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Author: Rhian Harris (was Simms)

Rhian Harris (was Simms)

Creative, commercial and experienced online marketer with cross-industry experience in digital marketing / eCommerce management positions. An 8-year career to date from planning, strategy, campaign management, delivery, reporting, analysis, forecasting, people management and budgetary control. Sector experience includes retail, charity, travel, and utilities.

Purchase cycle

The importance of 'boring' content for SEO

We can all get excited about the prospect of working with a new client that has an exciting product, brand or industry, but what about the more 'boring' ones?

Do you reject the proposal on the basis that your innovative ideas might not be a good fit or win you any awards, or do you accept the challenge and benefit from opportunities others might have overlooked?

If you're from the latter camp, you'll appreciate the major benefits to each stage of the purchase cycle that so-called 'boring' content can provide.

Let's take a look at how and why it is so important.


Is Twitter planning a major redesign?

So Twitter has just rolled out its latest look, and if we are to believe the latest pictures of yet more testing, it could be 'goodbye, Twitter feed' and more 'hello, timeline'...

Could it be that the unmistakeable look of Twitter is to become a thing of the past?


Top 10 Twitter Trends of 2013


It's the time of year again that analysts report yet another bumper year for ecommerce trading, and commentators try to predict digital trends for the forthcoming year.

But it's also the time when we gain access to data to help understand what was most talked about online. 

BA sponsored tweet customer service fail

Are you heading for a social customer service fail?

This week, an angry British Airways passenger took it upon himself to fight back against the poor customer service he received by purchasing a promoted tweet.  

Brand managers are no doubt starting to ask themselves, what is our policy to deal with that?

Oreo - the agile marketing posterboy

Eight great examples of agile marketing from Oreo

In recent months, we've seen lots of brands launching real time campaigns in response to national events, producing great opportunist campaigns.

Good examples include, Golden Wonder's fast reaction to Sir Alex Fergusan's retirement, and the Bodyform Facebook response.


Abandoned basket emails: creative vs. best practice?

Cath KidstonWhen it comes to abandoned baskets, all digital marketers worth their salt should be thinking about how to get their hands on every penny that is not being converted on their websites.

Of course we know that through price, stock or postage checking, all abandonments aren’t truly lost customers, but that doesn't excuse the whopping 73% of purchases that are left idle.

A significant chunk of idle baskets therefore are shoppers who are in the purchase phase and should be followed up with a targeted email.


How to prepare for the latest Facebook changes

Since it was announced a few weeks ago, we've seen a lot written about yet more changes to Facebook from our friends at 'Zuck Towers'.

I thought it might be worth looking at what the changes could mean for brands and how they should respond.


Second screen and why you should pay attention in 2013

Watching TV whilst browsing the internet has been around for as long as I have been using the internet.

It used to be because we needed something to do whilst waiting for slow dial-up connections to download content, but nowadays multi-tasking via a 'second screen' or 'dual screen' is part of our everyday routine.

Abandoned shopping baskets

Abandoned basket emails: the good, the bad and the ugly

With 73% of shopping carts left to become idle, abandoned basket retargeting is a key part of the digital marketing mix.

It might be that users are price checking, or that they intend to complete their purchase later or on a different device, so in truth, these may not all be genuine abandonments.

Either way, with the help of analytics integrations or third-party suppliers, marketing managers are proactively trying to recover that 'low hanging fruit' through abandoned basket emails, and with different creative treatments, messaging and abandonment times, there is quite a spectrum of tactics being employed to do so.

Unfortunately, as with a lot of campaigns it seems that 'getting it live' is where attention ends, leading to little or no ongoing optimisation. 

So I thought I'd take a look at some of the good, the bad and the ugly of what I've seen recently whilst shopping online. 

Effective budgeting and forecasting tools

Intelligent levers: foolproof your budget requests

Most people in digital are now au fait with the idea of attribution modelling, if not the reality, but in the year of 'big data', how many of us are really crunching the numbers to identify the key periods in which to invest?

I'm not talking about knowing when the peaks are and throwing money at them. I'm talking about really understanding when you need to invest in order to assist that peak before it's even happened.

Think lead times. Think objectives. Think overall channel attribution.

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FaceTime and Skype search terms see peak on Christmas Day

How the internet changed Christmas

The internet has become so integral to our everyday lives that even the most old-fashioned items on the Christmas 'to do' list have now been transformed. 

So it's true that in some situations, we actually can't live without technology, but metaphorically speaking, could you have survived Christmas without it?

Here's my top 10 ways in which the internet changed Christmas in 2012:


Is Facebook Exchange (FBX) also a wedding planner?

Is Facebook Exchange a wedding planner?

Like it or not, social networks are now a vital part of our lives, and whether we're keeping in touch or consuming news or trends, most people wear a number of caps when socially not-working.

So how do we feel about the idea of Big Brother 'helping' with these daily routines?