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StayNTouch Helps SoHo’s Newly Opened 11 Howard Reinvent Guest Service

PR Web - Thu, 2016-04-28 03:30

StayNTouch Mobility Platform lets staff interface with guests when and where the guests choose – with no front desk

(PRWeb April 19, 2016)

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CallTower Acquires ConnectSolutions’ Microsoft Skype for Business...

PR Web - Thu, 2016-04-28 03:30

CallTower Completes Second Transaction of 2016

(PRWeb April 19, 2016)

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Snapden Grows Reputation for Innovative Design at 2nd Annual Photo...

PR Web - Thu, 2016-04-28 03:30

Colorado Photo Booth Manufacturer Earns Top Reviews at Las Vegas Trade Show

(PRWeb April 18, 2016)

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The Palms Tanning Resort Has Been Voted Denver's Best Tanning...

PR Web - Thu, 2016-04-28 03:30

Denver Alist voters, who had a choice of 43 nominated top tanning salons throughout Denver, have voted to award The Palms Tanning Resort as the 2016 Best Tanning Salon in Denver.

(PRWeb April 18, 2016)

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AutoNews Now: FCA, Google in talks?

AutoNews - Thu, 2016-04-28 01:01
FCA reportedly near deal with Google; FCA's Chinese partner seeks way into U.S.; April U.S. sales rise expected; Ford working on 200-mile EV; Autonomous-car tech going bust with boomers.
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First Shift: Ford posts record Q1 profit

AutoNews - Thu, 2016-04-28 01:01
F-150 helps push Ford to record Q1 profit; Fields: 'Absolutely terrific start'; Mitsubishi: No test-data problems in newer U.S. models; VW's growth outlook; JLR phone-finder app; Hyundai NFL promo.
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New Smashburger CEO wants to take brand into new era

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2016-04-27 18:47
Michael Nolan promises to take 365-unit chain to next level of growth Michael Nolan speaks with Nation's Restaurant News on growth, branding and building talent

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Lower costs, higher sales drive Cheesecake Factory 1Q

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2016-04-27 18:20
Same-store sales increase 1.7 percent for the quarter The Cheesecake Factory Inc. reported Wednesday that first-quarter profit rose more than 19 percent.

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Chipotle Sales Hit Hard in First Quarter

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-04-27 17:36
Image Caption: Image Credit: Company posts 29.7 percent decrease in comp sales.Exclusive Brief: 0

Chipotle Mexican Grill reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, including comparable restaurant sales that decreased 29.7 percent over the first quarter of 2015.

The chain’s first-ever quarterly loss comes after norovirus and E. coli outbreaks hit several stores across the country and significantly affected customer traffic.

Chains: Chipotle

Google Home Service Ads Expand, Adds Electricians and HVAC

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2016-04-27 17:30

After Google’s phenomenal success in connecting home services owners to local residents in the San Francisco Bay Area last year, it has now taken a new step in this direction to include Electricians and HVAC Services in its Google Home Service Ads Program.

In 2015, Google launched a new format for its Home Service Ads (HSAs) wherein users, in a matter of minutes, were able to locate local home services professionals like plumbers, locksmiths, and home cleaners by just keying in their ZIP codes on Google. With that info, Google pulls up a list of local service providers.

As an addition to this format, Google has now added two more services to its Google Home Service Ads portfolio – Electricians and HVAC Services.

With initiatives like this one, Google offers small business owners an opportunity to connect with potential customers. Keeping its success in mind, Google is now actively expanding the availability of this experience to residents and business owners in Sacramento, California.

Additionally, Google Home Service Ads feature only background-checked and insured service providers to ensure the safety of the users.

In recent times, many well-known companies have come forward to tap the potentially lucrative home services market. In early 2015, Amazon launched its on-demand service for all sorts of home chores in more than 25 cities nationwide.

This is a huge opportunity for small business owners as they can now focus on becoming really good at what they do, given that the HSAs will pull out the list based on customer reviews. And if Google’s technology and massive reach is to be acknowledged, then this will definitely be able to benefit the small home services business owners.

Image: Google

This article, "Google Home Service Ads Expand, Adds Electricians and HVAC" was first published on Small Business Trends

April U.S. sales expected to rise 4% with SAAR of 17.4-17.6 million

AutoNews - Wed, 2016-04-27 16:55
U.S. new-vehicle sales in April are projected to rise about 4 percent from a year ago, according to four forecasts, easing concerns that the market is weakening.
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Chipotle considers adding chorizo to the menu

Nation's Restaurant News - Wed, 2016-04-27 16:54
Addition is part of overall plan to bring customers back Addition is part of overall plan to bring customers back

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Arby's Same-Store Sales Jump 5.8 Percent in Q1

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-04-27 16:42
Image Caption: Image Credit: Arby's growth continues with 5.8 percent increase in same-store sales.Exclusive Brief: 0

Arby’s, the Fast Crafted restaurant brand with more than 3,300 restaurants worldwide, announced U.S. system same-store sales (SSS) growth of 5.8 percent in the first quarter of 2016. Including Leap Day, Arby’s U.S. System SSS growth was 6.6 percent during the first quarter of 2016. Arby’s SSS growth more than doubled a representative sample of the larger quick-service chains, representing 22 consecutive quarters of SSS growth and 13 consecutive quarters of industry outperformance. 

Chains: Arby's

Sharky's Celebrates 'Fiesta de Mayo' All Month

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-04-27 16:33
Image Caption: Image Credit: Sharky's celebrates 'Fiesta de Mayo' all month-long.Exclusive Brief: 0

With Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, graduations, weddings, and more in May, Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill helps guests celebrate all month long with “Fiesta de Mayo,” featuring special menu promotions and the chance for one lucky guest to win a catered party for 20.

