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.

Native ads gain as advertisers seek brand safety away from programmatic

If one topic has dominated the digital advertising market in 2017, it's brand safety.

A backlash over advertising displayed alongside offensive content led major ad agencies like Havas and a diverse group of major brand advertisers including Toyota, GlaxoSmithKline and Verizon, to boycott Google.

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Is it time to put the kibosh on the VR hype?

In early 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at Samsung's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to talk about virtual reality (VR).

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Ads.txt, a new standard for fighting inventory spoofing & unauthorized sellers: What you need to know

At the beginning of this month, the IAB's Tech Lab announced the release of the final Version 1.0 specification Ads.txt, which aims to help prevent inventory spoofing and unauthorized sellers.

Here's what publishers and advertisers need to know about Ads.txt.

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Why fintech disruption isn't just about the technology

In the past few years, fintech startups have disrupted the financial services industry and forced entrenched players, some that have been around for a 100+ years, to scramble.

But just what is fintech and why is it having such a big impact on one of the most lucrative markets in the world? 

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Snapchat opens up to the web in a big way with new Paperclip linking feature

Since its launch, popular messaging service Snapchat has only been accessible via iOS and Android apps. The Snapchat ecosystem has been totally closed off from the outside world, including the web.

That stands in stark contrast to Snapchat's biggest competitor, Facebook-owned Instagram. In 2012, it made user profiles accessible on the instagram.com website, and most recently, it upgraded its mobile web app to allow users to post content. Previously, content posting could only be performed via the Instagram native mobile apps.

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After years of resistance, Nike gives in to Amazon

In the latest sign of Amazon's growing dominance, Nike will begin selling its shoes and athletic apparel on the online retail behemoth's site. 

Here's why and what happens next.

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Facebook to demote content from oversharers in News Feed: What you need to know

Since late last year, when it came under fire for its role in helping spead "fake news" during the 2016 U.S. presidential cycle, Facebook has been working to find ways to reign in the spread of misinformation, disinformation and spam on its platform.

Facebook's efforts have been broad and range from crackdowns on fake accounts to experiments with a so-called second News Feed.

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Is Reddit on the verge of becoming a bigger player in digital advertising?

It is estimated that more than 80 cents of every new dollar of digital ad spend now goes to two companies: Google and Facebook.

But despite the fact that companies not named Google and Facebook are fighting for a shrinking portion of an otherwise growing pie, one company is aiming to significantly bolster its position in the digital ad market.

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Six inconvenient truths about influencer marketing

Influencer marketing continues to grow like a weed, but that doesn't mean that brands employing it don't face big challenges.

Here are six inconvenient truths that brands using this increasingly popular digital marketing technique should be aware of.

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As WPP hit by cyberattack, brands need to pay more attention to agency security

For the second time in as many months, a cyberattack has made waves around the globe.

Following on the heels of last month's WannaCry ransomware attack, a new virus dubbed Petya began spreading rapidly this week. 

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How Europe's $2.7bn Google antitrust fine could impact the internet economy

On Tuesday, the European Commission (EC) announced that it is levying a $2.7bn fine on search giant Google for abusing its dominant search position to illegally favor its own vertical shopping search offering, Google Shopping.

In explaining the record fine for breaking EU antitrust rules, EC Commissioner Margrethe Vestager stated:

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Is the Whole Foods acquisition the beginning of Amazon's endgame?

On Friday, Amazon sent shockwaves through the world of retail by announcing its intention to buy upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7bn.

The deal, which came as a surprise to the markets, knocked nearly $40bn off the market caps of other retails. Kroger, Costco, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart each saw their stocks drop by more than 4% following the announcement, and their declines accounted for over $23bn of the market cap losses.

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