The Square from Clean Bottle – Review

I was lucky enough to get my hands on The Square from Clean Bottle. I’ve been in the market looking for a water bottle for a long time and who doesn’t know me yet should know that I carefully research every product that I buy, even if “it’s just a water bottle”.

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Details are very important and there were specific things that I was looking for. I wanted it to be easy to carry around within different environments, at the beach, at the office, at meetings, during hiking and at the gym. Furthermore it had to be durable, leak proof and look nice. Obviously, those demands are not easy to be satisfied.

The Square from Clean Bottle is different. First off, it was designed by former Apple engineers and that resulted in a minimalistic design that is useful,  has interesting features and looks really nice. Not only that it has all the features that I was hoping to find (BPA free plastic lid, stainless steel body, no aftertaste, and easy to carry around whilst not being fragile) but it also comes with a really nice twist: it unscrews at the top and at the bottom as well! That makes cleaning a whole lot easier.

While I’m at the gym and running, I don’t want to go through a battle with my water bottle to get it opened. The Square has a really nice wide and ergonomic handle that with a simple twist will get the bottle open. It also has a rectangular design so that if you drop it you won’t need to chase it as it won’t roll away. It’s the small thing that really make a big difference! It comes in a wide range of colors, so depending on your personality and preferences you can choose between a vibrant green, red, blue yellow or the classy black.

It’s an awesome product and I enjoy it get to enjoy it everyday. Check out their website for other neat stuff as well: CleanBottle.com

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Frugal tip of the day: hunting for deals online

If you’re anything like the average person on Earth, shopping is an addiction very hard to beat. You run around the city all day long, looking for “best offers”. You research and compare, ask around and convince yourself that no matter what you find, there’s always cheaper and better.internet-sale

Take a minute, exhale and turn to your laptop. Now you can be at the office and still find the best offers for various items. Or just relax at home, at the end of the day, when you’re too tired to go out and the shops are closed, anyway. You can plan your shopping spree in advance, with just a few clicks. Woot tells you exactly what’s on sale and next thing you know, it can be yours!

Let’s say you’re looking forward to your next shiny gadget, but you simply can’t find the time to search for the best offer online. Or maybe, you’re on a tight budget and you’re searching for an offer that is both enjoyable and affordable. You can choose from select discounted gadgets, for a limited amount of time.

You can also find the best offers for accessories, tools or even wine. Did you ever think to buy a universal remote control packed inside a throw pillow? Well, now you can, because here, thirty bucks can do just that! If you’re thinking about changing your looks, they got some nice holiday sweaters for you!

What you need to have is an email account. Log on to the website, complete your sign-up and look for the categories you would be most interested in, Woot will do the rest! Pick your order and complete the transaction, using your credit card. The products can also be sent as a gift to somebody you care about. To be honest, this online shopping heaven is the perfect way to shop at an affordable price and even buy “private stuff”, like a gym membership, sparing yourself the inquisitive looks on your friends faces.

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Viral marketing explained

Nowadays we always tend to hear about viral marketing, how something got “viral” on the internet and how cost-effective this technique could be if looking from an online promotion standpoint. What exactly is viral marketing?

Basically, viral marketing translates in something or someone getting widely promoted via word of mouth (in our case social media networks, blog posts, media exposure) without any costs applied. This could happen for a couple of reasons: there’s a shock factor present, unique idea or concept, internet meme or something that a lot of people will benefit from.

Not everything can get viral on the internet, especially if it’s heavily commercial. You won’t get lucky trying to get viral by promoting a product or a service directly, however if you apply a twist to your method chances of generating sales would be much higher. Here are a few examples of the reasons described earlier, which can make something viral:

-  Having the shock factor present

People who saw this video stated that one must be crazy to even attempt to put an Iphone in the blender but actually trying to blend it must is purely insane. Well, here you go! This is the shock factor which BlendTec has basically introduced into an ad, making it viral and also, making it look less commercial.

Let’s think about a plain ad which presents the functionalities of a blender. That sounds boring, doesn’t it? And I’m 100% sure that won’t get viral, thus generating sales.

