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Show Support to Education and Female Founders!

During the month of May we will participate in a Women Who Tech fundraising campaign to support teachers and parents of K-12 students who need new resources and materials for online mobile learning.

ThingLink has nearly two million free users, and an archives of over three million interactive images and videos that can serve educational use more efficiently.

Our goal:

1. Curate and distribute a monthly series of interactive books and videos that support learning across subjects.

2. Partner with educational publishers, image, and video archives for creating high-quality, mobile friendly media library for teachers, students, and parents.

3. Build a subject and grade level specific content search on ThingLink

If you enjoy using ThingLink, please show your support by donating to our campaign. Free users: this is an excellent opportunity to get a good deal of our Premium account while supporting a good cause.

Silicon Valley is a home for many entrepreneurs. Too few of them are women. Read more on why I decided to participate in this challenge.

Support levels:

ThingLink Fan $20
Donate $20 and get our cool t-shirt or tote bag, both featuring ThingLink’s fun tag icons. Soft and comfy, the tee comes in both adult and youth sizes. The tote is durable and large, perfect for anything from groceries to school books. Support education while stocking up on cool gear!

ThingLink Individual Supporter: $50
Support our campaign with $50 and get an annual Pro or Premium EDU account with access to customizable icons and popups, interactive slideshows, and detailed statistics.  Alternatively, you can use this level to sponsor your child’s teacher with a Premium account that gives them all the special features and 100 student seats. As a bonus, we’ll also send you a t-shirt!

ThingLink Business Supporter: $350
This level of donation comes with an annual Premum licence for an entire school. Please mention in the comments which school you would like to sponsor, and an email address to the school’s tech administrator.  If you’re a business user, this level gives you an annual Whitelabel account with the ability to do interacive image and video projects for your clients. Use customization to make your images match the look and feel of your or your client’s brand, all while supporting a great cause!

ThingLink Angel $5000
Become our angel level supporter and get an incredible deal of ThingLink’s VIP account for a full year. This level gives corporate supporters all premium features including 10 hours credit for ThingLink’s Design Studio, top of the line support, multiple seats, and high level metrics that track engagement. A truly unique deal that is only avaiable through the month of May!

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WordPress.com Adds Support for ThingLink Interactive Images and Videos

ThingLink brings hyperlinks to images and videos across all WordPress blogs. Bloggers can now increase engagement, drive sales and deliver a better reader experience through visual media.

ThingLink is pleased to announce that its interactive images and videos are now supported on WordPress.com. When users paste a ThingLink URL into the WP editor, WordPress.com automatically converts the link into an interactive media unit. ThingLink is also supported for WordPress.org users.

ThingLink empowers bloggers to create more engaging posts by adding an additional interactive layer to photos and videos. When a reader moves their mouse over image or video content, they can explore links with additional information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls.

Supporting interactive images and video adds value to WordPress bloggers:

Engagement: ThingLink multiplies the time spent on posts and allow readers explore content from all over the web without leaving the blog.

Better user experience: Interactive elements delight readers with additional details. A catalog image, a map or a music video can now have embedded links, close-ups, notes, and related web content accessible right from the visuals.

Increased conversion through visual media: ThingLink drives commerce and conversion. Sellers on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, and Shopify can drive sales through interactive image collages, catalogs and shoppable videos.

We’re delighted that millions of WordPress.com users and publishers can now tell richer, more engaging stories using ThingLink interactive media.

Image source: Gouvernement on ThingLink

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NEW: PREMIUM UPGRADES FOR SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS

Planning for next year? It’s time to explore the powerful possibilities of ThingLink Premium Education for your school and district.

Premium Verified Organizations not only gain access to unlimited users, but get powerful tools such as: multiple groups, published slideshows, tag customization, advanced metrics, an expanded icon set, ongoing professional development and so much more!

Book your premium upgrade before June and get 4 extra months

Now is the time to get your school or district ready to implement ThingLink in the Fall! Onboard your school before the end of May for a discounted price of just $500 and gain Premium Education access through the 2015-2016 academic year.

Upgrades made now will be extend through August 2016 so jump on board and contact us at education@thinglink.com.

