Archive for February, 2007

Mushing Through the Iditarod with Adventure Girl ®

February 28, 2007

Mush Mug

Racing through the snow, ice and trees is none other than Zazzle Community Giving member Stefanie Michaels. Who is this bonny lass? Well to some, she’s known as Adventure Girl®, to others just Stef, and to those at Zazzle, she’s known as the woman on a mission to raise funds for cancer research through participating in this year’s 35th Anniversary Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Alaska. Also know as her “Idita-Ride for a Cure” Campaign, this effort is in honor of the 4 time Iditarod champ, Susan Butcher, who lost her battle with Leukemia last year. So check out her Zazzle gallery, mushmush, and help to support cancer research and Stef in her incredible feat. The race starts today and ends March 3 – you can even get video updates on her progress at adventuregirl.com.

At Zazzle we’re big on trying to benefit the community at large. And we have lots of contributors and partners that give back in a variety of different ways. Check out the Zazzle Community Giving section and see how you too can help support groups like The Humane Society of the United States, the March of Dimes, Save the Children, The Autism Society of America, and others.

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New Zazzle Custom Stamp Sizes

February 27, 2007

So people sometimes wonder if we listen when requests are made for new Zazzle features… Well, let me be the first to tell you that we do! The number one request for Zazzle Custom Stamps has always been new sizes – you asked for ‘em, now you got ‘em. In addition to the original Large size, I would like to introduce you to Medium and Small. These three sizes make up the new collection of Zazzle Custom Stamps, ready for you to stick on your envelopes, on your postcards, on your walls, on your chairs, on your… well you get the idea.

What I love about this is that now I have a stamp that fits even the smallest envelope, so that when I mail invitations for the wedding of myself and Anne Hathaway (…someday…) I know that I can use the Small size, which is just right (we received *lots* of feedback that the Large was too big for invitations specifically). Or, for our business customers who use their logos on Zazzle Custom Stamps, they can choose the Medium or Large sizes, to maximize the impact of their brand on outgoing mailings.

Check below for more detailed sizing information or get started creating now:

Large:
Large

Medium:
Medium

Small:
Small

Get Your Earnings Through PayPal

February 26, 2007

For all of our contributors and/or associates out there, we’ve now added PayPal as one of the ways that you can receive your earnings. This means that instead of getting your Zazzle earnings through a check (which you can still do if you prefer), you can get them electronically transferred to your PayPal account, free of charge and with all the spiffy speed that the internet can muster. For those of the international persuasion, we know you’re especially going to dig this feature, because now you don’t have to pay any check processing fees (which can vary anywhere from $7.50 to $20, depending on the country and bank). Also, your earnings will now come just as fast as everyone else’s, pre-converted from U.S. Dollars (USD$) into Japanese Yen (¥en), British Pound (UK£), Euro (Euro), or whatever.

To change your contributor account’s payment settings go here: Payment Settings.

Also, if you are reading this and you didn’t even know that you can make money at Zazzle, maybe now it’s time that you finally looked into becoming a contributor! It’s easy, free, and an amazing way to show the world your creative side. Not to mention that *it works* and you can start raking in the dough immediately.

Fiat Lux Collection by Ansel Adams on Zazzle

February 23, 2007

In partnership with the University Of California Riverside Museum Of Photography, Zazzle now has some great Ansel Adams images! This collection of sixty images (more are being added soon) were taken in and around the area of Riverside California during the 1960s. It showcases a unique group of rural landscapes, cityscapes, and unconventional object portraits (forests, rural homes, doorways, plants) that tell the story of California at a very unique stage in history. Ansel Adam’s has an interesting juxtaposition in this collection with shots of modern objects, such as this one of a recently erected satellite dish in contrast to shots like this one, of a rural slaughterhouse that has seen its share of hard farmland living.

A couple of my Favs:

Ansel Adams Ansel Adams

For those who look at these Adam’s images and feel it only whets the appetite, check out our Library of Congress collections that include prints, photos and other artistic work that dates all the way back to the start of the United States. Also for people like myself who are drawn to 19th and 20th century photography, the Hulton archive is the place for you – it’s a huge collection of the people, places, and moments that helped define the America we live in today.

You really can get lost browsing images in the LOC Prints & Photographs Division, California State Library, University of Wyoming Library, Boston Public Library, or any of the other historical collections. The images are fascinating and they provide unique insight into the history of the U.S.

Sealed with a Kiss is Blowin’ Up! (2 celebs added)

February 21, 2007

SWAK is back! Now Sealed with a Kiss is more blingtastic than ever with the addition of two new celebrities, Travis McCoy and Gia Farrell. Don’t know ‘em? Well… Travis’s band, Gym Class Heroes, is super hot right now; they are all over MTV, VH1, and touring throughout the US of A. And Gia, she has enough buzz around her song, “Hit Me Up,” (recently featured in the movie “Happy Feet”) that many people, upon meeting her, have wondered if bees were chasing them.

Want to learn more? Well, what I’ve got for you in the “more info” department are links to their MySpace pages so you can learn more…THEN when you come back to me saying “Patrick you were right – I love Travis and Gia!” I have links to their celebrity lip prints so you can buy them and make your collection complete (all 17 kiss prints). Alright then, I think that is about it for SWAK info today, I’m gonna go do the Happy Feet dance…

The MySpace Links:
Gia Farrell | Gym Class Heroes (Travis McCoy)

Gia’s and Travis’s Zazzle Lip Prints:
Gia | Travis

“Sealed with a Kiss” all over Radio and TV

February 21, 2007

Sealed with a KissMany of you know about our Sealed with a Kiss campaign, which applies celebrity lip-prints onto real US postage (the Large Size of Postage, Sealed with a Kiss is hardcore like that…) to help support The Humane Society of the United States. Awesome right? (Of course it is, its got the luscious lips of Jessical Alba, Rachel Bilson, and Gene Simmons, just to name a few) . Well, what you might not know is how much press it has generated. These stamps are going like hotcakes in Honolulu primarily because of so many incredible radio and television plugs we’ve been getting from around the country.

