Posts tagged: Photo Publishing

Are You Ready For the Holidays?

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 Mar 20, 2012

The end of the first quarter is always an exciting time for the photo publishing/merchandise industry. By this time, the heavy volumes generated from direct holiday sales have slowed to a trickle and gift cards have been redeemed. The party is over, the cleanup is done, and the headaches from Q4 have dissipated. As we approach the end of Q1, it is a time for reflection. Vendors and retailers should reassess their current relationships, profit margins, marketing and production strategies, and start planning for Q4 2012.

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Information or Memories? Curating and Creating in a Sea of Images

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 Jun 30, 2011

InfoTrends forecasts that 80 billion images will be captured in the U.S. alone, in 2011. That number is expected to grow to 105 billion images by 2015. As camera phones proliferate and advance in capture technology, at the same time as digital cameras continue to populate the consumer market, the role of the photography in our everyday life is going to change.

With the rise in images being captured and shared, the questions I have are centered on understanding if images are shifting away from being lasting pieces of memorabilia to vehicles in which a thousand words can be shared in a matter of seconds. Is the image information or a keepsake?  We’ve seen tremendous changes in society take place through the sharing of images that are captured for the primary purpose of being used as information. We can look to the revolutions in the Middle East as current examples. We’ve also seen a decline in the number of traditional prints consumers make and an increase in the numbers of images residing in a digital only format. Read more »

Shutterfly to Acquire Tiny Prints

David Haueter
 Mar 25, 2011

Shutterfly announced this week that they have agreed to purchase Tiny Prints, a privately held card design company. In the deal, Shutterfly will pay $333 million for Tiny Prints, which includes around $141 million in cash and 3.9 million shares of Shutterfly common stock. Tiny Prints currently has around 220 full-time employees and another 80 contract or part-time workers. Once the transaction is completed (which is expected to take 30-60 days), the entire Tiny Prints team will join Shutterfly, including the company’s three co-founders. This will grow the size of the company significantly, as Shutterfly currently has around 620 employees. “Shutterfly and Tiny Prints share a common passion: providing customers with innovative, high quality premium products, stylish designs and exceptional customer service,” said Jeffrey Housenbold, President and CEO of Shutterfly.

Tiny Prints, which was founded in 2004, specializes in products like invitations, announcements and stationery, but also sells everything from photo books and calendars to canvas prints. Tiny Prints also operates Wedding Paper Divas, which specializes in wedding and bridal shower invitations, but also sells nearly everything that’s sold on the Tiny Prints site. In an interview following the announcement, Housenbold stated that Tiny Prints generated $87 million in revenue in 2010, which was up 53% from the prior year. Housenbold also stated that he believes the acquisition of Tiny Prints will help Shutterfly to further penetrate and grow their market share in the printed card market, which he sized at $12 billion. Shutterfly’s strategy is to move more of this volume to online ordering, which he says currently accounts for only 5% of the total printed card market. Read more »

InfoTrends Wraps Successful PhotoPublishing Summit

Alan Bullock
 Jun 24, 2010
Xerox's Brian Segnit Delivers One of the Keynote Presentations at the 2010 PhotoPublishing Summit

Xerox's Brian Segnit Delivers a Keynote Presentation at the 2010 PhotoPublishing Summit

InfoTrends’ 2010 PhotoPublishing Summit was held last week in Chicago. This event, now in its third year, brings together sponsors, invited VIP guests, and other representatives of print, photo, retail, and other industries to explore opportunities in the rapidly growing market for custom and short-run photo specialty products that help consumers to tell their life stories and businesses to communicate more effectively. Read more »

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