WIP Videos – The ultimate filmmaking is here

WIP Videos – The ultimate filmmaking is here

With the advent of video streaming  new possibilities and opportunities have opened up in the field of online marketing and film making. People tend to watch videos online for entertainment, as well as for gaining information. Today video streaming forms an indispensable part of the online activities all across the globe. While creating a video, all you need to do is to keep in mind two things: the quality (in terms of sound and pixel) of the video, and whether the video actually serves the purpose rightly. Be it a personal or professional video, the major part of satisfaction comes when you upload and “share” it with your friends to get the feedback.

Watching videos are always fun and more convenient than reading long boring articles. It is gaining a widespread popularity, as it is more engaging and can be widely used everywhere. If you are a budding film-maker, looking for an opportunity to connect with people, and share your video portfolio or creative videos and gather their valuable opinions and comments, WIP Videos is the best possible option for you.

WIP videos  a new way to share and review work-in-progress videos

The innovative cloud platform was brought by the eminent filmmaker Rollo Wenlock, who found himself defeated by the heap of emails when he tried to collaborate with his clients. Thus, WIP is designed to assist the upcoming filmmakers to manage their workflow and client feedbacks in a much smarter way: Upload your work-in-progress video in WIP, invite your collaborators privately for feedback, and avail the reviews directly on the video. Isn’t it simple?

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Well, WIP Videos is trying to make your job all the more simple by removing the major part of the admin and IT support functions, so that you can focus more in your project. They are planning next to introduce the scheduler and the options to upload reference images, videos and sound bites, to boost up your experience with clients all the more.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today or simply login using your Facebook or Google account and try out the innovative app that will improve your experience of filmmaking significantly.

Looking for a new workbench? Here are few Wi-Fi enabled coffee shops in Kolkata

Kolkata

One of the wireless technology inventions that have been attracting plenty of attention is the Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity). Apart from rich coffees and creamy cookies, this trade name for the popular wireless internet connectivity plays a major role at small and independent cafes and restaurants to attract a large number of customers.

Lately when I was planning to move to a new working space, I decided of visiting coffee shops in my city – Kolkata! Every time when my brain is overloaded with tons of thoughts and a feel of boredom, I change my environment. This certainly helps me bring new types of input and stimulation, which in turn stimulates my creativity and inspiration in my work.

It sounds counter-intuitive, but working from a bustling coffee shop can be less distracting than working from a quiet office. Being surrounded by awesome team and office-mates means being interrupted for water cooler chats and work questions. Being interrupted kills productivity. The coffee shop environment combines the benefit of anonymity with the dull buzz of exciting activity.

Talking about coffee shops in Kolkata, it’s a boon for budding entrepreneurs, young journalists and students as they can go about their business meetings, assignments and work in general over a brewing cup of energizing coffee.

Here are few outlets that I visited last weekend.

Indthalia: 3 outlets in South Kolkata

Indthalia

  • [alert style=”green”]Coffee Price starts Rs.35 on wards[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Wi-Fi Response: Average[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Temporarily Wi-Fi is disconnected due to “misuse”, no elaboration is available. They might resume Wi-Fi, but right now no such plan.[/alert]

Cafe Coffee Day: Park Street Area

Cafe Coffee Day

  • [alert style=”green”]Coffee Price starts Rs.60 on wards[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Wi-Fi Response: Good[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Perfect place for journalists and bloggers[/alert]

The Street Coffee Shop: The Park, Park Street, Kolkata

The Street Coffee Shop

  • [alert style=”green”]Coffee Price starts Rs.125 on wards[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Wi-Fi Response: Very Good[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Even though they charge extra for Wi-Fi usage on hourly basis, people find it a cool place to work. Huge rush from 4-6 PM[/alert]

Cha Bar: Located inside Oxford Book Store, Park Street

Cha Bar

  • [alert style=”green”]Coffee Price starts Rs.30 on wards[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Wi-Fi Response: Average[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Wi-Fi is temporarily disconnected due to unknown reasons. People are seen working in laptops using their own internet connections due to the unavailability of Wi-Fi. There is a small space available for seminars, and presentations, where people can gather and discuss. Meetings can also be held for business purposes.[/alert]

Barista Creme Lavazza: Park Street

Barista Lavazza

  • [alert style=”green”]Coffee Price starts Rs.55 on wards[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Wi-Fi Response: Very Good[/alert]
  • [alert style=”green”]Warm and cozy place, I’ve seen people working here for hours[/alert]

So if you are ever hanging in and around the city, give them a try and share your experiences!

A conversation with Mr.Naidu Darapaneni, Founder and CEO at MeraEvents

A conversation with Mr.Naidu Darapaneni, Founder and CEO at MeraEvents

The era of internet has provided tremendous opportunities for budding entrepreneurs to establish successful ventures by providing an interface for end users and solving their problems with use of technology. Internet has provided myriad of ideas for enthusiastic entrepreneurs to gorge upon.

Grabbing one of these opportunities and mitigating the agony of the end consumers has led to introduction of a gamut of new products and services in the event industry of India – “Online ticketing solutions and promotions” in India. Mere introduction of this platform has brought about 360 degree change in the working of events industry of India.

