In the News: Image Hosting Pioneer Photobucket Expands Video Storytelling

Photobucket VP of Marketing, David Toner, talks about how the all-new Photobucket serves the needs of today’s consumers, their fragmented photo libraries and stories. Read the full article.
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Powerful, intuitive, creative: Meet Our New Photo Editor

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.

Photobucket’s 2012 Year in Review

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.

-Tom

Photobucket App for Windows 8 Available in Windows Store

World's leading dedicated photo and video sharing service brings Windows 8 users new ways to share their life's stories 

DENVER, Oct 25, 2012 — Photobucket Corporation, the world's leading dedicated photo and video sharing service, today announced that its new Photobucket app for Windows 8 is available in the Windows Store.

"Photobucket is a leader in photo and video management, making it a clear choice for inclusion in the Windows Store," said John Richards, senior director of Windows App Marketing at Microsoft Corp. "We are pleased to welcome them to the photo apps category, and we are confident that our users will enjoy managing their photos and videos here, as well."

Given Photobucket's strength, size and emphasis on both sharing and storytelling, supporting the Windows 8 platform was a natural fit. Designed specifically for the touch-driven new Windows user interface, the Photobucket app includes the following features:

– Fast and intuitive category browsing and full search of the more than 10 billion photos and videos hosted on Photobucket.com

– Full album and photo and video management experience through a new user interface optimized for Windows 8

– Optimized transfer of content between Windows 8 devices and Photobucket.com

– Robust social sharing capabilities, including direct commenting, liking and sharing to Facebook, Twitter and email

"Photobucket aims to provide our users with the richest photo and video service online, giving people the power to save, share and socialize their stories," said Tom Munro, CEO of Photobucket. "The new Photobucket app takes advantage of the power and ease of the new Windows UI, bringing that very same compelling experience to Windows customers."

The new Photobucket App for Windows 8 is available for free download now in the Windows Store.

About Photobucket

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.

Teva Mountain Games Photo Competition

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Did you make it to the Winter Mountain Games this last weekend in Vail?

We were there, braving the cold to bring you Photobucket goodies and app downloads.

If you took some photos, remember to enter the public contest by adding your photos to the group album. You can win some great prizes from Eddie Bauer, Teva, Maui Jim and more!

Check out this great photo as an example:

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And even if you weren't there, you can still take a good look through the group album and click "Like" for the photos you love!

Thanks to everyone who came by to say hi and learn more about Photobucket! You guys rock!

From the CES floor to the floor of the Grand Canyon…

By Tom Munro, CEO

CES 2012 was the second largest in its history, and the sheer scope of exhibitors, attendees and product announcements was impressive. I spent a good portion of my time in meetings, but had a unique opportunity to be whisked away from the madness, and experience one of our greatest national treasures first hand.

Nokia hosted an event to which David Toner, our VP of Marketing, and I were lucky enough to be invited. It began with a limo ride, where we headed straight to a heliport near McCarran International. Destination? The Grand Canyon. Armed with the brand new Lumia 800 series Windows phones (pre-US release) we flew in seven helicopters right down to the floor of the canyon. Enjoying near perfect weather, we departed the helicopters to be greeted by unparalleled beauty, with some snacks and champagne to boot.

IMG_0510-1(1)Two and a half hours removed from the hustle and bustle of CES, we were in the midst of breathtaking scenery, some of which I captured with the Lumia 800. Not only did the camera have a very solid feel with comfortable dimensions, but it also has quite a unique look. Through an “unexpected drop-test” (i.e. accident), I found no evidence of impact, and because of the solid color of the body, no visible scratches. A must-have for an active dad.

Nokia’s host, Brett Murray, couldn’t have conceived of a more picture-perfect event. And, the company’s ingenuity and product design were well rewarded back in Las Vegas, when they won CNET’s Best of CES Award for Mobile Phones http://cnet.co/wonAFk. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures we captured, and I know this is an experience I won’t soon forget. Thank you so much to our hosts for such a fantastic opportunity!

