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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Apple is making it harder for small businesses to offer iOS apps

Earlier this year, Apple announced new policies aimed at, among other things, banning apps that contribute to spam and clutter in the App Store. Specifically, one policy gave Apple the right to reject apps built using a "commercialized template or app generation service."

Now, Apple appears to be prepping enforcement of this rule in a way that could hurt small businesses in a big way.

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Three benefits of making employees spend time in the trenches

What is it like to drive for Lyft? Soon, it's a question the company's more than 2,000 corporate employees will be better able to answer.

That's because the second largest ride hailing service in the U.S. is now requiring its employees to spend at least four hours a month driving for Lyft or, alternatively, working in one of Lyft's driver hubs or fielding driver support calls.

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What Amazon's entry into the pharmacy market might mean for pharma marketers

Amazon's unrelenting drive to take over the world continues. The latest potential target of the online retailer's ambitions: prescription drugs.

According to reports, Amazon is exploring entering the retail pharmacy market in the U.S., a $400bn a year business that many believe is ripe for disruption. While a final decision has apparently not yet been made, it's not too early for pharma marketers to start considering the prospect of Amazon entering this huge market.

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Target is the latest retailer to launch a mobile wallet: Will it work?

2017 has been a record-breaking year for retail, and not in a good way.

Under pressure from a number of factors, including the growth of ecommerce, brick and mortar retailers have closed thousands of stores this year and some, including big names like Toys R Us, Sears Canada and Payless, have filed for bankruptcy.

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Six ways fintech startups could hurt incumbent banks

For years, there has been much talk about the impact of fintech startups like Monzo and Atom Bank on incumbent banks but little has been done to quantify the actual effects fintechs are having on big banks.

New data from The Bank of England (BoE), published as part of its 2017 stress test of the UK banking system, however, is shedding light on this subject.

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How will Snapchat's redesign affect branded content?

By all appearances, Snapchat is struggling. The social photo sharing app, although still popular, has seen its user growth stagnate and while it's getting better at monetizing users, has yet to prove that it will ever become a profitable business.

Snapchat's woes don't appear accidental either. Facebook recognized that Snapchat presented perhaps the biggest threat to its dominance and has engaged in a concerted effort to thwart Snapchat's rise, one that seems to be working.

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Amazon won Thanksgiving and Black Friday as retail strategy varied

Amazon's dominance of online retail in the U.S. was on fully display this Thanksgiving and on Black Friday according to data collected by Hitwise.

According to the competitive intelligence and consumer insights firm, Amazon processed 5.6m transactions on Thanksgiving Day and 7.1m transactions on Black Friday.

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Should brands be worried about the possible repeal of net neutrality rules?

The potential repeal of the 2015 net neutrality rules that were implemented in the U.S. by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sparked an outcry from consumers, consumer rights groups, businesses and trade organizations.

Under a proposal unveiled last week, ISPs would, among other things, no longer be banned from charging companies to prioritize the delivery of their content or restricting access to particular online services that utilize significant resources.

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Digital publishers fall back to earth

The digital publishing industry was hit with a surprise late last week as reports broke indicating that digital media darling Mashable was sold to Ziff Davis for just $50m.

That's a small fraction of the $250m investors had valued the company at in its most recent funding round last year.

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After Keurig faces social media backlash, brands need to get smart about advertising and politics

Advertising and politics don't mix and the despite the ample evidence to this effect, brands continue to demonstrate an inability to keep themselves out of trouble.

The latest example of this: Keurig, the manufacturer of a home brewing system.

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What SME marketers need to know about Twitter Promote Mode

Twitter has unveiled a new ad offering dubbed Promote Mode that aims to help SME marketers advertise on Twitter.

Here's what SME marketers need to know about Promote Mode, which is currently in public beta.

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More brands want to bring programmatic in-house, but can they?

For years, brands have grappled with questions about which agency model is the best fit for their business

When it comes to programmatic, however, a new survey recently released by Advertiser Perceptions indicates that a growing number of brands are hoping to bring their efforts in-house.

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