Our marching orders this week? Download a mobile app for a product/service/company. Share a little about it. Does it offer discounts? Coupons? Reviews? Does it include GPS features? How useful is this app? The following is for the Masters Degree program specializing in Social Media at the University of Florida. The observations and opinions are 100% mine from using the app but the purpose here is academic…
When it comes to pharmacies, your town is probably a lot like mine: one on every corner. I hate to say it but I don’t really have brand loyalty to CVS or Walgreens. I downloaded the CVS app because friends kept telling me how convenient it is for printing photos from your phone.
Yes. I actually print photos and keep photo albums. It’s a lost art but I figure someday my little girls will appreciate it.
So back to the CVS app. If you haven’t downloaded it, I highly recommend you do. It’s pretty much an all-inclusive pharmacy experience (short of actually giving you your drugs). Here’s a quick rundown of what it offers:
- Mobile Pharmacy
- Extra Care Card section where you can keep track of purchases
- Minute Clinic location search
- Mobile Shopping
- Photo Printing from your phone, an account or Facebook
- Drug Interaction Search
- Pill Identifier
- Weekly Ad
The pharmacy and photo sections are the ones I would use most. You create an account and store your information and go from there. The pharmacy section of the app offers a little more though. You can easily transfer a prescription from one pharmacy to another and it doesn’t have to be CVS to CVS. It’s competitor to CVS. It certainly makes that process a little easier. Additionally you can add all your family medications together in one section and manage it. You can opt to receive text alerts when prescriptions are close to refill or ready to be picked up. Another nice feature within the pharmacy section is being able to scan your refill.
You simply open up that section, select your location, add your name and email as shown and then a small window will appear for you to scan your prescription bottle. Information is sent. Just wait for the text to pick it up.
The other part of the app that’s pretty awesome is printing your photos right from your phone. You log in, choose your store and select away. You can print different sizes and as many copies as you like. You will receive an email shortly after doing it to confirm your order and then you will receive another email when the photos are ready. With all the photos trapped in my smart phone, it’s nice to have a completely effortless way to set them free.
DISCOUNTS AND COUPONS
The app does provide discounts and coupons in a couple different ways. First, there is the weekly ad. This can be personalized to everything you buy or you can just check out what’s in your local store. There is also access to your CVS ExtraCare card which awards discounts and deals as you continue to buy. As you can see there are banners at the top of the app’s menu page featuring discounts:
The app will geo-locate you when you search for a store, search for a minute clinic, shop online or send your photos off. It occasionally has a pop-up survey to get your feedback on the app which can be annoying. The good thing is, there is a whole feedback section so if the pop-up annoys you, feel free to register a complaint.
Overall, I find it to be pretty useful. If you are someone who relies on medication, the text alert reminders and drug interaction notifications are invaluable.
For someone like me who doesn’t always need a pharmacy, the quick photo service is pretty cool. Throw in the ability to shop online when school, motherhood, work and life keep me slammed and you have a winner. I may have to rethink that loyalty thing after all.