December 21, 2012
by Kim Taylor
Here’s a look at some fun finds around the Web in the last week or two.
Foldify wins my vote for creating the best app you never knew you needed – This genius app lets you create 3-D figures on your device—if you can draw it with your finger, you can create it—then print, fold and voila!
Google’s Santa Tracker steps it up this year – Want Santa to make a personal call to your children? Just send a message between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Can’t make that time-frame, Santa will send personal messages on Google+ or by email 24 hours a day! Where was this when I was a kid??
Still worried about Instagram’s new Terms of Service? – Instaport.me lets you connect your Instagram account and easily export out all of your photos. Now you don’t have to lose all of those high-contrast photos with the X-Pro II filter.
And speaking of exporting – Twitter announced this week that they’re rolling out an archive feature that allows users to download every tweet ever sent. How long do you think it’ll take me to download more than 10,000?!
In case you missed it, the 2013 Pantone color of the year has been revealed – Just in time for the holidays – Emerald is the new ”it” color. And, I have to hand it to beauty brand, Sephora, if it weren’t for their collaboration with Pantone, I might miss this each year.
Miss out on holiday carolers at your house this year? – Stella Artois has you covered with a brilliant holiday campaign.
October 12, 2012
by Kim Taylor
Wendy’s Unveils First Logo Redesign in 30 Years – I definitely see a trend toward simplistic in big brand logo redesigns lately. USA Today’s is probably the most notable shift. Wendy’s updated logo is the company’s attempt to contemporize the brand.
Help with Voting or Clever Self-Promotion? – Jordan Rich claims to be undecided about the presidential election, so he developed a campaign designed to let his Twitter followers decide for him. After seeing that Jordan is also an “art director for hire,” I have my doubts that this is anything other than a thinly veiled promotional tool.
Curiosity Rover Working Toward Mayorship – Gotta hand it to NASA—their social media strategy is brilliantly engaging. Not only did their Mars Curiosity Rover Twitter page inspire hilarious parody accounts, but now Curiosity is one step closer to becoming the Mayor of Mars with its latest Foursquare check in.
ThingLink Brings Images to Life – ThingLink makes images more interactive than ever before. Add a caption, video, poll, music … practically anything you can imagine can be linked to your images using this technology.
September 28, 2012
by Kim Taylor
Here’s what I found interesting around the Web this week:
Social Media and Customer Service Go Hand in Hand – You already know that consumers are taking to social media to rant (and sometimes even rave), but Edison Research is now showing that a whopping 42 percent of consumers expect a response within 60 minutes … time to get those monitoring tools in order.
Kellogg’s is Taking Social to a New Level – What do you get when you combine a pop-up shop with sponsored tweets? A #tweetshop, of course. Visitors to the shop can “buy” all sorts of Kellogg’s goodies for the price of a Tweet. Talk about innovative thinking.
Traditional Brands Are Gaining in Social – How do you make soup fun? You create an app that allows users to “Warhol-ize” their Facebook photos. 50 years of Pop Art never looked so good.
AMC = 1, Oreo = 0 – If you’re keeping score in this week’s battle of the brands on Twitter, this one goes to AMC Theatres for some hilarious tweeting.
And, just for fun, PicMonkey is the new black. Disgruntled Picnik users unite! There’s a new photo editor in town!
September 21, 2012
by Kim Taylor
Here are some goodies I found online this week:
The Temperature of Your Office Affects Employee Productivity – No really. This Fast Company article tells the whole story, but apparently cold employees are uncomfortable and distracted costing employers 10 percent more per hour, per employee. Yikes!
Twitter Profiles Are Starting to Look a Lot More like Facebook – Your profile page now has a Header Image in addition to the standard Avatar. Sarah Evans shows you how to update your Twitter Header here.
Preparing For a Brainstorming Session and Need Some Creative Inspiration? Look no Further than Google’s Creative Sandbox.
Murally – Murally, is a new creative collaboration platform that’s being touted as “Pinterest for Pros.” Give it a whirl for your next vision board or creative project.
Slickplan – The team at Slickplan made creating sitemaps for your next website a cinch. Even better … you can create your first one for Free.
And, just for fun … Wednesday was International Talk like a Pirate Day, and even our Commander in Chief got in on the action.
Honorable Mention goes to the U.S. Navy for their Facebook Post, though.
September 7, 2012
by Kim Taylor
Here’s a collection of the neat things I found on the Web this week:
“Pitch Pinning” – Combines Pinterest with Pitch Engine to give your news release a social layer.
Smore – Smore is to fliers (note the correct spelling) what Weebly is to websites … a great turnkey solution for quick-turnaround projects.
“What Bill Clinton wrote vs. what Bill Clinton said” – This is simply fascinating for any speech writer or communicator and a heck of a lot of ad-libbing.
The Wall Street Journal’s WorldStream – Don’t think video is important to journalists? Think again.
Typography is all around us and now there’s an app for that. Enter, font.ly.
Irrive is described as a social scrapbook. It streamlines all of your check-ins, photos, status updates, etc. into one easily shareable place. File Under: Why didn’t I think of that.
And, just for fun … this is a pretty genius solution for separating the egg yolk from the egg white. Bonus points if you can actually understand her.