AI Product Review: Amazon Echo “Alexa” (2nd Generation)

This is the 2nd generation version of Amazon Echo, an Artificial Intelligence device for the home, which responds by the name “Alexa”. Amazon Echo leverages the Bing search engine to lookup interesting facts. Amazon echo connects to a plethora of applications including: Amazon Prime, Amazon Music, Pandora, Sirus Radio, NPR News, Spotify, Satellite Dish, and Uber.

Amazon Echo’s features are performed via voice commands. Here is a list some its features:

  • Ask about the Weather
  • Get updated on News events
  • Play Music
  • Make Phone Calls
  • Schedule Calendar Appointments
  • Set Reminders
  • Create Shopping Lists
  • Order items on Amazon.com
  • Order Pizza
  • Reserve an Uber
  • Turn on/off lights (with compatible wall plug ins, switches, and/or bulbs)
  • Control thermostat (with compatible thermostat box)
  • and more…

Pros:

  • Voice Activated Assistant: These same tasks require time and user entry via a computer or a smart phone.
  • New features and apps are added all the time including: current movie showtimes, available Yelp reviews, and audio reading of Kindle books.

Cons:

Amazon Echo still appears to have a lot of kinks to work out:

Check this out! Alexa lost her Voice!

Click the picture below to review the 8 common Amazon Echo problems.

8 common Amazon Echo problems – and how to fix them quickly

Privacy:

There has been a lot of concern about Amazon Echo listening to what you say. There is an option to hear all of the voice recordings and delete them.

Click the picture below to find out how to delete the Amazon echo recordings.

How to hear all your Amazon Echo recordings (and delete them too!)

Product Review:

 

I give Amazon Echo’s 2nd Generation “Alexa” 4 out of 5 stars. It has some cool features and connections to apps, which make common tasks much simpler and fun to execute through voice commands. Amazon still has a way to go with “Alexa” in improving the software bugs and connectivity issues as well as providing easier security controls for data privacy. Maybe the next generation of Amazon Echo will have these issues worked out. For now, there are work arounds to address these issues. Click on the links, under the cons and privacy sections, to review how.

Distribution Channels:

For Amazon enthusiasts, below are a few of the locations where you can shop and buy an Amazon Echo:

10 Things You Should Ask A Future Employer

10 Questions You should learn to ask Future Employers


Here are 10 questions that you can ask future employers. I came across this list a few years back. Not sure exactly where it came from, but I wanted to share it with those of you out there looking for employment.

1) What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate? This is a great open-ended question that will have the interviewer put his or her cards on the table and state precisely what they are looking for.

2) What is the single most significant problem facing your staff and would I be in a position to help you solve this problem? This question not only shows that you are immediately thinking about how you can help the team, but it also encourages the interviewer to envision you working at the position.

3) What have you enjoyed most about working here? This question allows the interviewer to connect with you on a more personal level, sharing his or her feelings.

4) What constitutes success at this position and this firm or nonprofit? This question shows your interest in being successful there, and the answer will show you both how to get ahead and, whether or not it is a good fit for you.

5) Do you have any hesitations about my qualifications? You’ll show that you’re confident in your skills and abilities.

6) Do you offer continuing education and professional training? Showing that you are interested in expanding your knowledge and ultimately growing with the employer.

7) Can you tell me about the team I’ll be working with? This question also tells you about the people you will interact with daily, so listen to the answer carefully.

8) What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth? Do your homework on the employer’s site beforehand and mention a new product or service its launching to demonstrate your research and interest.

9) Who previously held this position? This seemingly straightforward questions will tell you whether that person was promoted or fired or if he/she quit or retired. That in turn, will provide a clue to whether there’s a chance for advancement, employees are unhappy the place is in turmoil, or the employer has workers around your age.

10) What is the next step in the process? It shows that you’re interested in moving along in the process and invites the interviewer to tell you how many people are in the running for the position.

Good Luck!

Does Google know your last purchase?

