Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smartphones—more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world—according to a new monthly report from measurement firm Informate Mobile Intelligence, which tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries.
Executives Alli Webb, Michael Landau and John Heffner talk about the game changer's beginnings, impressive growth and future goals.
Founded by longtime stylist Alli Webb and her brother Michael Landau, a former Yahoo! marketing executive, along with her husband Cameron Webb, creative director, Drybar is one of the most transformational new businesses the beauty industry has seen in decades. With more than 2,000 stylists and 37 (and still growing rapidly) locations and its stripped-down menu of blow-dry services—no cuts or color—the unique brand has made a huge splash with its wildly popular business model from coast to coast.
The National Retail Federation is moving forward with the creation of a program that will provide retailers access to information on cybersecurity threats identified by retailers, government and law enforcement agencies and partners in the financial services sector. The program, developed in consultation with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, will launch with the establishment of an information-sharing platform for retail-industry information security specialists, and plans call for a retail ISAC to be established in June.
This year’s retail-industry sales are expected to increase 4.1%, up from 3.7% in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2014 economic forecast. Furthermore, online sales are expected to grow between 9% and 12%. The forecast includes traditional retail categories, such as specialty stores.
Beauty store marketers looking to get the most from social media can no longer ignore Pinterest—a social network devoted to the posting of photo and image collections—which has quietly become the third-largest social network in the world. According to figures released by Experian Hitwise in April, Pinterest brought in 104 million visits in March, lagging only behind Twitter, which drew 182 million visits, and goliath Facebook, which attracted 7 billion visits.