Mobile

Contrarian Flight-App Hopper Attracts $61 Million in Series C Financing

Contrarian Flight-App Hopper Attracts $61 Million in Series C Financing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is there a big enough market for travelers to track flights through push notifications and wait weeks or months to buy instead of going to a website and entering their itinerary details? Hopper, Hitlist, and others think Millennials and others will shop this way but there is skepticism about how large these businesses can become.

3 months ago

Honda Invests in Southeast Asia’s Grab for Motor Bike Ride-Sharing

Honda Invests in Southeast Asia’s Grab for Motor Bike Ride-Sharing

Aradhana Aravindan, Reuters

People often talk about disruption as though it is the end of the world. But Honda, in investing in Southeast Asian ride-sharing company Grab, as well as car-makers such as Volkswagen, Toyota, and General Motors, are showing that the disrupted can adapt. However, the degree to which their legacy businesses get damaged remains to be seen.

4 months ago

China’s Mapping Boom — Digital Travel Marketing News

China’s Mapping Boom — Digital Travel Marketing News

Jeremy Kressman, Skift

Location-based marketing is the future of the travel industry. The companies (like Google, Apple and Baidu) that control access to location data via map applications will hold a huge competitive advantage over competitors.

4 months ago

5 Key Travel Markets to Watch for Online Booking Growth

5 Key Travel Markets to Watch for Online Booking Growth

Michelle Evans, Euromonitor

All markets are not created equal, and these five have lessons that are helpful beyond their borders.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Apple Wants to Use Drones to Catch up With Google Maps

Apple Wants to Use Drones to Catch up With Google Maps

Mark Gurman, Alan Levin, Bloomberg

Since Google Maps is ubiquitous, and is one of the most popular trip-planning apps in existence, it makes sense that another monolith like Apple would push hard to compete.

4 months ago

Google Thinks Smartphone Users Want Travel Discounts and Destination Advice

Google Thinks Smartphone Users Want Travel Discounts and Destination Advice

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Smartphone users of travel apps don't have many apps downloaded at a time, but are willing to try an app based on recommendations from family and friends.

4 months ago

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Expedia Turns to Amazon Alexa for Its First Attempt at Voice Search

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When it comes to new tech platforms and technologies such as voice-activated search with Amazon Alexa, the advantage, in the short term, goes to the big travel tech and marketing companies, including online travel agencies and metasearch companies, because they have the engineering staff and other resources to address these disruptions.

4 months ago

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Gogobot Rebrands to Trip.com With Artificial Intelligence App

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Gogobot likely paid some big bucks for the Trip.com domain, and it is making strides with a high-quality recommendation app. Still, everyone in the travel space, especially startups, is feeling like they are running uphill as Google tosses boulders downward. Slow, steady steps may win the day.

4 months ago

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Free Webinar: Mobile Messaging Strategies for Travel Brands

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4 months ago

Video: How Facebook Became a Role Model for Mobile-First Companies

Video: How Facebook Became a Role Model for Mobile-First Companies

Dan Peltier, Skift

Facebook has already given travel brands a variety of ways to communicate with and target consumers with relevant content. But the company's backstory on how it became mobile-first ahead of the pack is also worth knowing and is laid out in this video.

5 months ago

Google’s New Artificial Intelligence Assistant Doesn’t Know Much About Your Next Trip

Google’s New Artificial Intelligence Assistant Doesn’t Know Much About Your Next Trip

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Google is using its Google Flights capability to power its new Artificial Intelligence-filled Assistant to respond intelligently to queries about travel. The service's inability to respond to queries about your existing travel itineraries, however, is a huge missed opportunity for now.

5 months ago