From cookbooks, to calendars, to a poster of your favorite Instagram photos, use MagCloud to get a jump-start on your holiday gift giving by creating your own masterpiece.
Recipe collections are a popular MagCloud publication type, serving the purpose of business promotions, community fundraisers, and wedding favors. With options for ordering print copies and downloading onto mobile devices like the iPad, MagCloud cookbooks are easy to keep close at hand in the kitchen. To help you get started on your own cookbook, check out our prior blog posts with templates and instructions for Adobe InDesign, iWork Pages, and Microsoft Word.
Calendars are a great way to relive the special moments of the past year, memorialize a one-of-a-kind summer vacation, highlight business accomplishments, serve as a collectible fundraising idea, or show-off your dog Kai’s greatest moments. Whatever your inspiration is, we’ve made it easy to get started. Select from one of our pre-designed templates or read our recent calendar blog post to design one yourself. And with a 28-page Standard format calendar costing only $5.60, it’s an affordable gift idea as well.
Give your child’s artwork, favorite New Year’s resolutions, new product offerings or your best-of wedding photos the rock star treatment with our Poster format. MagCloud’s full-color Posters are printed to order so there are no minimum order requirements – you can order copies of your poster as you need them, and come back to order more when you run out. And if you want to make your poster gift extra special, read our blog post and watch our video for tips on framing MagCloud posters.
Share your DIY printed gift ideas in our comments section below.
Today we launched some changes to make it easier to navigate around the MagCloud website, access your account settings and quickly edit your publications.
For new users we’ve made it easier to find information about the wide array of MagCloud products and features, get inspired in our solutions section and start creating with easy access to MagCloud templates, tips and tutorials.
Existing users also will notice three new sections when they sign into MagCloud–Quick Links, My Projects and the new Create section.
Tap or click the Quick Links arrow next to your name in the upper left section of your web page to read publications in your Digital Library, make changes to your account, or sign out.
The new My Projects link in the upper right section of your web page provides one-click access to your existing publications. Make changes, order copies, view stats, or promote via social media and email.
Our new Create section replaces the Publish section and is accessible from the main navigation bar. From here you can create a publication by uploading your own MagCloud-ready PDF, download one of our professionally designed templates or using one of our Partner Solutions.
We hope these changes will make it easier for you to find the information most important to you, and get you publishing on MagCloud in no time. Let us know what you think about our website updates in the comments section below.
Love your pets? We do too! Which is why we’re dedicating August to your pets. Starting today through the end of the month, we invite you to Instagram pictures of your pets using the #MagCloudPets hashtag (and tag @HPMagCloud too!). We’ll be selecting Instagrams of your pets to be featured in our first-ever MagCloud Pets Calendar! Participants who submit pet photos will automatically be entered to win a copy of the MagCloud Pets Calendar.
To enter, just be sure to:
– Follow MagCloud on Instagram (@HPMagCloud).
– Take an Instagram of your pet(s).
– Include the hashtag #MagCloudPets to participate, and tag @HPMagCloud too!
Questions? Post in the comments below.
Feeling inspired? Learn how to create your own personalized calendar here!
The contest is open from August 1-31, 2013. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on Sunday, August 31. The randomly selected winners will be announced early September, be sure to check our social channels for updates. The prize will be a complimentary copy of the 8×8 saddle stitch MagCloud Pets 2014 calendar. All entrants agree to be contacted by Hewlett Packard for prize fulfillment. By using the #MagCloudPets hashtag with your pet’s photo, you are officially releasing rights to the image and allowing MagCloud to use it for the MagCloud Pets calendar and any marketing activities related to this contest. The contest is open to MagCloud blog readers, Twitter followers and Facebook fans that reside in the United States and are at least 18 years of age at time of entry. No purchase necessary to enter or win.
Yesterday marked the finale for the 100th Tour de France. Chris Froome raced by throngs of cheering fans along the Champs-Elysees to finish first. The race has gained a lot of attention and fans in its 100 year tenure, and every year it continues to gain more advocates. While the Tour drives dialogue and content on cycling in the media during the 23-day span, but what about the rest of the year?
With the advent of self-publishing services, niche publications have continued to grow as people discover publications that focus on their specialized interests. Self-publishing with MagCloud has made it easier for creators to kick it up a few gears and distribute in-depth content easily, and for readers to read it on any device, at any time. Specialized publications allow readers to access their favorite topics without having to filter through other content while also connecting with a community of like-minded enthusiasts.
