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High-quality photographs can have a huge impact on the look of a website. The photos can either help to enhance the design, or they can serve as a focal point. In some cases, the entire background (or a large percentage) of a website will consist of a large photo. In these situations the other design elements wind up complementing the photo, instead of the other way around.

In this post, originally published by Vandelay Design, we’ll showcase 25 websites that make use of very large background photos. There are a variety of different types of websites included, and all different kinds of photos that are being used. Hopefully this variety will help to provide some inspiration for your own work by showing some of the possibilities.

Blind Barber

Blind Barber

Anna Safroncik

Anna Safroncik

Cortac

Cortac

Biamar

Biamar

De Certeau & Associes

De Certeau & Associes

Encandle

Encandle

Nike Better World

Nike Better World

Inzeit

Inzeit

Planet Propaganda

Planet Propaganda

TIGI

TIGI

Reflexion

Reflexion

CGRendering.com

CGRendering.com

X-Prime Groupe

X-Prime Groupe

Au Petit Panisse

Au Petit Panisse

Guns N’ Roses

Guns N' Roses

Grayden & Jenny

Grayden & Jenny

Yan Studios

Yan Studios

Asics – Stop at Never

Asics - Stop at Never

Nature Valley Trail View

Nature Valley Trail View

Marcus Thomas

Marcus Thomas

Salt Surf

Salt Surf

Blitz

Blitz

Viventy

Viventy

Shelley Sandzer

Shelley Sandzer

Shaw and Shaw Photography

Shaw and Shaw Photography

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Presented here for your education, inspiration and enjoyment by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design | Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
LinkedIn | Facebook Design | Facebook Printing | Twitter

 

 

If you sell a product online, you probably use email to find new prospects. Even in the age of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, email remains an excellent way to generate serious sales online. You’re probably fully leveraging your copywriting skills already to write great emails, so why not take advantage of these four tips to make cold-calling via email more efficient:

Find Email Adresses with Rapportive

Find the email address of anyone using Rapportive — even that elusive CEO.

Many a time, you’d want to pitch the person occupying the highest position in an organization’s hierarchy. but the problem is you know only his name and not his email address. You might try Googling, but that doesn’t always work. Some websites even ask for money to reveal email addresses of CEOs and the like.

Here’s a quick tip to guess and verify anyone’s email address using Rapportive. Rapportive is like the Gmail People Widget on steroids. Once you type an email address in the ‘To’ field of the compose window, Rapportive immediately fetches information about that person from LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, then puts those details in Gmail’s sidebar.

If you find someone by the name Steve Cook but you don’t know his email address, you can guess it by trying these first name + last name combinations: steve@domain.com, cook@domain.com, stevec@domain.com, scook@domain.com, sc@domain.com. Type these in the ‘To’ field, and Rapportive will display appropriate details for only one of these email addresses and for the rest, only a gray avatar will be shown.

You can then conclude that the address for which relevant information was fetched is the right address, and discard the rest. The email you should be pitching to is this email address.

Pretty cool, isn’t it? Let’s say you’re pitching some startup founders from AngelList. You’ll find names of the founders there, but not their email addresses. In that case, you can use Rapportive to verify their email addresses.

 

Canned Responses and Text Expanders

Save time and send more pitches using Canned Responses and Text Expanders.

If your primary way to generate sales is via email, chances are you’re sending dozens of them everyday. Typing them out is going to suck a lot of time and is only going to cause a lot of pain. Why not save those pitches and place them in your email using just a few mouse clicks instead? That’s where Canned Responses by Gmail comes to the rescue.

Go to Gmail Labs from the Settings, and enable ‘Canned Responses’. Use the new compose window to type out your pitch and click on Canned Responses under the subject field, and hit ‘New Canned Response’ in the menu that appears. Give it a name and save it!

