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Econsultancy Best Practice Guides

Econsultancy’s Best Practice Guides are extensive how-to reports authored by and featuring industry specialists from brands, agencies and technology companies.

Advertising Best Practice Guides

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Online Video Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Video has grown in importance for marketers over recent years, fuelled by the growth in more sophisticated smartphones, greater mobile penetration, improved download speeds and a wealth of distribution platforms in the form of social media. This is reflected in research by Wyzowl,[1] showing that the number of businesses using video as a […]

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Social Media Advertising Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide, Social Media Platforms Overview, B2B Social Media Best Practice Guide and Paid Search Best Practice Guide. The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the opportunities, risks and the required investment of time, effort and budget […]

A Marketer’s Guide to Price Comparison Websites

1. Introduction Over the last two decades a swathe of price comparison websites (PCW) have emerged, offering consumers a one-stop-shop for comparing the prices of a product or service. PCWs act as vertical search engines, aggregating product listings from multiple retailers. PCWs such as uSwitch, Confused.com, MoneySuperMarket and GoCompare are an important part of the marketing […]

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Social Media Advertising

1. Introduction This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide, Social Media Platforms Overview, B2B Social Media Best Practice Guide and Paid Search Best Practice Guide. The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the opportunities, risks and the required investment of time, effort and budget […]

Optimising Programmatic Campaigns

1. Introduction This report is aimed at providing guidance on setting up and running a highly effective programmatic campaign in the present climate. It is intended as an informational tool for advertisers who run their ads programmatically, as an audit guide for agencies that deliver the programmatic activity and as a best practice manual for […]

B2B Best Practice Guides

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B2B Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Advertising Best Practice Guide, Social Media Platforms Overview, Social Media Platforms Trends Report and Social Selling Best Practice Guide. The purpose of this guide is to provide a framework for developing a B2B social media strategy, as well as a summary of the […]

B2B Social Selling Strategy Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Social media has grown exponentially. In January 2020, there were 3.80 billion social media users, with this number increasing by more than 9% (with 321 million new users) since January 2019.[1] But the term is misleading: social media has become as important for business as it has for social interaction, reflecting the changing […]

B2B Content Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction ‘Content shock’[1] is real: the volume of B2B (and B2C) content is now outweighing our human capacity to consume it. However, content marketing can still present an immense opportunity for B2B businesses. When executed effectively, it can be a powerful engagement tool for fostering loyalty, lead generation and sales, and for conveying the […]

Overcoming B2B Digital Marketing Challenges Best Practice Guide

Introduction Digitisation is rapidly changing B2B businesses and it is crucial that companies transform and respond to these challenges. According to McKinsey,[1] “Turning your company into a top quartile B2B digital player can increase revenue by 3.5%.” Econsultancy’s Digital Outlook report for 2019 explains that the next five years will be challenging for B2B marketers. […]

Content Best Practice Guides

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Content Strategy Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This report is designed to provide marketers with practical and essential guidance into all aspects of content strategy. The role of content within marketing and digital marketing practice has never been more important than it is now, but it remains an area of constantly changing practice, with evolving dynamics around technology, content production […]

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Ratings and Reviews Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Customer centricity is at the heart of any successful business today. Digital has empowered consumers in numerous ways, giving them greater choice and convenience when they shop, but also offering a platform for them to share their views at the touch of a button. There are a host of platforms enabling consumers to […]

Storytelling for Marketers

Storytelling for Marketers

1. Introduction 1.1 Executive summary This report identifies best practice approaches, techniques, challenges and opportunities around storytelling in the context of marketing. It explores how marketers perceive the importance of storytelling to the practice of marketing and the best practice application of storytelling principles to support marketing objectives and activity. The following topics are covered […]

Customer Experience Best Practice Guides

Customer Retention Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Customer retention refers to the ability of an organisation to retain the same customer over a period of time. Companies that enjoy high levels of retention benefit from more reliable revenue streams and a high degree of brand equity. Although there is a strong business rationale for focusing on customer retention, many marketers […]

Customer Journey Mapping Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of customer journey mapping. It provides a simple starting point for anyone yet to map out their customer journeys. It is also a reference for those for whom the process is underway. This guide draws insights from those who have developed complex journeys […]

A Marketer’s Guide to Augmented Reality (AR)

1. Introduction Augmented reality (AR) is quickly becoming one of the most interesting technologies in the digital space. Although often overshadowed by virtual reality (VR), AR is expected to take the lion’s share of the market. According to one estimate, the AR market will be worth $70bn to $75bn by 2023 while VR will account […]

