The internet has exploded across the globe over the last decade, and become an essential part of our everyday lives. Its constant expansion has been a game changer for some businesses, as the internet has enabled them to reach out and connect with wider target audiences!
Here are 5 industries that have made the move to online in the last decade
Let’s face it, the days of the travel agent are over. With websites like Expedia and Airbnb it’s simple for anyone to book their own complete holiday. Flights, accommodation, car hire – you name it you can book it online. You can even use sites like Voyagin to book experiences ahead of time! Plus, with sites like Tripadvisor, getting recommendations on where to go and what to do takes just a click!
Online gaming has revolutionized the way people can play and socialize. Video game arcades and LAN cafes were the first to be hit by the shift to online leisure as multiplayer options for popular games became available at home to anyone with an internet connection. The casino industry was next, as an explosion of online casino game sites, such as Lapalingo, burst onto the scene letting fans of everything from slots to blackjack play from their PC or mobiles – anywhere they have a connection.
Music collections have been steadily moving from the physical to the digital since file sharing programs like Napster and Limewire first appeared, and weathering the online shift was once a grave concern for the music industry. However, with the rise of streaming services like Spotify, Google Play Music and iTunes, we’ve basically left the days of discs behind us, and moved on to storing our music in the cloud and paying the artist a small fee per-stream of every song.
More and more people around the world are doing their shopping online. Even groceries can be ordered and delivered to your door using a mobile app. Although physical retail isn’t dead, it’s common for stores to have an online presence for customers to browse through their catalogues and make purchases online. Larger retailers now even include click and collect options as well as delivery, so you can purchase from home and pick it up from a nearby store at your convenience and save on shipping.
With the proliferation of VOIP technology and messaging apps available to smartphone users, it was only natural that communicating would move to the digital realm. Services like Whatsapp, Line, Viber and Skype allow you to easily call and message friends and family anywhere in the world with nothing but your phone and a Wi-Fi connection. As a result, the telecommunications industry has had to shift to a digital first approach, and begin thinking of data-as-a-service (DaaS), and streamlining the way they connect with consumers.
These 5 are just the tip of the iceberg. Considering technologies rapid advancement, it’s only a matter of time before everything is online.