Recently, I got a chance to have a telephonic conversation with Mr.Naidu Darapaneni, Founder and CEO at MeraEvents.

Recognizing a problem, identifying a gap, churning a solution for it and turning it into a successful venture is what defines Mr.Naidu Darapaneni. With the expertise of 15 years in information technology field and running a B2B business for almost 10 years in USA, Mr. Naidu returned back to India in 2007 to start a B2C business.

How and when did ‘MeraEvents’ start? What is the story behind ‘MeraEvents’?

Mr.NaiduWhen I came back to India in 2007, I saw that there is a huge potential in the Indian market. As I was doing a B2B business all these years in US, I wanted to start a B2C business. To feel the Indian market, I started attending various trade shows and startup events across the country and while I was doing so, I realized that a lot of times it was difficult to find information about any event beforehand. After validating this thought into various other people, I understood this issue is being faced by many people, including me. And to top it up, even if you find information of any event on time, the process of obtaining the tickets is a highly tedious and time consuming work to accomplish. So, that is where the idea of ‘MeraEvents’ was born- to get events information and ticketing solutions under one roof. And to give a personal touch to the name of the venture, we named it as “MeraEvents”. It was officially launched in Oct 2009.

What is gives your product a competitive advantage in the market over other players?

We have multiple advantages over other players in the market. Firstly, we have gained the early-mover advantage.We stepped into the market, when there were no other players. This added to our competitive edge and today we are proud to have 6.5 lakh facebook fan base and almost half a million users.

Secondly, we are the lowest payment gateway (2.5%) solution among the players in the Indian market. This is basically to attract and encourage Indian buyers to buy online tickets for an event. Still, there is huge untapped market of customers who are not comfortable in buying tickets online for any event.

Thirdly, technology wise – We are superior to our competitors, in terms of responsive designs – wherein the website is compatible with all the different viewing platforms.

Fourthly, Local presence in six cities and customer satisfaction is our core strength.

To top it up, we have already started venturing into different segments of the same industry and are extending value proposition to our customers. We are trying to come up as an end to end events technological solution company rather than just online ticketing solution in India.

Moozup

Recently, we heard about “MoozUp” launched by MeraEvents. Can you throw some light on it and the different segment areas you are focusing on currently?

As I told you, we are extending our value proposition into different areas of the same industry. We are diversifying into different areas in the same industry.

First of all, MoozUp is our new product that provides networking opportunities before, during and after the event. One of the very purposes of a participant attending a physical event is to network and find people with whom you can exchange business services and ideas. And MoozUp does the same and provides the basic platform for any event’s participants to network – before the event, during the event and after the event. It allows creating a communityfor each event, wherein the access is exclusively given to participants of the event while keeping each participants privacyintact. It is highly beneficial to the event organizers as well.

Alongside, we are also in the process of launching a shorter version of MoozUp called – MoozUpLite. This is a complete go-green initiative by us. This aims at reducing the paper usage by 75 percent for any event. It will be launched soon.

Second of all, we have also started MeraEvents Venues, wherein we assist the organizers to locate a proper venue for their event. So, this is how we are increasing our horizon each day.

What, do you think, was the major entry barrier into the events industry of India?

The major challenge was to change the mindset of the users and customers in the industry. The events industry in India is highly unorganized. So, the first and foremost hurdle was to break the mindset and bring the unorganized sector on a systematic road. Encouraging the users and customers to use the online potential was very difficult. Initially, offering the services for free was also not helping us. But, now there is complete 360 degree turn in the industry.

What are the major factors contributing to the success of MeraEvents?

First of all, we always envisioned to be a long term player in the Indian Market. Keeping that in mind, we ensured to provide customers the added value before, which then, in turn started to convert the value into cash flows. Customer delight was and is our major focus.
Second of all, my team has always been on its toes to take up the everyday challenges and make a difference. They have been with me from day one and have continuously provided important inputs for the growth of the company.

Where do you see “MeraEvents” in the next 5 years? Any major expansion plans?

MeraEvents, is primarily focused in India so far. My vision for it in the next 5 years would be to expand its operations in other Asian and Middle-east countries. Regarding MoozUp and MoozUp Lite, I think it has a great potential to go global and bring a change in the entire functioning and organisation of events.
In addition to these, once the venues.meraevents.com is successful, then we would want to bring in and offer service providers info to event organizers under one roof. This may take another 2–3 years down the line.

Any message for the budding entrepreneurs of India?

One, I would like to speak out of my sheer experience, that you always need to be among the top three players to survive in any industry today. And to achieve that, you need to enter any market with an attitude of problem-solving and turning this ‘problem-solving’ solution into a business opportunity by the help of technology.

Second, it is very important to enter in the market with a long term perspective. Unless, you have at least 3 to 5 years plan in the Indian market, a strong focus, and sustenance, it is difficult to survive. Long term plan and persistence will help you to succeed.

Markup – Introducing the era of paperless grading for teachers

Markup – Introducing the era of paperless grading for teachers

We are living in an age where technology has in the real sense taken over mankind. Large companies and other educational institutions are aiming for a paperless world involving lesser or no use of paper at all. Books that have been said to attract a number of readers is also losing its reliability and novelty with the emergence of e-books that have entirely bewitched the hard covered books. A paperless world will definitely mark a new beginning in the lives of humans making work easier, swift and on the click of the fingers.

