Friday, April 22, 2011

Smilebox for Business

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This is a fun idea to add a little pizazz to your online promotions.  Smilebox is a free program that you can download to create slideshows, invitations, announcements and photo albums using your pictures.  Typical you would use Smilebox for family photos and virtual scrapbooking, but there is no reason you can't use it to show off your latest creations.

There are tons of themes to choose - from simple and modern to cute and whimsical.  Of course, the trick is to pick one that compliments your photos and doesn't complete with them.  You can add a little music to your slideshow or not - it's up to you.  After you complete your project you can show it off on facebook or your blog. 

A few ideas:
  • Show off a specific collection in a slideshow.
  • Create a photo album as a catalog to showcase your product line.
  • Use it to create a step-by-step tutorial or show some process shots of how you create your work in s slideshow.
  • If your photos are inspired by nature or art, pair up the inspiration photos (copyright free photos only) and the finished piece.  Take a few detail photos to include a few close ups.
  • Create an invitation to an open house, upcoming show or online sale.
  • Give a studio tour.
  • Create a 'lifestyle' ad for your jewelry featuring images of your jewelry and inspiration images that relate to your brand or current line.  Like if you have a line of beach inspired jewelry mix photos together of your collection with photos from the beach, shells, sea urchins, starfish, etc.  If you have access to a model take photos of her wearing the jewelry sitting on the beach in a casual outfit, hair blowing in the breeze, sand between the toes.  You get the idea!
The service is free, but you can upgrade to include more features and even print out your creations!  Have fun and if you make one using your jewelry, be sure to share it with us in the comments below.  I would love to see how creative you guys can be with this fun and easy program!


TesoriTrovati said...

I love using Smilebox! You might remember that I used one for a tutorial at Christmastime. I haven't used it much for business, more personal, but that was always my end goal. Thanks for sharing this!
Enjoy the day!

BeeMuse said...

Looks good but I'm a bit worried about this clause in their terms of agreement.
"If you post or distribute any content on or through our Service, you grant us a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-revocable license, in and to that content, to distribute, display, modify, redistribute, sublicense and reproduce it to other users of the Service and to third parties with whom we have a relationship. You also grant us the right to authorize the downloading and printing in whole or in part of any content that you post to the Service. "
Sublicense? That sound to me like they can use your images for just about anything they want to and who are the third parties?