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How one guy gamed the system to UberEAT for life

(TECH NEWS) Coupon cutters started the trend, but this this guy took savings to the digital world and now can UberEAT for life.

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Money saver savior

Just about every modern service seems to have some sort of coupon or promo that offers users a chance to save some money. Today, many companies offer money towards your next purchase just for referring a friend to their service, including UberEATS. Some folks take advantage of this, a lot of people forget. However, I think it’s safe to say that most people tend not to use these promotions to what may be their full, money-saving potential.

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What do I mean, you ask? Well, let’s Josh Berg as an example, a man destined to become known as penny-pinching hero and a savior to (money) savers. Berg, a self-proclaimed UberEATS super-fan, recently posted an article on Hackernoon detailing how he used the UberEATS referral promotion to get, essentially, unlimited delivery credit.

gold medal in frugality

Like the Uber Rider app, UberEATS offers credit for referring a new user to sign up with Uber. The amount of credit one gets depends on location. For example, here in San Francisco, it’s a $20 credit for referring new Uber riders. The number of people you can refer is unlimited, so let’s say you refer 20 people in San Francisco. That’s $400 worth of credit for yourself, and $20 each for everyone that signed up under you.

To receive the credit, when new users sign up they must enter the referrers unique referral code, which Uber gives to every user.

Finding 20 people to refer can be tougher than it sounds though, as many people either: a.) are already using the service, b.) are using a competing service, c.) forget to enter in the referral code, or d.) simply aren’t interested for whatever reason.

In an effort to avoid the hassles that come with finding people to refer, Berg developed a plan to get new users to come to him. Berg details in his post how he created a URL which displayed his UberEATS referral code along with a brief message.

Using a coupon, he was able to get the domain name iloveubereats.com registered for $1.24. Similarly, he used the free-trial period of a website builder to create the actual webpage. Lastly, he utilized the $75 free credit offered by Google for registering with Google AdWords to promote his website. In his own words, he turned $1.24 into $1000 of UberEATS credit.

take it to the limit

Individuals and businesses alike could learn quite a bit from Berg and his experiment. Not only does it illustrate the usefulness of coupons, and how much can be accomplished in the Internet-age for comparatively nothing, but it also shows the power of marketing.

Though Uber may have to pay out $2,000 worth of coupons, one man was able to net them at least 100 new customers. Click To Tweet

It seems safe to say that most, if any, of the users that signed up under Berg are unlikely to exploit the referral system to the same degree. However, what is likely is that of the 100 new customers, there are going to be more than a few repeat customers, some of whom will likely refer at least a few more people.

Also, some will likely apply to become UberEATS couriers, thereby adding to their workforce. Really, it’s a win-win for everybody. Hail to the Coupon King!

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Andrew Clausen is a Staff Writer at The American Genius and when he's not deep diving into technology and business news for you, he is a poet, enjoys rock climbing, monster movies, and spending time with his notoriously naughty cat.

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Earbuds that are noise cancelling hit the market just in time for the holidays

(TECH NEWS) There are no shortage of earbuds on the market, however, Nuheara’s noise cancelling, bluetooth earbuds are sure to top everyone’s wish list.

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Noise cancelling earbuds are efficient for blocking out the world around you – when all you want to hear is your music and nothing else. However, for those who want a smaller, sleeker alternative, Nuheara is the perfect fit.

Nuheara are wireless audio earbuds that are customizable to your hearing needs. Even though they have the same power as noise cancelling headphones, they can be adjusted to amplify or minimize sound based on each situation.

You can choose to blend the sounds of the streets and your new favorite album in order to be aware of the world around you. The earbuds are ideal for any situation.

The noise cancelling earbuds use SINC (Superior Intelligent Noise Control) technology, which lets every user create their custom hearing experience.

There are numerous times when it’s hard to hear because of the noise around us. This may be in crowded restaurants, concerts or even when you’re at home trying to avoid the noisy neighbor in the apartment above you.

The SINC technology applies a frequency filter to sounds you choose to hear or want to avoid. Additionally, the left and right earbuds have their own settings, so that they can be customized individually. Everything is customized through the app, so it’s up to each user to decide!

Prior to founding Nuheara, Justin Miller and David Cannington worked in the oil and gas companies creating industrial strength hearing headsets.

The feedback they received during these experiences paved the way for inventing Nuheara. People wanted a sleek headset that they could wear in everyday life, not just at their job.

