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Taco Bell and their App

Taco Bell has something that McDonald’s, Burger King and Arby’s all don’t have and they are capitalizing on it in a big way. What does Taco Bell have that’s making such a difference? The simple answer: an app. A few years ago Taco Bell rolled out an application for both Apple and Android that allows customers to place orders ahead of time. One of the largest influencing factors encouraging new users to try out the app is the customizability. Customers are able to add or remove a selection of items to their food including cheese, lettuce and numerous sauces, among other things. These options were previously available in store but the customer had to specifically request them whereas now with the app they are able to know exactly what options are available for each individual food item.

Taco Bell has reported an increase in sales as soon as the app rolled out and specifically has noted that the customers who use the app seem to be buying more because they have learned of new customizable add-ons that can be chosen, albeit at an increase in price. Overall, the app has been received well and Taco Bell has greatly benefited from it, encouraging other restaurants to step up.

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Tencent Success Road

QQ, one of the most successful and essential product of Tencent, has an adorable penguin to be its logo. “Penguin” Empire, 15 years of after its birth, attracted 800 million users globally. Another top-rated “Penguin” Empire product, Wechat, soon accumulated 300 million users in a little more than two years. Wechat gives Tencent more dominance and control in internet and mobile internet fields.

When Tencent was listed on Hong Kong stock market in 2004, its market value was merely USD 1 billion. At present, Tencent’s market value has surpassed USD 100 billion, second only to Google and Amazon in global internet industry.encent’s revenue grew from 1.14 billion yuan (USD 186.77 million) to 43.89 billion yuan (USD 7.19 billion), with 158% compound annual growth rate. Although Tencent entered online leisure game market in 2003, two years later than SNDA and other Chinese online games enterprises, it now accounted for approximately 50% of Chinese online game market and 5 times more than SNDA.

Tencent started from a free online instant messaging software-QQ-gradually accumulating high quantity, activity and interactive frequency users as its core resource. Its products may vary in business model and in cash flow structure, however, strategically, Tencent always revolved around QQ and remained consistent in product top-level design. These different products all shared the core resource, which is QQ’s traffic distribution, and gained revenue in various ways such as game, portal websites, music, blog, and Wechat. For its successful top-level design of QQ, Tencent could always come to the first and make breakthroughs.

Since the launch of Wechat 5.0 on August 5 in 2013, Tencent’s stock price had been soaring. On September 3 in 2013, Tencent’s market value hit HKD 779.9 billion, this was the first time a Chinese internet company to break USD 100 billion. Tencent’s market value on that very day was second only to Google and Amazon.The emerge of Wechat drew much public attention both from investors and industry insiders on Tencent. The astounding growing speed and high user stickiness was said to challenge many traditional industries or even overthrow.

Tencent has developed QQ, QQ game, QQ music and QQ news for mobile to continue its success in PC end. Besides, Tencent also developed many mobile only apps, such as app store, QQ contacts, QQ reader and mobile end games. Though Tencent has developed almost 100 products in mobile end, they contributed few revenue to Tencent. Tencent tried to grasp the entrance to mobile traffic and cultivated another application like QQ. Wechat was the most extraordinary and unexpected application.


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Waze App

Have you ever been on a road trip and ran into some major traffic? Well, I sure have. What if I told you there was an app that could help you avoid this traffic.

Introducing a new GPS type app called Waze that shows you many different things you may want to know as you are driving. Whether its construction, accidents, red-light cameras, or even the location of police ahead on your route. Waze will alert you to all of these things. This app is for any type of driver. Whether you are a big driver or just going on a long road trip. Another cool feature Waze has to offer is its ability to redirect you around travel mid-trip. This is a great feature if you are NOT trying to get stuck in traffic for a few hours.

The app itself has a cool and colorful platform that users are able to work with. Feel free to check out the Waze app on their website linked below.

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Zombies, Run!

Do you lack the motivation to get off your couch and get running? I know I do. Even after years of playing football, it is still hard for me to get the motivation to go out running.

Well, now there may be a fun solution to this problem. The new app Zombies, Run! has been developed to help with this problem and make running more enjoyable.

Zombies, Run! is an interactive fitness app that puts you in an apocalyptic world where you are trying to survive in the country of England. Your mission is to gather survival resources throughout this world and stay alive while doing it. The fun twist this game has to offer is that on occasion you will be met with some zombies that will chase you for a period of time. This aspect of the app helps force users to stay on their toes at all times. This is perfect for a fitness app since the goal is to get people out moving.

This app is just another great example of solving a small problem with something new and fun. If you’re going to do something why not have fun doing it.

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FastCustomer App

Dialing a customer phone number can be annoying. Whether you have to type in all the random digits, endure hold music, and hope you won’t be disconnected. Well, now you don’t have to go through this any more thanks to the new app called FastCustomer.

FastCustomer allows you to make this whole process easier by providing you with an easy to use platform that handles the task for you. All you have to do is give the app your phone number. Then select the company you are trying to reach from its list of 2,500+ customer service departments. Finally, you press the onscreen button that says “Have someone call me” and within a few minutes, you will get a call from customer service rep from the department you are trying to reach.

As entrepreneurs, we are always looking for any type of problem or annoyances to solve with simple solutions and I believe this is one of those simple solutions.

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The Doorman App

Have you ever ordered something offline and when it was delivered to your house you weren’t there? Instead of coming home to find the product you ordered you find a delivery notice. Well, there is a new and innovative app called Doorman that is aiming to solve this problem.

Doorman is trying to eradicate this problem by allowing customers to schedule their own delivery times. Even if it is as late as midnight seven days a week.

Doorman was created by a former Pixar Technical Director named Zander Adel. Zander came up with this idea by looking at the retailers that offer same day shipping. Places like Amazon or Postmates. He goes on to explain that all of the shipping and deliveries are done through companies like FedEx and UPS. As a result of this customers have less control over the time their product is delivered.

Doorman fixes this by allowing customers to give these retailers their “Doorman address” which is a location of the company’s warehouse. The customer will then be able to specify exactly when they want their order delivered.

Doorman has already delivered over 25,000 packages in its first market in San Francisco and is preparing to spread to the east coast.

When looking at how awesome the name of this app is and how cool of an idea it is, I wish I could have come up with it first.

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