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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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The five Ps of AI strategy for marketers

Some predict that Artificial Intelligence will drive the next industrial revolution. What is certain is that over the next few years AI will become more important to marketers.

But to unlock AI’s huge potential you need an AI strategy. Here are five Ps to help you develop yours.

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Will influencer marketing take a hit after the Logan Paul firestorm?

One of the biggest topics among digital marketers in 2017 was that of brand safety and it looks set to remain in the headlines thanks to a firestorm that has engulfed one of social media's most prominent influencers.

The 22 year-old influencer, Logan Paul, boasts 15m YouTube subscribers and his daily videos regularly rack up upwards of 5m views each, giving him a level of exposure that eclipses events like the Super Bowl. Thanks to this popularity, Paul reportedly earned $12.5m last year and has worked with some of the globe's biggest brands, including Nike, Walmart, Pepsi, Verizon and HBO.

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Five trends for online advertising strategy in 2018

Marketing may be about a lot more than just producing ads, yet when marketers meet, advertising is almost always a topic of conversation.

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Five brand campaigns that took a stand on social issues

Research suggests that consumers respond better to brands that display corporate responsibility, with 73% of people believing that companies should do more than just offer a product or service. 

As it happens, many brands are already doing their bit, commonly drawing up ‘social good’ strategies to raise money or fight for a chosen cause. However, more often than not, this is done somewhat behind-the-scenes – not as part of a consumer-facing strategy. 

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What is best practice pagination? And how does it create amazing online experiences?

For many, pagination is a typically forgotten page element, an afterthought, or something not taken seriously when constructing the page layout for product listing pages.  

In fact, the best practice treatment of the pagination page element contributes to creating amazing online experiences.  

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Marketing in the Dark: How organisations are dealing with dark data

According to research, 80% of all the data a company possesses is dark data – i.e. the unstructured and unanalysed data gathered from multiple operations and channels, including the social web, customer service, raw surveys, and more.

This finding comes from Econsultancy’s Marketing in the Dark report in association with IBM, which is based on an extensive survey of more than 1,000 marketers.

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