Eve Torres Wins Stars Earn Stripes For USO

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first_imgWWE Diva and USO representative Eve Torres left no doubt who was the king of the ring among the eight-competitor field by winning the NBC reality show competition “Stars Earn Stripes.”Eve Torres dropped by for a Labor Day visit with sailors and military families at the USO Naval Great Lakes in North Chicago.Credit/Copyright: T. E. Klein / USO via USO.orgTorres, who selected the USO as her charity of choice, earned $150,000 for the USO’s Operation Enduring Care by defeating Olympic skier Picabo Street and actor Dean Cain in the final challenge and the renowned wrestler could not be more proud of her victory.“‘Stars Earn Stripes’ was one of the best experiences of my life,” Torres told WWE.com. “I went in assuming I was the underdog because I didn’t have the military experience. The USO is a really important organization and I know that this win is really important to the troops.”Operation Enduring Care is a part of the wider USO Warrior and Family Care and raises funds to help the wounded, ill and injured troops and their families and caregivers while constructing two warrior and family centers — one at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., one in Fort Belvoir, Va.Torres revealed earlier how important supporting the troops and their families was to her and the WWE, a strong supporter of our nation’s military and she credited her training and mental toughness with giving her the edge needed to prevail.“I think being a WWE Diva is a tough job; there’s lots we do that’s not seen on television, constantly working and trying to better ourselves,” Torres told WWE.com. “And I really think that hard work and dedication from being a WWE Diva is probably what set me apart from the other competitors.”Source:USO.orglast_img read more


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first_imgLast year, after the FTC released native advertising guidelines, an alarming amount of publishers were found to be noncompliant. According to ad sales intelligence platform, MediaRadar, in December 2015, 70% of digital publishers needed to modify their current native advertising based on the guidelines.  Native continues to see explosive growth. Demand for native is up 262% in the last 19 months according to MediaRadar. This shows how quickly publishers were able to pivot ad offerings to leverage this high-CPM ad unit.  Ad Position Matters. Location of an ad’s acknowledgement should be at the top left corner of a native ad (today they’re usually identified at the bottom). The disclosure for ads and commercial content should appear near the ad’s focal point and headline.  For more on native, see Six Things We Know About Native Advertising. Disclose Advertising. When the promoted or sponsored content mimics a website’s look-and-feel, a disclosure is necessary. Readers need to know what content was influenced or paid for by advertisers. Of all of the points in the FTC guidelines, this is emphasized the most.  Use Precise Language. The FTC is explicit that words like “presented by” or “promoted by” are not sufficient notice. Instead use words like “Paid by” or “Advertiser.”  Video or Sound. Video and sound ads are more complex, since it’s typically a two part ad consisting of a thumbnail preview and full-size ad. Publishers are not allowed to use “deceptive door openers” to induce consumers to click an unidentified thumbnail. When a reader clicks on a native ad or video, they should not be surprised to arrive at the brand’s site. In cases where a thumbnail opens to a pop-up or full page, a disclosure is needed on both the thumbnail and pop-up. Audio disclosure must be in a sufficient volume and cadence, so consumers can hear and comprehend it. Visual disclosure must be on the screen long enough to be noticed or recognized.  Initially, publishers were wary of FTC native enforcement. But in March 2016, the FTC settled the first native advertising case against retailer Lord & Taylor for not disclosing a native article in Nylon and sponsored posts by Instagram influencers for a Lord & Taylor dress which quickly sold out. For each FTC native violation, the penalty is up to $16,000.  Publishers realized they needed to modify ad formats to reflect the new guidelines. In October 2016, MediaRadar found that 61% of the sites reviewed are now native compliant. This represents an increase of 119% from December of 2015. Although that still leaves a significant gap of sites that aren’t labeling sponsored content. Include Advertiser Logo. Include the advertiser’s logo in all native advertising. This reinforces to the reader that this is a paid placement, not regular editorial. Example: Forbes does an excellent job of this in their Brand Voice program.  List the Author. For native stories or articles, the publishers should clearly identify the advertiser as the article’s author. Disclosure should be placed under the headline. Some companies have been creative with listing the author’s credit. Here’s a compliant example in BuzzFeed’s “15 Things You Didn’t Know About 15 Captains, Commanders And Conquerors” the author is listed as Captain Morgan.  