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Analytics approaches every marketer should know #4: Prescriptive analytics

One of the vast, underexplored opportunities of digital marketing is that, with the right data, marketing performance can be improved automatically in ways which marketers cannot foresee.

To make this happen, though, marketers need to use analytics, specifically prescriptive analytics, which we discuss in our fourth and final post in the series.

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How do we find a solution to the great shopping-cart abandonment problem?

When diving into the research to determine the size of the shopping cart bailout issue, most studies deliver a single percentage incorporating all three devices.

This is not enough to tell the true story of how bad the issue is.

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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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Five innovators of the in-store customer experience

If you’ve ever walked into Zara on a hot, sticky day during the summer sales you’ll know exactly what hell on earth feels like. The combination of poor layout, limited changing rooms, and a distinct lack of staff can often make the in-store experience far from enjoyable.

Not to single Zara out too much, of course. The fact that I regularly put myself through it shows that the retailer must be doing something right – not to mention the fact that the same experience can be found in plenty of other high street stores. 

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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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A day in the life of... Pre-Sales Technical Manager at RedEye

Steve McGrath is Presales Technical Manager at RedEye, a martech company that provides customer data platforms, marketing automation and conversion rate optimisation to global ecommerce brands.

What does a typical day look like for Steve?

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This online retailer uses AI for product categorisation – here's how

Whilst the use of machine learning in marketing seems to be skyrocketing, there’s a dearth of coverage in the media that tries to get to the bottom of this technology in terms a layman can understand.

I am irrefutably a layman, and have written a little on the topic of AI for Econsultancy, often specifically about ecommerce. You can read some of my previous articles here:

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The most joyful digital news stories from the last week

This week's joyful roundup is a little more grumpy than usual.

But I'm from the North of England, where grumpy is a synonym for joyful.

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What is digital transformation? [video]

My brother Joe asked to interview me about digital transformation for his 'Digital Brew' series. The guests get to choose between tea/coffee or beer. I went with beer. 

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10 thrilling digital marketing stats we’ve seen this week

We’ve got more stats than you can shake a stick at this week, including news about influencer marketing, online search, and ad viewability. As always, the Internet Statistics Compendium includes lots more to boot.

Now, let’s get stuck in.

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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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