Archive for November, 2007

Thank you for coming!

November 16, 2007

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We’d like to thank everyone who made it to the Zazzle Open House / Lunch 2.0 on November 9th. We had over 300 people attend and the team really enjoyed showing everyone around the office. If you weren’t able to make it, check out some photos that were taken from around the office. A number of folks also took pics during the event (links below).

If you enjoyed your visit and would like to spend more time at Zazzle, check out our jobs page. We’re hiring for a number of positions! You can read more about what we’re up to, our culture and why we’re excited about the future in our recently updated About Us section.

Office Humor Contest

November 15, 2007

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It’s time to shake off your “case of the Mundays,” and get designing for the new Zazzle Office Humor contest! We’re looking for the best “I hate my boss” mug, “I’m retired” t-shirt or any other design that is sure to be the hot topic at the water cooler. So grab a TPS report and start designing your perfect office humor product today! Oh, and Yeahhhh…..we’re gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Saturday for this one… (j/k)

View Entries » | Go Create »

>>Contest entries must be received by November 28, 2007 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time)<<

Prizes

For the best design, we’re giving away a $1,000 Holiday Bonus! The top 10 honorable mentions, will receive a $25.00 Zazzle gift certificate. Finally, The best designs will be featured in an upcoming office humor email campaign.

How to Enter

  1. Create a Zazzle account
  2. Create your entry
  3. Post your entry for sale in the Zazzle marketplace with the tag “zazzleofficecontest2007″ (find out how to tag your product).
  4. You’re done. Good Luck!

Note: Only one entry allowed per person. Read the Official Office Humor Contest Rules

Zazzle and edun LIVE

November 15, 2007

live.gifWe are very proud to launch a partnership with edun LIVE, an ethical t-shirt company launched in 2005 by Ali Hewson and Bono with a mission to drive sustainable employment in sub-Saharan Africa. Many of you might have noticed the five new edun LIVE shirt styles while browsing the site and this means you can:

Whenever a design is purchased on an edun LIVE shirt, a portion of the sale proceeds go directly to edun LIVE so they can create more jobs and grow their business. In addition, the shirts are very high quality and incredibly soft … many of us here in the office are now wearing them. :)

Sell designs on edun LIVE shirts

If you’d like to help support edun LIVE, make sure that you select an edun LIVE shirt as the default shirt style. Then, potential buyers will see your shirt design on an edun LIVE shirt when they first view the page. In addition, you can spotlight the meaning behind the edun LIVE shirts in your product description and include a link to the edun LIVE info page on Zazzle as a way to give your buyers more background on the organization.

Lastly, we’re excited to spotlight the new edun LIVE shirts in the recently launched Merch Store application on Facebook. To show your designs on edun LIVE shirts within your merch store, you’ll need to:

  1. Add the merch store application on Facebook
  2. Make sure you’re Zazzle username is listed on the settings page
  3. Select the edun LIVE shirts as the default shirt style (either when publishing your product or on the “edit product” page)

Install the Merch Store App
Learn more about the edun LIVE and Zazzle partnership

- Josh Reeves

P.S. Show your support for edun LIVE by visiting the edun LIVE gallery on Zazzle and also becoming a fan of the edun LIVE profile page on Facebook.

Create a Merch Store on Facebook

November 15, 2007

Zazzle is a community marketplace and we care a great deal about making out contributors successful. Some features we currently offer for contributors include …

  • Powerful design tools to make it easier for you to create products and publish them to the world
  • Galleries so you can showcase the products you’ve created and boost your sales
  • Name your royalty level so you can earn more $$ when your products are sold

However, creating products on Zazzle is only the first step to becoming a great seller. Being active in the promotion and marketing of your products is equally important and we’re working hard to provide you with the tools you need to spread the word wherever you are on the web. The launch of our Merch Booth for MySpace last week was an example of this and we’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Merch Store application for Facebook.

merch_store_200x200.jpgThe Merch Store app lets you easily post your products onto Facebook to share them with your friends. In addition, you can easily spotlight other designers and showcase products from other Zazzle artists. Your friends can show their support by adding the app and showing your products on their profile. Whenever your products are purchased, you receive the normal royalty. In addition, you can enter your Zazzle username and password on the setting page in the app and receive a referral payment on any sales you generate if you are a part of the Zazzle Associates Program.