Google knows all your past purchases. Most of our accounts (banks or utilities) are tied to our email addresses. Our email addresses are tied to our friends and family’ addresses. Google has everything it needs to predict and advertise your next product using your social network, your likes and your previous purchases. I would say Google is pretty good at providing you with your potential needs or wants for most items. I associate it to brainwashing.

Lately, I have been getting a lot of shoes Ads from Amazon. I’m not a shoes person and definitely not looking for them on the internet with Amazon. I prefer the in person experience at a shoes store. After the first exposure, I tried to ignore these ads; however, after the 3rd time, I decided to click on this “Amazing deals you don’t want to miss” and “Deals end on Sunday”. I eventually gave in and made a sample purchase to test out the process.

Google use the right marketing strategies to ensure they get new customers. Their marketing strategies are effective at least to peak their consumers’interests.

My coworker shared Google advertised to him personal private jet. I can probably guess he made some high dollar purchases or that someone from this network purchased a private jet!

I notice Google hasn’t suggested me a house. Maybe they haven’t figured out the right house because of the complexity of other factors or that real estate companies haven’t paid for the data. Until then, our generation will have a lot of stuff but not a lot of land.

10 Things Every Modern Woman Needs

Women in this day and age are strong, powerful and confident. We can master  drone flying skills, own the latest gadget, and be the best driver on the street. At the same time, we can still dress up in the little black dress, watch our favorite movies and listen to our favorite songs. Who says we can’t have it all? These 10 things below will help you become that independent, happy and self motivated woman.

1. A Selfie Drone-
Every self-loving woman should own a selfie drone. Imagine you come upon a beautiful wild flowers field and you want to capture this scenery with you in it. How will you go about it without asking for help?  With a selfie drone, you can let it take off in the air capturing beautiful image of you and the wildflowers. You can record and take photos or videos without assistance of your significant others or strangers. You can find a drone with capability to live stream your video straight to your social media. What I have shown here is my DJI Mavic Pro. The drone is super easy to use. Do you know what the best part is? It folds and fits within a standard 8X11 paper. That means it can easily fit into medium sized purses or standard sized backpacks.

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2. Self Defense Skills-
Every woman needs to have the skills to protect themselves against physical or emotional abuse. You never know when you will need it. You can find free classes offered at your community or rec centers. Some places charge a fee as donation to women shelters to help women or men of domestic abuse.

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3. Defensive Driving Techniques-
All that talk about woman are bad drivers? Let shatter that stereotype! There are many driving classes that can help you become better drivers. Other than breaking the stereotypes, you just want to be safer on the road for your family and loved ones.

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4. A job (even if it’s volunteering)-
A job, whether its a paid or volunteer position, can be fun. Other than money, a job can help fulfill your physiological needs such as: power, status and/or relatedness. Studies reflect people with more friends live longer and healthier.

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5. A hobby (other than your job)-
Doing something you love will keep your mind off the challenging or mundane tasks. This hobby can be taking photo with your selfie drone. Otherwise, it can be a tennis game or a long distance run.

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6. A nice purse-
Yes, a “nice” purse. “Nice” is relative. Price doesn’t matter. If you can afford it, buy it. Why not? The color can be neutral or as bright as you want it to be.

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7. A black dress-
Every woman needs a black dress that makes you feel beautiful and empowered. This can be a formal dress or just a dress you want to wear causally. It can be loose or form-fitting as long as it fits your personality and style.

Image from davidsbridal.com

8. A list of favorite songs-
This list can have different genres. You need a list of songs that can pump you up for a workout, ease you into your morning routines or set the moods for your quiet evenings.

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9. A list of favorite movies-
These are movies that you can watch over and over again. Movies that can bring you back to the moment of happiness you experienced or bring you hope into the future.

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10. A handmade recipe collections from friends and family-
This recipe book is not the same one you purchase from a bookstore. The book should consist of your favorite dishes collected from friends and family. You have taste-tested them and loved them. If you don’t already have this book, create one now!!!

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Now you have the 10 things every modern woman needs. Maybe you live happier and healthier lives. Share your aerial photos of your life with us!

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Preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse (…or Natural Disasters…)

…and What to Keep in Your Go-Bag – be sure to check out the video below!