Customer Data Platforms Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Organising large amounts of customer data is becoming a huge challenge for marketers who want a ‘360 degree view’ of their customers. Customer data platforms (CDPs) offer a way for organisations to bring together disparate customer data into one place, to allow for the easy sharing of this information with other systems. This […]

Gamification Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction In a July 2018 survey by Reflect Digital, 58% of consumers said that online ads and marketing have little or no influence on their buying behaviour, while 27% said they were somewhat influenced. Only 5% said they were extremely influenced. Brands need to continue to find new ways to not only be heard […]

Consumer Neuroscience and Digital Marketing

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary Billions are being spent on digital marketing each year[1] and the availability of digital analytics is better than ever. Although these tools are hugely beneficial to brands, they empower digital marketers to understand the ‘what’ much more than the ‘why.’ With a heavy focus on machine-optimised performance marketing, many new […]

Data and Analytics Best Practice Guides

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The Fundamentals of Marketing Measurement and Analytics

1. Introduction At the heart of all marketing measurement and analytics is data. The significance of data and its relationship with business success has become a key theme of seemingly every commentary, report or conference over the past few years. Becoming ‘data driven’ – using data to make smarter, quicker decisions and just understand more […]

Measuring Digital Marketing Effectiveness Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction In recent years, there have been industry changes in two major areas, technical and regulatory, which have both made an impact on the way marketers can, and should, measure digital marketing effectiveness. Technical industry changes Apple, Google and Mozilla, which each own very popular web browsers, have implemented technical changes to the way […]

Segmentations and Personas Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Marketers have always sought to find the most relevant buyers for their products. In the 1950s, this concept took a step forward when Wendell Smith published an award-winning article in the Journal of Marketing on product differentiation and market segmentation.[1] This article put segmentations on the map for marketers, and soon market segmentations […]

Digital Transformation and the Role of Data

1. Introduction The modern marketer’s dilemma “After several years of long Christmas lists to Santa, this year my girls could not think of anything they wanted. It dawned on me; my kids are not seeing marketing encouraging them to want things. My job and the jobs of future global marketers are getting more challenging. We […]

Learning from Digital Disruptors Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction ‘Learning from Digital Disruptors’ defines best practice strategies, tactics and approaches from disruptive brands and businesses and distils key learnings that marketers can usefully apply in their day-to-day roles. The goal was to understand key thinking and innovative techniques and provide some practical guidance on their potential application in order to help marketers […]

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

Harnessing the Power of Personalisation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Personalisation is all about delivering greater relevance to customers and providing a richer experience by serving the right message on the right channel at the right time. Companies that harness the power of personalisation and offer experiences tailored to each consumer’s specific needs will find their customers are more likely to continue their […]

A Guide to Digital Marketing Tools

1. Introduction In response to the exponential growth in marketing technology solutions available over the past few years (Figure 1), this report aims to provide a practical overview of 60 popular and peer-recommended tools in four main categories. Figure 1: Number of martech solutions globally Source: Chiefmartech.com Chiefmartech’s Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic 2018 lists more […]

Digital Transformation Best Practice Guides

Effective Leadership in the Digital Age

1. Introduction The question of how leadership is changing in a digitally empowered world is a consistent theme in subscriber feedback and the digital transformation work that Econsultancy does with clients. 2015 saw the publication of Econsultancy’s initial research and report into Effective Leadership in the Digital Age, which was designed to provide insight into […]

Change Management for Marketers

Change Management for Marketers Best Practice Guide

1.  Introduction This report is designed to provide marketers with practical guidance and advice on how best to manage change in the context of rapidly shifting technology, consumer behaviour and market dynamics. It is written for senior and mid-level marketers who want to understand how to navigate change within their own teams or the most […]

Ecommerce Best Practice Guides

Email and eCRM Best Practice Guides

Email Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1 About this report Econsultancy’s series of Best Practice Guides have been created for modern marketing professionals who typically work in marketing or ecommerce roles. Given the ongoing significance of email, this guide will be relevant to CEOs to understand the business case for email, as well as anyone working in a marketing […]

Marketing Automation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary This report seeks to provide marketers who are considering the use of marketing automation with a simple guide to what it is, how to plan for and implement it, what success looks like and what the future of the industry may hold. This guide hopes to be useful to a […]

Working Effectively with Data Teams

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary With an increasing number of digital channels, the time, attention and trust that consumers have to give to marketing content is fragmented. To make matters worse, consumers’ unprecedented power to control their media experiences has made it more challenging than ever to reach them. On the other hand, marketers have […]

