Spring has sprung and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. It’s time to find a thoughtful gift for Mom, and Photobucket is here to the rescue!
Below are a few tips for creating – and giving – an unexpected gift for Mother’s Day that will allow her to relive happy moments…and put a smile on her face every single day.
From photo books to mobile phone covers to wine openers and more, there are all sorts of gifts you can personalize for Mom. First is to decide what type of gift you’re creating and how many photos you’ll need to use (see our ideas at the end for inspiration), then comes selecting the best shots to showcase in your gifts.
Create a collage of baby pictures, a remembrance of a favorite day or even a collection of shots of her whole brood. Whichever you choose, you can upload your mobile phone pictures and photos onto your PC with ease to create a new Mother’s Day-themed album on Photobucket in which to store these shots for safekeeping. You can always edit them down later, but having them all in one place will give you easy access and will make the project go much more smoothly.
Finally, print your gift by visiting our handy photo gifts page to design your project and have it delivered to your doorstep. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Stumped on what to make to make Moms’ day? Here are a few of our favorite ideas:
- Family Photo Slideshow: Make a slideshow with family photos from throughout the past year. Place it on a digital photo frame, iPad or burn it to DVD for a gift that keeps on giving year-round
- DIY Photo Jewelry: Try a cool, DIY project that turns ordinary necklaces, bracelets, key chains and charms into these gorgeous photo keepsakes
- Hand-Picked Photo Book: A sweet album allows you to combine your favorite photos and quotes into a personalized album for mom. It’s so easy to create, and you can even view our video about getting started or learn more about our photo book types for added inspiration
- Custom Mobile & Tablet Cases: Check out our chic cases, where you can add your own photos and showcase her personality. Score some bonus points by putting the case on her phone Mother’s Day morning
- Stainless Steel Travel Mug: One of our most popular items, you can warm Mom’s heart (and her belly!) on those chilly morning commutes with this sleek, modern mug. Add your favorite photos to ensure she’s got miles of smiles ahead of her!
We hope this post has brought you some Momspiration for the May 12, 2012 celebration, and don’t forget that these ideas can apply to Dad’s and grads in the coming months, too!
In an effort to help both our new and loyal customers settle in to the all-new Photobucket, we recently launched a collection of short videos that provide easy-to-digest tips and tricks to enjoy the new site.
To give you an idea of the topics we cover in the library, here are the latest “Quick Tips” available for viewing:
- How to download single photos
- How to bulk link photos
- How to bulk delete photos
- How to bulk select & move photos
Whether you’re a newbie or a pro looking to brush up on your technique, we’ll show you how to manage basic – yet essential – site features and capabilities. Other “how-to” topics explored include episodes focused on basic photo uploading to your account, logging in, quick navigation and user settings. There is also this handy video, which shows users around the new and improved Photobucket photo editor.
With a little guidance and knowledge under your belt, we’re confident that the all-new Photobucket will be the one site you need to do everything you want with your photos and videos.
We will continue to update regularly with additional tutorials for getting up-to-speed on all the site has to offer so you can quickly and easily transition to the best Photobucket experience yet. Is there anything in particular that you would like to see a tutorial for? Leave a comment below to let us know!
If you saw our recent 2012 recap, you know that we’ve been working hard to create a complete, best-in-class user experience for our Photobucket community, regularly releasing features and improvements as part of the new site rollout.
Since launching the all-new Photobucket site back in August, we’ve added Stories, shared your best adventures (see Summer Brennan’s $25K winning Story here), built out features, and continued to enhance the site based on feedback from you.
Now, as we prepare to migrate all customers to the all-new Photobucket site, we’re announcing the latest improvement: our editing experience.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Aviary, the industry leader in photo editing. Aviary’s editor is powerful enough for our power users, yet intuitive enough that beginners can jump right in.
Here’s what we think you’ll like about the new photo editor:
- Intuitive: Easily adjust the contrast, brightness and color of your shots
- Powerful: Utilize everything from cool effects to professional touch-up tools
- Creative: Have fun experimenting with new stickers and text options
Our new Aviary photo editor will not only allow you to discover new artistic tools and effects, but you can also edit and design your photos with ease (in just a few clicks!), thanks to easy photo effects, filter and editing tools.
