Author: Nikki Gilliland

Nikki Gilliland

10 brilliant examples of content marketing from beauty brands

New data suggests that the UK health and beauty industry is now worth £4bn, with sales of cosmetics increasing £55m in the past 12 months alone.

In the US, the demand for beauty is (naturally) even bigger, with the sector expected to rise from $80bn to a whopping $90bn by 2020.

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10 superior digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Welcome to your weekly roundup of stats. 

It's slightly retail-heavy this week, but don’t worry, there’s lots more good stuff on travel, search and mobile ads to enjoy. Oh, and don't forget there's always our Internet Statistics Compendium, for the real die-hard digital stats fans out there.

Let's hop to it.

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Five examples of brands that succeed with word-of-mouth marketing

If you have a positive experience with a brand, you might mention it to a friend or family member. 

With 92% of consumers now trusting a recommendation from friends and family more than any other form of marketing – chances are they might then check it out for themselves.

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Five companies using robots and AI to make a difference

We’re constantly hearing about the downsides of artificial intelligence. 

According to PwC, 30% of UK jobs are potentially under threat from breakthroughs in AI, while 38% of US jobs have a ‘high risk’ of being entirely wiped out by 2030.

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Lessons in brand building from Deliciously Ella

There aren’t many people that have created an entire business on the back of a blog, but Ella Mills (aka Deliciously Ella) has done just that.

With four books, three London-based delis, and a range of food products – Deliciously Ella is now a fully-fledged brand in its own right.

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New Look sees profits fall: What can turn it around?

UK fashion chain New Look has seen another fall in profits, announcing a 4.4% drop in sales during the first quarter of 2017. 

With the recent news that UK retailers have witnessed a general slowdown in spending growth – New Look’s bad fortune could be put down to wider factors like high inflation or dwindling consumer confidence. 

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10 stupendous digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Grab yourself a coffee – it’s stats time once again.

This week’s roundup includes news about CRM, affiliate marketing, and mobile UX. As always, the Internet Statistics Compendium includes lots more, so why not head on over and give it a look-see?

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How brands are using empathy to enhance marketing

What makes customers buy into a brand? 

In the past, we might have said heritage or prestige, and perhaps more recently, instant gratification or entertainment. Now, ‘empathy’ seems to be the buzzword of the moment, with many brands aiming to create meaningful content that truly resonates with consumers. 

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What are customer personas and why are they so important?

Brands often use segmentation to help understand and target an audience. This means taking into consideration general details about the average customer, such as their demographic, gender, socio-economic status and so on.

What is less common is the practice of creating customer personas. 

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Six superb social media marketing campaigns from the past 12 months

This year’s Festival of Marketing is rapidly approaching. One of the most exciting stages on the day is bound to be social, with the likes of JustEat and Thomson Reuters lined up to share their expertise.

To get you in the mood, here’s a look back at some of the finest social media marketing campaigns to pop up in the past year – along with a good gander at what they achieved.

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Eight effective examples of email sign up forms

According to research, 57% of email subscribers spend anywhere between 10-60mins browsing marketing emails during the week.

But while email marketing remains one of the most effective ways to reach and engage with customers, the problem for most brands is still getting people to sign up in the first place.

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Six lessons we can learn from the best stationery brands on Instagram

Some people like to follow food brands on Instagram, others are interested in fashion. For some reason, I seem to have a slightly unhealthy obsession with stationery.

Niche, I know. But it seems I’m not the only one. The hashtag #stationery has over 2 million posts on Instagram, with big brands including Primark and ASOS also jumping on the ‘stationery porn’ bandwagon.

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