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Author: Patricio Robles

Patricio Robles

I am a tech reporter and have been writing about technology, digital marketing and startups at Econsultancy since January 2009.

Loyalty programs are losing their sway: here's what brands can do about it

Despite the fact that companies are spending tens of billions of dollars on loyalty programs every year in the US alone, a study conducted by Accenture suggests that consumers are increasingly impervious to the effects of these programs.

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Amazon Payments usage grows: should you adopt it?

Don't look now: while PayPal continues to be the dominant online payments service, Amazon's Pay with Amazon is growing rapidly.

In a press release last week, the ecommerce giant revealed that 33m of its customers have now used Amazon Payments to make a purchase, and last year Pay with Amazon transaction volume doubled.

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Is the VR craze mostly hype?

Virtual reality (VR) is all the rage, and even though the technology is relatively nascent, brands and marketers have been jumping on the bandwagon. Examples of experimentation abound, and expectations are high.

But are the expectations for VR's revolutionary potential too grandiose?

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The WSJ ditches Google's ‘First Click Free’, falls back on stronger paywall

In an effort to increase paid subscriptions, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) last year began experimenting with changes to the mechanics of its paywall.

As part of its experimentation, the WSJ began limiting access to its content through Google's First Click Free program.

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Advertisers love programmatic, but what about publishers?

Programmatic continues to take over the digital advertising world, fueled in large part by advertisers who are enticed by the advantages programmatic offers, such as the ability to target audiences at scale.

But what about publishers? How do they feel about programmatic?

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Retailers beware, Amazon could be about to shake up Google PLAs

After years of being absent from the market for Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs), it appears that online retail's 800-pound gorilla is finally getting into the game.

This could have a big impact on other retailers using PLAs to market their wares to consumers.

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Why brands are increasingly creating experiences & adventures to woo consumers

Consumers increasingly desire experiences over things, but companies that sell physical products aren't out of luck. In fact, many are capitalizing on consumers' taste for experiences to make their products more appealing and bolster their brands.

Take, for example, Leica, the German manufacturer of high-end cameras. It's getting into the travel business to engage photography enthusiasts.

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How will Donald Trump's policies affect fintech?

Last week, new US President Donald Trump signed a directive asking his Treasury secretary to review The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Dodd-Frank was signed into law in 2010 by former President Barack Obama and was aimed at preventing another financial crisis like the one that struck the US banking system in 2008.

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10 interesting things from Snapchat's IPO filing

On Thursday, Snapchat filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to go public.

The move, which has been anticipated for some time, paves the way for the biggest initial public offering (IPO) since Facebook made its debut on the NASDAQ exchange in May 2012.

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What marketers need to know about Pinterest's new search ads

Pinterest has proven to be a revenue-driver for retailers, and for that reason, it has been made an important part of digital marketing strategy for many brands, including ASOS and Made.com.

Now, marketers will have even more opportunities to reach consumers on Pinterest thanks to the launch of search ads on the popular service.

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Why fintech could drive online car buying in the US

Years ago, the thought of buying clothes or shoes online seemed unlikely. After all, there are certain types of products that logic would dictate need to be purchased in person.

But today, there are few products that aren't purchased online, and even big-ticket items like cars could soon be routinely purchased sight unseen through the web.

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What brands need to know about Facebook's long-form video push

What Facebook wants, it usually gets, and despite the general belief that attention spans are increasingly limited, the world's largest social network is apparently intent on encouraging long-form video.

Here's what brands creating video content for Facebook need to know about the changes Facebook is making to accomplish that.

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