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HAPPENING NOW: CREATIVE CLASSROOM CHALLENGE “LIVING IN THE US”

Join us in an exciting ThingLink Classroom Creative Challenge to build interactive books about LIVING IN THE US. This is a great end of year project that’s loaded with learning and offers a high level of student engagement. Help us to put your state and school on the map! Check out  lesson plans, examples, and everything you need to get started on our blog!

We are also creating and curating resources across all grade levels and content areas:

– We’re creating interactive educational books
Famous Women in American History
Our Solar System

– We’re embracing professional development
Digital Differentiation

– We’re Teaching Reading and Writing through Standards
Can You Read an Image?

Contact us at education@thinglink.com to set up a demo or a webinar for your school or district, and book your upgrade for 2015-2016 before June 2015!

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New PRO Feature: Customizable Pop-ups!

One of our most requested features has been the ability to customize the fonts and colors of rich media tags – aka the pop-ups!

We are happy to announce that these features are now available to ThingLink PRO, Whitelabel, and VIP users.

More customization options will allow you to match the look and feel of your tags with the graphic style of your images and videos.  Using brand colors and font styles enhances the additional layer of information on your media.

  1. Change tag pop-up color
  2. Change font color and size
  3. Four font choices: Arial, Verdana, Tahoma & Times New Roman

Here are a couple of examples of what you can do:


Here is a how the feature appears in the editor.

We hope you enjoy the new features and as always, please keep us in the loop with any cool projects you’re working on!

If you are interesting in signing up to Pro, Whitelabel or Premium Education please sign up here.

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Introducing Instagram Profile Tag

Most of our users have awesome Instagram profiles, and in the past months we have seen impressive visuals created by ThingLink publishers combining infographics with individual Instagram images.

Adding to our family of 70+ rich media tags, we are now excited to announce our new Instagram profile tag that allows readers to view Instagram user profiles directly within images and videos. This gives publishers and brands the opportunity to tell engaging visual stories with a rich combination of media resources.

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THINGLINK INTRODUCES VERIFIED ACCOUNTS AND 9+ APP RATING FOR EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

In the past three months over 100 school districts in the US have contacted us and expressed interest in a school or district level account on ThingLink. We have collected lots of feedback from teachers, tech coaches, and ThingLink Educators across the country, and are now proud to announce verified accounts for educational organisations and a 9+ rating for our iOS app.

A verified organization on ThingLink serves three goals. First, verification is used to establish authenticity of an organization. Once this is done, organization gets an invitation code that it can use to invite its members to ThingLink. A verified organization will also get an access for managing teacher, student, and group accounts from one dashboard. Third, a verified organization account gives schools and districts  easy access to the variety of interactive media resources that teachers and students in different groups have created.

In the past 12 months ThingLink has become one of the the most popular free web tools for educators and the most popular mobile app for creating interactive images in school or on field trips with or without wireless access. There are a multitude of uses for ThingLink in education.  Teachers can create media rich visual resources packed with content to engage students in deep learning experiences. Students can create a ThingLink to present knowledge and ideas or to document learning. A shared “Steam” enables students and teachers to collaborate on images beyond the classroom walls. Interactive images can be embedded on websites or shared with the class and accessed by inquisitive students at any time.

Interested in becoming verified organization on ThingLink?
Email us at education@thinglink.com and we will get back to you shortly!

Already requested a district account?
Rachel from our Palo Alto team will contact you and help set up your verified organisation account and invitation code.

Want to book a ThingLink webinar for your school or school district?
Please contact education@thinglink.com. Our community manager Susan has plenty of great examples to share!

For more information and press inquiries, please contact press@thinglink.com.

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New ThingLink T-shirts are here!

ThingLink is attending SXSW EDU this year, and as part of getting ready for the show, we made new T-shirts featuring the rich layer of links you can embed on images and video. If you would like to get one for yourself, please come and meet us in Austin on March 10th, booth 125 (right next to Pearsons).

Company T-shirts can sometimes be pretty basic, but thanks to our awesome designer Tyler, these came out quite nice! The day after the T-shirts arrived, the whole team appeared at the office wearing matching outfits so I got a chance to do a quick photo shoot. Here are Rachel, Andrew, and Alexey modelling the new ThingLink shirts.

