Featured Mountain Commerce Foundation Sites

Mountain Media has recently launched a new version of our Mountain Commerce & Mountain Publisher platforms. The new version is called Mountain Commerce Foundation and is used for both eCommerce sites as well as non eCommerce sites. The following is a list of websites that have recently been released on the new platform:

Framing Technology Inc.

extruded aluminumFraming Technology, Inc. is a manufacturer, designer, fabricator and distributor of T-slotted aluminum extrusion and accessories to both commercial industries and individuals. They offer structural aluminum framing and stock a full range of profile component products which will complete or help to accessorize your framing needs.

Services Include:

  • Aluminum profile stock cut to length
  • Connectors, fasteners, latches, leveling feet etc
  • Aquarium stands and other structures that need to be strong, light & attractive

Chris & Jim have a talented team and are helping clients big and small from around the globe.

Visit: https://www.framingtech.com

Renegade Juggling

juggling ballsFounded in 1981, RenegadeJuggling.com was launched by professional jugglers to supply jugglers around the world with the best equipment for their performances. They manufacture top-of-the-line products based on the knowledge acquired after decades of involvement in this art form.

They have an in-depth understanding of all the variables that affect an item’s feel and performance. Accordingly, they are able to offer a wide range of equipment for all skill levels, from standard sets geared toward beginners to custom-tailored, specific props for advanced performers and professionals. Best of all, they enjoy talking to our customers

Renegade Products:

and much more.

Tom and Bob are great guys and happy to guide you to the best products for you.

Visit: It https://www.renegadejuggling.com

Orbus Displays

Trade show displaysSince 1989, New World Case, Inc. has been providing trade show displays and accessories, exhibits, and marketing solutions to thousands of customers at reasonable prices. Located 50 miles outside of Boston, MA., New World also supplies custom built and stock shipping cases for all requirements and applications around the world.

Products Include:

Visit: https://www.orbusdisplays.com

Featured Mountain Publisher Sites

Times Union Center

Albany’s Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the Times Union Center is “Upstate New York’s Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility.”

Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world’s largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles.

Visit: https://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com

Keri CoachWorks

auto body shopKeri CoachWorks is a locally owned, family oriented auto body business that proudly serves the Long Island area. Their full service collision repair center uses the latest tools and certified technicians to ensure your repairs are done right. For over 35 years we have provided all types of auto body repair and collision services.

Visit: https://www.kericoach.com

REVEAL Art Fair

art fairBelieving that art unites us all, REVEAL International Contemporary Art Fair embraces diversity, discovery and curatorial integrity, providing a platform for a select group of galleries that showcase the foremost emerging, mid-career and established artists. Centrally located in vibrant Saratoga Springs, New York, the premiere edition of REVEAL brought together the dynamic and sophisticated arts and culture community and strong collector base from New York City, Boston, Montreal, the Berkshires, the Hudson Valley and around the country.

Visit: https://www.revealartfair.com

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Tips for Taking High Quality Photos for Your E-commerce Website

To see is to believe. Buyers need to see the actual condition of the product, in order to believe that it is worth the money they pay for it. They need to see that its actual size will fit for its purpose like in the case of clothes. They need to see its actual color and design, to believe that it is really amazingly beautiful. They need to see the brand, to believe that it is truly trusted.

High quality photos help buyers see the solutions to all the mentioned needs. In effect, they help buyers believe in the product – resulting in bigger sales.

There are other reasons why a good photo is e-commerce site worthy. Images help readers skim through the highlights and skip the word-for-word details of product description. Images being shareable provide more audience to get to know the product. Images contribute to a better SEO or search engine optimization because they include alt-text and file names which give indexers more data to pull from, so more chances of landing to higher ranks.

Therefore, taking high quality photos is mandatory for a successful e-commerce website. Read on.

QualityPhotos

1. Get your lighting right.

As much as possible, avoid using LED powered flash on your smartphone because most of the times it results to irregular complexions on your photos. Use natural light instead, it is for free anyway. Just be vigilant of the shadow, unless you deliberately want it to appear in your photo.

As positive as it can get about the availability of the natural light, sunlight is still unpredictable. The solution is a legit photography lighting kit. The kit must include lights functioning in continuous mode. With this mode you can never go wrong; because it also adds depth to your shots while making your previews more accessible to you.

Another option you can go for is lighting equipment is a way to go. With proper setup, your subject will be amazingly emphasized.

2. Lightbox is very important in product photography.

Having a nice and glare-free product photograph is every seller’s dream and a light box can help in achieving that dream. It gives your photos professional and stylistic look.

That black or white backdrop ensures that your product gets all the attention it needs. The LED lights that come with the lightbox also promotes more focus factor to your photo. Also, lightbox is portable so it is easy for an on the go photo setup.

The aim of product photography is to make sure that the subject is in focus and so the light box is perfect for the job.

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3. Operate with a tripod.

Here are some reasons why you should use a tripod. Stability is the most obvious reason.

Your hands will never be perfectly stable no matter what you do and also don’t forget that even the slightest vibration can ruin your picture.

Camera levels are also achieved easily when using a tripod. Tripod can adjust the different levels of your camera so the angles for taking your photos are limitless.

The time it takes for setting up a tripod is actually not a disadvantage. It helps you tame that excitement of taking a random and pointless picture in the hope that something good will just come out. It helps you allot time in feeling the environment, light, and setting.

4. The solution is a proper resolution.

Computers highest display is 72 pixels per inch and so your camera must have a resolution that will look decent with this. This is the minimal and not a problem for smartphones camera or a high resolution digital camera.