However, inspite of the hype around a paperless world, teachers are still unable to derive maximum benefit with the dawn of diverse technologies. Correcting thousands of assignments week after week becomes hectic and robs them of their time. With the help of Markup, the teachers can now grade their assignments using an ipad. Gone are the days when the teachers spent their time grading and correcting papers which ultimately hampered the teaching-learning process to some extent. Markup will enable them to transfer all their work on the ipad. Time to keep away those pen and papers!

The teachers (Users) are given a unique email address and any document sent to it will be directly synced to their Markup. The students will then have to send in their assignments to the given email address. You can also use the ‘Open In App’ functionality if you have documents in other apps like Dropbox, Google Drive, Mail Safari and the like. The files that Markup supports are PDF, Microsoft Word docs and excel spreadsheets.

This project was started by San Kim with a mission to achieve a paperless world making life simpler, faster and hassle free. Markup will definitely prove to be fruitful for teachers in the long run considering its easy accessibility and effectiveness to handle tedious tasks.

Trovebox – Organize and preserve all your precious photographs under one roof

Trovebox – Organize and preserve all your precious photographs under one roof

“A picture is worth a thousand words”. A single photograph is able to convey a wide range of detailed information, which is practically impossible to share in words. If the image quality is superior it can enhance your credibility and thereby boost up your confidence manifold in the professional field especially if personal contact is not possible. In today’s fast paced life, it is not always possible to organize our photographs and preserve them properly all the time. This way, many precious moments are lost or deleted. If you are facing the same problem, Trovebox is here to ease all your pain!

Trovebox – Organize and preserve all your precious photographs under one roofTrovebox is a free web app, which allows you to gather all your scattered photographs under one roof. With the popularization of the social networking websites, it has become a common practice to capture and share your valuable moments instantly, and later we find ourselves too lazy to collect and preserve them. After signing up in Trovebox, you can easily grab all your beautiful photographs from different websites, mobile phones or other devices, and even from others and store in Dropbox, Box, Amazon S3, CX and DreamObjects (whichever you prefer). Switching between your storage accounts is also just a click away.

Trovebox have been designed to assist you in preserving your valuable photographs in convenient and user-friendly manner. Now you can easily access and share all your photographs anytime via iPhone, Android or simply any browser. So what are you still waiting for? Try this amazing web app today and cherish your wonderful moments everyday!

Download Android App

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Download iOS App

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Conference Badge – An online tool for event organizers to create and print name badges in minutes

Conference Badge – An online tool for event organizers to create and print name badges in minutes

Event organizers – just breathe a sigh of relief! Here is an online tool to manage a task considered to be the most grueling and unexciting but significant enough that one cannot ignore it. Any guesses? Yes. You got it right – Nametags and Badges for your guests. Sending invites, Collecting funds from sponsors, building a team to serve delicacies are tasks conspicuous enough to top the list of planning; But what about nametags for the attendees?

Though, it seems to be a small and easy task but quite an important one for any event. It is one of the ways to make your esteemed guests feel special and important. You can either do this by printing the list of the attendees on an excel sheet or word document (which is utterly boring and orthodox) or make stylish and elegant badges for your guests by using an interesting tool provided by Conference Badge. This online tool is created by Philippe-Antoine Lehoux. The website is completely compatible with Eventbrite.

Once you connect your event with Eventbrite, you can print personalized, trendy and colorful badges for your guests. They have number of themes for you to choose from. The online editor, apart from the name of the guests, lets you design and add your company name and logo; any personalized text, any conference or event image, and for the uniqueness and security of each badge – provides you with feature of Bar code/QR code. The Live demo gives you the complete idea of how simple, easy and fun the tool makes it for you to design your badges and see a PDF example in the end for you to order the final one.

Conference Badge — Name badges. Easy and fast.Conference Badge not only helps you print classy nametags and badges for any event but it does so at a price which is very light on your pockets too. There are two ways you can order your product. For name badges print-ready PDF files, it costs $0.25 per badge. This one is print-ready compatible for any print shop or home printer and it is compatible with wide range of name badge kits. Or you can ask for printed name badges which costs $3.00 per badge. In this, they provide double-sided print badges on industry-standard paper, inserted in flexible and anti – glare plastic holders and also provide basic neck straps or premium quality lanyards. It offers you three different types of Avery product badges – Hanging or Pin badges, Adhesive Badges, and clip badges with different sizes. The badges are available only in the landscape format. The variety of the sizes and portrait of the badges seems to be an area of concern.

[alert style=”green”] A newly updated feature also lets you import the list of attendees from an Excel sheet. [/alert]

Nevertheless, in such a short span of time Conference Badge has already started bagging appreciation from its customers. So, organizers make your event stylish with services offered by Conference Badge.

23snaps – Capture and cherish your child’s precious moments with the ones you love

23snaps – Capture and cherish your child’s precious moments with the ones you love

No parent wants to miss out on those special moments and milestones in their child’s life. You want to capture the child’s first step and treasure for life all the other experiences that follow. You even wish to cherish those precious moments with your extended families. Well, your desires have been fulfilled. Here, is a simple yet beautiful free app designed by parents, for parents. 23snaps assures you an entirely safe and secure way to save and share photos and videos of your children with your loved ones.

