Three free really useful apps for your iPad

Your iPad can be a really useful toolbox. These are my top three free apps that have proved to be really helpful.

1. Unstuck

Sometimes a part of your life just stumps you. It’s difficult to find a way through and you feel stuck. Dr Seuss knows what we’re talking about.

You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

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“Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr Seuss

Unstuck is a great app that helps you lay out your feelings, the situation that’s bothering you and ways to take action to work through it. Basically, Unstuck is “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” for adults. It describes itself as “combining personalised digital tools with tips and know-how from a community of other people facing stuck moments,” and “on-demand coaching whenever you need it”.

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2. SuperNote

Unobtrusive and easy to use, this app has a voice recorder with notepad functionality. Perfect for fast-moving interviews and meetings where you just want to jot down the odd detail and focus your attention on the conversation, SuperNote has proved super handy. You can email yourself and others the audio and notes and it saves them together so you can browse through meetings where the material is saved together. Simply, it works.

Super-Note-medium-icon_66853. Google Drive

Having this app on your desktop and iPad makes accessing files a breeze. Not only do we backup our business there, work on documents simultaneously and share material instantly, but having the app on your iPad means you can pull up something really easily during a meeting or presentation. You never have to worry about saving things in the right place. Easy peasy.

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Winning pinning: Three great Pinterest campaigns

Pinterest. It took a while for people to catch on to this social media platform in South Africa (and to be able to pronounce the name – “pin-interest”? Awkies.), but it’s growing rapidly. There are currently just under 50 million users worldwide. My mom is one of them. Just saying. Yip – best you get on that, if you’re not already.

Because it’s such a visually-rich platform – Pinterest is like a big digital pinboard that allows users to create and curate theme-based image collections, in case you weren’t sure – it has been used very creatively by brands in some nifty campaigns.

There are loads of examples of great uses of Pinterest floating around the internet. These three are of our favourites:

UNICEF ‘S Ami Musa

UNICEF Pinterest

The whole attraction of Pinterest for many people is that it is a platform of aspiration. It allows them to pin pictures of items that, in a perfect world, they would love to have: a dream wardrobe here, an ideal home there, places they’d love to travel to – the list goes on. And then UNICEF showed up and turned the whole concept upside down. They created a fictional character, Ami Musa, a 13-year-old girl from Sierra Leone. She has one board. It is called: “Really want these”. “These” are running water, soap, basic food, shoes, an education – things that we take for granted.

6 pins. 1550 followers – all left with something to think about.

Kotex pop-up store

So this is pretty clever. Kotex and Tel Aviv marketing agency Smoyz got together and created the first ever pop-up Pinterest store. Intrigued? I was too. The store was designed to look like a Pinterest board, and local women lined up for a chance to “pin and win” whatever was inside the mystery gift boxes. Each box had a sentence on it, and ladies had to pick a sentence that inspired them and pin that sentence to their Pinterest board in order to win the contents of the box.

Free stuff + Pinterest – what’s not to love, right? The store attracted a decent amount of attention pretty quickly. Never underestimate the power of an excited woman and a smartphone. Marketing mileage for days on social media.

Clever Kotex, clever.

GIRLS fan art

GIRLS fan art

There are a lot of great series out there that get under people’s skin and crawl into their hearts. Most of these series inspire awesome fan art – but HBO’s GIRLS actually showcases it on their fanGIRLS board. Great use of Pinterest, girls.

P.S. Watch this show. If you haven’t – where have you been?

GIRLS fan art

 

P.P.S. Follow Pomegranite on Pinterest and check our our boards of things that inspire usbeautiful office spaces, useful infographicssocial media laughs, ALL the pomegranates, and all things proudly Cape Town.

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Hitting targets and reaping the rewards

Which Downton Abbey character are you? And other important conversations

When you start your own business, it’s important to step back from time to time and see how far you’ve come. It’s equally important to set targets in order to ensure that you actually put enough distance between yourself and the starting blocks – otherwise it’s not much of a view when you do take that step back.

When Liz and I first sat down together to write our business plan, we made sure to include targets we wanted to reach – and rewards we would claim when we got there.

We reached our first target ahead of schedule, and didn’t waste time in enjoying our reward: a 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage. Ok, originally it was a foot massage, but, being on crutches (still – I know), my ankle wouldn’t have appreciated that very much. So, being accommodating and adaptable, we graciously opted for a back, neck and shoulder massage.

The problem was – we both badly needed haircuts too. I know. Dilemma. So we spent a blissful Wednesday afternoon attending to our tresses and stresses.

The nice thing about these kinds of days is that they give you the opportunity to have really important conversations. Case in point: If you were born in the Downton Abbey time period (early 20th century), would you have been upstairs (upper class) or downstairs (a servant)?

We quickly decided that Liz would have been downstairs and I would have been upstairs. It became important to decide which character we would be in the series, and, interestingly, we came to the answer within seconds, and agreed completely. Liz would be Mrs Patmore, the mouthy, bossy cook, and I would be Mary, the aristocratic ice queen.

Am I right??

We then proceeded to cast everyone we knew in the series, which kept us entertained for quite some time.

That evening, we went to our monthly girls’ dinner, which was hosted by the lovely Vanessa. We were telling her about our day and showing her our new haircuts – to which she said: “Oh, did you cut each other’s?”

Yes, well. You can’t win them all.

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Three brands getting Facebook right

Slowly but surely, brands are shifting their approach on social media from shouting about themselves to as many people as possible, to having a deeper relationship with their unique community. Here are three brands on Facebook who we really like having around – not because they have massive followings, but because they really connect with followers and paint a great picture of who they are and what they do.

First up, the boys at Chandler House.

Chandler House

If you can’t make it over to their wonderland down a little side road in Cape Town’s CBD, you can definitely get of a sense it on their Facebook page.

Chandler House

Michael and Jeremy use the page to show off new products and promote upcoming events such as First Thursdays, where all the galleries in the CBD are open until 9pm. They also share the life of the shop – their experiments, who’s popped in lately – and Michael’s keen photographic eye makes the page richly visual.

Next up, a UK fruit juice brand.

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My affection for Innocent Drinks started when I lived in London but I keep them around on Facebook because, well, they’re pleasant. Though they are international, this brand is a great example of a voice on social media – their presence has a clearly defined personality which reflects the fruity product.

The page keeps things light and really enjoyable, it’s rarely inane but rather quirky, gentle and positive. My favourite feature is #Dadjoke.

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Dear Rae Jewellery manages to evoke a really beautiful, soft aesthetic consistently through their brand’s Facebook page.

Dear Rae

While running great competitions, announcing new ranges and interacting with customers, they accurately evoke their style and personality as well as goings on at the store. All in all – it makes you want to go visit.

Often, they’ll show pieces especially designed for people – engagement rings on the big day, etc. This builds a real sense of community and shows how they’re passionate about the fact that their work makes people happy.

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