Native Ads Need Separation from Editorial. Native ads should feature a prominent border to distinguish an ad from editorial content. Another solution, is to have background shading to create emphasis for native. We see a huge portion of native ads today that have no border at all. As a reminder, here are the seven FTC guidelines: Using the words “sponsored” or “sponsor” remains the most popular way to label native advertising at a whopping 74%, compared to other common terms such as “promoted,” “presented by” or “partner content.” And placement for disclosure is now above fold and prominent with 68% of native ads labeled above the ad or article.  Interestingly, 14% of the websites reviewed, label native in more than one way throughout the site. And more surprisingly, five percent of websites reviewed still do not identify native content at all.last_img read more


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first_imgIan Knighton/CNET Best Buy is offering an aggressive discount on the 2017-era MacBook Pro on Thursday only. The entry-level configuration, with an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB, is on sale for $999 — that’s $300 off of the standard retail price. (Note that this is the non-Touch Bar edition that has the controversial butterfly keyboard.) The retailer has also discounted two other configurations, including a considerably higher-end model with an Intel Core i7 processor and 512GB SSD for $1,799. Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Here are the three configurations Best Buy has on sale: Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. 23 Photos • read more 2017 MacBook Pro with Core i5 and 256GB SSD: $1,149 (save $350) Read more Sarah Tew/CNET See at Best Buy MacBook Pro with Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD: $1,799 (save $400) 2017 MacBook Pro with Core i5 and 128GB SSD: $999 (save $300) This model, which has twice as much storage as the base config, is discounted by $350, so you’re paying $1,149 instead of the usual $1,499 price. Apart from the SSD, it’s identical to the entry-level configuration. This configuration might be the best deal of the three. Best Buy chops $400 off of a pretty deluxe configuration with a faster Core i7 processor, twice the RAM and a 512GB SSD. This model typically costs $2,199. reading • The 2017 MacBook Pro is on sale today for $999 at Best Buy Laptops Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See at Best Buy The entry-level configuration — discounted by 25 percent — is a certified bargain. Selling for the same $999 as the less powerful 2017 MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro has Apple’s Retina display and comes equipped with a seventh-gen dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB of SSD storage and 8GB of RAM. You are highly unlikely to find this machine at a lower price. See at Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Sarah Tew/CNET Apple Post a comment Share your voice Read more Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sarah Tew/CNET See All Tags 0 Applelast_img read more


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first_img 18 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Comments Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Huawei’s sold millions of phones like the P30, but it tempered expectations that it’ll overtake Samsung to become the world’s biggest vendor in 2019. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei is reportedly giving itself more time to overtake Samsung as the world’s biggest phone-seller.The scandal-scarred Chinese company took the No. 2 spot from Apple in the second quarter of 2018, and CEO Richard Yu previously said it aimed to become the world’s largest phone vendor by the end of 2019.Its chief strategy officer revised that goal in a speech Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia, according to Reuters.”We would have become the largest in the fourth quarter [of this year] but now we feel that this process may take longer,” Shao Yang said in Shanghai. 9 1:28 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Huawei scales back production, AI destroys humans (again) Share your voice Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it • reading • Huawei says it’ll need more time to become world’s biggest phone seller Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Phones He noted that Huawei is selling 500,000 to 600,000 smartphones a day. The company is likely tempering expectations for 2019 after President Donald Trump in May signed an executive order effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks, due to national security concerns about Huawei’s close relationship with the Chinese government. The US also urged its allies not to do business with Huawei despite the company’s consistent denials that its products are used for spying. Last week, its chairman said that Huawei is willing to sign a “no spy agreement” with the US.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 4:48 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:35 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Apple Huawei Samsung Apple Donald Trumplast_img read more


