Archive for July, 2007

Sneak Peek…EZ Templates!

July 31, 2007

Cool and easy…that perfectly describes a new feature we would like you to check out in our latest SNEAK PEEK!. We call it “maize”…oops, sorry, we call it “EZ Templates”.

“EZ Templates? Why, that sounds like fun!”

Why yes, it is, Bobby! Here’s a scenario: You are browsing through Zazzle and find that perfect greeting card you want to get for your little sister’s birthday, if only the image on the front was a cat instead of a dog. And also, you want to add her name to the card.

Luckily, the card is a template that allows you to change these things directly from its’ product page on Zazzle! You don’t need to load up our design tool and fiddle with the overall layout anymore…all you have to do is click the “change image” button on the product page to choose your own image, and fill out a simple text field to totally personalize this card! Add it to your cart and voila! One perfect birthday card, no muss, no fuss! Plus, you get to say “voila” and sound all smart.

This feature makes it simple for customers of your products to personalize and buy on the spot, without having to use our more advanced design tool. This means more sales, and more sales means…well…you…sell more of your stuff. Yup. Stuff sellin’. That’s what it’s all about. Mmm hmm.

Just look at the screenshot below to get an idea of how it all works. Oh, and by the way, EZ stands for Eat Zucchinis. Long story.

EZ Templates

Read more and discuss this new feature in our forums!

Talking Food Contest!

July 30, 2007

Zazzle Talking Food Contest

Note: This contest is now over.

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We’re smack-dab in the middle of summer and there’s no better time to sit back, relax, and share a few laughs. That’s why we’re kickin it with a few contests themed on humor. Here’s our first…

 

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The submission deadline is 11:59 PM (PST) on Sunday, August 12, 2007.

Theme:

Forget what mom said, it’s time to play with your food! We want your funny designs of talking food! It can be bread, fruit, vegetables or any other type of delectable edible that has an inclination for conversation. For example, have a slice of pizza discussing modern politics or an orange talking about the state of pears. And if you have the winning design we’ll give you 1,000 clams (well not really clams, but dollars, which are easier to carry) for your grocery bag. So eat yourself into a creative food comma to get that extra inspiration and create a design that rocks. Get started now cause this contest is expiring faster than week-old milk.

Prizes:

1. Grand Prize Winner (1 winner)

  • $1,000.00 USD – COLD HARD CASH

2. Honorable Mention (10 winners)

  • Get your contest entry on us! ($25.00 credit toward your next purchase on Zazzle)

 

Examples:

 

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How To Enter:

Submission deadline is 11:59 PM (PST) on Sunday, August 12, 2007.

  1. Create your design and place it on a product (can be any product type … t-shirts, mugs, posters, stamps, you decide!). Make your product.
  2. Publish your product to the Zazzle marketplace with the tag “TalkingFoodContest2007” (find out how to tag your product). If you have already published your design prior to the start of this contest, simply tag it “TalkingFoodContest2007″ to submit it.
  3. You’re almost done! To give yourself added publicity, don’t forget to leave a comment below with a link to the product page of your entry.

IMPORTANT: You may only enter one design (on one product) to the contest. You may NOT enter the same design on multiple products and you may NOT enter multiple designs. If you do, only your first entry will be eligible to win. View the contest rules.

Learn more about the contest

Talking Food Contest

July 30, 2007

 

We’re smack-dab in the middle of summer and there’s no better time to sit back, relax, and share a few laughs. That’s why we’re kickin it with a few contests themed on humor. Here’s our first…

The submission deadline is 11:59 PM (PST) on Sunday, August 12, 2007.

Theme:

Forget what mom said, it’s time to play with your food! We want your funny designs of talking food! It can be bread, fruit, vegetables or any other type of delectable edible that has an inclination for conversation. For example, have a slice of pizza discussing modern politics or an orange talking about the state of pears. And if you have the winning design we’ll give you 1,000 clams (well not really clams, but dollars, which are easier to carry) for your grocery bag. So eat yourself into a creative food comma to get that extra inspiration and create a design that rocks. Get started now cause this contest is expiring faster than week-old milk.