The next time you’re pitching someone, just hit the appropriate name for the Canned Response from the pull down menu and voila – the text fills the email body instantly. All you have to do is hit send. Setting this up doesn’t take more than a few seconds of your time but it could save you hours every week.

You can also save more time by saving frequently typed replies as canned responses. If you advocate keyboard purity, then try an automatic text expander like Lifehacker’s Texter or PhraseExpress. Instead of typing the same paragraph all over again every time you have to, all you have to do is type a few keystrokes and the entire message will expand automatically.

Time Your Email Pitches Using Boomerang

You don’t want your pitch to be seen right when your lead is sleeping, right? Your leads might be living in time zones different from yours, and you might want to time your email pitches appropriately so that the chances of them being seen are higher. You may not be awake when there is day time elsewhere, so Boomerang comes to the rescue by letting you schedule messages in Gmail.

After installing Boomerang in your browser, you’ll notice a new ‘Send Later’ option next to the Send button. You can use it to schedule messages for later. You can either choose between a few hours, a few days, a week or even schedule them to be delivered accurately at a specific time. A new label ‘Boomerang Outbox’ stores these messages until they get sent.

Use this feature to schedule messages for higher opening rates and conversions. You can buy Boomerang Pro to schedule an unlimited number of messages.

Ditch Clunky, Standalone CRMs for Streak + WriteThat Inside Gmail

If you’re doing sales, you probably fight with a CRM tool everyday to add and update appropriate contact details and additional information pertaining to new leads, potentials and deals. This consumes a lot of time, and you often have to switch tabs to feed tons of information into your CRM.

Enter Streak, a nifty little CRM that integrates directly into Gmail. You can track any customer via Streak by grouping emails together inside a ‘Box’. You can then watch the deal flow through the sales pipeline and track all your deals in a spreadsheet inside Gmail.

In addition to this, you can do a few more things with Streak: schedule messages, send reminders to yourself about a deal, and even expand text inside the compose window by typing phrases.

WriteThat takes the pain out of contact management by updating contact details automatically by reading email signatures. It’s another add-on that you have to install for Gmail but it’s worth it.

By Shankar GaneshOriginal Source

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Presented here for your education, inspiration and enjoyment by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design | Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
LinkedIn | Facebook Design | Facebook Printing | Twitter

 

 

 

The Facebook ‘Like’ button is a powerful tool you can utilize to increase the fan base for your brands, companies and products. As part of the marketing strategy for many pages, this Like button is used as a ‘gate’ before any potential customer gets to see detailed info or perform downloads.

Facebook like 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

There are actually three actions you can program your ‘Like’ button to do. It can be a gate for redirects, to allow downloads as well as to reveal a page. And we are going to show you how in this tutorial.

#1. Creating A Like Gate

You can use the ‘Like’ button as a ‘gate’ that will hide your original content from public view. Readers who want access to the full content available on the Facebook page will have to ‘Like’ the page first. Technically, this is the simplest way to gain more ‘Likes’.

Facebook like gate 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

Creating a ‘Like gate’ with Woobox

With Woobox, you can simply install the app to your Facebook Page and start creating tabs with a Like gate, for free.

  1. To start, go to the Wooboxwebsite and click on the signup button.woobox signup 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know
  2. Sign up with your Facebook account.woobox fill signup 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know
  3. You will be redirected to the page where you can start installing your Woobox application. On the left menu, click on HTML Fangates.woobox html 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know
  4. If you already have tabs created with Woobox, it will be listed here. To create a new tab with a Like gate, click on the link at the bottom that says Add a new HTML Fangate Tab.woobox html new 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know
  5. You will get a notification saying your new tab has been created. Now you can edit your tab here or directly from your Facebook Page.woobox html created 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know
  6. To make it more visual for you, go to your Facebook Page where the tab has been added to, look for the new tab and click on it.woobox html tab 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know
  7. Click on the ‘Authorize’ button to proceed.woobox html authorize 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know
  8. Once authorized, you will be redirected to the Tab’s content settings page. Scroll down and you will see the main section where you can set your page content under ‘Page Source’ and then set the ‘Non-Fan Page Source’.woobox like gate 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not KnowThe ‘Non-Fan Page Source’ will act as the Like gate. An example of a Like gate you can use is as shown.woobox gate 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not KnowThe ‘Page Source’ is what your fan will see. Once they ‘Like’ your page, the content you set on ‘Page Source’ will appear.