The integration with Aviary will also enable us to offer a consistent editing suite – available immediately on the web (and coming this spring for mobile and tablet) – for a more cohesive Photobucket experience. Give it a shot: we’re confident that you’ll see it’s never been easier to bring your photos to life, and adding a professional touch to your images has never been so simple.
We hope this helps you to get more creative with your existing memories and inspires you to create some new ones to store and share on the all-new Photobucket.
February 7, 2012 update: As we mentioned in our recent blog post, we’ve been hard at work releasing features and making improvements on the new site (thanks for your feedback – and keep it coming!). We’re excited to announce the first two updates related to linking and editing:
First, the linking news: Easier link copying is now ready. Yes, you asked, and we listened – easy linking mode is now available via the all-new Photobucket user experience.
What does that mean? Well, we will be offering the same easy access to links (direct, email & IM, HTML, and IMG) as historically available on our original Photobucket site – only this time it’s quicker and easier to do.
In your User Settings, under the Album tab, you will find an option to turn on Easy Linking Mode. Enabling it will display the codes below the thumbnails in your albums for easy copying and linking of your photos. Simply double click the code and either right click on your mouse and copy or press Ctrl+C after the code is highlighted, then paste as you please.
Second, the editing news: An improved editor is now available. That’s right, we’ve unveiled an improved editor, which will be easier for editors of all levels to use, on the all-new Photobucket.
Please note: The old editor is no longer available on the original site, so now is the perfect time to make the switch if you haven’t already!
Many Photobucket users are inquiring how they can get access to their old Photobucket accounts. Never fear! Those fun and fabulous images are still safely preserved on our Photobucket servers. AND if you haven’t visited Photobucket in a while we hope you enjoy the newly re-designed look and features of the all-new Photobucket, including our new Stories feature.
First things first. If you are unable to access your account because you can no longer remember your password, try resetting your password here: http://beta.photobucket.com/userinfo
If you still can’t access your account, because you no longer have access to the email address associated with the original Photobucket account, visit this support page for more advanced support: http://photobucket.zendesk.com/entries/21079008
You will be asked to submit a request with “Photobucket Account Recovery” as the subject. You will also be asked to provide answers to security questions such as:
- What is your Photobucket username?
- What email address is currently registered with the account?
- Approximately when was the account registered (year and month)?
- What is the first and last name registered with the account?
- What is the account owner’s date of birth?
In addition you will be asked to provide a completely “new” email address that is not already in use on Photobucket.com, so we can associate it with your account reset. We only allow one email address per account so we will use this new email address as your current email and will remove all prior addresses associated with the old account. We will not be able to reset your account if you provide an address that already has a Photobucket account associated with it.
We hope this helps you to retrieve your memories and inspires you to create some new ones to store and share on the all-new Photobucket.
-The Photobucket team
Every year around this time, I like to pause and take a moment to reflect on the past 12 months and think about the successes and lessons learned while planning ahead for the next 365 days. It’s been a whirlwind of a year, but we’ve certainly got a lot to celebrate – and much more to look forward to in 2013!
Photobucket marked 2012 by transforming the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling. As the world’s leading consumer service dedicated to preserving and sharing the entire photo and video lifecycle, we are committed to being the one place where you can keep all your memories – and do literally anything you want with them, whether that’s emailing an album link, embedding in your blog, creating a social scrapbook or even designing traditional photo gifts for giving to friends and family.
Numbers-wise, we continued to keep our momentum up, thanks to our very active, very loyal base of users. Thanks to you, we’re still the largest dedicated photo and video site, hosting more than 10 billion images from 100 million registered members, who upload more than four million images and videos per day from the Web and connected digital devices. That’s a lot of memories entrusted to us, and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. In fact, our customer support team took to social media this year in full force via a dedicated Twitter handle and Facebook team to respond to your questions, comments and concerns.
