Airbnb and Tesla are joining forces to slot charging stations into select Airbnb-registered homes around the world, with the California coastal region first up for deployments. “Together, we’re building a world with no limits to how far you can travel and how you get there,” the two companies say. “From remote deserts to lush forests, we’re unlocking highways, backroads, adventures and unique homes.”
Uber booking revenues are set to rise close to threefold this year to total $10.8 billion and to hit $26.1 billion in 2016, according to Reuters. However, the app-based cab service, which keeps 20% of all revenues in the 50-plus markets in which it operates, is believed to be running at a loss as it spends incentive cash to build up market share in what is now classic Silicon Valley start-up style.
Empowered by social networks and digital devices, consumers have become both critics and creators, demanding increased personalisation while also expecting to be handed the opportunity to shape the products and services they consume. Not only that, but the majority of consumers be willing to pay more for a customised product or service, according to a mew report from Deloitte — Made to order: The rise of mass personalisation report.
Close to half of consumers who have tried out the Apple Music streaming service are no longer using it, according to MusicWatch. And more than one quarter of Spotify Premium customers also use Apple Music, though just 11% of Spotify Free and 6% of Pandora users are listening in. However, Apple has dismissed those numbers, claiming that a mere 21% of trial users have opted out of using the service.
By 2025, two-thirds of all UK retail activity will be undertaken by the over 55’s, and this demographic is already highly active online – to the tune of £14.45 billion a year. And what are these grey consumers spending their cash on? Well, the ‘digiboomers’ are buying books and magazines (76%), clothing and accessories (74%), CDs and DVDs (66%), small appliances and houseware (61%) plus consumer electronics (60%), according to research from Greenlight Digital.
The Independent is the leading social media performer out of 32 brands across the UK media sector, ahead of CapitalFM and BBC Radio 1, according to a new index compiled by Brandwatch. The ranking leans on a brand’s total online mentions, social mentions and the interaction between those two.
Generation Z companies have played a significant role in driving the UK business population from 1.5 million in 2000 to 3.4 million at end-2014. And those sectors experiencing the greatest growth are, unsurprisingly, dominated by start-ups with few fixed assets and long-term liabilities, according to new research from Experian.
Start-up watch: Chef food delivery service Munchery is now offering custom meals inspired by Google Play Music radio stations. Each Munchery+Google Play Music menu item will correspond to a themed playlist curated on Google Play Music based on different moods, times of day and activities. The musical menus will be available in New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles.