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NTY Opens 200th Store: Device Pitstop Newport News

Check out this exciting article from Franchising USA about NTY Franchise Company’s 200th store opening this month!

chad olson in device pitstop, 200th store

National upscale resale franchise NTY (New to You) Franchise Company, headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, will open their 200th store on Thursday, November 10. Device Pitstop, NTY Franchise Company’s mobile and electronic device resale franchise, will have the honor of achieving the company milestone when they open the doors of their new franchise unit in Newport News, Virginia.

“We’re very excited to open our 200th store in Newport News, Virginia this November,” NTY Franchise Company COO Chad Olson (pictured above) said. “The opening signifies our continued growth and commitment to meeting the modern consumer’s need for high-quality clothing, devices and other items at an affordable price.”                                                                                                          

Founded in 2006 by Ron Olson, NTY Franchise Company features five resale brands, all with a different focus: Clothes Mentor, Children’s Orchard, Device Pitstop, New Uses, and NTY Clothing Exchange. Their brands cover everything from women’s designer fashions, children’s apparel and accessories, furniture and household goods, electronic sales and repair, and clothing for teens and young adults. All brands feature cutting-edge technology, support, and lucrative franchising opportunities to help candidates establish resale stores throughout the United States.

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Pokemon Go Increases Foot Traffic at Device Pitstop Maple Grove

Check out this article from techrepublic.com about how Device Pitstop Maple Grove is one of the businesses drawing in techie crowds with Pokemon Go.

Device Pitstop store front

By Brandon Viliarolo

Pokemon Go: Real examples of businesses that have turned it into a moneymaker

Pokemon Go recently hit 100 million downloads, and the number keeps growing. Find out how these businesses turned the craze into increased exposure.

There are now more daily Pokemon Go users than Facebook visitors—that’s how you know it’s a real phenomenon. Facebook makes it easy to increase exposure and profits, so surely there must be a way for Pokemon Go to give your organization a bump—and there is.

There are a lot of businesses out there that have found novel ways to turn Pokemon Go players into customers and clients, even without a storefront. Take a look at these reports from businesses large and small—you might see something that is perfect for you.

Retail and restaurants

Device Pitstop, an electronics buy/sell/trade business, dropped a lure in front of their Maple Grove, MN, location and offered free charging cables to visitors who stopped by that day. By paying to boost the exposure of a Facebook post regarding the event they saw a huge increase in foot traffic—100 more people than usual came into the store on the day of the event.

Tasty Burger, an east coast restaurant chain, noticed that their Harvard Square location was a PokeStop. To draw more players into the restaurant they decided to give away a free order of tater tots to anyone who caught a Pokemon at their stop and showed a photo to the cashier.

Businesses you wouldn’t expect

The list of shops and restaurants taking advantage of Pokemon Go is endless, but they aren’t the only people who can benefit from the trend.

IT services company Nerdio has been working with their clients on an interesting way to get exposure. Nerdio is giving clients like comic shops and arcades a $10 weekly budget to use on lures, and when players catch a Pokemon at the location they can post it on social media with the business name and Nerdio tagged. Each post is an entry for a gift card to the business where the Pokemon was caught.

Even online tutoring marketplace Preply is getting in on the game. They’ve allowed users to sign up as Pokemon Go tutors, creating a marketplace for people who want help learning to play the game. With rates ranging from $2 to $42 per hour there seems to be a lot of money to be made in teaching people to play a simple mobile game.

Boston performing arts festival Outside The Box estimates they drew in an additional 1,000 people per day by dropping lures all over Boston Common during the festival. They tweeted about it a bunch and dropped new lures every 30 minutes, making sure people moved around the grounds and the whole festival got exposure.

IP camera manufacturer Vimtag has managed to gain exposure too. They started a contest for camera owners who snapped photos of people playing the game, and winners were able to receive cash prizes, free cameras, and deep discounts on premium products.

As if that wasn’t niche enough, PRO Housekeepers, a small cleaning and maid service from Tampa, FL, has drawn in a bunch of foot traffic thanks to lures. Increased foot traffic has led to more clients to the tune of almost $2,000.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. If you have a storefront you should invest in a Pokemon lure, which can be purchased inside the app. Yes, they cost money, but a whole bunch of businesses have seen increased foot traffic because of them.
  2. Just because you’re not making sales doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from exposure. If people are stopping by they’re going to remember your name and potentially become customers or clients in the future.
  3. Even if you aren’t selling something you can still make money or gain exposure from Pokemon Go—it just takes a little creative thinking to figure out a way to make a mark!

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74 New Emojis Could Be Heading Our Way This Summer

An article from realsimple.com explains the possibility of 74 new emojis that could grace your texts and social media posts this summer. Read about it below, or see the original article at realsimple.com.

Device Pitstop new emoji examples
Photo by emojipedia.org

Get Ready for 74 New Emojis

Acocado, bacon and fingers crossed emojis might be coming your way soon.

By Sarah Yang

Emoji-lovers, you’re in luck: You might be able to up your vocabulary with plenty of new characters later this year. The Unicode Consortium (the organization that regulates and standardizes text and characters for all computer systems) has accepted 74 new characters that are in the running to become official emojis. Unicode will determine the final batch in a meeting in the second quarter of this year and will debut the new characters this June. Then, it’s up to the phone manufacturers (like Apple and Android) to add them to the devices through software updates. There’s speculation that the batch could be included in Apple’s iOS 10 release in September.

The new emojis include a nauseated face, a drooling face, a face palm, a dancing man (similar to the dancing woman in a red dress), a selfie hand, and a hand with fingers crossed. New food characters include a croissant, an avocado, a baguette, a falafel pita, and a salad. And some potential animals are a fox, an owl, a shark, and a butterfly. Emojipedia created mockups of the potential characters, which we’ve pictured in this article.

Make Tomato, Spinach & Ricotta Casserole.

Most of the new characters were created by popular request—and anyone can create a proposal for one, just be warned that you’ll need to back it up with plenty of data (like usage frequency and software compatibility).

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Devices for Business and Education

Device Pitstop associate shaking hands with customer

Did you know that Device Pitstop can help you manage the IT assets for your business, school or organization? There’s no job too large or too small! Get value out of your no-longer-used IT equipment or supply your company, students or staff with high-quality devices and repairs at discounted prices! Click here to find out more.

Contact your local Device Pitstop store for more information regarding buying, selling or repairing your IT equipment.