Archive for January, 2008

Amy Smart Joins Sealed with a Kiss

January 17, 2008

Amy Smart Joins Sealed with a Kiss Sealed with a Kiss three year alum Amy Smart is back! A late addition to the program, Amy Smart has once again graciously joined Zazzle’s Sealed with a Kiss program, which benefits HSUS. Ms. Smart has starred in such films as “Just Friends,” “Road Trip,” and more. Check out her lip-print postage here. Thanks to all the celebrities that joined SWAK and the help they’re giving to all our animal friends!
Amy Smart in Sealed with a Kiss

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Zazzle’s First International Billboard

January 16, 2008

Paul, one of our amazing QA engineers, just sent over this amazing story about his world travels and endeavors to bring Zazzle to everyone. Check it out:

As is often the case I seem to find myself off the beaten track in the Pacific. In this particular episode of my life I was relaxing on the island of Savaii in Western Samoa during August of last year. One day I decided to get out of my beach hut and take a stroll up Matavanu Crater, the remains off a volcanic eruption that occurred in the early 1900s. As I made my way up the crater I noticed a number of signs written in what looked like pidgin. Much to my surprise a tour guide was at the top of the crater in a makeshift blue hut made mostly of corrugated tin. Going by the name of Da Craterman, this guide supplements his income by giving tours of the crater and maintaining the trails that lead up the crater. I learned that he would also place a billboard as a momento of one’s visit for a very modest fee. Taking the opportunity to advance the name of Zazzle to the far corners of the Earth, I commissioned Zazzle’s first International billboard. As part of the deal, I told the Craterman that I would help him in his cause by posting a Zazzle gallery from which he would receive royalty proceeds.

Almost moved to tears, the Craterman was grateful at that someone would care to help him out. When I left Matavanu, the Craterman promised to place Zazzle’s sign in a prominent spot along the trail. True to his word, the Craterman photographed our signage and only recently had enough patrons to use up the roll of film. This photograph of Zazzle’s sign arrived in the mail a little more than a week ago. You can see the Craterman’s gallery at http://www.zazzle.com/CR8ERMAN.

And the first International Zazzle Advertisement is here! Thanks to Paul and Da Craterman.

Zazzle International Ad

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10 Ways to Make Money on Zazzle

January 15, 2008

Update: Here is a better link to the “10 Ways to Make Money on Zazzle” article (full of imagetastic glory).

Earn Money Contributor dndartstudio came up with a great list of 10 ways to help improve your sales on Zazzle. The list includes ideas like becoming a Zazzle Associate, creating the best quality gear possible (image templates help with that), interacting with the community (the Zazzle forums are good for that) and more.

See all the top 10 ideas at dndartstudio’s blog. Also, if you’ve got a good idea, submit it in the comments or the forums, and help your fellow Zazzlers make some more cash!

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The 3rd annual Sealed with a Kiss program helps protect animals with HSUS

January 14, 2008

Sealed with a Kiss, Zazzle’s celebrity postage campaign benefitting the Humane Society of the United States, is back! For the third installment in this wonderful Zazzle Community Giving Program, we’ve got some of the best celebrities in the world kissing postage to help protect our furry friends. The list includes Melanie Brown (Scary Spice, Spice Girls), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager, Shark, Boston Public), Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg, Courting Alex), Tara Conner (former Ms. USA), Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives), a special paw print from Benji, the movie-star dog and more! Check out all of the celebrity lip prints at the Sealed with a Kiss gallery (btw, this is a perfect gift for your celebrity lovin’ sweetheart).

SWAK Benji SWAK postage Jeri Ryan SWAK

My favorite celeb? Well it’s Harvey Antfleck of course, his community theater one-man show “Gone with the Wind,” was truly breath-taking.

Also, you can find other HSUS products like HSUS postage, and HSUS stickers in the Zazzle HSUS gallery.

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Environmentally Friendly Buttons

January 11, 2008

Zazzle is proud to announce that we are now working with New Leaf Paper Company to provide the very best in 100% recycled, 50% post-consumer waste, and ancient forest friendly paper for all our custom buttons, keychains, and magnets. This means each button, keychain and magnet purchased from Zazzle is one from sustainable sources, NOT from the beautiful old growth forests around the world. Makes you want to get some environmentally friendly 2008 election buttons doesn’t it? I thought so.

Ancient Forest Friendly Paper
Look for this symbol on Zazzle pages

Check out the custom magnets, custom buttons, and custom keychains pages for more information. Read more about the New Leaf Paper Company here.

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New Helpful Image Guidelines

January 10, 2008

Zazzle Image Guideline Templates Ever needed exact sizing info for the designs you post on Zazzle? Well, want no more! Thanks to super-human Zazzle engineers, we’ve now got a complete list of product design templates to help you out. Each template has all the sizing, and quality details you need to make the best designs on Zazzle and there are even helpful guidelines to deal with all that transparency PNG craziness so that you can make the best dark apparel on the web.

Check out the complete Zazzle Image Guidelines here. Or if you just need the templates, get started here with the template design files.

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Girl Sense.com joins Zazzle!

January 9, 2008

GirlSense.com, one of the leading web 2.0 fashion communities, has joined Zazzle! Now every designer on GirlSense.com can create and sell custom t-shirts, bags, mugs and more with their artwork through Zazzle (I love our API).

Girl Sense and Zazzle

Want to learn how GirlSense.com did it? Read more about the Zazzle API here and get started adding one of the most powerful tools on the web to your site!

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Zazzle Nominated for a Crunchie!

January 8, 2008

The 2007 Crunchies are here and Zazzle has been nominated for an award in the Best Business Model Category! The Crunchie awards celebrate the most compelling internet startups, and technology innovations of the year, and your vote determines the winner! That’s right, you can vote for Zazzle to win the Best Business Model Crunchie! So vote now to show your love for Zazzle!

Read more about the Crunchies here.

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New Shirt Packaging!

January 7, 2008

That’s right, we’ve got brand new packaging for all of your apparel orders (it’s so shiny and purtty). These bags are technomatic, electrostatic, and polyethylene-omatic (with the aluminum opaque coating of course!). What does this mean? Well, when your apparel order is shipped, it’s going to turn more than a few heads and show off your amazing designs. So don’t be surprised if you get your shirt and the delivery person asks for your Zazzle URL (remember to include your Zazzle star!).

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