In fact, with the above minimum requirement, you will have a wide variety of cameras to choose from. Just remember that the resolution must not be too big because it will also affect your image loading time.

But contrary to what was mentioned, in the editing part, always consider the rule of thumb. Always use the largest possible resolution because it is much easier when you have more information to edit.

In other words, the solution is a proper resolution!

5. Retouch your photos tastefully.

This is all about photo editing in e-commerce. When you want to sell a product, you have to make it look at its best. Product retouching allows you to do that by adding new detail or by making modifications in order to attain perfection in the product’s shape, texture and color.

You may use yourself Photoshop to get your own opinion and touch to it or you may ask a photo editor to handle the job and see things in another perspective.

To help you decide on that matter, ask yourself if you have the skill for the different aspects of product retouching. This includes image cropping so that the customer will have a good view. Good color correction so that a product is livelier. A good technique in noise reduction so that extra luminance is eliminated and color noise is well regulated.

Everybody loves a crisp picture. Following these tips to make one will set your e-commerce on the right track. People will love your product.

 

 

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What Can We Expect from Instagram in 2017? Hear It from The Industry Experts!

instagram-blog2Social media marketing has evolved significantly over the last few years, and it has now become an integral part of digital marketing. Ask any Internet marketing expert, and you will know what a vital role Instagram plays in their SMM strategies. With the kind of reach and influence this platform has, it can be said with certainty that brands need their own Instagram exposure for better engagement with the users. There is a lot more that is being expected of this platform in 2017. Here, we have compiled the thoughts of many social media pros to get a first-hand feel of where the social platform is heading in the near future.

Top Instagram Marketing Predictions by Pros

1. John D. Zimmerman – “Expect improvement in Instagram user experience and data analytics”

About 50% of the brands are already on Instagram and exploring its marketing potential. This is expected to grow by up to 70% by the end of 2017. Turning out to be a must-have app for businesses, Instagram is fully focused on enhancing analytics and ad strategy this year.

As per expert research, it is expected that Instagram’s ad revenues from mobile apps may touch $2.81 billion this year. They may achieve it by offering advanced analytics tools along with continued focus on user-friendliness to business owners and marketers.

Business owners already have access to easily understandable analytics which evaluate the reach, impressions, engagement and the target audience. However, it is anticipated that Instagram may further grow in its reach and breadth of the types of business analytics.

A few other predictions for 2017 from Zimmerman are:

  • Instagram Live videos may be made savable for a day.

  • More filters and editing options may be added.

  • There can be a wider rollout of clickable links.

  • Integration with Boomerang and Hyperlapse.

  • Reply feature may be improved and may get tucked under the comment.

  • There may be shoppable tags which will get rolled to a wider group of users.

John D. Zimmermanisa social media analyst and leading technical writer.

2. Kevin Brown – User-generated content may become the standard

What we can primarily expect in 2017 is a solid shift towards UGC (user generated content). All the smart brands are already tapping the benefits of fan content by introducing hashtag campaigns and community-drive contests.

Marketers can be prepared to leverage the benefits of this shift by using adequate systems in order to allow them to share the UGC effectively. In fact, Instagram doesn’t feature a straight share function. So, permissions is needed for using users’ content.

Effective tools like ‘Tack’ will help the brands to do this process more systematically and legitimately by approving permission to get fan content posted. The end result of it may be directly related to making trusted content for a brand and community.

Kevin Brown is the founder of a company, and had won the Best Business Blog Award in US back in 2015.

3. Lee John – Instagram may overtake Snapchat

Upon monitoring the trend over the last few months, you can fully expect that in 2017, Instagram make take majority of the market share and may surpass Snapchat. While Snapchat focuses on telling stories to let the audience get an inside look at businesses, Instagram has come up with InstaStories, which makes it easier for the users to get multiple things on a single platform.

The major difference between these platforms is in the connection feature. Snapchat makes it difficult for the users to connect to others. On Instagram, you can easily connect with your Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and you can also search for Instagram followerswho you would like to follow. Instagram also makes it a one-click task to post your Instagram content to Facebook.

Today’s marketers should familiarize themselves with Instagram and its various features. Instead of splitting their focus over too many social channels, marketers should pick the best ones to reap the most benefits out of each platform. Regardless of how you use Instagram, you should be trying to build meaningful connections with the followers.

Lee John is a well-known marketer who has worked for a number of leading companies for more than a couple of decades.

4. Maria DZilva – The company may offer improved functionality to keep competitors at bay

Small business owners have always found Instagram to be simply a visual platform that is ideal for industries such as fashion or food. It was barely considered as an efficient platform that can drive in traffic. The misconception mostly occurred from the lack of option to post clickable links in the content or caption. Since there is no direct re-share option on Instagram, most people thought it was impossible to make a post go viral.

However, the new features, launched over the last year, have changed the way small businesses feel about the platform. Longer videos, Boomerang, Hyperlapse etc. have the ability to switch between accounts, get shoppable images, tell stories, zoom photos and much more. On the other hand, live video streaming now makes it a much more dynamic platform for brands, businesses and influencers.

It can very well be expected that Instagram will continue to implement advanced features which may address changing market demands and customer needs. Even though paid ads have a great power on Instagram, there is still a scope for a great amount of natural engagement and organic reach. Brands should try to capitalize on this in the coming months.

Maria DZilva is an award-winning brand strategist and digital marketing consultant.

Marketer’s tips

With so many advanced things expected to happen on Instagram this year, it is essential for the marketers to be prepared with an effective strategy and budget. It is already proven that videos are going to play a vital role. So, the big thing to achieve is creation of short and attractive videos for Instagram and timely scheduling of the same.

 

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