For #GivingTuesday ScanMyPhotos.com Giving Free Photo Scanning

ScanMyPhotos Proving Free Photo Scanning For “Giving Tuesday” to families affected by hurricanes and wildfire natural disasters.


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After a year of devastating natural disasters, we are providing free photo scanning to stop this from ever happening again. If your home was affected by a natural disaster this year, up to 1,500 standard photos will be digitally preserved without charge per address (pay just for return S/H). To apply for this donation from ScanMyPhotos and ordering preparation, please contact Support @ ScanMyPhotos.com for complete details.



Get Involved. Each year, nonprofits, small businesses, brands, schools, and religious organizations all over the world celebrate the global day of giving. This link provides all the tools, resources + ideas your organization needs to participate in GivingTuesday.



What is “Giving Tuesday?


Excerpt from the GivingTuesday website:


GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and
organizations to transform their communities and the world.



● Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires.
hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
● GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the
heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity, and equity around
the globe.
● We believe that generosity leads to greater civic participation and other prosocial
behaviors.
● GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to
do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that
inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
● When so much attention is given to what makes us different, generosity is what brings
people of all races, faiths, and political views together. Generosity is our individual power
to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value we can all
act on.
● Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for
an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need
our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.
● Everyone has something to give. It’s about the collective spirit of generosity that brings
change to our communities when people give their voice, their time, their talent, or their
money.


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12 Tips to Hack and Score Media Attention at #CES2020

Welcome,


This first-hand narrative is based on 30-years of attending CES to share my top techniques to get the most out of the annual spectacular tech event.


HOW TO MAKE NEWS AT THE INTERNATIONAL CES 2020 TRADESHOW


[Source: ScanMyPhotos Media Department].  Here are twelve tips for hacking and breaking through the mountainous media clutter at CES — the global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place each January in Las Vegas, Nevada. The magic is scheduled from January 7-10, 2020.


Having attended all prior Consumer Electronics Shows since 1990, ScanMyPhotos.com has dozens of additional tested recommendations that worked for us (those are secret to keep us just a bit ahead of some in our industry also attempting to score media coverage). Hey, we need to keep some cards face down. CES is like a safari hunt to locate and capture media attention.



CES is the world’s largest consumer trade show, held in Las Vegas [January 7-10, 2020] and attended by hundreds of thousands of tech innovators and an ocean of media contacts.


Bonus: The unofficial guide to CES 2020 parties: The Complete List of Parties and Side Events for CES 2020.





1) Have a compelling story. You have less than the standard 30-second elevator pitch time to grab attention. Two sentences max to attract interest. Have your story 10X better to create relevance, urgency and share something trendingly innovative. What is the “who, what, where, why and when” to your story? Is it trending, a REAL game-changer?  Solve a problem: ScanMyPhotos.com solved the biggest problem in photography: we pioneered an easy and affordable – with a game-changing crazy low price to scan the nations and overseas pictures. ScanMyPhotos.com digitized 600 million photos.  People are sharing these decades of nostalgic memories on all the photo-sharing apps and new photo gadget platforms and devices introduced at CES. Past news stories from the world of photo scanning.


This year we are introducing one-cent photo scanning with instant uploading and same-day scanning add-on’s. Watch below how fast pictures are digitized — 1,000 in under 5-minutes.


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2) Download and memorize every tech reporters’ and bloggers’ headshots. Print up like baseball cards and study their backgrounds. Reporters at CES often hide their name badges or use others so they aren’t recognized. Tweet photos at media outlets exhibit booths with hashtags and Twitter addresses of those reporters you see there. Get personal and humanize your message


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3) Focus. This is like a safari hunt to locate and capture media attention. Don’t be looking down at your mobile phone when walking, instead look forward trying to identify everyone you pass for any media in the crowd. Study the name badge and at the end of every conversation use their name.

 




4) Position yourself. Stand near media events and news conferences and chat with reporters as they enter, leave. Start with a friendly intro, vs. heavy pitch. One time we waiting four hours just to get a single interview.


