App of the Week - ChefsFeed

App of the Week: ChefsFeed (Geek Chicago)

Calling all foodies! Have you ever tried to research a restaurant online, only to find yourself frustrated with your go-to review site?

You’re not alone. The average review site for restaurants can lead to long periods of sifting and searching, as you winnow down countless options to find the perfect dinner spot. With a variety of exciting features, the ChefsFeed app can help you narrow your search to only the best, in absolutely no time.

Here’s the secret to its success: The app gives users guides to worthwhile restaurants and bars, as recommended by food industry professionals including chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, and more. After all, who would know where to have a great dining experience more than those who work in the restaurant industry?!

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How to Rekindle Your Audience's Passion for Your Brand

Maybe you’ve been at a fancy restaurant, only to look over at the corner booth and see a young couple who can’t seem to keep their hands off of each other. They’re canoodling, they’re sharing food, and they’re generally showing to the world that they’re, like, so totally in love.

And then your gaze glides over to another table, and you see, perhaps, an older couple. They’re sitting in silence and swapping bites. For them, the passion seems to be missing, that spark just burned out with time.

In a lot of ways, gaining and retaining clients for your business can be a little like entering into a long-term relationship. At first, it’s all about the thrill of meeting each other, and seeing all the amazing, novel things you can do together. But over time, familiar patterns settle in, and the old tricks just don’t seem to be working as well as they used to.

This is particularly the case when it comes to digital marketing, centered on high-quality content creation. While some things, like blog posts primed for SEO success, only get sweeter with time, the fact is that other elements slow down or stop working on audiences altogether the longer they’re in play.

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5 SEO Trends We're Watching in 2019 (Plus One to Grow On)

5 SEO Trends We're Watching in 2019, Geek Chicago

2019 is going to be a big year - particularly in the world of search engine optimization, or 

Already this year, there are trends and narratives taking shape in the SEO realm. On Google and other search engines, changes and developments, big and small, are starting to have an impact on search engine results pages (SERPS). Audience tastes and techniques are changing. New technologies are gaining a foothold.

Bottom line? If your brand is considering starting with SEO in 2019, or fine-tuning the approach you already have in place,  it’s important to keep an eye on all these developments as they come up. Knowing what lies ahead for SEO could make all the difference when it comes to getting your business the traffic and conversions you need - or else, getting left behind.

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The 5 Key Words to Trigger an Emotional Response in Your Readers

The 5 Key Words to Trigger an Emotional Response in Your Readers

There are a lot of ways to craft the perfect headline for your content. We’ve told you about some of them - like evergreen marketing - before, along with ways to make your blogs and multimedia more shareable

But there are also smaller, more subtle nuances you can use to make your content even more appealing to new readers. There are a number of key words that we use every day, for instance, that are sure to trigger emotional responses – and engagement – in your target audience.

Want to know a few? Social media psychology architect Wade Harman offers one scintillating idea: When you’re writing headlines, the most powerful words to draw in readers are “the five Ws.”

What are the 5 Ws? Why should you use them in your next headlines? We’ve got a few ideas to get started. In your next title, be sure to include…


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Gadget of the Week - Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier

Gadget of the Week, Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier, Geek Chicago

Air purifiers can be incredibly powerful and useful devices to use around your house - but can they be truly sleek and appealing, as well as functional?

Up to now, you’d be hard pressed to find the words “stylish” and “air purifier” in the same sentence. But the Blue Pure 411 Air Purifier promises a sleek look and a compact size, without sacrificing any of its efficient air cleansing capabilities.

The petite but powerful air purifier device holds a three-part system, which can capture 99 percent of airborne odors and particles.

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App of the Week - Cinder: Clean Your Contacts

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the number of contacts in your phone, some of whom you may not have called or texted in months, 
Cinder: Clean Your Contacts could just be your new favorite app.  

This extremely practical, utility-style app boasts a Tinder-like functionality. Users will essentially be able to scroll their exhaustive contact list, and swipe left (to flag for deletion) or swipe right (to keep) on each of their contacts. The strategy is to make sorting through your contacts as fun and seamless as possible.

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Gadget of the Week - Razer Raiju Mobile Gaming Controller

Calling all Android gamers! No longer do you need to feel held back by the oversimplified controls offered up by your smartphone’s screen. The Razer Raiju Mobile is here to help “level up your mobile gaming performance.” This sleek portable gaming controller syncs with your mobile device and comes packed with “full-fledged advanced features to give you the ultimate competitive edge,” according to Razer’s website.

Think of it as a powerful console controller - for your Android phone.

The powerful controller boasts responsive, tactile hardware that looks sharp, including an ergonomic, multi-function four-button layout, which allows users to program button commands to fit their preferences.

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App of the Week - Robinhood

App of the Week, Robinhood App, Geek Chicago

Finding reliable help when it comes to managing money and investments can be hard to come by, especially for free. That’s why, if you’re looking to start investing without a ton of experience or overhead, the Robinhood app should be high on your list of possible solutions.

Robinhood isn’t your average stock app. On top of buying and selling stocks, you can also use the app to invest in ETFs (exchange-traded funds) and options, and trade cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum. Users can look forward to a cash management component that’s coming down the pipeline.

You won’t have to worry about unwanted data collection from your stock portfolio. Robinhood uses a state-of-the-art security program and encrypts your portfolio information to ensure only you control your investments. The app also protects up to $500,000 of securities and is a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).

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Gadget of the Week - Kikkerland Magic Soap

Stainless steel, soap - three words you might not have expected to ever see used in one sentence. But, Kikkerland’s Magic Soap will quickly change that, and could just change your perspective on what makes soap, soap!

This kitchen gadget could be a lifesaver for anyone who wants to keep their hands clean and odor-free, especially while in the middle of mise en place for a particularly pungent meal.

Aimed at those who are sensitive to strong scents, the stainless steel Magic Soap aims to neutralize the smell of hard-to-rid odors from tasks like chopping onions and garlic.

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Jason Finn

Founder & Chief Geek

Jason has nearly 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly in the technology space. Most recently he was the COO and Director of Technology for Rich Casto & Company, a national training and consulting organization in the real estate industry.
As a consultant for IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, and Envision Consulting Group (now IMS Health), Jason has served clients of all sizes, including Big Pharma, Fortune 500, and Global 1000 companies:

  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • AOL (America Online)
  • Astellas Pharmaceuticals
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • Ford Motor Credit
  • Wockhardt USA (formerly Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals)
  • Norwich Union
  • PNC Bank
  • Reynolds and Reynolds

Sarunas Budrikas

Creative Director

Sarunas is a web design and development expert with hundreds of successful projects in his portfolio. He is passionate about delivering extraordinary user experiences for every client and consistently goes above and beyond everyone’s expectations. As an SEO expert and strategist, he can optimize your website, or app, to get the most out of it, day in and day out. Sarunas holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Kaunas Technology University, in Lithuania. Sarunas now lives in Chicago, and calls it home.

Alexandra Olsavsky

Client Experience Specialist

Alex specializes in content generation and social media promotion for Geek | Chicago clients, helping to solidify their presence in the online community. This includes blog writing, graphic design, co-ordination and design of weekly newsletters, and active engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Outside of Geek, Alex is a classically-trained soprano who professionally performs around the city of Chicago (most recently with the Chicago Baroque Band, and with the Rolling Stones for their "50 and Counting" tour).