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How Zara is using in-store tech to improve its frustrating shopper experience

Last year, a particularly frustrating experience in Zara’s Oxford Street store lead me to write this article, praising retailers who – in contrast to the Spanish retailer – typically excel when it comes to their in-store customer experience.

Since that time, it appears Zara has undergone quite a few changes, largely through an increased investment and focus on technology.

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Why trust & transparency are crucial components of brand success

Steve Jobs famously proclaimed, "A brand is simply trust".

Data from an annual study carried out by Kantar Millward Brown proves the strong relationship between the trust in a brand (in this case measured by their TrustR score) and their brand value. Among the most valuable brands in the world, the higher the level of trust in the brand, the more valuable it is, proving that trust is inherent in brand success.

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Six examples of brands using a decoupled CMS

Content is an integral part of digital experiences that drive conversion, from video tutorials that help clinch ecommerce sales, to long-form, high-quality articles that inspire readers to purchase media subscriptions.

But content has never had to work harder to reach audiences how, when, and where they want to experience it.

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Why I love Glossier's email marketing

Glossier is pretty well known now, even pricking the consciousness of people like me who aren't necessarily in the brand's target market.

The New York-based beauty startup emerged from online magazine Into The Gloss and has been praised on this blog for its Instagram output and its referral program.

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Six brilliant examples of B2B video content (& why they're so good)

B2B videos are no longer limited to the talking-head style of old.

In fact, brands are now becoming more creative than ever before, leading to an increase in enthusiasm for the medium within B2B circles.

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How AI is redefining personalisation & the job of the email marketer

Personalisation is a word that marketers use every day with no great degree of thought.

Some may conflate segmentation or product recommendations with personalisation. For others, personalisation means nothing more than ‘[first name] [last name]’ in comms.

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Spotify UX vs. Apple Music UX: How do they compare?

As a music lover in 2018, it is almost impossible to avoid streaming services and their neatly priced subscriptions.

There are two major players that account for 110 million subscribers globally and make up 32% of the US market for music purchases – Apple (15%) and Spotify (17%). As such, it only makes sense to pit the two streaming app giants against one another to see who reigns supreme in terms of having a superior UX.

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Goldman Sachs buys personal finance & budgeting app to bolster its growing retail banking business

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em.

For years, many large companies have employed that approach in their digital efforts with varying degrees of success. But in the world of fintech, it would appear that even if you can potentially beat 'em, some companies are still willing to buy 'em.

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How Intelistyle plans to become the 'Spotify of fashion' with its AI stylist app

Artificial intelligence is one of the most talked about trends of the moment, with industries ranging from beauty to healthcare capitalising on the technology.

Fashion is another industry where AI holds huge potential, most commonly used to enhance the customer experience through personalisation.

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Why did JD Wetherspoon delete its social media accounts, and was it the right marketing decision?

News broke on Monday that UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon will be shutting down their social media accounts due to their view on the current ‘climate’ of social media and the addictive nature of the platforms. 

The company, that owns nearly 900 pubs across the UK, has made the decision to deactivate all of the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts of each of their establishments, as well as their head office, to dispel and discourage trolling of MPs and ethnic minorities online.

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Companies around the world are worried about the GDPR: study

The GDPR is coming and even though it is an EU law, it will have a profound impact on businesses around the world, even those that don't have a physical presence in the EU.

That's because the GDPR's protections apply to all individuals within the Union and non-EU companies that control or process data from individuals in EU are expected to register a representative and comply with the law. Those that don't face stiff penalties, including fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover.

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Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill testimony

Last week, Facebook's CEO donned a suit instead of a hoodie and made his way to Capitol Hill, where he was questioned by American lawmakers in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

That scandal, the largest the world's largest social network has ever dealt with, has brought Facebook's collection and use of data into the spotlight. With negative headlines being published daily and the threat of regulation on the horizon, the company's public appearance shy chief, Mark Zuckerberg, had little choice but to go before lawmakers and answer questions.

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