 

ces3 300x225 - 11 Tips to Hack and Score Media Attention at #CES20195) Be visible, but silent. Don’t use social media to alert competitors to the media contacts you met. Use email, text, direct message on Twitter and go off-line.


6) Be ready with background information. Have an OMG “news peg” ready. Explain why it is news, timely and have a sizzling appeal. Be relevant and honest. Your detailed pitch and links should be available on your phone in notes to immediately send to those you meet. Today, reporters are on lightning-fast deadlines and can file stories and publish live on the spot. That’s how we scored this HuffPost CES story:


7) Be prepared to fulfill an onslaught of orders. Work with your customer service team (at ScanMyPhotos.com they are called “personal customer service concierges”) to prepare them for pending media coverage. The most important process in making media is to then dazzle every new customer. We even send ‘thank you” flowers to customers with compelling stories. From needing pictures scanned for a memorial service to raving fans who used our live support or called to comment on how impressed they were with ScanMyPhotos.com.  Surprising customers with flowers are our only marketing budget item; people take pictures of the flowers, post with a lengthy narrative about their ScanMyPhotos.com experience and reach dozens or hundreds of new raving fans.


Click to watch the nucleus of CES, the media center

8) Wear comfortable shoes. Start early, stay late and network. Be bold. Ask everyone you meet what THEIR best, most successful marketing and media pitch was and who profiled them.


9) Only connect with reporters who cover your beat. There are many at CES who don’t write about your specific industry, product. Don’t waste their time.


10) Take advantage of other companies held captive in their booths. Most attendees are stuck at their booths, immobile all day. Use that to your advantage to walk the show and gain valuable visibility. Never rest. Stand near company-sponsored events to track down media guests. Our favorite area for entrepreneurial innovators and many features writers is Eureka Park, the “flagship startup destination at CES where retailers, venture capitalists, manufacturers, and others find budding entrepreneurs, fledgling startups, and homegrown innovation.”


11) Smile and buy drinks. All day and night, use this strategy to invest in scoring 15 minutes of facetime and fame. When you encounter influential media contacts online or eating, surprise them by buying their food and have the server simply hand them your card; write a brief ”your lunch was on me” message on the back.


12) Crashing the speaker sessions. Crashing panels. Research who you want to meet in advance by reviewing this CES speaker list. Plan your strategy to introduce yourself and talk to panel speakers. This is where the top innovators and leaders in tech appear in person. Arrive as the prior session is leaving. Walking in backwards works too. Talk with someone leaving or frantically explain to the staffer guarding the door that you left your laptop. Rush back in. Prop yourself in the front center row and defend your seat at all costs. Chat with others sitting next to you to create friendly, harmonious rapport.


Make eye contact and engage the speaker, then pounce. Immediately at the closing, lunge at them first. Ask a question. Explain they were the reason you attended CES. Take several candid pictures of their presentation and the cavernous audience. Include a picture of the screen displaying the speaker’s title. Use video too. Tweet key elements of their presentation, add relevant hashtags, and ”cc” their twitter address below. Even money you’ll get on there radar. They will use your content as a humblebrag that they were at CES. Google news about the speaker, any books they wrote or references they would enjoy people seeing. Practice the techniques explained in ”How to Win Friends and Influence People.” It is all about them.


The final takeaway is to preset several Twitter posts to be published afterward in during the following days discussing the speaker and quotes highlights from their presentation to stay relevant, on their radar, yet without being too stalky creepy.


ces13 300x225 - 12 Tips to Hack and Score Media Attention at #CES2020BONUS: Arrive a day before CES begins. It takes days for vendors to set up their exhibits. This is the calm before the storm. There is always an entryway into the LVCC or just hover around outside. Many exhibits are located in the parking lot and in the lobby with open access. Before is the best time to meet people in a more relaxed setting.


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Washington Post Q&A Interview with ScanMyPhotos

Grateful to Jura Koncuis for inviting ScanMyPhotos to her weekly Home + Design Guests Talk program. Click here to follow along.

