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Ashley Friedlein's marketing and digital trends for 2018

Each year I pick out marketing and digital trends and developments which I believe are interesting and will shape the industry and digital/marketing planning and thinking in the year ahead. 

Looking at 2018 I have to say that I think pretty much all of what I wrote about in my 2017 trends piece still applies. So, either not that much has changed or I was ahead of myself last year.

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TD Bank's acquisition of an AI firm highlights the growing importance of AI in banking

Last week, TD Bank, the second largest bank in Canada, announced that it is acquiring Layer 6, a prediction and personalization platform.

The deal highlights the growing importance of artificial intelligence (AI) to banks that are trying to stay ahead of the curve as they face digital disruption from fintechs.

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New E.U. regulations could make it easier for fintechs to operate across the bloc

This past Saturday, new Open Banking rules that require big banks to share data with vetted third parties, including fintech upstarts, went into effect in the U.K.

Open Banking is more than anything else a reflection of the fact that the world is changing for big banks as regulators look to support fintech innovation.

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How Disney is approaching its digital transformation and fighting disruption

Disney’s $52bn acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets may have caused some causal observers to be surprised.

However, if you have been following Disney closely for the last few years, it will be more apparent that this move was a fundamental part of the plan to avoid being disrupted by Netflix.

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The five Ps of AI strategy for marketers

Some predict that Artificial Intelligence will drive the next industrial revolution. What is certain is that over the next few years AI will become more important to marketers.

But to unlock AI’s huge potential you need an AI strategy. Here are five Ps to help you develop yours.

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Four digital transformation secrets, revealed

After years of discussions, digital transformation has finally become a reality at many organisations.

And along with actual transformation projects has come the realisation that digital transformation in practice is quite different than digital transformation in theory.

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Luxury brands must focus on digital experiences to fight the discount trend

It's the most wonderful time of the year, unless, perhaps, you're an executive of a luxury brand.

That's because out of all categories, luxury labels and retailers were responsible for the highest volume of discounts on Black Friday this year in the U.S.

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A day in the life of... a HR director at an in-house agency

Amina Folarin is global HR director at OLIVER Group UK, an in-house agency.

Here's what she does with her time, alongside some tips for anyone thinking of going into HR, or who simply wants to get the best out of their team. 

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Video: Ashley Friedlein explains Econsultancy's new Modern Marketing Model (M3)

In October 2017, founder of Econsultancy Ashley Friedlein unveiled our Modern Marketing Model (or M3).

Friedlein gave the following rationale for the model: 

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Four qualities of an agile marketer

In marketing, buzzwords often emerge and acquire a definition which loses some of the original meaning of the term.

One recent example is the word 'agile' which now (capitalized) almost always refers to the project management method with stand-up meetings, sprints, and scrums.

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The six-point guide to data-driven transformation

Nearly every business now has a company-wide programme to help it capitalize on recent advances in digital technology.

Commonly known as 'digital transformation', this process could (and perhaps should) be thought of as 'data-driven transformation' considering how important data is to the whole process. 

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China: Why digital marketing is changing along with a millennial middle class

Since the time of David Ogilvy, our job has been to make people want things and it’s time we redirect our energies to that purpose because advertising is getting harder due to the appearance of a new middle class, the Y-generation, or millennials, in China and the rest of the world.

The 2017 Havas Meaningful Brand global report shows findings that “people wouldn't care if 74% of the brands they use disappeared.”

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