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Taking a Look at the Future of Shopping Malls

Did you know that in-person holiday shopping is projected to lower by twenty-five percent this holiday season? The coronavirus pandemic has altered our lives in many ways, including the way that we shop.

How will shopping malls continue to cater to the needs of shoppers and attract in-person sales in retail stores? Here are three things that could change in the future of shopping malls.

More Storage for Customers

One of the biggest drawbacks for mall customers is the need to carry around bags of goods after purchasing them. However, this problem can easily be fixed with shopping malls providing on-site storage that is safe and reliable.

Customers would be able to rent out a storage space in a designated area of the mall, where they can go back and forth to deposit items that they have bought. For a nominal fee, they can make shopping much easier.

Some locker companies even offer solutions like keyless entry. For those who are afraid of losing a key to a locker or storage unit, companies such as National Lockers and Shelving have units that can be activated with a PIN or key code, rather than a physical lock and key.

Luxury Dining and Services

For shopping malls, another tactic to draw in more physical shoppers is changing the space to be more luxurious and inviting. Including movie theaters and other amenities in shopping malls may be the ticket to keep customers in the space for longer periods of time.

A trend that has taken off with shopping malls recently is integrating grocery stores into the mall itself. This way, consumers can buy some of the household goods and other items they need at a more convenient price, rather than from specialty stores.

Although the food court has long been a staple of the classic shopping mall experience, the restaurant space in malls is changing to fit a growing need for customers. Many opt for more upscale restaurants within the shopping center.

Targeted Centers for Different Demographics

One of the biggest reasons why shopping malls have been losing customers is because of a changing demographic. Younger generations seem to be more attracted to online shopping due to its perceived convenience.

Mall developers can look at nearby residential areas and gauge what the target demographic is. For example, if the mall happens to be near a retirement community, the shopping center can cater to an older aged population.

The shopping mall plan would include restaurants, retail stores, and experiences that would help to attract the target market. Creating a customized shopping experience is a great way to keep bringing consumers into shopping malls of the future.

The Future of Shopping Malls is Always Changing

When it comes to the future of shopping malls, it will ultimately be dictated by how technology and consumer habits evolve.

Would you like to know more about how our world is changing with advances in technology and consumer habits? Check out our blog for all of the information you will need.

5 ways to boost your blog readership

This guy is doing everything he can to improve his site's visibility ... so how do you boost your blog?

If you’re a blogger, you want to do more than just write to express yourself. By publishing online, you want to reach as many readers as possible. Here are five simple tips to ensure you’re getting the most readers for every post.

1) Incorporate SEO strategies. Search engine optimisation isn’t just for business websites. Keeping your posts SEO friendly can make a big impact in how many people see your blog. Plugins are readily available to make it as simple as filling out a form at the end of each post.

2. Verify your email list. If you don’t have a way for readers to subscribe to your blog, go do that first. This encourages repeat views. However, it’s also important to do email verification as this ensures that the list you have compiled consists only of active and valid accounts. Getting too many hard-bounces from invalid emails will mean you may get penalised by email providers and end up in spam folders!

3) Don’t just rely on emails after each post. Sure, subscribers will get a notification when you’ve posted. But for many, this might come to their inbox at the wrong time and get completely overlooked. Instead, add a weekly or monthly newsletter to the mix, too. This can serve as a round up of what you’ve written and even a teaser of what you have planned over the coming period. It can also work to highlight older posts that might have a new found relevance because of something in the news.

4) Write guest posts. Blogging is a community affair, so writing a guest blog can be a great way to get your name out there. It also works the other way around. By inviting other bloggers to write guest posts for your site, you can get some of their regular readers to visit your page. After they have a look at what the other blogger has written, they will be likely to check out what you have there yourself.

5) Keep posting. One of the biggest errors a blogger can make is to stop blogging. Consistency is key when it comes to blog readership. If you keep to a regular posting schedule, whether it’s every day or every week, your readers will know when to expect new content. If they go back to check out your site, only to find that it hasn’t been updated since the last time they were there, it’s likely to be the last visit they make.

Getting great blog readership is a key to making any blog a success. When you have great content, it’s the basis for encouraging readers to see what you have to offer, but with these five steps, you can make sure they keep coming back for more.

The History of Hearing Aids

The history of hearing aids is surprising colourful ... I mean, just look at that ear horn!

Over the years, the lot of those who have developed or were born with hearing impediments has improved dramatically, in no small thanks to the dedication of passionate scientists in the auditory field who dared to dream that one day, the hard of hearing might be able to function in society on the same level as able-hearing people.

While those with hearing deficiencies today might take the latest modern digital hearing aids for granted, the truth of the matter is that this subset of technology has had a long and fascinating history.  Let’s take five minutes or so to trace the history of hearing aids through the centuries…

Let There Be Sound

The first hearing aid was crafted in the 17th century, allowing the partially deaf to better understand conversations going on around them. Resembling a trumpet or horn one would play in an orchestra than the unobtrusive, discreet hearing devices we enjoy today, this early attempt allowed those with deteriorating hearing to understand their peers.

It came at a social cost though, as it made many of its users self-conscious of their disability at a time less forgiving of disabilities, as opposed to the wide acceptance that many benefit from in the present day. However, being a royal, the aging king of Portugal was crafted a hearing chair in the early 1800’s, which had discreet holes in the lion-head armrests (their mouths), which channelled sound up the back of the throne to hidden “speakers” just out of view at ear level.

Hearing Aids With Dignity

As the 19th century wore on, the rush was on to make hearing aids that were less embarrassing for the people who depended on them. One such innovative design was the acoustic headband, made by Frederick Rein, the same inventor that made the aforementioned chair for the Portuguese king.

Worn as a handband that blended in with the fashions of the time, the part of the device near the ear boasted collectors that would amplify sound within the immediate surrounds of the person wearing it.

The Deaf Hear Again (Or For The First Time)

With the development of the microphone and telephone in the late 1800’s, the electrification revolution was well underway, and it was only a matter of time before it found its way into smaller devices like hearing aids. While the first electric hearing aids at the turn of the 20th century were a bit too bulky to pass the social acceptability test, by the 1940’s, miniaturization has progressed to the point where these devices could be worn rather than carried, opening a new world to those who had been shrouded in silence prior to this.

The Digital Revolution

With the invention of the computer, hearing aids entered the digital era, as auditory scientists began to figure out how to leave behind the drawbacks of electric hearing aids in the 1960’s.  Considering the size of CPU’s back then, miniaturization took some time to accomplish, and even in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the clunky appearance of the device led to slow acceptance.

In 1989 though, the first behind the ear aid was built, starting a wave of approval that took off in the 90’s, when a digital hearing aid small enough to be inserted in the ear tube like an earplug was designed.  Not only did it attain the holy grail of discreteness, it also contained the technology within to auto-adjust to its environment, eliminating the need for an external modulator to be carried at all times.

What’s Next?

The pace of technology these days is dizzying, even in the niche hearing aid industry. Whatever the innovators in the auditory field come up with in the years to come is sure to amaze and astound even the most cynical skeptics!