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Today we are happy to share a major improvement to the image editor on our web platform at ThingLink.com.Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 1.34.17 PM

You can now use our search functionality to find wonderful content for your images.

Your search will query content at Etsy, SoundCloud, Amazon, ThingLink pictures, YouTube and Vimeo.

Run your search, click on an item you want to feature in your image, save tag, and it’s added to your image with a preview so you can see what it looks like when hovered.

As always you can add a tag description of up to 1500 characters and change the icon to a standard one for free user accounts or a custom one for premium user accounts.

If you want your company’s products featured in ThingLink Search, please contact our business development team.

 

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ThingLink Mobile is the ideal iOS App for creating interactive images with embedded video players, text links and @Twitter IDs. This post focuses on adding live videos to images.

Take a picture with your iPhone using ThingLink Mobile (or use an existing photo). I saw the band Chicago at Westbury Music Fair this weekend and used ThingLink to capture videos of my favorite songs on images shot at the show.

 Here’s how you can take family and concert photos and capture moments around you daily by adding videos into your images.

1 Open ThingLink Mobile on your iPhone.

2 Take a new photo or use any image from your gallery.

3 Touch the image and two options appear:

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      Add Text - touch and add any text including #hashtags and @Twitter handles.

   Add Video – touch and you’ll see three video options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now lets add a video.

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  Take a Video – shoot your own 30 second videos.

  Choose from Gallery – add videos you’ve already shot with iPhone.

   Add from YouTube – touch and open up a search on YouTube – add your favorite videos from YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS for Adding Live Video – to avoid seeing upside down or sideways videos inside the image:

Shooting video with the REAR camera, hold the iPhone with the HOME button to your right.

Shooting video with the FRONT camera, hold the iPhone with the HOME button to your left.

IMPORTANT: NEVER shoot videos with the camera held vertically.

photo 3If you see an iPhone image overlay while getting set to shoot a video, it means you’re holding the camera incorrectly.

The iPhone image overlay is an error message.  Flip the camera until that overlay disappears. When the image disappears, you’re ready to shoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image below is what you see if you shoot video and have the HOME button on the wrong side.  The image overlay is an error message. Flip the camera until that overlay disappears.

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Here is what you should see when you’re holding the camera properly.  Now, you’re ready to shoot.

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Good luck shooting ThingLink Mobile videos.  Questions? Write to support@thinglink.com.

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TL mobile logoTake picture + add videos + add text + share

ThingLink today launched its free mobile app, ThingLink Mobile, available for download via the iTunes store, ThingLink Mobile is the first iOS app to let users create interactive images with video players and text instantly embeddable into pictures taken with their camera. The free app for the iPhone and iPad creates interactive images that are shareable to Twitter and Facebook, and are designed to live within the platforms themselves.

 ThingLink’s web-based app has been used by major publishers and advertisers to increase engagement with their content. The Washington Post was the first news outlet to use a pre-release version of the ThingLink Mobile app, creating interactive images of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

tl_iPad_screen_A “ThingLink Mobile has one goal: to give more meaning to your camera images, allowing them to instantly come alive in new ways,” said CEO and founder of ThingLink, Ulla Engeström. “As a storytelling tool, ThingLink Mobile unleashes creative ways to capture deeper moments. It also brings the ability to microblog within images to anyone with a smartphone.”

Even in the beta version, users have found interesting uses for the app including: travel images with details of exotic meals, images of newlyweds with the first dance from the wedding embedded into an image, birthdays that come to life with video, and second hand sellers using videos and notes to illustrate the details of the items they’re retailing.

When users download ThingLink Mobile and sign up, they have a free channel for their images at ThingLink.com. Within ThingLink, users can add additional apps (tags) to their images with content from: SoundCloud, Spotify, Google Maps, Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites. Those images are instantly shareable to Tumblr, Pinterest, Google!+, Facebook, Twitter, Edmodo and email.

ThingLink’s web-based platform has long been popular among advertisers and publishers for its ability to engage readers and encourage participation. ThingLink Mobile will bring that experience and ability to create compelling personal content to the individual user. People are invited to download the app to make their own interactive images.

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The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

ThingLink is happy to celebrate Earth Day in images.

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If you’re a retailer, a seller on Amazon, eBay or Etsy or a record label driving sales around songs, now you can use ThingLink to transform photos into Shoppable Images that are instantly shareable in social channels and embeddable on any web page.