Chains: Sharky's Woodfired Mexican Grill

Krispy Kreme Gets Heroic with Comic-Inspired Box

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-04-27 16:15
Image Caption: Image Credit: Krispy Kreme celebrates Superhero Day with comic-inspired box.Exclusive Brief: 0

Breaking this week, special packaging and mobile/online advertising promote “Superhero Day,” April 28, when customers at participating Krispy Kreme, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, stores (in 43 states, plus D.C.) will get a second one-dozen box of Original Glazed doughnuts, free with first dozen purchased. The work is by advertising agency Baldwin& in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Chains: Krispy Kreme

Pizza Hut Now Shows 'Visible Promise Time' on Orders

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-04-27 15:47
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Pizza Hut says so long to the void of unknown wait and hello to an innovation that allows customers to see when their pizza, wings, pasta, or dessert will be ready—before the order is even placed.

Chains: Pizza Hut

Paris Baguette Opens First U.S. Franchise Location

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-04-27 15:36
Image Caption: Image Credit: Paris Baguette opens its first U.S. franchise location in San Jose.Exclusive Brief: 0

Paris Baguette, the global premier baking franchise featuring high-quality baked goods, savory eats, and beverages, opened at 1698 Hostetter Road, boosting the local economy by creating more than 30 new jobs. In celebration, a grand opening event will be held on Friday, April 29 beginning at 11 a.m. 

The San Jose, California, location will be owned and operated by local resident, Joshua Kim, who is Paris Baguette’s first franchisee since the company began franchising in August 2015. Kim has additional plans for two more locations in the San Jose market, as well.

Chains: Paris Baguette

Klevu Self-Learning Search Tool Aims to Help Ecommerce Merchants Sell More

Small Business Trends - Wed, 2016-04-27 15:30

Klevu, a Finnish startup founded in 2013, is an ecommerce site search tool for websites that incorporates a variety of innovative techniques designed to help shoppers find what they are looking for more quickly and accurately.

Klevu integrates with platforms such as Magento and Shopify and has a starting cost of $19 per month, putting it well within the reach of smaller online merchants.

Klevu: A Self-Learning Ecommerce Site Search Tool

According to Nilay Oza, co-founder of Klevu, on-site search plays a vital role in increasing conversions.

“For small business owners, spending marketing dollars to get customers in the store is always a big investment,” Oza said in an email exchange with Small Business Trends. “They want to ensure that the maximum number of visitors can find and buy what they want. In this context, a search box on the store plays a crucial role. Visitors who use search are likely to convert at a higher rate than those who don’t.”

Oza added, however, that search functionality on most ecommerce sites often lacks quality.

“Search has been one of the weakest areas of most online stores,” Oza said. “The basic search function that comes with the platform or even custom built store does not match the expectations of today’s shoppers. Klevu turns this bad search into a smart sales assistant that always helps customers find what they want to buy.”

To fulfill its mission of providing more intelligent ecommerce site search capabilities, Klevu comes with an extensive list of features that includes:

Mobile-responsive Design

Klevu is mobile-responsive, which means it works on any device.

Rich Autocomplete

Klevu automatically completes the ecommerce site search query by providing suggestions to the searcher, starting with the first character. It also offers a unique alternative to text-based search — a grid view layout that shows products, which shoppers can filter using a variety of criteria, shown in the left-hand column.

Use of Natural Language

The platform understands the natural language of buyers even if the keyword searched isn’t clear or doesn’t match the exact keyword in the product catalog.

Self-learning Search Behavior

Klevu self-learns and optimizes ecommerce site search results based on the shopper’s search behavior, and then adjusts results accordingly.

“Klevu’s technology learns on its own and optimizes results automatically,” Oza said. “It is forgiving of errors from shoppers regarding search keywords and finishes their thoughts within milliseconds.”

Cloud-based Technology

Klevu is served from cloud-based technology, meaning that stores can scale up or down regarding products or traffic.

Quick Results

Search results appear quickly, within 300 milliseconds.

Connects to Sales

The platform connects search to sales, meaning it provides end-to-end visibility for merchants no matter where the customer is on the shopping journey.

Integrates with Multiple Carts

Klevu integrates with several ecommerce carts, including Magento, Shopify, Demandware and Hybris. It is also platform agnostic, which means that merchants can deploy it on any ecommerce cart. Even custom-built platforms can use it.

To begin the integration process, merchants must first give Klevu access to their live product feed, which contains details of all the products visible on the website. Klevu then indexes the data and provides a short JavaScript code (shown below) that merchants can embed on their site, to enable the search function.

Deep Analytics

“Beyond fast, learning search, retailers also get deep search insights that directly shows the relationship between search and sales value,” Oza said. “It also shows a range of other search insights helpful to retailers in making their external campaigns much narrower, leading to improved conversion.”

Click here to see a full list of features.

Pricing starts at $19 per month, and a two-week free trial is available.

Image: Klevu

This article, "Klevu Self-Learning Search Tool Aims to Help Ecommerce Merchants Sell More" was first published on Small Business Trends

Burger Chains Put a New Twist on Combo Meals

QSR Magazine - Wed, 2016-04-27 15:29
Image Caption: Image Credit: Burger Chains put a new twist on meal combos, NPD Group finds.Exclusive Brief: 0

After spending time focused on weaning consumers off of the steep dealing used to drive visits during the recession, the major quick-service hamburger chains are back to their roots of offering combo meal deals and consumers are responding, finds the NPD Group, a leading global information company. After several years of declines combo meal visits rose by 1 percent at quick service hamburger restaurants in the year ending February 2016 compared to the same period a year ago, and entire increase was driven by combo meal deals.