Let’s get personal about our smartphones. We love them for business, and they’re a wonderful tool that makes every part of our lives easier.
“Whether [you use your smartphone] as a second screen while viewing advertisements, settling a debate at a bar, looking for a specific address, whatever the place or time, your smartphone is the ultimate link to take immediate action in the digital space,” says Mike DiMarco, Director of Media, FiddleFly Inc.
Here are 5 places you should always use your smartphone.
1. Shopping. “It’s important to comparison shop even when you’re in a hurry, which is why sites like PriceGrabber.com are helpful,” says LeAura Luciano, Social Media Expert and Founder of EverSoPopular.com. “These sites and apps allow shoppers to easily compare prices across the web and at local stores. Simply enter the product name and the site locates a store near you with the lowest price. Better yet, get notified via FreePriceAlerts, a free browser download that updates you via email or mobile app when your desired item drops in price.”
Luciano also suggests taking advantage of SMS coupons and finding offers on social media.
“Simply clicking ‘Like’ on the fan page of one of your favorite brands on Facebook can get you a coupon on the spot,” she adds.
2. Eateries. “A lot of restaurants offer deals for checking in to their business on Foursquare and/or Facebook,” shares David Neuman, Manager, Social Media & Mobile, at Prime Visibility. “It’s worth checking to see if the restaurant you’re dining at is currently offering some sort of incentive.”
3. Food Experiences. “The one place that I always use my smartphone is at a wine tasting,” says Mahesh Lekkala, Wine Legend. “It’s convenient and easy to carry [while having] a glass of wine at the same time.”
Besides, a quick glance at any social media site shows just how many people like to take pics of their meals to share with friends.
4. Out and About. “At football games, I like to follow the stats from the game on my NFL or ESPN apps,” explains Bob Bentz, ATS Mobile. “At baseball games, I use the MLB.tv app for instant replays of close calls.”
Rachelle Moore, Treatments Manager, BestBuzz, uses her smartphone for rock concerts (“I take one photo/video, and then I put it away”) and road trips. “I use my smartphone in new cities when I travel,” she says, “so I don’t get lost, and I can find places to stay, play, and dine.”
5. Everywhere. “A cell phone is always handy in emergency situations: if you were involved in a car accident or in a medical emergency,” says Heather Wong, PR Manager at Sprint.
Jennifer Philpott keeps her smartphone on and available when her allergic son is at school or with a sitter. “My son has anaphylaxis to any milk or egg derivative in any amount. I keep my phone on and I look at incoming alerts, as long as I’m not actively driving.”
A smartphone keeps productive when waiting in a long line, has a camera for catching perfect moments, and a multimedia player for keeping you entertained. Above all, a smartphone gives you peace of mind. If you are lost, running late, or have car trouble, it’s always good to have a smartphone.