Q&A: Mitch Goldstone at ScanMyPhotos on how to unclutter old photos

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Nov 07, 2019

Mitch Goldstone is the president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com. He has been a pioneer in the field of photo imaging since 1990. The e-commerce photo-imaging company has digitized 600 million pictures and is located in Irvine, Ca. If you have shoeboxes and tattered photo albums full of old family photos, this is your chance to get some tips on how to get your photos under control.



Every week, Jura Koncius helps you in your quest to achieve domestic bliss. She and weekly guests, whether Martha Stewart, Marie Kondo, the Property Brothers or Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, answer your decorating, design and decluttering questions. Jura is always happy to whip out her paint chips, track down a hard-to-find piece of furniture or offer her seasoned advice on practical living and organizing. For more than 20 years, our Thursday Q&A has been an online conversation about the best way to make your home comfortable, stylish and fun. We invite you to submit questions and share your own great tips, ideas, and gripes. No problem is too big or too small.


Mitch Goldstone is president and CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com. He has been involved in photo imaging since 1990 and his Irvine, CA company helps customers preserve memories. His work digitizing snapshots is particularly important in this era where fires and floods are destroying irreplaceable family photo archives. Ask him your questions about your own issues with preserving your boxes and albums of photos.


Mitch Goldstone


Hello Jura, I am delighted to be here with you and discuss this important topic to declutter those decades of family photos. No more procrastination as it’s no simple and extra affordable to finally digitize and safeguard all photo memories at ScanMyPhotos.com.


While there are loads of pointers from our experiences and knowledge from having digitized 600 million photos, the timing is extra relevant.


Last week in California, billions of irreplaceable family photos were destroyed by the wildfire firestorms, and the losses keep occurring — from hurricanes to just the ravages of time. 


 

If your shoeboxes of family snapshots and infrequently visited photo albums are covered in dust it’s time to bring all into the digital age to safeguard and share those precious memories.  


 

Mitch Goldstone, CEO, ScanMyPhotos.com   


I was lucky to purchase not only my wedding photos (30 years married!) but all of the negatives (35mm film) I’d love to digitize but no one seems to handle 35mm film? Can you refer to me? THANKS!

Good morning ... WOW 30 years that is GREAT.  It's also great that your photographer allowed you to purchase both your photos (make sure you do have a copyright release from your photographer for your photos) and your negatives (35mm).  

While it is quicker, easier and more economical to digitize photos you will get a better quality scan from negatives and we do scan 35mm as well as 120mm negatives.
You can follow this link for information on 35mm film scanning: https://www.scanmyphotos.com/negative-scanning/35mm-negative-scanning.html

What a timely topic! I have a zillion slides that I’d love to have digital versions of instead of physically storing them all. That would be prohibitively expensive to have done. Is there a DIY alternative? It needs to be one that is faster than loading one at a time into a manual scanner unless it has an auto-feed mechanism.



Slide scanning is very tedious, while there have been some auto-feed solutions we have found them not to be very reliable and can damage some of the slides.


The simplest way to digitize loads of 35mm slides is at this link for ordering fill the box service.  We do all the work:

https://www.scanmyphotos.com/slide-scanning/prepaid-slide-scanning-box.html



I have a TON of photos (both prints inboxes and digital). I could kick myself for not doing a better job managing negatives (like, labeling!), tossing duplicates (whether prints or digital), and categorizing so I can find what I’m looking for Where do I start?? THANKS for the topic of this chat!



Knowing how to start a project like this is probably the most difficult part of the process.

Best is to take a deep breath and start by sorting through and separating your negatives from your photos and then trying to categorize them my year/event etc.

After that, you will then have a better idea of what your next steps should be.


Here is the link to our site:

https://www.scanmyphotos.com



I have thousands of digital images from trips and family functions. What should I do with labeling and storing these? My printed photos are in scrapbooks with captions, but these are all labeled with a number.



That’s the magic number, the average order size we get are for about 5,000 photos.


