Mobile Army Monday: Share the Love With iPoll Cash

True story: I cashed out my latest round of iPoll cash rewards for a hefty pair of Amazon gift cards. I was already loading up my virtual shopping cart with all kinds of fun things to buy a.k.a. things I didn’t really need. While all this was going on, my wife was doing a some order on Amazon herself, but she was focusing on the essentials. She’s a big fan of Amazon Fresh that delivers food items to your door. Then it hit me: Why not forward my Amazon rewards right to my wife? I did and scored major points.

Now, this isn’t an official Valentine’s Day present, but it does make me a hero for a day! I’ll stick with that. Of course, now the goal is to replenish my iPoll cash rewards account. Lo and behold, I woke up this morning with eight potential missions, three otential quizzes, and one potential survey. I don’t think my rewards account will stay empty for very long.

Food Delivery

Amazon Fresh is a great way to spend your iPoll cash. Image Source: Flickr user Kyle Brazil

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Written by Rick B.

February 8th, 2016 at 2:34 am

iPoll Quiz Results: Growing Up

How often do you take a trip down memory lane? I would hazard a guess that it’s several times a day. It might be a short hop as you pass a picture in your home that reminds you of an event. Or it could be a long journey as a “throwback Thursday” post on Facebook prompts you to call an old friend or cull through your photo albums. We all have those seminal moments from our formative years that stick with us. It’s good to bring them out and share with others. That was the idea behind iPoll’s latest quiz. Here are some of the 8,500 responses that earned a coveted spot on the web page.

Playground

This is where the childhood memories come to play. Image Source: flickr user: guilherme jofili

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Written by Rick B.

February 6th, 2016 at 1:03 am

Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

Are you cheering on the Broncos or the Panthers? That’s an easy choice to make for anyone living in Denver or Charlotte. However, for the rest of the country, we have to pick a favorite. It just makes watching the game more fun. On the other hand, it could be all those yummy Super Bowl party snacks that make watching the game more fun.

Just how hungry do people get during the Super Bowl? How about 1.23 billion chicken wings and four million pizzas hungry? That’s a lot of hungry. It’s also a day fraught with temptation. Your healthy New Year’s Resolutions could fly right out the window. Thankfully, there are some alternatives for Super Bowl party snacks that are healthy and won’t blow out your diet. If you’re invited to a party, then you might want to bring some of these along. If you’re hosting, then go ahead and put them out. No one will know that you’re giving them healthy!

Party Snacks

It looks like there could be something healthy on this table... maybe. Image Source: flickr user: Personal Creations

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Written by Rick B.

February 4th, 2016 at 8:54 pm

What Makes a Super Bowl Commercial Super

Do you have five million dollars to spare? If so, then you can run a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl. That might seem like a lot of money, and it is. However, it doesn’t include the production costs. You can easily run up another couple of million, depending on the spot. Is it worth it? There are plenty of companies who will attest to the benefits. Some you’ve never heard of before the Super Bowl spot became an overnight sensation and huge business (I’m looking at you, GoDaddy).

The added benefit is that all kinds of pundits will pick apart the commercials the day after the big game. This means companies get a second airing of the spot. If they do their job right, that spot will go viral and could mean millions more views. That’s a lot riding on 30-seconds. Bottom line: They better get it right or heads will roll.

Here’s what you need to make a Super Bowl commercial super:

Snacks

Not all of the Super Bowl ads are on TV! Image Source: Flickr User Mike Mozart

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Written by Rick B.

February 3rd, 2016 at 2:08 am

Get to Know Charlotte, North Carolina, Home of the Panthers

If you should happen to find yourself in Charlotte, North Carolina, this week, the opening and closing of any conversation should be, “Go Panthers!” Yes, the Charlotte Panthers are going up against the Denver Broncos for the big gridiron match-up that is the Super Bowl. As a visitor to Charlotte, you’ll find that this “International Gateway to the South” (as they like to be called) has a lot going on.

Note: In the interest of fairness and fair play, I’ve already profiled the Mile High City, Denver. As it happens, during my tenure as your intrepid correspondent, the Broncos already made the trip to the Super Bowl and I got all the scoop on Denver. So today, it’s all about Charlotte.

