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2024 BMW 750i xDrive Review

How do you review a luxury cruise liner or a private jet? Certainly not from the captain’s bridge or the pilot’s seat. So it goes with the 2024 BMW 750i xDrive, the latest long-wheelbase expression of the German brand’s flagship, a technological tour-de-force that centers the spotlight on those few lucky enough to be able to afford not only a six-figure sedan, but also a driver to go with it.

There’s no question to me that the 2024 7 Series was redesigned in part as a reaction to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class that debuted the year before. The de facto standard of the executive saloon segment, the S-Class made waves by amping up not just its power and poise but also through the introduction of a suite of self-driving features that combined with a predictive suspension option and numerous other tech tricks to stun even the most jaded premium buyer.

Enter the 750i xDrive. Perched at the top of the 7 Series pyramid, BMW has backed away from the full-size model’s previous doctrine of attempting to embiggen the automaker’s engaging driving dynamics and instead picked the path so recently traveled by Mercedes-Benz. The end result is undeniably the plushest vehicle from BMW to date, but one that will feel a bit foreign to anyone attempting to make the genetic link between the 750i xDrive and its 3 Series or even 5 Series siblings.

The evidence is ample. It starts with the decision to move to a full air suspension for 2024, which can be stiffened or softened by way of the vehicle’s selectable drive modes. The console-mounted button in charge of the 750i xDrive’s on-road character also affects shift patterns and steering feel, and ranges from Comfort+ to Sport+.

The former is alarmingly disconnected, with steering roughly similar in feedback to the popular 80s arcade game ‘Pole Position,’ while the latter simply reminds you that you are attempting to hustle a fairly heavy (although lighter than before), and extremely long automobile that would really just rather be cruising, thanks. This is despite the presence of active body control (read: adaptive swaybars) and a rear-steering system that are each a first on an all-wheel drive BMW like the one I drove.

Fortunately, somewhere in the middle lies Comfort, which made for the perfect companion when munching down the long, semi-mountainous stretches of interstate separating the Great White North from Gotham. BMW offers several options for enhancing your calm behind the wheel of the 7 Series on extended jaunts, including an excellent adaptive cruise control feature as well as a lane departure mitigation system that nudges the sedan back onto the straight and narrow should it stray over the painted lines.

A more comprehensive self-steering system can also be activated via a steering wheel-mounted button, and while it’s a step behind the follow-along cruise found in the S-Class, it’s almost-autonomous on a well-delineated road as long as you keep a finger or two gripping the leather. Personally, I found the system a bit too intrusive as the car wants to stick to its own rigidly-defined lane position preference, and subtly fighting these steering inputs becomes fatiguing after a few hours.

The real crux of the 750i xDrive’s technology package rests on how it treats backseat riders. My tester was outfitted with the Rear Executive Lounge Seating package, which essentially converts the right rear position into its own Barcalounger, complete with ottoman, full recline, and sturdy metal tray for holding laptops or snacks – an option that, in concert with several other packages, helped drive the price of the 750i xDrive up to $118,000 from its $97,400 starting point.

The fully-immersive luxury experience is completed via a pair of iDrive-linked display screens mounted on the forward headrests, along with a detachable tablet that offers control over the entire rear habitat. It’s an absurdly comfortable way to travel, and it makes perhaps the strongest case for finishing your MBA and getting a head start on an earnings path that will one day land you in similarly-plush BMW quarters.

Still, in some ways the 2024 BMW 750i xDrive feels as though it’s left part of its past in the rearview mirror. While acceleration from its carry-over 445 horsepower, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine is excellent and its eight-speed automatic transmission sufficiently smooth, there’s little about the sedan’s chassis that suggests it was once the most athletic of its European rivals. There are a few gimmicks stuffed in to the car, too, with features like ‘Gesture Control’ that sound good in a PowerPoint presentation at the head office but in practice (using flitting hand movements to control simple tasks like turning a volume knob) are of dubious value.

This isn’t an indictment of what is otherwise a very good, extremely comfortable, and hugely capacious luxury sedan. Rather, it’s an indication that BMW’s approach to the 750i xDrive – harvest as many window sticker line items as possible from the R&D lab and throw them at buyers in one pulsating cannon burst – lacks the performance focus of past efforts. The redesigned BMW 7 Series represents a new chapter from Bavaria, one that remains class-competitive but trades some of its past leadership and individuality for the safer, and easier to market confines of digital conformity.