    woobox gate reveal 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

  9. When you have completed the form with the relevant content, don’t forget to scroll down and click on the Save Settings button.woobox tab save 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know
  10. Once saved, your Tab is now ready with a Like gate! That’s how easy it is, now click the View Tabbutton to see your final result.woobox tab view 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know
  11. In this page, as the admin you will see ‘Admin Tab Options’ at the top of your content. Click the View as Non-Fanto preview your content for your non-Fans.woobox tab view non 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

#2. Creating ‘Like to download’ action

‘Like to download’ also function like a ‘gate’ before ‘download’ can be done. Say, if you have a freebies to give your website visitors, you can require them to click on the like button before they can perform any download. The link to download will only appear after a person click ‘Like’.

like download 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

To do this, go to the Facebook Like To Download official page, scroll down and fill up the simple form with your Facebook Page address or target website address, then provide the link to download, set the width and preferred color and then hit the button ‘Create Your Like Gate Now’.

like gate form 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

After this, you will get to see the preview together with the working code. Copy the embed code and paste it to your website or blog.

like gate code 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

After adding the code to your site, your visitor will see the instruction to ‘Like’ before the download can be done, and once they click Like, the download button will appear.

like download result 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

#3. Creating ‘Like to redirect’ (to a different page)

‘Like to redirect’ will help you redirect your visitors to an external page or website after they click the ‘Like’ button on your Facebook tab page. Now, instead of preparing a landing page or ‘page source’, you can actually redirect the new fans to your own website’s landing page after they click the ‘Like’ button.

woobox redirect2 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

creating ‘Like to Redirect’ with Woobox

To redirect with Woobox, follow the first part of this article (Creating a ‘Like Gate’ with Woobox) until ‘Step 8‘ and under ‘Page Source‘, select ‘Redirect‘. Fill up the external page with the URL you want to redirect your fans to.

woobox redirect 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

Don’t forget to set the ‘Non-fan page source’ too, and save the settings. Now, whenever a person clicks on the ‘Like’ button from this tab page, they will be redirected away from Facebook, to the URL you specified.

woobox redirect3 3 Facebook Like Button Tricks You May Not Know

Note: Facebook changes most of its features all the time, and if previously you can also redirect users who like your page directly from your website, it seems difficult to achieve that when Facebook additionally pops up the ‘share’ option whenever you click ‘Like’.

Conclusion

With these tricks, you should be able to gain more ‘Likes’ on Facebook and increase your fan base. Ask them to like before download as a token of appreciation, or redirect them to a special offer page after they click Like. If you have a Like gate active, always redirect your potential fan to the gated tabs for higher chances to gain more Likes.

What’s your comment? Do you think Like-gating still works?

By Mustaza MustafaOriginal Source

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Presented here for your education, inspiration and enjoyment by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
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Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
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Social media links:
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Before we begin, I should really mention one thing: the three major social network platforms I am referring to here are Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Inevitably, there will be comments on this kind of article that will begin naming off the many other sites categorized under the big social media umbrella, be it Tumblr or YouTube or some obscure open-source social networking platform that only one in every 10 hipster has heard of.