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Understanding Customer Lifetime Value

1. Executive Summary Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) is considered one of the most important factors in determining present and future success of a business. However, less than half of those surveyed for this research said they were able to measure CLV. With it costing less to retain a customer than acquire a new one and […]

Mobile Best Practice Guides

Experiential Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This guide has been written to help senior marketers better understand the opportunities offered by experiential marketing, outlining when and how the discipline can add value. Its purpose is to help brands plan and execute experiential marketing activities and to be mindful of the challenges involved. New studies show that we are continuing […]

Mobile Marketing Best Practice Guide

Mobile Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Foreword Before the launch of the iPhone in 2007, and for some years after that, ‘mobile’ was perceived as a standalone channel, deserving a dedicated strategy, budget and team. Now that ‘mobile’ has become infused into every aspect of digital marketing, no longer considered as a distinct channel, do marketers still need a standalone […]

User Experience and Interaction Design for Mobile and Web

User Experience and Interaction Design for Mobile and Web

1. About this Guide 1.1. How this guide is structured Econsultancy’s series of best practice guides have been created for professionals who typically work in marketing or ecommerce roles. The guides steer readers to ensure that projects and strategies are executed in the right way for optimal results. This guide to mobile and web user […]

People and Skills Best Practice Guides

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The Fundamentals of Modern Marketing Mindset

1. Introduction Econsultancy has been investigating the topic of marketing knowledge and skills for more than 20 years. In that time, we have conducted multiple research studies and interviewed thousands of marketing leaders and practitioners about the human capabilities required for success. One thing that has become clear is that some of the most important requirements for […]

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Effective Remote Working for Marketers Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, an increasing number of organisations is ordering their workforces to work from home for the foreseeable future, meaning many businesses and teams are facing new and unprecedented challenges. Econsultancy has created this Best Practice Guide to provide marketers with the essential techniques to empower successful and powerful remote […]

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Organisational Structures and Resourcing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Econsultancy has been conducting research into digital marketing resourcing and structures for almost 10 years. This report is the fourth iteration of this research and represents a major update on the 2015 Digital Marketing: Organisational Structures and Resourcing Best Practice Guide. There have been some fundamental shifts in approaches to resourcing since then […]

Modern Marketing Job Descriptions

1. Introduction Modern marketing requires new skills for the digital age. As new technologies and channels have emerged and digital transformation has become a priority for organisations across all locations, sizes and industries, the demand for expertise in the likes of data, analytics, customer experience, content and personalisation has increased. With this demand often outstripping […]

Developing Future Strategy: Long-Term Thinking for Marketers

1. Introduction We live in times of ‘agile’, ‘fail fast’, ‘beta testing’ and ‘lean startups’. The doubling of computer processing power every two years, as predicted by Moore’s law, has delivered exponentially increasing computational abilities. Vast data sets are now available to marketers, enabling them to respond to customer demands in real time or even […]

How Marketers Learn

1. Introduction Rapid changes in customer behaviour and digital markets have forced many organisations to rethink the structure of their marketing teams. They want to take advantage of new tools and build the capabilities and tools that are available to the modern marketer. In response to these changes, Econsultancy conducts ongoing research to identify a […]

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Skills of the Modern Marketer

1. Foreword When I ask senior marketers to tell me what marketing framework they are most familiar with, they often suggest the 4Ps (Product, Price, Place and Promotion). This model was first published in 1960 by American marketing professor Edmund Jerome McCarthy in his book Basic Marketing: A Managerial Approach. This was in an era of […]

Neurodiversity and Digital Inclusion Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Neurodiversity is considered to be an essential form of human diversity. The idea that there is one ‘normal’ or ‘healthy’ type of brain or one ‘right’ style of neurocognitive functioning is no more valid than the idea that there is one ‘normal’ or ‘right’ gender, race or culture. There is evidence that neurodiversity […]

Search Marketing Best Practice Guides

SEO Best Practice: Technical SEO

1. Introduction Technical SEO can mean the difference between a website ranking well or not ranking at all. Technical SEO skills have become increasingly important because search engines such as Google factor site performance into their algorithms, especially given the growth of mobile. Each technical, design and content decision will affect technical SEO. However, technical […]

SEO Best Practice: On-Page Optimisation

1. Introduction In order to rank well for keywords, especially competitive ones, a page needs to be well optimised. From the title tag through to the content, on-page optimisation may improve ranking through focusing content and ensuring the signals sent to search engines are as clear as possible. There are other ranking factors, including links, […]

