Digital Air Strike Named Winner for Social Media/Reputation Management
Scottsdale-based Digital Air Strike has been named winner in the Social Media/Reputation Management category of Dealer Marketing Magazine‘s first Acceleration Awards to recognize automotive vendors that offer unique products and services for increasing dealership sales and profitability.
Digital Air Strike helps dealers connect with consumers on social channels and sell more. It monitors and manages more than 320 sites so dealers can rank higher in search results.
The company also helps dealers improve their hiring by connecting with tech-savvy and millennial talent to fill positions in less time, increase retention and get more positive reviews on top employer-review sites.
Phoenix Ranked in Top Five for Tech Jobs by CBRE
Phoenix was cited in the top five in two categories of CBRE Research’s 2017 Tech-30 report, which ranks the strength of technology job growth across 30 North American office markets.
The city is No. 2 in tech city demand, which weighs leasing activity. Contributing to the ranking was 7.6 percent occupancy growth between Q3 2015 and Q2 2017, 6.5 net absorption (msf) between Q3 2015 and Q2 2017, and 17.6 percent vacancy rate in Q3 2017.
Phoenix is No. 5 in tech city growth. Factors included 25.4 percent job growth in 2015 and 2016, 10,731 jobs added in 2015 and 2016, 53,016 tech jobs in 2016, and 13.4 percent rent growth from Q2 2015 to Q2 2017.
Among the trends revealed in the report were that co-working companies in Phoenix cater to small technology users and provide flexible leases. Also, landlords are including new buildouts and amenities that cater to technology and non-technology companies as traditional office users adopt tech-oriented space to keep their talent.
Banner Health’s New 30,000SF Clinic to Open in North Phoenix in January
Banner Health’s first clinic built specifically to provide dermatology and medical-spa amenities will be one of the features of a nearly 30,000-square-foot health care clinic the company will open in north Phoenix in January.
Also available at Banner Health Center Desert Ridge will be primary care services and X-ray imaging, along with 30 exam rooms and an independent laboratory. Six internal-medicine physicians, two family-medicine physicians and a nurse practitioner will be on staff.
The medical spa rooms will be designed to enhance patient comfort during aesthetic procedures. Procedures provided by licensed aestheticians will include laser-skin resurfacing, facials, vein removal and laser hair removal.
Face-to-Face Meetings Still Matter says US Tech Marketing Report
Face-to-face meetings and influencers definitely count when it comes to making decisions on the types of technology to buy, according to the “U.S. Technology Marketing Report” developed and commissioned by LAVIDGE.
Among the key findings of the study are 40 percent of decision-makers prefer face-to-face meetings with vendors when considering purchases, and 52 percent are influenced by consulting colleagues and friends. Respondents also reacted strongly to ads that included the claims “reliable” and “easy to use.”
WestGroup Research surveyed 400 technology product and service decision-makers throughout the United States. The LAVIDGE U.S. Technology Marketing Report is complimentary and available here.
Military Operations Fuel State Economy
Arizona’s military operations have contributed $11.46 billion to the state’s economy, making the military the second-highest sector behind distribution and electronic commerce, according to a report released by Gov. Doug Ducey.
The “Economic Impact of Arizona’s Principal Military Operations 2017” prepared by The Maguire Company of Phoenix also revealed the state’s military installations employed 76,714 people. The report’s findings were based on data from fiscal year 2014.
The top five military bases and their economic contributions were:
- Fort Huachuca – $2.86 billion
- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base – $2.6 billion
- Luke Air Force Base – $2.4 billion
- Yuma Army Proving Ground – $1.12 billion
- Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma – $877.6 million
Gilbert, AZ Launches Open Data Portal
The town of Gilbert has launched an open data portal designed to offer information that can help residents and businesses improve their lives and operations through data sets related to community safety, growth and development, recreation and culture, finance and operations, and transportation and facilities.
A plus for the portal is it has been “humanized” with a character named Alex who helps connect the dots on how to incorporate the data on users’ own websites, applications or research. It is named for the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world.
Gilbert was among 100 cities to engage with Michael Bloomberg’s What Works Cities initiative to create an open data policy and portal during the past 10 months. To use “Ask Alex” and learn more about Gilbert, visit alex.gilbertaz.gov or view this video.