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.”
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
With the use of banking and other financial apps on the rise, Credit One Bank conducted a survey this past July to learn more about the usage of its mobile app. Over 1,400 card members responded to a variety of app-related questions, including what they like most about the bank’s app. The convenience it provides was the top response (selected by 57% of respondents) outranking the fact that it’s a free download, which came in a distant second, by a factor of over 3.5.
While Americans are growing more familiar with sharing economy services, the intention to use these services is declining in favor of more traditional services. According to the fourth annual Allianz Travel Insurance Sharing Economy Index released by Allianz Global Assistance, 53% of Americans declared they are either “not very likely” or “not at all likely” to use sharing economy services during their 2018 summer travels.
The world of retail is being turned upside down with consumers and investors alike preferring ‘human-less’ transactions, interactive retail services and multiple payment options, reports Financial News Media. It’s no secret that traditional retail brands are doubling down on their investment into autonomous robotics in the name of competitiveness and bottom-line profitability.
“Artificial intelligence has arrived, and most consumers have crossed paths with it, reports MediaPost. This could be using chatbots for customer service, using facial recognition for identification or having voice conversations with a digital assistant through a smart speaker or smartphone.”
“Asian Americans’ preference for everything digital boils down to two things: convenience and customization, according to Nielsen. What if they’re away from the TV? No problem, as most programs can be streamed on a smartphone. What if they want news designed specifically for them? That’s easy, by tuning into an online Asian-American news show broadcast. The convenience that mobile devices have brought to digital content platforms can also be found in the ever-growing world of e-commerce, where Asian Americans lead, both in total dollars spent and in number of purchases made.”
National polling released today by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Read Aloud 15 MINUTES shows that significant percentages of parents report their children’s popular technology use is routinely taking time away from reading and conversing, activities basic to fostering brain and communication development.
According to internal data from RetailMeNot, Inc., mid-July has become the unofficial kickoff of the back-to-school shopping season, with consumers and retailers alike taking note.