Tuesday, December 3, 2013

How an Instagram photo taken with my Verizon Droid Ultra landed me on TV #VZWVoices #Save

With the Droid Ultra, you can preview alerts with just a touch of the screen...
On Black Friday, my Verizon Droid Ultra smartphone was a bargain sharing dynamo...

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Savers Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

About a week before Thanksgiving, I wrote a blog post telling everyone about my partnership with Hay There Social Media and Local 4 News to be part of a group of bargain savvy bloggers called the #Local4Shopping Tweet Team.

Starting on Thanksgiving night and running through Cyber Monday, I and the rest of the Tweet Team hit the streets and the websites to find and tweet out local Metro Detroit and national deals (using the hashtag #local4shopping) to help everyone to get the lowest prices on holiday purchases.

Now there is no way to be part of a "Tweet Team" without using a great smartphone and my Verizon Droid Ultra Smartphone was the perfect social media tool to tweet and Instagram out the word on great bargains during the Black Friday weekend shopping rush.

Now I personally don't like to shop in a crowd so most of my shopping for my son was done online Thanksgiving morning. But I did have Black Friday plans which included a run to my neighborhood RadioShack for some "Black Friday only" tech bargains and then on to my local Target to see if I could find some unadvertised Black Friday doorbusters.

I found some awesome bargains during my RadioShack shopping trip and was then very pleasantly surprised when I arrived at my local Target and found the store did not appear any more crowded than a normal shopping day.

I did not think anyone would believe how normal it was at Target on a Black Friday unless I took a photo. So I pulled out my Verizon Droid Ultra smartphone, twisted it twice to launch the camera app from the lock screen, and took a crystal clear photo of an empty Target store which I immediately posted to Instagram and Twitter with the following caption -

"Typical day at @Target Northland. You would never know it is #BlackFriday here. #local4shopping."

Little did I know at the time that a TV producer from Local 4 News was checking the #local4shopping Twitter hashtag at the moment that I posted the photo. He too could not believe that a Target store was so normal on Black Friday and he thought that would make an interesting story for the 5pm newscast.

There is my Verizon Droid Ultra on camera :)
So the next thing I know, my Verizon Droid Ultra smartphone is ringing and 30 minutes after I answer the call, I am standing in my local Target store surrounded by a cameraman, a lighting guy and a TV producer while I am interviewed about my Black Friday shopping experience.

You can view my Black Friday interview by watching the video below or by going to the FREEISMYLIFE YouTube channel.

So, I made my television debut just from taking a photo on Black Friday and posting it to social media with my Verizon Droid Ultra smartphone. How cool!

And since I love a bargain (Black Friday or not), I thought I would share that the Verizon Droid Ultra by Motorola is now available for only $99 with a 2 year contract - which is $100 off the normal price from just a month ago.

As 2013 draws to an end, so does my involvement with the Verizon Savers Voices Program. I have learned much over the last six months while reviewing the Droid Ultra by Motorola and the Verizon Blackberry Z10 smartphones.

So watch for my final post in the Verizon Savers Voices series where I share with you the Top 5 Things that I Learned about Smartphones thanks to Verizon Savers Voices and the best ways they can be used in our everyday lives.


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