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GAME shows risks of Black Friday downtime despite impressive strategy

The UK video game retailer Game has one of the most impressive Black Friday digital strategies in 2017.

But that is easily undermined if your site is down for an extended period of time.

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11 unputdownable digital stories we've been reading this week at Econsultancy

Here are the stories we have enjoyed reading this week, from emojis to serial killers, Cambridge Analytica to business bullshit.

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Four steps to successful digital transformation

Digital Transformation is the journey from where a company is, to where it aspires to be digitally, according to Econsultancy's founder Ashley Friedlein.

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10 deliciously creative Domino's Pizza marketing campaigns

In 2010, Domino’s Pizza was known as the poor man’s Pizza Hut. 

Not a patch on Papa John’s, and unable to satisfy the growing consumer desire for a ‘posher’ slice found in the likes of Pizza Express.

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Digital publishers fall back to earth

The digital publishing industry was hit with a surprise late last week as reports broke indicating that digital media darling Mashable was sold to Ziff Davis for just $50m.

That's a small fraction of the $250m investors had valued the company at in its most recent funding round last year.

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Emojis in email subject lines: smiley face, or smiley poop?

Emojis are in lots of subject lines these days. But do they work?

We get asked this question all the time. Here’s what we learned about emojis by looking at >1.5m subject lines.

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Hotels are boosting loyalty with dining experiences (featuring four examples)

Dining is part and parcel of the travel experience, with many people now drawn towards destinations based on their food culture and cuisine. 

Thanks to the rise of food tourism, an increasing number of hotels are launching dining experiences of their own. Whether it’s an in-house event or a partnership with third-party food brands – the aim is to increase loyalty and create a seamless experience for customers.

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Physical book sales rise as consumers embrace the #shelfie

C.S Lewis once said that “you can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

Well, if sales of both tea and books are anything to go by - the British public wholeheartedly agrees. 

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Innovation: 10 quotes to inspire marketers

Here's your first one...

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Examining Lego's social success (and how it boosts ROI)

Lego is certainly a great success story.

Especially when you consider that several years ago some believed the brand's fortunes were destined to decline as they surely couldn't hope to compete with video games and other forms of digital entertainment for the attention of a generation that had grown up on technology.

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How Hilton is iterating its excellent app to improve customer experience

How does a 98 year old company like the Hilton stay relevant in today’s ‘always on’ world. Geraldine Calpin, CMO at Hilton Worldwide enlightened us at Web Summit 2017.

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10 signs that programmatic advertising is reaching maturity

If you read the press you'd be forgiven for thinking programmatic advertising is in decline.

But for all the noise about brand safety, viewability, fraud and kickbacks – programmatic is maturing fast. A range of new technologies and initiatives have got many in the industry hopeful that 2018 could be a big year for programmatic.

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