The earbuds will set you back a few hundred bucks, but they come with accessories like a battery charger, carrying case and 8 different silicone tips. The battery charger provides three full charges. Nuheara earbuds are also sweat and water resistant, but they are not yet waterproof.

As wireless headphones, Nuheara are also compatible with most Bluetooth connected devices. The earbuds also use tap-touch control to make hands-free phone calls, control music and adjust settings.

There is no need to connect Nuheara to external devices to use their noise cancelling capabilities.

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Turn your FAQ page into a chatbot without knowing how to code

(TECH NEWS) An easy way to add a chatbot to your site and automate some of your work is through this new simple tool that doesn’t require any tech know-how.

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Reduce your workload and personalize customer service engagement with Faqbot, the tool that turns your online FAQ into a customized chatbot.

Co-founded by Denny Wong and CEO Mathis André, Faqbot uses machine learning to streamline frequently asked questions into a handy chatbot pal.

Based on your existing FAQ content, Faqbot builds a database that learns from every conversation to improve responses. Faqbot can also be used to automate sales and lead generation.

You get to design the conversation flow, mapping out a custom path to guide users to a desired outcome. Set predefined choices or free text, customize the bot’s responses, and determine what leading questions the bot should ask.

For example, on the Faqbot site, I was given two pre-set choices to click after each response from the bot. Clicking “Thanks for helping” gets the polite response “You are welcome! ;-)” complete with an old-school emoji featuring a nose.

If you select “not my question,” Faqbot uses its general response to any unanswerable question: “Sorry, I’m a chatbot. I am constantly learning and have answers to frequently asked questions. Thank you for leaving your email and we will get back to you shortly.”

Choose your own responses based on already defined FAQ or come up with new messaging to better engage and inform your customers as needed. The free text option is also available if customers wish to continue asking questions.

Of course, I had to try out some less than frequently asked questions. When I asked Faqbot “are we friends?” it kindly replied, “Absolutely. You don’t have to ask.” So I’m smitten.

However, when I tried to take it to the next level by asking “Do you love me?,” which seems to be the internet’s favorite way to harass a bot, I got the “Sorry, I’m a chatbot” response.

That’s okay. I’ll recover. Faqbot isn’t here to love, it’s here to answer questions.

You can easily install the chatbot by either copy/pasting the snippet of codes directly into your webpage, or connect Faqbot to your company’s Facebook page. No coding skills required.

Pricing is based on number of users per month, but all levels include the same service offerings of FAQ database management, messaging interface, a ticketing system, and DIY guided conversation flow. You can try out Faqbot free for 14 days by signing up on their site.

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This note-taking app is perfect for the creative mind

(TECH NEWS) The newest app for note-taking could be a tremendous asset for a very specific type of creative that tools like trello and evernote fall short on… not all apps work for all people.

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If you’re like me, you’ve had many phases in your idea-having, note-taking life. There was the AP History period, where I decided the quality of my notes would be judged based on the tininess of my handwriting and the number of innovative abbreviations coined. There was the “song collection” period, in which I wrote down song and band names with reckless abandon, on any scrap of paper or non-paper within reach, and promptly scattered the scraps everywhere. There was the post-it era, in which every single idea was carefully documented on a “Sticky Note” that tiled over my Windows desktop and was impossible to find thereafter.

And then, there was Evernote, and Trello, and I thought my evolution was complete. I had neatly organized “Notebooks” and “Cards” and I felt very structured and efficient and spiritually done with my note-taking journey.

But a whisper of rebellion called out to me. It sounded musical, colorful, whimsical. It asked me whether I wouldn’t like to liberate myself from those neat lists and stacks, let my ideas flow, visualize my thoughts?

It introduced me to Milanote – the note-taking app truly made FOR images, not just tolerant of them.

Milanote markets itself toward creatives: “For the research, thinking and planning behind your next great piece of work.”

But the strengths of this app could benefit anyone who could use a more freeform space to collect their thoughts. A blank page resembles a peg board, and users can add images, notes, links, and more in any configuration their hearts desire. You can also link any elements together with a web of lines, or leave them on their own.

This could be a great app for early-stage brainstorming and planning, when you need to play around and be flexible.

Milanote can be collaborative, like Trello, or individual and personal, like my always-evolving grocery list in Evernote. Milanote currently works in any web browser, and iOs and Android apps are coming soon.

For up to 100 notes, Milanote can be yours free of charge. More than that, though, and you’ll have to pay $9.99 for the pro version.

Something tells me infinity should cost much more, but the organic, customizable concept is something to hold on to.

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