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True Caller ID with Hiya

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Pick up or ignore? Now, the options of answering that unknown phone call are made clear. Hiya has created an app that pulls from a huge directory to flag spam or robocalls going to your mobile phone and they are saying hello to the world with fun logo stickers.

Whitepages has spun off their Caller Id app into a separate company called Hiya. There sole focus is on having full disclosure of calls coming in to your phone so that those scams that spread, pushy sales people and more are all identified.
"Hiya has more than 600 million active mobile and landline numbers in the US and over 1.5 billion unique numbers on a global scale. So yes, we can tell you who’s on the other end of the line, regardless of whether they are in your contacts. We’re taking the guess work out of “to answer or not to answer.” Whether you want to avoid that distant relative is completely up to you."

As Hiya launched at the end of April, they printed up some custom shaped logo stickers and a clear sticker with white ink of the person waving hello. The stickers are a great way to get more people familiar with the new brand and download the Hiya app, which has already had over 25 million downloads.

Here is a quick preview of how Hiya works:

Jukebox Music with RockBot

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That song... It's always playing. It's not a bad tune but it's getting burnt out. Whether trying to enjoy a quick lunch, about to do another set at the gym, shopping or at the office; we are hearing music all day long that we don't have control of... or do we? Rockbot is a new option for businesses to organize playlists of music and give your customers (or employees) an experience that allows them to pick songs.

As a business, Rockbot let's you set up a playlist, or work with a Music Curator to set up music, to play through your sound system. Play certain tunes for time of day, take out explicit lyrics and access it at anytime through a dashboard. They have a huge library of  licensed commercial music with over 13 million songs to choose from, including classics and today's new hits.

Here is the awesome part, Rockbot has an app that allows people to log in and see what music is playing at your business and request and vote on upcoming songs from a pre-approved library. This gives people a great experience no matter what type of business you have.

Rockbot also has a sweet promotional sticker boasting the option of picking your music with their logo on a square decal.

It's all about customization, whether in a playlist of music or having an awesome custom made sticker that is made just right for your business.

“Stickers are a must-have marketing tool…” —STICKER Story Taylor Williams, Pressable WordPress Hosting

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Vid Luther founded Pressable, formerly known as ZippyKid, in 2010 after seeing how much time his clients were wasting on configuring servers to work with their WordPress websites instead of using WordPress to grow their businesses.

People dig that Pressable not only makes WordPress websites run faster, more stable, and securely... but also that it's backed by a dedicated team of Happiness Deliverers who know WordPress. In a recent survey, the thing that customers said they love most about Pressable is the amount of dedicated support. And that's what they're most proud of. With a dedicated team of "Happiness Deliverers" whats not to love about this company?

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Q&A with Taylor


What do people really dig about your product/services?:

Pressable is dedicated to making WordPress hosting easy, fast and reliable at scale. While we're most proud of our support team, there's also technical aspects of the hosting platform that developers dig as well. The hosting architecture is the only solution that allows users to collaborate with developers without sharing passwords.

And, unlike other hosting solutions, WordPress sites that run on Pressable are capable of handing 20 times their average daily traffic. This makes developers really happy, no ramp up to prepare for traffic.

Who are the awesome people behind the curtain at your company/project and what do they do?:

Vid Luther  is the CEO & Founder: He started Pressable in 2010 and hasn’t slept since. He says he’ll sleep when he’s dead, or successful, or successfully dead.

Graham Christensen is the Senior Devops Engineer: He's the man behind the curtain, constantly improving, tweaking, and perfecting the platform to make it faster, stable, and secure.

Kai Armstrong is the Director of Happiness: He leads the support team of Pressable Happiness Deliverers. He wears lots of hats, but his primary role as the Director of Happiness means he spends a lot of time building great things that make customers happy.

Happiness Deliverers: Roberto Villareal & Christian Torres help customers by answering questions and resolving issues that pop up.

Taylor Williams (That's me!) is the Marketing Maven: I help share our story and promote Pressable.

Becky Moore is the Office Manager: But you can call her Queen B. Becky has taken on the task of improving the billing system, closing sales, and a ton of other things that keep the lights on.

