Category: Digital+Technology

Internet Providers to Promote Affordable Plans to Low-Income Households

Cox Communications announced the overwhelmingly positive results of a survey of Connect2Compete program participants, a program designed for low-income families in need of internet access at home. The vast majority of parents agree low-cost internet service at home gives children a leg up for high school graduation (91%) and helps students get higher grades (89%).

OTT Providers to Promote Lower Cost Viewing Offerings

Leading entertainment research firm Parks Associates reports approximately one-third of pay-TV subscribers in U.S. broadband households changed their pay-TV services between 1Q 2017 and 1Q 2018.

75% of Consumers Believe Mobile Offerings are Extremely Important

Metova, a world-leading provider of mobile, connected car, connected home and IoT solutions, announced the results of a survey revealing the sentiment of over 1000 consumers on “Mobile First” technologies. The survey was conducted to research the growing shift from “Mobile Friendly” to “Mobile First.” Notably, more than half would choose one company over another based on the mobile experience they offer and 70% say it is very important that a company they do business with has a great mobile experience.

The Percentage of Contingent Workers Needing Computers Rose 14% in One Year

Flexible or contingent workforces (those that include contractors, freelancers and/or temporary workers) are on the rise and here to stay. According to the 2018 Emerging Workforce Study commissioned by Spherion Staffing Services, companies surveyed report that the average percentage of contingent workers in their workforces has increased from 15% in 2017 to 29% in 2018. In fact, 41% of employees say they will only work for a company that offers agile employment opportunities.

Privacy is a Concern for 50% of Consumers Considering Internet of Things Devices

Metova, a world-leading provider of mobile, connected car, connected home and IoT Solutions, announced the results of a survey revealing the sentiment of over 1000 consumers on IoT and connected home technologies. Notably, less than 20% of people surveyed feel like they have a good understanding of what the Internet of Things is, however, nearly 70% of consumers already own at least one IoT device. In addition, 84% of people would like the ability to monitor their utility usage in real-time with connected devices, and would choose a utility provider over a competitor based on that ability if given a choice.

71% of Employees Feel More Productive When Listening to Music

Silence may be golden, but most workers feel they’re more productive at the office when listening to music, new research from staffing firm Accountemps shows. Eighty-five percent of survey respondents who are able to do so say they enjoy turning on the tunes at work. Employees ages 18 to 34 appreciate music while working the most (95%), compared to those ages 35-54 (84%) and 55 and older (66%).

Most Millennials Make Payments Via Smartphone, but Fewer Track That Spending

A new report, released by the TIAA Institute and the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) at the George Washington University School of Business, found there is a financial literacy gap among millennials. The report also found that while most millennials use their smartphones to manage their personal finances, financial technology (fin-tech) does not necessarily improve their personal finance management practices.

Home Security Customers Buying More Remote-Control Cameras and Automated Window Treatments

Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, a family-owned home service company with an A+ rating by the BBB, recommends utilizing smart home automation features before leaving for vacation. Owner Joseph Giannone says, “When the home is left vacant, utilities and overall security can remain a concern. Fortunately, smart home technology continues to advance and can provide real solutions for to put vacationers at ease.”

Safety Is The Number One Reason For 76% Of Parents Who Buy Kids Phones

Ting, a top rated postpaid MVNO service and a division of Tucows Inc., revealed the results of its Ting Digital Family Lifestyle Survey, giving insight into parents’ thoughts, concerns, habits and rules around their kids’ mobile phone use. The survey covers topics that are important to those navigating parenting in the mobile digital age, including phone safety, content consumption on phones, rules around phone use, and the cost of keeping the family mobile. 1,565 parents with children under the age of 18 who have cell phones responded to the survey.

Voice Search Becoming Increasingly Important For Consumer/Restaurant Interation

Yext, Inc., the leader in Digital Knowledge Management, released new survey data on how restaurant-goers use voice search to find and engage with restaurants. The results reveal that voice search has become an important part of how consumers interact with restaurants, and that voice search is an increasingly important part of restaurant marketing.

Restaurants Can Boost Sales by Pushing Promotions through Apps

A new report titled Get Appy: Do Consumers Use Restaurant & Hotel Branded Apps revealed that a majority of global consumers (57%) have used or are using mobile applications to engage with hospitality operators. The study of 15,000 consumers across Europe, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and North America revealed that of the 23% that have at least one restaurant or hotel branded app on their mobile device, 70% are using them at least once a week. Increased app engagement across global consumers creates new opportunities to personalize service, incentives and menu offerings and highlights the need for modern food and beverage technology to deliver more meaningful guest experiences.

Employers Must Enhance Online Job Postings to Get Noticed

“Online advertised vacancies increased 170,800 to 4,651,500 in July, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) Data Series. The June Supply/Demand rate stands at 1.46 unemployed for each advertised vacancy, with a total of 2.1 million more unemployed workers than the number of advertised vacancies. The number of unemployed was approximately 6.6 million in June.”

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