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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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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Is the ad fraud problem really getting better? New research suggests not

Ad fraud is a huge problem, but the past year has seen growing optimism that progress was being made in the fight against the industry's biggest threat.

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) suggested that losses from ad fraud were going to drop from $7.2bn in 2016 to $6.5bn in 2017. What's more, efforts to reduce common forms of ad fraud have gained traction. Perhaps most notably, the IAB Ads.txt standard, which aims to make spoofing much more difficult, is rapidly being adopted.

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Six big retargeting mistakes marketers should avoid

Retargeting can be an incredibly powerful weapon in the digital marketer's arsenal. For some marketers, it consistently produces one of the highest ROIs of all digital campaigns.

But even so, many marketers make mistakes that can reduce the efficacy of their retargeting campaigns. Here is a look at six of the biggest.

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Pharma's use of social has matured: report

Pharma use of social media is maturing as companies get more savvy about how they use social channels.

For its fourth-annual Social Check-up, Ogilvy Healthworld partnered with social data firm Pulsar and looked at the social activity of 20 leading pharma companies in the 11 months between January and December 2017.

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DBS Bank now earns twice as much income from digital customers

Singapore's DBS Bank, the largest bank in Southeast Asia, is profiting from its digital investments in a big way.

At an investment conference, DBS CFO Chng Sok Hui revealed that the bank now generates double the income from digital customers as it earns from traditional customers.

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Facebook will soon require marketers to confirm they have user consent for Custom Audiences

The long-term effects of Facebook's ongoing data abuse crisis are still unclear, but one of the most popular and powerful tools Facebook offers marketers could be changing as a result.

According to reports that have since been confirmed by Facebook, the social media giant is planning to require that marketers using Custom Audiences certify to Facebook that they have obtained consent from the individuals whose data they provide to Facebook.

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Study finds very few influencers disclose affiliate marketing on YouTube and Pinterest

Despite the fact that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began requiring affiliate disclosures in 2013, a new study conducted by researchers at Princeton University has found that very few influencers on YouTube and Pinterest are disclosing affiliate links.

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Waze opens up location-based advertising to SMEs

Location-based advertising can be a powerful tool for businesses with storefronts and yesterday, brick and mortar SMEs gained a potentially significant new location-based advertising tool. 

That's because Waze, the popular mapping app owned by Google, announced the launch of Waze Local, a new offering that allows SMEs to advertise to drivers as they're on the go.

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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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