Today we’re launching the Must-Have Tech series on this blog. We connected with tech-loving pals from across the Midwest to get their take on what tech they simply can’t live without. Our first Q&A features Minnesota resident Arik Hanson, an independent PR/digital marketing consultant and principal of ACH Communications. Follow him on Twitter - @arikhanson.
Q: Share a tech “ah-ha” moment you’ve experienced. When did you realize technology would significantly change your personal/professional life?
A: Communicating with clients is paramount in my business. Most of the time, I do that via a combination of email, phone and face-to-face meetings. But, lately, I've found myself using other tools to get in touch with them – namely, Facebook. I'm always surprised how some people respond more quickly to Facebook messages than they do their own inbox!
Q: What are your top 1-3 must-have tech products? Why do you love these products?
A: My Apple TV is right up there. All our TV is "appointment only!" On the business side, my phone is essential, obviously. I do everything from email to voice calls to managing email campaigns on my phone (note: I'm a Verizon customer!). My laptop is also a big tech piece of my life. It goes with me EVERYWHERE. On vacation (sadly). To the coffee shop. Even on the beach!
Q: What are your top 1-3 must-have apps? Why do you love these apps?
A: Recently, I'm all over Sling, the app that now gives me access to ESPN, TNT and Bravo, among other cable providers. Before Sling, I had no access to live sports. It has literally changed my life.
I'm also excited for the new HBO app for less than $10 a month. I will be able to watch every episode of Curb your Enthusiasm. I'm signing up for that the moment it's available (it’s slated for April 2015).
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