Prizes:

1. Grand Prize Winner (1 winner)

  • $1,000.00 USD – COLD HARD CASH

2. Honorable Mention (10 winners)

  • Get your contest entry on us! ($25.00 credit toward your next purchase on Zazzle)

Visit the contest page to learn more and enter. View Entries »

Zazzle at Comic-Con 2007

July 30, 2007

Zazzle at Comic-Con 07 The day started out normal enough…a flight into San Diego, a pleasant cab ride to the convention center, and small talk about the weather and the price of oil in emerging third-world markets, you know, light stuff. But the second Robcamera and I stepped out of the cab we were reminded of how unordinary Comic-Con was going to be….
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What is Comic-Con, you ask?  First, you should be ashamed for not knowing.  Second, it’s the largest comic-book and pop culture gathering in North America.  They have everything from exhibits to panels about comics, toys, books and big budget movies. Comic-Con’s got it all!
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Just as we left the cab, we were instantly surrounded by clown-faced guys holding green and purple balloons. Sound like a bad acid trip? Nope that’s just Comic-Con.  Inside was no different.  People were dressed up as characters from Halo and Star Wars to characters from some anime show that I have no idea what it’s called.  Booths from comic artists, toy creators, and other types of new media artists were mixed in with booths from Marvel, Star Wars Shop, and the other big names you – OMG is that Geordi!? Yes, Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) was there signing autographs, as well as celebrity counterparts Ernie Hudson (Winston from Ghostbusters 2) and legendary comic book creator Stan Lee (sorry no pics, we were too busy chanting “Stan Lee, Stan Lee” with the rest of the crowd). I am sure there were more celebs but I didn’t get to see them (I heard Hiro was there but we didn’t see him…no YaTa for me…). Anyways, by about 4pm I was on comic book and shinny plastic overload so we got the hell out of there. Suffice to say it was awesome to see that mixed in with the big names like your Marvel and DC were smaller comic labels and young artists creating in new mediums and completely unrestricted by any rules and regulations in the art world, this is the kind of stuff that Zazzle loves and it is nice to see that if flourishes with us on the web and in other places in the physical world.

Don’t forget that if you want to get your own Comic-Con related products maybe try out Zazzle’s Marvel special collection, Star wars collection, or any of the other collections!

Also here is a link to all of rob’s photos, there are just too many to post in the blog. That’s all and as I always say DONKEY!

Conquer Club: Best Online Game Ever

July 26, 2007

Are you bored and looking for something to do during these dog days of summer? Well, Zazzle’s got your fix…check out Conquer club, a popular online world domination game. I know what you’re thinking…I can’t dedicate 20 hours a day to world domination. No worries. Conquer club is designed for the casual player, just as much as for all you little napoleons (minus the little man syndrome).

Why am I telling you this? Well, because they just created a Zazzle store, that’s why! So now, instead of wearing any lame shirt while you play, you can get your very own Conquer club shirt (or any other product for that matter). Choose from their massive collection of logos, even customize and add your own personal touches. Check it out!

For a little more info, here are a few words from the man himself, Conquer club founder Brian…

Conquer Club is an online multiplayer variation of the Risk board game.
Designed for the casual gamer, playing this game is not time consuming like traditional Risk. You have 24 hours to take each turn and a game can last for days… but you may play several games at once to see more action. Conquer Club offers player rankings, tournaments, individual & team games, over 40 alternative maps, an extensive array of game styles and a vibrant community. And best of all, it is free to play!

conquer club clothing


View their entire gallery >>

Thanks, Brian!

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I <heart> _______ (The MyHeart API)

July 24, 2007

Ever wanted one of those “I <heart> NY” shirts sans the “NY”? Personally, I’ve always wanted “I Hathaway” (I guess there isn’t a large market for that?) and now I can get one even easier than using the Zazzle design tool. Check out an integration of our API that contributor iheart created at myiheart.com… in seconds you can have your very own shirt, button or sticker with whatever you love most on it:

I heart that

What’s an API? Go here to learn more about the Zazzle API and get started on your own template integration!

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Contributor Corner’d – LOL Cats With Adam Koford

July 23, 2007

I recently interviewed Adam Koford the contributing mastermind behind the Zazzle gallery ApeLad. He first caught our attention with his hilarious LOL Cats comic strips, but as if that wasn’t enough, we soon discovered that he was also into drawing cool ape illustrations and even cooler hobos drawings! I love apes and being that I live in San Francisco, I’ve gotten used to hobos. So I guess what I am trying to say is, this guy rocks in my book!

