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RSS to Email a New Feature For Mailman

Today, we are announcing the release of RSS to email support in Mailman email marketing. We have tinkered with RSS to email in the past, but this time we went back to the drawing board and put together what we think is the nicest, easiest to use RSS to email tool anywhere. More and more of our clients are blogging and over the last few years this has consistently been one of the most requested features we’ve ever had, and we’re really happy with how it came together. Here’s how it works…

A new type of campaign

Recurring RSS is an entirely new type of email campaign. In a nutshell, it allows you to automatically send an email to your subscribers whenever you update your site or blog. We then show you elegant reports that make it easy to see what your readers are actually interested in. There are lots of nice touches throughout this feature, but here are a few of the standouts.

Reporting you can learn from

Just like regular one-off campaigns, we provide you with a detailed report that shows the performance of your recurring campaigns over time. You can easily spot trends over time, dig into what posts were popular for a specific email, and even see what the most popular posts of all time are.

Facebook and Twitter integration

We’ve made it easy to add social sharing features to your recurring RSS campaigns. By adding our social sharing tags, your subscribers can easily Like any post on Facebook or tweet about it to their own followers.

Customize in seconds

Using the template editor you can quickly create a great looking mobile-optimized design for your RSS campaigns. We’ll automatically show you your feed content and let you customize how it should be displayed to your subscribers.

Flexible scheduling

You can choose to send these campaigns on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You can get even more granular and send each campaign on the second Monday of every month at 9.25am. We’ll leave it up to you.

As well as flexible scheduling, you can also select a range of recipients. It might be a single list, multiple lists or even different segments. This means you can create multiple recurring RSS campaigns and then let your subscribers choose the frequency they’d like to get updates from you. Passionate readers can get daily updates, while others can get a slimmer summary each month.

Monthly only (for now)

In order to ensure we can guarantee the delivery of your recurring campaigns, you’ll need to be on a monthly plan to access this feature. We started with monthly because it’s easily the most cost effective approach for our customers. If you have less than 50,000 subscribers (meaning you have no send limit), you can send them a daily recurring email for no extra charge on top of what you’re already paying.

That’s not all folks

While automatically sending is great for some, what if you’d like to populate some of your email content from an RSS feed, but not necessarily send it on autopilot. Maybe you only want to include certain posts, or it’s secondary content like a sidebar of upcoming events you’ll be hosting.

In the next few months we’ll have another exciting new feature to share that lets you do just that. Stay tuned.

>> Click Here To Get Started With Mailman

Amazon IRL Stores Coming Soon?

Major news agencies are reporting that (the online shopping giant) is planning to open brick and mortar stores. Amazon is reportedly eying a location in Seattle to open a brick-and-mortar store within the next few months to sell exclusive books, e-readers and tablets.

Here is what CNBC Halftime Report had to say:

Social Media Week

Social Media Week (SMW) is a global platform that connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Delivered primarily through a network of internationally hosted biannual conferences and online through social and mobile media, Social Media Week brings hundreds of thousands of people together every year through learning experiences that aim to advance our understanding of social media’s role in society.

We’re excited they are back in Los Angeles. We’ll definitely be attending a few events in LA.

Cardboard DIY Hasselblad camera

Cardboard Pinhole Hasselblad Camera

Kelly Angood has created a screen-printed corrugated cardboard Hasselblad designed to function as a pinhole camera and accept 120 film. Looks legit!

He has also developed the same pinhole Hasselblad into a downloadable version that can be printed on any home printer and made using just the print-out and a few household items.
The downloadable pinhole takes 35mm film and takes 12-14 images per roll. Fire up your printer and check his website.


600 Year Old Clock Puts On A Show

The video below shows how Prague’s Old Square celebrates the 600 year anniversary of their astronomical clock.

The projection took 4 months to create and used 2 Christie 18K HD projectors which has a resolution of 5000×1200.
The guys at The Macula (projection mapping), data-live (sound) and Tomato production put on an amazing show!
Watch the video below! (Hopefully you have a large enough monitor)

Mapping during 600 years anniversary of the astrological tower clock situated at Old Town Square in center of Prague.

35 movies in 2 minutes

Pascal Monaco and friends have put together a short 2 minute animation video filled with 35 movies! They picked their favorite movies and simplified them as much as possible. The outcome is a 2 minute journey through the history of film.

If you cant spot them here is what I came up with:

Singing in the Rain
Full Metal Jacket
The Gold Rush
Taxi Driver
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Snow White
The Blues Brothers
Star Wars
Pulp Fiction
The Exorcist
North by Northwest
Toy Story
Fight Club
Modern Times
A Clockwork Orange
The Great Dictator
The Tin Drum
Броненосец Потёмкин (or The Untouchables)
Apollo 13
Rear Window
Easy Rider

Complete Workflow and Backup of a professional photographer

Seldom do you see a pro photographer sharing his/her secrets with anyone, let alone the entire world! Chris Jarvis is doing just that. He has created an amazing and educational video + blog post detailing how his studio handles backups.

Keep in mind that very few people can afford that setup. Now if only I had his clients, budget etc.

Great job Chris!

Running on Empty: LA without cars.

Inspired by Matt Logue’s Empty LA photography, Ross Ching created a short time lapse video in which he imagines LA where all the cars have disappeared.

How did he do it?

I already know what you’re thinking, so don’t send me an email asking me just yet. The secret all lies in the power of masking. If you take a series of photos of, for example, a freeway, there’s more than likely going to be places where the cars aren’t in the exact same spot.So if you layer 10 or so images over each other in Photoshop, you can edit out all the parts where the cars aren’t. It also helps to take the shot when traffic is really light. After that, you end up with a shot like this.