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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.

Driven by mobile, digital overtakes TV in US ad spend for the first time

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) this week released its numbers for ad spend in the US in 2016, and for the first time since the organization began tracking digital ad spend in 2004, spend on digital ads has surprassed spend on television ads.

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Shea Moisture's customer backlash was caused by poor brand management, not bad advertising

Natural beauty brand Shea Moisture was forced to apologize after a new ad campaign sparked a social media backlash among some of the company's customers.

But this backlash wasn't really the result of a bad ad.

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Amazon launches 'Subscribe with Amazon' to help companies sell subscriptions

Amazon's effort to take over the world continues unabated.

This week, the online retail giant announced a big push into a new market with the launch of Subscribe with Amazon, a new marketplace that will allow third parties to sell subscriptions through Amazon.

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Allergan Facebook initiative shows the risks of social media for pharma marketers

To help reinvigorate sales of its 13 year-old dry eye treatment Restasis in the face of competition from a new drug, pharma giant Allergan turned to the world's largest social network, Facebook.

The company, with the help of its agencies, launched a Facebook Page. According to Fierce Pharma, the effort has largely been a success. 

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What publishers and advertisers need to know about Princeton and Stanford's new super ad blocker

Researchers at Princeton and Stanford University have created a super ad blocker that could deliver a devastating blow to the efforts of publishers and advertisers to block the now widely-used ad blockers.

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

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Can Wells Fargo's new brand platform help it restore consumer trust?

Wells Fargo has paid a hefty price for its fake account scandal.

While the bank has fired more than 5,000 employees implicated in the scandal, clawed back $75m in compensation from executives it blamed for the fraud, and agreed to pay $110m to settle a class action lawsuit over its opening of more than a million unauthorized customer accounts, consumers apparently aren't willing to forgive the company, at least not yet.

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As Facebook cracks down on a major spam operation, USA Today loses millions of Likes

While the number of fake accounts on Facebook's billion-plus member social network might be a rounding error in the overall scheme of things, the world's social networking giant isn't ignoring the problem.

Facebook acknowledges that fake accounts are "closely related to the creation and spread of spam," and last week it detailed how it's has been cracking down on abuse, including bots used to create fake accounts and paid likes.

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Could established financial services firms lose a quarter of their revenue to fintechs?

Upstart fintech companies are disrupting established financial services players, namely large banks, but just how serious a threat are these upstarts to firms that collectively control trillions of dollars of capital?

According to a new study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which polled more than 1,300 executives, established financial services firms could lose nearly a quarter (24%) of their revenue to fintechs in the next three to five years.

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Digital advertising is totally out of control

In the drive to maximize reach and efficiency, advertisers have embraced an increasingly complex digital ad ecosystem that is more and more automated and opaque.

Now, at a time when consumers are demonstrating heightened concern about hate speech, offensive content, and social and political issues, advertisers are learning the hard way that they have helped create a monster they aren't in control of.

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Amazon tries its hand at influencer affiliate marketing

Can influencers and affiliate marketing be a match made in heaven? Online retail's 800-pound gorilla is apparently interested in finding out.

Last week, it was revealed that Amazon has launched a beta of an invite-only Amazon Influencer Program "exclusively designed for social media influencers with large followings and a high frequency of posts with shoppable content." 

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Five tips to maximize your mailing list signups

An email list can easily become one of a business' most valued assets, but many companies fail to maximize their mailing list signups.

Here are five ways companies can ensure they're driving as many mailing list signups as possible.

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Can pharma companies effectively use influencer marketing?

Influencer marketing has become a staple of many social marketing campaigns, but can it work for companies in the highly-regulated pharma market?

A growing number of pharma marketers clearly think there's a chance.

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