It enables you to capture memories on the go, through your mobile and create a wonderful living album of photographs, thoughts and videos of your children, along with weight and height updates. In case you do not possess a smartphone, you can simply use their website to do so and revisit every memory through a simple scroll down your timeline.

You and your spouse can possess a shared account and this will allow both of you’ll to add photographs and videos to your child’s timeline. Your photographs and updates get automatically sorted by date and you can enhance those pictures using various filters, giving it a vintage or retro look. You can even give it that extra edge and make them appear exceptionally beautiful by using frames.

Capture and cherish your child’s precious moments with the ones you love

Your extended families and friends get to leave their comments and nudge you for updates. If you like, you can even get real time updates on your mobile or through emails. 23snaps.com even has a very efficient support system, extending a hand and helping you out in case you face any problems.

There are 23 chromosomes that carry all your child’s genetic materials, which set your child apart from others and make your child unique. Thus one chromosome, just like one photograph, will not be able to convey the whole story. So do give this app a spin and share your thoughts.

Download the app for your Android device:

[googleplay url=”https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snaps23.android”]

Download the app for your iOS device:

[app url=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id526481189″]

LiveTweetApp – Interact smartly by displaying live tweets

LiveTweetApp

Communication. Just a word but it sums up the whole of our diurnal quotidian. The day can never be complete without sharing your views and learning about others. You try to search for never-ending ways to interact in a more efficient way by coming up with the current buzz to stay in limelight. Keeping yourself updated with all the latest news and being the first one to share it defines you as cool! No wonder networking is in demand and it serves you right as per your needs.

Twitter is one such place where you find people from all over the world and nothing can beat the regular updates you’ll find in there. The counterchange of information is mainly using hashtags, mentions, retweets and direct messages. At times it becomes strenuous to find tweets that are relatable to you and can be broadcasted to your followers and rest. What do you think about an app that provides you to share the tweets of your preference at one instance? Yes, that’s LiveTweetApp.

LiveTweetApp - Live tweet wall tool for event and conferenceIn just three simple steps- to aggregate, moderate followed by display it cuts down your laborious task to give you a timeline with the most valuable tweets stored and posted. Once you register yourself with LiveTweetApp, you can select the set of people you want regular updates from so you are always updated with new tweets. There’s another feature exclusive to this app that you can review the post and to the information displayed, mark ‘approve’ or ‘decline’ as you please. As soon as you approve the tweets you can display those chosen tweets in a form of slideshow or a poster to make it all the more exciting and attractive. This will of course make your timeline look any day cooler than earlier!

[youtube width=”603″ height=”350″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYDP9Quv3vY[/youtube]

Helping you in professional front are these live tweets that can be displayed during conferences, fair trades, concerts and many more. Giving you an option to integrate ‘Picture in Picture’ for televisions and concerts to display your material in an easy way calls for a quicker approach to use LiveTweetApp.

LiveTweetApp - Live tweet wall tool for event and conference

So, get started with the live tweets immediately

Report says – Involve in Social Marketing or Lose Out

Involve in Social Marketing or Lose Out

The new epoch of social media has made marketers conscious of a significant reality, that is, it is the customer’s perception and responses that create your brand and not what you deliver about your brand. Successful social brands have realized that the need of the hour, is to influence this conversation, with the development of an effective strategy, indicating how their efforts will lead to the accomplishment of their organisational goals. As astonishing as it may appear, only 43% have claimed to possess a strategy, with a clear understanding of how to achieve its specific business goals, while 70% believe their social media efforts meet business goals.

The major hindrance, to the road of social marketing success, is treating social media integration as a separate entity, rather than alongside advertising, events, web, email, in-store promotion etc. To enable integration, marketers have increased their budgets from 7.6% to 18.8% over the next five years. However, less than 7% CMOS feel, their companies have done a good job integrating social media along with rest of its marketing operations.

In order to organize social media integration into your inclusive marketing strategies, you will require to structure your company’s operations and resources differently, to ensure that it fits perfectly within your company’s policies and procedures. Linking your social media strategy in direct alignment with your key marketing and business objectives, by creating awareness and generating leads, in order to maintain a continuous conversation with customers, will amplify the reach and impact of the various other marketing efforts.

There are enormous ways to organize social media for business. However, based on Wildfire’s experience of interviewing clients, the “hub and spoke” emerges to be the best for company synchronization and accountability. In this model, the “hub” includes social marketing strategists who support an array of “spokes”. Spokes are teams that represent different product lines and regions that are active in social media. Companies must utilize a hub and spoke organizational model, to effectively manage social pages across various regions and product lines. 63% of advanced companies employ a hub and spoke method.

Social Media Marketing

As social media begins to gain a wider base and grows, you must remember that employees who are closest to the brands are active on social media and even though they are brilliant advocates for your brands, there is also a possibility of tarnishing your brand’s reputation through their inappropriate behavior. Hence, to curb this risk, you need to establish a company-wide policy, which defines employee conduct and decorum while propagating your brand message.

