Bring your Instagram pictures to life

If you’re looking for a way to show off your Instagram photos in the real world, there’s more than a few options.

ImageSnap has a ton of options for printing Instagram photos, my favorite being the Teeny Tile. At $4 a pop you can print your photos on a 2″x2″ tile that includes a self-adhesive magnet. Their biggest image comes at $35, a 12″x12″ Slab.

Instapouch allows you to select your Instragram photos and turns them into a leather iPhone case. Not yet available to the public, you can sign up on their website to be notified of the launch.

Other startup companies like Instaprint allows you to rent their services for events to print shots snapped on Instragram a la Polaroid. Interested? It won’t come cheap. Services start at $5,000. For more information on rentals, click here.

CanvasPop might be my favorite. You can print your Instagram pics on canvas, starting at $39.95. Psst- CanvasPop does a weekly giveaway. Tag your images #canvaspop and type “I want this photo printed on canvas with #CanvasPop” to be automatically entered.

Don’t forgot to follow @KCYouThere on Instagram!

-Erin

Social Media Day: Buffalo

Here at KC You There, it’s safe to say we’re obsessed with everything social, currently engrossed with Instagram (follow us, why don’t you?)!

That’s why, on June 30th, we’ll be celebrating Social Media Day! Social Media Day has been celebrated worldwide since its 2010 inception, created by Mashable.com to “recognize the digital revolution happening before our eyes”.

Social Media Club of Buffalo will be hosting its own, open to all, at the Lobby Bar of the fabulous Statler City, from 4-7pm on Saturday, June 30th. Pre-sale tickets are available at Eventbrite for $5, or you can purchase at the door for $8 (all proceeds go to Computer for Children), which includes music by DJ Lo Pro, door prizes, complimentary appetizers & drink specials! See your tweets go live on the AT&T live streaming Twitter wall and get to meet those people you follow on twitter, in person!

Goodies & prizes include; treats by Lola Pearl Bake Shoppe; pairs of tickets to fab Buffalo events such as Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week‘s boutique show, Star Lights wine tasting, and the Teal Carpet Affair; customized pint glasses provided by Cypress North; a blue ray player from West Herr; and tons more!

“Each year Social Media Day continues to bring enthusiasts and social media marketing professionals from Buffalo into a real-life networking setting,” said Nicole Schuman (aka @Buffalogal), Social Media Club Buffalo president. “Our chapter has grown to be quite a community of individuals sharing their knowledge and expanding their reach.”

New this year will be a Social Media Day Buffalo Challenge. Participants will be asked to complete a five-item checklist of activities using various social media applications. One winner will be randomly selected to win a grand prize, an overnight package with plenty of perks at the Mansion on Delaware! Rules and details can be found at the SMC Buffalo Facebook page .

For more information on the event check out the Facebook and Meetup pages. To check out meetups in your city, click here. Also, if you can’t make it, follow #smdaybuf on Twitter for all of the live updates from the event!

If you get it, share it!

@ErinEReedy

The Cools: Share your style. Feed your taste.

 

Have you heard of The Cools? One part Tumblr, one part Facebook, and one part online shopping, The Cools is a social marketplace unlike any other. You can share your favorite looks, art, and design with friends, and most important, sell your own items to those who share your tastes. Follow trendsetters like the Clarins sisters and designers such as Erin Fetherston. When you sign up, you’ll be asked a series of questions, in hip typefaces, that determine your style. Each user has a dashboard, where you can upload pictures a la Pinterest to your friends.

Named “hottest tech of 2012” by FMM (along with a little app you may have heard of called Instagram), The Cools opened to the public this month.

 

Will you be joining The Cools? 

@ErinEReedy

Landing the Coveted Public Relations Internship

Here at #TeamKC, we have more than a few internships under our belt. Most are in public relations, either at global corporations like New Era Cap, sports PR at the Buffalo Sabres, fashion PR at Tractenberg & Co, event management agencies, and a not-for-profit organizations. While internships obviously bolster your resume, I believe the more important aspect is that they show you what you love to do, and, what you don’t love to do (ahem, not-for-profit). 

image courtesy of The Coveteur

Social Media

Today’s college students really have it easy! It’s never been easier to find an internship in this decade with the growth of social media. Make sure to follow companies on LinkedIn, Twitter, & Facebook.  Keep your personal social media sites private, or, even better, post about relevant content in your field to show potential employers you are interested in the industry. Find HR and Account Coordinators on LinkedIn and follow them on Twitter for industry updates (but don’t invite them to connect with you until you’ve actually met them!).

Check companies website frequently for updates, and start looking early! Many companies, especially larger agencies, have a strict application process. While you’re on their website, read their blogs to see the latest projects they have worked on. Do they seem like something you’d be interested in doing, too?

Career Centers

Your college’s career center is one of the best free resources you can have. Take advantage of resume workshops, how to craft the perfect cover letter, and mock interviews. Think about joining a national organization to network and search internship posts, such as PRSSA.

I’d recommend completing at least two internships before graduating, if not more.  The founder of InternQueen.com (a free resource to search and apply for internships) completed an astounding 19 internships during her college career. If it’s all work and no pay (which it most likely is), remind yourself that it will be worth it once you land your first post graduation job! You can always pick up a second job during the summer to save some extra cash for fall.

Post Grad Advice

If you’re looking to gain more experience or to switch careers after you’ve graduated, don’t stress. I completed a post grad internship while still working a full-time job, and it lead me to finding my full-time job in my field.  While it is tougher to find companies that allow internships that aren’t just for credit, they’re out there. Try smaller companies and “volunteer” your time.

Know how to write a press release, use Dreamweaver, or love to tweet? Reach out to organizations such as not-for-profits, who are always looking for help. Join your local Social Media Club, young professional organization (such as BN360 in WNY), or PRSA chapter to stay in touch with the latest industry news. These are both fun ways to get involved, network, and update your resume.

To sum it up:

  • It’s never too early to start looking.
  • Be professional (in person, on paper, and online).
  • Network, network, network-it really is all about who you know.

Where to search:

Good luck searching! Questions? Tweet me at @ErinEReedy.

-Erin

Beautylish: A Beautiful Social Experience

I’m sure you’ve already heard the news that Snooki and Jionni are having a baby (shocker), but what if your favorite Youtube beauty gurus and beloved Facebook fan pages were to have a love child? Enter Beautylish – a San Francisco based social media website dedicated to those with an interest in beauty. Whether you’re a makeup pro or just starting to dabble, this site takes the experience of various social media platforms, plops them into a one-stop shop, and makes it beauty-centric.

The basis of Beautylish is to educate members by allowing the community to post things like product reviews, tutorials, forum discussions, and even one-on-one advice. For those of you who are interested in learning more about makeup or skin-care products before purchasing them, or if you want to learn tips and tricks while chatting with people who love makeup as much as you do, then you’ll feel right at home.

As with every social media site, users create profiles where they can upload pictures, videos, links to blog posts and much, much more. And don’t worry, even if you don’t have a knack for doing your own makeup, becoming a Beautylish member is free and registration on the site is open to anyone – regardless of your beauty caliber. Log on to create a profile, start writing reviews, and chatting with other Beautylish Bombshells today!

As a side note, after having joined the Beautylish community myself a few months back, I have nothing but amazing things to say. The editorial team is interactive and responsive.  It’s also important for me to reiterate that all social media sites are intertwined via the same large web, so since actively building relationships on Beautylish, I’ve noticed a spike in traffic back to my Youtube, Twitter and blog pages.

Insert shameless profile plug.

Lipstick kisses,

Lauralai