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Six brilliant blogs from the beauty industry

In an industry heavily geared around tips, tricks and word-of-mouth recommendations, a blog is a beauty brand's bread and butter.

It might seem like an outdated notion in today's Snapchat-style world, however for many, it is the linchpin behind a truly effective content strategy.

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Millennials don't hate advertising: It's all about the value exchange

With millennial expectations of advertising increasing and the rise of ad-blocking, the value exchange between brand and consumer is now more important than ever.

Depending on which definition you read as what constitutes a millennial, I am one. Apparently.

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Measurement and Analytics Report 2016: Four key challenges in dealing with data

When it comes to gaining customer insight, is there such a thing as too much information?

According to research from our latest Measurement and Analytics Report in association with Lynchpin, a ‘data tsunami’ could be causing companies to lag behind.

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Is content really the solution to lacklustre conversion rates?

Dramatic shifts in ecommerce over the last three years have created many challenges for retailers – with perhaps the most alarming a relentless downward pressure on conversion rates.

It is not news to point out that the response has been a rush to ‘content’, the received wisdom being that strong content directly contributes to improved conversion - but should we take this much-vaunted link at face value?

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Twitter announces application process for verified accounts: what marketers need to know

Twitter has for years offered verified accounts, which help brands and public figures establish the authenticity of their accounts and access additional features, including special filters and opt-out from group Direct Messages.

Previously, verification was offered to select brands and public figures, and there was no official way for those not selected by Twitter to request verification.

That changed this week.

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Eight quick, no-hassle content ideas for local businesses

Local businesses often have a difficult time publishing content as regularly as they should.

They know that they need content marketing to reach their customers and build their brand, but are stuck when it comes to what to create. Or perhaps they're great at creating content, but have no idea what to measure to see if it's working.

If this sounds familiar, this blog post is for you.

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#WorldEmojiDay - did any brands do it well?

Recently, many brands took to Twitter to celebrate #WorldEmojiDay – an event born from the fact that July 17th is the date marked on the iOS calendar emoji.

Whether you find this type of thing cringey (see House of Fraser) or cool, with the news that 2,680 marketing campaigns have involved emojis since June 2015 (an increase of over 600%), there’s no denying that it is a growing trend.

Here’s how many big brands marked the day.

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Ads on premium sites drive 67% greater brand lift

Thanks in large part to programmatic, advertisers have more ways than ever to reach consumers online, and to target their ads at scale.

But according to comScore, not all ads are created equal. Instead, ads that appear on premium sites are far more productive, particularly mid-funnel.

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It's time to reinvent the HiPPO

The acronym HiPPO carries a negative connotation, but it doesn't have to. Going forward, it can be a beacon of positivity.

Here's why.

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Four reasons Ghostbusters experiential marketing has been so successful

London Waterloo station's giant installation of the iconic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man ends this week.

The PR stunt has been used to promote the (somewhat divisive) all-female remake of Ghostbusters. With a flurry of excitement on social media, it’s proved to be a great example of out-of-home advertising. 

Here are four reasons why it worked.

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Pokémon GO: Zappar founder tells us what it really means for augmented reality

Trendjackers as ever, we've already discussed Pokémon a plenty on the Econ blog.

What can brands learn from Nintendo's digital transformation? And what does it mean for augmented reality (AR)?

But now I've caught up with Zappar co-founder and CEO Caspar Thykier, to give him his right to reply on the future for AR in the light of the gaming sensation.

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Five digital strategy tips for mono-brands that wholesale and sell direct to consumer

What should a mono-brand think about as they go on the journey from wholesaler to fully-fledged online retailer?

What should its digital strategy look like?

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