I am aware that others exist, and some might be preferred. Also, there are plenty of popular niche sites like those names above that are huge. But when thinking of social networking, it is hard not to see those three at the top of the list. Therefore, they are the ones we will be covering in this article. They are also probably what 99 percent of those reading this are using or addicted to.

social media icons Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro
(Image source: rafiqelmansy)

With that out of the way, welcome! As a social media user of the Internet era, there is a good chance you have at least one account in any of the three mentioned above. There is a better chance that you have at least two, and a select few of you have all three. You have no reason to feel ashamed. This phenomenon is part of the current social media obsession, one that is unlikely to disappear. Unlike the all-but-extinct originals like Friendster and MySpace, these three sites offer something that managed to tick the right boxes and become the standard on which all social networks are judged. There are little links at the end of articles for you to share what you read automatically. You can now sign in using your social networking profile to make comments, and every mobile device in existence, from even the cheapest phones and WiFi media players, now gives you the capability to browse and update your social networks.

Keeping Up With It All

With so many profiles and different people on each one, it can be hard to keep up with them. It becomes more of a chore, which is besides the point. Using a social network should be fun. It’s a good way to communicate with people from around the world, and update your friends and family about major events in your life, all at once. It’s also a good way to get to know people better and share things from around the Web.

Infinity internet loop Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro
(Image source: David)

Of course, you can use the link boxes to share something on each site, one after another. But what about status updates? Do you have to go through each one individually? For a while we got a nifty little sync feature. But that automatically shares updates on both Twitter and Facebook, which wasn’t what users wanted. Plus, it had nothing for Google+, which had not yet been released. Instead, it had an additional sync for MySpace, which next to no one uses anymore.

Apps for Linking Accounts

The way to do it now is through syncing apps. These work by allowing you to select the desired status updates through the program and publish them on any of the three social networking platforms. Some let you do it simultaneously, which is especially great for those with fanpages or those who want to post frequent updates on changes to blogs, sites or content uploads. There are so many of these out there that you could just put in a Google search and pick one at random. But if you want to know what the best are, these 15 are the most suggested, well-loved and used apps out there.

Extended Share

Extended Share is a great extension for Google Chrome, simply because it offers compatibility for a large number of social networking sites. not only Facebook and Twitter are covered, but so are LinkedIn, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest and about half a dozen more. It provides a popup that asks for permission to share for each selected site, and post to them simultaneously. Sadly, there is no equivalent for other browsers, as it was made specifically for Google+ users who want to branch out to other accounts. But if you have Chrome you should enjoy the full use of this add-on.

extended share Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Facebook to Twitter

If you want a full link program that will totally tie together both accounts, Facebook to Twitter is a good one. But it also isn’t that customizable, which is still a major downer. You will get all updates, and it doesn’t always let you post to just one. This might just be a glitch I have personally experienced, however. Others have reported good results.

facebook twitter Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

G++

G++ is a bit better than Google+Tweet if you have a Facebook account. Using it, you can post to both Facebook and Twitter from Google+ directly. Each also shows in your stream, with a small icon indicating which of the three it comes from. This allows you to like, comment on or repost other people’s status updates or shares without having to sign into each one.

g+ Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Google+Tweet

As the name suggests, Google+Tweet is a Twitter client that allows you to see your timeline, new posts and tweet updates from your Google+ account. It has a fair list of features and is easy to use, though it has the drawback of only being applicable for Twitter and Google+. If those happen to be the only social media sites you use, you should be well set with this app.

google+twitter Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Hellotxt

Doodle, update your social media profiles, search maps or send anything from the web from your texting service. Hellotxt is a great app that is a little different from all the others and free to sign up for. It’s worth a look.

hellotxt Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Helper for Google+

Helper for Google+ allows you to post status updates on multiple sites but also gives you a full widget that gives you desktop and SMS notifications, translates posts in other languages and allows for posts and profile searches straight from the app. In addition to this, it connects with Pinterest, Delicious and other handy sites that you probably use on a regular basis. This one has been around for a while and just seems to get better with every update. So if you have Google Chrome, be sure to check it out.

helper google Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

HootSuite

Like TweetDeck, HootSuite is a popular desktop application that works by monitoring your social media activity and so much more. Great for power users that need a real boost in efficiency, it lets you manage various social media profiles like the three mains plus others, analyze data, monitor brand mentions, do collaborative team reports and marketing strategies etc. It has a free plan and an unlimited plan for $5.99 per month.