Now coming to the core of  social media strategy: Social Engagement establishes vitally redefined relationships between brands and consumers, where brands communicate directly with consumers across social channels. Research shows that the more customers are engaged to a brand, the more likely they are to buy it and gradually are more likely to become brand ambassadors for the product itself.  A consulting firm, Bain & Company, found that “Customers who engage with companies over social media are more loyal and they spend up to 40 percent more with those companies than other customers.”

In order to discover the deeper insights of social engagement and developing multi-network social media download the The Road to ROI (By Wildfire) and take your first step towards a successful social media strategy accomplishment.

Goodreads now on Kindle – Being acquired by Amazon

Goodreads now on Kindle – Acquired by Amazon

Soon, your favorite social reading and book recommending site is going to be available on Kindle. Amazon has announced on Thursday its plans to acquire a famous online book community website – Goodreads.

Goodreads is a San Francisco based online social media-savvy book community. It was founded in 2007 by Otis Chandler and his wife Elizabeth. It proved to be paradise for book readers as well as useful for the authors of the book. This community allowed its users to track books they want to read and review books already read, recommend books to each other, know what one’s friends are reading and form book clubs. It also proved to be highly beneficial to authors as they would know the reach and popularity of their book on an online platform and that to from the end readers of the book.

Goodreads has more than 16 million users globally and claims that over 30,000 book clubs use the site. These numbers clearly and significantly boost the online retailer’s eBook services. This acquisition hits the market at the time when readers are increasingly using tablets and e-readers to search, discover and read new books and know about different authors. This acquisition will surely be a win-win situation for Amazon.

The acquisition is to be finalized in the second quarter of this year. The price of the acquisition is still not disclosed.

Event Managers – Here’s a comparative analysis on various online ticketing solutions in India

Event Managers - Here's a comparative analysis on various online ticketing solutions in India

Organizing any event has become such a cakewalk in present times. Gone are those days when planning an event seemed like a mountain to climb.  In today’s era of technology and internet, everything and anything is just a click away; be it information on the small eatery by the side of the lane of your house or a gadget you want to purchase manufactured in the other corner of the world. Not only information or physical products are available online but different type of specialized services is also being offered by companies.

To begin with, there are companies that provide solutions for online ticket booking of an event. It can be a conference, a seminar, a workshop or even a charity fund raiser. Not only do they provide ticketing solutions, but they also help you manage promotion and advertising of your event to the target customers; not to mention at a reasonable cost.

In India, there are basically the following major companies (or I would say websites) providing the expertise and professional services in this segment:

All the above organizations provide core and basic online event management ticketing software solutions with certain differences in their features, pricing and promotion plans. Let’s discuss them :

Features

Hipcity and Ayojak provide basic services for online ticket booking for the event. Ayojak, not only offers to provide various basic features but also provides high end safety and security features too such as it provides e-ticket with unique bar code/QR code. This feature enhances the safety of each ticket and disables tempering of the printed tickets. Ayojak also provides offline ticket services in the form COD (cash on delivery) to the customers.

MeraEvents, apart from providing the basic online ticketing service, gives you a complete gamut of information on the various events happening all over India on its website. It also offers COD service in the major cities of India.

DoAttend makes it a lot of fun and easy by providing a number of different features such as personalized e-ticket, last minute registration, allows you to setup a LIVE coverage page for your event, provides minute to minute statistics and registration tracking of your event and many more. In addition to this, it lures you with various other features mentioned on its website. DoAttend also provides a user-friendly interface for iPhone and iPad customers.

EventAvenue, in addition to providing ticketing solution for events, has many services to offer. It provides exhibitor management services, registration for web seminars, offers education institutions with admission application management, and donation collection.  It offers variety of different services designed for specialized needs of the customer.

Eventzilla, yet another competitor in the market, are providing online – offline ticketing and event promotion solutions for professional as well as social events. It offers its services to a wide range of customers ranging from conference planners to family reunion organizers to comedy clubs and tour operators too. It offers to deliver tickets online with a unique bar code and it also offers to manage cancellations of attendees to your event. It provides an end to end service to its customers.

Pricing

Hipcity, Ayojak and DoAttend do not charge or associate any fees for free events. MeraEvents charges a nominal fee of Rs.1000 for creating and listing of any free event.

For ticketed events, Hipcity and Doattend charge 4.9% per transaction plus Rs.15 per attendee. Doattend, in addition supports transaction in 21 currencies and accepts payment through Paypal.

Ayojak, for the same, has different plans – Standard, Premium and Elite, designed for different user needs. The transaction fee per ticket ranges from 5% to 10% plus Rs.15 per attendee on standard and premium plans. Ayojak also offers a package plan for large conferences for the customer.

MeraEvents, charges a standard 2.5% payment gateway fee per transaction. This gateway fee is standard and is included in all the different plans offered by MeraEvents.

EventAvenue offers three plans – Economy, Premium and Privilege. Each plan has a setup fee which is non-refundable ranging from Rs.8500 to Rs.41000. Apart from this, the cost per registration or transaction differs on the basis of the payment options and the plan selected and ranges from 3.00% to 7.00%.