ThingLink is the most popular shoppable image solution. Retailers and Etsy, Amazon and eBay sellers can use our free account to add standard shopping tags and icons to any image. When you share them interactively into social channels like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, you’ll drive higher conversion rates. Post them onto web pages and folks will spend more time on page and shop through your images.

Custom Retail Solutions — And because top brands know that one size does not fit all, ThingLink offers brands an enterprise level account that lets you customize shoppable images with unique shopping apps and branded tag icons. Build and upload your own shopping apps with product previews, prices, preference, and shopping carts — and drive higher conversion. Use ThingLink to make your images uniquely yours with branded icons that speak directly to your customers.

Want to make your own images shoppable? Sign up for a free business account and get started today. And contact us if you’re interested in ThingLink Custom Retail Solutions.

Touch these images by Vogue magazine, Home Depot, Interscope, Cirque du Soleil, Ikea, Two for Fashion, and Olivia Palermo.

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Home Depot

Interscope Records

Cirque du Soleil

Ikea

Two for Fashion

Olivia Palermo

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Now read carefully, ThingLink has managed to create a special hot line to Santa’s headquarters up north in Lapland. Send a letter to Santa via Thinglink and let Santa’s little elves know what sort of things would bring a smile on your face this holiday season. One of your wishes may come true!

It’s easy to participate and this is how you do it:

  1. Upload an image to Thinglink.com and title it “DearSanta“.
  2. Tag the image with direct links to your  favorite things: soft things, crafty things, noisy things, don’t forget peace and happiness! Let us know what would delight you the most. Maybe it’s a beautiful purse from an Etsy shop, a knit pattern for a beanie from Kollabora, a starter kit from Littlebits or a mobile phone from Ebay. Be creative, unique and all you!
  3. Tweet your image with hashtag #DearSanta.

The best part: Santa will be listening and with the help of our kind sponsors, he has promised to make the cutest and most creative wishes come true!

Now, act quickly. Go to Thinglink.com to create your own Christmas letter to Santa. Tweet it before 16th of December.

Remember to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to see what we’re up to.

 

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Hi folks. We hope you’re enjoying the new site. We’re hard at work making sure that the everything runs smoothly and that you have a excellent time creating and discovering new content with ThingLink. On top of that we’ve found time to develop a number of new features which we know you’ll like.

 

Unlimited More ThingLink Apps for Facebook

First off, if you’re a ThingLink user, you now have access to unlimited more ThingLink Apps on Facebook. It’s our way of saying we love our users. Check out our business page to find out how to get even more out of ThingLink.

 

Some users have had trouble finding the ThingLink App button since we redesigned the site but it’s definitely there. Look for Share above your image and click it. The symbol furthest to the left is your ThingLink App for Facebook button. Click it and you’re on your way.

 

Grab your personal customized vanity URL

Nicknames are now available to everyone. That means that instead of having a long technical profile URL such as http://www.thinglink.com/user/129489423384444929, you can now choose one such as http://www.thinglink.com/mostawesomedudeever.

Go to your settings and create one before it gets taken. I checked – http://www.thinglink.com/mostawesomedudeever is still available.

 

New and updated Image Tags!

We have significantly improved our SoundCloud tag and it’s better than ever. The same goes for the new Spotify and Rdio tags that allow you to feature virtually any song on your images.

The best new Image Tag is however our ThingLink tag. This tag allows you to take any user profile on ThingLink and tag it on any image effectively making profile tagging on images possible anywhere online. The tag also features new images by that user so you know what she or he has created. Clicking on them takes you back to ThingLink.com to see the image live with what it’s been tagged with.

Check them out by hovering the image below!

 

The technical stuff

We’ve updated our servers to make everything run much faster when browsing images on ThingLink.com and on any other site. If you ThingLink enabled your site or blog with the use of our embed code, we recommend that you update it with the new one.

You can find your personal code here. No worries if you don’t, your site will still work smoothly.

 

That’s the beef on our new features this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch and we’ll help you out.

 

 

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Decca Records recently ran a campaign for up and coming music artist Alessandro using ThingLink to great success. Our Creative Director Jonas Forth spoke with Digital Innovation and Platforms Manager David Heath about reaching your intended demographic, creating engaging campaigns and making the most out of ThingLink.

 

Q. Where do you find value in the service?

I think the value in a service like ThingLink comes from the opportunity to engage consumers from all demographics. Creating something your audience can relate to and understands is vital in establishing a connection with them, and this is a simple and effective way of doing that. Everyone can relate to an image, and musicians are more frequently incorporating strong visuals as lead elements of their campaigns.