hootsuite Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Later Bro

Later Bro is another popular one. Working with both Twitter and Facebook, it lets you schedule status updates far in advance, based on both day and time. It simply connects with your accounts and then lets you create as many updates as you like for either or both.

laterbro Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

ManageFlitter

ManageFlitter is a super simple page you just bookmark and use as you need. It connects to both your Google+ and Twitter accounts and posts the same status on both. That is literally all it does. It might not seem like much, but it is great if you are on a shared computer and don’t want to download or install anything.

managefiltter Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Ping.fm

Ping.fm is your ultimate social profile manager, simply because it covers nearly everything around. It is compatible with Jaiku, Bebo, Yahoo Profiles, AIM Status, WordPress, Photobucket and dozens of others. It has an SMS or direct app use feature for your phone. It also covers all instant messengers. It basically packs everything into one neat little application for your convenience.

pingfm Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Seesmic

From Facebook to LinkedIn, if you want an app that will let you run things from your phone, Seesmic Ping is that program. There is a mobile, desktop and web-based app to let you keep track of any device. You can analyze data, schedule posts, watch over each profile and more through the service. Think of it as a slightly less feature-heavy HootSuite for your phone and computer combined.

seesmic Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Selective Tweets

Located on the Facebook Apps page, Selective Tweets allows you to update your Facebook from Twitter. All you have to do is connect the two accounts through the app, and you are on your way. It is one of the easiest and most straightforward programs for the purpose, and you don’t have to download anything.

selective tweets Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

SmartTweets

SmartTweets is another app that does the same as Selective Tweets. However, it automatically goes through the tweets you have and removes anything that is retweeted, unless you specify otherwise. So only relevant tweets will be shared with Facebook and vice versa. It hasn’t had an update in a while, but the app itself is still good.

smart twitter Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

TweetDeck

Made for power users, TweetDeck is one of the more popular desktop applications that follow Twitter posts and show you useful updates and stats, and lets you organize everything for maximum efficiency. Of course, this doesn’t work on either Facebook or Google+. But it still deserves a mention because it makes using Twitter for marketing or other purposes more professionally centered.

tweetdeck Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Twitter on Facebook

The official app for linking accounts, Twitter on Facebook is simply the standard Twitter sync tool accessible through Facebook. You just press the button to go to your Twitter profile settings page and activate it. While it works, many people choose third-party apps because this one isn’t that customizable or feature heavy.

twitter on facebook Social Networks: How to Keep Up Like a Pro

Conclusion

There are plenty of reasons to sign up for a social media profile on multiple sites. In order to take care of them, you can use various tools designed to make it easier to handle all the three major websites. Do you have a tool that’s not on the list, that you are especially fond of? Let us know in the comments.

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CEO/Chief Creative Officer
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Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
Graphic Design/Web Design | Color Printing | YouTube Introduction

Social media links:
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If you rely on Facebook to interact with your readers and fans whether it’s to publicize events, tease readers about blog posts, or share information with you friends, prospects and clients, here are some great tips to help you get the best results!

Photos

People love eye candy, and the posts that had a photo attached did the best in reference to “Likes” and “Shares” percentage over plain text, video, and a link.

Photos trigger emotions in a way that words do not. Plus, it’s simple to view a photo, and photos have no language. People have to actually take time to read text and if it happens to be in Russian—and you don’t know Russian—the meaning is lost on you.

Analyzing post types, Dan found that for likes, comments and shares, photos perform best. But there are some differences among the rest of the types for the 3 measurements.

Post Length

Post that are very short or very long have the highest “Like” percentage. Longer posts have a higher “Share” percentage. Usually, longer posts include a call to action, literally asking people to repost or share with their followers.

