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Last week, I bought a prepaid SmartBro LTE WiFi dongle for my wife (yes, folks even though Smart is a site sponsor, I spend my money on their services — even without discounts). I was surprised to find out two things:
1. Upon inserting the SIM card and turning on the pocket LTE device, you’re taken to a brand new splash screen — the SmartBro Dashboard which serves as a placeholder for brand new accounts and for times when you’ve reached zero balance on prepaid. Your mobile number is displayed prominently on the upper left hand side of the dashboard which makes it super convenient in case you need to reload credits and you misplaced the number somewhere.
It’s a rather annoying fact of life that we often have to haul ourselves out of a nice warm bed to start our day. We’re cruelly yanked from dreamland by the electronic beep of an alarm and have maybe one or two blissful confused seconds before we need to get up and start our day, whether it’s off to work or off to school, and “Mom, just five more minutes” is a common phrase shouted at mothers across the world as they try to get their kids out of bed. Technology has made this process easier for many of us and those who work at home are subject to understandable envy. They get to log into their office intranet from their home computer, meaning their commute is just the 12 seconds or so it takes to walk to their desk. Education has also been revolutionized by technology, particularly video conferencing, meaning that while the trip to the classroom or lecture hall is still necessary, it’s possible to beam an educator or more usually, a guest lecturer, right into the room.
Finally, we’re set to announce the winners of our #DearDadPH competition! It was a tough choice, which is why the judging process took longer than expected and we actually added a consolation prize to accommodate more winners.
Please refer to the chart below and the list of winners. We will contact you individually this week to get your details. Many thanks!
Local Businesses are usually small and may not have big budgets to allocate towards marketing and promotion. However, there are certain tools that can be freely employed and results can be just as good without causing any gaping holes in your pockets. Here are some quick tips to help achieve success for the small local businesses in 2014.
Know about your competition
In order to succeed in business, however big or small, one needs to equip themselves with as much knowledge as possible. In order to attract customers who frequent other stores is to know what they are doing different. As and when you gain more information, your business gets collective insight about the industry best practices that can be incorporated in your own business to get serve your customers better.
Add value to the customer experience
With so much competition these days, it is only a matter of time when your customers move on to some other service provider or brand if they do not have a good experience. Give your customers an exceptional experience by going the extra mile. They may not remember your product but sure enough they will remember your good service. To attract more customers and retain the old ones, create events and reward and recognition for your loyal ones to stay and new ones to come. You can also plan co-marketing an event with other local business owners to attract more people and cover wider customer base.
Have promotional activities
Do plan consistent promotional activities in the closer areas so that more people can be made aware about your product and services. For example, if you are computer protection service provider, you can immitate the models of other companies like Trend Micro who offer free month internet security to get more people to try their product. Use the power of social marketing to connect with your potential customers if you are running a business online.
Spread the word
Increase the traffic to your stores or website by running small time events and promotions. This will create a buzz for your business before you get started. Start at least 45 days in advance with the promotion of your business. Make aggressive approach one week before the event when you start posting links on Facebook and other social networking websites. Also re-post reminders just one day before the actual event to remind people.
Encourage other local business owners to share your activities
This is one of the best ways to gain attention on the social media pages. You can share the activities of the other local businesses through your page which will get you more followers and traffic. This will also ensure that the other businesses are also promoting you so you enjoy double attention from different set of users. You can end up being a valuable resource for many customers who rely on your page for information. Post other interesting stories related to your industry to make up for an interesting read. These are some quick and ingenious ways to get started and gain market intelligence and expertise in your domain.
Small businesses are using the power of PayPal every day for their important transactions and are always under the threat of being attacked by a cyber thief if they are not adequately protected. Here are some top tips to protect your account from being hacked.
Hey guys! I’m giving away a Genius Energy Mouse. The tech industry is fond of hybrid gadgets. Genius for instance went above and beyond the curve to design a wireless mouse with one additional feature: it doubles as a 2000mAh charger for your smartphone.