Eventzilla, charges 4.75% per transaction plus Rs.15 per attendee. In addition, Eventzilla also offers to support transaction in 21 currencies all over the globe.

Promotion and Advertising Plans

All the companies help you promote and advertise your event on the online platform. Each one has a unique and a different plan for catering different customers.

Ayojak again, has designed standard, premium and elite plans which ranges from Rs.9999 to Rs.45000 and includes different promotion services according to the respective plan. Similarly, MeraEvents have also designed five different promotion plans namely – Basic, Essential, Economy, Deluxe, and Premium plan ranging from as low as Rs.1000 to as high as Rs.25000. MeraEvents also has a different segment for advertising and provides 3 uniquely designed plans for the same – Premium, Deluxe and Basic plan ranging from Rs.5000 to Rs.25000. This caters to the customers who are looking for only advertising of their event.

EventsAvenue, provides promotional and advertisement services specifically in the form of mass mailing and charges for the same depend upon the number of emails per event starts from as low as Rs.600. They also provide various other optional advertising and research services.

Eventzilla does not provide exclusive promotion and advertising package plans for your event, but it includes promotion of your event on few online platforms in their standard plan.

So, does it now really feel a daunting task to plan and organize any event with such help round the corner? With these companies creating a landmark by providing specialized services in a niche market, tasks seem hassle free. No jitters running down the spine or jolts on the final day. So, kickstart your event with them and pull up a great show.

Findery – Find and leave notes around the places you’ve visited

Findery – Find and leave notes around the places you’ve visited

To have the world at our finger tips is the ultimatum we all are seeking towards. The search could cease to ignite that desire, which dissolves those barriers and makes the world seem like that tiny little globe on our desk, where every place seems alive and a step away to reach.

Findery makes it possible. It is not just a big map which encompasses the world; it encompasses every little intricate detail of places with a satellite view, having clear precision of road guidelines and landmarks. It’s your most trustworthy companion in a navigation distress, especially if you are unfamiliar with a place.

The online app provides instant access to any place around the world, through maps, along with wonderful notes written by visitors and friends. You can discover enormous beautiful places, whose existence you were unaware of, along with very interesting facts about those places, in form of footnotes by the ones witnessed. You could even share your amazing adventure trip activities in some deserted terrain, which you think people of your interest genre, might be looking forward to experiencing that similar exciting adrenaline rush.

Sign up to share the places you have travelled, along with photographs and videos from Flickr, Instagram, SoundCloud, Vimeo, and YouTube in your notes. You can even save the places you would like to visit and create your own personalised lists, which includes the people you would like to share it with.

The world is a very interesting place and you could explore it through the eyes of Findery.

Checkin Cashin – Get deals from places you’ve visted

Checkin Cashin- Get deals from places you've visted

Today we all want to discover and explore the new places and share our experiences. The problem we all face is with the navigation aspect of it, whether it’s setting off on a trip around the world, coordinating a night out with friends, or hunting down the best dish at the restaurant.

Checkin Cashin is the perfect companion, with the best deals from places you or your friends have visited using foursquare. Foursquare is a free app that will enable you to make the most out of the where you are. It assists you in searching for places offering a quick tit-bit, to proper restaurants and lounges or even discovering a floor for you and your friends to shake a leg, in any state of a country. There are great suggestions and tips for your convenience and a Google map to ensure a smooth journey to your destination.

The online app drops a weekly email with deals from places you visit according to your checkins. As easy as that! Bingo.

An escape from our hectic work schedules is necessary once in a while. However, our busy lifestyles do not spare us ample time, to sit down and plan out vacations. The perfect getaway, which seemed a far fetched dream, is no longer one and kudos to foursquare for that. You can quickly browse through the places you would want to escape to or take a glance at the places your friends went holidaying to and with the ideal recommendations of the best hotels and sightseeing, you should have no problem at all.

With a location map for your guidance at all times and personalized  proposals of what’s best out there for you, by people and friends, makes the world your oyster, awaiting to be engulfed.

Sign up and simply check in as you go out and about and don’t forget to drop in your recommendations and set the inspiration for people looking at where to go next?

Forecasts say Twitter will make ad revenues close to $1 bln in 2014

Forecasts say Twitter will make ad revenues close to $1 bln in 2014

Mobile advertising, just as any other type of advertising, is always about finding that next big idea, the next big hook everybody will be talking about. In the age of internet and mobile, it’s also about finding that thing everybody will want to share. Talking about the advertising revenue of the web’s micro blogging platform, Twitter will generate about 50 per cent of its advertising revenue through mobile ads this year.

The 140 character messaging system, which allows people to share their thoughts instantly, is getting increasingly popular amongst the internet consumers. This was recently noted in a report by eMarketer, a market research company on digital media and internet marketing, when it raised the estimates of Twitter’s 2014 mobile ad revenues from $800 million to $950 million.

The forecasts are calculated on the basis of various parameters which include tracking the media buying trends, usage data and interviews with executives at advertising agencies, online publishers and others.

Twitter Ad Revenues WorldwideThe company’s total advertising income this year will amount to $582.8 million, which is roughly double when compared to the previous year’s (2012) revenue. As the company is privately held, it does not disclose its financial reports; however, with its growing user base of more than 200 monthly active users, analysts expect the company will go public in the coming two years.

