9 02, 2016

Make Events More Social with an Instagram Printer

Today we have a guest blogger – Chris Johnson from HootBooth Photo Booth – to explain more about that ever elusive question everyone has about hashtag & Instagram printing.

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What is Instagram?

Instagram is a mobile photo sharing social media site that enables people to take pictures and share them on the Instagram mobile app. Most Instagram posts are ‘tagged’ with a hashtag which allows an image to be searched for, and easily found, by other Instagram users.

To put into context just how popular Instagram is here are some eye-popping stats:
– There are 75 million active users per day on Instagram!*
– Daily Instagram image posts now outpace Facebook image posts!
– 90% of Instagram users are younger than 35; 51% are males and 49% are females.*

What Is A Hashtag?

Hashtags are keywords attached to a post on Instagram that are used to organizes and locate images on Instagram. A hashtag keyword is always preceded by the pound sign (#). For example, a hashtag could be a bride and groom’s wedding hashtag (#sueandtedgotwed) or a company’s brand name (#nikon).

It is now very popular at weddings and corporate events for a unique hashtag to be printed on cocktail napkins and custom signage to encourage guests to take photos at the event with their iPhones and other mobile devices, tag the photo with the event hashtag, then post these images to Instagram. By doing this, all the event guests can quickly view the images via the Instagram social media app.

A Photo Booth For The Instagram Generation!

Hoot-Hashtag-Instagram-PrinterWhile traditional photo booths are here to stay, there is a new type of the photo booth experience that taps into the growing popularity of Instagram. Meet the Hoot #Hashtag Instagram Printer kiosk, a self-contained kiosk with an integrated dye-sublimation printer and a beautiful tablet-based touchscreen display with smart software that continuously scans the Instagram social media site for the unique event hashtag and creates a photo gallery of all the images on the kiosk’s touchscreen display. The kiosk has two printing modes and can be set to auto-print each image or can print each image on-demand; for the latter mode, the user simply locates the image on the kiosk’s photo gallery and selects the image to print. The images are printed on 4×6 print media and the print template can be customized to include the event hashtag, the Instagram post comments and custom artwork, such as corporate branding, on the print template.

An Instagram Printer is a great service to add to an existing photo booth rental business. However, we are also seeing event rental businesses that are focusing exclusively on Instagram Printing, especially those that cater to corporate clients who use Instagram Printing at brand activations and trade shows to promote their brand.

Adding Instagram Printing service to your rental business is as simple as purchasing an Instagram Printer and adding this new service to your website. It is optimal to have a dedicated webpage for this new service. We find that corporate and event clients aged 35 and younger immediately understand the Instagram Printer service and the benefits (and fun!) it provides. Most rental companies will price the Instagram Printing service at the same price or about 20% more per hour as a traditional photo booth.

As noted above, when the Instagram Printing kiosk is set to ‘print-on-demand’ mode, the kiosk can be left unattended and guests can locate their image in the kiosk’s photo gallery and then select the image to print it. If a company or rental business utilizes an attendant for the Instagram Printer, we recommend the use of a ‘Hashtag Wall’ where prints are auto-printed and an attendant pins them to a wall for guests to pick up during the event. Also, a roving ‘Instagram Photographer’ is a great add-on service. This person can take photos with their mobile device, post them on Instagram for the party goer and add these prints to the ‘Hashtag Wall’.

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If you are considering adding an Instagram Printer to your rental lineup, contact us at HootBooth Photo Booth. Our Hoot #Hashtag Instagram Printer is so innovative that it was named one of the ‘Best New Photo Industry Products in 2015’ by Rangefinder Magazine. We offer both a fully assembled Instagram Printer and an Instagram Printer ‘enclosure only‘ option.

We are happy to answer your questions about Instagram Printing and our full lineup of photo booth kiosks!

*Source: http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/important-instagram-stats/

This post has been sponsored by HootBooth Photo Booth.