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first_imgFile PhotoThe Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in parliament on Tuesday for extending its validity till 2024, reports UNB.The bill, moved by home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, was passed by voice vote.Validity of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 has been extended by five years more as its duration expired in April 2019.However, no change has been brought in the content of the law.While talking about the Bill, Bangladesh Nationalist Party MP Rumeen Farhana said the she suspected that the act would be used to harass the BNP leaders and activists.She said the government is increasing the tenure of the bill aiming to secure its tenure as it wanted to misuse the law against the opposition activists.BNP MP Harunur Rashid also opposed the extension of the bill. Their opinions were, however, rejected by the minister.On 25 June, the home minister placed the bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further examination.The committee was asked to submit its report within seven working days.Earlier on 26 May, the cabinet approved the bill.last_img read more


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first_img Share President Donald Trump on Thursday referred to African nations as “s**thole countries” during a meeting on immigration with a bipartisan group of senators, according to a Democratic aide and another person familiar with the conversation.Trump made the comment during a discussion of U.S. visa and immigration policies inside the Oval Office. Trump was meeting with the senators to discuss a bipartisan plan to grant legal protections to the roughly 800,000 immigrants who are in the country illegally after being brought to the country as children. During the conversation Trump also questioned why the U.S would want to accept people from countries like Haiti and said the U.S. should want more people from countries like Norway, the aides said.The comments were first reported by the Washington Post.The senators had hoped to convince Trump to support their plan which pairs increased funding for border security with new legal status for immigrants who were previously protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. The White House rejected the plan and asked the senators to keep working on a new proposal.Evan Vucci/APSen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump and lawmakers on immigration policy Tuesday.The White House issued a statement rejecting “weak and dangerous stopgap measures” on immigration but did not deny Trump’s remarks.“The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration — two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country,” said deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah. “Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation.”The meeting delivered a significant setback to the bipartisan working group which first announced the deal earlier on Thursday afternoon.“We are at a deal,” Flake told reporters on Capitol Hill. “So we’ll be talking to the White House about that and I hope we can move forward with that.” Flake added that “it’s the only game in town. There is no other bill.”Later that afternoon, after members of the six-person Senate group presented their agreement to Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters there was more negotiating to be done.“I was at the White House talking about what I thought was a bipartisan proposal,” Graham said following the meeting. “No deal yet.”White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short told reporters on Capitol Hill that the group — which included Flake, Graham, Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. — presented what amounted to a small group agreement but the White House did not sign off.“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Short said.The negotiations began in earnest at the end of December, months after Trump first announced in September 2017 that DACA would be ending, and gave Congress until March 5 of this year to come up with a replacement.Democrats and other supporters of the so-called DREAMers have called for a legislative implementation of DACA to be attached to a must-pass spending bill that would keep the government funded beyond January 19.As part of any agreement about DACA, President Trump has insisted that there be funding for a wall on the southern border with Mexico, which many Democrats have opposed. He also called for ending the diversity visa lottery, a State Department program that gives residents of nations with few migrants coming to the U.S. a chance for a green card, and for ending family-based migration (called “chain migration” by its opponents) that allows extended family members of immigrants already in the U.S. legally to come to the U.S. as well.The agreement among senators came as more than 100 corporate CEOs urged Congress to “act immediately and pass a permanent bipartisan legislative solution to enable Dreamers who are currently living, working, and contributing to our communities to continue doing so.”The letter continues, “The imminent termination of the DACA program is creating an impending crisis for workforces across the country.”Julieta Garibay, co-founder and director of the Texas chapter of United We Dream (UWD) –the largest ‘Dreamer’ group in the United States–, told Houston Public Media that the ‘Dreamers’ will not “take no for an answer.”“We know there is the will and now it’s just a matter of leadership,” noted Garibay, while adding that “we know it’s something that can be done by January 19th.”The activist anticipated there will be “a lot of ups and downs” in the next few days as members of Congress and the White House negotiate an immigration bill.Garibay also stressed her group wants the potential legislation to provide a path to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’.last_img read more


