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Announcing My Latest Project : Referral Rock

2 Jun

landinglogo3I’ve been somewhat quiet about my latest project: Referral Rock, but now I am ready to add the additional public pressure of letting it be known to all of the Internets!

 

Here’s the gist:

Just about everyone is familiar with customer referral programs. You know the ones where you refer a friend and you and the friend may get a benefit like 20% off, a $10 gift card, or entry into a drawing for free iPad…

You often see these programs with larger businesses where running customer referral program online has been proven to increase the number of new customers for businesses. Not only do they acquire more business but they can track exactly where it came from.

Here’s how I came up with it:

So as I was sitting in a car dealership waiting for service, I watched a new customer come in and mention they were referred by a previous customer. The dealer looked confused and not able to place the name of the previous customer. That’s when I realized small businesses lacked the tools to make a customer referral program work. I have taken the best practices of customer referral systems for big businesses and built one specifically for small businesses.

What it does:

1. Create your own program (hosted on it’s own website)
2. Run your program through a system who’s sole goal is to get you more referrals
3. Track and monitor the results

What I need:

I’m looking for small businesses who want to try out the system for free and give me feedback.  Please use the invite code: ANNOUNCED and sign up here: http://referralrock.com/signup.html

 

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ioBridge Breast Milk / Freezer Monitor

11 Oct

My first ioBridge project is a freezer monitor.  It’s fairly simple but quite valuable.

Here’s the background:

My wife and I recently added our first child into the world and decided to breast feed.  With breast feeding comes pumping and storing breast milk for later use for the baby.  My wife refers to our stored milk as “liquid gold”, it’s a major time and convenience  commitment to do it properly.  As with any milk, breast milk has a short shelf life so freezing is necessary.

We also live in an area where a lot of the power that comes to our house comes in through above ground lines, so when there is inclement weather we are at risk of short to long power outages.   The freezer is inherited from my parents.  I don’t know exactly how old it is, but it’s running!  I’m sure its days are numbered.

So all of this leaves us in a constant state of worry about our freezer storing this precious commodity.   Is there power at the house?  Is our freezer dead?  IS THE MILK OK?

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The old phrase “crying over spilled milk”  has never made as much sense as it does now.

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