Apple Products, Phablets Top List of Most Popular Mobile Devices This Holiday Season

Apple Devices and Phablets Were the Best Selling Mobile Tech During the 2016 Holidays

Post-holiday season, you’re most likely to find traffic to your site or eCommerce store coming from Apple devices or phablets– if any brand.

That’s because both Apple devices and, more generally, phablets were among the top gifted mobile devices this holiday season.

Best Selling Mobile Tech During the 2016 Holidays

Apple Devices and Phablets Were the Flavors of the Holiday Season

According to a report by mobile analytics company Flurry, 44 percent of new phone and tablet activations were Apple devices this year in the week leading up to Christmas and Chanuka. The report also looks at app activation for the major devices to reach its conclusions. In comparison, 21 percent of new activations were on Samsung devices, up one percent from last year.

Phablet devices also continued to increase their holiday share, eating away at the market for medium phones, the report said.

Huawei, LG Gain Momentum While Google Loses Ground

Other manufacturers that made it to the list include Huawei and LG. That’s surprising because both manufacturers do not have any individual device within the top 35 devices activated.

Not surprisingly, Google Pixel is missing from the list. With just two new devices, the Pixel and Pixel XL, and mixed response from the market, Google has so far struggled to make an impression with holiday sales. That’s judging from activations leading up to the holidays alone.

Businesses Must Keep an Eye on Apple

So what does all this mean for your business? Well, in addition to the fact that many of your customers and clients may be using Apple mobile products, there’s also the question of what to consider for your own next business mobile device.

Here are some of the main features of Apple’s iOS 10 for you to consider.

First, the operating system comes with comprehensive privacy and advanced security features. So customers may be able to significantly curtail the amount of their data available when visiting your online store or other site. And that should be a consideration when creating your marketing plan.

From the perspective of using a device for business, Apple’s multilingual typing feature could be a great tool to reach international customers.

Meanwile, popularity of larger phablets over smaller phones of any brand means larger screens to better view and interact with apps and mobile sites so keep this in mind when updating both for your business.

iPhone 7 Photo via Shutterstock

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Samsung, Apple, Tecno topped list of mobile brands with highest SOV in Q2 of 2016 – Report

Image result for samsung galaxy s5 priceLatest report released by Teksight edge Limited showing online mentions of mobile phone brands released for May and August 2016 has revealed that Samsung, Apple and Tecno topped the list of mobile brands with the highest Share Of Voice, SOV, in the second quarter of 2016 while Nokia, Injoo and Microsoft appear to be struggling to make a mark in the market. Unsurprisingly, the latter case seem to be prevailing because it is expected that a mobile phone consumer who has used more than two mobile phones in his lifetime is likely to have used devices from at least two different mobile phone manufacturers. Accordingly, the report effectively captured the SoVs of 18 different mobile brands operating across different markets of the world. From the report, Samsung generated the highest conversations month-on-month over competition. The mobile giant’s impressive online engagement figures may be attributed to the launch of its Samsung Galaxy A and Galaxy J Series at different intervals across different markets of the world in Q2 2016 bolstered also by the release of its flagship Samsung S7 March the same year (visit Teksight Edge’s official blog to access free version of the full report). Tecno, according to the report launched Tecno Boom J8 and Camon C9 within this same interval in the local market. However, on the global scene, Samsung and Apple enjoyed much stronger aspirational value. Interestingly, while the top mobile brands narrowly edged out Africa’s No. 1 mobile brand Tecno , in share of voice (SOV), the chart revealed the Chinese mobile phone maker rising profile and clever positioning on the international scene. The online media analysis conducted by Teksight edge for this report covered major mobile markets in Africa and the world including Nigeria, Kenya, China, Europe, America, South Africa, Russia, France, Germany, Japan and Korea. Consequently, a look at a chart showing media impression of some mobile brands in Nigeria revealed Tecno as commanding 40% of market’s SoV; surpassing Samsung which is second on the chart. Meanwhile, Tecno, according to the report is estimated to have about 25.3% mobile phone market share across six of Africa’s biggest mobile phone markets that is, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Egypt, Ethiopia and Cameroon. The Launch of Tecno’s Phantom 6 & 6 plus as well as Apple’s iPhone 7 & 7 plus in September 2016 however significantly changed SOV results in the 4th quarter. For Tecno , the international launch of its flagship Phantom 6 & Phantom 6 Plus at Burj Khalifa Dubai increased the brand’s global competitiveness and value. For obvious reasons, the mobile phone market is a survival of the fittest so brands will either have to continually innovate or gradually fade. Which mobile brands would have boasted the highest engagement figures at the end of fourth quarter 2016? Well, we might just have to wait and see.

Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/02/samsung-apple-tecno-topped-list-mobile-brands-highest-sov-q2-2016-report/

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Apple Products, Phablets Top List of Most Popular Mobile Devices This Holiday Season

Apple Devices and Phablets Were the Best Selling Mobile Tech During the 2016 Holidays

Post-holiday season, you’re most likely to find traffic to your site or eCommerce store coming from Apple devices or phablets– if any brand.