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first_imgBy BRIAN WITTE, Associated PressANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland became the sixth state in the nation on Thursday to approve a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.The Maryland General Assembly, which has a supermajority of Democrats, overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025.Maryland state Sen. Delores Kelley, a Baltimore County Democrat, urges her colleagues to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2025 during a debate on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Annapolis, Md. The Maryland General Assembly overrode the Republican governor’s veto Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)The first increase will be to $11 in January. The state’s minimum wage will increase by 75 cents a year to $14 in 2024, and then reach $15 in 2025. Businesses with fewer than 14 employees will have until July of 2026 to reach $15.Democrats, who control the legislature, say the increase is needed, because the cost of living has become high for basic needs. Republicans, including Hogan, say it will hurt the state’s economy and drive jobs away.Sen. Delores Kelley, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, argued during debate that the increase will help the economy.“People who get a minimum wage are not people that are going to put this money away in the bank. They aren’t going to buy stocks and bonds with it,” Kelley said. “They’re going to spend it, and in spending it they’re going to make local businesses more vibrant.”But opponents, particularly lawmakers who live near other state borders, say many small businesses only have to travel a short distance to find a more favorable business climate. Sen. Andrew Serafini, a Republican whose district in western Maryland borders Pennsylvania and West Virginia, said he sees that in businesses that he consults with.“I’m not going to take any great delight in a couple of years when I say, ‘I told you so,’ but it’s going to happen,” Serafini said. “And the sad part is many small businesses and the people that work for them are going to lose jobs, and this is just going to add fuel to that fire.”Sen. Cory McCray, a Baltimore Democrat who sponsored the bill, said his thoughts are with the 573,000 people who will benefit from the increase.“When I think about the American Dream, I think about shared prosperity and shared economic prosperity and what does that look like,” McCray said. “I think about when we lift the standards for one worker, we’re actually lifting the standards for all workers.”In his veto letter Wednesday, Hogan noted that Maryland voted in 2014 to raise the minimum wage in stages from $7.25, and the last increase to $10.10 only just happened last year. He noted that small businesses facing a choice of paying a minimum wage of $7.25 in neighboring Virginia or $15 in Maryland could reduce jobs or eliminate operations in Maryland.“Making Maryland’s minimum wage more than double that of Virginia could be too much for our economy to bear,” Hogan wrote.The governor offered a compromise to legislative leaders to raise the minimum wage to $12.10 an hour by 2022, but the proposal went nowhere.“We are obviously disappointed that the legislature completely ignored the governor’s reasonable compromise proposal to protect jobs and small businesses,” said Michael Ricci, Hogan’s spokesman. “So much for olive branches.”California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York also have approved a $15 minimum wage, as has the District of Columbia.last_img read more


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first_img Age of earliest human burial in Britain pinpointed Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — A new archaeological study in Britain has shown that its multi-cultural nature is not a new phenomenon, but that even in Roman times there was a strong African influence, with North Africans moving in high social circles. © 2010 PhysOrg.com A computerised reconstruction of how the Ivory Bangle Lady could have looked. Image credit: Dr Hella Eckardt/University of Reading The analysis of the Lady and other skeletons and artifacts contradicts the popular assumption about Britain in Roman times that African immigrants were usually males, of low status, and most were slaves, and shows that high status women from Africa were also present in the society. Dr Eckardt said the research on the Lady and other skeletons suggest the society was as diverse, and possibly more diverse than it is today.The Roman Empire extended into the Near and Middle East, North Africa, and included Europe, and there were great movements of