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7
May

Which gift will you give Mom for Mother’s Day?

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It’s always the same date every year and it’s also something you will always remember for a very basic reason. Because Mother’s Day is simply unforgettable. The second Sunday every May is the one single day on the calendar and in your heart when we recognize our mothers and give them the respect they deserve every day of the year.

But what do you do for your mothers on her special day? Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, conducted an exclusive study of its FilAm customers to find out.

Flowers for Mother’s Day, sure, you may have guessed that flowers are the most popular gift for moms, as 31 percent of those asked in the survey responded. Some 20 percent who answered the survey said a gift card was their idea how to best show respect for their mothers on Mother’s Day.

And 15 percent of the respondents said a special Mother’s Day card was their choice of honoring mom, nine percent answered a day at the spa or salon, six percent said perfume or makeup and five percent said their choice of gift for their mother would be chocolates.

Whatever your mother gets, she’ll be happy, as long as it’s wrapped in love.

5
May

Which devices do you use at home to access the internet?

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Staying connected isn’t just about maintaining a relationship because there clearly is a practical side to it as well. The truth is that if you’re not connected, you’re out of touch, literally, at least in one particular instance that probably you and everyone around you understands easily.

Consider the question Xoom recently asked its Fil-Am customers in an exclusive survey conducted by the money transfer leader. Xoom asked ‘What devices do you use at home to access the internet?’

Perhaps not surprisingly, there was an overwhelming choice – laptop or desktop was the answer from 96 percent of the respondents in the survey. Some 34 percent said they used their smart phone to access the internet at home and 16 percent answered that they used their tablet while 12 percent who took the survey said something else.

It seems possible that smart phones are most often used when you’re on the go, and that it’s more convenient to log on using your laptop or desktop when you’re at home. But whatever device to access the internet works best for you, it seems clear that staying connected is becoming an even greater part of our lives. And it probably isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.

21
Apr

Have you sent a balikbayan box to the Philippines in the last 12 months?

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Sending a gift package or receiving one, there is probably no difference in which makes you feel better. And it doesn’t even have to be a birthday or a Christmas or a special occasion, either, it is merely the act.

Xoom, one of the global leaders in money transfers, conducted an exclusive survey of its Fil-Am customers recently and asked this intriguing question: ‘Have you sent a balikbayan box to the Philippines in the last 12 months?’

More than half of the respondents, 56 percent, said yes they had, while 44 percent said they had not. That probably means they are getting around to it soon.

There is something special about the decades-old custom of sending boxes to family and loved ones back home, filled with such items as non-perishable food, clothing, linen, household items or toys. Often it doesn’t even matter if some of the items aren’t difficult to find in the Philippines. Rules allow one balikbayan box from the sender every six months.  The boxes are easy to get at most shipping container stores.

Most of the time, it doesn’t really matter what’s inside, because the impact balikbayan boxes have is about something else – enhancing the Philippine tradition and culture for preserving family ties that can be expressed in gift-giving.

14
Apr

How many hours a week do you spend online watching non-Filipino videos, shows or movies?

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When it comes to watching television, it may be that the only thing everyone can agree on is that the ultimate symbol of authority is the person who is holding the remote control. Everything else is up for grabs, or so it seems. But of course, it goes far beyond broadcast TV. In the mix, there is also streaming television, videos and on-line movies as well.

Xoom came up with a provocative question in its latest survey of Fil-Am customers who use the global money transfer giant. Xoom asked, ‘How often do you watch non-Filipino videos, shows or movies on-line?’

The answers are telling, and what they’re telling us is that Filipinos have strong opinions about their entertainment intake and that they are steadfastly loyal to a specific source of it.

Less than a quarter of the Fil-Ams surveyed, 23 percent, said they watch non-Filipino videos, shows or movies online more than five hours a week. Meanwhile, 20 percent said that number is three to five hours a week and 27 percent answered less than three hours a week. The largest percentage of respondents – 30 percent – said that they never watch non-Filipino videos, shows or movies online.