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Bmw Concept Z4 Teases 2023 Rear

BMW Concept Z4 teases 2023 rear-wheel drive droptop

The car world may be going all-wheel drive, but BMW still has rear-wheel drive ambitions: welcome, then, the BMW Concept Z4. Previewing, as the name suggests, the third-generation Z4 that will replace the seven year old second-gen car, the droptop two-seater is being shown off for the first time at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2023 this week. It’s a chance to bring the sporty convertible bang up to date with BMW’s current design language.

The familial resemblance with the second-generation Z4 is clear. Like that car, it has a long hood and short trunk, pushing the cabin back and extending out the wheelbase. This time around, though, BMW has truncated the overhangs and trimmed the hood length, which it says puts the driver closer to the center of the Z4 Concept.

Up front, the shark nose fascia is even more aggressive, with the oversized kidney grille lower and broader than before. BMW says it wanted to trigger associations with the Z8 and give the Z4 Concept “a certain flamboyance.” It’s not the only heritage touch, mind: the mesh that fills those kidneys is a nod to the BMW 328 Mille Miglia classic.

Unusually, the headlamps have been spun 90-degrees and stack two overlapping tubes on each size. The turn signals have been integrated, pointing into the grilles diagonally, while their shape and angles are echoed in the gill-vents on the clamshell hood. Bigger front apron vents and a sizable carbon-fiber insert borrow from BMW’s motorsports division.

At the back, meanwhile, the twin domes that stretch back from the headrests help hide the rollover bars. Wide hips over flared wheel arches are offset by slim, L-shaped rear lamps. A wider-than-normal spoiler helps emphasize the overall width of the car, while the carbon-fiber diffuser picks up the motorsports theme from the front. BMW says the goal was to emphasize the car’s rear-wheel drive nature, while the lowered door sills help to underscore how close to the road the Z4 Concept is.

Inside, meanwhile, the Energetic Orange exterior paint continues, along with chrome and leather. BMW opted to make the driver’s seat, plus the door trim, instrument panel, and center stack all black, making a visual cocoon that wraps around the driver. Twin displays are mounted – one behind the wheel, one atop the center stack – at almost the exact same height, with the ability to move graphics between the two as if they were a single ribbon of screen.

A head-up display projects key data right into the driver’s eyeline, Controls are grouped into what BMW is calling “function islands” that can be easily identified and reduce distraction. Laser-cut motifs bring a hexagonal pattern into the cabin, while there’s carbon-fiber on the door sills.

“The BMW Concept Z4 in an all-out driving machine,” Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, said of the car. “Stripping the car back to the bare essentials allows the driver to experience all the ingredients of motoring pleasure with supreme directness. This is total freedom on four wheels.”

That freedom will see a few changes, most likely, before it’s available for sale. BMW says it’s a “look ahead” to the production Z4, that will be unveiled officially next year. Expect the same sort of overall styling and proportions, but a more straightforward cabin, at the very least.

Bmw 5 Series Gets Built

Playing video games on the go is usually limited to handheld consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch or a mobile phone. Of course, you could also spend a small fortune to install an Xbox One or PlayStation 5 into your car, but that would be highly impractical. However, you wouldn’t need to if you bought the new BWM 5 Series, as it will have a gaming console built in.

Tip: looking for something to play on your Android? Browse through these social gaming apps like GamePigeon.

Game on the Road

The vehicle manufacturer has partnered with the gaming platform AirConsole to bring in-car casual gaming to the display. While stationary in your BMW, you can use your mobile phone, scan the QR code for the game, then through the AirConsole app, use your mobile phone as a controller.

Image source: BMW

More titles will be added in the future, but currently, there are about 15 games you can play on the BMW gaming console, including “Go Kart Go,” “Golazo,” “Music Guess,” and “Overcooked.” The categories span several genres: racing, sports, quiz simulation, strategy, and puzzle games.

BMW is also launching a unique wrap for the i5, so you can show off your love for gaming wherever you drive. “Its design symbolizes diving into the gaming experience down to the individual pixels. The large pixels are clearly recognizable as an homage to the now iconic 8-bit era of computer games,” the company explained in a press release.

