Why Pokémon GO Lure Modules are Great for Small Businesses

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Since its release, Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm as people of all ages have come together to “catch ’em all.” Pokémon GO is a free mobile gaming app for iOS and Android smartphones that allows players to play the Pokémon games in a whole new way. Thanks to Niantic’s real-world gaming platform, the app uses actual locations for exploring and capturing Pokémon, collecting items at PokéStops, and battling against others at PokéGyms. Not only does this game benefit players by encouraging them to exercise, socialize, and explore their surroundings, it has also greatly benefited small businesses. How? We at Blogging Rubbish are here to tell you why Pokémon GO is great for small businesses.

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If your business happens to be a PokéStop on the game, you have probably noticed people stopping by while on their phones and leaving shortly after. Chances are they are playing Pokémon GO and were just collecting items that PokéStops drop in-game. While that might seem good for business, the real benefit comes when you use an item called a Lure Module. Lure Modules are items that, once activated at a PokéStop, will cause random Pokémon to spawn for those playing the game at your location. One Lure Module lasts for 30 minutes and once it is activated it is sure to attract nearby players as it appears on their game’s map.

Lure Modules can be purchased in-game, and has the option of either buying one Lure Module for 100 PokéCoins or eight Lure Modules for 680 PokéCoins. You can get PokéCoins by purchasing them in-game with the following options:

  • 100 PokéCoins – $0.99
  • 550 PokéCoins – $4.99
  • 1,200 PokéCoins – $9.99
  • 2,500 PokéCoins – $19.99
  • 5,200 PokéCoins – $39.99
  • 14,500 PokéCoins – $99.99

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Let’s say you don’t even have a PokéStop at your business but you would like to get in on some of the benefits. Print up some flyers or bring a sandwich board to your nearest PokéStop that says this “Lure is on us” with your website or business’s name on it. It is simple, cheap, and memorable.

Remember: PokéStops may attract people to stop by, but Lure Modules convince them to stay.

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6 Things You Need to Become a ‘Pokémon Go’ Master!

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If you’re playing Pokémon GO (and who are we kidding, everyone is), you know that the only REAL requirement is a compatible smartphone. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring a few extras with you to make the game even more enjoyable.

Here are six things you need to play Pokémon GO.

1. Portable Battery Charger

As you’ve probably already learned, this game is a real battery-drainer. A portable charger like the Native Union JUMP Cable is your best friend here. It’s basically a charge cable with its own built-in battery pack!

They offer a Lightning version for iPhone and a micro-USB version for Android phones.

2. Flashlight

Sometimes that one Pokémon you’ve been looking for only pops up at night. If you’re going to do a little nighttime hunting, it helps to have a flashlight. You can use the built-in flashlight on your smartphone, or for something a little more powerful (but still portable), check out the LED Lenser T7 Tactical Flashlight. It gives off a lot of light for its size.

3. Headphones

Whether you’re listening to the in-game audio while playing, or jamming to your favorite music playlist while hatching eggs in incubators, or even catching up on a podcast, there’s no sense bugging others around you with noise. Bring some headphones like the Jaybird X2 wireless sport headphones to keep the audio to yourself.

4. Water Bottle

If you’re playing out in the summer heat, it’s important to stay hydrated. Keep a water-filled Camelbak Eddy Bottle on hand. It’s spill-resistant, sports a built-in straw so you don’t have to tip the bottle to drink, and the loop-cap makes it easy to carry around.

5. Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from the sun is just as important as staying hydrated. Pick up a bottle of Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 70 and thank us later.

6. A Sense of Adventure

That’s right, it’s not all about cool products. Pokémon GO is all about exploration, so you’ll want to bring along a sense of adventure as you check out tons of new spots, including museums, memorials, and historic markers. Have fun out there!

Don’t forget to stay safe! Make sure you read my article 4 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE WHILE PLAYING ‘POKÉMON GO’

4 Tips for Staying Safe While Playing ‘Pokémon GO’

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To say that Pokémon GO has become a worldwide phenomenon is a massive understatement.

