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This Month in #ZazzleMade: January

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At Zazzle we are all about customization because we are all about you. We’ve built a marketplace to give you the ability to exercise your creativity and design fun gifts, marketing materials, party supplies, and other great products the way you want. We love when you show off your creations on social media. We love it so much, in fact, we like to feature them in our Inspiration Gallery and on our Instagram feed. Each month we will gather our favorites and show them off right here on our blog. Here are the best #ZazzleMade submissions for the month of January.

Weddings

As the weather thaws the weddings bells begin to ring! Impress your guests with elegant wedding invitations like these:

Wedding invitation - ZazzleMade January

Wedding Invitation

Wedding programs are also a big hit. Check out these art deco programs with calligraphy text:

Wedding program - ZazzleMade January

Wedding Program

Business Cards

Social media has taken over our lives, giving us a place to vent our anger, wish friends and family “Happy Birthday,” and connect with jobs, clients, and businesses. Even with the technological upgrade business cards are still a great way to network as they never lose battery life or experience server errors.

This business card is both simple and elegant. Setting it against a background of blonde “hair” makes the design jump off the screen, and is a wonderful call out to the designer’s profession!

Makeup artist business card - ZazzleMade January

Makeup Artist Business Card

Pets

Boy do you guys love your furry companions, and we love seeing the different ways you spoil them rotten! These two are too adorable in their matching t-shirts:

Pet t-shirt - ZazzleMade January

Pet T-shirt

Looks like we have two very happy Cubs fans right here!

Pet pillows - ZazzleMade January

Custom Pillows

Mugs

Whether you’re sipping on coffee in the morning to jump start your day, or drinking a nice calming tea blend to end the day, having a couple of mugs is a must. You’ll never have to sip out of the same one two days in a row if you customize them. They also make great gifts, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up. Speaking of Valentine’s Day…

Love mug - ZazzleMade January

Love Mug

BFFs are an important part of life, especially when they keep us sane:

Coffee mug - ZazzleMade January

Coffee Is My BFF Mug

Clothing

Sure, you could wear clothing that has a company logo or name branded across it, or you could make your own statement. This bride-to-be sure is:

Wedding t-shirt - ZazzleMade January

Custom T-shirts

Have you recently designed a Zazzle product? Are you thinking about it? Be sure to snap a photo, post it to Instagram, and add the hashtag #ZazzleMade. Maybe you’ll see your creation in February’s round-up!

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Tips & Tricks: Instagram

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Fun fact: over 70 MILLION images are shared on Instagram daily.

Given that staggering figure, how on Earth do you get your images noticed?

1. Great in-situ imagery.

“In-situ” shots are taken to show the product “in situation” and help to tell the photo’s story. In the photo below, @evablack_ takes a quick, well-composed, nicely-lit snapshot as she’s headed to the mailbox.

This does not require a professional camera or fancy equipment. If you have access to the sun, you’ve got a great base for a photo that will get noticed. The secrets to great photography are simply:

1. taking a moment to compose the shot so that the light falls where you want it to.

2. eliminating from the frame anything unnecessary to the story you’re telling.

Want to learn more? Check out this great tutorial.

2. #Hashtags.

Your best friend’s daughter’s sister’s motto is, “The more hashtags, the better,”  but we beg to differ (and so, we’d bet, would most). Dozens of hashtags will get you “noticed” like jumping on Oprah’s couch got Tom Cruise “noticed,” but it will also likely eliminate your chances of being re-posted.

Including hashtags that are relevant to your post’s content is always good practice, but adding too many tends to make a post look spammy. #too #many #hashtags #makes #a #post #tough #to #read #and #feels #very #spammy #so #please #remember #that #less #is #more.

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3. Photo Tags.

In order to keep your post copy clean and simple, take advantage of Instagram’s photo tagging functionality.

Upload your photo, then tap “Tag People”:

Tap on each area of your photo onto which you would like to direct your viewers’ attention. In this particular post, we tagged the original poster, Jaime, our Maker, ALTR, and Zazzle.

tag people

Photo tagging is a great tool for both personal and professional Instagramming because it allows the poster to separate out the content of the post from the parties featured in the photo. Posting a photo of your adorable baby in a Zazzle onesie? Leave your copy focused on your baby: “Maddie’s TWO! #twocute #wherehasthetimegone” and simply tag us (and any other brands) in the photo. This keeps your personal copy from feeling like an ad, but puts your image in front of the brands who might choose to repost it. Win win for all.

4. Use the Location field (with caution).

location

Many social-savvy  have “hacked” the location field for short CTAs (calls-to-action) like “Shop this!” “30% off through tonight” and “Shop link in profile.”

While all great practices, keep in mind that anyone who clicks on the Location link can see a map of where your phone was when you posted the image.

 

Work in a large office building with a publicly known address? Post away. Work from your home office next to your sleeping baby? Use caution with the Location feature and consider only using it when posting away from your home.

Our Social team loves seeing #zazzle and @zazzle-tagged Instagram photos from our Designers, Makers and customers! Need additional tips?  Drop us a line at Social@zazzle.com.

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