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.

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How banks are using big data & segmentation to lure depositors

Interest rates are on the rise in the US and banks, eager to lure depositors, are finally beginning to increase the rates they offer depositors.

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Four Amazon weaknesses retailers can exploit

Amazon's power continues to grow by leaps and bounds, and even brands that had shunned the online retail giant, like Nike, are deciding that they can't afford not to sell through Amazon channels.

For retailers not named Amazon, the company's unrelenting march towards retail dominance is no doubt discouraging. But every Goliath has its David and Amazon is not impervious to competition. 

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Many B2B marketers are still relying on intuition more than data: survey

The world is awash in more data than ever and one of the reasons there's so much of it is that companies have embraced the notion that data can increase the efficacy of their marketing efforts and drive sales.

But a new study published by Dun & Bradstreet and Forrester Research indicates that in the B2B realm, many marketers are relying more heavily on their intuition than they are on data when making decisions.

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Walmart's website redesign: Five first impressions

Despite Amazon's amazing growth and online dominance, it's still smaller than one of its chief rivals, Walmart. At its current rate of growth, that could change but Walmart isn't going to be surpassed by Amazon without a fight.

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The GDPR claims its first victims

The GDPR goes into effect later this month and GDPR compliance efforts are well underway. For example, users of online services around the world are receiving notifications of updated terms of service and privacy policies.

Some of the updates contained in these agreements are significant. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, for instance, has increased its minimum age to 16. Snapchat isn't abandoning users under 16, but it is changing how some of its features work for its under-16 userbase.

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The virtues of re-engaging dormant customers

Companies spend a huge amount of time and money on customer acquisition.

And why shouldn't they? After all, growing a business significantly is usually best accomplished by growing the number of people who pay for its products and services.

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What Facebook and Instagram's big API changes could mean for brands

In response to the ongoing scandal over its data collection, usage and sharing policies, Facebook has announced a slew of its changes to the Facebook and Instagram APIs. These APIs, or application programming interfaces, allow third parties to build applications that interact with Facebook and Instagram. 

The changes have the potential to affect a number of players that participate in the Facebook and Instagram ecosystems, including brands.

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Goldman Sachs buys personal finance & budgeting app to bolster its growing retail banking business

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em.

For years, many large companies have employed that approach in their digital efforts with varying degrees of success. But in the world of fintech, it would appear that even if you can potentially beat 'em, some companies are still willing to buy 'em.

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Companies around the world are worried about the GDPR: study

The GDPR is coming and even though it is an EU law, it will have a profound impact on businesses around the world, even those that don't have a physical presence in the EU.

That's because the GDPR's protections apply to all individuals within the Union and non-EU companies that control or process data from individuals in EU are expected to register a representative and comply with the law. Those that don't face stiff penalties, including fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover.

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Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg's Capitol Hill testimony

Last week, Facebook's CEO donned a suit instead of a hoodie and made his way to Capitol Hill, where he was questioned by American lawmakers in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

That scandal, the largest the world's largest social network has ever dealt with, has brought Facebook's collection and use of data into the spotlight. With negative headlines being published daily and the threat of regulation on the horizon, the company's public appearance shy chief, Mark Zuckerberg, had little choice but to go before lawmakers and answer questions.

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Google's response to header bidding is now available to all DFP publishers

Last week, Google announced that Exchange Bidding, a real-time bidding solution that allows third-party exchanges to compete with DoubleClick Ad Exchange, is now available to all DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) customers. 

Exchange Bidding is Google's response to header bidding, which some have suggested poses one of the greatest threats to the world's most powerful digital advertising business.

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Companies should consider embracing the GDPR even where they don't have to

As its co-founder and CEO prepares to testify later today before the United States House of Representatives in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a reeling Facebook is being urged to adopt the GDPR globally.

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