Location Based Mobile App Skout Deals

  • November 3, 2017
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Remember the days when you’d go to a web site, find something you like, go to checkout and then see the promo code box? You’d freak out and start frantically searching web sites like 9malls.com or RetailMeNot for coupon codes only to realize there are none available. A couple named Alice and Bryan Payne felt your pain and began developing the next generation of coupon/discount shopping, but this time instead of you searching for the coupon the coupon finds you.

Yes, you heard right the coupon code actually finds you using location based tracking. Alice and Bryan Payne were avid seekers of the best deal. King and Queens of discount shopping, but the pursuit of finding the best price started to become a full time job. They wanted and needed a faster way of finding deals, but there simply wasn’t anything out there. That’s why in 2014, Payne founded Skout Deals, which offers a free location-based deals app.

Download Skout Deals Today:

https://www.skoutdeals.com/

Skout Deals Mobile App

Image: Screenshot of the Skout Deals web site with Apple Store and Google Play download options.

Sounds Great, But What Does The App Do Exactly?

“We want to take all the deals from all the brick-and-mortar merchants and let you automatically find deals on items nearby,” Payne says. “Or you can save what you’re looking for — a certain restaurant or a pair of pants — and we notify you when there’s a deal.”

Today the app gives users a whopping 50,000 deals per day! That’s more deals that you could redeem in a lifetime most likely. In August, Skout Deals signed a nationwide partnership with Walmart and Best Buy.

Who Uses This App

The whole concept of coupon codes from paper to internet I think has gone a bit stale, people are desperately searching for an easier way. For this reason the app is taking off in a big way. Skout Deals has 100,000 members nationwide, including 13,000 in Austin TX alone. They say everything is bigger in Texas, including the discounts and user base.

How Does This Company Make Money?

“The company makes money from merchants, with rates ranging from $69 to $199 a month. There is also a free plan that includes one deal a month and no analytics or social media promotions.”

Who Are They

“Who they are: Payne is a veteran yearbook industry executive, where he was a pioneer of online yearbook creation web apps. He was most recently president of Picaboo Yearbooks, which sells online yearbook software.”

Conclusion

100,000 users may sound like a lot, but in order to get this thing even bigger its going to take a lot of work. One problem is getting people to download the app and second it’s getting merchants interested in the product. Help make Skout Deals even more of a success download their app today and if you are a small business they offer a 30 day free trial.

 

Waffle Books Happy Mobile Storybooks On Patreon

I remember the days scouring my grade school library bookshelf for the latest copies of Berenstain Bears. In fact I was such a huge fan a few years later I told a classmate that I like Berenstain Bears and he was shocked I “still read those books.” That sadly was the last time I read Berenstain Bears. I bring up this story because kids today still read books, but the platform they are read on are much different. In my time the platform was paper and ink now in the 21st century it’s mobile. Thankfully there is a author writing just for this 21st century platform called Waffle Books.

Support Waffle Books on Patreon:

https://www.patreon.com/wafflebooks

Waffle Books

Waffle Books follows the adventures of Patrick, Kevin, Arty, and a few of their friends. When Matthew Ryan started writing children’s books his mission was to give kids access to a library of books they’d be interested in inside their pocket. A library full of books that are designed specifically for small screens.

How’s Matthew Ryan Doing Today?

Today I’m happy to report the response has been fantastic! Not only does Ryan get to follow his passion writing books, his books get 4+ ratings on Apple iBooks and many have been editorially featured by Apple, Google Play, and the Google Chrome Store.

Are There Any Bonuses?

Yes, like many many Patreon campaigns I’ve featured on Cash Sherpa there are bonuses. Do you worry! For $1 you get FULL ACCESS to the Waffle Book collection! Yes, you heard right only $1. That’s insanity! For only $5 get early access to books. $10 gets you behind the scenes. $15 or more per month gets you hand drawn characters, once a month in fact. You can’t even buy a mixed drink in New York for less than $15. The value of these bonuses are incredible.

Conclusion

I know it’s an old argument, but growing up with the Internet we got used to free or near free pricing. What I think we failed to realize is that when everything is free or nearly free it becomes generic, almost utility like. I think it’s already started, but society needs to support/value the people and products that resonate with us. It’s time we put our money where our mouth is. Let artists and creators earn money pursuing their passions. Support Matthew Ryan’s Patreon campaign today.

Future Girl Comic Book On Patreon

The story of Future Girl is one of the more interesting campaigns I’ve come across on Patreon. The origin of the Future Girl Comic Book all started with a single photograph. The single photo was taken by photographer Stephen Laico at the Women’s March in Washington, DC, on January 21, 2017. For those of you who haven’t seen the photo it is of a girl holding a sign that reads, “The Future Is Watching.” She is a super hero for taking a stand in something she believes in. Ross Dannenberg, written by Jenn Arledge, our principal artist is Miranda Davila, coloring by Tanya Bobrowski, and lettering by Nikki Sherman took this theme and ran with it. The girl holding the sign, someone society could look up to was reimagined into superhero. Future Girl needs your support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FutureGirl

You’ve probably heard it before. The world needs more role models and for the most part I think there are plenty of positive role models to choose from. Things change when you ask how many role models are there for children, especially girls? The answer is probably not many. There are even fewer positive role models for girls in the arena of comic books. That’s why supporting this Patreon campaign is so important, especially if you agree with what I just said.