Are you spinning for more cycling publications? Take a look at these magazines published with MagCloud.
- XXC Magazine has been publishing on MagCloud since 2009. The mountain biking magazine features race coverage, dynamic pictures and key interviews. Since MagCloud doesn’t have minimum print runs, XXC is able to publish content on their schedule and provide readers with print copies on demand.
- Ryan Hosler published his book, “Bay Area Bike Rides,” in 1990. Since then, Hosler has created some great biking content with MagCloud. One of his touring magazines, Mount Hamilton by Bike, provides a road history, memorable trails and other great content for tourists looking to cycle in the San Jose area. He has also published calendars of photos from his rides and a collection of short stories for children.
- Last June, Photo Synthesis came out with a special edition of their magazine about the Metropolis, IL Superman Bicycle ride. The edition highlights some participants and activities associated with the ride through pictures.
The Tour de France is a great opportunity to watch a community celebrate a shared passion. Whatever your niche may be, hit the road to success by tapping into your target market and providing high-quality material. Great content will increase your brand recognition and grow your business, while allowing you to share what you love with others who love it too!
Now that you’re geared up to share your unique content, here are some suggestions to get you started on publishing for your niche:
MagCloud is excited to be part of the first virtual small business “rock festival”, Bizapalooza! It’s a free 3-day on-line conference July 16-18 where business experts share their strategies, secrets and power tools that will take your small business as high as you want to rock it.
On Tuesday July 16 at 5 p.m. EST, I’ll be representing the MagCloud team and discussing the power of tapping into your brand story. MagCloud publications are all about telling great stories through words and images in print and digital, so it’s a subject near and dear to our hearts. We’ll dive into how small and medium businesses can take a lesson from leading media companies to build brand awareness and create deeper customer engagements . I’ll also share how to cost-effectively develop a multi-channel content strategy that takes your brand story across print, digital and social channels to drive more sales and leads.
To register for Bizapaloooza or find out more about the conference click here: http://bit.ly/18BpHgn.
Follow us at on Twitter (@MagCloud) and join the conversation during the webinar using hashtag #MagCloudSMB. Join us!
Until then, check out some of these teaser lessons from the rest of the presenters:
- Jon Ferrara– CEO of Nimble – Transform your shallow social media connections into thriving business opportunities.
- David Fishof – Founder of Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp- Don’t let your fears get in the way of your success.
- Donna Cravotta – CEO of Social Sage PR– A great media list is worth thousands of dollars (she’s going to give you one)
- Brenda Horton – Co-Creator of ActionPlanr – Take the time to focus, plan and eliminate overwhelm.
- Susan Payton – President, Egg Marketing – Press releases have SEO super powers.
- Steve Wilkinghoff – Author of Found Money – First decide your financial outcome, then design a business that delivers.
- Adam Byrnes – International Director of Freelancer.com – Freelancers will grow your business.
- Jim Kukral – Speaker and Award Winning blogger – You can make more money and leverage your brand by self-publishing.
- Tim O’Connor – CEO of Marcademy.com – If your online marketing expert or agency doesn’t follow these rules — ditch them.
- Chaitra Vedullapalli – CMO of Meylah – 63% of small businesses aren’t online!
- Sabrina Parsons – CEO of Palo Alto Software – Your financials tell a story –that you write.
- Erik Koto – CEO of QuestionPro – Run a survey, do nothing, make more money. Really, there’s a study that proves it.
- Deborah Kagan – Sensual Lifestyle Specialist – Mo Mojo = Mo Money = Mo Fun. Mo Life. You get the picture.
- Melinda Emerson – Smallbizlady – Talk to people on Twitter, do it every day grow your followers and influence.
- Share Ross – Bassist for Vixen and Founder of Video Rock Star University – Stop being scared of video – and start attracting more clients and customers.
- Shawn Pfunder – Godaddy – There’s no good reason for a bad web site.
- Mariano Andres Garcia – Design matters even though content is king.
- Bridget Weston Pollack – Marketing Director, SCORE – You can get million dollar consulting and experience — for FREE – why aren’t you?
- Anita Campbell – Small Business Trends – Blogging is easier than you think.
- Tina Forsyth – There is more to automating your systems and process than using technology.
- Matthew Goldfarb – Corporate Renegade – Stand for something – get more clients and customers who will pay you more for who you are.
