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Seven brands already using Instagram’s new slideshow tool

The latest introduction to Instagram’s ever-expanding app is the slideshow tool, a feature that allows users to upload multiple photos or videos in a single post.

With many preferring the platform's original streamlined nature, the update has been met with some resistance. However, others have embraced it, with brands in particular using it as an opportunity to enhance storytelling and create a narrative.

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YouTube to remove 30s unskippable ads: What does it mean for brands?

In a bid to enhance the user experience, Google has announced that it will be removing 30 second unskippable adverts from YouTube at the end of 2017.

While this decision might sound like bad news for advertisers - forcing them to win over consumers within a shorter time frame - it could in fact be a positive. 

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

From serious deep learning to a saucy chatbot – it’s a contrasting set of digital news this week.

Here’s your roundup!

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How charities capitalise on sponsored abstinence events

Forget New Year’s resolutions – it doesn't seem like a month can go by without someone giving up a vice in the name of charity.

In recent times, sponsored abstinence events have exploded in popularity, with everything from coffee to meat being relinquished for a good cause. Sugar is the latest culprit, with Cancer Research encouraging people to get involved with Sugar Free February.

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The growing politicization of brands in a polarized world

From Brexit to the US presidential election, it would seem that we are living in one of the most politically-focused and politically-polarized times in recent memory.

Increasingly, the political discourse is finding its way into the brand world. Or, to be more accurate, brands are joining the political discourse.

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Three things to appreciate about Discover LA’s latest video campaign

Whether it’s eating, drinking, sight-seeing or adventure-seeking - most tourism companies concentrate on telling you what there is to do in a particular location.

Discover LA’s latest campaign is taking a different tack, by choosing to focus on the feeling of a place instead. 

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Will Snapchat suffer from WhatsApp’s new ‘Status’ feature?

I recently wrote about how Instagram’s copycat tactics could be damaging Snapchat.

Well, Facebook’s been at it again.

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British Vogue launches Messenger chatbot for Fashion Week: Is it any good?

British Vogue is the latest brand to create its own bot for Facebook Messenger.

Launched just in time for London Fashion Week, it is designed to send curated and personalised news direct to the reader’s inbox. 

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Becoming an influencer: Notes from a fledgling travel blogger

Marion Payen is the founder and editor-in-chief of Hibiscus and Nomada, a popular online travel blog.

With over 29,000 Instagram followers and 1,500 blog visits per month, she knows a thing or two about influencer marketing.

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10 outstanding digital marketing stats from this week

This week’s digital marketing roundup includes news about online search, Snapchat use, ad spend and brand loyalty.

If you want even more statistical goodness, you can also download the Internet Statistics Compendium for further insight.

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How utilities brands use social media for reputation management

Whether it’s a general comment or enraged criticism – social media is usually the first place customers go to voice their thoughts and opinions about utilities companies.

Because of this, it is important for brands to have a proper online reputation management strategy in place. 

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The Outnet is using satirical humour for ‘Pretty Influential’ Fashion Week series

Just in time for New York Fashion Week, the Outnet - a fashion ecommerce site from the Net-a-Porter group - has launched a new campaign called Pretty Influential.

However, it’s not exactly what you might expect.

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