Self Reference

In contrast to other social media platforms, posts with a high number of self referential words (like “I” and “me”) tended to get more likes.

Post Sentiment

The more emotion you show in your status update the better. Posts that are neither positive nor negative get fewer “Likes.” However, really negative posts get the most Comments.

Think about it—if you post that your grandma died, people are going to reach out and offer sympathy. Sharing bad news with the world on your Facebook page is like a cry for help—and unless your friends and family and followers are jerks, they’ll usually step up.

Post Timing

The later on in the day that you post, the better.

Content posted later in the day get more likes and shares. Likes peak around 8 pm while shares peak earlier, around 6 pm.

Where do your clients live in relation to where you live? If you live in Los Angeles and the majority of your Facebook followers are located in New York City, there’s no point to posting your best stuff on your Facebook page after 9:00 pm PST — no one is paying attention. You’re best off posting between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm in the time zone where most of your prospects are located.

Day of the Week

Have you noticed a pattern on your blog or Facebook page that corresponds to the day of the week? This study shows that posts published on Saturdays and Sundays receive a higher “Like” percentage than those posted during the business week.

It’s important to pay attention to your Facebook insights so you know when you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to social media. Why work when no one is paying attention? You want to get the most engagement as possible, so listen to your followers.

(NOTE: In creating the data for this post, author and researcher Dan Zarella collected a database of more than 1.3 million posts published on the top 10,000 most-liked Facebook pages. He then analyzed those posts to identify the characteristics corelated most closely with higher (or lower) performance measured in likes, comments and shares. He then calculated a perentage of total page likes that liked, commented on, or shared each specific post.)

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Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita and Los Angeles, California, USA

Professional links:
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If you’re wondering how you can personalize and dress up your new MacBook computer, here are some great ways to do that. Here we have collected quite a few, some of them our favorites, others, well not so much but still nice. Whether you like Ironman or pokeman, one of these is sure to do the trick.

If you don’t see one you like, here are 3 places where you can purchase your favorite: Amazon, Etsy, and MacBook Decals. If you’re interested, check them out. . . .

Offered here for your design and creative inspiration by:

Will Sherwood
CEO/Chief Creative Officer
The Sherwood Group: Graphic Design & Website Design
Santa Clarita, California, USA

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For your creative inspiration:

Photoshop is an excellent tool for the design of the ads displaying a lot of creativity. If you take a closer look at the billboards around us, some of these ads are actually quite unique and interesting. It is the creation in advertising that really impresses the public, designed by the talented people who master the ultimate tool of Photoshop creativity.

The following 35 creative and attractive photo shopped ads are collected from Creative AD Awards, which is an online collection of new ads featured by most creative ads of the world.

Enjoy it and feel the surprise that the creation brings you!

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As many of you may know, we can now add a Facebook page link in our Twitter profile page so our followers can visit our Facebook page for additional beyond-140char content. And now, thanks to this article written by Mustaza Mustafa in Hongiat.com, we can add our Twitter profile link to a tab on our Facebook Timeline (See the image just below).

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This episode of Quick Tip will guide you through the process of adding a Twitter tab on your Facebook page with CertifiedSeller.org, with one of their free apps that will integrate your Twitter feed with your Facebook page. Cool, huh?

Add twitter Tab with CertifiedSeller App

CertifiedSeller has an app ready for you to install on your Facebook page, with custom Twitter application that will make it easier for you and your fans to share your tweets on Facebook.