Our favorite app for sharing and letting your family view, narrate and comment on all those pictures is https://keepy.me the Keepy App


Also, you can store your photos on sites such as  Google Photos



I have a large collection (think boxes and boxes) of family slides. Is there any simple, cost-efficient way to put them in a digital form? I would like to save the images but I can’t imagine that in their present form that they will last longer than I do! Thank you.



Where get this question a lot as well as with negatives and 8mm movie film.

For slides you can start here at our Slide Scanning landing page:

https://www.scanmyphotos.com/services/slide-scanning.html

This should answer most of your questions.



Shouldn’t you keep the originals of really old photos – like back from the 1920s?


Many older photos have family history handwritten notes on the back. We always suggest keeping those in an acid-free archival box.


When having those older pictures digitized select front and back scanning so that the historical accounts written on the back are digitally captured too.



Remember those old cameras that developed photos that popped out in seconds? Do those scan well?



Yes, we do remember those as that was a fun way to see your “instant” memories … just like our smartphone pictures today.

We do scan them (as long as they have not been mounted on cardboard).



I took a quick look at your web page, but I am wondering: I have maybe two dozen photo albums, the kind where all the photos are attached to pages in the album. Would we have to remove all the photos before sending them to you for scanning?



Yes. Always remove the photos from albums. And you can use index cards to write categories and subjects them bundle those attached by rubber bands.



I have a non-photo question I hope Jura can help with. I had a sofa and chair reupholstered a few years ago, and the stuffing in the cushions is compressing so much that I need to put throw pillows on the seats and backs. Is this something that can be remedied w/out total reupholstering again? The pieces are old (40+ yrs) but in very good shape.



It’s a shame that whoever reupholstered these for you didn’t offer to plump up the cushions. Forty-year-old stuffing isn’t too buoyant. I’m afraid there is nothing you can do besides get large decorative pillows to layer on top.



What kind of flowers should you send? We asked top floral designers to weigh on the meaning of flowers an what’s the latest thoughts on flower etiquette. Read my story here. 


If you do put photos in albums, what are the best kind? And what kind should you avoid?



Look for albums that pass the P.A.T. (Photographic Activity Test).
Make sure it’s archival rated and acid-free. Look for Photo safe
Acid-free, Lignin free, and PVC free.



I may not have made myself clear – the stuffing was new with the reupholstery ( about 4-5 yrs ago). It’s not the original fill material. ( and I’d had the pieces redone before, with all new stuffing, and never had this issue).



Complain to the upholsterer.


This is such a great topic! My question is can you share some ways to present digital photos to family members? For example, I never really made photo albums for my two sons. Should I just give them all the photos on a thumb drive or is there a nicer way to present without having to make several photo albums?



Great idea. By distributing digital copies of all the photos to everyone in your family also helps to safeguard everyone g by having off-site backups. Provided DVDs or thumb drives.



During thanksgiving, we recommend showing all the family photos on your TV and ask everyone to share their favorite music to get everyone involved. As the photos are displayed the music is included too.



“Also you can store your photos on sites such as Google Photos” My question is who owns the photos once I upload them to Dropbox or Google Photos or other sites? I don’t want to give a company the right to distribute them.



Great follow up question. One really needs to read the terms and conditions of each site before they use/subscribe to one, most but not all are just sites where you store your photos for your use and only your use unless you explicitly give permission for others to have access to your files.



It is sad to think of how many photos have been lost in the recent fires. Thanks, Mitch for giving us ideas and tips for getting that photo archive saved. Next week sign in for blogger Joy Cho talking about building your dream house.


Many thanks for all the smart questions. We are grateful to have this dialogue and to see so many are planning ahead. Last week here in CA the wildfires were an urgent reminder to finally digitize and save your memories.



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A personal narrative as billions of photos were destroyed by wildfires

What happens when you are told to evacuate without notice?


From Mitch Goldstone, CEO at ScanMyPhotos about the “Getty Fire.”

Today’s message is one nobody wants to encounter.

