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4 days without apps, could you do it?

standard July 8, 2013 3 responses

This is a sponsored post for eBay on behalf of Splash Creative Media.

 This summer my baby is celebrating her 6th birthday. It seems inconceivable that she has been around that long let alone that she’s no longer a baby. And yet, when I think of her I can’t fathom of a world where she isn’t around, making funny quips, giggling, or driving us crazy with one of her tantrums opinionated moments.

Drama Queen from her very first moments.

When I stop to think that the Apple App Store is celebrating its 5th birthday this week I’m equally dumfounded. How is it that just 5 years ago we got along without apps? Without smart phones?

The Apple App Store launched on July 10, 2008 with the eBay app, so, eBay Mobile is also celebrating its 5th anniversary this week. In honor of this celebration they posed a bit of a challenge to 200 of their consumers.

They asked them to go without apps for 4 days.

Easy right? These apps are something they’ve only had to rely on for the last 5 years. Surely they’d be able to get along without them for 4 measly days, right?

Well, 1/3rd of them couldn’t. The rest found that once they got their apps back they were happier, less frustrated, calmer, and more productive.

There is no doubt that if I didn’t have my smart phone I’d be able to survive. Despite my husband’s belief to the contrary, I am not addicted to the thing (emotionally attached, yes, addicted no…), but I do rely on it heavily.

  • Without it I’d get lost frequently. I rely on my maps app more than I should admit.
  • Without it I’d have to be home more often. I use my mail app to stay in touch with clients while on the go with kids. 
  • Without it I think I’d be more lonely. Many a times my text and social media apps have made it possible for me to find friends who are also out and about so we can meet up and hang out. 
  • Without it I’d never know what to get at the grocery store. My husband and I both have a grocery app that allows us to add things to a central list from our remote locations. 
  • Without it my purse would be even heavier than it already is. I rely heavily on my book apps to help me cart around reading materials for myself and the kids. 
  • Without it I’d never know where I’m supposed to be. I have reminders for everything in my calendar app. As it is it’s nothing short of miraculous that the kids don’t miss appointments or school things, without the app there’s not a snowball’s chance in Hell that library books would get to school on the right day or that I’d know when the kids have minimum days. 

If I think about it, clearly I used to get along without all of these things. I had GPS in the car, I had a paper calendar, I checked email at work or when I was home. It was all do-able, but there’s no doubt at all that having a smartphone has made me more connected, more organized, and more flexible than I used to be.

Time for a Twitter party!
Come help me and the Splash Creative Media team celebrate the eBay Mobile 5th Anniversary on Wednesday, July 10th with a 1 hour Twitter party starting at 12pmPST. We’ll talk some more about how apps have improved our lives! I can’t wait to hear your stories!

We’ll be giving away $300 in eBay gift cards so be sure to RSVP and get the party details here. 

Date: Wednesday, July 10
Time: 12-1pm PST
Party URL: www.ebay.com/mobile5(Party URL will be live on the day of the event.)
Hashtag: #eBayMobile Please note: you must participate from that URL to be eligible to win.
Prizes: $25 eBay gift cards given away every 5 minutes to a Tweeter who has RSVPd below and is actively participating in the party from the above URL.

Please note: eBay is a client of Splash Creative Media, my digital media agency. I am being compensated to write this post and run this Twitter party, but my love for all things eBay and app related is mine and mine alone.

Easy gifting thanks to eBay

standard December 5, 2012 Leave a response

I love the holidays. I love the green, the red, the food, the friends, but mostly I love giving gifts. I get such a rush out of finding that thing that makes people’s eyes light up with the delight a child feels on Christmas morning when he realizes that Santa read his note and got him the exact thing he wanted.

It’s pure awesome.

For the most case I know months ahead of time what I’ll be getting for people. The kids make it easy by dropping hints every time we enter any store. My friends make it easy by being their awesome selves. But there are always a couple people, those few outliers, who already have everything and seem to want nothing.

Call me crazy, but I still want to get them gifts, I just need a little help to figure out how to wow them.

eBay, always eager to help delight people, has created a neat Facebook app that allows you to know exactly what your friends are interested in receiving. Just plug in their names and let the app do the work. It’ll read your friends’ Facebook posts and will suggest gifts that your friends might like. Then you can just shop straight from the app and get that gift that will make their day.

The app is uncannily accurrate. My friend posted about ponies yesterday morning and the app suggested that we get him some My Little Ponies. For the most part though, the app has some great suggestions. The only way it could be better is if it allowed the user to search and offer ideas and to reject some of the app’s suggestions.

I’ve been plugging in my family members, my friends, everyone I can think of and I’ve come up with some great ideas for gifts. I just can’t wait to see what they think!

As for the kids, you know, the ones not old enough to be on Facebook yet, eBay has thought of them too! Give the app your child’s name, their age, and their gender and the app will supply smart gift ideas. Your child can click and drag what catches their eye into a list that can easily be shared with friends and family for easy gifting.

To make things even more fun, the app sends you an email addressed to your child, assuring him or her that elves are hard at work fulfilling their greatest wishes.

Check out the eBay Holiday Gift Shop app, I guarantee you’ll find something you hadn’t thought of! And shall we make things more fun? Every day a lucky winner will receive something on their wishlist along with a $100 eBay gift card. So, go on, wish away! You never know what might delight you!

(Please note: eBay is a Splash Creative Media client and I have been compensated to write this post. The opinions contained within are mine and mine alone.)

Want to learn to sell on eBay?

standard November 14, 2012 Leave a response

(To RSVP for the #SellOnEBAY Twitter party scroll to the bottom of the post!)

When we moved back in February I packed up the whole house myself. I put myself in charge of the packing because I fully intended to be utterly ruthless in my sorting. (M is… not always a fan of throwing things out.)

Damned if I was going to pay movers to move things we absolutely no longer needed.

I was pretty successful in my mission. We probably donated or threw away a quarter of our things. Good things, pretty things, useful things, just things we no longer needed and that someone else could make use of.

Then we got to our new house, unpacked all of the things I had deemed worth moving, and I found a whole new host of things we really didn’t need any more. To be fair, since I let the movers pack up the kitchen I wasn’t able to sort in there the way I had sorted through the rest of the house.

But that’s a GOOD thing.

See, I’ve always wanted to be an eBay seller. I’ve always envied the women who were savvy enough to shop at TJ Max to score incredible finds that they could then sell on eBay. Smart women those.

But now I had a towering pile of amazing things to sell! A cook book holder! A brand new set of knives! Pottery Barn chargers! Napkin rings! A virtually new Cuisinart blender/mixer combo.

The list just goes on and on and on.

Lucky me, the eBay app makes listing an item for sale ridiculously easy. Just load up the app and let it guide you through 4 simple steps, and presto! your item is listed for sale and soon will no longer be taking up valuable space in your hallway. (What? That’s not where you keep your tower-of-things-I-no-longer-need?)

Don’t believe me that it’s that easy? Don’t think you have anything worth selling? Well, you’re just going to have to trust me on both counts.

Join the Splash Creative Media team tomorrow, Thursday, November 15th from 12-1pmPST for the #SellOnEBAY party and we’ll show you just how easy it is to both find things to sell and list them on eBay.

Aside from tips, tricks, and advice, we’ll also be giving away no fewer than 20 $25 eBay gift cards during the party. Trust me, you’ll want to be there, if only to hear first hand about my first time listing something for sale!

RSVP below and join us on http://www.ebay.com/sellonmobile to participate tomorrow! (Please note, in order to be eligible to win prizes you MUST tweet from that URL.) See you there!