If you want to book an accommodation, order something to eat, transfer money, chat with friends or colleagues and shop some new shirts, how many apps do you need? In the Western world, you certainly need six different ones. In Asia, however, a new model that centralises all these actions in one single place is establishing itself: the super app.
The Chinese pioneers WeChat and Alipay are the largest exponents of this super app revolution and are therefore considered to be role models. Companies from all over the world now aspire to put this successful Chinese model to use in their own region. But what actually is a super app, which advantages does it have and in which other regions does it already experience a boom? Will super apps even be able to gain a foothold in the Western world?
Nowadays anyone can connect to anything and everyone through the Internet and exchange with different technology. Technological efficiency is often the key to success in these connections between people, but also between people and product or people and services.
82 per cent of marketers believe that they know how their clients want to interact with their business. The problem: Almost a quarter of all clients disagree with this statement.
In times when purchasing and sourcing have become commonplace across all touchpoints, it poses a major challenge for brands to provide their customers with meaningful information across all channels along the entire customer journey as well beyond to accompany. The tricky thing to remember: Customer engagement. But how can we create the most consistent, contextual and relevant customer experiences possible?
This is precisely where digital experience platforms come into play. Success stories such as Facebook, Spotify, or Zalando show that digital platforms are a meeting place between all stakeholders (customers, partners, employees) to generate exponential growth and high value.
The user benefits are obvious: a varied selection, good and fast service, and the possibility to find desired products directly via the search function. In addition to the biggest players such as Amazon and eBay, there are now other marketplaces, with a strong focus on reduced prices quietly take a share of the market and secures customers. Is there a new niche about that?
The status quo and beyond of B2C marketplaces are under scrutiny. New B2B developments in the context of the platform era also provide a new perspective on the offer of goods and services. That’s why today we’re taking a look at the role of marketplaces in both areas.
The success of a digital platform is mostly dependent on how well it plays with other systems. But how can a platform develop solutions independently? In the fourth part of our »Digital Platforms« series, we explained to you what systems SAP C/4HANA consists of. At the end of the series, we’ll show you how individual solutions create a digital platform. Keyword: Integration.
At the end of September 2018, Microsoft, Adobe and SAP announced at Ignite Conference in Orlando that they would like to work closely together in the future. The aim of digital companies is to facilitate the exchange of customer data between different applications with the Open Data Initiative. The initiative is not limited to the solutions of the three companies, but should also be available to other providers. Microsoft hopes to develop the data exchange on its own cloud platform Azure. Adobe and SAP have also published their own cloud solutions for their systems in recent years. But isn’t the cloud Salesforce’s territory? Can SAP, Microsoft, and Adobe even use cloud computing?
Music has always been part of my everyday life. Through the good times, and the bad. During special moments I won’t forget. It has the power to shape every moment with the right notes and melodies. It has only recently become possible to have a limitless catalogue of music with you at all times – and when Spotify launched in October 2008 they made it possible. A lot has changed in ten years. Today, Spotify does even more than just music streaming. Let’s take a look at their track record and explain what other companies can learn from it to drive their digital business.
The platform age is fractured, not just for B2C but also for B2B commerce. That was the focus of this year’s ECC Forum on April 12th at the BALLONI Hallen in Cologne, that we got to attend. We got to eavesdrop of presentations from large retailers and manufacturers like Conrad Electronic and Gabor Shoes. Furthermore, we got to exchange ideas and knowledge about new e-commerce developments with many different other retailers, manufacturers, and other digital experts. That helps us summarise what the five trends in the platform age are for you.
Today, Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia are multi-millionaires, but only ten years ago, the two had trouble paying their rent in San Francisco. Then one day in the summer of 2008 the idea came to them: They would rent air mattresses for people to sleep on in their apartment and offer guests breakfast AKA a bed and breakfast. A few weeks later, one of the world’s most valuable and transforming startups in the world was officially founded: Airbnb. The company is not only the world’s largest platform for the rental of private rooms and apartments, it is the global tourism provider of the Internet age.
The company succeeded in shaking the established hotel industry and changing our travel habits through sharing economy principles. The effects of this shake-up were and are enormous. Reason enough to take a look at the present and future of Airbnb.