Using mouseovers and hover actions actively encourages users to interact with these images and this is where the real beauty of ThingLink lies, because people are inherently curious and they want to know what might be hidden away. They don’t want to miss something valuable that might be tucked away in a corner. If you’ve judged your audience correctly and you’re giving them the content they really want to consume, they’ll be back.  

 

Q. What kind of features have you created using ThingLink?

This year we’ve been running a campaign around a brand new global priority artist who happens to be a Franciscan Friar called Alessandro. We’ve used Thinglink to put together an interactive map of Assisi – the birthplace of St Francis and the place Alessandro lives – as a way of showcasing all the most important locations from around this historic catholic town.

Using artwork sourced from a local tourist information booklet created by the friars themselves, we were able to use ThingLink as a way of revealing audio from his debut album along with photos, videos and more over a six week period prior to the release. It’s kind of a tour guide, but more fun, and making use of content shot on location with Alessandro himself. I think it can be difficult to meaningfully engage this kind of market digitally but we’ve had some good success using ThingLink purely because it bridges the gap between technology and the kind of content people naturally gravitate towards and find themselves sharing.

Q. What advice do you have for bands who want to promote their music with ThingLink?

Firstly, think about what you want to achieve. Do you want to drive data acquisition for the mailing list, increase Facebook fans, sell gig tickets, generate new fans, or are you simply rewarding existing fans without having any quantifiable target at all? Whichever it is, the answer will drive the content you need to be producing.

Secondly, thinking about how you want to reveal that content can make all the difference. A great way of encouraging repeat visits is to stagger the content that is available, but if you’re not giving fans what they want the first time round are they even going to come back for a second?

Q. What is it about ThingLink that helps drive traffic?

I think the numbers we saw on our campaign with Friar Alessandro reflect a very engaged, very content hungry fan base who appreciate unlocking and experiencing that content in exciting, non traditional ways. This is a demographic that wouldn’t usually listen to track previews or streams through SoundCloud. We’ve found ThingLink to be a brilliant way of removing the barrier that exists there by letting people interact with something that makes sense to them and delivering them SoundCloud content through it.

Although there were several content reveals each week on the map, streaming the new audio clips was always the most popular and the ThingLink platform effectively renders the underlying technology behind that invisible. This is hugely important in ensuring we’re connecting well with our audience and not alienating or penalising non technical fans.

Listening to the feedback we’ve had so far has been extremely positive. I can see ThingLink being an incredibly useful tool for us in future if for nothing else than its ability to engage meaningfully with the people we are trying to reach, day to day.

Follow Decca Records on ThingLink.

 

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ThingLink, the largest interactive image community for businesses and consumers, and Helsinki-based advertising agency WTF Helsinki, today announced the launch of an interactive book player for iPad powered by ThingLink.

The book, called Finnish Design Thinking, features 52 Finnish companies within design and technology. The iPad version of the book, powered by ThingLink, features interactive images with branded content, links and videos presenting contextual content on the topic.

”The consumption of the web is moving to mobile and we are pleased to work with WTF Helsinki on an interactive book that combines image viewing with a touch-based browsing experience,” said ThingLink CEO Ulla Engeström.

“The ability to touch and discover content inside ThingLink interactive images delivers a more compelling consumer experience around images that drives engagement and a stronger sense of a brand,” says Pauliina Savolainen – CEO, WTF Helsinki.

 

About WTF Helsinki

‘WTF Helsinki is a creative agency currently operating in Finland and the Baltic region. Our state of mind empowers to define and design new concepts while challenging existing idea. WTF Helsinki is idea driven rather than industry specific, and our customer base incorporates both ends of the business spectrum – from the Baltic’s biggest hotel chain to a small potato farm in Vuojalahti, Finland. We firmly believe that everyone is unique and find divergence a positive attribute that can help a company excel in its field. While we operate out of Helsinki and Tallinn, the world is our playing field’. -Pauliina Savolainen -

www.wtfhelsinki.fi

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We’ve strived to make all content online embeddable on ThingLink images, ranging from streaming media to social profiles to any site enabled with Open Graph. We wish you to be positively surprised every time you drop a link into the image editor and discover that we support virtually all rich content from around the web. In the slide set below you’ll see many of our most popular Rich Media Tags. Head over to ThingLink and try it out for yourself.


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