Hootsuite CEO: We Plan to Introduce Mobile Payments and Ecommerce Functionality

Hootsuite plans to introduce mobile payments and ecommerce functionality in the near future, signaling a major expansion of the social media management system’s capabilities, CEO Ryan Holmes told The Guardian Tuesday. On the heels of a 60 million funding injection last week, Holmes said Hootsuite is ready to enhance its services. “If you look at our products right now, we …


Finding your way out of the visual content canyon

This article was first published on the blog Convince & Convert by Olapic’s Director of Marketing, Ian Greenleigh. Remember when Big Data was a problem? Though its origins are somewhat murky, the phrase “Big Data” gained mainstream popularity as shorthand for a set of problems unique to extracting value from massive, complex data sets. Once an ecosystem …


Instagram gets real with pop-up photo exhibit

Instagram has fast become the social platform of choice for artists to share their work–think Richard Prince or Takashi Murakami–but at Photoville, a wildly popular photography exhibition in Brooklyn, Instagram itself is an exhibitor. The first of the two exhibits, Everyday Projects, is a collection of photos from eight shared Instagram accounts. It is a …


Quantifying our will to create

Editor’s Note: This article is included in our new e-book, The Rise of the Visual Creators. To download click here. While the will to create is nothing new, the size and velocity of the visual creative explosion is. This year, 123 photos will be taken per person on Earth. In 2000, that ratio was 14:1. …


Interview with a creator: Lexi Cross

Editor’s Note: This interview is included in our new e-book, The Rise of the Visual Creators. To download click here. Lexi Cross arrived in New York City in 2011, an ambitious newcomer to a city that absorbs such people by the thousands every day. Inspired by those who, like her, were trying to make their way …


10 questions for a founder: Olapic

Olapic co-founder and CEO Pau Sabria took some time recently to chat with one of our favorite news magazines, Kaptur. We’ve posted part of the interview below. For the full interview go here: How was Olapic created and what issues are you trying to solve?  The idea for Olapic came long before Instagram existed: in a …


Twitter eases into ecommerce

Twitter announced Monday that it will be wading–dipping its toes really–into the ecommerce pool, offering a “buy” button on its mobile site that can be embedded in tweets. At first, users will be limited to purchasing smaller products such as t-shirts and event tickets. The move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Social media …


The deep human roots of the visual creative explosion

Since our early human ancestors depicted their lives on cave walls, before the first words were written, we communicated through pictures. In fact, text alphabets began as pictures and morphed into modern letters over thousands of years. As such, when we consider the visual creative explosion, we’re talking about something for which there was always …