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Marchand brothers bring new life to PixM Photo Video Feature Sponsored post 

Marchand brothers bring new life to PixM Photo Video

Quebec photo retailer PixM Photo Video has had to make changes to respond to market conditions. The Dead Pixels Society recently spoke with Marc-Antoine Marchand, co-owner, of the Victoriaville, Quebec, shop to discuss how the business is adapting to changing consumer habits and business trends.  Marc-Antoine and his brother, Jean-Philippe, are co-owners, having spent 10 and 25 years, respectively, in... Read More
Fracture photo packaging provides secure glass-print travel Feature 

Fracture photo packaging provides secure glass-print travel

Fracture isn’t a household name among photo-printing companies, but it’s unique photos-printed-on-glass product are certainly eye-catching. The prints –  which the company calls Fractures – are images printed directly on glass and assembled into a frameless, ready-to-hang product. Each order is produced in the company’s Gainseville, Fla., factory and delivered in custom packaging. It’s that packaging that caught my eye, as... Read More
Imagebuggy drives commercial sales for photographers Feature 

Imagebuggy drives commercial sales for photographers

The commercial printing business and photography have been on a collision course for years. In the amateur market, retail labs are busy adding print-for-pay services, commercial graphics, and signs. IPI has made this segment a major component of its The Print Refinery licensed business model, while FastSigns has picked up several notable franchisees among the traditional retail lab operators, like... Read More
iMemories returns to founders in purchase from Shutterfly Feature News 

iMemories returns to founders in purchase from Shutterfly

The industry’s largest recent acquisition – Shutterfly buying Lifetouch – created waves and, in the case of iMemories, new opportunities. The former Lifetouch segment was sold back to its founder, Mark Rukavina, and longtime executive Steve Krell, who are looking to expand the business dramatically. The Dead Pixels Society recently talked with Rukavina about the divestment and the future of... Read More
Content marketing for photographers Feature Marketing 

Content marketing for photographers

In today’s multichannel world, marketing and advertising take many forms. There’s social media, paid media, PR, blogging, blogging and so forth. Breaking this down further, you’ve also got multiple social-media platforms — Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube. Snapchat — and business pages — Facebook, Yelp, Google Business — all clamoring for your attention. How in the world is a... Read More
A look inside the new Chicago-area Print Refinery Feature News 

A look inside the new Chicago-area Print Refinery

The first Chicago-area Print Refinery opened this past weekend. The Print Refinery @ Click Incorporated, operated by Nick Gillenwater, located at 1000 Butterfield Road, Ste 1025, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Here’s a selection of images from the new location. The Print Refinery is the flagship offering from the IPI Member Network. The group describes The Print Refinery as community connecting families, friends, and... Read More
Neomodern brings a new twist to the pro gallery Feature News 

Neomodern brings a new twist to the pro gallery

(Editor’s Note: We get a lot of requests to write about new business models and success stories. While we have featured Neomodern in the past, there were several follow-up questions about the fine-art side of the business.) New style retail store embraces fine-art photography There’s a new retail concept on Union St. in San Francisco that tries to meld digital... Read More
Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players Feature Opinion Sponsored post 

Photo specialty can compete – and win – against big players

Guest post by Steve Giordano Jr., president, Photo Finale. I spend my day talking to photo specialty retailers. Many share their triumphs and challenges being an imaging industry entrepreneur. One common thread is frustration over the apparent competitive advantage enjoyed by Shutterfly, Snapfish, Walgreens, and other large-scale photofinishing brands. I say “apparent” because, the truth is, an independent retailer can beat a... Read More
Zebra Instant brings printing to chatbots Feature News 

Zebra Instant brings printing to chatbots

Zebra Instant is a new print-focused photo company taking aim at one of the big inhibitors to mobile photo printing: Convenience. The Venice Beach, Calif., company uses bots and SMS technology to break barriers to mobile printing. Zebra was founded by Anton Pereiaslavtsev, an I.T. and finance professional, Alexey Bizikin and a software developer and a math wiz along with Chris... Read More
Product spotlight: Coolness from Artsy Couture Feature New Products 

Product spotlight: Coolness from Artsy Couture

Periodically, we have the opportunity to sample products from our readers. The kind folks at Artsy Couture wanted to show off some of the unique photo products offered for sale, both through its own lab and to retailers. For more information, contact Lisa Nunley, director of business development, Artsy Couture, at 214-212-5340 or lnunley@artsycouture.com. Among the products tested were photo cubes, which... Read More
Exclusive: Expansion-minded CanvasPop raises $3.3 million funding Feature Press releases 

Exclusive: Expansion-minded CanvasPop raises $3.3 million funding

CanvasPop, the decade-old Canadian photo canvas shop, has taken its first funding round with an eye for expansion.The $3.3 million infusion from some of Canada’s most-established VC firms will provide capital for future expansion into new product areas and possible acquisitions, says Adrian Salamunovic, co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer, CanvasPop. (See the full press release below). “We started the company originally... Read More
Five ways to boost your photo business in 2018 Feature Opinion 

Five ways to boost your photo business in 2018

Every new year brings new opportunities and new challenges and 2018 is shaping up to be no different. After the hustle and bustle of the all-important fourth quarter, many photo businesses use this time to reflect and to plan. Let’s take a look at some practical ideas: Know your value – Many business owners think they know their business, but... Read More
A closer look at the Mixbook acquisition of WedPics Feature News Opinion 

A closer look at the Mixbook acquisition of WedPics

Last week, Mixbook announced the acquisition of Raleigh, N.C.-based WedPics for an unspecified amount. WedPics had carved out a considerable niche in the wedding market, and Mixbook CEO Andrew Laffoon says the combination will be a good fit. A large segment of Mixbook users are brides, he says, and the addition of WedPics is a natural for that vertical. The... Read More
Exclusive: Neomodern advances concierge photo printing service Feature News 

Exclusive: Neomodern advances concierge photo printing service

New retail store offers high-end printing and framing service There’s a new retail gallery concept unveiled on Union St. in San Francisco that tries to meld digital sensibilities with a classic fine-art aesthetic. Neomodern, launched by former Netflix and Adobe executive Michael Rubin, is a digital photography lab, frame shop and art gallery, offering concierge printing service. The concept is... Read More
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