Author: Ben Davis

Ben Davis

Ben Davis is 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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Google introduces Shopping Ads to image search: The expert view

Yesterday saw the latest development in Google's search advertising product.

Shopping ads, or product listing ads (PLAs), are set to appear within Google image searches.

I asked for some initial thoughts from agency search practitioners. Here are a few things to look out for.

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Atom Bank: No branches, no legacy tech, fewer channels

Atom Bank is the UK's first bank designed for digital and optimised for mobile.

Lisa Wood, CMO, is speaking at Econsultancy's excellent Future of Digital Marketing conference next month.

We caught up with her for a preview, picking her brain on the merits of a branchless and legacy-free, online bank.

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Why use CRM data in programmatic media campaigns?

How do CRM and programmatic work together, and what are the challenges for advertisers that haven't yet achieved such integration?

Econsultancy and Sociomantic Labs have published a new report, The Role of CRM in Data-Driven Marketing, so I thought I'd give an overview of where these disciplines meet.

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The 10 steps of digital replatforming

Econsultancy has, in the past, provided a number of buyers' guides for digital technology.

However, I thought it would be useful to publish a brief and generic guide to replatforming, given that many companies are focusing on updating legacy technology.

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Three stats that throw down the gauntlet for B2B customer experience

B2B customer experience is the topic of Econsultancy and SAP Hybris' latest report.

The Tension in B2B Customer Experience Management includes an international survey of over 220 senior leaders at companies spanning a range of industries.

Though customer experience (CX) is impossible to universally define, the importance of slick customer interactions is paramount.

Yet, as the report reveals, there's still a way to go for many B2B brands.

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Four creative programmatic advertising case studies

Entries are now open for this year's Masters of Marketing Awards, presented at the Festival of Marketing in October.

There are many categories but I thought I'd highlight the Programmatic & Performance Marketing award by looking at last year's winner and a few other notable campaigns.

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What is transformational agility & what are its benefits?

Marketers are adding to or overhauling their technology stacks, media and channels have proliferated and people and processes have had to adapt.

This is the root of the need for digital transformation.

But is the talk of agile change just lip service? What is it? And what are its benefits?

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The best APAC digital marketing stats from April 2016

Here are the most eye-catching digital marketing stats from APAC in April.

This month's topics include WeChat, video advertising, Indian ecommerce, Chinese digital agencies and much more.

More stats are available in Econsultancy's Internet Statistics Compendium.

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What to do when a competitor 'steals' your product page Google ranking

We recently ran an article about the importance of canonical tags to differentiate between similar product pages.

You can read that piece here. But what about when a competitor's page seems to have bumped you out of the search results?

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10 fine digital marketing stats from this week

This week's juicy digital marketing stats include the least engaging brands in the US, excitement about VR, Amazon profits, returns policies, and (altogether now) "much more".

As usual, it would be remiss of me not to plug Econsultancy's Internet Statistics Compendium, too.

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How canonical tags helped Waterstones solve a product ranking nightmare

The canonical tag is used by webmasters to alert Google to duplicate content or, perhaps more accurately, multiple versions of a page.

But what happens when websites don't use canonical tags? How much of an effect does it have on rankings?

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10 pioneering examples of brands using Facebook Live

Live streaming via Facebook Live was opened to all verified brands at the end of 2015.

Since then, many brands have got involved, not just broadcasters (such as the BBC, who trialled the tool as early as October of last year).

Facebook's F8 conference revealed that APIs will be made available, allowing the integration of Live into third-party apps.

With lots to look forward to, let's look at the baby steps brands have taken so far.

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