Special offer for March: all ThingLink Pro annual and WhiteLabel subscribers will get a white ThingLink T-shirt or a black tote bag. Just email us your user name, mailing address and size to social@thinglink.com.

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SaaS executive Martin Frid-Nielsen joins ThingLink as COO

ThingLink is happy to announce that Martin Frid-Nielsen has joined ThingLink as its Chief Operating Officer.

Most recently Martin was the Founder and CEO of Soonr, a cloud service for file sharing and collaboration with over 175,000 paid customers. At Soonr, Martin invented early SaaS concepts relating to file access on mobile devices through the cloud, and also raised over $40M in venture funding since 2005. Prior to Soonr, Martin was VP of Products at Merant, PLC (sold to Serena for $350M in 2004), VP of Engineering at NetObjects, makers of the Fusion web-design product (IPO in 1999) and an early employee at Borland, where he worked on the flagship products Sidekick and Quattro Pro. In addition, Martin was named a Top 100 Executive by CRN magazine in 2014.

At ThingLink Martin takes over leading Thinglink’s North American and European operations focusing on developing paid services for ThingLink’s fast growing free user base.

“ThingLink has come to a point when it is time to take the company’s operations to a new level, and Martin has exactly the right kind of experience and skill set for this role. I have great expectations of working together”, says ThingLink’s founder and CEO Ulla Engeström, who got introduced to Martin, a fellow Nordic startup founder, through the Nordic Innovation House on Ramona St.

“I am thrilled to be joining Thinglink at this critical inflection point,” said Martin Frid-Nielsen. “With their innovative technology for tagging images and video, as well as a top-notch team driving considerable growth, ThingLink is primed to have a huge impact on the industry.”

About ThingLink
ThingLink (thinglink.com) empowers creative professionals to create more engaging media by adding an additional interactive layer to photos and videos. In the past 12 months ThingLink has grown to be the largest interactive image and video community with 1.5M registered content creators and a strong monthly user growth. ThingLink offers a free basic service, subscription-driven premium service tiers, and fee-based VIP services including access to the ThingLink creative community.

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Valentine Cards with notes, pictures, music, and video

When you spend a good couple of hours crafting Valentine cards with a six-year old, and see how they come up with well-thought and apparently accurate complimens for each of their classmates (“You are funny Adam”, “You are kind Tommy”, “You are the best in school Samuel”), you suddenly remember what great Valentines greetings are all about.   Instead of just sending a card with a picture of a heart, it’s about saying something meaningful about the other person in a way that brings a big smile to their face.

We at ThingLink are doing two things for this Valentine’s Day: First, we are updating our icons selector with a red heart,  and second, we are challenging you to use it and say good things about each other!

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Here are ideas of what to add to your greeting:

1- Text: Add friendly notes why you think this person is awesome

2- Picture: Add pictures or fun things you have done together this year

3 – Music: Add a song you want to dedicate to this person

Example: Here is my Valentine’s note to our new customer support specialist Rachel who just joined our Palo Alto team on Monday. We think Rachel is so awesome and hope you will get to meet her soon too!

 

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Fast Company: ThingLink Featured In The Grammys’ Social Media Strategy

For a company that has been around for 57 years, finding new ways to grow in the social media is a continuous challenge.

“Every single year social media has changed and it’s up to us to set a new bar when it comes to social media and live events,” tells the Recording Academy CMO, Evan Greene for Fast Company. “We are at a point where text tweets aren’t enough to engage audiences anymore, there needs to be photos, GIFs, videos, and more.”

This week’s issue of Fast Company features The Grammys impressive social media strategy that creatively combines seven social media services: Shazam, Snapchat, Tumblr, ThingLink, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

We at ThingLink are very excited to help The Grammys bring a richer experience to music fans worldwide by curated media posters including pictures and interviews of the nominees,  videos of past performances, and newsworthy facts.

Learn more about the 57th Grammy Awards by exploring the three interactive posters below: The Best Rap Performance, The Best Dance/Electronic Album, and The Best Country Album.

Interested in a media partnership with ThingLink? Drop us a line at social@thinglink.com.

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