people throughout the Empire, both voluntary and involuntary. York (or Eboracum, as it was then known) was an important city of the period and eventually was named capital of “Britannia Inferior.” Emperor Septimius Severus, who was born in North Africa, was one of two Roman Emperors who visited Eboracum, and died there.The paper is published in this month’s edition of the journal Antiquity. The skeleton and artifacts will be displayed in August as part of the Yorkshire Museum’s exhibition: Roman York — Meet the People of the Empire.center_img More information: A Lady of York: migration, ethnicity and identity in Roman Britain, Antiquity, Volume: 84 Number: 323 Page: 131-145. antiquity.ac.uk/ant/084/ant0840131.htm The study, led by Dr Hella Eckardt of the Department of Archaeology at Reading University, used pioneering forensic techniques to study fourth century artifacts and bones in the Yorkshire Museum’s collections in York. The researchers used isotope analysis and forensic ancestry assessment to analyze the items, which included the “Ivory Bangle Lady” skeleton and goods buried with her. The Ivory Bangle Lady remains were found in August 1901 in a stone coffin unearthed in Bootham, where a group of graves were found. The grave has been dated to the latter half of the fourth century. Items buried with the Lady included expensive luxury items such African elephant ivory bracelets, beads, pendants and other jewelry, a blue glass jug, a glass mirror, and Yorkshire jet. A rectangular bone mount, possibly for a wooden coffin, was also found in the grave. An inscription on the bone, “Hail sister, may you live in God,” suggests the woman held religious beliefs and may have been Christian. She is believed to have been one of the richest inhabitants of the city.The researchers analyzed and measured the Lady’s skull and facial features, and looked at the chemical signatures of her diet. They also examined the burial site to build a picture of her social status and ancestry.Dr Eckardt said the results showed the Ivory Bangle Lady was of mixed ancestry, and the isotope analysis suggested she may have migrated to Britain from a warmer climate. This evidence, along with the goods found in the ground, and the fact the burial rite was unusual, all point to the her having been of North African descent, arriving in Britain possibly via the Mediterranean, and she was of high social status. Citation: Roman era York may have been more diverse than today (2010, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-roman-era-york-diverse-today.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


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first_img Friday, December 16, 2016 TORONTO — In the 45 days prior to booking a trip, Canadians make 161 visits to travel sites, according to the 2016 Traveler’s Path to Purchase study by comScore.What’s more, Canadian consumers collectively spend 148 billion minutes per month interacting with digital content, and 70% of those people are consuming digital travel content.As shockingly high as those numbers are, Canada actually lags behind the UK and the U.S. for just about everything related to travel and technology. The growth rate for Canadian consumption of digital travel content is only 18%, compared to 44% in the UK and 41% in the U.S.And while Canadian travellers “are slowly shifting away from desktop-only usage at 36% in 2016 compared to 46% in 2015”, by and large Canadians spend many more minutes on their desktop computers and laptops than their smartphones and tablets.Simply put, when it comes to checking out travel sites online – whether it’s a travel review site, hotel and airline sites, an OTA or, ideally, the booking-friendly website of a traditional bricks-and-mortar travel agency – Canadian consumers still prefer using their desktop computers and laptops over iPhones or iPads. Going on the Internet and consuming online travel content via mobile devices – whether it’s on a smartphone or tablet – hasn’t caught on here quite as quickly as in the UK and the U.S. Growth is slow but steady.Which begs the question: do travel agencies here need to invest thousands of dollars in a mobile-friendly app that will enable clients to book with their bricks-and-mortar travel agency with a touch of their finger on their smartphones and tablets?Frederic de Pardieu doesn’t think travel agencies need a mobile app for bookings. And he’s in the travel app business. De Pardieu, CEO of Montreal-based mtrip (mtrip.com), says the best strategy for travel agencies is two-fold.For bookings, an agency should have a “responsive” website, that is, a website where the design works well with various screen sizes and can be adapted for mobile.The best time for an app, says de Pardieu, is in the post-booking stage.