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    What We Learned in November - The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

    While a lot of this month’s stories focus on Google, one story about Facebook has dominated the headlines, in both the tech landscape and the wider news. Fake stories appearing on news feeds have prompted questions about the legitimacy of Facebook’s journey to become a news provider, and even made some ask if the problem has affected the US Presidential elections. Read on for more on this story from our CEO Will Critchlow, and plenty of other digital marketing news. Read more

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    Jono Alderson Joins the Distilled Family

    Hey, folks! Today marks me joining Distilled as principal consultant, based out of London. It’s been a move a long-time in the making, and I’m thrilled to be on board. I can’t get across how excited I am to be working with some of the people who shaped my thinking for years, who I’ve looked up to and been inspired by. Now I get the opportunity to add my own skills and experience to Distilled’s already formidable lineup, and to take on the world. Read more

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Mobile PPC in 2017: A Look Ahead

Seemingly every year is another ‘year of mobile’ for the advertising community. In the past decade the mobile environment has grown exponentially in both user base and functionality. The smartphone has created an entirely new space for advertisers trying to get their message in front of users. It may be an overused cliché, but 2016 is the year of mobile, and 2017 will be too. Read more

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    Where Will the Next Trillion Searches Come From?

    I want to talk today about a shift in searcher behaviour as big as the growth of mobile. That’s quite a claim, so let’s back up and get some context. We don’t have perfect information about how many searches are performed each day, but we can piece together some clues. Read more

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    How to Diagnose and Fix a Self-Referral in Google Analytics

    A self-referral in Google Analytics is a session where the source is your own site. This is often ignored or considered innocuous, but it represents something very wrong with the sessions it represents. It doesn’t make sense for a user to have arrived on your site via your site - there must have been an original source, and we want to include every subsequent hit after that original landing as part of one big session, providing the user doesn’t leave and come back via some other channel, or go inactive for a long period of time. Read more

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    What We Learned in October - The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

    October saw many of the tech giants either expanding or narrowing their product offering. While Facebook and Google both have new product launches under their belt, Twitter responded to a poor set of recent financial results and job losses by axing video sharing service Vine. There’s also plenty of Distilled news, including great offers for our upcoming SearchLove San Diego conference. Read on for all the stories. Read more

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    The SearchLove London 2016 Roundup

    Another year, another fantastic SearchLove London. The 2016 edition also saw the biggest crowd we’ve ever hosted at a Distilled event, with a little under 400 attendees, speakers and Distillers all under one roof. The lineup for this year’s event was another highlight, with 16 top-notch digital marketing experts presenting on everything from SEO and PPC, to CRO and the future of RankBrain. So, if you couldn't make it along, or you did, and fancy a quick catch up, I’ve put together the top takeaways from each presentation (and included a few other awesome roundups at the bottom of this post). Read more

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    FREE Full 12-Month DistilledU Memberships With the Next 100 SearchLove San Diego Tickets

    Our ever-popular tri-annual search conference is heading back to the beautiful resort of Paradise Point on the 23-24 February 2017. To help you get the biggest upgrade in your expertise, we’re giving away free 12-month memberships of our DistilledU online university with each of the next 100 tickets sold. This would normally cost you $360, and with it, you’ll gain access to 25 interactive modules and every single video from our previous SearchLove conferences. Read more

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    3 Ways to Improve Map Visualisations on Mobile

    Designing and building data visualisations have long been a core part of the creative team’s offering at Distilled. As technology continues to develop, the way we work must also develop and adapt with it. Coming up with a good execution for a data vis piece can often be a tricky task in itself, without someone throwing in the “How can we make it mobile-friendly?” Read more

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    A Complete Guide to Log Analysis with Big Query

    (For some people the timestamp converter wasn't working properly, that should now be fixed.) Curious about log analysis? This guide will cover everything from why you should do it, to getting logs, uploading and analysing them. Will you need any programming skill to follow this? No, but we’ll... Read more

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    In(credible): Uncovering Useful Data for Your Next Content Piece

    In September 2015, Harvard Business Review published an article proclaiming data to be the next big thing in content marketing. By then, we at Distilled have been producing data-driven content for at least a three years: from static infographics and survey-driven PR campaigns to data-driven quizzes and complex interactives. In this post, I’m going to talk about where to find great data for your content: from national statistics and APIs to newsletters and podcasts. Before we get into it, it’s important to answer one question. Read more

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    What We Learned in September - The Digital Marketing Month in a Minute

    September’s industry news sees many of the tech industry's biggest companies announcing brand new products, or developments to some of their existing offerings. Snapchat, or Snap Inc., as its parent company is now known, has released Snapchat Spectacles, while Facebook is preparing to launch a Slack competitor. Twitter Moments are rolling out to everyone, while AMP is getting more and more attention from Google. Read on for the full lowdown. Read more

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    The Case for CRO: Your Website is (Probably) Leaking Conversions

    At Distilled, we get a lot of leads from companies wanting SEO. Press them on what they want, and they say, “high rankings”, but is that what people really want? Make a query uncommon and long enough and I’m sure a solid page can rank at the top. But, if no one is searching for a query, who cares what position it ranks in? What people want is traffic, for which rankings are often used as a proxy, but even so, traffic is really only one part of the equation. Read more

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    What Web Dev Inadvertently Taught Me about SEO

    Before Distilled, I was a Digital Producer (think: front end developer meets project manager) and worked on dozens of web development projects. So when I started my role at Distilled, I didn’t expect to discover that I’d been inadvertently practicing SEO in following guidelines that make websites accessible to most people. This is because, believe it or not, web development best practices map onto SEO guidelines pretty well. Read more

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    5 Excellent Talks from the All New BrightonSEO

    Friday 2nd September was my introduction to the long-running BrightonSEO conference. As well as it being my first chance to really dive into the world of SEO beyond the walls of the Distilled offices, it was also the first BrightonSEO conference to take place at the Brighton Pavilion. So having had a few days to really digest the talks, I’ve put together my list of the best talks I was able to see. This isn’t meant to be an exhaustive list of the event, as I’m sure you can appreciate I could only see a fraction of all presentations on offer. However, I hope that you’ll be able to learn a thing or two from the top-notch speakers in my roundup. Read more

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