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Motorola Puts You In ‘Charge’ of Your Device

by Jason Ramsey

Disclosure:   As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.  

Motorola Power Pack Slim 4000

Are you reading this on your Samsung Galaxy device? Maybe an Apple product? How much life is left in your battery? It’s something we always consider. Weather you’re on a trip, or at the office, we need our devices to keep working. Regardless of how technologically advanced we are, it’s all dependent on power. It’s a common problem, and now Motorola has offered a sensible solution. The Motorola Power Pack Slim 4000.

It’s a little power pack that is roughly the same size as my phone.  I got mine just in time for my vacation to Colorado last week. I fully charged it before we left. Over the next three days in the Rocky Mountains, it charged my Galaxy S5, my wife’s Galaxy tablet, and my daughter’s iPhone before finally running out of juice. It does seem to take longer than being plugged into a wall outlet, but when you’re on the side of a mountain, in the middle of nowhere, how can you complain? A mini USB charging cable can be pulled from the power pack to charge most smartphones.  It also features a full size USB port on the side, which means it’s compatible almost any tablet as well.

motorola-4000

motorola-4000

This would be great for attending meetings too (my brother-in-law travels weekly and tried to buy it from me the day I got it). Data is a battery killer and so is tethering, both of which I use a lot.  We have three tablets in our household, and none of them have a data plan so I also use my hotspot frequently, which also uses lots of power. This is perfect for that as well. The P4000 really packs a big punch for such a small size. Personally, my favorite feature is the ability to charge two devices at the same time. It’s also nice to have the four small LED lights on top, so you always know how much time you have left.  If this sounds nice to you, head over to Verizon and check one out. You won’t be disappointed!

motorola-slim

motorola-slim

 

Double Your Pinterest Followers While You Have Your Coffee

Like most companies, I’m sure your brand is already on Pinterest. What if I said you could double your Pinterest followers while you had your morning coffee? The debate about whether you need to worry about adding Pinterest to your social media strategy is over, and the answer is yes. Pinterest has almost tripled in users since 2012, and now reaches more than 70 million people. People use, create, and share on the site. It is a resource to find products, solutions, and gain creative ideas for almost anything.

Pinterest is growing like crazy for a few reasons. This is one of the few social networks where teens, parents, and the elderly can all be found. Why? It’s simple. The diversity lies in the ability for the site to give many different types of users what they want. It doesn’t matter if you are a new bride looking for wedding ideas, a grandmother looking for gift ideas, or a husband trying to decide on a new bench in the entry way for a remodel. They can all be found on Pinterest.

So how do you tap into the resource that is Pinterest? First off, make sure your profile is optimized correctly. Make sure the description in it is relevant, there is link to your website, a photo, and links your brand on other social sites like facebook and twitter. The next step is to verify your website. This will unlock access to the site’s web analytics tools. This will open your eyes to what kind of activity works best to grow your pinterest following.

Now comes the easy part. Set up some boards and start pinning! You can do this once a day while you drink your coffee. Remember, as with most social media it’s not just about broadcasting only your products and services. Spend time building boards with pins that relate to your business, but don’t necessarily point to your site. Bright, vibirent images will get the most likes and repins. Follow people. Start with accounts that relate to your brand, but also slowly branch out into indiviuals who pin cool stuff. This is where your following will really begin to grow. Don’t be afraid to follow “too many” people. Lots will reciprocate, and the onces that don’t can be unfollowed later.

Join some popular group boards, and see what interests people. Contests are becoming popular and can boost your following. The main thing to remember is that the daily interaction is the key. Respond to comments, like pins, share pins, upload pins, and re-pin pins. That will unlock the full power of Pinterest for your brand.

Pinterest-Followers

Pinterest-Followers

Wearable Technology Excels With the Samsung Gear 2

Disclosure:   As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own. 

The second version of Samsung’s smartwatch is awesome. The Gear 2 has a stylish and has a wide array of useful features. It’s also with more than just one smartphone. The Gear 2 works with a lineup of 17 Galaxy phones and tablets, including the S3, S4 and S5, and connects with the device via Bluetooth. I happen to be on the Verizon network, so it works lightning fast as well

The Gear 2 has a responsive, 1.6-inch touchscreen display. It also has a speaker and microphone for calls and audio recording. It has a metal body and a useful home button. It also has a 2-megapixel camera and the Gear 2 looks about as classy as any gadget can look on your wrist. Samsung built this one with a heart rate sensor, the ability to store songs on the watch’s 4 gigabytes of internal storage, and an IR blaster to let you control your TV and cable box, awesome right?!

 

Gear 2

Gear 2

All those are cool features, but the main reason this smartwatch matters to you, is to be able to check e-mails, text messages and missed calls without having to remove your phone from your purse or pocket. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and I have to say that the Gear 2 works well at showing me who sent me an e-mail, the subject line and the first few sentences of the body. It also shows mr images from text messages and provides details on Facebook and Twitter alerts, very useful and efficient.

It has a non-removable battery lasts around three days over typical usage on a single charge. I don’t know who would do this, but for what it’s worth, this watch is water-resistent so it can be worn in the shower. Hand’s down favorite feature though, responding to texts via voice control or preset phrase templates, like “I’ll call you in a few” or “be right back.”