‘From Fleeting to Forever’ – New E-Book Makes Memories Everlasting

ScanMyPhotos has been mentioned in a new book about preserving your digital photos and videos.

 

From Fleeting to Forever book coverIs there anything more important than our memories? Most of us spend endless hours snapping pictures and recording video in an effort to preserve and recall the best moments in life. According to research analyst firm, IDC, consumers take about 266 million photos each day, or about 97 billion photos every year, and those numbers are expected to rise year-over-year.
 

While smartphones and digital cameras have made it easier than ever to capture every fleeting moment, they’ve also created some unique challenges: many of our cherished photographic memories are locked away on computer hard drives or camera memory cards never to see the light of day again. These images are not only gathering virtual dust, they’re also vulnerable to hard drive crashes that could erase them forever.
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Stop Marketplace Fairness Act from Harming Small Businesses

Thousands of local small businesses could close if the Marketplace Fairness Act is passed: forces “mom and pop” stores with online presence to collect taxes in more than 9,600 tax jurisdictions across the U.S.
 

As a nationwide E-Commerce photo digitizing company, ScanMyPhotos.com lends its support to stop the Marketplace Fairness Act from harming consumers and small businesses.
 

BACKGROUND

 

Stop Marketplace Fairness ActThe U.S. Senate is expected to vote on an Internet sales tax bill that would hurt small business and job growth in America. We need a small business exemption.
For small businesses, there is nothing fair about the Marketplace Fairness Act. The legislation stems from a fight between big bricks-and-mortar national retailers and big online retailers, all of whom seem unconcerned that small enterprises—and the jobs they create—are going to be collateral damage.
 

The trouble with the bill is that it treats mom-and-pop businesses the same way as it does multibillion-dollar retailers. Yet a small business with a dozen employees simply can’t be lumped in with national behemoths such as Amazon and retail chains that have warehouses and stores around the country. The Marketplace Fairness Act should include an exception for small businesses. Why? Because otherwise an unfair burden will be placed on them.
 

Today small businesses that operate online are responsible for collecting sales taxes on purchases made in the state where they are located. That is fair. But the proposed bill would require them to collect sales taxes on behalf of every state where they make a sale. That would make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to succeed and track. This will cost innumerable added costs and software upgrades that would be a colossal burden on small businesses with an online presence.
 
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Celebrate Earth Day by taking more digital photos!

Celebrate Earth DayIn case you hadn’t heard, today is Earth Day. Over one billion people in 192 countries are participating from London to Sao Paolo, Seoul to Babylon City, New Delhi to New York, Rome to Cairo; people everywhere doing their part to raise awareness of issues facing the environment.
That got us thinking about how digital cameras and digital photography has positively impacted the environment. It isn’t the first thing you think of, but there has been a positive effect that digital photography has had on the world, outside of being able instantly share embarrassing photos on Facebook, of course. Continue reading

How To Engage Your Customers Through Contests For Personable Billboards

Marketing is about exposing your business for brand identity and consumer awareness. You need engagement and what better way than to run a contest. Not only will you engage with your existing customers and followers, but you will gain new followers. There are many methods of holding contests since there are so many social media outlets.

So why are Contests So Effective?

 

People love sharing. Be it a tweet on Twitter, a like on Facebook, or a repin on Pinterest, it’s the easiest way for them to say, look what I’ve found today. This is less effort on your behalf and free additional marketing. It’s human nature to be competitive and want to win, to be praised, and rewarded. The combination is how you can easily attract contestants. Usually you are able to collect information and feedback on those entering the contest. This is great information to turn into further marketing efforts to gain more customers.
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Best photo Apps of 2013, so far

There are tons of photography apps out there, so how do you choose one? Instead of searching endlessly through the litany of apps myself, I decided to ask the ScanMyPhotos employees which they use the most. Since we have a mix of iPhone, Windows phone and Android users, I got a nice mix of feedback that is sure to help you no matter which side of the mobile OS battle you fall under.

ProCam – $0.99 iOS

 

ProCam AppDo you feel like your iPhone camera could be much, much better? Check out ProCam and turn your iPhone into a full fledged camera. There are settings for “anti-shake” which can adapt to different sensitivities which is very helpful when holding a phone. There is also a “burst” mode, a “self timer” function, “interval” taking modes, “face detection”, “auto shooting”, and video shooting mode among many other features. One final item we haven’t seen in other camera apps is the app also offers a status bar that displays how much battery life is left. Continue reading