Build Your Brand “With a Little Help from Your Friends”

Author: Ted Rubin, CMO Photofy

Who doesn’t remember the old Beatles classic “With a Little Help from My Friends?” I can hear that tune and Ringo Star singing the lyrics in my head, can’t you?

“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends.
Mmm, I get high with a little help from my friends.
Gonna try with a little help from my friends.”

While “getting high” doesn’t necessarily correlate to good business practices (guess it depends how you interpret), the other two lines certainly do—getting a little help from your friends. And there is a group of people in any organization who could be considered friends of your business, right? Those who know your business almost as well as you do. Your employees, of course! That’s why its very important to cultivate a business culture that encourages your employees to feel connected with your brand. They should feel so connected, in fact, that they want to, or easily be encouraged to, share about you to their friends and family. And not just in face-to-face conversations, but with online content. But how do we accomplish that?

In today’s digital environment, we already know that customer experience often turns into content, which can be a double-edged sword if that experience is less than exemplary. Because online customer-generated content is something we cannot control, it can be a bit scary. Sometimes so scary that we want to reign in what we CAN control—what our employees say about us online.

It’s All About Relationships

For years I’ve been talking about building advocacy with customers through better customer service, because it’s a natural thing to want to share our experiences. Why not make them great experiences? I’ve also talked about building employee advocacy by Empowering your Employees to Power your Brand. Forward thinking brands help their staff create safe, valuable, online profiles, help them build their own brands on social media, and don’t shut them out of social platforms on the job, but clarify their online policies so employees know what they should or shouldn’t share about their company. Whether we’re talking about customers or employees generating online content, the underpinnings are the same—build loyal, trusting relationships, right? However, it’s also important to share good tools for building that content.

Make it Easy for Them

You might have some employees who are good writers, and you can encourage them to contribute content to your blog (or their own). You might have some that are Twitter or Facebook or Instagram power-users (or even just casual users), and you can definitely encourage them to post interesting things about your company. For instance, you can have your marketing team craft informative or fun-fact posts about your brand, share your charity work or upcoming news items, etc., and encourage your employees to share those posts on their personal profiles if they like. Pre-creating content is a way to make social sharing easy. However, I think one of the BEST ways to empower your employees is to give them tools to be creative themselves.

Empower Creativity with Images

Just about anyone with a social profile likes to share images or videos they take on their phone, and people love to view them. Why not empower your employees to share this kind of content? One way to make it easy is to give them a tool like Photofy to create fun, interesting content from their phones that can be shared on any social profile. Another way to make it easy is to encourage creativity and reward it.

How about announcing a weekly themed image contest? Let’s say you have a new line coming up that will be released soon. Why not encourage employees to take photos or use stock images to come up with a social meme or a poster that exemplifies a word associated with that line? An app like Photofy can make it possible to create stunning images with text overlays, brand approved logos, etc., and makes it super-easy to do it on the fly (when inspiration comes)… Easy to create beautiful Branded Content in under 30 seconds… @PhotofyApp #Photofy

Have Fun Rewarding Participants

Encouragement can come in the form of a reward for employees who participate with something fun (do a survey of your staff to think up a list of appropriate rewards). Re-sharing the images they post on their social profiles, and/or creating an employee creativity gallery can also encourage involvement. Who doesn’t like to be recognized? Even something as simple as “crowning” a person as creative King or Queen for a day could be a fun way to develop an encouraging environment.

The Benefits Can be Exponential

The benefits of developing an employee advocacy program that encourages image content development and sharing can be far reaching. You know the benefits of consumer advocacy online—just think of how many more people you can reach with a little help from your employee friends. They know your company, they know your product, and they have social audiences that can extend your reach exponentially.

The power of image sharing is growing by leaps and bounds and is an easy way for employees to help you grow your brand. Give them a little help to get going, and they will help you back by creating content at scale, growing your brand’s perceived value and heightening SEO, all without breaking the bank! Building employee relationships that help you grow as a brand AND helps your employees feel connected and appreciated… that’s a win-win in my book. All you need is a little help from your friends!

Empower your Employees and they will Power your Brand… ROE, Return on Employees.  

Unlock #AllThePhotofy is Coming Soon!

You asked…We answered…(Or is it we asked, you answered?)

