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3 Apps You Need to Hyper-Organize Your Life

Posted on July 3, 2015 by

Not all of us are born organizational wizards. These are the Monica Gellars of the world and, for a long time, we have admired their adorable compulsive ways thinking, “but where do they find the time to colour code AND alphabetize their DVDs? This is insanity!” (And also possibly the year 2000).

So I am about to take this mentality into 2015 and turn your productivity game all the way up. All you need is a smart phone and you, too, can experience the sweet serenity of an organized life—without the time commitment or a DNA-coded Type-A personality.

1. The Ultimate List-Maker: Wunderlist

Grocery lists. Errand lists. Lists of things to do, see, watch, read. Potential baby names. Your future novel ideas. These are what typically make up the chaotic Notes section on an iPhone. After a while this can become an eyesore and you end up using the “search” feature more than you actually write anything. Enter Wunderlist: the app that lets you list out your life, share it with friends or coworkers, sync with all your devices, and actually get stuff done!

2. The Ultimate Closet-Organizer: Closet +

Now you can have all your clothes in a pile at the bottom of your closet, but with your phone camera and this app, you’ll never have to go digging again to put together the perfect outfit! Closet+ is the fashionista’s dream, as you basically have a personal stylist in your pocket, but is also the perfect no-muss no-fuss way to see what you have to work with and put it all together:

3. The Ultimate Note-Taker: Notability

If list making isn’t your thing, or you find there just isn’t enough space for all your thoughts, Notability could be the answer to your prayers. You can organize your notes by subject, colour code, record audio, and write with a stylist (seamless handwriting!) or a keyboard – which means however you take notes best, this app has a way to handle it:

And the best part about your newly organized life? It all just cost you less than $5 for a lifetime of sweet, organized (actually-remembering-what-you-came-to-the-grocery-store-for), bliss.

 

(You’re welcome).

Uber-gate

Posted on January 30, 2015 by

In the past month, Edmontonians have been exposed to a series of back and forth debates on whether the use of the mobile app Uber, an alternative transportation service, should be outlawed. Recently, many taxi drivers across the city made their voices heard in a peaceful protest opposing Uber, fearing it will take business away from established taxi services. The City of Edmonton heard these outcries and issued a temporary motion to place an injunction on Uber until they meet city bylaws. In the meantime, Uber driver, if caught, can be slapped with a ticket for operating against this temporary bylaw.

As someone who has not personally used Uber, but am aware of its benefits and know people in my personal and professional life who have used the app to the utmost of positivity, I think that we may simply be prolonging the inevitable. As such, on Wednesday, January 28th 2015, Uber launched on online petition for Edmontonians to sign that is addressed to Edmonton’s City Council, highlighting statistics and benefits to having Uber become fully operational in Edmonton. By Wednesday evening, over 5,000 people had signed the petition.

Uber is offering the people of Edmonton a more reliable and trusted mode of transportation to get to and from business meetings,  shopping centres, or just getting home from the bar on a Friday night. Allowing people to have options when it comes to their mode of transportation should be an informed choice they can make. As my shallow knowledge of politics comes out, I will say that if a service like Uber comes along, and theoretically overtakes conventional taxis, that’s the unfortunate/beneficial aspect of capitalism. When something better comes along, people will want it. I believe that Uber may very well be a step towards a future that is inevitable, might as well embrace it. If not, I guess we should all trade in our smartphones for flip phones, obviously.

Here is the petition page Uber developed for Edmonton.

 

Facebook Ad Scheduling is here!

Posted on August 5, 2014 by

The feature we’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Facebook Ad Scheduling has been added as a new feature to the Facebook Power Editor.

What Is Ad Scheduling

Anyone who has ever used other ad serving programs like Google Adwords, will appreciate the control this update brings!

From only having your ads show in peak hours, to having specific campaigns for lunch hours, you can now program your ads to show exactly when and where you want! This feature is only available for campaigns that utilize the lifetime budget option.

Need help or advice with your Facebook campaigns? Let us know in the comments or shoot us an email at info@zagcreativegroup.com.

 

Flappy Fortune

Posted on March 14, 2014 by

By now everyone has at least heard of Flappy Bird with its meteoric rise and end. Aside from the crazy story behind the game, I was fascinated to learn just how much those tiny ads at the top truly generated in income for the developer.

Now I’m no stranger to the ads – we create and run them for lots of our clients but I had never stopped to think about how much money they can actually generate. The article above (and I’ve read it other places before) estimates that he took home almost $50,000 a day. That was AFTER Apple and Google took their share. Even now that he has taken the game down, the residual players are generating enough income for him to have quit his job. Suddenly I find myself reconsidering my chosen line of work.