It seems like everywhere you go these days, you’ll find large groups of people walking around, phone in hand, capturing those cute little pocket monsters, talking to each other about tips and strategies, or perhaps battling back and forth for control of a local gym. This game has practically changed society overnight.

While the game is a lot of fun (and more than a little addictive), any game that draws so many people together in public places is certain to draw out the bad element at times, like it or not.

Here are four tips to stay safe out there while you collect ’em all.

1. Stay Aware of Your Surroundings

Walking around staring at your phone screen, especially in populated areas, is risky business at the best of times. While playing Pokémon GO, you need to make sure you don’t accidentally wander into traffic, or walk off a pier, etc. Pay even more attention to your environment than usual, if you must.

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2. Capture with Friends

Pokémon GO is, after all, designed to be a social game, so it’s best if you bring along a friend or two to accompany you while playing. You can not only help one another be aware of your surroundings, but a group walking together is less likely to be targeted by bad guys and Team Rocket.

3. Avoid Lures in Sketchy Places

As inviting as that 1:00am Pokéstop lure in the middle of the woods seems, it might have been set up by someone looking for trouble. Don’t be…well, lured into a bad situation just to nab a few extra Pokéballs. It’s not worth it.

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4. Don’t Trespass on Private Property

While it’s tempting to jump a fence to snatch up a rare Pokémon, you don’t have a right to enter someone’s private property to do so. Don’t sneak around strangers’ back yards, or trespass on government property where you’re not allowed to be.

Keep these tips in mind and stay safe out there, trainers!

What is the strangest place you have found Pokémon thus far?

The 3 Best Stock Trading Apps

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There are several new apps for stock trading directly from your mobile device. A few of the most popular ones are Robinhood, Acorns, and Stash Invest. They are all available on Android and iOS. Let’s take a look at some of the best stock trading apps.

Robinhood is known for its easy to use interface and award-winning design. It has won awards in both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. Other pros of Robinhood are that it doesn’t require a lot of money to get started with trading. Once you make money through the app it is easy to transfer from the app directly into your checking account. On the con side, having to wait till your earnings are listed as settled before you can transfer them to your account can cause key opportunities to be missed. If you want to reinvest and you have to wait 3 days for your earnings to post, you may miss something. Many of these stock trading apps work in similar ways. There is a good how-to article with screenshots on businessinsider.com.

The Acorns app is based on investing spare change. When you make a purchase using your linked checking account,  the total is rounded up to the next dollar and used to invest. There are only 5 portfolios to choose from, though. The fees are relatively low at $1 a month for accounts under $5000 and .25% for those over $5000. Depending on how much you make though the fees can be high. If you are not making more than a few dollars a month then  the $1 a month fee can seem kind of steep.

With Stash Invest, you can start investing with as little as $5 in your account. The site allows you to choose your investment options but will give recommendations. Stash Invest gives the choice of 30 or more investments. Their fees are the same as Acorns’ fees.

When choosing a mobile app to use for investing, be sure to read the fine print on fees and disclaimers. It’s a good idea to read through the app store reviews as well.

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What types of rewards programs are there?

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Rewards programs are available nearly every place you shop (even at some of your favorite Foodie Places). Whether it’s at the mall, at the grocery store, or on your phone, rewards programs help save you money as you shop, play, and surf the web.

1) Phone rewards- Apps such as Lucktastic and Google Play Rewards offer money for a few seconds of your time a day. Lucktastic is a lottery game where scratch off cards offer points as winnings. After so many points, they can be cashed in for items such as gift cards and sweepstakes entries. Google Play Rewards, run by Google itself, offers rewards for surveys based on location, shopping habits, and even opinion. Rewards vary in amount, and can be used to purchase items in the Google Play Store.

2) In-store rewards: To bring in more customers, some stores offer instant reward dollars after so much money is spent on their products. Stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Torrid, and Kohl’s offer deals year-round that can then be used to reduce the out-of-pocket expense of shoppers later on in the year.

