camera experience for Facetime (apple's in-house Skype-type videoconference app), it's not much different than iPad 3/4 with retina screen, as far as the user experience is concerned. Do you NEED the latest one, instead of an older generation? Probably not. They all use the same operating system (iOS 7, which just came out), and most apps are compatible with all but the first generation. If you WANT the latest one, be sure to GET AT LEAST 32 GB of memory. Unlike an Android phone or tablet, there isn't a card slot for additional storage of app data, photos, or videos, and it fills up quickly. Even if you buy an older generation iPad, it is well worth the investment to invest in at least 32 GB. For most people, a high-quality Android tablet with at least 1 GB of RAM will suffice for the majority of functions, like FaceBook, Netflix, GMail / Yahoo Mail, Angry Birds, and Twitter. But the iPad is in another universe when it comes to Educational apps for kids, Music creation and publishing, and even many games (shooter, driving, flying games especially). If you have any questions or curiosities about purchasing a Tablet, please feel free to PM me, or even give me a call 727-638-0195. I am always happy to help others with technology, and promise not to pitch you our CarChat24 live chat product!…
titive nature to the geolocation games like Foursquare, Gowalla and others. That being said I believe the best use is another form of CRM, just as you know I believe that Facebook is the truest form of customer engagement.
These are tools. They are tools to follow, communicate and entice consumers. Period. But this is part of a larger strategy. Social CRM is much larger than any single app, widget or platform. And it's the future of our business!
Starbucks is already on the Foursquare train in recognizing their "mayors" along with other businesses. Our industry still believes in push marketing, obnoxious email/newsletters are relevant, over-sized inflatables on rooftops win and whoever spends more likely has the upper hand. What they need to believe in more (and it's happening) is that influencers help business grow, passive engagement is what people want, relevancy and content are controlled by the consumer and that you need to have fun while you work.
Foursquare is one of the, if not the, easiest tools to use around social media. Click on the app, touch the location you're at (or add it), touch the "quick check-in" button, done. Add a tip, and it's even better: geotagging meets Yelp! It's simple: groundswell is so important today.
It's a tool. One of many tools. It's hot today. There will be more tomorrow (Foursquare is the second round for the inventors: Dodgeball was their first company; it was bought and squashed by...Google!!)
A large company buying a small start up, then killing it? Hmmm, that would never happen in the auto industry, would it?
Follow the bouncing ball of use and consumer adoption, you're bound to win. Maybe this is one more way that we can turn around the reputation that automotive retail has. What do you think Ralph? People having fun at and with dealerships?
erhaps these "tweaks" will help..
First, here’s a (huge) tips and tricks thread:
Lots of good ones there. My storm also seems quite a bit better since I deleted certain apps I will never use (like games, and VZ navigator).
Also, there’s a newer version of blackberry software (.85) than the one Verizon has available (.75). I installed it because many are saying it’s better / faster, particularly in sensing the storm being turned vertical/horizontal, and I agree, it’s better.
Last, on battery life, I have mine ‘auto off’ every night from midnight to 7a.m. which saves power, plus I only need the screen at 40% to be plenty bright enough. I also lock it right away (or put into holster) because that saves power too. And one other is closing any apps that I’m not using (hold down menu button and an app ‘switcher’ appears and you can scroll that left/right to see all the apps that are running – to close, select one and make sure you Close from the app’s menu). A few apps you can’t close like messages, browser, home.
There’s a couple of aftermarket batteries out there now with 15-20% more battery, but I’m ok with the stock one for now.
I’ve found the biggest battery killer is when the phone is in a weak signal area and it keeps trying to search for a signal.
Anyway, thought I’d share my findings!
After all, what are friends for!…
s you make online in any given day. Work email, personal email, SaaS applications, mobile apps, games, social media, e-commerce, online banking… the list goes on. That’s a lot of passwords to remember! The shocking truth of the matter is most people aren’t taking the proper steps to secure themselves online so here are some suggestions to make it easier to do just that.
Check the list of the most commonly used passwords and make sure you’re not using them. It’s 2014 and tons of people are still using “password”, “abc123”, and “123456” as real passwords!
Never reuse the same password for multiple applications, especially for things like onlinebanking. If one application is compromised, it’s even easier for everything else you use to become compromised.
Here is the REST OF THE LIST...…
is literally in your backyard opens the door for multiple possibilities. This is what marketers have been dreaming of since the beginning of...well, marketing!
Like you, I feel that the cross pollination of foursquare and other services on Facebook and Twitter decreases the relevance of these platforms. The firehose of information from foursquare is flooding the social landscape with content that is causing a fragmented message. Over the past 2 weeks, I've hidden the newsfeed and unfollowed multiple friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter because they tend to be avid oversharers (foursquare has an 'Overshare' badge for people that check in 10+ times within 12 hours to discourage this type of behavior). It's one thing if you're at your favorite local Italian restaurant and you want to world to know that they should 'Get the veal saltimbocca'. It's another story entirely if you're checking into Wal-Mart for the 3rd time in 2 days. These apps have a Ping.fm shotgun option and many users are trigger happy.
With geo-targeting platforms being in their infancy, it's not necessary for dealerships to have a 'foursquare marketing strategy'. For those that want to get a first-mover advantage on their competition, adding their dealership as a foursquare venue and offering tips to potential customers of OTHER local dealerships could be a way to drive additional traffic to their stores.
I believe that within the next 3 years, every website (at least every good website!) will have some level of geo-location capability, allowing consumers to 'check-in' while at a storefront, serving up relevant specials. This will be possible due to the growth of the mobile web and faster cell and Internet signals (more bars in more places...).
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. As this technology matures, location based search results could be used, serving up relevant offers and ideas vs links. Very Big Brother like, but also extremely cool and effective!
My purpose for starting this group was to discover who (if anyone) within the ADM Community had used foursquare for anything other than fun and games. I'm interested in learning from retailers that are beginning to unlock the potential of these services and am excited about the info exchange!…
I think the ‘check-in’ is a great way to see who has come through a dealership, see what people have to say via a tip but it’s limited in its ability to drive engagement with the dealership and more importantly sales.
I think the next step is to leverage these same addictive game dynamics and broaden the ‘check-in’s’ capability with ‘challenges’. What if we could challenge prospective buyers to earn points by engaging with specific people (i.e. sales staff) and products (i.e. cars that you want to get off your lot).
One major game dynamic that makes challenges so powerful as a sales tool is the process of actualization. The test drive is the best example of this. We want customers to test drive a car because then they get a feel for what it’s like to be in the car, drive the car and imagine owning the car.
So take that idea and build off of it. Challenge a prospective buyer to earn points by having a salesperson take a photo of them (with their phone) sitting in the car they would love to buy and then share the photo to Facebook and Twitter.
With that challenge the prospective buyer has to interact with a salesperson in a fun way, interact with a vehicle, see what they look like in the vehicle and show others in a social way the fun they are having buying a car at the dealership. This challenge is just one example of how to take what’s just a thought of the prospective buyer and make it a reality.
I’d love to hear what you think!
Full disclosure, I’m part of SCVNGR the geo-location service, and we are focusing on the challenge and how that can be leveraged to sell products. http://tcrn.ch/dCMeTK…
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