Why/How do you use stickers as a marketing or outreach tactic?: 

Stickers are a must-have marketing tool for any small business or startup company because they are so versatile. Plus, they're not expensive to produce and you can have fun with it. Here are some links to see how Pressable uses stickers to promote our startup company:

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What advice would you give to a company thinking about using stickers as a marketing tactic to wow their fans. What has worked for you, what hasn’t, etc?: 

Think outside of the (sticker) box. When done right, they're more than just something to slap on your laptop. Think about how you can create something that maintains brand standards but is also versatile enough to use in many different situations and among many different audiences to grab attention.

Our logo is a combination of a mark (the Pressable symbol) and type (the text). Instead of printing it together as one sticker, we decided to print each one individually so that we had the freedom to position them in ways that worked best for our brand on each surface/area that they were placed. This also gave us the freedom to only use the mark or only use the logotype when needed.

List some ways that fans can support your brand to encourage growth apart from buying your product or service?:

Connect with us our social networks or stop by our blog at http://pressable.com/blog/ and let us know what WordPress questions we can answer for you.

Can you leave links to your social media outlets so that our community can get social with you?:

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Haiku Deck Sets Your Story Free

Haiku Deck

We've all sat through one (or a hundred) too many boring PowerPoint presentations. And we've all labored to create decks with the hope of not putting the audience to sleep.

It doesn't have to be that way.

Giant Thinkwell has designed a presentation tool unlike any other. An iPad app without parallel.

Haiku Deck has a noble goal:

We feel crafting a compelling story should be a joyful creative exercise. We believe everyone has amazing stories and ideas, and we're here to help you set your story free.


Effective presentations engage the audience and sell the dream.

Kinda like stickers. Okay, maybe not exactly like stickers.

The Haiku Deck logo is reminiscent of the NBC Peacock ... one of the greatest logos of all time. Primary colors with translucence, an origami bird in flight, elegance in simplicity.

Traveling with an iPad - rather than a laptop - lightens your load. Access to a world of high-quality photographs takes your ideas to the next level. Haiku Deck interprets the words you type into your presentation and instantly returns a list of Creative Commons photos.

Think: Simple. Elegant. Fast ... your words into pictures ... your thoughts into a presentation.

Watch this:



 

Pushwood App: Radar for Skateparks

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[Editor's Note: Pushwood's site is no longer in service. We've kept their story here.]

Scouting out new places to skate?

The Pushwood App is a super cool community-powered database of skateparks. If you have an iPhone, you're in luck.

The app provides birds-eye view satellite images along with user-generated photos. There's even a skatepark battle where parks duke it out in a popularity contest. If you're on a Cross-Country (or Trans-Atlantic) Skateboard Safari, the Pushwood app is a gotta-have.

As of this writing, Pushwood's top ten user-rated skateparks are:

 

  • Ocean Beach Skatepark (Robb Field) - San Diego, California

  • Bowling Green Skatepark - Bowling Green, Kentucky

  • Memorial - San Diego, California

  • OTT Family YMCA Skate Park - Tucson, Arizona

  • Nathan Lazarus Skatepark - Nederland, Colorado

  • Desert Breeze Skatepark - Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Shawnee Skatepark - Shawnee, Kansas

  • Newport Skate Park Newport, UK

  • Nashville Skatepark - Nashville, Tennessee

  • Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA - Encinitas, California


 

The app is compatible with iPhones, the iPod touch, and the iPad. It's optimized for iPhone 5, but will run on the iPod Touch and the iPad, as well, as long as you're running iOS 4.3 or later.

Best of all? It's free!

Angry Bird Stickers!

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Every one loves Angry Birds.

Well, okay ... maybe not everyone ... but it sure is popular. How popular you ask?

How about a BILLION DOWNLOADS?

Who would have ever thought that flicking a bird would be such a huge worldwide hit?

In honor of this milestone, we've added a snazzy set of Angry Bird Stickers to the StickerGiant retail store. The Angry Birds 24-Pak includes two dozen marvelously glossy paper stickers with five of your favorite characters.

The sheer size of the installed base isn't the most amazing about the feathered phenom. Rather, it's that the fans are active and engaged. Rovio reports that there were a whopping 263 million monthly active users in December, 2012.

I'll admit, I'm still flicking away with the free version, but I'm tempted by Angry Birds Space, the most downloaded paid iOS app in 2012 ... not to mention the Star Wars edition ...