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“Passion and excitement…” —STICKER Story Robert Gilbreath, ShipStation.com

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Robert Gilbreath is Vice President of Marketing at ShipStation: an Austin, Texas based company that is the leading web-based shipping solution for online retailers.

ShipStation is the leading web-based shipping software that is built to help online retailers organize and process their orders, while fulfilling and shipping them quickly and easily.

Q&A with Robert Gilbreath


What do people really dig about your product/services?:
We help them save time (and money) due to our well thought-out application.  Our customer service is awesome too.

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

The company was founded by two super smart guys, Jason and Byron. They both been in the IT and ecommerce space for quite some time and have channeled all their knowledge into building the very best shipping tool while always keeping the customer needs in mind. They have also built a team of others who are a. passionate for giving users the very best experience b. excited about working on such a great offering with a group of smart people.

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

Stickers are fun and everyone loves them. They are easy to take to events and are great conversation starters.

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?: 

Give stickers a try but don't just think that a sticker of your logo is the only way to use the media. Do you have a company tagline or mascot or other iconic thing that might work well in sticker form? Also, don't forget that stickers are also great for internal use - team members love swag too!

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

Follow us on Twitter (@ShipStation) and like us on Facebook (/ShipStation) - We chat and share about much more than shipping since we are all ecommerce veterans and love to talk about online marketing, content, and all things online retail.

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

https://twitter.com/ShipStation

https://www.facebook.com/ShipStation

http://www.shipstation.com/blog/

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

Pushwood

[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!

Dogs Allowed



[Editor's Note: The page for That Dog App is down, but we've preserved their sticker story.]

Looking to spend some quality time out and about on Saturday with your best furry pal but not sure if, ahem, he'll be welcome around town? Avoid awkward moments and hurt feelings (Fido's so sensitive) with Dogs Allowed, the app for finding places open to the two- and four-footed alike.
Dine with your dog. Dogs Allowed lets you find restaurants, hotels, and bars near you that allow dogs. Add your favorite dog-friendly establishments and rate the ones you've been to; you can even add photos using your phone! Dogs Allowed lets you upload places anywhere in the world, so no matter where you travel you can find dog friendly restaurants, hotels, and more.

Download the app today! We love the idea of bringing the pup along for social good times. Thinking outside the park, we've been delighted to see hounds out shopping, dining, even skateboarding! It's so....cosmopolitan. Although we must confess to being less than enthusiastic about a dog's idea of a fancy restaurant. Turns out they have a really different set of standards than we do.

Defective Studios



Don't let the name fool you. Defective Studios is a band of hard-working brainiacs who are bringing the smarts to fun and games and apps and good times in general.
Ahoy there, and welcome to Defective Studios! We are an independent game, tools, software, and web development studio in Boston, MA, USA. A team of artists, coders, designers, pirates, and rocket scientists, we're here to explode the gaming and game development world from the inside out, with some pretty crazy ideas about embracing player creativity, narrowing the gap between gamers and developers, and generally making the world a more fun, interesting, creative place. Come along, strap into the rocket, and have a blast!

Well, shiver me timbers! These kids are up to some interesting work. Good luck, Defectives!

And who doesn't love pirates? Cap'n Jack Sparrow, we'll walk the plank with you anytime. And even though it's more than 7 months til we get to talk like a pirate all day: arrrr! We're sure as well goin'ta! It's me perrrrrrogative, ain't it? So step smartly ye land lubbers, and fetch these scurvy scallywags more stickerrrrrs!

Boulder Startup Weekend

Boulder Startup Weekend

Boulder Startup Weekend



What will they think of next?
Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

StickerGiant's a sponsor of this whirlwind weekend in Boulder this year, and I say "in Boulder" because this isn't just a Colorado thing. Oh no. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, there are Startup Weekends happening around the globe, all through the first half of 2011. It's crazy. Why isn't this on TV? You know, like, add that pressure.