Charlotte

That's a little Panther action right there. Image Source: Flickr User Matt Trostle

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Written by Rick B.

February 2nd, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Mobile Mission Monday: Everybody Wins with iPoll Cash Rewards

Anna B. from Arizona. Lindsay G. from New Jersey. Jennifer R. from California. What do these three and seven other iPoll users all have in common? They were the winners for the week of January 22nd. What did they win? A sweet infusion of $25 into their iPoll cash rewards account. How did they do it? They each took about two minutes to enter a quiz. Two minutes. Twenty-five dollars. We should all earn that much every two minutes!

This week is all about winning. More to the point, it’s about one team winning. (I know… you’re thinking Puppy Bowl. Actually, with that event, we are all winners!) It’s Super Bowl week, and whether you’re a football fan or not, you won’t be able to escape the buzz about the teams, the games or the commercials. Of course, with iPoll, everyone comes out a winner. You just have to get in the game. By game, we mean taking a few minutes to answer a quiz, complete a Mobile Mission, or take a survey. Certainly not a lot of effort, but the reward can be amazing.

Peanuts

This is one grocery store that is serious about football. Go peanuts! Image Source: Flickr user Brandon Blahnik

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Written by Rick B.

February 1st, 2016 at 8:56 pm

Inside iPoll: Meet Josh Belknap, iPoll’s Renaissance Man

At iPoll, we’re all about surveys. Each week, we launch hundreds of studies on countless topics — from international politics to toothpaste brands. This can get pretty overwhelming, especially if you’re responsible for ensuring that members only receive studies that are relevant to them. Enter Josh Belknap.

Josh, described by his colleagues as the “resident Jack of all Trades” and “unsung hero supreme,” is Vice President of Client Services Technology. That means, among many other things, he turns client needs into user-facing surveys, bridging the gap between corporations and members like you. While relaying questions from clients sounds easy, Josh tackles the process with the user in mind.

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Written by Rick B.

January 29th, 2016 at 8:51 am

Posted in iPoll Interviews

New Year’s Resolution Check In

I’m happy to report that my main New Year’s resolution of losing weight is on track. So far, I’ve dropped eight pounds. There are a lot of motivating factors that went into this resolution. First, carrying around all that extra baggage that accrued during the holidays wasn’t fun, especially when trying to fit into pants. Then there is the “chase factor,” as in chasing my kid around. You’ve got to be in good shape for that. Finally, it’s the health thing. By all accounts, I should weigh a lot less according to my height. I can work with that. Thanks to my Smartphone Lose It app, I know I have a few more months to go to hit my target. This time, I resolve to lose it and keep it off.

For the record, I’ve made this resolution several times over the last couple of years. As with most folks, it’s hard to stay motivated, especially when it comes to a diet. Here are some of the ways you can keep your New Year’s resolutions going.

Sweets

Part of my New Year's resolution is to avoid a place like this at all costs! Image Source: Flickr use robgyn

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Written by Rick B.

January 28th, 2016 at 3:16 am

What’s New in Smart Kitchen Appliances?

As with all things in life, when it comes to kitchen appliances, it’s best to go smart. When I think of chefs of the future, Ralph and Ed from The Honeymooners on live TV comes to mind. Back then, the big issue with your kitchen gadget was, “Can it core an apple?” Today, it’s all about connectivity and helping you manage your kitchen hub more efficiently. Here’s a peek at some high tech and super cool kitchen appliances.

Smart Appliance

This is one smart refrigerator. Image Source: Flickr user David Berkowitz

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Written by Rick B.

January 27th, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Tips For Planning a Toddler Birthday Party

Last year our little one turned one. We pulled out all the stops. There were so many balloons that nobody could walk around. The three-tier Mickey Mouse theme cake was custom made. There was a big banner. The house was jammed pack. Did the kid say, “Thank you?” No. Did he remember any of this? Doubtful. Well, it’s time for number two, and we’ve decided to scale things down. Still, there are some tips I will embrace to make sure this party is a smashing success in the annals of two-year-old birthdays.

Kid Party

Simon Says is always fun at a party. Especially with ninjas. Image Source: Flickr user Steven Depolo


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Written by Rick B.

January 26th, 2016 at 6:54 pm