With out further adieu,

I HAS AN INTERVIEW FOR U!

LOL Cats

Watch Adam draw it:


Zazzle: Tell us a little about yourself and where you are from.
I’m a cartoonist and a bit of a nomad. I grew up in Southern California, but I’ve also lived in Missouri and Utah. Now I live in Central Florida, not too far from a railyard.

Z: How’s the weather in Hobotopia today?
A bit stogie.

Z: Speaking of Hobotopia, LOL Cats Rock! What’s the full story behind the history of LOL Cats?
The Original Laugh-Out-Loud Cats were created in the early 20th Century by my great-grandfather, Aloysius Koford, who was also a cartoonist. Due to pressures from a competing syndicate and a certain newspaper magnate, the strip was very short-lived and he subsequently gave up cartooning for a life of adventure on the high seas. As the only remaining cartoonist heir to his estate, I’m authorized to continue drawing the strip and sell them to the unsuspecting public. I would encourage everyone to take my word for all of this; history has it’s dark corners that not even google can enlighten.

Z: I also noticed you have a huge collection of ‘Hobo art’ that you have drawn. Where do you get your inspiration from? Were you homeless once?
The hoboes I’ve drawn are from the book entitled the Areas of My Expertise, by John Hodgman. In addition to 700 hobo names, Mr. Hodgman has recounted the history and mysterious demise of the hobo movement in the United States. The visual inspiration for my depictions of his names came from far-flung sources: Charles Schulz, Jim Flora, and many others. There’s even a segment of a Rembrandt etching in one of them, though I’ll never tell which. I have never been homeless, though as an boy scout I slept on the ground in the wilderness on several occasions.

Z: What about the huge collection of ape drawings as well as a huge freelance portfolio. Doesn’t being this busy make you go bananas? That’s right… I said it…
I love drawing and creating, so I don’t ever mind being busy. It certainly beats my old job at an HMO. That’s some serious bananas.

Z: Who are some of your favorite cartoonists?
The list is very long, but the top five are probably Charles Schulz, Walt Kelly, George Herriman, Ralph Barton, and Bernard Kliban. This week, anyway.

Z: Who are some of your favorite Zazzle contributors?
A couple of my fellow hobo artists have some really nice designs available, including Len Peralta (jawboneradio) and Ben Rollman (xadrian). Eric Verspoor (dutchb0y) has a couple of cool hobo and zombie shirts too.

Z: What was your favorite toy when you were a child?
I had a lot of Star Wars action figures, which my kids still play with today. My very favorite, though, was a black Spider-Man toy, which my kids can’t touch.

Z: Tell me a little bit about your workspace, do you have a studio set up? Are there are ton of cats running around? Maybe a monkey?
My workspace is animal free, but I am surrounded by books by and about artists & cartoonists. I also have a spiffy thrift store painting of a schooner, which I’ve modified with a pirate flag and some tentacles.

Z: Did you wait in line to buy an iPhone?
I’m a bit of a late adopter, so no. I’ll wait till it comes in different colors.

Z: Are you a PC or Mac person?
Both, though I’ve preferred a Mac ever since my days playing Choplifter on the Apple II.

Z: Describe a typical day for you.
Working from home with a family, there’s no real “typical” day for me. Usually it’s a mix of drawing (both on freelance assignments and monkeys or cats), blogs and blogging, scheming, and maybe some laundry. There’s always laundry.

Z: To you, what is more funny, Ikea’s Swedish meatballs or Canadian bacon on a Hawaiian Pizza?
I’ll go with the pizza, though I’d like to read the assembly instructions for those meatballs.

Z: Have you ever freight-hopped?
I haven’t, but my grandfather (not my great-grandfather Aloysius) really was a bit of a hobo for a while. He hopped the rails in 1933 to attend the Century of Progress in Chicago, and basically lived off the kindness of strangers for a summer. That is, if my mother is to be believed.

Z: You have this cool ‘Watch Me Draw’ thing where a customer can watch you draw something they ordered, what’s this coolness all about?
Part of it was for my own enjoyment, it’s sort of like an out of body experience to watch myself draw. I’ve picked up on a couple things I didn’t realize I did, technique-wise. That probably sounds weird, but I like to watch people draw, myself included. It seems other people enjoy watching too.

