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Kayak to Launch Restaurants, Tours, and Activities Comparison-Shopping Features (Skift)
Kayak is poised to debut new metasearch products for restaurants, tours, and activities. Its restaurant search would also come with the ability to make online dining reservations, with sister company OpenTable participating at launch.

Can Brands Turn Real-Time Facebook Messenger Chats into Meaningful Engagements? (Mobile Marketer)
“The fact that automated messages will be structured to help customers engage in very specific ways – for example, make a reservation at a restaurant, track an out-of-stock retail item – is definitely beneficial to brands,” said Jeff Piazza, co-founder and UX director at Behavior Design. “The true value of the chatbot will surface when it can perform like a trustworthy ambassador for a brand.”

The Rise of Text Messages as a Political Ad Medium (Street Fight)
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Source: Street Fight