The Plot

After a fateful encounter one distant Halloween night, Future Girl discovers there’s more to being a hero than a flashy costume or billowy cape. Aided by her faithful sidekick – the ever anxious Steadfast – and guided by The Horologist – an ancient and mysterious clock maker – Future Girl stops evil in its tracks no matter where or when it may strike. She is a warrior for truth, a beacon for justice, and defender of the human spirit.

Future Girl Logo

The Goal

The goal of the Future Girl Comic Book campaign is just $10 per post, right now it’s just 18% complete. Once the $10 per post goal is met the team will publish pages 2-5 of Issue 1 (page 1 is free for all to read). $2 or more per post gets you all previous benefits plus the print version of Future Girl (After 5-7 total payments).

Are There Any Bonuses?

Yes, there are several bonuses. For $1 per post or $0.25 per page depending how you look at it you will get access to the Patron only blog where they publish the Future Girl comic in digital format. You can also have the print version send to Children’s Hospital in your name at $2 level. $3 gets you access to digital copy as well as special addition print version of the comic book. $5+ gets you all previous plus a signed copy of the print version! Lots of bonuses at very reasonable contribution levels.

Time and time again you hear, “We need more positive messages in our culture.” Well now here’s a chance to put your money where your mouth is. It won’t break the bank either, $1 per post (1/4 of a Starbucks Latte), you can help support a team of artists and foster a positive message. The Future Starts Now! Lets make sure it’s a better one. Please consider donating to the Future Girl Patreon campaign today.

Lauren Eisman Clean Bodies Nutrition Training On Patreon

  • October 9, 2017
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Have you ever needed help choosing foods and activities that will best support your health and well-being? Lauren Eisman is doing this with the Clean Bodies Nutrition Training program and urgently needs your support on Patreon. Visit https://www.patreon.com/CleanBodies to support campaign and find out more information on her inspiring mission.

The program is called the Clean Bodies Nutrition Training program. The program promises users that they will become stronger and smarter everyday. The current obesity rate in the United States is about 36.5% according to the CDC. This information is a little misleading because if you factor in what percentage of Americans who are overweight and obese that number jumps to 70.2% (https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/overweight-obesity).
That’s an insane statistics and one that we as a country should be ashamed of. Good news there’s hope and programs/teachers like Lauren Eisman can help. We need more people like Lauren Eisman teaching us how to live a healthy and emotionally satisfying lives.

Clean Bodies Nutrition Training

How Do I Know I Need This Program? 

If you don’t know if you need this program or not ask yourself the following question: Do you feel low energy all the time? If the answer is yes, I’d suggest first following Lauren Eisman on YouTube and contributing on Patreon. First step to getting your energy back is cleansing your body and  second is to rebuild your health and immune system.

Sounds Interesting… What Do I Get For Contributing? 

There are many bonuses for those that give to Eisman’s Patreon campaign.

$5 or more per month you get Patreon only content, connect with other Patrons, and monthly Q and A. $10/month gives you access to private live streams from Lauren herself! Also, all previous rewards plus ‘Clean Bodies Guide To A Lean & Clean Body’ (16 pages) and progress videos. The ultimate goal of the campaign is to get 100 per month giving to the Patreon campaign.

Join Lauren Eisman and the rest of the Clean Bodies family in becoming stronger and smarter, than the day before! Every single time.

Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/CleanBodies

Subscribe to her on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0eYa7S_KvfMS-Ug-5G8vHA

Bottleneck Breakthrough By Joshua Long

  • August 16, 2017
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Just stated reading Bottleneck Breakthrough How To Find And Fix Your #1 Business Challenge To Unlock Sustainable Growth, Fast by Joshua Long and I’m loving it! Anyone looking to grow their own business should pick up this book.

Bottleneck Breakthrough hasn’t been released yet, but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a brand shinny new pre release copy. You can apply the bottleneck breakthrough method to achieve predictable growth plateaus in every business, and every stage of revenue, whether you’re at $100K or $100M. Best of all his technique builds on what you already do in your business so you don’t have to completely overhaul your operation.

Purchase the book: http://bottleneckbreakthrough.com/book

Bottleneck Breakthrough Book

What’s a Bottleneck?

A bottleneck according to the author is “any point of friction in your business that prevents you from generating more revenue or generating the same revenue more easily.” If your company is just starting out the most common bottleneck is the owner can no longer keep everything running smoothly.