7
Apr

Which devices do you own?

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Staying connected isn’t just about maintaining a relationship because there clearly is a practical side to it as well.  The truth is that if you’re not connected, you’re out of touch, literally, at least in one particular instance that probably you and everyone around you understands easily.

Consider the question Xoom recently asked its Fil-Am customers in an exclusive survey conducted by the money transfer leader. Xoom asked ‘What devices do you use at home to access the internet?’

Perhaps not surprisingly, there was an overwhelming choice – laptop or desktop was the answer from 96 percent of the respondents in the survey. Some 34 percent said they used their smart phone to access the internet at home and 16 percent answered that they used their tablet while 12 percent who took the survey said something else.

It seems possible that smart phones are most often used when you’re on the go, and that it’s more convenient to log on using your laptop or desktop when you’re at home. But whatever device to access the internet works best for you, it seems clear that staying connected is becoming an even greater part of our lives. And it probably isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.

1
Apr

How frequently do you visit Facebook?

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You probably check the mailbox at home once a day. You eat one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner a day… unless you’re really, really hungry, of course. You take one shower a day, or at least the people you work with hope you do.

The people at Xoom, the money transfer company with the global reach, started wondering about something else that is probably part of your regular routine. So Xoom conducted an exclusive survey of its Fil-Ams customers and asked a very pertinent question: ‘How frequently do you visit Facebook?’

No brainer, right? Correct. Xoom’s survey revealed that 63 percent of the respondents said they visit Facebook at least once a day. There are probably many who might think more people could have said something like, oh, once every 10 or 15 minutes.

Anyway, eight percent of the respondents said two-to-six times a week, four percent said once a week, nine percent had other responses and 18 percent said they never checked their Facebook at all. For anyone who thought this is actually Facebook World, that’s a telling percentage.

But what does the 63 percent level of those who said they visit Facebook at least once a day tell us? Never mind, they’re probably logging on right now.

24
Mar

If you could switch jobs, what new job would you choose?

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When it comes to jobs, could it be that we’re pretty much resistant to change? That’s probably not so surprising in this day and age and with our economy being what it is. So there could be one rule to follow:  If you’ve got a job, keep it.

Xoom conducted an exclusive survey of its customers recently, asking this question: “If you could switch jobs, what new job would you choose?” Think about that one.  Xoom, the global money transfer company, discovered that almost half of the respondents in the survey simply said that they wouldn’t change jobs at all – 45 percent.

Of course, not everyone agreed, because it sure would be unusual if everyone did. Some 12 percent of the people in the Xoom survey said if they could choose a new job, that job would be a businessman or entrepreneur. Another popular survey answer was nurse, which eight percent chose. Seven percent said doctor/dentist, four percent said computer engineer and three percent chose lawyer.

And a full 20 percent of the respondents in the Xoom survey said they would select something else entirely different if they were to choose a new occupation. What? No one selected millionaire?

17
Mar

What do you look for in a money transfer company?

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There are several important reasons why Fil-Ams choose one money transfer company over another. And why not?  After all, it’s your money, so you’ve got your own good reasons.

That’s why Xoom, a global leader in the money transfer business, conducted an exclusive survey to discover what the most important qualities its customers look for when selecting a money transfer company.

Convenience for the sender was the top response and, perhaps not so surprising, convenience for the recipient was second. Speed, safety and security and the fees that are charged rounded out the top five responses.

Take any or all of the top five reasons and Xoom remains the right choice in selecting a money transfer company. It’s the hallmark of Xoom to be convenient, fast, secure and to offer reasonable costs.

Filipinos know a great business model when they see one, and that’s why Xoom easily covers the top reasons for money transfers back home.

Xoom offers instant deposits to all Metrobank, PNB and BDO accounts.  Xoom customers can access deposits 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  What’s more, the Xoom Money Transfer App has launched for Android and iOS devices.  Plus, the fees charged are about half of the industry leader.

Sounds convenient, fast, secure and low-cost, doesn’t it?