-Tom

 

 

 

 

Photobucket is 10 Billionth App Downloaded from Android Market

By Tom Munro, CEO

We recently received some exciting news this week that we wanted to share. The Android Market crossed 10 billion apps downloaded this past weekend, and the Android team called us earlier this week to let us know that it was our Photobucket Mobile App!

We want to congratulate Android for this accomplishment – not only is 10 billion an incredible feat, but the amount of time in which this was accomplished is impressive – especially if you take a look at the last six months in which Android Market went from 6 billion to 10 billion downloads – it is staggering. But it’s really no surprise to us at Photobucket, because we know how rabid our Photobucket Mobile users are for Android. In fact, there are currently more than four million total installs of the Photobucket Mobile App for Android, and our mobile image uploads are approximately 400% higher on Android than what they are on the iPhone.

Photobucket actually has two popular mobile apps available for Android Market – the Photobucket Mobile App for Android and Snapbucket for Android, which allows users to snap, style, and share photos. Both apps are free, have an average rating of 4.1 in Android Market, and have several features exclusive to Android, including a patented auto-uploader that enables users to automatically upload all photos and videos from their phone to their Photobucket account.

Also interesting is that Photobucket’s mobile video uploads that have increased 14x since December 2010, driven in large part by the active Android user base.  Currently Android is driving about 40% of all Photobucket video uploads.

The improved quality of photos and videos from camera phones, ease of uploading, and constant availability are making them the default device for image capturing and sharing. The Photobucket Mobile app auto-uploader is making the process of uploading and sharing so seamless that we expect this growth trend to increase even more.

Congrats to Android on this accomplishment, thank you to our Photobucket employees for helping to make such powerful apps for the marketplace, and a big thank you to our customers (including the actual 10 billionth downloader!), for your loyalty and support!

-Tom

Photobucket CEO Tom Munro Interview with Robert Scoble

Hey Photobucket fans,

Check out this great video of Robert Scoble (@scobleizer on Twitter), talking with our very own CEO of  Photobucket, Tom Munro (@tamunro on Twitter) about Photobucket!


 

Here's some highlights for you busy folks:

  • Photobucket hosts approximately nine billion photos & videos!
  • We serve over three, sometimes four bilion images across the web to about 2.5 million different web sites on a daily basis.
  • With that capacity and scalability, Photobucket was an obvious choice for Twitter's photo service.
  • Photobucket serves about 25 million photos from mobile alone every month.
  • During our July survey, with 2,500 respondents, half of you who responded said you take video on their mobile devices at least once a week, and our trends show even more than that.
  • Our new mobile app, Snapbucket allows you to keep your original photo, so you have permanence along with fun filters & effects.
  • We're planning on a new release of Snapbucket that will incorporate social aspects as well as video filters & effects.

Thanks to all of you who help make Photobucket great!

Photobucket’s Mobile Photo Editing App, Snapbucket is Here!

Photobucket is pleased to announce the release of our latest smartphone app, Snapbucket! This cool new app gives you all sorts of cool features, including a wide variety of filters, vignettes, sets and frames! How does it work? Well, we're glad you asked – it's really easy: Snap, Style & Share!

Snap a photo with your smartphone.
Style it your way with multiple filters!
Share it with friends using Facebook or Twitter.

But that's not all! You can even create your own filter sets and save them, and the more you snap, the more effects you unlock!

Check out these cool features that Snapbucket gives you:

  • Choose from filters, effects, vignettes and frames to style your photos your way.
  • Create YOUR OWN unique filter sets and brag about them to friends.
  • Show off your stylin' skills by sharing with friends to Photobucket, Facebook or Twitter.
  • Unlock new effects the more you use Snapbucket, and get filters that'll make your friends green with envy.
  • You'll always keep your original photo, so don't worry, go crazy with styling!

Check out our tutorial video below or find more information at the official Snapbucket page! Keep on snapping and remember: Photobucket for Life!