#accufloraprobiotic Twitter Party – Wednesday, August 27

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We hope you’re ready to digest another party! Join us on Wednesday, August 27th at 1pm EST/ 12pm CST/ 10am PST where we’ll be talking all about what you can do to maintain a healthy digestive system.

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Prizes

With thanks to accuflora, eight lucky participants will each win a six-month supply of accuflora!

…and for a chance to win 1 of 2 $25 gift cards, click the buttons above to RSVP on Twitter and Join the event on Facebook!

Party Details

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, August 27th at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 10am PT (Your Local Time)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Hosted by @Smiley360 (you must be following us to win prizes)
  • Sponsored by accuflora
  • Hashtag: Take part by using #accufloraprobiotic in all your tweets

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How To Participate 

Twitter parties are an optional (and fun!) way to participate in the Smiley360 Community and meet other members. All you need to do is show up at the time of the party, answer our party questions throughout the hour, chat with others and have fun!

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#CaltrateGummyBites Twitter Party – Friday, August 22

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It’s important to maintain strong bones no matter what your age! Join us for the #CaltrateGummyBites Twitter party where we’ll be talking all about living a healthy, active lifestyle to maintain good bone health.

You’re cordially invited to the #CaltrateGummyBites Twitter party on Friday, August 22nd at 1pm EST/ 12pm CST/ 10am PST.

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Prizes

With thanks to Caltrate, eight lucky participants will each win 2 100-count bottles of Caltrate Gummy Bites and a branded pedometer!

…and for a chance to win 1 of 2 $25 gift cards, click the buttons above to RSVP on Twitter and Join the event on Facebook!

Party Details

  • Date and Time: Friday, August 22nd at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 10am PT (Your Local Time)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Hosted by @Smiley360 (you must be following us to win prizes)
  • Sponsored by Caltrate
  • Hashtag: Take part by using #CatrateGummyBites in all your tweets

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How To Participate 

Partying on Twitter is easy! You can always follow the party hashtag on Twitter herebut we strongly recommend using a tool like Tweetchat for an easy party experience. Read our Tweetchat Guide!

All you need to do is show up, answer questions, interact and have fun! If you have any questions, read our Ultimate Guide To Twitter Parties or just ask!

#BonineTravelPack Twitter Party – Wednesday, August 20th

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It’s vacation time! Join us for a Twitter party where the topic of conversation will be travel! Come share travel tips, stories and learn what to do if you or a travel buddy suffer from motion sickness.

You’re cordially invited to the #BonineTravelPack Twitter party on Wednesday, August 20th at 1pm EST/ 12pm CST/ 10am PST.

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Prizes

With thanks to Bonine, you can win one of eight prize packs containing a Bonine Travel Pack, travel pillow and water neck tote!

…and for a chance to win 1 of 2 $25 gift cards, click the buttons above to RSVP on Twitter and Join the event on Facebook!

Party Details

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, August 20th at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 10am PT (Your Local Time)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Hosted by @Smiley360 (you must be following us to win prizes)
  • Sponsored by Bonine
  • Hashtag: Take part by using #BonineTravelPack in all your tweets

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How To Participate 

Partying on Twitter is easy! You can always follow the party hashtag on Twitter herebut we strongly recommend using a tool like Tweetchat for an easy party experience. Read our Tweetchat Guide!

All you need to do is show up, answer questions, interact and have fun! If you have any questions, read our Ultimate Guide To Twitter Parties or just ask!

#SENSITIVETEETH TWITTER PARTY – THURSDAY, AUGUST 7TH

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Join us and Crest as we discuss all things sensitive teeth – what causes them, how you deal with them, how to avoid them and so much more!

You’re cordially invited to the #SensitiveTeeth Twitter party on Thursday, August 7th at 3pm EST/ 2pm CST/ 12pm PST.

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Prizes

With thanks to @Crest, we’ll be giving away eight prize packs full of Crest products! 

…and for a chance to win 1 of 2 $25 gift cards, click the buttons above to RSVP on Twitter and Join the event on Facebook!

Party Details

  • Date and Time: Thursday, August 7 at 3pm ET/ 2pm CT/ 12pm PT (Your Local Time)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Hosted by @Smiley360 (you must be following us to win prizes)
  • Sponsored by @Crest
  • Hashtag: Take part by using #SensitiveTeeth in all your tweets

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How To Participate 

Partying on Twitter is easy! You can always follow the party hashtag on Twitter herebut we strongly recommend using a tool like Tweetchat for an easy party experience. Read our Tweetchat Guide!

All you need to do is show up, answer questions, interact and have fun! If you have any questions, read our Ultimate Guide To Twitter Parties or just ask!

Five Takeaways From The Advisory Board Call

Last Thursday, July 24th, we conducted the second Advisory Board Call. Joining the Smiley team were some of our top members and bloggers. Not familiar with the Advisory Board? Check out this blog post detailing our first call in May.

