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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Google's mobile-first indexing is finally rolling out: Here's what you need to know

It's here. After more than a year of waiting, the search giant this week announced that it is rolling out mobile-first indexing.

Here's what you need to know about the new functionality.

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Facebook is in real trouble: What it could mean for marketers

The world's most dominant social media company, Facebook, is facing the biggest crisis of its life after it was revealed that an outfit called Cambridge Analytica managed to obtain Facebook data for some 50m users under false pretenses.

The Cambridge Analytica story has sparked a fury and led to a still-ongoing stream of negative headlines for Facebook that is entering its second week.

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How the blockchain can be applied in healthcare

While Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies face dramatic price swings and are still the focus of controversy, interest continues to grow in the blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies.

From digital asset rights management to advertising, there are many industries in which entrepreneurs and established companies are looking to apply the blockchain.

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Mobile retail apps are beating out mobile websites

According to Criteo's recently released Global Commerce Review for Q4 2017, retailers in North America who have both a mobile website and a mobile app generated 67% of their sales from mobile devices. But the mobile web and mobile apps aren't created equal.

That's because when it comes to their productivity, Criteo found that mobile apps converted at three times the clip of mobile websites and were responsible for well over half (66%) of all sales derived from mobile devices.

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Capital One's new browser extension is a great example of common-sense fintech innovation

Last year, Capital One, one of the United States' largest commercial banks and credit card issuers, launched Eno, a digital assistant that allows customers to manage their accounts conversationally through SMS.

Now, Capital One has brought Eno to the browser through a new Chrome and Firefox extension that could prove very useful to Capital One cardholders.

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How healthcare companies are getting creative to acquire data

Data is the black gold of the 21st century. This is perhaps no truer than in the healthcare industry, where data has the potential to help address some of the biggest challenges individuals face.

As in just about every industry, the companies that need data the most aren't always the ones that collect it. In some cases, valuable data is generated and owned by third parties; in others, companies need tools and technologies offered by third parties to collect data that they have the potential to generate.

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Employer-sponsored healthcare initiatives will create new opportunities for pharmas & medical device companies

Last month, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced they were teaming up to launch a venture aimed at providing better, more cost-effective healthcare to their employees.

And then last week, it was reported that Apple is launching AC Wellness, “an independent medical practice dedicated to delivering compassionate, effective healthcare to the Apple employee population.”

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Will digital phenotyping ever be applied to pharma marketing?

The landscape for pharma marketing is changing rapidly and pharma companies are being forced to rethink how and to whom they market.

For example, it's now reasonable to talk about the possibility of a pharma company shunning sales reps entirely and instead using digital channels to reach healthcare professionals and patients directly – an approach that probably would have seemed unthinkable less than a decade ago.

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Amazon is looking to partner with a bank to offer checking accounts

Is there any industry that Amazon isn't looking to enter?

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the online retail giant is in talks with a number of large banks, including JPMorgan Chase, about launching a checking account product that would be offered to Amazon customers.

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Facebook's big algorithm change claims its first victim, LittleThings

Facebook's latest algorithm update, which further prioritized content from friends and family over content from brands and publishers, has claimed a high-profile victim.

LittleThings, a digital publisher focused on positive stories for American women, announced that it is ceasing operations in large part because Facebook's algorithm change decimated its reach on the popular social network, which the company relied heavily on.

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Banks set to release money management apps as UX change spurred by Open Banking

While six of the U.K.'s biggest banks have been given until March to adopt Open Banking for most of their customers, the writing is on the wall: large retail banks will be forced to compete differently.

In response, a number of them are gearing up to launch apps that help their customers manage their money.

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How digital helped Domino's overtake Pizza Hut

Based on global retail sales, pizza chain Domino's last week achieved the distinction of becoming the "largest pizza company in the world", besting long-time rival Pizza Hut. 

Domino's generated $12.2bn in 2017 sales compared to Pizza Hut's $12.03bn in sales.

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