If you want to build a great business, you spend a bunch of time asking your customers how you’re doing, finding out what they like, what you can do better and making it so. We recently sent out an in-app survey to Photofy Users with a couple of simple questions.

  1. Would you recommend us to a friend?
  2. What features would you like to see added to Photofy to make it better?

We were really excited to learn that 9 out of 10 respondents said that they would totally recommend us to their friends! Whoop Whoop! This measure is known as Net Promoter Score and is commonly cited as one of the most accurate predictors of a healthy brand. Yay, we have that going for us!

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We received some excellent product feedback, and want to let you know, we ARE listening and we’re going to work hard to improve our app! Our mission is to help make beautiful content in less than 30 seconds and every day, we are committed to being laser-focused delivering on that goal.

Some of your top requests:
  1. Unlock All The Things!
  2. Ability to adjust the thickness of the collage frames
  3. More Stickers
  4. More Fonts
  5. Freestyle Layouts/Freehand Collages

Since our top suggestion was to offer an option to pay to unlock ALL of Photofy. Not just a few features or packages here or there, but EVERYTHING… We wanted to let you know that we hear you loud and clear!

Beginning next week, you will be able to subscribe to the new #AllThePhotofy package, for only $9.99 per month.  This will unlock every designer pack, every background, every filter, every paid package, every template, every border, remove watermarks, enable uploading your own logos – everything.

We are SO excited to be able to offer this new and improved subscription to all of our customers, and to continue working to address each request and idea that all of you have for us to improve Photofy!

Seriously, Photofyers – thank you. We literally wouldn’t be here without you.   But we really appreciate all of the love you show us and all the feedback you have given us.  

Feel free to send us feedback at support@photofy.com and let us know what you think!

Photofy and SIGGPAY Partner Up to Enhance Influencer Marketing

SIGGPAY is a quickly growing Nano Influencer Marketing Company that is giving everyday people the chance to monetize their social media accounts. They’re not looking for the influencers with millions of followers. They want the smaller numbers. The influencers that speak to their followers, not speak at them. Their goal is to build on the influencers that already have the trust of their community and leverage that trust to market local products and services.

Influencers sign up for SIGGPAY, and can choose from a selection of campaigns, and then “compete” for points based on their engagement and location of their social media points using check-ins and shares across the various social apps.

SIGGPAY recognized their users’ desire to create beautiful, branded images for their campaigns, and a partnership with Photofy was formed. Together with Photofy, SIGGPAY Influencers will be able to easily create professional, marketable images that will stand out among the “crowds” of other posts.

 

We are very excited with this partnership and are looking forward to working with SIGGPAY and their influencers!

Back to School Sale in the Photofy Marketplace

Are you asking yourself “Where did the Summer go?” We are doing the same thing! It’s hard to believe that school is already back in session in many places. We know you love to share the experiences of back to school shopping, and most importantly, those those first day of school photos. We do too! Back to school should be fun, and we want to help you make it so!

For a limited time only, Photofy is offering packages with awesome, fun Back to School themed artwork for half price in our Photofy Marketplace! Just tap on the Market icon in the top right corner of your main screen, and look for the “SALE PACKAGES” tab!

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Show off those photos in style with Photofy! These sale prices and August 31st! So get them before it’s too late!

Take the Guesswork Out of Marketing Your Scentsy Business

Figuring out how to market your Scentsy business can be difficult in the beginning.  Building your online presence and consistently publishing content for your followers can be incredibly time-consuming.

What if we told you that there was a way to do that quickly and easily, and it’s already available?

Photofy and Scentsy have partnered up to offer Scentsy Consultants a quick and easy way to create beautiful, branded content in under 30 seconds. Scentsy provides the photography, all you have to do is make it your own!

Have a new product coming out? Sale prices need to be updated? What about “Bring Back my Bar” specials? You can even create an invitation for an upcoming party and send it to the host to share out on their social posts as well! With Photofy, you can share professional images of your products, add your personal information, and post it to all of your social media channels in a matter of minutes. And you don’t have to set up a photo studio or sit for hours at the computer.

“I do love using the Photofy App. It’s the #1 app I use for Scentsy” – Julie Steele

Scentsy Consultants get access to the Photofy Enterprise Pro membership for just $60 USD a year or you can choose the quarterly subscription at just $20 USD! That’s more than 40% off the normal cost of a Photofy Pro membership!

