A few of you have waited until the last minute for some of your Valentine's Day details. You are not alone, but thanks to technology you can still manage to sweeten the day.
Maybe they're being subjected to cruelty by PowerPoint, or on their way to get a shot of caffeine between tasks, but it seems many are plotting their Valentine's Day agenda on the go.
Be it a reservation or a bouquet, the Internet can transform you from a clueless zero to a romantic hero - especially via a mobile device.
Renea Nelson, owner of Every Bloomin' Thing in Cary, says she noticed a surge in online sales starting about 18 months ago which mirrors the intensifying growth in smartphone and tablet market.
It is not just the hardware evolution that accounts for the growth. Apps, sophisticated interfaces like Siri, and local search results optimized with location details and extras like Google's click to call.
Click to call is Google's mobile-specific ad that lets a user simply click the number to call a business.
When asked to "order flowers" Siri responded, "for me?" Well even though they weren't, Siri provided nearly 20 local options within a 3-mile radius. It's that easy.
One tip that Nelson urges is for consumers to keep it local by ordering directly through a seller near you rather than a national service. Ordering by phone or online directly with a local florist just might save you money and get you better service. An an ordering experiment by The Consumer Warning Network verifies this.