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Friday, May 18, 2012

Rare Solar Eclipse This Weekend

If you live in or are planning to visit the southwestern United States this weekend, you're in for a rare treat: an annular solar eclipse will occur Sunday afternoon. This is the first solar eclipse viewable within the continental United States in more than 18 years.

If you'll be near the California-Oregon border, Reno, the Grand Canyon, Albuquerque or Lubbock, Texas, you'll see an amazing view of the sun's corona appearing to spill over the moon's edges on all sides. It's dangerous to look directly at the eclipse so if you plan on experiencing this rare sight, protect your eyes with the proper equipment. Ned Potter of ABC News recommends No. 14 arc welders glass and Eric Holthaus with The Wall Street Journal has more recommendations if you're interested. digitizes tens of millions of photos in our Irvine, California headquarters so we will not be able to view this rare eclipse in-person. We're relying on you to show us!

Send us your pictures of this rare occurrence. Email them to, Tweet your photos to @ScanMyPhotos and share them with us on Facebook and Google+ with hashtag #eclipseSMP. We'll be happy to share your photos on our social networking sites and this blog.

NASA image showing the areas that will be able to view the
May 20th annular solar eclipse. People in Southern China through
the Texas Panhandle will be able to see the eclipse.
If you won't be able to view the eclipse but you're dying to see it, watch Panasonic's live video stream form Japan's Mt. Fuji.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Free Photo Scanning Leads to Social Media Raves, Says

How to give away your products and services to publicize your company and gain new customers without cheapening your brand

While everyone savors getting something for nothing and without gimmicks, converts 100 photos to DVD for free as a new promotion. The 22-year-old photo scanning pioneer understands the skilful balance between cheapening its brand and smart promoting to effectively usesocial media to publicize its business.
"Do it right and the free products will translate into new, raving fans and eventually, loyal paying customers, says Mitch Goldstone, President & CEO of
Most businesses often shy away from not charging a fee when trying to find new ways to create social media buzz for their products and services. Goldstone said, "We all want to try out a new product with as little money out of pocket and as effortlessly as possible, without gimmicks."
Smart companies must think like consumers and give away something of real value to show people how formidable and unique their business is. Make the offer easy to understand and “wow” everyone with an extraordinary experience. If handled correctly, those freebie clients will translate into paying customers and "word-of-mouth" supporters.
"Word-of-mouth" marketing is how consumers quickly hear about new trends. Businesses should tap into relevant websites where their customers exchange online feedback and information about their shopping experiences.
Where can businesses find these "word-of-mouth" channels? Regularly survey highly trafficked blogs, social networking sites and comment lists to engage people in conversation. Create Google Alerts for keywords on related subjects, while monitoring industry specific news and trends.
In order for a company’s product or service to be spread virally there are certain strategies that should be followed. A business should offer relevant advice, solutions, comments and offer something of value in a unique way. A viral, free promotion should also easily transfer from person to person through text and images. Timely, relevant, solution-oriented free promotions that are simple and clearly defined have better odds of spreading on the Internet.
Free trial offer from
One company offering free trials is, an international photo scanning business headquartered in Irvine, California. Their promotion offers up to 100 free photo scans to DVD at no charge (pay $6.95 for return S/H). This encourages people to try them out and sample their fast and affordable photo digitization services. Sharing the deal on Facebook and Twitter [@ScanMyPhotos] helps the free scanning deal go viral. The ordering instructions are simple. Customers are given a choice between mailing in their photos and making a reservation for local drop off orders. This is an easily transferrable promotion so people can share Tweets and Facebook posts about their experience while including a sample of their newly digitized photo memories.
"Always use your top selling product and offer a free trial, which for draws attention to its website for an easy way to share and digitally view analog photo snapshots in today's all-digital world," said company president & CEO, Mitch Goldstone.
Take cues from to create your own unique promotion to gain publicity and new customers. People want free stuff and if their first introduction was inviting, they eagerly return as paying customers which improves sales and builds a stronger brand reputation., founded in 1990 has professionally digitized tens-of-millions of photos, negatives, slides and videos. The company features an ecommerce service for worldwide photo scanning and is well-known as a leader in the photo imaging industry. "Pictures are everything; makes yours last a lifetime and more."

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

FREE TRIAL: 100 Free Photo Scans from

100 FREE photo scans!

Now's your chance to try

Up to 100 photos sized 3.5"x5" up to 5"x7" will be professionally scanned at 300 DPI (upgrade to 600 DPI for just $5)

Mail-in your photos and pay just $6.95 for return S&H. 
Walk-in your order after making an appointment and save the $6.95 S&H.

For more details and to fill-out the order form, go to our FREE TRIAL page.

Customer Loves Photo Soap Enhancements to Scanned Photos

Upon receiving her scanned photos from, Lisa B. from Lincoln, Nebraska sent us an email letting us know how much she loves her digitized photos:

I have received my photos today and they look great!  Thank you very much for your rapid response to my request.  I really appreciate your efforts.  I know that I will use ScanMyPhotos again in the future.  I especially love the photo soap! 

Thank you again!

Lisa B. 
Lincoln, NE

Lisa wrote that she "especially love[s] the photo soap!" What is Photo Soap, you ask? Photo Soap incorporates face detection technology and brings out the true nature of your photos by adjusting contrast levels to a more natural level, correcting skin tones, and sharpening your image through a computerized image correction process. See these examples of actual photos we have run through Photo Soap, and check out the side-by-side comparison below.

Example of Photo Soap.
-Left side shows the original scan
-Right side shows the magic of Photo Soap

Monday, May 14, 2012 Photo Scanning Review: What are You Waiting For?

Phyllis P. from Scarsdale, NY emailed us about the results of her prepaid photo scanning boxes scanned and digitized by What are you waiting for? Have your precious photo memories scanned and digitized today. As Phyllis says, " which had languished in boxes for decades will now be viewed, and what is the purpose of having them if not to look at them?!"
Yesterday I received the first two of the three prepaid boxes I have mailed to you and I am writing to say that -- assuming the third box will be as good as the first two -- that I am completely satisfied with the results. I had the scans done at 600 dpi -- which I am glad I did -- and they were as good as I hoped they would be. I realize that this process can't make fuzzy photos look sharp, so I wasn't expecting miracles, but what I was hoping is that the scans would be good enough that when assembled into slide shows for digital picture frames or web albums they would be worth watching. In this it was a complete success which means that these photos which had languished in boxes for decades will now be viewed, and what is the purpose of having them if not to look at them?! Thanks for this wonderful service.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Southern California: Walk-In Your Photos, Get up to $50 Off is offering an exclusive discount to anyone who makes an appointment to walk-in their photos, negatives or slides. Follow this LINK to print the coupon and bring it with you to your appointment. You'll receive a 10% discount up to a $50 value. A friendly personal concierge will greet you and assist you with any questions during your appointment. Photos are everything... we make yours last a lifetime and more.

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