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Five ways ecommerce is being revolutionized right now

Ecommerce has come a long way from its birth in the 1990s. From the dot-com boom and bust, to the SEO age, the rise of social media, and the impact of mobile, this industry has had a wild ride.

That ride is far from over. We are in the midst of still more changes. We cover five of them here.

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The future of voice search: 2020 and beyond

What does the future hold for voice search? If you search the web for these words – or a version of them – you’ll encounter no shortage of grand predictions.

“By 2020, 30% of web browsing sessions will be done without a screen.” Or, “By 2020, 50% of all searches will be conducted via voice.” (I’ll come back to that one in a second). Or, “2017 will be the year of voice search.” Oops, looks like we might have missed the boat on that last one.

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The state of smart speaker voice search in 2018

Welcome to the second part of our state of voice search in 2018 series.

In this series, we’re taking a realistic look at voice search in 2018, with no hype or hyperbole: establishing how widespread it really is, whether you need to optimise for it, and how you can go about doing so. 

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The state of mobile voice search in 2018

The voice revolution is upon us. The big tech companies are going head-to-head on voice technology, sales of voice-activated smart speakers are on the rise, and the future of search could be SERP-less.

At least, that’s what numerous think-pieces, blog posts, talks and pundits are saying about voice search – and have been saying for some time now. But does the evidence match up to the hype?

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The best digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

Get ready for a splendid round-up of stats.

This week’s includes news about data privacy, product pages, voice assistants and much more. And don’t forget to check out the Internet Statistics Compendium for more.

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The implications of voice tech for marketers, from brand to customer service

What are the implications of 'voice technology' for marketers?

Though it's a few weeks since South by Southwest, here are few thoughts distilled from sessions I attended in Austin, including — I’ve Got No Screens: Internet’s Screenless Future and A Conversational Future: Making Technology Adapt To Us.  

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Will the rise of voice search kill off screen-based search marketing?

The rapid adoption of smart assistants is set to spark a huge increase in voice search.

Where does this leave traditional on-screen search in marketing?

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Remove the waffle from your content or risk failure in voice search

At the end of 2017 Google published some specific instructions relating to 'eyes-free' technology (such as voice assistants) in its Search Quality Rating Guidelines.

You can read the guidelines and Google's accompanying blog post, but what I took from it was pretty simple:

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What do voice user interfaces mean for marketers & brands?

I recently attended an interesting WARC mini-conference on voice tech and machine learning. The stand out part was a joint session from Mindshare and JWT, highlighting their research in this area.

Here are some observations from this session regarding voice tech, beginning with some background before looking specifically at the commercial challenges and opportunities for brands. (Please also see my recent article, Why brands should be bothered about voice bots).

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Why Google Home ads are like The Truman Show and the future is better CRM

Imagine if, in the movie Her, just as Joaquin Phoenix's character feels the pangs of love for his automated personal assistant, Samantha, she had said: "I'm not sure about you, but personally I feel Bank of America offers a very competitive mortgage product for first time buyers."

Complete mood killer.

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Three ways brands can breach the attention barrier in 2017

Consumers these days are so overwhelmed with emails, posts, white papers, and articles that many have now erected a personal 'attention barrier'.  

This is a mental state which protects consumers' mental resources from all of the irrelevant messages and advertisements flashed at them online.

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The problem with voice user interfaces like Amazon Alexa

Why not read our more recent series of articles on the state of voice search in 2018:

What innovation will bring the next step change in customer experiences?

Of all the candidates mooted over the past few years (augmented reality, the internet of things, 3D printing, blockchain), voice user interfaces in digital personal assistants is as good a bet as any.

But despite the success of early entrants such as Alexa, could voice-user interfaces be flawed?

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