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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

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 Opens Local Drop Off Photo Scanning Service For Southern California

During the wildfire season in Southern California, learn how to digitize photo snapshots to protect irreplaceable family pictures.

It’s wildfire season in Southern California. Residents must be prepared in case their entire collection of irreplaceable family photos are destroyed.

Today, is launching a new walk-in photo scanning service emphasizing quick and affordable scanning of photos, slides, negatives and videos at its Irvine corporate headquarters. Just in time for the threat from those dreaded Southern California wildfires, mudslides and other natural disasters that can destroy precious photo memories forever, comes to the rescue.

“It is important to remember that beyond gathering survival items when preparing for natural disasters such as fires, hurricanes or earthquakes residents should also protect the irreplaceable items in their homes and offices, including photo snapshots,” says Mitch Goldstone, President and CEO,

In the aftermath of a disaster, insurance usually covers the replacement of possessions that have a monetary value yet items with emotional value can never be replaced. Those shoeboxes and albums of family photos tucked away in closets and attics are often overlooked until it is too late. Family photos can also be lost due to neglectful storage, sun exposure, water damage, deterioration and even mischievous young children.

“Preparing for a natural disaster is a year-round imperative. In an instant, when disaster strikes, families risk losing their precious photo memories. Family photographs document lives in a way that material items cannot. Once those photos are destroyed, that part of the family history is lost forever," said Goldstone.

There is an urgency to preserve photo memories today so it is enjoyed for generations to come. The challenge was the cost and time investment to have it professionally scanned and digitized to post online on sharing sites like Pinterest and Facebook or on tablets like Apple's iPad (r).

How to Preserve Photos?
Reserve a time to walk-in orders by submitting a simple online appointment request. reservations require just one day advance booking prior to dropping off pictures for digitization.

After scheduling an appointment, follow the easy photo preparation guidelines to prepare all those photos, negatives, slides and videos. Orders should be brought to the corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA. Online prepaid fill-the-box and other ecommerce featured services for people outside the local area are available. For walk-in services, photo scanning concierge specialists greet customers with a friendly smile and expert assistance.

Photo Scanning:
Scanning entire generations of family photos just got simpler. An upgrade to professional high resolution 600 dpi scanning is offered along with custom photo index albums and Photo Soap to enhance faded pictures.

35mm Slide Scanning: delicate hand scanning of 35mm slides includes color and density correction for an optimal scan. Digital ICE technology removes dust, dirt and scratches so your images look crisp and clear.

Negative Scanning: delicately hand scans 35mm, 120mm and APS film, correcting each image for color and density using Digital ICE technology to remove dust, dirt and scratches.

Video Transfer:

VHS, VHS-C and Hi8 tapes are professionally digitized to once again enjoy watch those special memories with friends and family. Even 8mm and Super8 film reels and precious moments captured on video can be expertly digitized. Scene-by-scene density adjustment and manual retiming with full frames and chapter selections are offered., founded in 1990 has professionally scanned tens-of-millions of photos, negatives, slides and videos. The company features an ecommerce service for worldwide photo scanning and is well-known internationally as a leader in the photo imaging industry. "Pictures are everything, makes yours last a lifetime and more."
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