February 24, 2016

We're Flat Out #1 in the Apple App Store

After a handful of months in the iTunes App Store, Urgent.ly is the #1 result for consumers seeking help with “flat tires.”* (If you haven’t already, join the revolution and grab the app now!)

After a handful of months in the iTunes App Store, Urgent.ly is the #1 result for consumers seeking help with “flat tires.”* (If you haven’t already, join the revolution and grab the app now!)

Several things contribute to this (our fast and friendly service notwithstanding), chief among them is consumer demand. As we’ve noted before, estimates indicate 220 million flat tires are suffered each year in the U.S. alone. That’s a lot of demand.

But it makes sense… just think about what happens when otherwise fine streets experience temps that drop and climb around the winter holidays – the road below contracts and expands and boom… potholes. And potholes = flats.

Speaking of holidays… while we’re all running around trying to fill stockings, retailers are scrambling to keep up with what this year has become the dominant way to shop, according to The Washington Post: on a cellphone. 

“This year, for the first time, those mobile devices delivered more shopping traffic than traditional computers,” noted the Post, “with Walmart saying mobile gadgets accounted for about 70 percent of its web traffic between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday.”

And we smartphone shoppers are not just looking for more convenient ways to place orders. Nope, just like with Urgent.ly we want what we’ve ordered and we want it no later than now!

From The Post:

“The next generation wants it now,” Best Buy chief executive Hubert Joly told the Star Tribune. “Even from an Internet player, two-day delivery is not now. Now is now.”

Pity the poor retailer… But then again the good ones will figure it out eventually, mastering delivery logistics so those impulse gifts bought with a tap will find their way to your non-texting hand the same day. 

Meantime enjoy the season, keep an eye out for dark spots on the road ahead, and remember who’s quickest and most transparent if you do find the air shrieking from one of your tires: You know, us… the #1 App ;-)

* App Store Rankings w/o 12/12/2014

Many individuals and local authorities have already jumped on the opportunity to remind users to drive safely. There are even signs popping up on highways to encourage safer driving.

Luckily, there are tools out there to help the tech-obsessed (or the poke-obsessed) improve their driving. One of our favorites is an app called TrueMotion Family! The app analyzes your driving in order to provide you with a score - and insights as to how you drive. It's perfect for parents who want to monitor their teen drivers. The app gives parents the power to see where their kids drive, and produces a 'report card' on their driving in addition to an assessment of whether they were driving distracted (using their cell phone). Plus, families have access to roadside assistance on-demand from right within the TrueMotion app.

I don’t remember Ash, Misty, or Brock driving cars in their quest to be the very best, like no one ever was. And there aren’t vehicles any in PokemonGO. At Urgent.ly, we love the game and just like you, we’re prepared to travel across the land searching far and wide to catch 'em all, but we encourage you to put safety first in your travels! Remember that the power of Pokemon is awesome in augmented reality but automobiles are a powerful tool meant for use in the real world and require optimum focus to operate safely. In a world we must defend, you can start by driving safely, and catch and train ‘em all when you’re not operating a vehicle.

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