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How Companies Are Using Location Data, in 5 Charts

The use of artificial intelligence is becoming more common in smartphones, connected home devices, wearables and connected cars. By 2020, there will be 20.4 billion connected devices in use, according to market research firm Gartner. Location data is getting easier and easier to acquire.

Despite promise, brands still struggle using location data

Interest in location-based ads sparked following the arrival of Snap Maps earlier this month, but many marketers believe getting accurate location data is still too complicated for them to spend more money on audience targeting in this way. Blis’ director of global communications, Andrew Darling, chimes in.

How location based marketers look to the past to predict the future

The iPhone–which is turning ten this month– transformed the way people communicate, shop, and travel. It also transformed the way marketers reach their ideal audiences. For the first time, they could use the smartphone’s location data to find out where consumers were—and buy impressions accordingly.

How ad blocking played out in 2016

The threat of disappearing ad revenues from ad blocking continued to cause a lot of anxiety for publishers and advertisers this year, some doomsday researchers suggesting it could cost the industry between $16 billion and $35 billion by 2020.

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