  1. To start with this app, go to the CertifiedSeller signuppage and register for a free account.certifiedseller signuo How to Add A Twitter Tab to Your Facebook Page [Quicktip]
  2. Fill up your email and password and click Continue.certifiedseller details How to Add A Twitter Tab to Your Facebook Page [Quicktip]
  3. When registration complete, you will be redirected to the installation page; click on ‘CS Twitter’.certifiedseller install twi How to Add A Twitter Tab to Your Facebook Page [Quicktip]
  4. You will be redirected to Facebook, now select to which Facebook page you want to add the Twitter tab to, then click Add Page Tab.certifiedseller add tab How to Add A Twitter Tab to Your Facebook Page [Quicktip]
  5. You will now be redirected to your installation page, leave the page open, and now open your Facebook page, notice the Twitter tab is already created for you. Click open the tab page.certifiedseller tab created How to Add A Twitter Tab to Your Facebook Page [Quicktip]
  6. Now you will see your page ID, copy this ID and go back to the Certifiedseller installation page.certifiedseller page id How to Add A Twitter Tab to Your Facebook Page [Quicktip]
  7. In the installation page, enter your fan page name, the page ID you copied earlier, your Twitter username and click Save.certifiedseller install How to Add A Twitter Tab to Your Facebook Page [Quicktip]
  8. Now that you have completed the integration, go back to your Facebook page, click on your Twitter tab and you will now see your Twitter feed, with the Facebook buttons, for easier sharing.certifiedseller done How to Add A Twitter Tab to Your Facebook Page [Quicktip]

Conclusion

There are many tools and applications available for free on the Web to help you add a Twitter tab or add new pages on your Facebook page, and CertifiedSeller is just one of it. Some app allows you to do extra customization: you could change the tab image and icon, and even change the whole page interface. But what I’d like to know is, would you add a Twitter tab to your Facebook page?

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How do you convey to art directors, designers and publishing customers that you have a stock photo or illustration for any and every subject, medium and use? In the case of Getty Images, it has more than 38 million stock images in its database to choose from. The question isn’t if Getty has the right image, it’s how you want to tell the story. This 60-second marketing video by Brazilian ad agency AlmapBBDO zips through 873 stills from Getty’s archives piecing together a universal tale of life, from first love to old age. Each frame is up for a fleeting nanosecond – kind of like life itself.

 

Patient research work involving more than 5 thousand photographs resulted in a 1 minute film that AlmapBBDO created to advertise Getty Images, the world leading image database for creating and distributing visual contents. The film is surprising when showing 873 images in 15 images per second, sufficient speed to transform the series into a video that, without any text, tells a beautiful story. All photos, without any exceptions, are from the Getty Images archives.

Copywriter Sophie Schoenburg and art director Marcos Kotlhar worked 6 months researching images, improving the script and building each scene so they would not only be understood, but would also touch viewers. Sometimes, for example, a scene would look perfect on paper, but the images chosen to depict it were not sufficient or did not perfectly match up to offer the right movement and sense. And hence the research had to be restarted. The film was directed by Cisma, via Paranoid BR, along with Marcos Kotlhar, the art director at the agency.

For this creation team, the purpose was to adhere to the concept that Getty Images has so many images that anybody is capable of telling any story they want by only using their archives. In the film “Do amor ao Bingo em 873 imagens” [From love to Bingo in 873 images], a storyteller in the corner of the screen describes the images used. The Getty Images logo appears at the end of the story, but the storyteller continues to turn until reaching the exact number of images in the Getty Images archive.

Film Credits

Advertiser: Getty Images
Title: From love to bingo in 873 images
Product: Getty Images
General Creative Director: Marcello Serpa, Luiz Sanches
Creative Director: André Kassu, Marcos Medeiros, Renato Simões
Art Director: Marcos Kotlhar
Copywriter: Sophie Schoenburg
Producer: Paranoid BR
Executive producer: Egisto Betti
Direction: Cisma, Marcos Kotlhar
Animation: Split Filmes, Marcos Kotlhar
Rtvc: Vera Jacinto, Gabriel Dagostini, Diego Villas Bôas
Soundtrack / Voice-Over Artist: Kito Siqueira
Editor / Assembler: Marcos Kotlhar, Jonas Brandão
Finishing Editor: Split Filmes
Service: Cristina Chacon, Marina Leal
Media: Paulo Camossa Jr
Approval: Renata Simões

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