Check out this first one, by the lovely and vivacious Leah Remini (The King of Queens, Old School… some of you may even remember her in Saved by the Bell in ’91):

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Also, here’s one from our favorite local morning show, Sarah and No Name on Alice (97.3 FM):

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So, that’s just a sampling… SWAK has also been featured on Extra, E! News, the Today Show, US Weekly, and more. Big shout outs to Amber and John, the Zazzlers responsible for creating SWAK, they got mad skillz (yeah it’s skills with a “z” cause it’s Zazzle baby!).

So, check out the celebrity kisses, buy some postage, and save some animals. Guaranteed collectors items, two years, I’m calling it now.

P.S. Here are some video clips too!:

On Extra!:

On E! News:

Attack of the Dynamic Content – Contributor Tab Update!

February 20, 2007

AHH!! RUN!!!

Nah, it’s actually nothing to fear, the new contributor tab is really something quite user-friendly, and it’s so great for discovering new galleries and products that it’s cutting into my Youtube time. It’s all due to great dynamic content (kinda like pulse) to show you what’s going on in the contributor community by the second – just refresh the page and you’ll see the newest stuff. Of course, it still has your old favorites like the Spotlight (with a new interview!) and featured contributors, but new additions include recent comments, most popular galleries, and busiest contributors. Lastly, and my personal favorite, the most recently changed gallery headers appear on the right side… it’s a great way to preview galleries before you dive in. This is how I recently discovered cbolsch’s gallery of awesome trendy Ts (check out 90 Minutes, City, and Love). On this note, for contributors that haven’t yet customized their gallery style and header, do it here – it’s one of the best ways to build awareness and drive traffic to your gallery.

That’s all for this post, I would just like to leave you with a reference to a little known movie that changed my life called Rad (1986): “When I think of the contributor tab, I know that I am thinking of something that is like… special.” See ya.

Zazzle Basketball 1- 0

February 16, 2007

It was our first game and we were the newcomers in a long established league, the underdogs, but we didn’t let that affect our play. We asserted our dominance early and with gusto, beating our first opponent, Jerry’s Kids (they weren’t really kids, I swear) by 20 points, and assuring our steady climb to the playoffs in the Pacific Shores league.

The game proved the talent of Zazzle employees, featuring standout performances from Jesus bringing the rain from the 3 pointer line, Grover working three defenders at once, T working inside the paint, Ben dominating the steals, and Jason racking up some major fouls (accountants play hard), truly a Zazzlerific performance. Next week the Zazzle team takes on Air Postini at 12:30 PST, broadcast on “the Ocho,” check your local listings or just look for the post about the game next week.

Coming soon!

February 15, 2007

zNews? Blog.zazzle.com? What is going on? Hold me, I’m scared…

February 13, 2007

Welcome to the new Zazzle Blog. zNews has been recycled into this great new Zazzle destination, that will actually be updated often *GASP* and I’m here from now on to inform you of all the happenings. So where do we start? It’s been about six months since the last post (ya, lots of heads-down coding)… so, basically I’m going to try and braindump all of the Zazzle updates for the past six months in action-movie-montage-style, or as it’s called in the online world, a blogtage. Here we go, deep breath…

After the release of our Create-a-Product API, we released 12 new product lines (now over 250 styles and colors in apparel), a PayPal earnings integration, a major partnership with The Picture People, thousands of incredible and historically significant images from Getty Image’s Hulton Archive, lots of pet-loving API partners (Purina, Dogster & Catster), classic song lyrics from Authentic Stars (from the Beatles to Skynyrd), Jessica Alba and others supporting the HSUS in our Sealed with a Kiss program, new gallery templates for those who contribute (which should be you!), waaaay better image management in MyZazzle, a Gift Center to help for those special occasions, design tool optimization for even speedier drag-and-drop ajax customization, a new feedback email address to capture your input (feedback@zazzle.com) and other stuff that the last episode of “Heroes” just evicted from my head…. Wow, that was a lot of typing, feeling light headed….room spinning….

(2 minutes later…)

Well, now that the floor and I have been properly introduced, let me also fill you in on what is happening around the Zazzle office. We’ve grown pretty dramatically since that last post… in fact, as I’m writing this, I’m wedged tightly in between Darren and Jan (two of our black belt UI developers) on a coffee table. Darren smells especially good today (he must’ve actually showered… nice!).

Anyhew, when meetings started happening in our lobby, the shower room, and even on the street, we knew it was finally time to upgrade. So we’re in the process of moving to a glorious new building at the Pacific Shores Center. It’s bigger, brighter and has lots of incredible shared amenities, including a huge gym with a rock climbing wall, a basketball court, swimming pool (we’re holding out until spring on that one), a 20-person jacuzzi (we’re there), softball, volleyball, and even a bocce ball court. It’s glorious. We’re never going home. I will have pictures from the move soon so that you can see the happy Zazzlers in their natural environment (please don’t feed them, it’s not wise).

So that is really it, and from now on I, the Zazzle Blogger (er Zlogger?), promise to deliver relevant and interesting posts at least once a week to ensure you’re up to date on what’s going on at Zazzle. And, hey, if you’ve got a great Zazzle story to share, send it my way and I will get it up here for everyone else to read.

That is all for now…be ready for more soon…


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