Most recently, we celebrated the launch of Photobucket Stories with a $25,000 Life’s an Adventure contest, in which we received more than 4,700 entries, thanks to an active and engaged community (1M+ strong on Facebook!). It was a close race, with more than 475,000 of you taking to social media to get in on the action and cast your vote for your favorites by entering, commenting, liking and sharing them. In the end, though, Summer Brennan was crowned our champ with her touching story about her adventures in horse training titled, “Amado: Befriending a Wild Mustang.”
As evidenced in Summer’s tale, Photobucket Stories provides users with an easy new way to combine photos and videos into complete, sharable narratives – with photos, video, text, social collaboration and sharing capabilities, and more (see another great example here). It’s something we’ve worked very hard on and were proud to include on the heels of our release of the all-new beta Photobucket user experience this year. As a result, the site has seen significant increases in user engagement, as Stories continues to help us transform the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling.
Another exciting development that combined the power of Stories with the popularity of holiday cheer was our promotion with Twentieth Century Fox’s family movie comedy, PARENTAL GUIDANCE. This partnership marked our first launch of a marketing campaign including the Photobucket “Stories” platform. PARENTAL GUIDANCE Stories includes an inside look at both families – “old school” and “new school” – featured in the film, along with their respective (and humorous!) generational differences.
Along with those developments, we announced an exciting partnership with Windows 8 as a photography app available in the new Windows Store to help users encourage and enhance their creativity. We also took some time out to focus on the little things with our dedicated PB Loves gallery, which is a collection of things that make the Photobucket staff happy, whether it’s a favorite photograph, funny snapshots or moment that’s been memorialized – all put together to keep inspiring you.
So, as you can see, we’ve had quite the year, and we’re excited to carry on the positive momentum into the next year and beyond, with plans for more product enhancements, mobile updates and launches, additions in functionality and features, new and novel tools…and much, much more.
A few sneak peeks? As we continue to evolve the all-new Photobucket site, we’ve added all the features that linkers love, plus we’ll also be rolling out an improved editor and evolving the new Plus service to better suit your needs. Stay tuned for more details soon!
Thank you again for your support this past year, and we look forward to celebrating and sharing more milestones with you in 2013.
What an amazing kickoff to Photobucket Stories with our recent Life’s an Adventure contest, and huge thanks to all who participated! There certainly was some tough competition with more than 4,700 entries, many of which ran neck-and-neck after 475,000 of you took to social media to voice your vote for your favorites by entering, commenting, liking and sharing them! But that being said, we did have to narrow it down to one first place champ, and we are happy to congratulate Summer Brennan our $25,000* winner for her story titled “Amado: Befriending a Wild Mustang.”
Summer’s entry chronicles her beautiful and touching journey of her training a wild mustang stallion named Amado. She walks us through the time she spent befriending Amado and gaining his trust while training him for their 90-day “Extreme Mustang Makeover” challenge. And, of course, she includes all the emotional and dramatic ups and downs in between!
After you check out Summer’s story, be sure to take a peek at the inspiring runner-up stories that also each scored $500* for their efforts. These adventures include tales such as hiking the Appalachian Trail, taking a cruise as Hurricane Sandy hit, falling in love in Costa Rica, a family setting sail for the first time, and one woman’s seven months spent traveling the world. You won’t want to miss them!
- Click here to see a story from Mike_aidala about a personal adventure that ended with a twist.
- Click here to see a story from LookySquares about a journey of 2,176 miles through 14 states over six months, all with two pairs of shoes and a self-proclaimed “horrible beard.”
- Click here to see story from jsisting1 on some amazing travels from 2012, including Indonesia, Brazil, India and Peru.
- Click here to see story from MIST50 about her first-ever cruise, which she received as a 50th birthday gift from her sister, plus their ensuing adventure through nine states.
- Click here to see story from melody_hill about a sailing trip, which turned out to be a bonding experience for the entire family.
These Stories illustrate just how well Photobucket enables you to create and share your personal narratives using our exciting new Story platform.