26 11, 2015

Black Friday Deals Are Here

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Deals from our Sponsors

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Imaging Spectrum:

Save 5% on all photo printer supplies – Promo Code: TURKEY5
Brava Booth Bundle – Brava 21 + Darkroom Booth Software + 2 Boxes of 4×6 Media: $995,  No Code Necessary
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Now through November 30, All Templates in Photo Booth Talk Market are $10 ($5 for VIP Club Members).  No Code Necessary.


 

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$200 off and free shipping on the HootBooth Instagram Printer enclosure.  Promo Code: BF2015


 

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Photo Booth Upload

Black Friday Sale at Photo Booth Upload – Valid through December 4, 2015:
20% Off Lifetime Pro Licenses – Promo Code: BLACKFRIDAYPRO
15% Off All Other Licenses – Promo Code: BLACKFRIDAY


 

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AirBooth

November 27 – December 13, 2015 – Buy a Complete Turnkey Photo Booth Package from AirBooth and receive $300 off the regular price.  Call at 716.864.3446 or email info@airbooths.com to redeem.


 

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MinBooth

Now through November 30, 25% off the entire store at MinBooth.com.  Promo Code:Black
Black Friday Special: Minbooth 3.3 Shell + Custom Rolling Case = $2800
First 5 Black Friday Special Orders will receive a free iPad stand, green screen backdrop and started prop bundle.


 

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Yo!Props

Now through November 30, Take 40% Off All Props at Yo!Props – Promo Code: BLACK


 

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Photo Booth Supply Co

Friday November 27 ONLY – Free Backdrop from Backdrop Supply when you purchase a Photo Booth Supply Co Booth.  No Code Necessary.


 

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Red Robot Photo Booths

Red Robot’s newest and most popular model The Original Retro is here just in time for the Black Friday sales. For a very special limited time we are sending these bad boys & girls out with free shipping USA wide! Stock is limited.
  • Starting at $2589 including free shipping*
  • Super light weight – just 33 lbs
  • Beautiful images – designed for use with Canon DSLR and Studio Flash lighting
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Backdrops|2|Go

Now through Sunday, November 29, take 15% off the entire Store at Backdrops|2|Go with Promo Code: BLACKFRIDAY

 

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Photo Booth Solutions

25% Off All Software Products at Photo Booth Solutions with Promo Code: blackfriday

Photo Booth Enclosures

Black Friday Special: Free Shipping & $200 Off All Enclosures and Cases at Photo Booth Enclosures – No Promo Code Necessary.

 

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PicPic Social

SAVE  30%  ON PICPIC SOCIAL – LIMITED TO THE FIRST 15 BUYERS, ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS!
 
Add the power of social media sharing to your photo booth with PicPic Social! PicPic Social is the best and easiest way for your event guests to share photos, videos and gifs live at their events to Instagram, Facebook, E-mail & Twitter. PicPic Social also includes a hashtag printer and advanced features like data capture and animated gif creation.
For a limited time only SAVE 30% on PicPic Social during BLACK FRIDAY! This promotion is SUPER limited and will sell out VERY VERY FAST!
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Whisker Works

November 27-30, select items at WhiskerWorks.com will be discounted 50%.
Photo Booth Subscribers – Use Coupon Code “Thankful25” to receive 25% off all handmade props.  Plus get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $50 or more.

Deals from our Industry Friends

November 27-29: New customers receive 30% off our Unlimited Emergency Support Plan at Photo Booth Support.  Promo Code: bf2015

Now through December 5, take $500 Off a Complete Booth at Your City Photo Booth. No code necessary.

November 27-30, get a Pic Station 2.0 Shell from Booth Masters for $1450. Promo code: BlackFriday

Now through November 30, take 10% off the entire backdrop and booth store at Shutter Qube.  Promo code: blackfriday

10% off on backdrops and social media stands at Photo Booth Backdrops.  Promo Code: BlackFriday

Free Shipping in US 48 on backdrops at drop it Modern.  No Code Necessary

Now through December 1, Take 27% off Individual Albums, Props and Hat Racks at The Moostache.  Promo Code: BLACKFRIDAY

20% off at 1 Stop Photo Booth Shop on Black Glass 2×6 Photo frame cases & Acrylic Block 2×6 Photo frame cases.  No Code Necessary

25% off Paper and 40% off Props & Signs at Papercuts and Woodworks.