- Aseem Badshah – Founder & CEO of Socedo – Social media can actually make you money.
- Anum Hussain – Hubspot – Inbound marketing is the science of turning web site visitors into prospects and prospects into customers. Hubspots power marketer, Anum Hussain takes you through the basics and gets you headed on the pathway to profitable customers.
Lots of great speakers on tap so I hope you’ll join the conversation.
For the full agenda and to register visit the Bizapaloooza website.
If you do attend we would love to hear about your experience and favorite sessions in the comments section below.
It’s National Small Business week! While summer can be seen as a time to unwind, take vacation and spend more time with family, it’s also prime time for businesses to re-focus and refresh their company’s strategy and/or marketing plan. Here are 5 ways you can give your small business a little boost this summer.
Refresh your marketing collateral
Need marketing collateral but don’t have budget to hire a designer? With the wealth of free templates for flyers and brochures today, small business owners can create marketing material without having to enlist the help of agencies and freelancers.
Get creative with your summer sales
As many businesses hold sales throughout the summer, stand out by trying new things with your sales promotions. Get creative and think of how you can take giveaways and discounts to the next level (without breaking the bank). Instead of holding a typical giveaway or discount, you can surprise potential customers on social media with freebies or discounts. You never know, they may turn into loyal customers and big brand advocates!
When was the last time you monitored current trends? With a smaller bandwidth, small businesses often focus more on day-to-day operations during the year, that typically makes following trends and issues that impact overall business strategies a second priority. Take advantage of longer summer days to catch up on current events and industry trends that may impact your business. It may transform or inform your business goals and strategy.
Network, network, network
With a high number of conferences, webinars, speaking and network events, summer is prime time to take advantage of networking opportunities. Meet with potential business partners and people who can provide new information to help you improve your business. Keep your company at the forefront of peoples’ minds by giving them engaging company brochures or eye-catching one-pagers.
Plan ahead, re-evaluate, set forth
Take advantage of summer business lulls to work on long-term business planning including re-evaluating your company’s strategy, goals and objectives. Are they still in-line with current trends and customer needs? Identify what’s working and what’s not to re-focus your business strategy so that you can gain an edge in your industry. After you have an idea of what your small business needs to stay ahead, set forth! Summer is the best time to make sure your company is on track to meet its goals for the rest of the year.
What else can SMB’s do to boost business this summer? Share your ideas with us in the comments section below!
Finding yourself in a creative rut? Whether you’re a writer, artist, small business owner looking to spice up your brand or just someone who needs a little refresh, here are five things you do to get your creative juices flowing.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but a lot of times people can’t get their creative juices flowing simply because their minds don’t have the space— it’s been preoccupied with daily chores and is too tired managing life. Creativity flourishes when the mind feels fresh and rejuvenated. Making sure you get enough sleep until you feel balanced, or deliberately spending an afternoon doing absolutely nothing may be all you need to bring the creative spirit within you back to life.
2. Keep a creativity journal
Did you have a doodle book when you were little? It might not be a bad idea to start one again. When tending to our day-to-day lives, we often only have limited space for our creative thoughts. A creativity journal will let your mind wander without going into overload since all of your ideas will be down on paper. Keep a journal with you at all times—you might be surprised where a random idea written down can take you. You can also make your own creativity journal with MagCloud’s compact Digest product, its small enough to take everywhere you go!
3. Break your routine
While keeping a daily routine helps with staying efficient, breaking out of it can spark new ideas. Even seemingly small actions such as starting a conversation with a stranger at a supermarket can be all it takes to get your creativity back. A trip to the great outdoors or to a quiet place where you can let yourself (and your thoughts) just “be” without judgment can also work wonders. Where would you go?
4. Discuss your idea with someone different
Since you’ve probably been marinating on your idea (or lack thereof), simply talking to people who have different approaches to life can also help pull you out of your rut and in new directions. They may get you thinking about your idea in ways you never imagined.
5. Try something unexpected
Trying things that you would never expect to do can take you to a whole new realm of thought. If you’ve ever felt resistance against an activity, now is the time to embrace it. So take that yoga class you’ve wanted to try, make a music playlist from a genre you never listen to, draw if you are a writer, knit if you are a photographer, take on a new hobby (ie. surfing, creating a children’s book, cooking) you’ve never considered before. Notice the new thoughts that start to form in your head. We can’t wait to hear what you find.
What do you do to get your creative juices flowing? Share with us in the comment section below!