When I heard the developer was removing the game from the app store I hustled my way over to get a copy out of sheer curiosity. I didn’t know much about it at the time but I’ve grown to understand the appeal of the game. I will admit though, I dont know how people were/are so eager to click on the ads when they are desperately trying to keep the bird from dying.

For those who missed out on the game before it was taken down, you can purchase your own little piece of history on sites like ebay where phones are reported to sell for thousands. Or if you would like, send me an email and we might be able to work out a deal of our own. After all, I’m not above cashing in on a craze 😉

Spend Less For Fresh!

Posted on August 1, 2013 by

It’s no secret that a great website goes a long way in terms of a company’s place within the market. Or maybe it is a secret and I just let the proverbial cat out of its proverbial bag… Ah-well, in the words of the great Notorious B.I.G “If you don’t know, now you know”.

Not to pump our own tires or anything but we know websites – we like websites – we know that we like to make websites and that the websites we make are really great. Want proof? It’s in the pudding.

The pudding.

 

*Warning: the images you are about to see may cause uncontrollable cravings for healthy eats and sporadic BBQ’ing. Wardrobe matching to fruits and veggies has also been reported.

Egg-zactly

Posted on March 28, 2013 by

It’s Thursday afternoon before a long weekend and we’re all desperately cramming in the last bits before we flitter off to hunt Easter eggs with our families.

We thought we’d send you on a virtual hunt, just in case you’re not planning one for the weekend, or on the off chance a little entertainment is egg-zactly what the doctor ordered this fine, spring afternoon.

For the Photoshop jockeys

For Google surfers

For Word techs

  • open a new document
  • type “=rand(200,99)” without the quotes around it
  • hit enter

 

Enjoy your holiday!

| March 3 | Technology
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“Choosy developers choose GIF”

Posted on January 28, 2013 by

For a while back in, I dunno, 1991, it was leet to have a GIF in your signature line. By the early 2000s, doing so made you look like a hopeless luddite whose crowning digital achievement was knowing what texting was (but the confusion of T9 would be too much for you to use it).

I admit it; I mercilessly mocked a few people. Mostly because a blooming, 8-bit rose in the signature of a “digital specialist” whose name just happened to be Rose, did not inspire confidence. Oh, and I’m a snob.

The funny thing is that along with acid wash leggings, skinny belts and neon colours, all things 80s are hot again – and that includes the GIF. And like any good retro trend, it’s being reimagined too.

Twitter just released Vine, an app that adds 6-second video capability to an already impressive platform. In fact, the release is making some herald Twitter as the town square for the digital age. I’m not there yet, but it certainly is a significant information source for me.

So, after waiting into Saturday with my screen doing this:

Vinewaitingimage

I then spent hours making drinks disappear (to record it I swear!) and creating weird DIY videos that look a little like magic tricks. I think I’m in love. Check out what others are doing and you might be too.

| January 1 | Technology
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Translation Fails

Posted on September 20, 2012 by

We put a lot of faith in technology these days and while nothing is ever perfect, I find that audio translation still has a long way to go. I started using Siri a lot more now that driving and texting is frowned upon (ok, illegal) and we don’t always see eye to eye on what I am trying to write. The same goes for most other software I have come across but there are also times when it provides some much needed comic relief.

Eye hop you envoy.

Social Media is Taking Over

Posted on August 16, 2012 by

It used to be if your company didn’t have a website, you were way behind the times. This is still true by the way, but now if your company is not engaging its audiences via social media you may also be missing out on in more ways than one.

SEO is a constantly evolving practice and when you happen to be the biggest search powerhouse, you get to make most of the rules.  Google is continuing to move forward with its focus on original content and the engagement of people versus keywords.  So what does this mean?  It means Google wants you to engage your customers online (and why wouldn’t they?) and the more ways you do this, the better off your rankings will be (because let’s face it Google is making the rules here).

What else does that mean? It’s time to re-think social media as part of your marketing strategy.  These tools are not just for looking up old friends (read: creeping exs) and finding out why the traffic is at a standstill on Highway 2. They are gaining in prominence and should not be overlooked as viable marketing tools. /rant.

If you want to read more.  Read this.

 

Colourful Interactions

Posted on June 21, 2012 by

I’ve done a lot of research about online environments lately. I’ve looked at who has the largest market share, the trends for who’s going to have the largest market share. I’ve read about the threat of thermonuclear war between two giants and I’ve weighed in on the value of the conversations we’re having. I’ve debated apps and platforms and gone mobile.

I’ve written tweets, blogs, and posts and written tips for writing tweets, blogs and posts. I’ve pinned and shared and generally interacted with abandon, all in my search for the best ways to use our current technologies for different sectors.

And then, just when I thought I had an answer? Another approach showed up. Well, colour me surprised why don’t you?

 

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