48% of Consumers Have Never Made a Purchase with Their Mobile Phones

Happy Wednesday!

With Apple Pay and countless other options set to make purchasing consumer goods easier we are taking a look at just how much they will be used. Mashable, via Business News Daily, breaks down consumers use of mobile pay in the following article:

Although it may seem like consumers use their smartphones and tablets for everything these days, there’s one thing many of them won’t do on the go: make payments.

In fact, 48% of consumers surveyed said they have not used their mobile phones to make a purchase, according to a new study from digital commerce solutions provider Avangate. But why do so many consumers avoid making mobile payments and purchases? 40% of the consumers surveyed said they don’t want to store critical or sensitive information on their phones.

And even the consumers who do make mobile purchases don’t always feel safe doing so. 22% said they don’t feel secure when making mobile payments but do it anyway.

But despite their worries about mobile payments, most consumers actually prefer to go paperless. 90% of those surveyed said they no longer prefer paying bills by paper check.

So how can businesses make consumers more comfortable with online payments? The key is in long-term subscriptions.

60% of consumers said they have set up at least one to two recurring online payments, and 71% said they want recurring subscriptions without monthly reminders.

In addition, offering subscriptions with special features can seal the deal.

46% of buyers said they refuse to purchase online subscriptions without a “freemium” option (where the main product or service itself is free, but customers can pay for additional functionality or features), and 25% said they’re more willing to purchase an online service subscription when add-on features are available.

“Today, we are seeing the digitization of products into services — what we are calling the ‘New Services Economy’ — to truly monetize their offerings is no longer about point payment transactions with the customer, but rather being able to interact, service and expand the relationship with the customer from the discovery, trial and add-on and retention phases, all of which are potential opportunities to make purchasing decisions,” he added.

Wilson Electronics Named 2014 Manufacturer of the Year by the Utah Manufacturers Association

The Utah Manufacturers Association (UMA) has named St. George-based Wilson Electronics, North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of cellular signal boosters, the UMA 2014 Manufacturer of the Year among companies with 100 – 250 employees.

“Winning UMA’s Manufacturer of the Year Award is an honor and compliment to every individual on our dedicated and talented Wilson Electronics team”

Lisa Stewart, Wilson Electronics continuous improvement manager, accepted the award Saturday on behalf of the company at the annual UMA awards banquet at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

“Winning UMA’s Manufacturer of the Year Award is an honor and compliment to every individual on our dedicated and talented Wilson Electronics team,” Stewart said. “The journey to get to this point has involved virtually every aspect of the business as we move forward through a remarkable and comprehensive transformation.  “Some of the strategically aligned operational improvements include: redesigning the entire product line to comply with updated FCC product standards; expanding sales offices, including a branch office in Malaysia; increasing headcount by 22 percent while maintaining production efficiencies; establishing a second production shift; adding 10,000 square feet to our corporate engineering and manufacturing/test facility in St. George and significantly improving manufacturing efficiencies — all while maintaining revenue growth of nearly 30 percent annually.”

Awards winners are chosen by a UMA committee that selects manufacturers based on outstanding performance in operational excellence, economic achievement, workplace safety, contribution to Utah’s economy, community outreach, and fidelity to the principles of free enterprise.

Bob Van Buskirk, president and CEO of Wilson Electronics, LLC, added, “It is truly an honor for our company to be selected for this prestigious UMA award. It is recognition of the significant contribution by all of our employees to our demonstrated improvements in operational efficiency, our ability to scale our business as well as our growth in revenue and profitability. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank all of our employees for their hard work, dedication and accomplishments as recognized by this prominent award.”

#tbt winner!

Happy Monday!

We hope that your Halloween-weekend-sugar high has subsided!

We want to say congratulations to our most recent #tbt winner! Jeff Bourdeau who won a Sleek 4G cell phone signal booster for correctly guessed that this was the Stanhope Printing Press.

Congrats Jeff! To claim your prize email us at jleavitt@wilsonelectronics.com.

Happy Friday!

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat? We are going with the treat! Our Halloween treat this year is a giveaway.

Congratulations to Wayne Slatter who correctly guessed that this was the first set of Superior headphones!

Congrats! Send us an email at jleavitt@wilsonelectronics.com to claim your treat!

#Wireless Wednesday! Flying car prototype could get you to work faster than a ‘Jetsons’ episode.

Happy Wednesday!

Are you one of the many who figured that by this time we would have hoover boards and flying cars? Mashable has the inside on the Slovakian startup, AeroMobil, that is making the dream of the ‘Jetsons’ lifestyle a reality.

It’s better than a bird, better than a plane — maybe even better than Superman. It’s a flying car.

Slovakian startup AeroMobil announced the world premiere of the AeroMobil 3.0 at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna on Wednesday. It’s an idea 25 years in the making, and the company’s third working prototype.

Stefan Klein, founder of the Department of Transport Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Slovakia, designed the personal transportation vehicle. Although Klein has been working on the concept since 1989, it wasn’t until 2010 that things got real: He commercialized the project by starting AeroMobil.

“We believe personal transportation is about to change forever,” AeroMobil chief executive Juraj Vaculik said at a press conference.

There have been many concepts for flying vehicles, and it seems only a matter of time before one is mass produced. The European Union has supported research into the MyCopter in hopes that a flying vehicle could help ease transit congestion.

Flying cars have long been in the public’s imagination, thanks to movie concepts like the DeLorean in Back to the Future and the Jetsons’ car.

AeroMobil said the vehicle is close to commercial availability, but certification — now underway in Slovakia — would be complicated and vary by country.

The car, which can carry two people, operates on the gas available at regular gas stations. It needs about 200 meters (650 feet) to take off, and only 50 meters (164 feet) to land. It can fly as fast as 124 miles per hour.

Read the full article and watch the video here: http://ht.ly/Dx2dD.

 

Tech Tip Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday!

Are you overwhelmed by how many cords there are for every device? As always the Wilson Tech team is here to help!

We often get questions about cable. People usually want to know which cable is appropriate for a signal booster. In this article we are going to talk about different types of cable and the use of these cables.

RG-174:

Due to its size (3/32”), RG-174 works very well in an application, such as a vehicle, where more versatile cable is required. All of our vehicle booster kits include RG-174.

RG-58:

This cable, measuring 3/16”, will commonly be used in conjunction with our Trucker Antenna series and NMO (Non-Magnetic Option) antenna mounts.

RG-6:

This type of cable is ideal for use in home/smaller building applications. All of our current Small Area to Multi-Room and Whole Home booster kits includes RG-6. This type of cable is identical to standard TV (RG-6) coax cable, measuring 3/8”.

Wilson 400:

Typically, this type of cable will be used in larger area/industrial applications. Wilson 400 is an ultra low-loss coaxial cable – this cable is designed to bring greater range to your cell phone amplifier system. All of our Large Home/Area booster kits include Wilson 400, measuring 13/32”.

As always, if you have any questions about this week’s tech tip, or just a technical question in general, feel free to leave us a comment below, or you can contact our technical support team directly at (866) 294-1660 or email us at tech@wilsonelectronics.com.