Image source: BMW

This isn’t the first time that you can play video games in your car. If you have a vehicle that’s compatible with Google’s Android Auto, you also have access to a wide selection of casual games. Available through the system’s Google Assistant, you can try “Trivia Crack”, “Jeopardy!”, “Song Quiz”, and Google’s own “Are You Feeling Lucky?” while waiting in a parking lot.

Tip: don’t have Android Auto? Try one of the best Android Auto alternatives.

Image credit: BMW 

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp is a technology writer with a strong focus on consumer gadgets, video games, and cyber security. He holds an undergraduate degree in professional journalism and has worked as a journalist for over 15 years. In his spare time, he enjoys playing various musical instruments and gardening.

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Huawei Matebook X 2023 Review

Pros

Slim and lightweight

Beautiful design

3:2 aspect ratio

Fantastic keyboard & touchpad

Cons

Unflattering webcam

Limited ports

Not a powerhouse

Our Verdict

The MateBook X is a pretty bit of kit, with an exceptionally slim and lightweight design and a keyboard and touchpad that make the laptop a joy to use. That comes with compromises to ports, performance, and that webcam, but I think the trade-offs will be worth it for all but the power user.

Huawei’s phone business may be looking more beleaguered than ever, but fortunately the same cannot be said of the company’s laptops, which remain some of the best – and most competitive – Windows devices around.

There are downsides, of course – chiefly limited ports and a webcam angle that it would be generous to call ‘unflattering’. If you can look past those however, there’s an awful lot to love here. If you can get hold of one that is, as with no official UK or US release yet, this laptop is import-only for us.

Design and build

The MateBook X is undoubtedly one of the most petite 13in laptops around.

At just 13.6mm thick and approximately 1kg, ‘thin and light’ feels like an understatement. There are thinner laptops around, and there are lighter ones, but there are few that nail both elements to this degree, which is a big part of the initial appeal when you pick this thing up.

Made predominantly out of a magnesium aluminium alloy the MateBook X still looks and feels premium – it’s not packed with cheap plastic to keep the weight down – and comes in a choice of two colours: silver or green. I’ve been reviewing the silver model, but I reviewed the 2023 MateBook X Pro in a similar green, and still think it’s the best finish I’ve ever seen on a laptop.

Still, there are downsides to the design choices made here. The first is ports: like all too many portable laptops, the MateBook X is limited to two USB-C ports (neither of which supports Thunderbolt) and a headphone jack. Huawei ships the laptop with a USB-C dongle to cover a few extra options, but it remains frustrating that the company couldn’t squeeze just one regular USB port into the chassis.

Perhaps the bigger challenge these days is the webcam. Huawei has long hidden the high-end MateBook’s webcams into a fake key in the function row; push the key down and a secret webcam pops up. That’s great for keeping a slim bezel around the display, and also welcome from a privacy perspective, since the camera is physically covered when not in use.

It’s just…not great when you actually want to use the webcam, which you probably are more and more these days. At 720p the video quality is acceptable enough, albeit not great, but it points up at a perpetually unwelcome angle. It’s not only unflattering, but also impractical; it’s difficult to frame yourself properly, and adjustments require moving or propping up the entire laptop, rather than tilting the screen a bit.

Display

Speaking of the display, this at least does benefit from the dodgy webcam, with a slim bezel on all four sides of the touchscreen panel.

It probably won’t need the needs of professional designers or visual artists in terms of colour accuracy – it covers 99% of sRGB but only 74% of AdobeRGB and 76% DCI-P3. If you’re not sure what that means though, then I promise it won’t bother you.

One of the other appeals is the aspect ratio. Huawei has been a major proponent of the boxy 3:2 aspect ratio, and I’m here for it. The screen is taller than most rival laptops, even those adopting the growing trend for 16:10 panels, giving you extra vertical real estate.

That extra space is fantastic when you’re working – there’s always a bit more of the Word document or Excel sheet on-screen than usual – but I honestly appreciate it even when I’m just working through emails or doom-scrolling Twitter.

