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What’s next for WeChat in 2018?

WeChat is commonly referred to as China’s ‘app for everything’. 

Combining instant messaging, social networking, online shopping, mobile payments and more – there’s a reason why 902m people are logged in on a daily basis. 

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Why apps are a key part of mobile strategy for charities

The charity sector has been one of the slowest to adopt new technology, with smaller charities in particular struggling to keep up with the demands (and costs) of digital innovation.

Mobile is one area that has stayed particularly stagnant in recent years. According to Episerver, one quarter of the UK’s largest non-profit organisations still don’t have a responsive mobile website. This is pretty disastrous considering that 45% of consumers say they will immediately leave a mobile site if they have difficulty accessing it.

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A day in the life of... an account manager at Certona

David Hall is senior account manager at personalisation platform Certona, and is the latest of our 'day in the life' interviewees.

Hall gives us some insight into the world of AI-powered personalisation, as well as tips for those wanting to get into the industry or choose some software for their own business.

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

We’re back in the January swing, which means another stellar round-up of the best digital marketing stats to grace the interweb this week. It includes news about grocery sales, failed deliveries, email performance, and so much more. 

The internet statistics compendium is also ready and waiting to download should you want to get stuck in.

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Why the Facebook News Feed update might be the wake-up call that marketers need

For those of you who missed it, on Jan 11, Facebook announced that it plans to alter its algorithm, so that you will see more from friends and families, and less from publishers and brands.

For marketers, this is, well, certainly worrying. How are you going to generate ROI if you can't reach people? I’m sure we all remember the shitstorm around the decline in organic reach.

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Facebook updates News Feed again: The detail

After a year in which Facebook found itself under growing scrutiny over how it determines what content is displayed to users, Mark Zuckerberg made a simple resolution for 2018: fix Facebook.

It would appear that the Facebook CEO is serious as not two weeks into the new year, the company has announced an update to its News Feed that will impact brands active on the world's largest social network.

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Start Me Up! Osha Clean, the 'Uber for window cleaning'

Start Me Up is a semi-regular feature profiling digital startups and asking their founders about their journey so far.

This week we spoke to Louise Stevenson, co-founder of Osha Clean, effectively the 'Uber or JustEat of window cleaning'. Here's what Stevenson had to say...

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Remove the waffle from your content or risk failure in voice search

At the end of 2017 Google published some specific instructions relating to 'eyes-free' technology (such as voice assistants) in its Search Quality Rating Guidelines.

You can read the guidelines and Google's accompanying blog post, but what I took from it was pretty simple:

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How Disney is approaching its digital transformation and fighting disruption

Disney’s $52bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets may have caused some causal observers to be surprised.

However, if you have been following Disney closely for the last few years, it will be more apparent that this move was a fundamental part of the plan to avoid being disrupted by Netflix.

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Why fashion and beauty brands are still betting on chatbots

Chatbots have gone in and out of favour during the past couple of years. First touted as the ‘next big thing’ for marketing, many brand examples have since died a death due to the tech lacking sophistication or failing to provide any real relevance for consumers.

That being said, the fashion and beauty industries still appear attached to the concept, with many more brands launching AI-powered chatbots in the past year or so.

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Four marketing lessons we can learn from subscription box brands

Subscription box services have continued to grow in popularity over the past few years. 

Data tells us that there were 37m visits to subscription brand websites in April 2017 – an increase of 800% in just three years.

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Four ways the blockchain could be applied to digital advertising

The astonishing rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in 2017 was arguably the trend of the year and the headlines keep coming in the first weeks of 2018.

While much of the interest in cryptocurrencies is purely financial – many new millionaires and even some billionaires have been minted in the past year – lots of observers believe that the blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies could revolutionize many markets.

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