Z: Thanks again for the interview, did you have any final thoughts?
Only this: I can’t think of anything pithy at the moment. Thank you!

Well thats all for now folks, but if you want to know more about Adam and his crazy cool stuff, check out the links below!

Zazzle gallery: http://www.zazzle.com/apelad
Homepage: : http://www.adamkoford.com/

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New Neopet’s Altador Cup

July 20, 2007

altador CupThe second annual Neopets Altador cup has begun! For those that don’t know, it’s a competition between sixteen Yooyuball teams to test their mad skillz. If you still confused you might want to check out the Neopets website here. Basically it’s about the hottest thing on the web since the Numa Numa video and we’ve got all the Altador Cup team jerseys on Zazzle. So if you want to support Meridell, Brightvale, and others then just start making your shirt now. Personally, I am cheerin for Brightvale, and even though they got kicked out last year (which sucked) I think they can go all the way. Go Brightvales!

New Altador cup Shirt

Check out Neopets Altador Cup Collection >>

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Sell more stuff with this neat cross-selling trick!

July 18, 2007

So it’s not often that I post contributor tips (I should really do more of it, if you have ideas send them to me), but this one really caught my eye, and I just had to do a little post about it. Check out this stamp design by TDSwhite, and then look below in the product description:

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There are thumbnail links to all of his other wedding stamps. Very contextual… brilliant! This is cool and others should consider doing it, as it’s a great way to cross-sell customers to other relevant products from your gallery. So, you wanna learn to do it yourself? It’s pretty simple, let’s get started:

  1. Go to the product page of each product that you want to include and click on the “Link to This” button in the upper right hand corner:
    link this button
  2. A little dialog will pop up, then copy the code in either of the two sections. I recommend the bottom one because it will be easier for what we’re doing. What is the difference between the two? Well, the top section has a bunch of extra stuff that we aren’t going to use like the product title and other text, so it is just as easy to construct our own code that is simpler. Also make sure you choose the image size that you want to use – if you only have a few products that you want to include then go with a larger image, but if you have lots of products then you might want to go smaller.
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  3. Now you should have a line of code that looks like this “http://rdr.zazzle.com/img/imt-prd/pd-172405618385291633/isz-m/tl-Cream+Rose.jpg” right? Good. This is known as the image source, save that line for later (any text editor will do), ’cause we’ll be using it soon. Now close the “Link to This” window and go back to the product page. Here we want to copy the URL of the product page, just go to the address bar in your browser – it should look something like this “http://www.zazzle.com/product/172405618385291633“. Save this for later.
  4. Ok, so now we have two pieces of information: the image source and the product URL. Now we just need to make these work together. To do this we need this one line of html code:
    <a href=”URL“><img src=”image source” border=”0″ alt=”Title of your product” /></a>
    Just take the code you got earlier for the product URL and put that in between the quotes where it says “URL”, then take the code you got earlier for the image source and put that in between the quotes that says “image source”. Finally, to help search engines get a better look at your links, you might want to include the title of your product in between the double quotes where it says “title of your product”.

    Then you should have something that looks like this:
    <a href=”http://www.zazzle.com/product/172405618385291633“><img src=”http://rdr.zazzle.com/img/imt-prd/pd-172405618385291633/isz-m/tl-Cream+Rose.jpg” border=”0″ alt=”Cream Rose Postage” /></a>

  5. Got it? Good! You now have your cross-sell code! WooHoo! Now you can either repeat steps 1-4 to create a list of cross-sell links (like TDSwhite did) for lots of your products, or if you only need one, then just paste that bad boy into the long description of the product page where you want it to appear.

So that’s it – welcome to the wonderful world of cross selling!

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We are the Internet

July 16, 2007

Do you ever find yourself wondering about the secret lives of bears, or just who is this “internet” thing? Well look no further than this band and new Zazzle contributor, The Internet. The techno-inspired music explains life and the world, while giving a jammin’ back beat for the sparse and hard lyrics. On top of their rad new album, they have a great gallery of products for all their rabid fans, old and new: zazzle.com/wearetheinternet. Here are a couple of my favs:

We are the Internet
We are the internet shirt

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