[alert style=”green”] eMarketer also added – Twitter has ultimately benefited from the increased focus on mobile by competitors like Google and Facebook, which have both expanded their own mobile ad offerings and worked to convince advertisers to shift dollars to mobile devices. [/alert]

Ericsson sues Micromax – Claims damages worth Rs.100 CR

Ericsson sues Micromax - Timeline of the story

[dropcap type=”none” color=”#ffffff” background=”#e53b2c”] T [/dropcap]imeline of Ericsson (2011 – Present)

[ul type=”arrow”] 2011: Sony bought it out of Sony Ericsson in 2011. Since then Ericsson had no business in mobile handsets. [/ul]

[ul type=”arrow”]Nov, 2012: Ericsson sues Samsung for patent infringement. [/ul]

[ul type=”arrow”]Feb, 2013: Reliance Communications and Ericsson sign USD 1 billion managed services contract for wire-line and wireless networks for North and West India. [/ul]

[ul type=”arrow”]March, 2013: Samsung countersues Ericsson after Failed Licensing talks. [/ul]

[ul type=”arrow”]March, 2013: Chris Houghton is appointed Head of Region India (Effective June 13, 2013). [/ul]

[ul type=”arrow”]March 2013: Ericsson sues Micromax for patent infringement. [/ul]

Ericsson, a Swedish company which is world’s largest telecom infrastructure technology maker sued Micromax, India’s largest mobile manufacturing company over patent infringement regarding wireless technology innovations standards such as GSM, EDGE and 3G for the following disputed handsets and tablets:

  • Models from Ninja series
  • Funbook Talk (Tablet)
  • Models from Canvas 2 series

Ericsson has moved Delhi High Court claiming about Rs 100 crore in damages. This legal action was initiated by the company, when Micromax failed to sign the necessary licenses for products compliant with the GSM, EDGE, and UMTS/WCDMA standards.

On its site, Micromax states it is the 12th biggest global mobile manufacturer, pitching in sum around 1.3 million handsets a month in Asia, the Middle East and Brazil. This was certainly one of the biggest eye catching proclamations made by them.

[alert style=”green”] Recently with an interview with Reuters, Kasim Alfalahi, Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Ericsson, said “There are players who think they can get a free ride; use Ericsson technology without paying. However they very well know that some or the other day, we will enforce our patents.” [/alert]

This being the largest patent suit in India’s IT and telecom space, the High Court has asked both the companies to negotiate a FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) license agreement which would be valid till the next hearing. Apart from this, Justice Manmohan of Delhi High court has initiated major 2 orders regarding the case:

  • Micromax has to pay between 1.25% and 2% of sale price as royalty of the sale price of disputed devices.
  • Executives from Ericsson can join customs officials in inspecting Micromax’s consignments to check for devices violating its patents.

This immediate action from the Indian Courts has made it very profound that intellectual property rights are taken seriously by the Indian Law. Pratibha Singh, one of the legal counsels at Ericsson added “Indian courts respond swiftly and with speed, if a strong case is made out. This case marks the arrival of big ticket patent litigation in India.”

[alert style=”yellow”] When asked to Micromax, the company’s spokesperson said “Micromax is committed to negotiating a FRAND licence with Ericsson as has Ericsson undertaken to providing a FRAND licence to Micromax. Since the matter is pending before the honourable court, it would be incorrect for Micromax to make any further statements on the matter.” [/alert]

Assuming that Ericsson’s suit is upheld by the Delhi High Court, it will have a huge effect. It has also been learnt that Ericsson will be initiating legal actions against various Indian cell phone manufacturers like Lava, Spice, Karbonn and Intex Technologies.

Projecteo – Film it large with this tiny Instagram projector

Projecteo

Every picture has a story to convey by bringing you right back to that time of occurrence and leaves you with memories created long time back. You sit in wonderment just to smile at the small video that plays in your mind. And you realize how time flies but you’re lucky of all for having these pictures taking you back to those faded memories.

Don’t you think this little treasure of yours needs to be show casted at a bigger scale than normal whenever you wish to see it? How about having a small projector to display your pictures in a slide film to transport you where you were in the photographs? That’s what Projecteo is all about.

Benjamin Redford came up with this idea to get your instagrams onto a 35mm single frame Kodak film stock that is set closely inside a wheel. This device is as small as a matchbox which shows the pictures up to two and half feet wide in a dark room. You have to decide on the pictures you wish to be filmed on the projecteo web page where your selections will be ‘melted’ on single frame consisting of nine snaps. That’s put onto small wheels which you can put in the little projector of yours. The quality of the picture is highly digitized. It’s been designed in a way to be recycled and also you can open it to see what’s going on inside if there’s a problem. All the parts are placed in a way which can be handled quite easily by users making it user-friendly.

[youtube width=”602″ height=”350″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vke0iwBO1GI[/youtube]

The miniature form of a projector as it doesn’t have pixels which makes it look tiny; brings a big package for all the users with the help of the agency Mint Digital and the Meso Design.

Projecteo - The tiny Instagram projector

So collect as many picture wheels you desire and give it a role it to infuse life in all your collections.