- Unique idea or concept

Samsung got pretty clever here, advertising its brand and led-technology thru costumer created videos. As you can obviously notice from this video, putting leds (Samsung, of course) on sheep, later on recreating the famous Mona Lisa portrait is, in a funny way, a truly brilliant and unique idea. People loved it, had a laugh, promoted the video without anyone asking them to do so, and generated more than 17 million views. That calls for a lot of money Samsung would have spent otherwise.

- Produce something that a lot of people will benefit from

At&t had a huge campaign increasing awareness regarding the negative affects texting & driving could have. Not only they have educated and spread awareness about something that causes a lots of accidents, they also strengthened their brand and reputation by doing so.

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Nice surprise from CX Digital Media

Today I got a call from FedEx asking me the hours I am available at so they can come by and give me a packet from Canada. I then immediately knew that it must be something from one of the companies I currently work with – CX Digital Media.

I felt like a child on Christmas when opening the package, being very curious to see what’s inside it. Here’s a pic with what I got:

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– 2 tshirts

– 2 pencils

– 1 thermos flask

– 1 super mini mobile charger
I really like all these stuff. Actually I was just going to buy a new thermos flask because I lost the old one. Not talking about the mini mobile charger which is actually great since my iphone’s batter only lasts less then one day (damn all the apps and stuff).

Thank you very much CX Digital Media and least but not last many thanks to my account manager Waqaas Hashmi who is a great and helpful person!

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Yahoo Meme – twitter clone or something better?

I was lucky enough to get an invitation on Yahoo Meme. When I first heard of Meme, I said in my mind “oh no, not another twitter clone”. What would be the use of another twitter alike service called Meme? However, I didn’t want to start off with rude words so I gave it a try.

Since this is currently a beta service, you can not sign up freely, you need an invite. Once you get in, you may notice some minor bugs, nothing major anyway. Actually, this Yahoo Meme is interesting and seems to be pretty good. In comparison to twitter, it lacks the search function but it has some interesting features like letting you to add an image to your update, a video or even a song. With twitter you can’t do this, you can only share links to the videos, pictures or songs you liked.

When I said that Meme lacks the search function, some may argue with me. Yes, it does have one but it will only let you search for people and not for updates.

It pretty much looks like twitter:

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… so I guess that’s why most of you got irritated.

Bugs and things I don’t like about Yahoo Meme

  • It lacks the search function for updates (already mentioned)
  • It won’t let you add a custom background (maybe this will change in the future and I am sure it will because it’s common sense that sharing only 5 templates with millions of potential users is not a winner solution).
  • I spotted a bug. It didn’t let me post a song. I tried with 3 different links, 3 different songs, nothing worked. I’m sure this will be fixed too.
  • This isn’t very important but I didn’t like that it was a must to use the yahoo e-mail for signing up and receiving updates and stuff. I would have preferred gmail instead.

Conclusion

Surprisingly, I believe that this Meme thing has potential. Can it become a competitor for twitter? Yes! The simple and quick interface, neat design and the new functions, they all help.

If you already have an account there, don’t forget to follow me http://meme.yahoo.com/shocs/ .

Do you need an invite?

I have 5 invites left, so I am willing to give to my readers. All you need to do is to retweet this post and submit a comment to this article with your yahoo e-mail and retweet link.

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Stumbleupon introduces “share”

We talked so many times about Stumbleupon so I assume you already know that this is one great social network. Lately, Stumbleupon has introduced a new function called  sharing.

You can now share a story that you liked most with your entire list of friends.  To do this you have to go to “Your favorites”. Once you get there, you will see in the left side of the page a list of thumbnails. Mouse over one of those thumbnails and then click “Share” if you want to share that respective story with your friends. Here is how it looks like:

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The good

It’s obvious that you can now easily share a story that you liked, with your friends. You can manually select some fellows or you just click on “all” and stumbleupon will do the hard work.

The bad

This is also obvious – spammers! Since this functions has been introduced, I started to get way too many stories into my email from people that only want to promote their websites. I do agree to be sent one or two stories per week from a fellow of mine, but sending me 2-3 stories / day / person is just dumb. I don’t even have time to read&see so many websites.

There was something like this before as well. It is named  “Send to” and can still be found in the toolbar. However, with “Send to” you aren’t able to send emails in mass.

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