In the latest meeting, we discussed the mission process – from applying and qualifying to sharing and completing a mission. From there we moved on to natural/organic foods and products, and ended with a sneak peek at the brand new Smiley360 website!

1. Time Is Of The Essence

The feedback for the mission process was mostly positive – you all seem to enjoy yourcalendar-152139_640
missions! Everyone agreed that our missions were the perfect length. Ten weeks is just the right amount of time to really test a product and form an opinion. As one of our members said, it takes longer than a few weeks to notice any intended effects from a product like a vitamin supplement. How long would you like missions to last?

2. We Want To Know Now!

The biggest complaint had to do with missions that are application style. Not being near a computer to accept a mission once you’ve qualified is a big problem for our members, especially if spots are limited. Every member of the board preferred to instantly qualify for a mission.

“It’s better to know right away if you’re in or out.”

We hear you! Let us know in the comments, what do you think of the mission process as a whole?

3. Share And Share Alike

Most of you found the sharing tools fairly easy to use but one board member brought up something that we hadn’t even thought about(!) – why aren’t we able to connect Facebook fan pages? Many of you use these for blogs and product reviews and, in most cases, have more fans and followers than your personal accounts. Would you like to connect more than one social media account to your Smiley profile? Let us know in the comments! 

4. Organic = ExpePrintnsive But Worth It

As expected, when it comes to food and household items, our board members prefer to go natural and organic. The biggest drawback is that these items are more expensive. While some of the board members were more strict with their purchases than others, the general consensus seemed to be that being able to test them before making a purchase decision is a huge plus (score one for Smiley!)

We asked the board members about some of their favorite natural and organic brands and, among others, Ginny Bakes, Naked Juice, Kind Bars, Seventh Generation and Beauty Without Cruelty were mentioned as brands they’d like to see part of a Smiley mission. What natural and organic brands would you like to test out? Let us know in the comments!

5. Read The Labels!

When organic products are not available it’s important to know how to read food/ingredient labels so you know what you’re exposing yourself to. Many of the board members found that by reading labels they have been able to cut harmful ingredients, like high fructose corn syrup, out of their diets.

Bonus: New Website!

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We ended the call with a short demonstration of the new Smiley360 website. We can’t tell you much about it, except that we’re launching very soon! We’ll leave you with fellow Smiley members’ reactions and let the anticipation build.

“A lot easier”

“I didn’t think it was hard before but this is much easier!”

“Very clean”

“More modern”

Until next time!

Have anything to add to the conversation? How do you feel about the mission process? Where do you stand on natural/organic products? Are you excited for the new site? Add to the discussion in the comments below.

A New Smiley360 Is Coming

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For over four years we’ve helped consumers like you to try brands for free and share your opinions online. Since our humble beginnings in 2009, we have sent over 300,000 free products to you across all 50 states.

The rumors are true—a brand NEW Smiley360.com is on its way, and you’ll be getting access very soon.

Why the change? It’s time we took Smiley360 into a new era. Soon, you’ll have access to a better, faster, simpler and sleeker experience. You will see…

  • A fresh and fun new look
  • More features
  • A simpler layout
  • New surveys which could lead to new mission offers in the near future

What you won’t see immediately is your level, all of your Smiles (points) and some other features you’re used to. But don’t worry, those will come later.

What do I need to do?

You will receive an email from us notifying you to log in to the new website. It will come from a different email address than usual, so check your junk folder in case it ends up in there.

Give it a look and let us know what you think in the comments. There’s so much to show you and we can’t wait to hear your feedback!

#PrepHForWomen Twitter Party – Wednesday, July 30th

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Did you know that about 75% of all Americans will have hemorrhoids at some point in their lives? Join us as we’ll be talking about this oh-so-sensitive subject and how you make sure it doesn’t get in the way of your daily life.

You’re cordially invited to the #PrepHForWomen Twitter party on Wednesday, July 30th at 1pm EST/ 12pm CST/ 10am PST.

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Prizes

With thanks to Preparation H®, you can win one of eight prize packs containing the full range of Preparation H® products and an American Express $25 gift card!

…and for a chance to win 1 of 2 $25 gift cards, click the buttons above to RSVP on Twitter and Join the event on Facebook!

Party Details

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, July 30 at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT/ 10am PT (Your Local Time)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Hosted by @Smiley360 (you must be following us to win prizes)
  • Sponsored by Preparation H®
  • Hashtag: Take part by using #PrepHForWomen in all your tweets

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How To Participate 

Partying on Twitter is easy! You can always follow the party hashtag on Twitter here, but we strongly recommend using a tool like Tweetchat for an easy party experience. Read our Tweetchat Guide!

All you need to do is show up, answer questions, interact and have fun! If you have any questions, read our Ultimate Guide To Twitter Parties or just ask!

 

Featured Member: Veronica

Veronica is this month’s featured member! Read about her experience with Smiley360 below. 

Tell us about yourself, your family and where you live!

