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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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Confusing UX: The new Royal Family website reviewed

My editor pointed out that this article might just be treason.

Low-level treason, but treason nonetheless.

Well, now you know the lengths to which I will go to champion good UX.

Here are some things to note about the new Royal Family website, a place of great content and slightly confusing user journeys.

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ai

15 examples of artificial intelligence in marketing

Artificial intelligence (see the Wikipedia definition), specifically machine learning, is an increasingly integral part of many industries, including marketing.

Here are a whole bunch of case studies and use cases, as a complete primer for AI in our industry.

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Digital marketing budgets are growing (but are marketers battle-weary?)

Though digital marketing budgets are growing in 2016, there are signs of frustration among marketers when it comes to winning boardroom and organisational battles.

Our seventh annual Marketing Budgets Report 2016, sponsored by Oracle Marketing Cloud, was published this week.

The survey of almost 500 company and agency marketers reveals some important trends...

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A day in the life of... Director of the Unexpected

Two of the most-loved things about our industry are undoubtedly experiential marketing and people with silly job titles.

I'm sure Joss Davidge, Director of the Unexpected at BEcause, won't mind me saying that.

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How are brands using people-based advertising?

People-based advertising is the use of first-party data to identify known individuals within an advertising ecosystem.

The data is selectively shared with publishers, reaching real people where they congregate online.

So, which solutions are brands using to do this and to what end?

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10 action-packed digital marketing stats from this week

It's been a fine week for digital marketing and ecommerce stats.

So, if you're at all interested in travel and social media, PR and advertising codes, PC shipments, UK adspend, data breaches, email subject lines, B2B customer experience or the 'single customer view', reader, you're in luck.

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20% of marketers have created an actionable 'single customer view'

The single customer view (SCV) is one of marketing's hot potatoes.

Is it really feasible? Well, according to our latest Quarterly Intelligence Briefing: The Pursuit of Data-Driven Maturity (in association with Adobe), 20% of marketers have in fact achieved an actionable SCV.

The survey has thrown up plenty of fascinating data - let's take a look at a little bit of it.

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What does a digitally transformed retailer look like?

According to the IMRG Capgemini Sales Index, online sales accounted for 27% of UK retail sales in 2015. That’s £114bn.

But obviously digital provides more than just a sales channel.

With so many retailers going through a digital transformation programme, I wanted to try to cut through the jargon and define exactly what a digitally transformed retailer should look like.

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Five reasons ASOS is pulling out of China

ASOS is calling time on its Chinese adventure.

It will still serve Chinese customers through its global website and ship clothes from Europe, but its local warehouse and 60 Shanghai-based staff will go.

Here are five reasons ASOS pulled the plug.

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Three key charts from our 2016 Email Marketing Census

This year it's the 10th anniversary of Econsultancy's Email Marketing Industry Census, in association with Adestra.

Subscribers can download the full census but first let's look at three key charts from the report.

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McDonald's provides a new template for so-bad-it's-good TV adverts

For the past two weeks nothing has occupied my mind as fixedly as the McDonald's Monopoly TV adverts.

The burger giant has generated an incredible amount of word-of-mouth in the UK simply by creating a rather confused, social TV campaign.

Why? And what, if anything, can we learn from it?

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10 creative digital marketing campaigns from Lowe's

Everybody loves buying a knick-knack, drilling a hole or wielding a tool in the garden.

After last week's post on IKEA creative was well received, I've stuck with the home improvement theme and rounded up 10 marketing campaigns from Lowe's.

Enjoy...

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