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How three top betting sites handle social content

Social content is – or at least should be – entirely driven by a brand’s tone of voice. And that tone of voice should be driven in turn by the brand’s target audience and the image it wants to achieve. 

Betting companies are interesting because they get away with stuff that a lot of other brands wouldn’t (everyone remembers the ‘last one to sign up to a Paddy Power account is a t***’ banner ad).  

I thought I’d look at three of the top UK betting sites to see how they handle social content and what other brands can learn from their success. 

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Top 10 digital marketing stats of the week

Here’s a stat for you: 100% of Jack Simpsons say this is a very sad day indeed, according to a new survey by Jack Simpson. 

Why? Well, loyal stat devourers, I am sorry to announce that this is last time I will fill your lives with life-changing facts and figures from the marketing world. 

Yes, this is my last day as the official weekly Econsultancy digital marketing stats round-up guy. 

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10 of the best social campaigns & stories from March 2016

With two significant events in the form of International Women’s Day and Easter, last month was an exciting one for social campaigns. 

On top of that there were some big social news announcements, from Instagram’s algorithmic timeline to a judge ruling in favour of a Chipotle employee who was fired after making negative comments about the brand on Twitter. 

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10 common online copywriting mistakes

Anyone can be a writer these days. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and a tenner to spend on a domain name.

The problem is: anyone can be a writer these days.

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12 best branded Instagram videos from March 2016

If your brand is on Instagram and you’re still not posting videos, you’re not using the platform to its full potential. 

Hopefully some the following clips will inspire your own Instagram video efforts, although obviously launching a rocket into space is not going to be an option for every brand. 

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Do you need to be on that new social media platform?

Not too many years ago brands were deliberating on whether to embrace social media at all, and for those that did there were relatively few platforms to choose from. 

Now, however, it seems there’s a new social media platform to get excited about every month.

The landscape has completely changed, and it can be daunting for brands to take the plunge and plough resources into something that isn’t guaranteed to return any value. 

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A pun-free roundup of excellent Easter marketing campaigns

Retail spending was expected to hit £775m over the Easter weekend, and brands were working hard to get the biggest possible share of that cash. 

I thought I’d look at some of my favourite Easter campaigns from the past while also looking at some of the better ones from 2016 so far.

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Two-thirds of Australian marketers say current display ads model is broken

We often discuss the state of display ads on this blog, sadly it is not always in the most positive light, and it seems the majority of marketers agree with us. But there is hope for a better approach.

Sixty-six percent of brand marketers and media buyers in Australia surveyed in our recent People-Based Advertising report either agree or strongly agree that the current model for display advertising is broken, and only 12% disagree that it is. 

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Top 10 digital marketing stats of the week

Stats on a Thursday? Have you lost it, Simpson? Do you need a lie down and a hot Lemsip? Should we contact your next of kin and tell them to prepare for the worst?

No, you silly rabbits. It’s Easter weekend. Which means, in the words of the ever-culturally relevant Rebecca Black: 

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What are first-, second- and third-party data?

I’m not trying to teach anyone how to suck eggs here. Perish the thought.

But let’s face it: some of you probably just smile and nod when somebody starts going on about the merits of ‘second-party data’. 

Sure, everyone knows what these terms mean in principle, but in this post I’m going to break down three key types of data – first-party, second-party and third-party – and explain what they all mean, where the different data sets come from and the pros and cons of each.

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Eight intriguing US digital marketing stats from the past week

Welcome to another edition of our US digital marketing stats round-up – arguably the most hotly anticipated thing on the internet. 

This week we’re covering digital adspend, generation Z, jazz fans, and people using their phones on the toilet. Yes, you read that right.

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11 of the most memorable 'brand' #hashtags of all time

Twitter celebrated its 10th birthday this week, and despite all its problems it has arguably become as important a technical feature of society as the TV or the telephone. 

Not a single campaign or significant event goes by without having a hashtag attached, and Twitter quite often becomes the primary source of news for individuals and high-profile publications alike.  

In light of all that, I thought I’d celebrate some of the very best uses of hashtags I’ve seen from brands over the years. 

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