I live in Arlington, Tx (home to the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers) with my husband, 4 year old son and 2 little doggies. I’m a stay at home mom who loves to craft, bake and play games with my son, my husband works in IT for a company in Dallas and helps my family and I with everything technical although sometimes a bit begrudgingly!

How did you discover Smiley360?

I saw some of the postings from a friend’s missions and decided I needed to check out how she was getting this great stuff.

What do you like about being a Smiley member?

I love getting the chance to try new products to see how they can help benefit not only my family, but the families of my friends.

What has been your favorite Smiley360 mission you have ever done and why?

I would have to say Arm & Hammer Baking Soda was my favorite; it came with a book with a ton of ways to use baking soda that I had never even thought about. I use it now to freshen up my carpet without having some over whelming scent from a carpet deodorizer.

How do you share when you’re on a mission?

I like to share in person with friends and family but I’m also big about using social media as it helps me reach out and talk to people I don’t see every day.

Do you think it is important for brands to listen to their customers? Why?

I think it’s extremely important for brands to hear what the customer wants or needs since it could make or break a product. I think a great example of this is New Coke.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Well this might sound weird but I’d want the ability to think about someone alive or dead and know exactly where they are, I watch a lot of true crime shows and see the heartbreak families have when they can’t find their loved ones even when they know all they’re looking for is body so I’d want to bring relief to them.

What brands or products could you not live without?

My husband uses Just for Men Touch of Gray every month, he’s part Irish so his beard grows in lighter than his hair color. I am thankful for Children’s Mucinex, it really helped my son out this cold season and the Greenies Dog Chews help keep my dogs teeth healthy while eliminating some of that dog breath.

We love your comments! Share your reaction below!

#CrestProHealth Twitter Party – Wednesday, July 23rd!

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Hopefully you’re not rinsing at this moment, because we have news that will make you smile—you’re invited to the #CrestProHealth Twitter party! Join us on Wednesday, July 23rd at 2pm ET/ 1pm CT/ 11am PT to chat about keeping our mouth healthy and smiles bright.

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Prizes

With thanks to Crest, you can win one of seven prize packs of Crest Pro-Health products or our GRAND PRIZE of a 6-month supply of Crest Pro-Health Tartar Protection Rinse!

…and for a chance to win 1 of 2 $25 gift cards, click the buttons above to RSVP on Twitter and Join the event on Facebook!

Party Details

  • Date and Time: Wednesday, July 23 at 2pm ET/ 1pm CT/ 11am PT (Your Local Time)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Hosted by @Smiley360 (you must be following us to win prizes)
  • Sponsored by Crest (follow @Crest on Twitter!)
  • Hashtag: Take part by using #CrestProHealth in all your tweets

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How To Participate 

Partying on Twitter is easy! You can always follow the party hashtag on Twitter here, but we strongly recommend using a tool like Tweetchat for an easy party experience. Read our Tweetchat Guide! All you need to do is show up, answer questions, interact and have fun! If you have any questions, read our Ultimate Guide To Twitter Parties or just ask!

 

7 Things That Are No Longer Free (And How To Save The Money That They Cost)

one-69528_640Everyone loves to get things for free. In fact: its one of the benefits of being a member of Smiley360! As time has gone on, some things we used to enjoy for free are now beginning to cost money. Don’t let the extra cost get you down! Here are 7 things that are no longer free, and how you can save the money that they cost.

1. Grocery Bags

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Many grocery stores are beginning to charge money for the bags that you use to carry your purchases in. To save money, consider buying a reusable shopping bag. It’s a one time fee that helps you avoid other costs and help the environment!

2. Airline Services

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A lot of airlines will now charge you for food, entertainment and many other features to enhance your flight. Try to avoid buying extra by packing your own snacks and entertainment forms, and maybe avoiding the extra luxuries that cost extra, such as extra leg room.

3. Television Channels

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There are some local channels that are free, but many people today pay for extra television channels and quality-enhancing services. Just ask any Game of Thrones fan that has to pay for HBO! To save money, consider trying to negotiate with your cable provider or watching TV shows with an online service, like Netflix or Hulu.

4. Directory Assistance

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Many people aren’t aware that calling 411 has a service fee now! To save the money, try using a phonebook or searching for the number you need on the internet.

5. Food Delivery

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Paying to have your food delivered used to not be an added cost. With tip included, it seems that the price just keeps rising! Consider picking up food at a restaurant to avoid extra fees.

6. Parks

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Believe it or not, you now have to pay to access a lot of National Parks and forests! To save money, try and find public parks with no fees involved or get a National Parks Pass that will help you save money.

7. Bank Services

Old_State_Bank_47150There are so many fees involved with some bank services these days. For some banks, you can opt out of programs to avoid fees. Make sure to always use your own bank in order to avoid fees associated with using another bank.

Can you think of anything else that used to be free? What do you do to save money? Let us know in the comments!

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