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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.

What marketers need to know about Pinterest's new search ads

Pinterest has proven to be a revenue-driver for retailers, and for that reason, it has been made an important part of digital marketing strategy for many brands, including ASOS and Made.com.

Now, marketers will have even more opportunities to reach consumers on Pinterest thanks to the launch of search ads on the popular service.

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Why fintech could drive online car buying in the US

Years ago, the thought of buying clothes or shoes online seemed unlikely. After all, there are certain types of products that logic would dictate need to be purchased in person.

But today, there are few products that aren't purchased online, and even big-ticket items like cars could soon be routinely purchased sight unseen through the web.

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What brands need to know about Facebook's long-form video push

What Facebook wants, it usually gets, and despite the general belief that attention spans are increasingly limited, the world's largest social network is apparently intent on encouraging long-form video.

Here's what brands creating video content for Facebook need to know about the changes Facebook is making to accomplish that.

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Retailers shouldn't forget about post-purchase experience

Customer experience is top of mind for just about every retailer hoping to survive and thrive in today's incredibly competitive and difficult economic environment.

But while many retailers focus on topics like personalisation and minimising the number of steps in the purchase journey, they shouldn't forget that an important part of overall customer experience is the post-purchase experience they deliver.

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Pfizer lures consumers to text with Viagra discounts

Taking a page from the consumer marketing playbook, pharma giant Pfizer has launched a new televison ad campaign that encourages viewers to sign up to receive text messages from the company in exchange for a discount of 50% on a year-long supply of the prescription drug Viagra.

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Marketers plan Facebook audits following metrics faux pas

With the world's largest social network, it's no surprise that Facebook has built a multi-billion dollar digital advertising empire. But maintaining advertiser confidence appears to be a growing challenge.

According to a survey conducted by Advertiser Perceptions, while many advertisers plan to up their spend with Facebook in 2017, 40% also plan to perform independent audits of the advertising campaigns they're running on the social network.

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Storytelling might boost your product page conversion rates: stats

Storytelling is a popular marketing buzzword, and there are numerous examples demonstrating how brands that engage in storytelling derive value from the exercise.

Much of the discussion around the topic focuses on how brands tell stories at a strategic level, but according to a study conducted by Hill Holiday research division Origin, companies can profit from applying storytelling at a much more practical level too. 

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How will fintech lenders cope with an economic downturn?

Fintech startups are disrupting established financial institutions, and nowhere is that more evident than in the market for loans.

In the wake of the financial crisis and Great Recession of 2008, a new generation of financial services startups took advantage of the fact that banks, once a primary provider of loans to consumers and businesses, largely stopped lending.

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Amazon could become an ad tech force in 2017

Amazon is not a newcomer to the online advertising market. Through its A9.com subsidiary, it has been involved in the online ad ecosystem for some time

But 2017 could see the online retail giant become a real force in the space with the introduction of a new platform called Amazon Publisher Services (APS).

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Ikea renames products for new SEO-focused Retail Therapy campaign

Ikea is frequently cited as a master of branding, marketing and advertising, and it has a portfolio of campaigns and creative to justify the compliment.

The latest: the company's Retail Therapy website, which is part of its Where Life Happens campaign.

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Novartis launches a social network for heart failure

When pharma giant Novartis first started marketing Entresto, a heart failure drug, it found itself facing criticism from cardiologists and consumers who felt the company's direct-to-consumer ads were far too negative.

But following that criticism, Novartis has taken a much different approach to promoting Entresto.

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How advertisers are being exploited by fake news sites

Donald Trump's upset victory in the 2016 U.S. presidential election has sparked a vigorous debate about the role of the internet in promoting the spread of misinformation.

Much of this debate has focused on fake news sites and how articles they published found an audience thanks to the algorithms used by social networks and search engines.

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