Posts Tagged ‘personal concierge’

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Five of Tech’s Best Time Management Tools

A poll accompanying a recent article from the Guardian, entitled “Time management woes: is digital technology the answer,” reported that only 45.3% of people felt digital technology could offer a “feasible time-saving solution.” We disagree. Certainly, sometimes it can be easy to get consumed by your email inbox, but it’s still more efficient than writing every correspondence by hand!

Five of Tech’s Best Time Management Tools

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We often lose sight of the primary goal of both technology and time management: to make life’s pain points, i.e. the necessary evils, easier and quicker so we can get on to the fun stuff. Here we’re taking a look at the best time management tools today’s technology has to offer.

  1. The Things app for iPhone functions a lot like a simple to-do list, but has certain intuitive organizational features that set it apart. You can organize your to-do tasks by project or by priority. You can easily move tasks from today to tomorrow and you can have an aspirational “someday” task list. Things manages deadlines and gives you the satisfaction of crossing tasks off your to-do list.
  2. Another great app for iPhone is YadaHome. Billed as a “Family Organizer,” YadaHome lets you share grocery lists and a calendar with family members. Instead of last-minute items on the grocery list being called in, committed to memory, and inevitably forgotten, family members can simply add them to the list in real time.
  3. Toggl is a time tracking software tool that can be used on any device, from Mac to PC to Android and back to iPhone. It can be used by individuals or entire companies and helps keep track of time spent on different tasks and projects. You can either analyze this information to streamline your priorities or to easily bill clients for time—or both!
  4. Evernote is a popular software tool that promise to help you “Remember everything.” You can capture and store anything: images, notes, lists, audio, video, instructions, etc. You can then access and share those notes from any device anywhere.
  5. The ZOMM Personal Concierge service combines the human and tech elements. If you need help with anything, anywhere in the world, you can either call or email you Personal Concierge to help you out. From arranging your next business trip to locating the style of sunglasses a random celebrity wore in a certain movie five years ago, the ZOMM Personal Concierge can save you time completing the “necessary evils,” then help you make the “fun stuff” happen.

What technology helps you manage your time? 

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The History and Evolution of the Concierge

The general consensus is that life gets more and more crazy and complicated with every passing year and generation. Elders lament a simple time while current technology combats the complexity of life in the 2000’s.  This is our motivation to innovate here at ZOMM and with the recent introduction of the ZOMM Personal Concierge; we’ve decided to take a look at the evolving role of the concierge in people’s lives.

 

History and Evolution of the Concierge

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Concierge is actually a French word meaning “keeper of the keys” and dates back to the middle ages when concierges would hold the keys to various rooms in a castle and see to the needs of visiting nobility. Through the 19th century, concierges were a common fixture in European apartment, office, and governmental buildings—even prisons.

The 20th century saw the rise of steamships and the development of the modern travel industry. This changed the role of the concierge as vacationing guests looked to the concierge for daily activities, like tours, restaurant recommendations, and a variety of other services.

Interestingly, the concierge concept was not widely adopted in American hotels until the 1970’s. Today, touch-screen kiosks have replaced many hotel concierges, but the human concierge is far from gone.

The ZOMM Personal Concierge functions more like a personal assistant or butler, only it is available 24hours a day, seven days a week. You don’t need to be on vacation either, although the ZOMM Personal Concierge is very useful for recommendations in unfamiliar cities when you don’t want to use the automated hotel kiosk.

Just as we suspected, the role of the concierge has evolved with its consumers since the Middle Ages. It’s not a new concept, but we think the ZOMM Personal Concierge is the most evolved concierge solution for contemporary lifestyles.

How could you use a personal concierge at your service 24/7? 

 

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Restaurant Referral and Review Sites: Who Can You Trust?

Last week we learned that 95% of diners use their smartphones prior to dining out. Many of these people are seeking out restaurant referrals. Websites like Yelp and Urbanspoon offer reviews from strangers, Facebook and Twitter offer recommendations from friends, and services like the ZOMM Personal Concierge offer their own expertise.

But how do you choose which referral source to trust? Here is a breakdown of the pro’s and con’s of each:

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1. User review sites, like Yelp and Urbanspoon, can be a great resource when you’re thinking of exploring a specific spot you’ve never been and need a quick thumb’s up… or thumb’s down. The top 10 lists can be deceiving if you don’t read the criteria carefully and you must consider paid content. Yes, these websites are in business to make money and establishments that pay up benefit from greater control over their reviews.

2. Social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, etc., are great referral resources because your trusted friends are making the recommendations. According to one survey, marketers themselves trust Facebook more for referrals and product reviews than both Yelp and traditional advertising. But this source is not without its limitations—the recommendations are unorganized, random, and what if you’re out of town?

3. The ZOMM Personal Concierge, like social media recommendations from friends, is trustworthy. You’re paying for the referrals—instead of the referrals paying for you. This convenient resource is loyal to you and only you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the world. You call your concierge, describe your wishes, and the ZOMM Personal Concierge will not only come up with a recommendation, but make the reservation as well.

Which resource do you trust most for referrals?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Smartphones and Restaurants: Taking Your Phone to Dinner [INFOGRAPHIC]

Imagine this: You have a dinner date with friends on a Friday night. You need to decide where you’re going, what time to get there and what to order. How do you decide? Chances are that you’ll use your smartphone to help you make one (or more) of those decisions.

According to research done by Lab42, 20 percent of you will user your smartphone to communicate dinner plans, 19 percent will use your smartphone to find a restaurant and another 20 percent will view a menu on your smartphone.

The infographic below shows these (and many more) facts about how Americans are using their smartphones before, during and after eating dinner out at a restaurant. If you’re planning a dinner date soon, consider trying our Personal Concierge service—they’ll take care of all the details while you play with your smartphone.

Smartphone infographic

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Help with Tasks from the Mundane to the Insane: the ZOMM Personal Concierge

Have you ever wanted your very own personal assistant? Now it’s easier than ever to have one with the ZOMM Personal Concierge.

Your ZOMM Personal Concierge can add time back into your day by handling tasks from the mundane to the insane. From making dinner reservations to getting seats at a sold out show, our Person Concierge is available to help you day or night.

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Win ZOMM Personal Concierge Service for a Year!

The ZOMM Personal Concierge can add time back into your day by handling tasks from the mundane to the insane. Let us plan your family trip, get flowers to your mom on special occasions, provide hard to get concert tickets, make last-minute dinner reservations, and much more—all for free!

That’s right, during the month of March, you can enter to win a free one-year subscription to the ZOMM Personal Concierge. All you have to do is provide your name and email address. Click on the image to enter!

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If you win a one-year subscription to the ZOMM Personal Concierge, what will you do with it?

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