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Author: Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Ben Davis is Deputy Editor at Econsultancy. He lives in Manchester, England. You can contact him at ben.davis@econsultancy.com or follow at @herrhuld.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

This week's digital news has been awash with augmented reality updates, from Facebook to Snapchat and even PornHub.

Elsewhere, there's some interesting work from Google in the healthcare sector and an ongoing row about an internet-enabled juicer.

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What do Facebook's new VR and AR platforms mean for marketers?

At Facebook's F8 2017 event, the unveiling of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology caused quite a stir.

Whilst the AR features showcased are mostly still in private beta, the VR stuff is out there now, though admittedly available to a more limited audience of Oculus Rift owners.

In this article, I'm going to look at some of the key functionality and what it could mean for marketers.

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Eight ways to kill email bureaucracy in your organisation

We've hated internal email for so long, but only a few businesses have got rid of it altogether.

Accepting it as a necessary evil, here are eight ways to reduce the bureaucracy of email, and make office life more bearable and your organisation more efficient.

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The future of content is marketplaces, not AI

Content generation is increasingly being undertaken using management platforms and dispersed teams of freelancers, rather than traditional fixed role, in-house teams.

This trend is evident in a burgeoning gig economy and a rise in technology companies providing HR and content platforms. Over and above AI, these content marketplaces represent the future of content creation.

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A day in the life of... head of marketing at a private healthcare clinic

Mark Lea is Commercial Manager at London Doctors Clinic and his remit involves heading up the marketing function of the private clinic chain.

We caught up with him to find out what he does every day.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Robert Graves in an addendum to his autobiography said that people like to read about food and drink, murders, ghosts and, most of all, battles.

While I can't claim they all feature in this week's digital news roundup, it's nevertheless a corker.

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Automating SEO: An introduction to Python

One of the most practical and inspiring talks at last week's Brighton SEO came from Anita Valentinova, on the topic of using Python to automate SEO.

Valentinova is a senior SEO specialist at VistaPrint, a company that runs 21 websites with over 40,000 webpages.

Unsurprisingly, automation is an attractive prospect when working at that scale and though Valentinova is a relative newcomer to Python, she explained how excited she was to try out new scripts in her day-to-day role.

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13 examples of dark patterns in ecommerce checkouts

Dark patterns are deceptive parts of a digital user interface, designed to trick the user into making a decision that benefits the business involved.

Darkpatterns.org is a terrific website conceived by Harry Brignull as part of a campaign to raise awareness of dark patterns. The site includes a roundup of the most common categories of dark patterns, as well as a hall of shame with examples submitted by the UX community.

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The UX that time forgot: Online travel agents must step up

I recently booked a flight through eDreams (after searching on Skyscanner) and one small part of the booking UX jumped out at me as an artefact from the past, typical of a time when online customer experiences prioritised short-term revenue at the expense of brand and usability.

However far online travel agents (OTAs) have come, I'd argue there are still too many examples of UX that sails close to the wind.

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A day in the life of...a director of digital product management

Muriel Alvarez is Director of Product Management at Work & Co, an agency responsible for work such as Virgin America's fantastic 2014 website redesign and 2016 app.

In this week's Day in The Life, Muriel explains what character and skills her role demands.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

This week's digital news has been full of interesting developments, from how Uber uses psychological tricks to motivate its drivers, to Google's new AI chips and a robot that makes perfect salads.

Trump and his administration get a mention, too, of course.

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Should marketers be able to prove the ROI of influencers?

Are marketers doing enough to prove the ROI of influencers? Do they even need to?

Econsultancy has just published a discussion of the topic, titled Measuring the ROI of Influencer Marketing, in association with Fashion & Beauty Monitor.

Let's look at some of the issues.

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