How to add the Merch Store on Facebook:

  1. Head over to Facebook and click the”Add to Profile” button in the upper right corner of the Merch Store app page.
  2. Once the application is installed, you will be on the app “settings” page. At the bottom of the page is the list of Zazzle artists whose products you’re displaying on your profile. Enter your Zazzle username to have your products display. You can add or remove Zazzle artists at any time.
  3. Enter your Zazzle username and password to receive your associate referral. That’s it! (Learn about the Associates Program)

Install the Merch Store App

You can view an example installation of the Merch Store App on the Zazzle profile page we recently created on Facebook.

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  1. Share your products and store with friends in two-clicks from the “Make Money” tab in the application. When they add the application, your products will be displayed to their friends and they will have your merch store listed in their favorites! (Maximum of 20 invites to friends per day)
  2. share.jpgCreate a “posted” item for your friends to see. From the “Your Store” tab in the application, click the “Share” button (screenshot to the right) and type a fun comment like “Check out the Merch Store I made” or “I created these products! or “Here are some of my favorite artists” and click the “Post” button.
  3. Encourage your friends to join Facebook and install the application. The more visibility for the products you’ve created, the better!

-Josh Reeves

P.S. Zazzle now has a profile on Facebook. Show your support by becoming a fan and we’ll send you updates on new features.

New Office Humor Contest!

November 15, 2007

office_humor_mug_contest.jpgIt’s time to shake off your “case of the Mundays,” and get designing for the new Zazzle Office Humor contest! We’re looking for the best “I hate my boss” mug, “I’m retired” t-shirt or any other design that is sure to be the hot topic at the water cooler. So grab a TPS report and start designing your perfect office humor product today! Oh, and Yeahhhh…..we’re gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Saturday for this one… (j/k)

View Entries » | Enter Contest »

 
 

>>Contest entries must be received by November 28, 2007 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time)<<

Prizes

For the best design, we’re giving away a $1,000 Holiday Bonus! The top 10 honorable mentions, will receive a $25.00 Zazzle gift certificate. Finally, The best designs will be featured in an upcoming office humor email campaign.

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Holiday Card Template Contest Winners!

November 14, 2007

Congratulations to PaulHonatke! His entry Snow Deer Template Card is the Grand Prize Winner of the Holiday Card Template Contest. We had a great time looking through the 100+ submission and from everyone at Zazzle, Happy Holidays!

Grand Prize Winner

Prize: $1,000 Cash

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Honorable Mention Winners

Prize: Their entry on us ($25 in Zazzle Credit toward their next purchase)

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Holiday Card Template Contest Winners!

November 14, 2007

Congratulations to PaulHonatke! His entry Snow Deer Template Card is the Grand Prize Winner of the Holiday Card Template Contest. We had a great time looking through the 100+ submission and from everyone at Zazzle, Happy Holidays!

Grand Prize Winner

Prize: $1,000 Cash

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Honorable Mention Winners

Prize: Their entry on us ($25 in Zazzle Credit toward their next purchase)

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International Honorable Mention Winners

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AT&T API in ADWEEK

November 9, 2007

In case you haven’t watched TV in the last month or been on the internet lately, you might have missed AT&T’s new ad campaign called “Where do you live.” This campaign was recently featured in an ADWEEK article which talks about the API integration with Zazzle. The campaign centers on the fact that you live in more than one place, so why not get a shirt that captures that idea?

Check out the website here and make your own “Where do you live,” shirt. Once you’ve made your shirt, go ahead and buy it on Zazzle!

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Welcome to z.2 + MySpace

November 3, 2007

Today, we are excited, proud, and exhausted. We have just launched what we internally called z.2 – the next generation of Zazzle. And to top it off, we’re announcing a major partnership with MySpace – the world’s leading social network – around music merchandise and more.

We started this year focused on our vision: To Re-define Commerce, Powered by the World’s Imagination. We set out to build a great commerce platform for on-demand retail. We wanted Zazzle to be a true community marketplace – where designers and artists can post products for sale, communicate with one another, and earn money selling great products. And a place where buyers can find, create, or customize one-of-a-kind products that let them express themselves uniquely in the real world.

