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Infographic: Bloglovin’ data shows key blog search terms by country

Fashion is the most popular blog subject in Spain, couture in France, and weddings in Canada. That’s according to data from blog discovery platform Bloglovin’, which analysed the top search terms from its userbase in 96 countries.

The research took into account 750,000 searches made on the platform each month between July 1 and September 30, 2015, with a resulting infographic depicting the most interesting and versatile of the terms.

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Some other highlights include yoga in Italy, interiors in South Korea, crochet in New Zealand and tattoos in Argentina. Meanwhile, the UK is searching for vegan and the US is all about travel.

The Bloglovin’ team put the latter down to the fact 68 million Americans travelled abroad in 2014, which is a record for the country. In terms of blog searches, they’re favouring this kind of inspiration over say fashion or food.

Josh Fischer, Bloglovin’s VP of product, explains: “What was interesting was the emergence of other more ‘lifestyle’ topics such as fitness, yoga, family and travel. A common trajectory we see for many bloggers is that they start out primarily talking about what they wear, but as they build an audience, people want to know more about them as a person; where they vacation, how they stay fit, etc.”

He says the data is useful for brands and content creators alike when planning on a global level, because it shows what resonates the most in different markets.

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Search marketing tops customer acquisition tactics for retailers – study 

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Paid search is still considered to be the most effective customer acquisition tactic, according to the 2014 State of Retailing Online study, released by Shop.org and Forrester Research in the US this week.

A survey of 81 retailers during May and June 2014, showed search engine marketing is considered top by 85% of them, and they’re accordingly spending more of their interactive marketing budgets on it than on anything else.

Also on the list for acquiring customers were organic traffic (41%), affiliate programs (40%) and remarketing/retargeting through online ads (29%). The latter, alongside behavioural targeting, sees display ads now ranked as the second highest area of marketing spend behind paid search.

Meanwhile, social media is also getting increased attention from retailers. Over half of those surveyed said they are dedicating more spend to the likes of Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and Twitter in the coming year, while 62% plan to spend more on Facebook interactive marketing efforts this year than last.

“Thanks to the effectiveness and renewed budget focus on display advertising, Facebook cannot be counted out from a retail advertising standpoint,” said Forrester VP and principal analyst, Sucharita Mulpuru. “People think of Facebook as a social network, but in reality it’s another medium for personalised display advertising – likely explaining why Facebook has surfaced so high in planned budget spend this year.”

The study also found that 42% of retailers’ email opens now happen on smartphones, up from 28% in 2013, while email open rates on tablets grew from 16% to 17%.

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Digital snippets: social media rankings, Topshop, Hermès, Free People, Asos

Here’s a highlight of stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital over the past week:

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  • Do the digital and social media rankings that have flooded the fashion industry really mean anything? [BoF]
  • Topshop, iTunes team up, web users able to sample and download music as they shop [WWD]
  • Hermès promotes silver jewellery collection with ‘symphony of silver’ video [PSFK]
  • Free People gets 10% of its online sales from app in first week [Mashable]
  • Attention, shoppers: store is tracking your cell [NY Times]
  • Analysing online department store SEO: ASOS gets the basics right [Econsultancy]
  • Meet the other woman behind Net-a-Porter, president Alison Loehnis [Fashionista]
  • Announcing Divvy: the app that won the Co.Labs and Target Retail Accelerator [Co.Labs]
  • With Cinematique’s ‘touch-enabled’, shoppable videos, product placement might not be so bad [TechCrunch]