PRESS RELEASE: LifePics Releases Facebook Photo Ordering App, Allowing Facebook Users to Order Prints From Facebook Albums and Tagged Photos
November 4th, 2010, BOULDER, Colo. -- LifePics today announced the beta release of its Facebook Photo Ordering App, which allows Facebook users to order prints of their Facebook photos or photos they are tagged in through any photofinisher in the LifePics Retail Network. The Facebook Photo Ordering App is the latest release from the LifePics OPEN Program, which LifePics launched in February of 2010 to enable consumers to order prints through the LifePics Network from anywhere digital photos are stored and shared. It is the only app that allows people to order Facebook photos through a network of thousands of local photofinishing labs around the world, and pick up the prints quickly--often within an hour--or have the prints delivered in the mail.
Install the LifePics Facebook Photo Ordering App
"Facebook is the most popular photo sharing site, so the ability for our customers to order Facebook photos to our stores is extremely exciting for us," said Kirk Mueldener, Director General Merchandise Projects at Hy-Vee. "Ordering tagged Facebook photos is a great feature in the app that allows people to order prints of photos they might not have access to anywhere else except Facebook."
Facebook stores over 80 billion photos across 60,000 servers, with 3 billion new photos uploaded every month. Until recently, the resolution of Facebook photos limited the quality of prints that photofinishers could produce. However, Facebook users can now upload higher resolution photos to Facebook accounts, a feature that benefits users of the app and retailers in the LifePics Network who can now receive orders for larger prints of Facebook photos.
"During our initial testing phase for our Facebook Photo Ordering App, the number one complaint we had from users was that the resolution of their Facebook photos was too low for good quality prints 8x10 and up. Now, with the new higher resolution uploading option, that issue goes away," said Vahe Christianian, Vice President of Sales and Business Development at LifePics. "This app will change the way people use Facebook for online imaging. It is not just about digitally sharing anymore. Now, people can print their Facebook photos to preserve and enjoy memories anytime, even when they are not in front of a computer or sorting through Facebook photo albums on their mobile phones. Our new app connects over 80 billion photos stored in Facebook accounts to our network, creating a new revenue stream for our retailers."
Install the LifePics Facebook Photo Ordering App
Order Photos Through the LifePics Online Photo Service
LifePics is the market leader in turning images into transactions by connecting billions of consumers' digital images to more fulfillment options than any other service on the Internet. Using LifePics' technology, photofinishers and professional photographers are able to accept online photo orders from consumers, and route orders to any fulfillment lab. LifePics drives orders to retailers and professional photographers through a variety of partners and sources, and gives consumers an enjoyable, easy-to-use ordering interface. In addition, LifePics is the most open solution on the web; the service integrates with almost every photo printer and photo lab, and connects to specialized wholesalers to complement in-house offerings. LifePics works as your partner by providing services and industry expertise that go above and beyond what any other online imaging company offers.
LifePics drives more orders through more sources than any other online photo service. In 2010, LifePics launched its OPEN program, allowing third party app developers and affiliate web sites to link into the LifePics Retail Network, sending users, images, and orders to LifePics retailers from all over the Internet. LifePics also provides customers with a fun, user-friendly online experience to drive orders. Consumers can order thousands of products, including prints, photo books, personalized greeting cards, photo calendars, enlargements, gifts like photo mugs and mouse pads, and much more, all through a retail-branded, customizable web site.
The LifePics technology platform is an open solution that connects to virtually every printer, lab, and internal system, allowing retailers to customize their online order workflow into the format that works best for each retailer. Orders can be sent directly to stores for 1-hour service, or routed to major wholesalers, gift providers, photo book manufacturers, and an assortment of other service providers. The technology revolves around LifePics' custom client-based software tool, LabCenter, which operates at retail stores and offers superior integration between retail online ordering sites and photofinishing labs of all sizes and quantities.
As your partner, LifePics provide a new revenue stream in the fastest growing segment of the photo industry -- online-to-retail -- and offering expert services that no other solution provides: Live Help, 364 days a year; free, unlimited photo storage for consumers; custom email marketing campaigns; LifeSync, a photo syncing and backup tool; a commission-based revenue structure; and much more.
LifePics' customers include some of the industry's best brands in each of the following categories: mass merchants, large photo retail chains, food and drug chains, local camera shops, and independent photofinishers. The LifePics service is available at more than 10,000 retail stores across North America, Australia, and Africa.
For more information, visit LifePics at www.LifePics.com.
(First posted on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 15:33 EDT)