Back in Don Draper’s day agencies were primarily full service. They made a lot of revenue carrying out media planning and buying activities, and in some cases they even threw the creative in as added value. Remember, this was the day of the macho Marlboro man on horseback – simple creative that made its way to billboards and press to build brands. The key to an agency’s success back then was their ability to effectively plan and buy media for…

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Mobile is a key part of any modern marketing strategy – search advertisers have witnessed explosive growth in mobile queries over the last few years, even though 90% of time on mobile is spent in an app, compared to just 10% in a browser. Thinking about how you approach mobile, specifically apps, is key, even if the answer is “We don’t need an app”. Spending the time creating a strong mobile web experience could be preferable to spending time, money…

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Desktop in decline, blurred lines, Facebook Messenger to be critical, voice search means the winner takes all, and a flight towards attributability. Before speculating on the future it would be wise to take a look back, in the hope that it shines a light on the direction we are heading in. The recent UK digital ad forecast from Enders Analysis was my primary reference point when researching this, and it made for some fascinating reading. Did you know that 2016…

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Christmas can be a very exciting period for internet retailers. Online sales are growing and for some businesses the festive season can make or break their entire financial year. Even if you don’t sell Christmas trees online, we have 10 tips for your PPC strategy to take advantage of the end-of-year shopping madness. 1. Consider your industry I understand that this is literally the opposite to what I said in the introduction, but sometimes the best PPC tip for Christmas…

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Following hot on the heels of our article about Vogue’s recent spat with fashion bloggers and how this might indicate a growing split between long-established brands and the new generation of social media influencers is another fashion-oriented article – this time, Abercrombie & Fitch is under the spotlight. Unless you’re a regular Abercrombie customer or you follow it on social media, you probably haven’t noticed that it has undergone a complete rebranding. It’s likely that you know about the way…

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If you’re not using data to influence your marketing (and general business) decisions, you should be. Analysing data can uncover all sorts of insights into your business and activities which can then be used to fuel new actions and strategies designed to improve performance. It’s the equivalent of choosing where to go on holiday by reading reviews and talking to people, rather than putting on a blindfold and throwing a dart at a map. There’s no limit to the data…

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Google has recently released responsive display ads (RDAs) for everyone to use, which has opened up a new world of possibilities as far as advertisers are concerned. Those who regularly have to create different ads for desktop and mobile devices will benefit the most here, as responsive ads are designed to resize automatically depending on the screen size they’re being viewed on and where they are positioned. The news has also been welcomed by advertisers worrying about how they were…

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UX forms multiple skillsets into a practice – user research, behaviour analysis, testing, wireframing and design – but a growing discussion point is how we can use motion to re-enforce and support a user. By giving indications of interaction and creating moments of delight, we can guide a user through a process efficiently and encourage them to return. While wireframes and design are an essential part of the process, these are the extreme states of what we design for. There…

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