We’re launching several really exciting new features today that get us at least one step closer to reaching that goal. Here’s what just launched:

1) Model Realviews

Since the very beginning of Zazzle, one of our biggest challenges has always been how to bridge the gap between virtual images online to real, high-quality products that we actually manufacture. Because, after all, everything that you see on the site is completely digital and virtual, until ordered.

Today, we’re releasing Model Realviews. The first time you can design apparel online and see it for real, on a model. We’re starting with hundreds of different model shots to choose from, and expect this number to grow quickly. As a contributor, you can choose exactly which model to feature your product on to maximize your sales.

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>> Learn more

2) Name Your Royalty

Zazzle has always had a simple royalty model – for every sale, you earned 10% of the sale. While it worked for a lot of people, we consistently heard feedback that people felt they wanted to decide just how much they should make on the sale.

Today, we’re launching the ability to set your own royalty for every product you post for sale in the Zazzle Marketplace and in your gallery. Each time you post or edit your product, you can choose the royalty rate – from 10% to 99%. When you increase the royalty rate above our standard 10%, you keep all of the earnings to yourself. This guarantees that every time someone buys your product, you will receive the percentage you expect from the sale.

This is one of the biggest and most exciting changes we’ve made to Zazzle’s pricing, and we look forward to helping everyone feel empowered to make the most sales and earn as much $$ as they can.

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3) Dark Apparel – new and improved

Zazzle first pioneered digital dark apparel products two years ago – November 2005. We called it “beta”. While we have been very happy with the product, we had kept it in beta for a long time, because it was not always the same or better than what you could find in a store. That wasn’t good enough for us.

Today, we’re launching an entirely new dark apparel process that is simply amazing. Our team of engineers, chemists, and washing machines have developed a new printing process that is simply unparalleled. You have to see it to believe it.

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4) Lots of little things

Check out the new categories section - we’re constantly finding and filtering the best of Zazzle. Check out MyZazzle - we’ve reorganized the page to make it easier to find what you are looking for (we hope!) and we’re sure you’ll find lots of other gems throughout the site.

And lastly, today, we are incredibly excited to announce a partnership with MySpace – the world’s most popular social network. This partnership will empower more than 6 million musicians and bands on MySpace to sell unlimited music merchandise to the MySpace community instantly. Any user, actually, from MySpace can now easily create merchandise in through our revamped widget, called the Merch Booth. Check out the whole MySpace Merch to the Masses experience.

Have questions or feedback? Discuss in our forums. Note – our forums unfortunately were not quite compatible with the new Zazzle. We are doing everything we can to bring them back ASAP so we can get your feedback. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the launch, please contact us at www.zazzle.com/support

UPDATE 11/2 7:30PM: the forums are still being persnickety. We hope to get them back online very soon. Also, we’ve heard LOTS of great feedback on model shots. Some positive, some negative, some really really negative. We hear you. Next week we’re hoping to launch several great improvements – first is that you will be able to change the model on any design in your gallery simply by clicking “Edit This”. Second is that we will be revamping the gallery view to focus more on the t-shirt than the full model view since it makes the design so small. And that’s just next week. We will continue to listen to your feedback and make improvements. This is a work in progress and we hope to work with you all to enable the very very best in merchandising of your products on Zazzle with all kinds of possibilites for representing your products in various views.

UPDATE 11/3 12:15AM: changing models/styles is now live. You can now change your model, view, or style for any t-shirts you have already for sale in your gallery or marketplace. Simply go to the product, click “Edit This”, and click “change style or model”. You can even use this on other product types (like mugs) to change the style of the product you have it featured on in the marketplace. Have fun!

UPDATE 11/7 11:30AM: forums are back

- Josh Elman

P.S. Thanks to the entire Zazzle Team for all of the hard work bringing this to life. From engineering to marketing to manufacturing to BD to Finance, the entire company has worked hard to make this real. And it’s only just the beginning!

Zazzle Contributor in SF Art Show

November 2, 2007

Zazzle Contributors Martin Hsu, mildred, akayo1, and phoneticontrol have pieces in the Heavy Hitterz Bay Area Art Show this weekend (11/3 @ 11pm)! check it out and give these contributors some love. Details below.

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Don’t forget, if you are in an upcoming art show, shoot me a note so we can plug your show.

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