The downside is that when you watch movies or TV you’ll have even more noticeable letterboxing – the black bars above and below the video – so bear that in mind if Netflix and YouTube dominate your screen time.

Keyboard and trackpad

With such a compact laptop body, it’s a relief that Huawei has done its level best to devote every inch of space it can to the keyboard and trackpad.

The typing space stretches fully from one edge of the laptop to the other, with comfortable, backlit chiclet keys that are a real pleasure to type on. If this isn’t the best 13in laptop keyboard around, it’s close enough that we’re splitting hairs.

The touchpad is also a bit of a coup. Huawei has extended it all the way to the bottom edge of the laptop to give you the most space possible; it’s a design choice that looks as good as it feels to use.

There’s another secret hidden here too. Huawei has taken its Huawei Share tech – which lets you connect the laptop to a Huawei phone or tablet and quickly screen share or swap files – and built it into the touchpad, freeing us of the ugly sticker that previously contained the tech and thus couldn’t be removed.

Specs and performance

The MateBook X is powerful, but not a powerhouse – which is only fair given the size of the thing.

The laptop ships with 16GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, and then a choice between an i5 or i7 processor – both 10th-gen, but from the lower power U-series designed for thin and light devices like this. Either way there’s no discrete GPU option – only Intel’s UHD graphics.

I’ve been testing the i5 model, and benchmark results are admittedly modest, especially in the 3DMark graphics test, though this is no surprise from a U-series i5.

As I said, this isn’t intended to be a powerhouse; the MateBook X isn’t really pitched for gaming or heavy duty creative work. Throw it at more typical day-to-day productivity tasks, streaming, and video calls, and it absolutely nails it though – it’s even moving smoothly with about 20 Chrome tabs open right now.

If your needs are substantially more demanding than running office software and Slack then you’re probably better off elsewhere. But for simple stuff, this laptop packs plenty of power.

With such a slim build I was worried about cooling, but to my surprise the MateBook X doesn’t run too hot. It gets warm, especially while charging, but never uncomfortably so – more than I can say for some similarly sized rivals. This is of course from testing an i5 model, so it’s possible that the more powerful model will run more of a temperature.

Battery

As for battery life, the MateBook X is distinctly average. It lasted a hair over nine hours of continuous video playback in our tests, which is at the low end of what I’d expect for a laptop like this, though it’s not too far behind the rest of the pack.

The size of the chassis is likely to blame here, as there’s only so big a battery you can fit inside a laptop this small, so the 42Wh cell included here isn’t unreasonable.

In practical terms, you can just about eke out a full day’s work on battery power, but it might be touch and go towards the end.

It helps that Huawei ships the MateBook X with a compact USB-C charger that will likely also work with your phone and other tech. It’s fast enough to top the laptop battery up by 38% in 30 minutes, so while you might want to keep the power adapter handy, you won’t need to feel chained to a plug socket.

Software

The elephant in the room with any Huawei tech these days is the company’s US trade ban, which has all but crippled the company’s phone business in the West, where it can’t ship devices running Google software.

The good news is that the same doesn’t apply to the Huawei laptop line, so fear not: this runs a full version of Windows 10 with no compromises or missing features, and you’ll continue to receive updates and software support from Microsoft no matter what.

You also get the perk of Huawei’s own ecoystem integrations, but only if you use other Huawei tech. Chief among these is Huawei Share, which I mentioned in brief above – it lets you share files between a Huawei or Honor phone and your laptop, and even bring the phone screen up onto your laptop display as a full workspace – so you can open apps, reply to texts, and even answer calls all from your laptop.

It’s genuinely one of the best ecosystem implementations around, but it does hinge on using a current Huawei phone – and since those don’t ship with Google support these days, it’s sadly unlikely that you do.

Price and availability

The MateBook X is expensive, but not prohibitively so, at €1,599 for the i5 model and €1,799 for the i7 variant.

Sadly despite plans for a UK launch the MateBook X remains unavailable here, and that doesn’t look likely to change any time soon. It also won’t launch in the US.

Still, it’s widely available in Europe and other markets around the world, so prospective British or American owners can always import one from one of Huawei’s storefronts abroad.

Huawei used to make a habit of undercutting the competition on price, but it’s perhaps a sign of confidence in its laptops that the company no longer feels a need to. The result is that the MateBook X is priced comparably to the latest Dell XPS 13, and is in fact undercut by the HP Envy 13 and even the latest MacBook Air.

