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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.

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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Retailers shouldn't forget about post-purchase experience

Customer experience is top of mind for just about every retailer hoping to survive and thrive in today's incredibly competitive and difficult economic environment.

But while many retailers focus on topics like personalisation and minimising the number of steps in the purchase journey, they shouldn't forget that an important part of overall customer experience is the post-purchase experience they deliver.

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Pfizer lures consumers to text with Viagra discounts

Taking a page from the consumer marketing playbook, pharma giant Pfizer has launched a new televison ad campaign that encourages viewers to sign up to receive text messages from the company in exchange for a discount of 50% on a year-long supply of the prescription drug Viagra.

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Marketers plan Facebook audits following metrics faux pas

With the world's largest social network, it's no surprise that Facebook has built a multi-billion dollar digital advertising empire. But maintaining advertiser confidence appears to be a growing challenge.

According to a survey conducted by Advertiser Perceptions, while many advertisers plan to up their spend with Facebook in 2017, 40% also plan to perform independent audits of the advertising campaigns they're running on the social network.

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