The self-proclaimed golf travel guru sees some burgeoning trends in golfing vacations. He has this to say about emerging destinations: "For those seeking new golf travel frontiers, countries increasingly bullish on golf as a lure for tourists include South Africa, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Korea, Vietnam, Mauritius, St. Kitts/Nevis and Malaysia."
"For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest Census of Agriculture. Sixty-nine percent of the surveyed young farmers had college degrees — significantly higher than the general population," the Associated Press reports.
Despite advances in vehicle technology, including maintenance reminders and other dashboard alerts designed to mitigate roadside trouble, AAA rescued a record-breaking 32 million drivers in 2015, with more battery, flat tire and key problems than ever before, a new study shows.
"Traditionally, people who have needed orthodontia have gotten braces as adolescents. But things are changing with more adults now electing treatment, according to a new study by the British Orthodontic Society," Dentistry Today reported. "Its online membership poll found that 75% of respondents are seeing an increase in adult treatment."
"A recent KPMG report says that 57% of legacy banking institutions are only in the planning phases of upgrading their systems to provide more mobile digital banking services. And fintech competitors are “nipping at their heels,” happy to take advantage of what is clearly a “disconnect” between today’s financial services consumers and the banks that serve them," Michael Salo writes in business2community.
According to one estimate, movers spend approximately $9,000 per move, Hitwise tells us. Movers are not only a high-spending segment, they are also in a transitional stage which makes them more open to finding useful services and developing new brand loyalties.
QSR Magazine reports some quick-service restaurants aren’t just surviving, they’re thriving thanks to a delicate balance of operations, product offering, and marketing that can uplift a failing quick-serve and bring some success back to mall food courts. Quick-service restaurants need to commit to new marketing channels that align with consumer behaviors.
"It’s no secret that people like to finish things; there’s something deeply and inexplicably satisfying about crossing the last item off a to-do list or acquiring the final piece of a collectible set. But just how far are people willing to go to achieve “completeness”? Recent research conducted by Harvard Business School investigated whether it’s possible to harness this desire to motivate people in specific ways."
A Jacksonville Beach dental practice is using a trained and certified therapy dog to calm current patients and attract new patients who otherwise would be too scared to go to a dentist. Local dentists could use this model in their own practices, while advertising the calming benefits of therapy animals.
Young shoppers are the driving force behind a boom in the cosmetics industry, the New York Times reports. Always camera ready, they are buying and using almost 25 percent more cosmetics than they did just two years ago and significantly more than baby boomers, according to the research firm NPD. And millennials who identify themselves as “makeup enthusiasts,” NPD found, are using six products each day.
Accessories, however secondary they may be perceived by the general public, are the bread and butter of luxury labels, Forbes reports. So how does an independent firm compete? Won Lee, CEO of Gentle Monster, says: “Now there’s a proliferation of eyewear brands, including independent ones like us, due to the expectation on fashion brands to have their own eyewear lines—much like fragrances."
On tap for St. Pat's Day in 2018: the inflatable Irish Pub. As it turns out, the sale and rental of inflatable Irish pubs is a thing, Digital Trends reports. An Irish company called the Inflatable Pub Company not only sells and ships these balloon-like bars, but also licenses rental companies across America to rent them out.