The ominous life-threatening alert came without warning to my relative’s home at 2:15 a.m. on Monday. The unimaginable struck my family.

pic5 300x200 - A personal narrative as billions of photos were destroyed by wildfiresTHE CALL: With seconds to spare, from deep sleep to racing from their house there was just enough time to grab their two young children. Their house atop Tigertail Road in Brentwood, California was encircled by a hundred-foot wall of flames and an 80 mile-per-hour windstorm.

There was no time to collect their possessions. The call to immediately evacuate meant dashing towards their car and driving down the steep, single-lane curving road through a firestorm of embers. My family and their neighbors escaped down the darkened road aglow by flames and smokey ash raining down.

fire preventionTHE PLAN: We have written many profiles in the past from people we knew in peril due to hurricanes and wildfires. Our reminder was always to plan ahead and prepare. Focus on the “three-P’s,” people, pets, and pictures. Yet, with seconds to spare, there was no time to find those photo albums of nostalgic memories in their darkened homes.

After heading to an evacuation center, it was nearly evening when my cousin learned his house was spared. His neighbor’s fate was less fortunate. Many lost everything.

LIFE OVER PROPERTY:  Whether it is the viciously destructive wildfire season affecting millions in California, to hurricanes and other natural disasters, please use this experience to plan ahead. Never stay behind searching for your family memorabilia. The family treasures are the last thing you should think about if all were digitized and backed up off-site.

fire1 300x157 - A personal narrative as billions of photos were destroyed by wildfiresWe hear from too many after calamity strikes. The time to prepare is now. If you already had your memories protected, we are here to help others. From scanning everything to ordering online our e-Gift certificates sent to relatives, please share this message to inspire many to also safeguard their photo legacy. Before.

Reach us if your pictures were affected by smoke or water damage. These tips will also help recover those memories. “8 Ways to Fix Water Damaged Photos – Don’t Panic!.”

Be safe!


Mitch

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Holiday Photo Scanning Gift to Unclutter, Preserve Pictures

Need a Unique and Emotional Holiday Gift? Surprise Everyone on Your Gift List With Their Lifetime of Newly Digitized Photos From ScanMyPhotos.com

 

ScanMyPhotos.com eGiftCertificate

IRVINE, Calif.–ScanMyPhotos.com, the e-commerce photo digitization service which scanned 600 million pictures, today introduces Egift Certificates.

 

Like a snowflake, a photo is something rare and special. It’s a moment caught in time. Unlike a snowflake, a photo won’t melt a few seconds after you touch it – but it could be lost forever if not properly cared for. Now an easy to order online Egift Certificate helps digitally preserve those treasured memories to last a lifetime and more.



ScanMyPhotos.com digitizes photo snapshots, 35mm slides, and film for clients around the world. When you give a ScanMyPhotos.com Egift Certificate to your family and friends this holiday season, you’re giving them much more than just another present – you’re helping them enjoy, share and preserve their memories for generations to come.

 

The best part? It takes seconds to order ScanMyPhotos.com Egift Certificates online – completely avoiding long lines and crowds at the mall and the anxiety that comes with wondering if a gift will arrive on time. Simply place your order, and seconds later you’ll have the Egift Certificate in hand or sent to each lucky person on your list.


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Each lucky recipient of these unique and emotional Egift Certificates then visits ScanMyPhotos.com and selects from several popular services, from photos, 35mm slide, film, and other picture formats to digitize. A game-changing low price for bulk photo scanning, where you fill-the-box costs $145 and holds about 1,800 standard pictures, plus free 3-way S/H and 5-10 day scanning. Free shipping includes your returned digital media. If you want your pictures returned too, it’s $19.95 extra per box.scanning.



BONUS: SIGN UP HERE FOR INSTANT DISCOUNTS AND NEWS UPDATES FROM SCANMYPHOTOS.COM



All work is performed on-site in days at the ScanMyPhotos.com corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA. All original photos, 35mm slides, negatives, or videos will be shipped back, along with an archival-quality DVD. You can also order USB thumb drives and other popular extra services.

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