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Are marketers underestimating the fraud threat to influencer marketing?

Ad fraud is a multi-billion dollar a year problem and according to one estimate, by 2025, the digital ad market could be the second largest revenue source for organized crime behind drug trafficking.

Ad fraud comes in numerous forms. There's click fraud, for example, which for years has been a thorn in the side of marketers using pay-per-click advertising channels.

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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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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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Love Island 2017: Is this the future of influencer marketing?

If you haven’t caught wind of the show that’s kept the nation gripped over the last seven weeks – with its ‘he said, she said’ drama, witty one liners and collection of beautiful couples who look fresh out of an Essex salon – where have you been hiding?

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Eight examples of top-notch copywriting from travel brands

The travel industry can be guilty of using a cliché or two.

From ‘hidden gem’ to ‘melting pot’, it’s understandably difficult to stay away from bog-standard vernacular when writing about the same places as every other travel brand out there. 

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How much waste is in the digital ad market?

Growing advertiser focus on brand safety, relevance, viewability and ad fraud is motivated by one thing: advertisers don't want to waste money on ads that don't realistically have the potential to deliver results.

But is it really possible for advertisers to identify wasteful digital ad spend and reduce or eliminate it?

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How Wonderbly uses data and personalisation to create a magical ecommerce experience

Back in 2014, an appearance on Dragon’s Den resulted in Lost My Name receiving the highest valuation in the show’s history. The product – a personalised children’s book based on the letters of a child’s name – eventually went on to become a global bestseller.

Three years later, the company is now hugely successful ecommerce business, recently rebranding with a new name – Wonderbly. 

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A 10-step process to writing excellent B2B blog posts

Whatever debate there may be about the efficacy of content marketing for some B2C brands, publishing online has been an undoubted boon for B2B.

Now I wouldn't call myself an expert at writing blog posts, but I have written an awful lot of them aimed at a B2B audience. I therefore feel I can just about get away with writing a guide to... writing.

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How to position your brand to convince consumers to trade up or trade down

Your customer's perceived position of where your brand is in the market can have a major impact on your sales.

Whether your brand is catering to the higher or lower end of your product category, people tend to gravitate to the much broader middle ground. 

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Four ways hotels and accommodation sites can increase direct bookings

A new study from Barclays Corporate Banking has found that 37% of British holidaymakers plan to book their stays directly through hotel websites or self-accomodation providers this year compared to 17% in 2007 and 30% five years ago.

This contrasts with international travellers who apparently prefer to use travel agents, with just 17% booking direct with their accommodation provider.

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What is utility marketing and why is it important?

While marketing was once about making a big impression, the focus is now more towards creating value. 

Instead of flashy ad campaigns, brands are intent on creating functional, useful, and relevant tools to meet the needs of consumers.

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Three reasons to admire Glossier: The best online beauty brand you've never heard of

Little-known internationally, Glossier is becoming quite the cult favourite in the US.

A relatively late entrant into the crowded beauty sector, its rise has been meteoric – last August a Buzzfeed article revealed projected growth of 600% in 2016, with up to 30,000 people on product wait-lists.

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