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Groovebook Mobile Photo Printing App

ABC’s Shark Tank does it again! This will be the third product that I have purchased from Shark Tank.

If you take a lot of photos on your smart phone, Groovebook is for you. Groovebook lets you select 100 of your photos, which will be sent to your door for only $2.99/month. The photos are bound in a book and each photo is perforated.

The pictures are also printed with the date and location the photo was taken.

When I was growing up, my parents had tons of photos of their youth in albums and my grandmother had all of her black and whites in an album on the coffee table. Now I too can still have physical photos that I can keep forever.

 

Why is Groove Book awesome?

Groovebook solves the problem of my phone constantly being full, forcing me to delete photos. It also gives me my photos to look back on 20-30 years from now. I haven’t received my first Groovebook yet, but I’ll update this post when I do.

How does Groovebook work?

You can only submit 100 photos at a time, which have to be from your mobile device. After you download the Groovebook app and create an account, you start selecting the photos you’d like. It’s super easy.

According to the couple who started the company, the cost ($2.99/month) is low because they have their own print shop and the groove in the book makes it bendable and able to ship via USPS.

I can’t remember the last time I had photos developed, let alone printed out a photo, now this makes it easy. I’m also very excited to get another item in the mail each month.

If you missed Shark Tank, check out the segment below.

What do you think about Groovebook? My fiancé wasn’t too keen on having extra photos around, but when she found out they were bound, she warned up to the idea. I’ll update you on her thoughts too once it gets in.

Want a free Groove Book to start?

As a reader of my blog, my gift to you…your first Groove Book will be free if you use the coupon code  GOLDBERG32

Watch Groove Book on Shark Tank

 

 

The Influence of Social Media

the influence of social mediaThe influence of social media is extremely powerful. I have bought three products online that my friends have recommended. I wanted to write a post that could apply to everyone, and not just do a product review of the items iv’e bought. In this post, I’ll share how social media influences purchasing decisions and how you can use that as a lesson on how to enhance your social media strategy.

To date I’ve bought a Pebble Smart Watch, an iPad Keyboard (via Groupon) and mot recently, a subscription to dollar shave club all because of what my friends posted on social media. I put high trust in what my friends say and I’m more likely to purchase something they recommend rather then something I see/hear an ad for. I can ask them questions about how they like it, and if it’s worth buying. I also feel a sense of camaraderie because my friends and I can talk about the product. How can you apply this notion to your social media campaign?

Let’s use SociallyGold as an example. My target audience are those looking to enhance their social media strategy. If I can incentivize my fans to post about me on their social media pages, their friends will be more likely to read the blog if they fall into my target audience. The influence of social media will convert them into a fan. Another example will be if students of my social media course post on their social media pages how much they learned. The influence of social media will cause their friends to sign up, more so then if they saw it in a Google or Facebook Ad.

Dollar Shave Club is a fairly new concept that I heard about on the radio listening to Howard Stern, but didn’t pay much attention to. A friend of mine posted that he is a member, and long story short, I signed up because of the influence of social media, not the radio commercial. Now him and I can bond over our smooth faces and cheap razors. If you shave and want to save money, check out the Dollar Shave Club.

I work for an apartment management company and we use this strategy quite often. We ask our residents to write on their Facebook page about how much they love living at the community. The idea is to get their friends to see it and ask those that posted what it’s like to live there. We use the “Friends Make The Best Neighbors” campaign to get our current residents to use the influence of social media to refer their friends.

Featured Fans Section is how I am going to use this the influence of social media for my blog. I have had a lot of people tell me that they have learned something, but I want to capitalize off of that. Those that have learned something can write a paragraph about what they learned and include a link to their website (which incentivizes them). Once posted on my blog, I’ll ask them to share it on their social media channels, which will influence their friends. Contact us if you are interested in being a Featured Fan. 

Has the influence of social media encouraged any of your purchasing decisions? Let us know in the commets.

See Also: 

3 week online social media Course

How to optimize Facebook Events

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Facebook

 

 

Best iPhone Battery Case

iphone 5 battery case

I am constantly checking my social media feeds on my iPhone 5. I have been looking at Best Buy to find one, but they haven’t hit the shelves yet. Check out the best iPhone 5 battery case I could find from Amazon if you need that extra juice. I use it mainly when I am traveling. The time I spend waiting in line at security and waiting for takeoff drains my battery. According to the website, it gives you an additional 1.2 times the internal batter life.

Check out this Iphone Battery Case on Amazon. 

The End of Facebook Events! No More Guessing RSVP’s!

Don’t you just hate Facebook Events? 

As a program planner for Hillel (The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life). I have always struggled with how much food to order for events. It is really easy to click “attending” on a Facebook event and forget all about it. Facebook notifications tend to be overwhelming as it is, the days of relying on that for accurate numbers for events are over.

At the beginning of the fall semester, a colleague in my office suggested I use EventBrite. EventBrite is an online Event Registration website and has been magical in the terms of accurate numbers. Rather then clicking one button to “attend” and event, attendees have to make the extra effort to register. As the event planner, you can ask the default questions of name, email and phone number or create your own questions as well.

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The success of this site didn’t happen overnight. The first time we used EventBrite was for a Shabbat Dinner. The food is expensive and we would always have extra food. We decided to market on the flyer, Facebook and Twitter that those who RSVP’d on EventBrite by a certain date would receive a wrist band. You can easily export the guest list to excel and create a handy dandy sign in sheet. Those that received the wrist band were called up to get food from the buffet first. Those who didn’t have a wrist band were sadly sitting at their tables while their friends were in line. If we ran out of food, we ran out of food, but the days of guessing and over buying were over.

Options for Exporting Guest List 

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You can find this page under “Event Report” on the left hand side once you have created the event. 

 

It didn’t take long for those who didn’t get food first to catch on. The next Shabbat Dinner, we had more accurate numbers. The culture had change!d!  There was also a sense of urgency with EventBrite because we would post countdowns for how many tickets were left for the event, which EventBrite lets you do.

“There are only 22 tickets left for Shabbat Dinner this Friday. Get your ticket here! (link to event included in post)

I am also in control of our Facebook page, and when one of our students registered. I would post on their wall thanking them for RSVP’ing. Other students see those posts and have access to the registration link.

“Hi___________! Thanks for RSVP’ing for Shabbat Dinner! You have reserved one of 100 seats! Make sure your frieds RSVP at this link too! (Link would be included)

My favorite part of EventBrite is that it automatically sends an email reminder to all registrants, which you can specify how far in advance it sends. There are a lot of great features to EventBrite and to keep this post short, below are a  few of my favorites, that I haven’t mentioned already.

Favorite EventBrite Features

1.  EventBrite will populate a Facebook Event with the event description that you have already typed for the EventBrite Page. It will also put the link to the ticket registration page. I also put (Must RSVP on EventBrite) in the title of the event. It really makes it clear that the Facebook RSVP does not count as their confirmation.

2. EventBrite has the option to show how many tickets have been purchased and how many remain to potential registrants. That way they can see that tickets are almost gone and that they need to register.

3. You can add a ticket form to your website

4. You can create a custom URL for your event. ____________.eventbrite.com

There is a lot more Eventbrite has to offer, just explore and start creating events. Do you already use EventBrite or plan to start? Let us know in the comments!

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