SEO Best Practice: Algorithm Updates

1. Introduction Google and Bing are not static search engines – constant improvements and changes are happening on their platforms on a daily basis. As some of these changes significantly impact the search results, they are reported in updates, sometimes unverified but often acknowledged by the search engine. The single word names of these changes, […]

SEO Best Practice: Changes in SEO

1. Introduction The following report summarises the key changes in search since 2016. Changes to SEO have come thick and fast since then, and show no sign of slowing. One thing that has not changed since the last iteration of this report is Google’s dominance over the English speaking and European markets, and so this […]

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Google Shopping (Paid Search) Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Shopping campaigns operate on the same cost-per-click (CPC) model as their Search ad counterparts. The main difference between the ad types is that Shopping ads provide an image and price of each product, making these results highly appealing to consumers. In recent years, Google Shopping has continued to experience sustained growth and is […]

Video Advertising (Paid Search)

1. Introduction Video advertising can be an effective, eye-catching medium for building brand awareness when done properly. As more video content is consumed online, it makes sense that brands will want to follow suit with rich media video adverts promoting their brands. Unlike text ads in traditional paid search, video ads open up a whole […]

International and Multilingual Paid Search Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This report explores some of the worldwide opportunities for expansion across a range of territories and languages, before moving on to some of the practical considerations that must be kept in mind when planning to launch a PPC campaign in a new market. Although it is relatively straightforward to target new countries in […]

Marketing Campaign Integration Strategy (Paid Search)

1. Introduction A sound knowledge of how marketing channels are operated and optimised is vital for success in paid search. The level of dependency on paid search as a channel fluctuates from industry to industry and business to business. The most successful campaigns understand where paid search fits in the wider picture and how to […]

Planning and Strategy for Paid Search

1. Introduction Paid search has many different channels with a high degree of customisation. Before advertisers set their accounts up and start to structure their campaigns, it is essential that there is a proper plan and strategy in place. This is regardless of whether advertisers are working with an agency or managing the whole process […]

Paid Search Optimisation Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction The majority of a paid search practitioner’s time will be spent analysing and optimising performance of ads and campaigns. In a dynamic industry, where new features are constantly being released and the competitive marketplace changes daily, an efficient and robust optimisation strategy will help advertisers stay ahead of the curve and maintain relevance […]

Paid Search Basics Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction Google Ads, the primary platform for paid search, reported 78 new features on its announcement page in 2019 alone,[1] demonstrating the incredible pace of change in this space and the need to constantly stay informed about updates in paid search. Taking on board the latest developments, this report explores the basics of paid […]

Strategy Best Practice Guides

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Product Strategy and Marketing Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction The objective of this report is to provide marketers with a practical guide to the essential principles, processes and practices surrounding the increasingly critical areas of product strategy and marketing. Digital has facilitated a growing proportion of business models to pivot towards direct-to-consumer propositions, and an ever-growing number of products to become services, […]

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Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Advertising Best Practice Guide, Social Media Platforms Overview, Social Media Platforms Trends Report, B2B Social Media Best Practice Guide and Social Selling Best Practice Guide. The purpose of this guide is to provide a framework for developing a social media strategy, as well […]

Learning from a Crisis Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction The global coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has had an unprecedented impact, affecting almost every aspect of daily life. Measures taken to slow the spread of the virus around the world have brought with them remarkable economic losses. The full economic impact of the crisis is at this stage unknown, but projections of the cost […]

Social Media Best Practice Guides

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Social Media Platforms Overview Best Practice Guide

1. Introduction This guide has been written to complement Econsultancy’s Social Media Advertising Best Practice Guide, Social Media Strategy Best Practice Guide, Social Media Platforms Trends Report, B2B Social Media Best Practice Guide and Paid Search Best Practice Guide. The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of some of the world’s major […]

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A Marketer’s Guide to Chatbots

1. Introduction 1.1. Executive summary Chatbots have seen a rise in popularity over the last few years, with the cost of implementing the technology going down and the curiosity around AI taking off. Nevertheless, the definitions around what a chatbot is and what a chatbot can do are still blurred. For the purpose of this […]

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Demystifying Blockchain: Guidelines for Marketers

1.  Introduction Powerful technological forces are impacting the marketing profession and the companies and industries where marketers work. Econsultancy identifies, analyses and writes about many of these forces; ubiquitous connectivity[1], artificial intelligence[2] and the Internet of Things[3] to name a few. The same technologies are also enabling new and agile innovators to launch digitally enabled […]

