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Author: Ben Davis

Ben Davis

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

messenger games

All the digital news stories you missed this week

There's a rather childish feel to this week's digital news roundup, but it is nearly Christmas, after all.

Stories this week include games, toys and base humour. All of it, essential.

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gears

12 tips to help find the right UX and design supplier

If you're looking for an organisational guide to user experience and interaction design, look no further.

Econsultancy has just published User Experience and Interaction Design for Mobile and Web, a best practice guide available to subscribers.

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cadbury

The 10 most shared video adverts of 2016

Video ad tech company Unruly has revealed the most shared ads of 2016.

Here are the top 10...

(Tip: a particular favourite of mine is the terrible Europop on the Cadbury advert.)

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We take a spin through Clarkson, May & Hammond's DriveTribe network

My father had a birthday last week and received an Amazon Fire Stick.

That means he is currently raving about The Grand Tour, like every other father, as detailed by a humorous article on The Daily Mash (Men stay up all night to watch twat drive car).

What you might not know is that Clarkson, Hammond and May recently set up their own online community called DriveTribe, receiving millions in funding from 21st Century Fox, private equity firms and investors.

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Start Me Up! Bulb, the green energy company focusing on CX

Focusing on customer experience may be all the rage, but you might not associate it with utility companies.

Bulb is trying to change that (and for renewable energy, too).

We caught up with the team to talk to them about their market.

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good karma this way

Consultancies are buying agencies: What does it mean for marketing?

Accenture Interactive has announced it has reached a deal to purchase the London-based independent agency Karmarama.

It's the latest acquisition from the consultancy, which has also bought independents in Brazil, APAC, the US and Sweden.

What does this mean for marketing?

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jill brittlebank

A day in the life of... senior director for strategy & analytics at Zeta Global

Do you work on the customer lifecycle and wonder what it would be like to be on the supply side or in charge of strategy?

Jill Brittlebank is senior director for strategy and analytics at Zeta Global, a CRM technology company, and is the latest of our Day in the Life interviewees.

Let's see what she gets up to every day...

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

Happy Black Friday to you all - undoubtedly the most sanctified and unanimously-loved day of them all.

It's not been the busiest week of digital news, but there's plenty a discerning reader like you needs to keep abreast of.

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Why Asda and Waitrose have won the battle of the Xmas TV adverts in 2016

My overwhelming feeling after watching a whole bunch of Christmas adverts is that brands aren't really sure what approach to take.

Have they misjudged the consumer of 2016? Let's start with John Lewis...

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Forget learning to code; what should marketers really know?

It is a common refrain on industry blogs - "marketers should learn to code" - but it doesn't really make sense.

Hands up, I've said it myself in the past. But what I was really referring to was learning the very basics of code, so marketers can get better at working with analytics, agencies and their tech teams. 

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Why is design thinking suddenly so important?

Design thinking is one of the year's buzzphrases.

Though it has been around for decades, design thinking is back in focus due to the rapid expansion of digital products and services.

I recently wrote an article asking 'What is design thinking?'. Now, let's look at why companies should be using design thinking.

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airbnb trips

All the digital news stories you missed this week

This week's digital news sees plenty from the world of social media, alongside a dose of alt-right controversy and some smashing results from China.

Elsewhere, we've seen gender updates from Tinder and a lovely Rube Goldberg recruitment video from AT&T.

Dive in.

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