Okay, when you think of digital media, you probably think of something like a video on YouTube. Something that you can access any time you want and for free. But NFT, a relatively new technology, is being used to make pieces of digital media sellable. It is taking the art world by storm now and art lovers, basketball fans and collectors alike are freaking out about it. This week, I will try to explain the latest internet buzzword.
The pandemic has rapidly accelerated digital transformation projects. It has also driven mass adoption of mobile payments. After a slow start in the US, the use of mobile wallets is rapidly catching up with cash payments. Mobile payments such as Apple Pay and Google Pay are also becoming increasingly popular in Europe as well as globally.
If you own a start-up or a small business, the pandemic is probably giving you a hard time — understandably so. It is hard enough to survive with all the bans on social gatherings, and with social distancing and lockdowns. People are not walking around, seeing billboards, and going into brick & mortar stores. So how the heck can you keep driving loyalty and engage with people?
Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment service, is expanding to Israel and South Africa soon, after launching in Mexico in February. First introduced in 2014, Apple Pay is now available in over 50 countries and regions helping Apple users with transactions through NFC chips built into their mobile phones around the world. At that time, it seemed like a revolutionary idea that would take a while to catch on. Six years later, more than half the iPhone users out there are paying with their mobile phones. Apple Pay currently accounts for 10 percent of all global card transactions. And the Czechs have already spent billions of euros since the Apple Pay and Google Pay service was launched two years ago.
We can probably agree that 2020 has been far from an enjoyable year. Let’s hope that 2021 will become a more pleasant, virus-free year. Today, I want to shed some light on why coffee shops and sweet shops, local restaurants, retail stores, food trucks, and sandwich stores should consider digital coupons for mobile wallets.
Start-ups and small businesses can build and run a smart and simple loyalty program using the features of mobile wallets. In a very cost-efficient manner. People use mobile wallets more and more. And it is not difficult to understand why. I put together the top five ways coffee shops and sweet shops, local restaurants, retail stores, food trucks or sandwich stores, hair salons and barber shops, car or motorcycle garages, florists, massage parlors or nail studios, fitness studios, gyms, etc. can make the mobile wallet a win for them and their customers.
A week ago, I wrote here about push notifications and why should you use them. Now, when your customers are at a certain place, you can get even more creative and send context-specific notifications to educate, entertain or drive them to your location.
Well, basically a communication channel built into every device. Push notifications are automated messages allowing you to notify your users about anything they expect from you. Instantly. Desktop and laptop users receive push notifications from both applications and websites. Once they have given permission of course. But people spend more time on their mobile phones than on any other device nowadays. It’s nearly a few hours a day. We have all the information at our fingertips through our mobile phones. So in this article, I want to talk about mobile push notifications.
The first chamber of commerce ever was established by merchants, traders, and craftsmen in Marseille, France in 1599. It provided them a forum to discuss and tackle common challenges. Throughout the centuries, this representation of common interests has become the foundation of chambers of commerce worldwide.
Thanks to a partnership between Apple and Healthvana, a software platform that delivers test results to patients, residents in Los Angeles can have their vaccination records stored digitally since the end of December. In the Apple Wallet or selected Android wallets. With about 10 million residents, Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States.
People spend more time on their mobile phones than on any other device nowadays. Nearly a few hours a day. Mobile phones are always with us and allow us to stay connected, shop, or stay informed. Mobile phones have been becoming the main screen in our lives. That creates an opportunity for smarter marketing. So what’s in it for a start-up or small business?
Of course, I am familiar with paper entry tickets that have probably got the number, your logo, and a few other details on them. But that is all that they can, right? And it is hard to sell them online.
Art and culture institutions face a lot of challenges when it comes to staying connected with their members. The person in charge has to make the list and then drop membership renewal reminders and other important news through email or the old good mail to the members. For Museums, science centers, art galleries, historical societies, zoos, aquariums, etc., running a membership program has always been time-consuming. Particularly when many membership related tasks are done manually.
This story began back in 1996. Geert-Jan Bruinsma, a tech guy with an entrepreneurial spirit, wanted to bring together Dutch travelers and the places they wanted to stay with the help of online booking service. His little start-up grew steadily in its first few years. Therefore, it was acquired by a bigger company nine years later.
How many podcasts and blogs are there? Apple said there were over 500 thousand podcasts back in 2018. Podcasting has been continuously on the rise over the past few years and has become one of the most popular channels for content delivery. So currently, the number of podcast shows is over 1.5 million with over 30 million episodes. Blogs have been with us already for 25 years. Justin Hall, considered by many to be the pioneer of blogging, started his online journal back in 1994. And it exists to this day, being one of more than 500 million blogs in the world.
Most likely you have heard someone use the term “Near Field Communication”, or “NFC” in short, already. Very probably the mobile phone you are reading this article on has an NFC chip inside. NFC is an increasingly useful feature on mobile phones ﹣ a connectivity enabler.
The German FlixMobility is a rapidly growing technology company that has become a leading European mobility platform. It enables people to get from A to B comfortably, quickly, and affordably by green FlixBus long-distance buses. Everyone probably knows them by now. They basically changed the way millions of people travel in Europe in less than seven years.
Oliver Cromwell, one of the most controversial figures in British history, lived in the 1600s. Until the present time, he is called a dictator by some, and a hero by others. He said once: “He who stops being better stops being good.” I truly believe that in today’s fast-changing world, learning new things has to be seen as something that never stops. Like when sailing against the wind. If you are not good enough in how to go forward, you will suddenly find yourself going backward.
You run your pharmacy or a health care centre. You might already know that establishing a loyalty program is an effective way to attract people. And you might even know that a loyalty program also encourages additional spending. But you keep repeating to yourself: There is no way of implementing such a thing with my independent pharmacy, or my health care centre.
The iconic Wembley Stadium, the largest stadium in the UK and the second-largest stadium in Europe with 90,000 seats, launched its contactless mobile-only ticketing innovation about two years ago. The mobile ticket technology allows fans to seamlessly and securely enter live events with contactless tickets added to their mobile wallets such as Apple Wallet or Google Pay. What are you waiting for?