This week's interview is Head of Client Services at Astound Commerce, Ben Rainbow.

Let's find out what his days look like...


The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Grab a tea, coffee, or a comforting beverage of your choice – it’s time for stats.

This week’s roundup includes talk about online sales, search snippets, data privacy and lots more. Be sure to check out the Internet Statistics Compendium too. It’s always jam-packed full of extra info.


Why protecting your competitive price position is critical to profitable growth

Do you know where your pricing stands relative to your top competitors?

Keeping an eye on how you compare across your most important categories or brands is critical to getting a bird's eye view of the market and capitalizing on where you have pricing power.


Are you underestimating prototyping for digital services?

Prototyping has become an indispensable tool for those designing digital services, but it has broader business benefits too.

Mention the term prototyping, and most people think of engineers or designers. Rarely do they see prototyping as a business tool.


Econsultancy is looking for a Deputy Editor

If you can't work it out from the stock image below, we're looking for a Deputy Editor to join our London content team and work alongside writers, researchers, designers and community managers.

The perks are pretty awesome – Fitzrovia/Soho offices, lots of interviews, events and time to explore your own interests within the sprawling marketing, ecommerce tech and digital industries.