When the zombie apocalypse comes (and we all know it will…) will you be ready?  Okay, well maybe a natural disaster is a more likely emergency scenario to prepare for.  Either way, emergency preparedness is gaining more attention across social media and for good reason.  This article and attached video provides a quick way to get a jump start on the plan and put together a go-bag.

While everyone’s list and bag may look a little different here are some initial ideas for things to include:

  • Backpack
  • Protein Bars (pay attention to expiration dates)
  • Pet Food
  • Prescriptions including eyeglasses or contact lenses
  • Gloves, both sterile and work-type
  • Socks & Undergarments
  • Water bottle and water filter
  • Utility knife and tool set
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • 2-way radios
  • Emergency blankets
  • Ponchos/Rain gear
  • Travel Towels
  • Duct tape
  • Batteries
  • Toiletries & Personal Items
  • Garbage bags
  • Axe Body Spray (Zombie Repellant)

When assembling your bag, think about what you’d want to be accessible first in an emergency.  Put these items at the top of the bag or in an accessible pocket (you will need quick access to that Axe Body Spray to fend off the undead).

Grouping items in plastic Ziploc-type bags can help keep things organized and prevent things from getting water-logged in bad weather.  Once your go-bag is filled, find a place in your home that is easily accessible.  Near your bedroom door or a closet near an entrance to your home are possible locations.  Be sure that everyone in the family knows where it is and how to best access in case of an emergency…or zombie proliferation.

Stay safe out there, and check out the video!

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Are you making any of these marketing mistakes?

Are you making any of these marketing mistakes?

1. Failure to Create a Strategy with Measurable Goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

In digital marketing, a well-defined strategy is not only the key to establishing a strong direction, but it is also the impetus for aligning valuable content with a target audience. If a digital marketing strategy is missing, both the customers and employees of the organization will not understand the intent of the digital marketing message. Thus, the purpose and value would be lost. Therefore, it is imperative that an organization creates and refines their digital marketing strategies and goals to help them reach their target audience, measure their results, achieve organizational growth and remain competitive in the market.

2. Targeting the Wrong Audience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When starting a new company one of the most important things that are going to determine whether you make it or not is how you will market your product to the consumer, and who you target.  If you target the wrong consumer segment, it could destroy your company because consumers will not be attracted to your product.  If you target the right consumer, your company could be the next Coca-Cola or Disney.

3. Not Having a User Friendly Website

 

 

 

 

Did you know that having a website that an unfriendly website design will not only reduce traffic to the website, but it also results in a negative perception of the brand? It is true. So, what does it mean to create a “user-friendly” website? For a website to be user-friendly, it must have a minimum of the following 3 key features:
    1. Speed: Customers expect web pages to load in 3 seconds or less. If the response rate is slower than 3 seconds, the customer may click away from the site.
    2. Design: The design of the website must be intuitive and easy navigated by someone who is new to the site.
    3. Mobile Compatibility: The website must be compatible with mobile devices.

4. Marketing Across Too Many Social Platforms

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specific targeted marketing audiences likely don’t spend time on every social platform.  Allocating your resources to the right platform is therefore critical to ensuring your marketing efforts aren’t spread too thin.  Start by studying and understanding which social platforms are primarily used by your audience and target the message to the three of four platforms that most closely align with the audience.  Keep it narrow and focused for optimal results.

5. Ignoring Negative Feedback

Business on social media helps connect business directly with customers. A business can expect positive or negative comments. All positive and negative feedback is visible to the public.  Avoid the temptation  to delete or ignore the comments.  Business should address the negative feedback as quickly as possible. Customers will follow the company’s response and judge how quickly  and effectively they respond. Customers will search for feedback prior to purchase. Social ratings are available in Google review. A company can turn a complaint into a positive experience.

6. Not Leveraging Your Data

 

 

Effective marketing campaign managers measure performance through data, research, analysis and other performance tools.  Social media marketing requires a similar attention to the data to drive improved results.  Social marketers can improve their performance by leveraging Google Analytics or the tools provided by the social media platform.  Leverage the data to drive improved results.