3) Credit rewards: These stores also offer reward points based on money spent using store-issued credit cards. Points are often issued so many per dollar, and after a certain amount of points are collected, the cardholder may receive a voucher in the mail to use on their next visit to the store.

4) Gas rewards: Supermarkets and supercenters that have connections with gas stations often offer a reward card that, while taking cents and dollars off of products in the store, also takes cents off at the pump. Kroger’s shopping card, issued free, gives points according to dollars spent, much like credit reward cards. After so many dollars are spent per month, shoppers can take off more per gallon at the gas station.

There are hundreds of rewards programs across the internet. While it seems like just another card to keep up with, participating in reward programs can ultimately save hundreds, even thousands, of dollars per year– just for swiping a card.

Warby Parker is where you need to get your next pair of glasses

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They look good. They’re cheap. They’re socially conscious. They’re the coolest glasses on the block. Gracing the faces of those in-the-know since 2010, Warby Parker is revolutionizing the online and in-store eyewear industry.

By cutting out the middleman and selling their glasses directly to customers, Warby Parker can skip the retail markup to offer substantially lower prices than their less-cool competitors. And by designing them in-house, they have complete control over the look and feel. This freedom to think big means that if you want something bold, unique, and innovative, Warby Parker probably has what you’re looking for. They even sell unironic, no-joke, prescription monocles.

Warby Parker practices the type of “buy-one-give-one” philanthropy epitomized by TOMS, those ubiquitous slippers that dominated hipster footwear for several summers. Warby Parker’s model of corporate giving, however, stands to have a greater impact in the communities they serve, as well as being far more sustainable in the long-term. The company works with nonprofit partner VisionSpring to train locals to conduct eye exams and serve as eyewear stores, thus creating jobs and stimulating local economies.

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If you have a Warby Parker shop near you, their stores are genuinely fun places to hang. They have photo booths, swanky book-lined walls, local art and photography, and they are known to host happening parties featuring the two best words in the English language: free food. Some stores even have professional photographers on staff; after they snap your pic, they’ll hook you up with both digital and printed copies … and it’s all on the house!

If you can’t make it into a retail location, Warby Parker will ship you five pairs of glasses to try out for five days for free. Wear them around, select the pair you would like to keep and buy them online, and then just pop the box back in the mail when you’re done. Could it be any easier?

Whether you’re nearsighted or farsighted, need reading glasses or prescription sunnies, or you’re just in the market for a monocle, Warby Parker has everything you need to be the coolest kid in school. Click here to view and order your Warby Parker glasses.

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3 Delicious Rewards Programs for Your Foodie Needs

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As much as anyone would love a good home-cooked meal, eating out and ordering fast food has become increasingly popular. Wouldn’t it be nice to get more for your hard-earned money? We think so, and that is why we have found 3 rewards programs that will make your wallet happy.

Papa Rewards: Do you like Papa John’s or pizza in general? If so, then this is the rewards program for you! Their motto is “Order. Eat. Earn. Repeat,” which is literally you get to do. Basically, you create an account and enroll in Papa Rewards. Afterwards, you will earn 1 point for every $5 you spend when you order online. For 10 points, you can get a chocolate chip cookie, cheese sticks, or garlic knots. For 20-30 points, you can get a free large pizza.

Piece of the Pie Rewards: Yes, another pizza rewards program. This time it is by none other than Domino’s! Similar to Papa Rewards, you will have to create an account and enroll in their reward program. Every online order of $10 or more will earn you 10 points (only one order per calendar day can earn points). Once you earn 60 points, you can redeem them for a free medium 2-topping pizza.

Subway Rewards: Subway Rewards requires you to get a Subway Card and to load money on it. Each time you swipe your card in-store, you will earn 1 point per $1 spent. You will even get 25 free points just for signing up, and you can opt in to receive a free birthday goody along with bonus offers. You can redeem your points for a variety of treats, such as a cookie, chips, drinks, or even subs. Not bad, right?

Tell me about the reward programs you use.