That’s because both Apple devices and, more generally, phablets were among the top gifted mobile devices this holiday season.

Best Selling Mobile Tech During the 2016 Holidays

Apple Devices and Phablets Were the Flavors of the Holiday Season

According to a report by mobile analytics company Flurry, 44 percent of new phone and tablet activations were Apple devices this year in the week leading up to Christmas and Chanuka. The report also looks at app activation for the major devices to reach its conclusions. In comparison, 21 percent of new activations were on Samsung devices, up one percent from last year.

Phablet devices also continued to increase their holiday share, eating away at the market for medium phones, the report said.

Huawei, LG Gain Momentum While Google Loses Ground

Other manufacturers that made it to the list include Huawei and LG. That’s surprising because both manufacturers do not have any individual device within the top 35 devices activated.

Not surprisingly, Google Pixel is missing from the list. With just two new devices, the Pixel and Pixel XL, and mixed response from the market, Google has so far struggled to make an impression with holiday sales. That’s judging from activations leading up to the holidays alone.

Businesses Must Keep an Eye on Apple

So what does all this mean for your business? Well, in addition to the fact that many of your customers and clients may be using Apple mobile products, there’s also the question of what to consider for your own next business mobile device.

Here are some of the main features of Apple’s iOS 10 for you to consider.

First, the operating system comes with comprehensive privacy and advanced security features. So customers may be able to significantly curtail the amount of their data available when visiting your online store or other site. And that should be a consideration when creating your marketing plan.

From the perspective of using a device for business, Apple’s multilingual typing feature could be a great tool to reach international customers.

Meanwile, popularity of larger phablets over smaller phones of any brand means larger screens to better view and interact with apps and mobile sites so keep this in mind when updating both for your business.

iPhone 7 Photo via Shutterstock

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50 To-Do List Apps and Solutions

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Thanks to the different hats they wear, many small business owners struggle with task management. In fact, more than half of small business owners (PDF) worry about, “Having enough time”.

If you want your small business to succeed and grow (without driving you crazy), you need to get a handle on the whole task management thing. You need to do the right things at the right time and learn to defer the distractions. Fortunately, you can start doing just that with our list of to-do list apps and solutions below.

There are a lot of options out there so before you jump in, do yourself a favor and set aside a small amount of time to think about what you need. For example:

  • Will a simple checklist suffice or do you want to be able to create projects with subtasks that have subtasks of their own?
  • Do you want to use the Get Things Done (GTD) framework to manage your tasks?
  • Will you be collaborating on and sharing your to-dos with family or colleagues?
  • What systems will you need the app or solution to run on (e.g. iOS, Android, Mac, PC, etc.)?

Once you have answered those questions, it’s time to dive into the list. Ready? Here we go!

50 To-Do List Apps and Solutions: Checklists

If you want a to-do list that’s similar to the basic checklists you’ve been writing all your life, then this section is the best place to start. Features and functionality vary a lot, but in the end, you’re gonna’ have a handy checklist to manage your time.

CARROT

CARROT is one of the more interesting iOS apps. As you complete tasks, you earn points and go up a level. As you do, you earn rewards that you can pay for in points. These awards are truly unique and range from stories about CARROT to extra time to complete your to-dos.

Why would you want the extra time? Because if you don’t complete your to-dos, CARROT gets mad at you. If you’ve got a quirky sense of humor, this app is worth checking out!

to-do list apps for business

Finish

Finish is unique on this list as it offers you the ability to set time ranges as opposed to specific day and time due dates. This is super powerful because it keeps you on task while still giving you the flexibility to manage your time more fluidly.

to-do list apps for business

GoodTask

GoodTask is the Apple Reminders app on steroids. Using Reminders as a base, it extends the features, functionality and design, all of which turn your Reminders app into a powerful to-do app.

to do list apps for business

Evernote

Yes, even Evernote can be used to create simple checklists that you can take everywhere Evernote does. If you’re an Evernote user, you can find more detailed instructions for creating checklists by clicking here.

to-do list apps for business

Remember the Milk

One of the oldest and most well known of to-do apps and solutions, Remember the Milk has help up strong over the years. Available on iOS and Android devices, as well as online, you’ll find a lot to like here including a ton of integrations with other productivity tools.

to-do list apps for business

Todo.txt

If you just want to type your tasks into a text editor and then take them on the road using your iOS or Android device, then Todo.txt is the solution for you. As you can see below, their mobiles apps turn your simple text list into a usable to-list:

to-do list apps for business

WorkFlowy

WorkFlowy is a unique and useful addition to this list. Essentially, the solution enables you to build task checklists that you can duplicate and use over and over again. This is a super way to capture your processes so you and your staff can run them whenever needed.

to-do list apps for business

And the Rest:

  • Begin
  • do
  • Cheddar
  • Clear
  • Due
  • EveryDay
  • Good Todo
  • Listacular
  • Paperless
  • Pocket Lists
  • SomTodo
  • Taasky
  • Task
  • Teux Deux
  • TickTick
  • Todoist
  • Wunderlist

50 To-Do List Apps and Solutions: Matrixes

These to-do list apps and solutions separate your tasks into 4 areas, or matrixes. Pioneered by Dwight Eisenhower, this approach is great for visual folks and really helps you drill down on the things you should be doing, delegating, leaving for later or never doing at all.