It’s worth noting that there are other Huawei laptops that you can buy direct in the UK – the even more premium MateBook X Pro starts from £1,399, while the 2024 MateBook 14 isn’t quite as slim, but runs much cheaper at just £749 – it’s also currently sitting pretty at the top of our best laptop chart.

Verdict

The MateBook X is a pretty bit of kit, with an exceptionally slim and lightweight design and a keyboard and touchpad that make the laptop a joy to use.

That comes with compromises to ports, performance, and that webcam, but I think the trade-offs will be worth it for all but the power user.

With no official UK or US availability and a slightly steep Euro asking price this is by no means a value offering, but if you’re willing to pay a little extra for a premium machine, you’ll be rewarded.

Specs Huawei MateBook X (2024): Specs

Windows 10

13in 3000×2000 LTPS touchscreen, 278ppi

Intel Core i5-10210U or i7-10510U processor

Intel UHD Graphics

16GB LPDDR3 RAM

512GB SSD storage

Pop-up 720p webcam

2x USB-C

Headphone jack

Fingerprint Power Button 2.0

Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0

Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos

Dual microphones

42Wh battery

65W USB-C charging

284x207x13.6mm

1kg

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90 Online Review Statistics For 2023

When I’m looking for a new local business to try, the first thing I do is ask my friends and family for their opinions. If they don’t have any good suggestions, the next place I turn is (of course) the internet.

For example, I won’t even buy a sweater that doesn’t have good online reviews–with womens’ sizing constantly changing, I need to know I can trust a purchase that could change my whole look!

And most consumers are the same way…

The beauty of online reviews is that they foster a community of people helping one another pick the right brands. Online reviews are there for you to “phone a friend” even if there’s no one in sight as you online shop or book an appointment.

Online reviews are at the heart of any small business digital strategy. We’re going to dig into some data on online review statistics broken down by:

Why are online reviews important?

First, let’s talk about why online reviews matter for your business. Check out these online review statistics that drive home just how important your business’s online reputation can be:

93% of people read online reviews before making a purchase.

84% of people weigh online reviews the same as they would a word-of-mouth recommendation from friends or family.

People are willing to pay 22% more for a product or service if the company has a good online reputation.

Top online review statistics

Now that you know how your online reputation can impact your business’s bottom line, let’s review some general online review statistics:

50% of business owners have seen incorrect information on their online review listings. Plus, 73% of consumers won’t trust a local business unless their online listing information is correct. (Don’t let your business fall victim to this statistic by using the LocaliQ Free Business Listings Grader to ensure your listings aren’t lacking key components!)

On average, a business needs to have about 40 reviews before they achieve an average star rating.

However, a few reviews are still better than none as the likelihood of a product getting purchased increases by up to 270% if it gets at least five online reviews.

Authenticity matters as 62% of consumers say they won’t buy from brands that pay for, fake, or otherwise censor reviews.

Nearly 50% of all internet users claim to post online reviews at least once per month.

85% of people think that if an online review is older than three months then it’s no longer relevant.

45% of review requests were sent through text messages in 2023.

Emails requesting reviews had an average open rate of 69% in 2023.

31% of people claimed to have read more reviews during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LocaliQ Free Business Listings Grader can help you get more online reviews fast.

Positive online review statistics

Attempting to build a good online reputation means dealing with both good and bad reviews. To start, let’s focus on the positive. When it comes to online reviews, it’s not all bad. Positive reviews can flow in just as much as neutral or negative ones, and here are a few stats that show how great positive reviews can be:

Customers are likely to spend 31% more on a business with “excellent” reviews.

72% of people say that positive reviews make them trust a local business more.

92% of consumers will use a local business if it has at least a 4-star rating.

72% of consumers will convert to customers only after reading a positive review.

Yelp online review statistics

82% of users visit review sites when they intend to buy a product or service. When it comes to small business review sites, Yelp is a household name. It’s no secret that Yelp can help your small business thrive.

