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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.

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23 clever uses for colour in ecommerce UX

Colour plays an important part in web design and ecommerce.

From little UX quirks and best practice, to stylish branding and aesthetics, I've rounded up 23 uses for colour in ecommerce.

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Why Lastminute.com is taking control of its ad inventory

Last week, lastminute.com group announced its new media business, The Travel People.

In such an interesting time for online advertising, I wanted to know what this means for lastminute.com group and the advertising on its sites.

Mirroring big publisher websites, is this a move towards more bespoke campaigns and away from standard display?

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The week's news in digital (in five minutes)

Yes, yes, we'll be talking about Pokémon.

But also Amazon's new programmatic creative video ads, ASOS' one-hour delivery, Nissan's autonomous cars and much more.

Here's your five minute update on the week's digital news.

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Programmatic advertising: Why the trend for moving it in house?

I've been reading our CMO's Guide to Programmatic and publishing some highlights here on the blog.

So far, I've touched on challenges of programmatic and the basics of mobile programmatic.

For this post, I've concentrated on the trend of bringing programmatic in house. What's driving it and why?

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Six case studies that show how digital out-of-home advertising is changing

Out of home (OOH) advertising is changing as more and more digital inventory is unveiled.

In this post, we look at the most important developments in digital OOH through the lens of six innovative brand examples.

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Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, to headline Festival of Marketing 2016

Silicon Valley icon Steve Wozniak will headline this year's Festival of Marketing.

The personal-computer pioneer and philanthropist heads a packed lineup at the unique event, which takes place on 5-6 October in London.

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Should Pokémon GO give marketers hope for augmented reality?

Pokémon GO quickly drains your phone battery, crashes with alarming frequency, has a dodgy UI and is lacking instructions.

But still, the app is incredibly popular, with TechCrunch estimating 7.5m downloads in the US and SimilarWeb reporting 60% of these downloaders as daily active users. Nintendo's value, unsurprisingly, has sky-rocketed.

So, with augmented reality (AR) a big part of the game (enabling you to see and catch Pokémon), is this a breakthrough moment for AR?

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What is predictive analytics and how could you use it?

Predictive analytics. What is it? What can it be used for in marketing? Is it easy to implement?

As the technology edges closer to maturity in digital, here's an introduction to predictive analytics.

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Nectar MD, Will Shuckburgh, on loyalty in a mobile-first world

Loyalty business Nectar provides an interesting case study for the state of marketing and retail in 2016.

The company was transformed in 2015 when it replatformed all of its consumer-facing channels to make them mobile first and digital, with its app now the subject of a major TV ad campaign.

I spoke to Nectar's MD, Will Shuckburgh, to get his thoughts on loyalty and marketing in a newly customer-centric world.

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All the week's digital news (in five minutes)

This week's digital news roundup will, as ever, give you everything you need to know, in a handy five-minute read.

From Snapchat and iOS 10 features, to retailer results and Google's latest AI implementation, there's lots you might have missed.

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The Sales & Marketing departments: Why & how they should merge

Sales and marketing are converging in many businesses. But why and how?

Econsultancy's latest Digital Transformation Best Practice Guide answers exactly those questions.

Here are some of the key insights.

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Eight lessons for new digital agency account execs & managers

Are you new into an account exec or account manager role?

Here are eight lessons to learn.

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