Eisenhower

Straightforward and easy-to-use, Eisenhower takes Dwight’s system and brings it to your iOS device.

to-do list apps for business

Priority Matrix

The creators of Priority Matrix took Eisenhower’s approach and added multi-list functionality so you can apply the matrix method to different areas of your life such as work, home and even specific projects. You can use Priority Matrix on your Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.

to-do list apps for business

Gneo

At first Gneo was placed in the “Checklists” section above. Then the Eisenhower matrix screen shown below was discovered making this the one app that really gives you the best of both worlds — a simple checklist combined with Eisenhower’s approach. Gneo is available on both iOS and the Apple Watch.

to-do list apps for business

50 To-Do List Apps and Solutions: Getting Things Done (GTD)

Productivity consultant David Allen’s approach to task management, Getting Things Done is almost a religion to the thousands who use it to manage their time every day. The apps in this section are all based on Allen’s approach and methodology.

Things

Things is a flexible and easy-to-use GTD app and solution. You can use it on both your Mac or iOS devices.

to-do list apps for business

DropTask

DropTask is a truly unique task manager that was made for visual thinkers. Whether you use Mac or PC desktop or mobile devices, you’ll get all the power of GTD along with collaboration, file uploads and so much more.

to-do list apps for business

OmniFocus

OmniFocus is the 800-pound gorilla in the task management space. If you’re looking for more useful features than you can throw a stick at, this robust solution is the one you should try. Give it a go on your iOS devices including Apple Watch.

to-do list apps for business

Nozbe

Nozbe is a workforce task management and collaboration powerhouse. If you share tasks with a team on a PC, Mac, iOS or Android device, then you should check them out.

to-do list apps for business

IQTell

IQTell is the ultimate solution for those who want to get their inbox down to 0. That’s because you can integrate your mail directly in the solution, enabling you to convert emails directly into tasks and clearing them from your mailbox. That alone makes this iOS, Android and Web-based solution one of the most intriguing on our list.

to-do list apps for business

And the Rest:

  • 2Do
  • doit.im
  • FacileThings
  • Firetask
  • Get It Done App
  • Smartytask
  • The Hit List
  • Todo
  • Toodledo

50 To-Do List Apps and Solutions: Card/Kanban

If you’re a visual thinker then rejoice – card/kanban based task management has arrived. These apps and solutions make it easy for you to figure out the status of your to-dos at a glance.

Taking the concept further, most of the tools in this section come equipped with collaboration functionality so you can see where everyone else is on his or her tasks as well. Transparency is the name of the game and it truly boosts productivity.

Trello

Trello is one of the big players in this area and was one of the first out of the gate. Available on the Web, iOS, Android and even Kindle Fire, this intuitive solution will have you and your team knocking out task after task.

to-do list apps for business

Google Keep

Launched in 2013, Google Keep is a basic yet functional solution for creating to-do lists as well as recording your thoughts and images that you wish to well, keep.

to-do list apps for business

KanbanFlow

KanbanFlow is an online solution that helps you and your team focus on your task workflow. If you’re on the road, you can use their mobile site on most devices.

to-do list apps for business

And the Rest:

  • allthings
  • LeanKit

50 To-Do List Apps and Solutions: Goals and Habits

If you’re working on a specific goal or want to establish a new habit, the apps and solutions in this section will help you do just that. They track overall progress for each of your major goals and even incentivize you along the way.

Habatica

One of the most unique task management tools on this list, Habatica aims to help you reach your goals by rewarding you as you complete your tasks. Earn enough gold and you can go see that movie you wanted to watch or go on that vacation you’ve been aching for. You set the rewards which means you’ll want to work for them!

You can use this solution online or on your iOS and Android devices.

to-do list apps for business

And the Rest:

  • Lifetick
  • GoalsOnTrack

50 To-Do List Apps and Solutions: Other

Monkey On Your Back

The last solution, Monkey On Your Back, is a little different from the rest of this list. Simply put, “Monkey On Your Back is your to-do list for things that you want other people to do. Create a monkey for each task you want to delegate to someone else. We’ll send that person email reminders about the task, and email you a reminder when the deadline for the task has expired.”

How handy is that?

to-do list apps for business

Conclusion

No matter which app or solution you select to manage your to-do list, the important thing is that you do chose one. The alternatives? Missing deadlines and forgetting tasks, two results your small business cannot afford.

To-do List Photo via Shutterstock

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