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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Five UX lessons retailers can take from Screwfix.com

Screwfix has recently upgraded to a responsive website.

Looking through the site, it occurred to me how much ecommerce retailers in other sectors can learn from hardware retailers that have been traditionally catalogue-based.

Here are a few features worth considering.

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PPC for beginners - the seven levels of campaign tracking

Getting to grips with PPC measurement?

Search campaign tracking can often be unsophisticated, working on a last click model, measuring revenue, transactions, ROI etc.

However, some more advanced marketers measure a bigger variety of variables, including profit margin, lifetime value and phone contacts.

Let's look at the different levels of PPC campaign tracking.

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Algorithmic analysis of facial expressions? Don't make me laugh.

Mediacom has teamed up with Realeyes, the latest company to offer so-called 'emotional analytics'.

But, with the advertising landscape so chock-full of tech at the moment (even on the creative side - see CMPs and DCOs), do agencies and advertisers really need to be pointing web cams at people's faces to know if a video ad is good or not?

Here are, to my mind, some pros and cons of this new technology.

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ted dhanik

What can prevent ad fraud? We ask an ad tech CEO.

Recently, I wrote an article about the scale of ad fraud.

In it, I mentioned a press release I had received from engage:BDR about their new VP of Inventory Quality.

I decided to catch up with their CEO, Ted Dhanik, to discuss the state of the industry.

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Could you be a writer for Econsultancy London?

We're looking for a new writer for the Econsultancy blog, to work in our London office. 

Are you interested?

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Three things that show the scale of the ad fraud challenge

Ad fraud is a topic that cannot be ignored.

At Econsultancy conferences, any discussion of programmatic media comes with the obligatory debate about building transparency into an ecosystem where the advertiser so often lacks control.

I thought I'd write a short post simply stating the scale of the problem with three facts.

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Digital transformation in sports: from diamond to gridiron

Sports teams have always been fertile ground for technology and innovation.

From a marketing point of view, the question is how fan engagement can be increased, above and beyond television viewing figures.

I thought I'd take a look at some examples of marketing innovation in the NFL, MLB, NBA and EPL.

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Kogan.com - a world of cheeky (and divisive?) UX

Kogan.com is the only international Australian electronics retailer, the work of self-made Ruslan Kogan.

Perhaps the most amusing story in its 10 year history was its application of an IE7 tax in 2012, charging people 6.8% more for using the outdated browser (0.1% for every month the browser had been on the market).

It's not just this that seems unconventional, the site is full of UX quirks (some good, some bad) that I thought I should highlight. Let me know what you think.

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10 ways to reduce email unsubscribes

A well-oiled email marketing strategy can be unsurpassable in terms of ROI and audience engagement.

So, what are the myriad ways companies can keep their database plump and receptive and reduce unsubscribes?

Here are 10 ways.

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What does content strategy mean at The Economist?

The Economist has caught the eye of late, with notable successes in creative programmatic and experimentation with social platforms.

I caught up with Heather Taylor, Director of Content Strategy at The Economist, to ask a few probing questions.

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PPC: a beginners' guide to KPIs, budgets & agencies

There's a lot to know about paid search advertising.

To mark the release of Econsultancy's newly updated PPC Best Practice Guide, I've pulled together a brief intro to KPIs, budgets and resourcing for paid search.

The full guide is more than 350-pages long and includes the basics of setting up a campaign, to more involved cross-channel strategy.

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Should we be in the creative's corner against programmatic?

At Econsultancy's recent Creative Programmatic conference, I was struck by a healthy scepticism towards some areas of personalization.

Then this morning I read a beautifully concise post from the Ad Contrarian.

I'll quote from both the conference and the blog post and you can make up you're own mind as to the dangers posed by personalization to the art of advertising.

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