20% off any purchase over $100, free standard inserts of your choice with purchase of $150, a free premium 8×10 frame with $200 purchase at Photo Booth Frames.  No Code Necessary

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14 09, 2015

Upselling Print Sizes During the Holidays

6x8_4x6_printWhile it seems most photo boother’s use 4×6 (either as a single print or double 2×6), you may be leaving money on the table. The value of the printed photograph has never been higher and the cost of materials has never been lower for onsite print delivery. 4×6 prints cost around 15 cents on average, while the cost of 5×7 and 6×8 prints are now down to just over 30 cents a print. The fall holiday season is a prime time for upselling your customers on photo print size. 5×7 and 6×8 photos are the most popular sizes for Holiday related events. And it is easy to create 5×7 or 6×8 print templates in Darkroom BoothDarkroom Core  and other software programs. We asked a few industry experts to share some advice on upselling larger print sizes.  Here’s what they had to say:

“At A Custom Look Photography in Denver we have been offering 4×6, 5×7 and 6×8 photo prints for our various options. While our standard sit down and open style photo booths print 4×6, our photographer driven photo stations are almost always 5×7 prints and our Giant Selfie Station offers what else but a giant 6×8 print. We stress the upsell sizes as a premium giveaway and charge accordingly, which of course increase our bottom line. Our Giant Selfie doesn’t even get compared to a standard photo booth and also brings in a much higher rental. The increased profits definitely make up for the inconvenience of having to stock several sizes of media.”

Murray Englander
A Custom Look Photography
Denver, Colorado
www.acustomlook.com

“In our photo booth rental business we have found our corporate events provide the biggest opportunity to up sale to a larger print size. Whether the company is marketing a new product or just branding their logo and message, a 5×7 print provides more real estate to accomplish their goal.”

Tiffaney Arbogast-Burke
Extreme Photography Studios
Fort Worth, Texas
www.epstudios.net

21 04, 2015

Expo Recap and Deals

After three long months of planning, I can honestly say that all of the time and effort that I spent helping to produce the Photo Booth Expo was well worth it. Beyond the learning opportunities and seeing some of the latest and greatest products and software being produced specifically for our market sector, something much bigger happened for me.

For the last 8 years, I’ve been meeting and networking with people from all over the world through our forum and various Facebook groups like Photo Booth Network. It was truly a surreal experience to see everyone come together and finally meet those people face to face, the same people that I’ve been calling my friends for so long. It really solidified the bonds that I have made both in business partnerships and friendships. It was also amazing to me that every time I entered a room, someone called out my name, like I had just entered an episode of Cheers! Without a doubt, I’ll be back next year. It is an event that I will not miss. For those of you who missed it, here are some video and photo recaps captured by some of our friends in the business.

Video by DJ News 

Videos by Photo Booth Reviews

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Purchase before April 30 and receive $1,500 worth of Darkroom Booth themes with screens, templates and professionally recorded audio files.

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$200 off any enclosure or $200 off any complete set of cases through the end of April.  Offer code PBTAPRIL.

25% off at Photo Booth Solutions, includes Social Booth, BYO Booth, Photo Booth Connected, Sketch Booth and Guest Booth.  Use Coupon Code pbxlv15

AirBooths

Get the new kiosk including the Rebel T3i, lights, and Dell 19.5″ All in one for $4,750.  Add on an inflatable cube enclosure with a white or black interior for just $750 more!

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Join the Photo Booth Talk VIP Club for just $79 through April 30.  That’s $20 off your first year.  Or join Photo Booth Talk VIP Platinum Plus for $299 for your first year and $99 per year thereafter.  With your Platinum Plus VIP membership,  you can download any template set in our Marketplace for just a PENNY!

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