Poken Me, Willya?

Poken

I’m headed off to Nashville to the amazing Blissdom conference tomorrow and am already impressed by the smarts exhibited by ConAgra, one of the conference sponsors. The folks at ConAgra were savvy enough to give a group of techie, blogging, busy as all get out women some swag that we can really use.  I mean, swag is, in general, nice. And it’s swag, so it’s free – and I’m not going to complain. But there’s a gigantic difference between nice free stuff and really rocking, amazing, stuff that I will use a LOT free stuff.

Please meet my new BFF, the Poken – an ultra cool gadget that is essentially your social business card. Poken is inexpensive, easy to use and a terrific way for a group of people to get and stay connected.

In a nutshell, you buy your Poken, plug it into your computer, enter all the information that you’d like people to have about you, and stash it in your handbag, put it on your keychain, or slip it into your jeans pocket. It’s small and easy to carry around and instead of fumbling around for business cards and collecting them from people you meet and want to stay in touch with, you can simply touch Pokens and, voila, your information is exchanged.

There are so many cool features about Poken – truly, the more I learn the more I love it. What a brilliant idea!! Why don’t I think of these things, darnit??

Since receiving my Poken (I’m a conference speaker, so I got my goodies in advance of the event, while the other attendees will get theirs upon arrival) I’ve told every friend I know – at least twice – how stinking cool this thing is. In fact, I’ve sent at least a handful of them directly to my friend, Coree Silvera’s site, to buy them. Coree is a Poken affiliate and an amazing woman, and when I buy things, I like to buy from friends. Check it out, find the Poken that’s right for you and you’ll be on your way to loving it as much as I do.

Even more brilliant is the move by ConAgra, purchasing such a clever gadget, branding it with their logo, and distributing it as part of the swag at the Blissdom event. Love my gadget, love the peeps who gave it to me. That’s how it works, you know. And for a pretty minimal investment, ConAgra has already endeared me to their brand – they gave me something super cool, that I love, that I will routinely use, which will make my life easier. Oh, and their brand is right there, front and center, for all to see.

Smart, smart, smart. In fact, I’m such an evangelist now – for both ConAgra and for Poken, they should both sponsor my upcoming trip to SXSW and let me recruit some new customers for them. And give me some really cool tee shirts to wear while I’m doing it (hehe).

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  • http://twitter.com/CherryWoodburn Cherry Woodburn

    They do sound very cool Shelly.
    A factoid you don't know about me (of god do I want to say this because other people may read these comments, oh well…) is that I haven't done the dirty deed in a while so thinking about some guy and I pulling our Pokens out of our pockets and touching each other is beyond blissful. Now I wish I were going to the conference for all sorts of reasons.

  • http://www.marketlikeachick.com Coree

    Darn! Wish I had gotten to ConAgra to sell that customized Poken order!! Send 'em all over! :)

    You know all the cool chicks dig Poken. I won't be at Blissdom this year, but we'll be blogger chicks gone Poken wild at SXSW!

    Thanks for the the shout out, Shelly. I appreciate you and all you do. It's so nice to know other people that understand we are all here to help each other, collaborate and motivate. Hope we BOTH get that Poken sponsorship..Wowza, what a team we'd be!!

  • ShellyKramer

    Cool chicks dig Poken and everybody's soon going to be digging Poken. What's not to like??? Thanks for turning me onto it, Coree, you're da bomb!

  • ShellyKramer

    LOL – don't think I didn't think about alternative uses for the word “poken” Cherry. And your comment made me laugh :)

  • http://www.vongehrconsulting.com/ Erroin Martin

    Shelly,

    Enjoy your trip to Tennessee. I love your comment in this post about buying from friends. That is what doing business in any market space is about, helping friends in need. All things being equal, you buy from friends. All thing being unequal, you buy from friends. Have a safe trip.

    PS – Cherry's comment made me laugh out loud.

  • ShellyKramer

    Erroin,

    Cherry's comment made me LOL too. She's a nut. And I agree. Buying from and supporting friends is key – whenever possible. Thanks for the read, my friend. Hope all is well.

  • http://www.mobi-strategy.com Banky

    This sounds similar to the “Bump” app available on both the iphone and the android platform. Just “bump” your devices together after activating the app on each phone and the users contact information is stored in your device. Too bad its only useful for those who have devices on those platforms though.

  • http://www.mobi-strategy.com Banky

    This sounds similar to the “Bump” app available on both the iphone and the android platform. Just “bump” your devices together after activating the app on each phone and the users contact information is stored in your device. Too bad its only useful for those who have devices on those platforms though.

  • http://www.mobi-strategy.com Banky

    This sounds similar to the “Bump” app available on both the iphone and the android platform. Just “bump” your devices together after activating the app on each phone and the users contact information is stored in your device. Too bad its only useful for those who have devices on those platforms though.

  • http://www.mobi-strategy.com Banky

    This sounds similar to the “Bump” app available on both the iphone and the android platform. Just “bump” your devices together after activating the app on each phone and the users contact information is stored in your device. Too bad its only useful for those who have devices on those platforms though.

  • ShellyKramer

    Yup, VV, it's the same thing. Bump is probably cooler – at least I think so. I didn't realize there was one for anything but the iPhone, so will have to explore. But you are right – if “everyone” doesn't have it/one, etc., won't work. But someday soon, maybe that will change :)

  • mmangen

    Oh my gosh, I am so checking it out. And if it works with Gist I'll be even more amazed at it! BTW, I didn't realize you were speaking at the event. (though I did see your #blissdom tweets on Friday).

  • ShellyKramer

    It's pretty cool. I don't know what Gist is, so you'll have to keep me posted.

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