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December 2009

'Tis the Season to be Jolly! And with the Christmas holiday season fully under way, there is quite a bit to be jolly about! Orders are up, people are loosening their wallets, and sentimentality is running high... it's the perfect time to be selling photographs. For those of you that threw Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales (and for those of you that attended a Black Friday event!), I think that you can probably attest to the fact that people are in a shopping mood. Print sales for this past weekend (including Black Friday and Cyber Monday) were more than double what they generally are over a weekend, and this morning things don't seem to be slowing down either. Christmas season is always the busiest season of the year for selling photographs, and so far this year, that trend seems to be continuing.

So are you prepared for the holiday rush? If not, here are a few pointers to help you make it through the all of the Christmas craziness with a minimal number of problems:

Christmas & Holiday Suggestions

There will always be somebody that wants to cause trouble, but by following the suggestions given above, most of the Christmas craziness can be avoidable.

What's New?

You may not have noticed a lot of changes on the site since October, but I promise that we haven't been sitting on our hands over here. Here's some of what's been going on:

iPhone Application

Although the finished product is at least a couple of months out, this is something that we are fairly excited about, and we would like to share some of the details about it with you. Over the last couple of months we have been designing an iPhone application that will allow you to easily keep up on your orders while on the go. Here are some of the tentative screens showing our current progress (click for larger version):
iPhone Application

We expect the application to be ready sometime in the first quarter of 2010.

Conclusion

And that's it for us! Thank you for all of your continued support and suggestions. We hope you all have a very happy and successful holiday season!

If you have any questions about anything from this newsletter, please feel free to email me directly at contact@instaproofs.com.


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And the Winners Are...

In October we sent out a call for images from anyone that wanted to be considered for a spot on our corporate website, and the response was tremendous! Hundreds of you sent in your images, and it was difficult for us to whittle it down to just the final winning images. Thank you to everyone that submitted your images! The winning entries are displayed below:

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