After you claim your business on Yelp, make sure you pay attention to your reviews there! Here are some Yelp stats that show why it’s so important:

Google Business Profile online review statistics

Along with Yelp, a Google Business Profile makes it easy for small businesses to get discovered. On top of this, providing reviews is one of the many benefits of Google Business Profiles. In order to create your Google Business Profile, you’ll first want to get familiar with these online review statistics:

About 64% of people are most likely to check Google Business Profiles for online reviews first before visiting a business.

If you have over four negative reviews in your Google Business Profile, you can lose up to 70% of your potential customers.

56% of actions on Google Business listings are website visits.

16% of businesses receive more than 100 calls each month from Google Business Profiles.

Customers care most about ratings when viewing a Google Business listing.

When it comes to local search ranking factors, online reviews weigh in about 10% of how high up Google will display your business.

Google accounts for 58% of all reviews worldwide.

Related: Read our complete guide on Google Business Profile posts to improve your Google listing today!

Facebook online review statistics

You may already be successful at having your business show up in the Facebook News Feed. However, getting Facebook recommendations for your business also takes some finesse. Here are a few reasons why:

1 in 3 people on Facebook worldwide use the platform to look for recommendations and reviews.

Facebook accounts for 50% of total social referrals.

Facebook online reviews influence 52% of both online and offline purchases.

49% of U.S. internet users said they have visited Facebook to check online reviews for local businesses.

Nearly 50% of B2B decision-makers use Facebook for research when selecting a vendor.

Next to Google and Yelp, Facebook is the third most popular review site.

Reputation management statistics

Reputation management is the process of monitoring reviews and mentions of your business across the web and responding to them. The online review statistics we reviewed above prove how important it is for your business to maintain its reputation management processes.

Pretty much all businesses get reviews, and unfortunately, getting a mix of both positive and negative ones might be inevitable. However, bad reviews can actually be good for business. In fact, 82% of people look for bad reviews specifically so that they may get a better look at the full picture of what to expect from your product or service.

How you handle those customer complaints, though, is what matters—making your reputation management all that much more important. Here are a few more reputation management statistics that explain why all your online reviews are vital to your business:

97% of the people reading reviews will also read your review responses.

Nearly 40% of people say they’re simply looking for an apology from a business after leaving a bad review.

People spend nearly 50% more money with businesses that respond to their online reviews.

Customers are 21% more likely to leave a review after a negative experience than after a positive one.

It takes about 40 positive experiences to undo the impact of just one negative review.

86% of people will hesitate to purchase from a business that has negative online reviews.

Consumers can spend up to 5x longer on a site once they’ve interacted with bad reviews.

Allowing consumers to dig into your bad reviews can lead to an 85% increase in conversion rate.

96% of unhappy customers won’t bother to leave a bad review.

67% of customers who leave bad reviews will return if their review gets a speedy response.

More than half of customers expect businesses to respond to their negative reviews within a week.

63% of people say that a business has never responded to their review.

94% of consumers say that a bad review has convinced them to avoid a business.

Online review statistics by industry

If you’re looking for online review statistics specific to your niche market, look no further!

Online review statistics for sales

Whether your small boutique, a startup e-commerce shop, or a small business retailer, these online review stats are for you:

40% of shoppers will make a purchasing decision after just reading one to three reviews.

When reviews are displayed for higher-priced products, their conversion rate increased by 380%. In contrast, reviews shown for lower-priced products increased by 190%.

Reviews bring in an average 18% sales uplift.

90% of shoppers read at least one online review before visiting a business.

An example of online reviews on a product page.

Online review statistics for service-based businesses

When it comes to running a service-based business, online reviews are your bread and butter. Check out these numbers to see if they resonate with your own experiences:

82% of consumers consult online reviews for local small businesses.

Reviews are 2x more likely to be an important factor in choosing a local small business over loyalty, and 7x more important than traditional marketing.

87% of people say that quality of service is the most important detail when looking at online reviews for service-based businesses. 78% also say cost is equally as important.

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Online review statistics for more industries

Here are some online review statistics for more industries:

Software and product-based businesses

Showcasing reviews on product pages brings in about 5x the conversions.

For software, online reviews influence 98% of B2B buyers.

Online reviews on products are trusted 12x more than a manufacturers’ description.

Healthcare

49% of potential patients look for reviews on healthcare providers on Google, and 32% look on WebMD.

