80% of Millennials want to take a Virtual Tour before visiting businesses

80% of Millennials want to take a Virtual Tour before visiting your store. According to population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials are on the verge of surpassing Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation. Generation Z is the first generation to have Internet technology available at an early age. With the web revolution that occurred throughout the 1990s and phone evolution in the mid-2000s, they have been exposed to an unlimited amount of technology. As technology became more compact and affordable, and the popularity of smartphones grew in the United States, Gen Z experienced life and business in wildly “unusual” ways than their parents. It is no secret that 54% of millennials shop online. 79% of millennials are using their smartphones to compare retailers. This generation is most likely to research your product and store first before going to make the actual purchase. 80% of millennials want to take a Virtual Tour before visiting your business. If you want to be in the running, you need a Virtual Tour to make the customer’s path from online to offline as seamless as possible. Millennials are spending $600 billion annually and that makes them the most powerful consumers of our time. hashtag#millennialshashtag#virtualtours

90% of local people search for this “on the go”?

It seems like everyone is “on the go” these days. I thought for a moment it was because gas prices were below $2.00 per gallon here in Fargo, ND and everyone just got their tax return back. Ok, maybe that’s somewhat true..but, with all the new gadgets and mobile devices, most people enjoy being on the go because technology keeps them aware of what is going on at all hours of the day. So how does this impact consumer purchases and what can local businesses do to market to this growing trend?

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In a recent consumer data study from a research firm (sponsored by google) over 4,500 online consumers took a survey across nine categories:

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  1. Local Services
  2. Restaurant
  3. Automotive
  4. CPG
  5. Media & Entertainment
  6. Finance
  7. Retail
  8. Technology
  9. Travel

 

The survey found that nearly 90% of local people using smartphones and 84% of tablet owners searched local businesses for hours, directions, address and the businesses products and services.

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The study also discovered that the consumers searched for local business information throughout the entire 4-step purchase process.

  1. INSPIRATION: When you realized you wanted or needed to make the purchase.
  2. RESEARCH: When you actively looked or researched your purchase.
  3. PURCHASE: When you purchased your product or service.
  4. POST-PURCHASE: After you purchased your product or service.

 

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Another interesting point that the survey found, conversions after a local search were 2X as likely vs. a non-local search, plus over 50% of the smartphone searchers visited an offline store following the search within 24 hours. Read more

One of the most important steps for any business owner is to make sure your business information is complete and 100% accurate on all Google networks (see Google guidelines).

Want help? Call 701-540-5922 or email the “Local 360” team in your area at [email protected].

 

 

Explore inside ‘The Colbert Report’ with Google

The funny, hilarious and always entertaining Stephen Colbert will host the last episode of “The Colbert Report,” tonight.

For those fans who are unable to make tonight’s show or have always wished to make it to a show, you can finally take a friendly 360 degree interactive virtual tour around the entire set, thanks to Google Maps Street View | Trusted. Click around, look up, look down, zoom in on Stephen’s desk. You’ll have the best seat in the audience. If you have dreamed of hosting “The Colbert Report” take a view from behind the desk and host your own ‘Report.’

I know we’re are all sad to think that tonight’s show will be the last, but rest good tonight knowing that you can relive your favorites moments thanks to Google’s Street View Technology. As Dr. Seuss said best, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Be sure to tune in to Comedy Central tonight at 10:30PM CST.  Invite and attract customers inside your local business and increase your rankings and visibility on Google. Email us at [email protected] or call 800-358-0101.

Read more at businessinsider.com