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.

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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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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