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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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A day in the life of... a Chief Media Officer

Alistair Dent is Chief Media Officer at iCrossing.

Ever wondered what such an agency role entails? We asked Alistair exactly that.

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Is the VR craze mostly hype?

Virtual reality (VR) is all the rage, and even though the technology is relatively nascent, brands and marketers have been jumping on the bandwagon. Examples of experimentation abound, and expectations are high.

But are the expectations for VR's revolutionary potential too grandiose?

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Amazon Alexa: Brands must be careful before rushing in

Amazon Echo and the intelligent assistant, Alexa, are the most interesting development in digital communications today.

Unlike previously-hyped hardware such as Google Glass, Echo made a surprisingly quick entry to the market and has seen strong sales.

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Are brands failing to properly promote their new chatbots?

I recently wrote an article about Pizza Express’s new customer-service chatbot.

My overall opinion was that it offers a fairly standard booking system via Facebook Messenger – nothing fancy, but practical enough. 

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Five content marketing examples from dating sites and apps

Dating websites tend to see a spike in traffic between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. 

However, it’s not just the dread of February 14, aka 'singles awareness day', that gets people signing up.

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The WSJ ditches Google's ‘First Click Free’, falls back on stronger paywall

In an effort to increase paid subscriptions, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) last year began experimenting with changes to the mechanics of its paywall.

As part of its experimentation, the WSJ began limiting access to its content through Google's First Click Free program.

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Pros and cons of creating multiple brand Facebook pages

A single Facebook page is no longer enough for many big brands or publishers.

Neither it seems, is two or three. Now an increasing number are creating numerous Facebook pages in order to reach the biggest audience possible.

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Pizza Express launches booking chatbot: Is it any good?

Last year, Pizza Express launched a chatbot as part of its Christmas marketing campaign.

Moving on from this fun and frivolous approach, it has now followed it up with a more customer service-focused chatbot - one that allows Facebook Messenger users to reserve a table in any of its 400+ restaurants.

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Why did Poundland’s ecommerce trial fail?

At the end of 2015, Poundland embarked on an ecommerce trial in a bid to transfer the success of its bargain stores online.

However, it’s just been reported that the retailer is to call time on the venture after failing to ignite much interest.

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10 epic digital marketing stats from this week

We’ve got a myriad of digital marketing stats for you this week.

Settle in for news about Super Bowl ads, Valentine’s Day searches, grocery retailers and lots more. Meanwhile, don’t forget to give the Internet Statistics Compendium a look-see too.

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All the digital news stories you missed this week

It's been my favourite week in digital for ages - computer vision, programmatic scandal, and TVs spying on Americans.

Lap it up...

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