So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to start thinking about your own life adventures and all the stories you’ll want to capture, create and share of your greatest moments in pictures, text and video. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
*Subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with Official Rules.
While the parents and grandparents in Twentieth Century Fox’s holiday movie, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, may not necessarily see eye to eye when it comes to childrearing, we can all agree that family + holidays = plenty of photo opps. And that’s why we created Photobucket Stories, which is a fun new way to document your family’s festivities.
And after you check out all the cool things you can do with Photobucket Stories for your own photos, we hope you will take a moment to check out how our promotional partner, Twentieth Century Fox, is using Stories to creatively showcase behind-the-scenes highlights of the family movie comedy for the holidays, PARENTAL GUIDANCE.
Fans of the movie can check out the OLD School vs. NEW School PARENTAL GUIDANCE Stories and even enter the Old School vs’ New School Competition. Simply upload your most creative images and you’ll have the opportunity to win a 7-day cruise for a family of four (4) from Norwegian Cruise Line. Whether that’s your best ugly sweater family Christmas photo or new school outdoor holiday light, it’s a battle for the ages.
Click here for the OFFICIAL RULES. Good luck, and happy storytelling!
Season-long promotional campaign leverages the power of storytelling to reveal more about movie than typical online placements, trailers or teasers
DENVER – December 13, 2012 – Photobucket Corporation today announced that Twentieth Century Fox’s family movie comedy for the holidays, PARENTAL GUIDANCE, is the first Photobucket marketing partner to launch a marketing campaign including the Photobucket “Stories” platform. Photobucket Stories is not only appealing to consumers (see related release), but it also enables brands to further engage fans in a more interactive way by creating virtual stories that can be embedded and shared across the web and social networks.
Twentieth Century Fox’s PARENTAL GUIDANCE Stories includes an inside look at both families featured in the film: Marisa Tomei’s ”new school” family, along with the ”old school” family, featuring her parents played by Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. Their respective Stories detail some of the humorous generational differences with regards to childrearing, particularly when grandparents take over and the usual schedules, dietary restrictions and other rules go out the window. To see more of how the family dynamic stacks up, check out the Fox movie trailer for PARENTAL GUIDANCE here; the film arrives in theaters everywhere December 25.
“Photobucket Stories provides us a truly unique canvas, combining photos, videos and text to entice and engage fans,” said Zachary Eller, senior vice president of partnership marketing and promotions, Twentieth Century Fox. “We’re excited about the way the stories have been implemented and the extended look this provides into the opposing (and hilariously clashing!) parenting styles.”
Photobucket Stories for brands enables partners to:
- Apply photo, video and text-based promotional content to allow your brand’s personality to shine through and distinguish itself
- Share ‘the story behind the story’ or a different perspective with your fan base to further engage and entice them
- Provide visually-appealing and highly-shareable content that can be embedded on websites, blogs and shared across social networks
“Brands are striving to humanize the way they engage audiences, which means they are seeking new ways to tell a story, create original content and connect with people,” said Brad Davis, Photobucket’s executive vice president of sales. “Photobucket Stories provides a simple, flexible framework for creation and distribution of brand narratives. We are proud to work with Twentieth Century Fox on creating a compelling message for PARENTAL GUIDANCE, and we are excited to deliver this new medium to serve the evolving needs of brand marketers and advertisers.”
Photobucket transforms the act of photosharing into the art of storytelling. As the world’s leading consumer service dedicated to preserving and sharing the entire photo and video lifecycle, Photobucket hosts more than 10 billion images from 100 million registered members, who upload more than four million images and videos per day from the Web and connected digital devices. Photobucket’s headquarters are in Denver with regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
For the latest feature announcements and news, please visit the Photobucket press blog at http://blog.photobucket.com/photobucket_press.
To create a free Photobucket account, users can visit http://photobucket.com, or find the Photobucket Mobile Application and Snapbucket app available in the app store on all major smartphone platforms. Photobucket supports Mobile Web, iPhone, Android based devices, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7.
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