“Providing a native mobile app after the booking is the best way for agents to increase loyalty and generate revenue by engaging with the clients during the whole trip,” says de Pardieu.A native app is what most of us think of when it comes to apps. At Apple’s App Store, there’s an estimated two million apps available for download. Just about everything we do with our phones and tablets these days is via those colourful little app icons on our screens.Having a native mobile app for iOS and Android for the booking stage does not make sense, says de Pardieu. “Some have invested in a native app and the ROI is very weak.”More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterNot only that, but the cost of a native app built from scratch can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000. A customizable white-label app customizable costs around $10,000 “however some small agencies share the same app for a very low starter cost”, says de Pardieu.At the post-booking stage, on the other hand, a mobile app makes sense, says de Pardieu. “On the post-booking stage, you continue engaging with the client by providing a mobile app which will be downloaded if you offer an added-value product (not only a list of bookings but helpful features like real-time flight alerts, flight check-in, offline maps and directions, offline travel guides). The agency will continue to own their client and increase loyalty.” A mobile website doesn’t fit the purpose on the post-booking side as it doesn’t work offline – it can’t be used abroad as nobody wants to pay roaming charges – plus features are limited and there’s not the same agency-client connection, he said.While the retail travel industry, like just about every other industry, is overwhelmed with the ‘Go Mobile or Die’ message and can be forgiven for throwing up its hands in overwhelmed exasperation at all the tech trends hitting the travel domain, competitors with very deep pockets are making strides.“Large travel brands are now focusing on a holistic approach of their mobile offering, which means engaging with their clients after the booking and during the whole trip,” says de Pardieu.Google launched Google Trips, he adds, a travel assistant which includes bookings, travel guides, maps “and they will soon let users book flights and accommodation”. Airbnb just launched its new app. “They want to become an OTA,” says de Pardieu.“This is a real threat for bricks-and-mortar travel agents as these players will draw more traffic from them. Travel agencies should definitively engage with their clients during the whole trip by providing a mobile travel assistant.”Jean Collette with Club Voyages Dumoulin, has a white-label version of mtrip’s post-booking app. “My mobile product is an app you find in Google Play and Apple’s App store,” says Collette. “It is free but in order to get the access codes you need to purchase a travel product or service from my agency. The app download mechanic works with my back office system. The minute an invoice is created the important information is transferred directly from my back office program to my app program, for example, name of client, email, dates, destination, itinerary, product or service description, etc.”Collette introduced his agency app this past summer and says he’s waiting for the winter travel season to see just how valuable the app is for his business. “[In terms of] ROI, it is too early; most of our clients will use the app over the winter. The strategy with the app is more for client retention than client acquisition.”More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upHis investment started with a set-up fee of $15,000 and a monthly fee of $1,500 based on 5,000 clients per year.Collette says his clients can do many things with the app “and the best things is the app works offline at destination. Clients can pre-register their flights, they get a complete travel guide of their destination, they get all the information on the shopping, dining, nightlife, tours and excursions, monetary device converter, the weather, it has a geo-localization navigator, AR (augmented reality) features, they can book, flight, cars, hotels, trips and excursions and city tours.”He adds “we have a website but we were not present in smartphones. Now we are and I believe it is a strong way to stay connected with our clients.”One popular post-booking app, from Umapped, was picked up by TPI. This fall TPI announced it had joined forces with the Canadian travel tech start-up to provide TPI clients with an interactive mobile itinerary with real-time messaging and content that extends to the client’s personal and social networks.Meanwhile TPI’s Internet booking search engine is mobile-friendly and both TPI advisors and clients have access to this tool and can book travel through this tool via their desktop PC or mobile device. TPI plans to add a cruise booking engine to this tool in the near future. “Our goal at TPI is to provide our advisors with the tools they need to focus on the customer,” said TPI VP, Tim Morgan.Softvoyage’s VP Sales & Marketing, Dan Langevin, says Softvoyage is seeing a huge uptake on its various platforms being accessed via mobile technology. Canada’s slow-growth mobile stats, at least when it comes to travel, could be because “Canadians are still very much using travel agents to book.”That said, the mobile usage curve is definitely trending up: “more and more shopping is being done using various platforms which includes mobile.” << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Share Kathryn Folliott About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019 Do travel agents need to invest thousands in a smartphone app? Really? Tags: Technologylast_img read more