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All the digital news stories you missed this week

The usual author of this roundup is taking a well-earned break in Japan, so for one time only it’s down to me to collate the week’s most important digital stories.

On this occasion the stories include the usual lineup of giant brands such as Snapchat, Facebook and Netflix.

And there’s even some record-breaking news from China.

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Google to create separate mobile index: What you need to know

If you needed any more evidence that mobile has taken over the world, you got it last week when news broke that Google is going to be creating a dedicated mobile index.

Here's what you need to know about it.


Black Friday 2016: How are UK retailers optimising search landing pages?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many online retailers are preparing for one of the biggest days of the year – Black Friday.

However, with increasing backlash over the ‘Black Friday creep’ – is it still all it’s cracked up to be?

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Six things marketers should know about social media in Asia-Pacific

Three out of every five people on Earth and more than half of the global internet population live in an Asia-Pacific (APAC) country.

With impressive numbers like this, it is likely that most in our industry will, at some point, face the challenge of marketing in the region.


Traffic to hotel websites is declining: How should they respond?

There is little doubt that residential rental sites such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway are disrupting the multi-billion dollar hotel business.

There is still significant debate about the long-term impact of that disruption but if a new study conducted by Hitwise, a division of Connexity, is any indication, these sites are complicating hotels' online efforts.


If search marketers can't predict which pages will outrank each other, is SEO just a crapshoot?

For years, many companies have invested heavily in SEO. But when it really comes down to it, is SEO just a crapshoot?

That's a question worth asking following a survey that asked hundreds of respondents to predict which page would rank higher than the other for a variety of keywords.

The result: "most SEOs are no better than a coin-flip at predicting which page will rank better."


Four implications of Snapchat’s update to its Stories page

Can Snapchat become more user-centric and provide more opportunities for marketers in its flagship product at the same time?

That is certainly the ambition with the photo sharing app’s new product changes.


10 top-notch marketing stats from this week

We’ve got a superior roundup of stats for you this week, including news on eBay, programmatic commerce, retail search and social mentions.

Don’t forget to download the Internet Statistics Compendium for lots more insight.

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Content marketing at The British Library: Is it as easy as it sounds?

Graham MacFadyen, Head of Digital and Marketing Operations at the British Library, will be speaking at the Festival of Marketing next week. 

In the run up to the big event, we sat down with him to talk about the British Library’s content strategy.


Google's new expanded PPC text ads: The impact on advertisers

New expanded text ads came out as part of Google’s latest changes in summer 2016 and will replace the old text format by January 31, 2017.

The new ad format has given advertisers another 35 characters to display their offer in the headline and has increased the description from two lines of 35 characters to one line of 80 characters, giving advertisers more space to display their features, benefits and calls to action.

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The 10 things you need to know about Google Penguin 4.0

If you live and breathe SEO, when somebody mentions the word "penguin," you probably don't think about a cute little animal.

And for good reason.  

Now, the penguin is back, as Google announced a major Penguin 4.0 update last Friday.


10 juicy digital marketing stats from this week

We might be free falling into Autumn, but if there’s one thing that can make darker mornings and shorter days slightly more bearable - it’s some juicy digital marketing stats.

This week’s roundup includes news on video ads, attribution, consumer behaviour and lots more.

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