59% of people state that online reviews contribute to their decision when choosing a doctor, dentist, or any other type of healthcare provider.

Personal services

36% of people seek online reviews when selecting a salon, whereas 25% of people also look at reviews from fellow professionals in the field.

91% of event planners measure the success of their events based on attendee satisfaction reviews.

Automotive

High prices and an inability to perform are the two top reasons behind bad online reviews for auto repair shops.

80% of automotive retailer reviews are done on Google.

When researching online reviews, 46% of car shoppers use multiple devices.

Restaurant

70% of diners are willing to write a review if asked by a restaurant server or manager.

59% of people read online reviews when choosing a restaurant.

Lawyer

Nearly 60% of people use online reviews when choosing a lawyer, and only 19% of millennials would even consider a lawyer without any online reviews.

90% of people said they would still hire a lawyer that had mostly positive reviews even if they had a negative review.

Travel and hospitality

Business travelers read an average of five reviews, whereas leisure travelers usually read a minimum of six or seven online reviews.

Travelers also focus on the most recent online reviews, with 78% of them focusing on the newest review listed.

Real estate

96% of customers value online reviews when selecting a residential home services provider.

For renters, 51% of potential residents expect management to respond to all online reviews.

Recruitment and hiring

In recruitment, employers with bad online reviews end up spending 10% more per hire.

57% of job candidates avoid companies with negative online reviews.

Related: Looking for more data broken down by industry? Check out our search ad benchmarks.

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Use these online review statistics to grow your business

Wanting to know what others have experienced is called social proof, and it’s at the core of all the online review statistics we shared here. Let your current customers help your future customers by inviting them to leave you online reviews.

It’s clear that reputation management and growing your online reviews should be at the center of your small business marketing strategy. Getting set up on review sites is free—which is the best part! However, if these staggering online review statistics make online review management feel impossible, we’re here to help!

Susie Marino

Susie is a senior content marketing specialist at LocaliQ where she uses her experience as a PPC consultant to share tips, tactics, and best practices. Outside of work, Susie loves to get outside for some snowboarding or (once the cold weather melts away) hiking!

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Year In Review: Everything Apple Released Across 2023

2024 was a huge year for Apple across the board. It marked the introduction of three new iPhone models, a range of new Macs, an all-new Apple Watch, and much more.

As has become the normal, Apple spread its releases across the entire year in 2023, introducing new products in pretty much every quarter.

As it continues to expand into new product categories, keeping track of when Apple releases certain products and software updates can be tricky, but that’s what we’re here for. Read on as we break down everything Apple released in 2023…

January

Apple started the year off relatively quiet – as is normally the case. January saw a few software releases, but no new hardware as the AirPods came out just the month before.

Most notably, January marked the release of iOS 10.2.1. At the time, the update seemed minuscule like any other bug fix update, but we’ve since learned that it was the first iOS release to include Apple’s feature that slows older iPhones in an effort to account for battery wear.

Elsewhere, January saw the release of watchOS 3.1.13, tvOS 10.1.1, and macOS 10.12.13.

Apple’s January releases:

February

Continuing its slow start to the year, Apple was just as quiet in February. We did, however, see one new hardware product in the form of the W1-equipped BeatsX. These headphones were originally slated to be released in the Fall of 2024, but Apple ultimately pushed them into 2023 to iron out some last-minute bugs.

After a slow first two months of the year, however, March saw Apple come out of its shell…

Apple’s February releases:

March

While we didn’t get an Apple Special Event in March like some had anticipated, the company did release a wide-range of new products. First and foremost, March saw the release of the Product RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus – the first ever RED iPhone.

That same day, Apple upped the storage in the iPhone SE and iPad mini 4, while it also discounted the iPad mini 2. We also saw 6 new iPhone case colors and new Apple Watch bands, including the new Woven Nylon style band.

Furthermore, Apple released an all new 9.7-inch iPad at just $329. This iPad went on to receive wide praise from reviewers, including our own Jeff Benjamin.

Last but not least, March saw the release of iOS 10.3, which brought Find My AirPods, Apple File System, CarPlay updates, and much more. There were also watchOS, macOS, and tvOS updates.

