Style, Open Web, online booking & QR codes
StyleSeat Is OpenTable for Beauty Appointments. Like many promising startups, StyleSeat began with a problem. When Melody McCloskey — the tall, conspicuously pretty San Franciscan who cofounded StyleSeat three years ago — wanted to book a salon appointment, she struggled to find someone who was skilled at cutting curly hair within her budget. Friend recommendations only took her so far, and salon receptionists declined to make suggestions about which of their stylists would be best suited to her.
So she persuaded Dan Levine, a former colleague and VP of digital product development at EMI, to become her cofounder. The pair did their field work, interviewing salon owners, wellness experts, and hair and beauty stylists to ascertain their needs. They found that professionals book 70% of their available appointment times on average, but lack the resources, particularly online, to further grow their businesses. [Learn more]
The Open Web Is Dead – Long live the Open Web. Yesterday Robert Scoble once again declared that the Open Web was dead. His argument was that Apps and proprietary black holes like Facebook are absorbing all the light (read: users, attention, value, investment) and taking our beloved open platform right along with it. In his post, he kindly (but incorrectly) named me as the only person who really cares about the Open Web.
While that’s flattering, I think he’s wrong about me being the only one who cares.
But he is right about the Open Web. It’s in real danger. URLs are fading into the background, native Mobile apps are all the rage and Facebook threatens to engulf the web into a proprietary black hole. But I think there’s a bigger problem going on right now. Not just with the web, but with silicon valley (as stewards of the web). We’ve lost sight of the things that matter. We’re obsessed with quick wins, easily digestible VC pitches, stock options and flipping for a Ferrari. [Learn more]
Online booking system for immunization appointments. Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health has established an online booking system to help parents make appointments to update children’s immunizations. The system will allow parents to book clinic times in Kingston, Napanee, Sharbot Lake and Cloyne. The Kingston clinic is held each Wednesday, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The schedule of clinics at the health unit’s other offices is available at the agency’s website. [Learn more]
Why QR Codes Won’t Last. Like most technology fans, I am always ready and willing to try any technology that promises to simplify my life. QR codes seemed to present an accessible and uniform way for people with smart devices to interact with advertising, marketing and media. Those little squares of code seemed to open a world of opportunity and potential. But after using them for a length of time, I shifted my perspective.
My initial honeymoon with QR codes was very short-lived. The initial rush that I had received from trying to frame the code on my device had lost its luster. I started to view QR codes as a barrier to additional information. And in many instances, the rewards (whatever I received as a result of scanning the code) did not measure up to the effort of the transaction itself. [Learn more]
Glasgow Taxis Ltd, Scotland’s largest taxi company, has made an overall £1.85M investment in infrastructure, utilizing the latest online technology to help improve customer service and safety. As part of an ongoing improvement programme, the iconic black taxi firm has already introduced a number of new systems to modernize the business with more set to follow in the coming months. Among the improvements made to date are a new online booking system incorporating live vehicle tracking [Learn more]
Website Design Group Announces Focus On Website Design With Online Booking Capability. The acclaimed Website Design Group is known for creating beautiful and functional websites for its clients. Responding to increasing demand, the company has announced a new focus on website design with online booking capability, with restaurant reservations and salon appointment scheduling in mind. [Learn more]
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