Briefings

Short guides on the latest thinking, developments and terminology in digital, marketing and technology

An overview of the third-party cookie crackdown

‌ How did we get to the point where one of the biggest web advertising heavyweights is withdrawing its support for third-party cookies, and where do we go from here? In this briefing, we look at the recent developments that led to the current situation, the stances being taken by key industry players, and the alternatives that promise to balance privacy with marketing effectiveness.

What is digital shelf analytics?

With even more retailers now battling for space on the ‘digital shelf’ (i.e. the various places that we search, research, and buy products online) – being able to effectively capture the consumer’s attention is key. To increase the chances of this happening, retail brands must stay on top of multiple factors, such as ensuring product […]

An overview of the third-party cookie crackdown

In March 2021, Google announced on its Ads & Commerce blog that it was “Charting a course towards a more privacy-first web”. The blog post was a re-affirmation of Google’s commitment, first revealed in January 2020, to remove support for third-party tracking cookies in Chrome from 2022, and contained further details about how it plans […]

The test-and-learn approach in data & analytics: a beginner’s guide

The ability of an organisation to leverage data – either for singular marketing campaigns or wider business strategy – points to a degree of data maturity. It indicates that the process of becoming ‘data driven’ or undergoing ‘data transformation’ as part of a wider digital transformation programme – is underway. Engaging in testing and optimisation […]

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Resourcing for social media teams: a beginner’s guide

This briefing explores social media team roles and responsibilities, whether to insource or outsource, how to work with agencies, and where to look for advice on skills development. It is an excerpt taken from Econsultancy’s Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide.

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Amazon in Asia-Pacific: A 2020 update

Since its launch in Japan in 2000, Amazon has sought to slowly establish itself in some of Asia-Pacific’s biggest markets. However, the ride has not universally been a smooth one. Here’s how Amazon is faring in Asia-Pacific in the year 2020.

The changing face of social content

This is an edited version of a section in Econsultancy’s new Social Media Platforms Trends report, authored by Michelle Goodall, and covers changes to social content, from stories to AR and live video.

The growth of social messaging and chat

This briefing covers messaging trends during lockdown, growth of popular new apps, and wider trends in the space, and is an edited version of a section in Econsultancy’s new Social Media Platforms Trends report, authored by Michelle Goodall.

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Influencer sustainability – the trends marketers need to know in the second half of 2020

Brands and businesses must constantly recalibrate how they work with influencers as social platforms change. This briefing covers the latest trends in influencer marketing, including Covid-19, ad spend, trust and TikTok. It is an edited version of the influencer section in Econsultancy’s new Social Media Platforms Trends report, authored by Michelle Goodall. Reduced adspend is […]

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PEST, SWOT and scenario planning for marketers: a beginner’s guide

The Covid-19 crisis is an unprecedented event, the exact impact of which is impossible to foresee. However, those organisations that have dealt with the crisis best are those that had robust strategies in place for dealing with the unpredictable. There are a multitude of different tools available to help organisations consider and prepare for potential […]

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PPC: A glossary of terms

As a companion to the Paid Search Best Practice Guide, we present this glossary of terms, which aims to demystify some of the most commonly used terms in PPC while illustrating how the fundamentals fit together.

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New approaches to digital marketing measurement

Marketers must be aware of the impact that technical and regulatory industry changes are having on the way they measure their digital marketing activity. For some, no changes will be required, for others, new methods must be sought to measure activity.

The state of diversity and inclusion in marketing: 2020

The content of this briefing is taken from Econsultancy’s Career and Salary Survey Report 2020, produced in association with Marketing Week. First launched in 2015, this annual report is the industry’s most in-depth census of marketing careers and salaries in the UK, presenting a robust look at workplace trends and the experiences of marketers. This briefing will look […]

How to create better marketing job descriptions: a beginner’s guide

The content of this guide is taken from Econsultancy’s Modern Marketing Job Descriptions Best Practice Guide, written by Rose Keen. The report offers hiring managers and recruitment teams the tools to write better job descriptions for in-demand roles. From building in inclusivity from the beginning to ensuring discoverability, this guide offers a framework to help […]

The feedback economy: challenges, growth, and the role of AI

The content of this briefing is adapted from Econsultancy’s Ratings and Reviews Best Practice Guide. It covers: The key challenges of embracing the feedback economy (and how to overcome them) Fear of negative feedback Fear of too much feedback Unrealistic consumer expectations Lack of internal resource Fake reviews The factors that have fuelled the growth […]

How digital is shaping customer experiences for FMCG brands

FMCG brands have historically generated the lion’s share of their sales offline, with consumers typically buying their groceries, toiletries, and other consumables from supermarkets or third-party retail stores. In recent years, however, the rise of digital technologies has resulted in changing consumer expectations, and a greater demand for convenience, better brand relationships, and an omni-channel […]

How to run a customer journey mapping workshop: a beginner’s guide

The content of this briefing is taken from Econsultancy’s Customer Journey Mapping Best Practice Guide. This abridged version will cover: Pre-workshop Agree who attends Find a place Agree who moderates Create an agenda Include personas and hypotheses Mapping software. During workshop Successful facilitation Being the customer Teamwork Capturing conversation, Post-workshop Introduction Customer journey workshops help […]

A glossary of SEO terminology

As a companion piece to the Search Engine Optimisation Best Practice Guide, we present this glossary of SEO terms, which aims to demystify some of the most commonly used terms in SEO while illustrating how the fundamentals fit together.

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