If your business does have a bottleneck this book will show you how to breakthrough step-by-step, complete with action items. Each chapter ends with a complete set of action items for you to follow. I found it interesting that Joshua Long places such importance on good management, especially in small business. I feel management has kind of become a dirty word, Josh feels it’s undervalued in small business and possibly overvalued in fortune 500 companies. Interesting perspective. “Small business owners equate the topic of management with bureaucracy, creating unnecessary oversight and slowing down the implementation process.” Joshua also recommends another “dirty word” in the book, a meeting. Yes, the dreaded meeting word, but not just any meeting a weekly implementation meeting. He guarantees that you at least will get back 3 hours for every one hour you invest in these meetings.

Why Should I Even Listen To Author Joshua Long?

Joshua Long is “a consultant who focuses on helping B2B companies in the $10 million to $100 million range break through their current revenue plateaus and unlock rapid growth. Through his experience as an entrepreneur, marketing director for BBI (The company owned by Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins), and consultant, he has developed Bottleneck Breakthrough Method. It has proven most reliable for unlocking rapid growth for his clients, while reducing the risk of waster capital in the process.”

The book breaks down it’s 6 sections by levels of growth. “The 6 levels of growth include: Mindset, vision, systems, management, strategy, and marketing.” First the forward details the bottleneck, then book goes into the big idea, optimization. Next, in marketing it go into your funnel, traffic pillars, and closing. In management book delves into basics, weekly implementation meeting, and confrontation. Systems is up next with creating one, delegation, documentation, and automation. Then book goes into vision asking readers to explain their goals, and creating a bottleneck breakthrough plan. Finally the book ends with mindset and getting free.

It’s not just a book about generalities it’s a book with specific tactics and tips such as using Google Analytics, Tag Manager, Hotjar tracking tool, Xero the less clunky Quickbooks, and just good old fashioned spreadsheets. I’m just using these examples as proof this isn’t just a book with a birds eye view of the business world, it’s both macro and micro. The best of both worlds.

My Favorite Sections

I especially like the section about reducing fires. I can totally relate to the phenomenon of business owners becoming full time “firemen.” Not firemen in the traditional sense of putting out actual fires, but putting out fires throughout their business. In other words you are completely reactive ALL DAY and end up getting nothing productive done. The solution according to this book is to document and delegate. I also enjoyed the section where Long explains the Dunning-Kruger Effect where when you first start out with 0 experience you have the most confidence, but as you move forward and gain more skin your confidence dips and only rises until you reach the expert phase of your career. One of the hardest things for me to do in my business is to delegate and for reasons Long talks about in the book. “It takes more effort to tell someone else how to do this, so I’ll just do it myself.” I see daily tasks as branches on a tree, I decide to one thing and that thing has unintended consequences that branch off into other obligations. So the thought of delegation also leads me to that fear of for every action there’s a reaction and delegating this task will end up being more work than me doing it myself. Joshua suggests shifting the stating to something more positive, “How easily can I give this to someone who would love doing it and do a great job at it?”

Conclusion

I actually loathe most business books, specially because many authors tend to write about clique generalities or base writing solely off case studies. I do, however, like business books written by authors with first hand, in the trenches, experience. As far as I’m concerned there is no substitute for experience especially in business. That’s why I recommend this book, Bottleneck Breakthrough because it’s an step-by-step, actionable guide to business born out of real world experience. Thanks Joshua Long for writing such a comprehensive business book!

 

Family Locator App With Parental Monitoring

  • July 20, 2017
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Family Orbit is a mobile app to monitor, locate and share contents with family members. It is like a private social network for families, where they can stay connected with their loved ones 24/7, know their where-about, share photos and connect to them immediately when emergencies arise. Get the app on Apple or Google Play: http://www.familyorbit.com

What Can Family Orbit Do?

– Track every one’s location on a realtime map.
– Create Family Places like Home, School and be notified automatically (by push notifications and emails) when they arrives or leaves.
– Check In or Send Panic Alerts to family members.
– View Location History of members up to last 7 days.
– Share Photos privately and securely with everyone in the family.
– Full privacy controls for adult members. They can turn sharing on and off at any time they wish. Child accounts are supervised by their parents.

FamilyOrbit

The app allows creation of child accounts turning it into a parental control software allowing guardian members to:

1. Setup Speed Limits and be notified when their teenager is driving over limit.
2. Monitor “all photos” snapped with the phone’s camera applications.
3. Monitor “all contacts” added to their address book.
4. Monitor device information like Wifi details, and battery information.
5. Children can check which guardian is near to them and request them to pick them up.

What Problems Does It Solve? 

1. Tracking Your Children with GPS on their Smartphone.
2. Private Family Communication with Free Chat and Photo Sharing.
3. Kid’s Mobile Monitoring with Photos, Address Book, Location and Device Information Monitoring.
4. Check-in, Panic and Pick Up for Children to communicate easily with Parents.

Family Orbit gets 4.5 out of 5 stars on Google Play, but so far isn’t rated on Apple. People seem to really like the app. Download the app today.

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