The Scentsy/Photofy Pro membership will give you access to all the latest and greatest Scentsy marketing content:

  • Logos & Artwork
  • Templates & Reposts
  • Custom Designs & Fonts
  • Stock Photos & Inspiration Stream
  • Pre-approved Disney Collection Images (non-editable)
  • Photofy Customer Support via email

Photofy is a powerful tool for your brand to drive business marketing and to create social recognition, all from your mobile devices.

Photofy is an AMAZING APP, so many options and WELL WORTH THE INVESTMENT! I love it and use it daily!!!!!-Nicole Beebe

We know your time is valuable and should be spent creating new relationships with your clients and building your team. Photofy Pro is an efficient tool to help you create beautiful imagery for your social marketing needs in under 30 seconds, right from your mobile device.

Want to know more? Head over to the Scentsy Consultant Sign Up page! http://photofy.com/scentsy and register now!

We’re Celebrating Prime Day Too

In all the excitement and craziness of Amazon’s Prime Day, we wanted to make sure our awesome Photofy customers didn’t miss out on our special deals!

Have you been wanting to try out some new effects on Photofy? Now’s your chance to check them out at a super low price!

The following in-app purchases are now just 99¢ for today and tomorrow (July 16/17) only! Don’t miss out!

  • The Photofy Premium Pack-  Unlock over 3700 elements to embellish any image!
  • Light FX Pack- Unlock 27 light leak effects to add to your photos, plus the easy to use Light FX viewer!
  • Watermark Removal- Remove our Photofy watermark from all of your creations forever!
  • Enthusiast Filter Pack- Enhance your photos with 20 filters plus our easy to use filter viewer!

Head over to the Photofy Marketplace on your app and grab these deals while they’re hot!

Photofy Partners with The Grown Ups Benefit

On Tuesday June 19, one family was changed forever. The Bova Family of Archdale, NC were on a family vacation, driving in Utah, when they were hit head on by another vehicle. Tyrone (47), Holly Jo (43) and Haden (11) all died as a result of this accident, leaving behind Tyler (17) in extremely critical condition. 

Since the accident, Tyler has undergone numerous surgeries and while still in critical condition is doing well. He is #builttylertough.  The Grown Ups Benefit decided to put together an event to help Tyler with the long road to recovery.

The event will be on Friday, July 13th, from 5pm until the last person leaves. There will be food, music and fellowship. There will also be a cornhole tournament ($25 per two man team prior to the event, $30 day of),  A live auction with incredible items that are being donated, including Cruises, a possible car, a Hilton Head golf package. There will also be raffles, bounce houses, and much more. All proceeds go to a fund set up on Tyler’s behalf. You can also stop by the message station and record a brief encouraging word for Tyler.

Some NFL teams are even jumping in to help.

Of course, Photofy wanted to help in any way we could as well. We’ve created a really cool sticker pack for The Grown Ups Benefit, and it’s live now in the Photofy Marketplace! Just download Photofy from the iTunes or Google Play store, tap on the marketplace icon in the top right, and search for Grown Ups Benefit! The sticker pack is just $4.99 and all proceeds will go back to The Grown Ups Benefit!

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If you aren’t able to attend this benefit in person, purchase this package and post it showing your support!

 

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The Grown Ups Benefit are a Christian based organization providing hope, love, and funds for families in our own community that are experiencing financial hardship brought on by a health crisis. We also provide Scholarships to deserving seniors from area high schools and fund Play it Forward, a program that provides sporting equipment and covers various fees for those families in which this would prove to be a hardship. We organize many events that enable people to live out our motto, Helping People Help Others.

Smartphone Photography 101

 

While it’s easy for anyone to pick up a smartphone and start taking photos, it does take someone with the right tools and techniques to create a truly great image. Taking incredible photos with a smartphone is actually very easy, as long as you follow some important guidelines on composition, lighting, perspective and editing.  In this video, you’ll discover the essential techniques that every mobile photographer, basic or skilled, should know and how to optimize your photos using the Photofy app!

Stuck in a funk? How Travel Fuels Creativity

Discover how to conquer creative roadblocks through adventure and passion projects.

Creative Funks. We’ve all been there. Designers, writers, producers, thinkers, entrepreneurs. As creatives, we are our biggest critics and as people who exercise our talents on a daily basis, we also require the need to exercise those neurons that help us function.