Apple’s March releases:

April + May

Apple went quiet again in April and May, as is usually the case ahead of a monster WWDC event the following month. This year, May brought some minor software releases, but not much more.

Apple’s April + May releases:

June

2024 marked one of the most jam-packed WWDCs of all time. While the event has generally been software focused, Apple this year used the stage to introduce not only new software, but also a range of new hardware products.

Apple offered the first public demonstration of the HomePod at WWDC, showing how it’s more than just a smart speaker and packs killer sound quality inside. The company also teased the iMac Pro, which it touted as it’s most powerful Mac ever.

For the rest of the Mac line, Apple introduced new Kaby Lake-powered MacBook Pros and iMacs. The iMac also gained USB-C connectivity and a new, brighter display panel. The MacBook Air, which was largely running on fumes, also saw a small spec bump to give it a bit more internal power.

June was a big month for Apple with WWDC, and the software it demoed largely paved the way for the rest of the year…

Apple’s June releases:

July + August

After a monstrous June and WWDC, Apple once again went quiet throughout July and August. The company released iOS 10.3.3, which included some sweet new iPad Pro wallpapers. watchOS 3.2.3, tvOS 10.2.2, and macOS 10.12.6 were also all released in July.

As for new hardware, Apple and Beats did release some fresh new colors of the Beats Solo 3 headphones, which do pack Apple’s killer W1 chip.

Much of the news cycle in August was focused on iPhone rumors, with countless leaks and reports offering details on the looming iPhone X and iPhone 8.

A quiet end to the summer, however, meant Apple was ready to come out firing on all cylinders for the remainder of the year.

Apple’s July + August releases:

September

We kicked off September with Apple’s ‘Let meet at our place’ iPhone X and iPhone 8 event. Despite the company leaking many of its announcements ahead of time, there was still insane excitement surrounding the event.

Apple’s September event was the first to take place at the all-new Steve Jobs Theater, where Tim Cook took the stage and offered a touching tribute to the late Apple founder.

Apple’s event was just as packed as Steve Jobs Theater. First and foremost, the company announced the all-new Apple Watch Series 3 with support for LTE connectivity. Apple also officially unveiled the Apple TV 4K, bringing support for HDR and 4K quality video.

The star(s) of the show, however, were the three new iPhones – the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X. The first two were made available in September, and the third the following month.

Apple also released all-new software for the iPhone & iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV in September.

Aside from the major hardware releases, September also saw the release of new iPhone cases, new Apple Watch bands, and an updated version of the Beats urBeats with Lightning connectivity.

Last but not least, Beats and Apple also released the Beats Studio 3 with Apple’s W1 chip inside.

Apple’s September releases:

October

Apple followed up a massive September with a relatively quiet October, only releasing a handful of software updates. iOS saw the release of iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, and iOS 11.1.

iOS 11.1 included hundreds of new emoji, something sure to make everyone update immediately, as well as other bug fixes and performance improvements. watchOS 4.1, meanwhile, was much more notable and included Apple Music support and Radio streaming without a paired iPhone.

Apple’s releases in October:

November

In the first week of November, Apple officially released the all-new iPhone X to customers. After opening pre-orders in October, the iPhone X went up for sale on November 3rd around the world. The highly anticipated flagship quickly sold out, but stock improved dramatically by the end of the month and in time for the holiday shopping season.

Apple also officially kicked off its Heart Study initiative in partnership with Stanford, which aims to detect potentially serious heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation.

Apple’s November releases:

December

Apple’s December months are usually pretty quiet, but that wasn’t the case this year. December marked the release of the all-new iMac Pro, which starts at $4,999 and includes all-new space gray accessories.

iOS 11.2 was also released in December, bringing Apple Pay Cash to the masses, as well as bug fixes.

One of the most popular software releases of the year also came in December: Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV. After a two-year long feud between Amazon and Apple, the app finally launched to the public in December as the differences were put to rest.

Apple’s December releases:

Wrap up

It’s hard to deny that Apple had a killer 2023. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, specifically on the software side of things, but the company released major new iterations of nearly all of its hardware lines to glowing praise.

Unfortunately, Apple did delay the release of the HomePod until 2023 – but at least that gives us something to look forward to during the upcoming dreary winter months. We also have the AirPower charging mat on the horizon.

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