The farm of the future – Earthship-Inspired Greenhouse by Valhalla Movement

The farm of the future - Earthship-Inspired Greenhouse by Valhalla Movement

Kickstarter is a genuine platform for those with the creative DNA.  It can be anything that is out-of-box, may it be films, games, technology, fine arts etc. If you think and you have an unorthodox idea – prove it and kickstarter is there to help you take off.

To be a part of Kickstarter you don’t have to be a doctorate holder or a specialist but you have to be passionate and definitely have something to offer more than mere words. Complete responsibility and control will rest with you.

One of the projects that recently caught my attention is the ‘Farm of the Future’. It is the first 100% off-the-grid prototype which is being developed on the principles of Earthship and Aquaponics.

[youtube width=”602″ height=”350″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsZjd0HNgBE[/youtube]

The developing prototype will be an inspiring example of friendly technology (that concept in itself is rare) and sustainable development. In today’s times where technology runs us, though it should have been vice-versa, this unit will be an automated producer of fish, fruits and vegetables all around the clock. The best thing about such farms is it would be low maintenance plus cost effective.

Farm of the Future is a unique concept which is being built via a very innovative design. Such a project enhances the quality of living by harnessing the full potential nature has to offer. Geothermal and solar heating save on fuel consumption, reduce pollution and spread more on the resourcefulness of renewable sources of energy.

The Dome

The farms will not only foster communal living but will be providing a source of revenue in all weather conditions and on all sorts of terrain with its symbiotic networking with nature.

So if you want to support the project and be an integral role in the shift towards the sustainable future of the team’s collective dreams, start pledging.

To know more about the Valhalla Movement, have a look at their official website.

Crayon Creatures – Get beautifully handcrafted sculptures by sending an image

Crayon Creatures - Get beautifully handcrafted sculptures by sending an image

The creation of something new accomplished by the playful instinct of kids is priceless. The artistic works produced by kids, is a wonderful plethora of creative brilliance to be treasured for life. The numerous breath taking, colorful paintings and drawings which populate your fridges, cupboards and living rooms can be preserved forever.

Crayon Creatures converts these drawings into beautiful real figurines. They design them into colourful realistic sculptures which exhibits the enthusiastic temperament of the child’s expressive drawing. The digitally crafted dazzling figures transport you into a splendid gaze.

CrayonCreatures

These unique objects made by delicate hands would be extraordinary gifts for friends, family and relatives to celebrate various occasions. The figurines would beautify your shelves and desks and enhance the decor of your living rooms.  You can also have a fabulous sculpture of that amazing drawing which you made as a child.

CrayonCreatures

Crayons Creatures is the perfect forum to place an order for a figurine, capturing that little piece of artistically awe-inspiring paper for a lifetime.

DPADD – The first ever gaming journal

DPADD – The first ever gaming journal

It is old school to have a journal or put in daily diary entries. Yet it is fun in a way because when memory fails, it is incredible to flip through pages inked with snippets of days gone by. To have recalls of engagements, trophies and celebrations – do make the eye glisten. But to think of it, there has been no such endeavor for our dear gamers. Alas, that is sad that there is no record of the number of games won or whom did one defeat, what’s the new target or new game plans.

DPADD is a social network and journal built for gamers. It is a great online platform for gaming fans to enter and log their scores and strategies, keep a tab on their to-do list or build a fantastic collection.

It is only in private beta now, so it is definitely invite only. If you are a gamer and want a personal gaming journal get yourself an invitation now.

DPADD is your gaming pal. It tells you what are the more popularly played games. You can follow and keep track of fellow gaming enthusiasts. You can build your followers and can even check the activity feeds to know about new games or scores that others have been playing.

The platform is not only for gamers but for professionals from industry, game journalists, developers and more. It is for all those who would want to know about this virtual fun space.

So get your gaming profile now with an incredible beta invite from DPADD.

Met – Attach annotations to users on Twitter

Met - Attach annotations to users on Twitter

How cool do you think it is to read a note written by you for people regarding your connection with them every time you browse? It’s entertaining together with being emotive, isn’t it? Looking backwards to your life, you will always know how you met that particular individual, what is the story of you and him, and a choice of other notes you wish to make. It’s a surprise given to you by yourself when you suddenly come across these annotations. And Met helps you make this dream come true.

‘Annotate, Remember & Discover’ as the tag says it all, this app helps you search for the people on twitter with its specialized browser plug-ins for you to make notes, remarks on them. That was the first step of three –to ‘find’ people followed by adding annotations and then to browse through their web application to see those people stand out on your list.

Met

Attaching your observations to people not only reminds you later of your ties but also strengthen your relation with them. In the long-run it’s only the memories that last and what more could you desire that you can add on bit by bit to your treasure. All the precious people about whom you write remarks or make notes come marked by a symbol of blue coloured bubble on the bottom right of their display picture to individuate being your annotated users. And I’m sure that will undoubtedly naturally bring a smile on your face!

You have to register yourself so that you can enjoy this service for the years to come. There’s just one catch that you can tag on only to the users on twitter as designed by the founders.

Keep aside your pens and papers, and give it a spin to create everlasting memories for lifetime.