Lush: A Fresh Approach to Customer Experiences

Lush: A Fresh Approach to Customer Experiences

1. Introduction Welcome to our brand briefing series, which focuses on the marketing strategies and tactics of the most popular brands covered by Econsultancy. This report considers handmade cosmetics business Lush. It focuses on how the company’s embrace of social, new tech and a second-to-none ecommerce platform have enabled its rise and established it as […]

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Econsultancy's Trends Reports

Econsultancy’s Trends Reports are based on in-depth surveys of senior marketers and digital professionals, and cover topics from customer experience to digital transformation.

Customer Experience Trends Reports

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The Consumerization of Healthcare

1. Executive Summary “We don’t sell a product, we sell an experience.” That’s how 62% of marketing executives in the wellness and healthcare category describe their business. Healthcare marketers know that their market is changing as the power dynamic shifts toward the consumer. What isn’t so clear is what to do about it. Based on […]

The Digital Outlook: What’s hot for marketers in 2019?

Introduction Welcome to the first Digital Outlook report published by Econsultancy. This hype-free report draws on expert opinion in industry, as well as our research, to pick out topics that marketers may not have engaged with in 2018, but perhaps should do in 2019. The topics discussed are mostly tactical, highlighting emerging technology and processes […]

Digital Transformation Trends Reports

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Digital Transformation Monthly – February 2020

1. Introduction Businesses of all sizes around the world are undergoing digital transformation in various forms, with the global market for digital transformation forecast to reach $798bn by 2025, according to Research and Markets.[1] However, digital transformation is far from being a monolith. Although companies undergoing digital transformation use many of the same tools and […]

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Digital Transformation Monthly: 2019 in Review

1. Introduction Businesses of all sizes around the world are undergoing digital transformation in various forms, with the global market for digital transformation forecast to reach $798bn by 2025, according to Research and Markets.[1] However, digital transformation is far from being a monolith. Although companies undergoing digital transformation use many of the same tools and […]

Search Marketing Trends Reports

Getting to Grips with Voice Search

Getting to Grips with Voice Search

Introduction Voice assistants and voice interfaces are becoming increasingly embedded into our everyday lives. Each new wave of technology brings new ways for us to talk to our devices. From smartphones, which brought us the first modern digital voice assistant Siri, to smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, to the emerging generation […]

B2B Trends Reports

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B2B Digital Transformation

1. Executive Summary Digitisation is rapidly changing B2B businesses and it is crucial that companies transform and respond to these challenges. According to McKinsey, turning your company into a top-quartile B2B digital player can increase revenue by 3.5%.[1] Rising expectations from customers and prospects is also driving digital transformation as B2B buyers increasingly expect the […]

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Digital Intelligence Briefing: 2017 Digital Trends in B2B

1. Executive Summary The 2017 Digital Trends in B2B report is based on a sample of almost 2,400 B2B respondents[1] who were among more than 14,000 digital professionals taking part in the annual Digital Trends survey carried out in November and December 2016. The research, conducted by Econsultancy in partnership with Adobe, demonstrates the priorities and progress being made […]

Content Trends Reports

The Future of Marketing 2018

1. Introduction ‘The Future of Marketing’ is based on an exploratory and descriptive research enquiry into the trends shaping the future of marketing. The report examines the main objectives and key priority areas for marketers within the next five years. A survey was conducted among 492 respondents who classified as advertisers/ client-side marketers, media owners […]

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The Modern Marketing Model (M3)

The Modern Marketing Model (M3) The increase in new channels and technologies has dramatically changed the environment in which marketers operate. But the way in which marketing is taught, understood and operates has not really changed. This is not sustainable. We need a new unifying framework as a reference for what marketing has become. 1. […]

The Japan Digital Report

The Japan Digital Report

1. Introduction This report aims to provide background for marketers who are outside of Japan and currently marketing in Japan, thinking of launching a campaign there, or even just curious about the country and its digital landscape. The topics covered include: Demographics, intended to educate the reader about how Japan compares to the world, fundamentally. […]

The Future of Celebrity Marketing

The Future of Celebrity Marketing

1. Executive Summary The definition of celebrity, as we know it, is changing. Thanks to the advent of social media and the subsequent rise of online influencers, a new generation of talent has emerged for traditional celebrities to compete with. Over the past year particularly, some impressive brand deals have been won by social media […]

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