Author: Nikki Gilliland

Nikki Gilliland

The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Let’s marvel at some wondrous stats from the world of digital marketing, shall we?

This week’s roundup is complete with news about online ads, supermarket emails, and everyone’s favourite festive topic – GDPR. 

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What were the biggest social media trends in 2017?

Next up in our look back at the year that was 2017, we’re talking social media.

With insight from those in the know, here’s a run-down of some of the biggest social trends and talking points.

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How to start planning a successful content strategy

When it comes to creating a content marketing strategy for the year ahead, it’s easy to get caught up thinking about the end result.

When will the content be published, and how can you ensure it reaches consumers? Questions like these are highly important, of course, but they certainly shouldn’t be only focus. 

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10 inspiring ecommerce lookbooks that encourage sales

Once the hallmark of fashion print magazines, lookbooks are a great way for brands of all kinds to showcase their products online. 

Not only does the medium allow brands to tell a story – helping to set a particular mood or enhance a theme – but it also puts products in context and highlights corresponding items to drive additional sales.

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10 of the best ad campaigns from the UK’s top supermarkets

The UK’s biggest supermarkets are constantly vying for consumer attention. 

The supermarkets spend millions on large-scale ad campaigns each year (and never more so than at Christmas time).

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What were the biggest ecommerce trends in 2017?

It’s time to take a look back at the biggest ecommerce trends of the past year, with insight from a few esteemed experts.

So, what were the biggest talking points?

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

This week’s selection of stats is like a tin of Quality Street (a particular diverse type of English chocolate). You might not like every single one, but there’s bound to be someone out there who will. So, why not share it with your nearest and dearest (or, you know, people you don’t talk to on Twitter)?

The roundup includes talk about personalisation, packaging, and regrettable social media posts. Don’t say we don’t spoil you. 

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Four key traits of ‘human’ brands

As the year draws to a close, talk naturally turns to what the biggest trends of 2018 will be. Will AI dominate? Is personalisation yet again going to take centre stage?

Interestingly, it seems the one thing consumers will look for in the year ahead is a brand that sounds exactly like they do. In other words, emotional intelligence – i.e. the ability to empathise and engage like a human – will become the biggest consumer expectation of all.

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Four key digital trends impacting travel and hospitality brands

The end goal for travel and hospitality brands used to be securing a booking. Now, in an increasingly competitive market, many are placing a greater focus on securing the best all-round ‘experience’.

In fact, this emphasis on customer experience is so high that it has now collectively overtaken customer acquisition as the biggest business priority in travel.

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Is the Calvin Klein & Amazon deal a step-change for multichannel fashion retail?

Last month, Calvin Klein announced a new collaboration with Amazon Fashion for the 2017 holiday season. Along with an exclusive online shop, it has opened two pop-up stores in New York and Los Angeles to run until the end of December.

Previously, Calvin Klein has given department stores first access to its new ranges. This time, however, shoppers won’t be able to get their hands on fresh Calvin’s anywhere but Amazon until January – long after the Christmas period has finished.

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Eight steps to landing page success

A well-designed landing page can make or break a campaign. 

Sure, your ads or emails might be perfectly optimised, but that certainly does not mean guaranteed conversion once visitors arrive on your site. So what makes an effective landing page?

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Battle of the Christmas chatbots: Why M&S beats Lego & ASOS

Christmas is a time for drinking mulled wine, eating mince pies, and panic-buying naff presents for people.

This year, a few retailers are doing their utmost to make the latter experience a little less stressful, by launching their own gift-finding chatbots.

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