So what to do when in a rut? Make the world our gym and flex that creative energy. The notion that international travel experiences can open our minds to new ways of thinking is not as much a new concept as it is imperative to overcoming any form of a creative block. Neuroscientists and Psychologists have even begun to examine that spending time abroad may have the potential to affect mental change related to how the brain is wired and influenced by environment and habit. It is the one thing that can help us uncover new eras in personal artistic development and provide us with a more accurate and open-minded view of the world.

As a career creative and photographer, I have long felt the creative benefits of international travel. However, it’s not just about being abroad. It’s the critical process of multicultural immersion, engagement, and adaptation. That’s why each year I’ve vowed to myself, my soul and my creative mind to dive into these experiences. There is nothing as refreshing, as humbling and as scary as throwing yourself into the unknown than traveling abroad – and that freedom feeds directly back into our waves of inspiration and the work we give back to the world. The impact traveling has on one’s worldview allows one to do good work. Its purpose is to build a strongly acculturated sense of self. It has been one of the healthiest ways for me to nurture that creative spark through the cognitive flexibility of environment and human compassion.

“Creativity is power – and we have the ability to use it for good.”

To capture and share my experiences while traveling abroad, I started a journaling practice. Through this, I am able to craft storylines through photo, video and written content with the aspiration to inspire others and myself to live outside the world our own. This practice has helped shaped how I view the work and message I put into the world – and what a true gift the ability to share with others is.

Photofy has been a powerful tool in my journaling practice and curating the way in which others consume my work. It has granted me the ability to spend more time to discover and more time to focus on a message while providing a means to optimize such aesthetic. Through customization options for both individuals and businesses, Photofy gives users the keys to growing their brand or content on the go.

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.37.17 PMLake Atitlan, Guatemala A world untouched. My visit to Guatemala in Winter of 2014 served as a reminder to be mindful of how I, and we as humans, choose to consume. Highlighting the hidden impact our daily consumption has on lands and environments outside our own and the severe importance of doing our due diligence to lessen that impact.

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 4.37.26 PMQuepos, Costa Rica. No words. It’s a scary and humbling experience to be a minority in a foreign country, especially when it comes to language barriers. While visiting Costa Rica in the Fall of 2015 and traveling to a rural Costa Rican school to play and interact with the children, I’ve never been so frustrated with not knowing another language. Even with basic to intermediate Spanish speaking skills, it was heartbreaking to not know how to communicate with the children. Lesson learned: Do not take something as beautiful as language for granted nor expect that others should speak the way you do.

Time and ease are imperative to any traveler. Luckily, Photofy easily allows one to capture a moment and edit in real time using a computer or mobile device. Giving travelers peace of mind knowing they can spend more time embracing their curiosity and allowing their imaginations to take flight.

If you’re like me, your creative mind is never fully put to rest. For it is when we express our creativity through travel and experiences we allow space for transformation and the nourishment needed to feel refreshed and renewed. Those expressions are imperative for us to continue to do good work and supersede into all aspects of the ways we think and operate creatively.

To visit more of my travels and portfolio find me at Angel Marya or ReserveDirect.com!

7 Tips for Social Selling and Marketing

Unleash the power of social media to drive awareness, engagement and revenue for your business. Over 2 billion users are active on social media, so we have put together some tips to make social selling and marketing a fun and effective opportunity to grow your business.

1. Facebook is still the most important network
Over 1.5 billion active users, means Facebook is by far the most powerful social network. From there, we recommend Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and if you are feeling outgoing, Snapchat.

2. Tell a story to humanize your business
Whether your business is a longtime passion, life event or series of events, your network will find your story interesting, relatable and ultimately feel more connected.

3. Create branded and visually engaging content
The web is becoming more and more visual every day. This means less and less text. Make sure your photos have your brand’s logo and convey a message without having to read a description.

4. Follow top accounts to learn from the best
Richard Branson, Zig Ziglar, Entrepreneur, Taylor Swift and of course your corporate account.

5. Network differently
Introduce and ask for introductions. Seek and give advice. React, comment, like, tag, hashtag and re-share content. These actions increase your social visibility, add value and will incline connections to do business with you.

6. Find what’s trending
Search Google for “google hot trends.” Tie the trend to your business or a positive personal interest.

7. 10 minutes 3 times a day
Morning, lunch and evening.