The Genius giveaway is part of my Father’s Day #DearDadPH contest. To win this, simply tweet a sweet message to your father using the hashtag #DearDadPH. Contest ongoing till June 15. Check out the link for the full mechanics and prizes.
Hey kids, want to screw around the Internet? Thanks to Krispy Kreme, I’m giving away 25 boxes of
sugar donuts. You see, last month KK had a Mother’s Day promo that let you customize messages to your moms through donuts. For the next two weeks, they’re letting the web go wherever it wants to go with the hashtag #JoyinaBox. Want a box of donuts with letters on them? Pay attention:
What is Dark Souls? In sum, it is a microcosm of the human condition. Of why we love to torture ourselves. Of why we are enamored by archetypes of the starving artist or the underpaid worker. And yet we trudge along to the very end of our day and die. No, not sleep. Die — to be reborn again the very next day.
It is May 2014. A quick Google search for “Mensakaba Geishu” and you’ll find a couple of placeholders in online food directories (like TripAdvisor and Looloo), a Facebook page and a couple of geo-located Instagram posts of noodles from an up and coming ramen bar in the south. I heard about the new ramen bar by accident — eavesdropping on a conversation while working at my favorite 3rd wave coffee gallery in the south. There was a new foodie haven in BF Homes — a pseudo hole in the wall with only 12 seats akin to a typical ramen bar in Japan. And it has never been featured on a food blog or a broadsheet, unlike most of the other popular food destinations along the Aguirre strip. So let this be the first.
Take a quick look into any store and the shiny, pretty, baubles displayed in counters are something that everyone wants to have. Male and female fashion ranges change every year and popular stars like Kim Kardashian, Emma Stone, etc heartily believe in wearing the most trendy fashions possible in the latest styles. This has given rise to a whole industry that recreates Hollywood or celebrity fashion and bling in affordable price ranges. Fashion stores and online websites now follow stars and trends quite closely and the general public can find hot styles in almost any price range. According to industry watchers, the online fashion market has increased by almost 70 percent in the last decade and there is a huge demand for costume jewelry, designer knock-offs and even trendy handmade fashion accessories. As a result, if you are an upcoming fashion designer or a person interested in starting a fashion line; now is the time to go online and go global.
Lately I’ve been recommending a Sony device to everyone who has considered taking their gadgets out to get wet. From their waterproof HD video camera that doubles as a projector, their waterproof and wireless headphone system, to my personal favorite — the RX-100 Mk II which has been hailed as the best underwater point and shoot camera in the world for 2014 by Backscatter, there’s no doubt that Sony’s interest in keeping your gadgets safe in the water is paying off.
Hey folks! This is going to be a looooong Father’s Day for geeks. We’ve partnered up with Genius, c/o MSI-ECS to give away a lot of gadgets for you and your dads between May 15 and June 15 2014. All you have to do is show your love for your father (or father figure) through Instagram. Mechanics below.
We have three sets of prizes:
First Prize Set
Genius SP-i320 Portable Speaker + music player
Genius HS-920BT headphones
Second Prize Set
Genius ECO-u821 Portable Charger
Genius HS-M230 in-ear headphones
Genius Energy Mouse
A portable charger (2700mAh) and mouse at the same time! ZOMG!
LG has been moving up on the popularity curve with its past few iterations of smartphones. The LG G2 (with buttons on the back) is a keen example of how the other South Korean electronics company is making strides. The new L Series III smartphones are Android Kitkat powered, have crisp IPS screens and are all packed with a Dual Core 1.2GHz processor. All are dual-SIM phones which makes this line a huge deal in the budget + performance category. If you’re brand-conscious, LG is definitely reputable.
The L Series III cements itself in the budget category with the L70 at P8,490 and L40 at P4,790. The L80 will be available in the Philippines this May.
Need I remind you that it is Mother’s Day this Sunday? Treat your mom (or that special mommy figure in your life) to Outback Steak House. Dine with mom and get the following free:
- P500 gift voucher for your next visit (reservations made before May 8 2014)
- a free photo w/ frame on the 11th when you dine in!
- a free gift from The Body Shop for the first 150 guests on Mother’s Day
Check out the full promo poster after the jump.