Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The LDSJournal Support Community

It's April, so that means a few wonderful things... at least from my perspective. First, Major League Basesball has started (I know it technically started March 31) and I always enjoy visiting with my brothers about games we've seen. It's a bond we all have and I treasure those moments that I get to share perspective on players and games. Since the season is long, that's a lot of talking. Second, March Madness has crowned a new champion (congrats UConn!) and third, the Masters is on the brink. Ah, I love Spring and all the fun activities that warm weather brings.

With all of those great things, April brings a wonderful opportunity to gather as friends and family to take part in General Conference. Whether that's listening to the counsel that is being given, or taking time to gather with family and focus on the "little" things, it's a moment to slow down and see the world around us. It's a chance to really see our loved ones and appreciate all that we have been given. I really love this time of year for so many reasons and General Conference is always so inspirational.

Now, I know this blog article is about our NEW Support Community, so I better get on with it. ;-)

Some of you may already know that we have a nice following on Facebook on our Fan Page and in our Group. Often times, we communicate with our users directly on Facebook about features and functionality they'd like to see. But mostly, we use it as a way to communicate with members that want to know what we're doing to make LDSJournal better.


Because of this, we've decided to create an LDSJournal Support Community with Get Satisfaction. This awesome tool allows us to build our support community directly into our Facebook Fan Page and allows everyone in our community to ask questions and get answers from the LDSJournal team or directly from the community. It's really great.


And just in case you're not a fan of Facebook or don't have an account, you can also get to the support community by going to http://getsatisfaction.com/ldsjournal.

We're going to begin moving a lot of the FAQs from LDSJournal.com into this support community and we hope to continue growing the article base. We're going to add video tutorials and screenshots as we move to LDSJournal v2.0, which is going to be a major change and something we know that users are going to be very excited about.

And before I go, I want to make one final note about April (today is the 5th). My birthday is 4 days away. My future father-in-law has his b-day on the 29th and most importantly, I'm now 67 days from being married to the love of my life and I can't wait! (Thanks for letting me self indulge!!!)

If you haven't already become a fan, please "like" us by clicking the link in the right-hand margin and feel free to send us a note in our support community or on our fan page!

As always, thank you so much for your support and belief in our team. We're excited to repay you for your support later this year!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Getting Social and a shout out to Heather Lynne!

Most of you probably aren't aware, but our team at LDSJournal.com actually does high-end Web development for a number of companies and we also provide consulting services for a number of high-profile organizations. With our clients, we stress the importance of visibility and transparency with their customers. These facts combined with our lack of production in our own social media is extremely ironic and shameful. Over the past couple of weeks, we've been outlining our plans for 2011 and one glaring area we've failed in 2010 was social media. Now, any tech company worth a darn will tell you that a social media strategy in today's market can make or break or you. Quite frankly, we've been guilty of forgetting our social community. Rather, I've been guilty and I'm going to be better moving forward.

We have some lofty goals for 2011 and in so many ways I wish I could tell you everything we have planned. That said, I can tell you that we're looking to grow our development team. We're also looking to put LDSJournal in a position to be delivered in multiple languages this year. Again, all lofty goals and we're interviewing people to find the right fit for our team. If you're a developer and have a passion for this project, we'd love to talk to you. If you're interested in helping with translation, we'd like to talk to you too!

Lastly, I want to give a shout out to Heather Lynne, an LDSJournal.com member. While we were sleeping on our Facebook Fan Page, Heather wasn't. She posted photos of her LDSJournal printed book and shared her thoughts and feelings about the final product and they look amazing. It helped to answer some of our user's questions and we sincerely appreciated her help. She's obviously a gifted photographer with a great eye and she was kind enough to let us post this photo she took. We would be remiss if we didn't share her site with you. http://www.raisingmemories.com. If you have photography needs, give Heather a shout!


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thank you Krystall in Washington, UT and Pixlr.com

Before I tell you about the best online image editor I've ever seen, I wanted to thank Krystall for contacting our team and allowing us to create video tutorials that she could use to share LDSJournal.com with members in her Ward. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve members and we hope that we can make journal keeping a fun, family activity.

If any of you have a need or would like to share LDSJournal with your friends, please let us know. We will be posting some introductory tutorials online at our YouTube channel, so feel free to use them on your blog or email us ideas for other video tutorial that can help you.

Image Editing Online for FREE
Now, I want to share a site with you that I recently discovered, but has been getting rave reviews from users all around the world. Pixlr.com is an online image editing solution that allows users to do hundreds of activities including cropping, resizing, and cleaning up personal photos. The reason I bring this site to your attention is many of you have asked us for an image editing solution that you could use before uploading Footnote photos to LDSJournal. For those of you creating printed and bound journal books, Pixlr will help you sharpen and straighten photos to create a better book for your posterity. While it has so many tools to help you accomplish your tasks, the best feature is the price tag -- free.

There are two options that you should take a look at. The full Editor is something akin to Adobe Photoshop in a browser and the Express version is more like Photoshop Elements. I'm sorry for not getting into a full-blown breakdown of their services, but I do recommend checking out their site. We will be creating a tutorial for LDSJournal to show members just how useful this site can be.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please send us an email and we'll get right back to you.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Video Tutorials now in the works!

In an effort to make LDSJournal easier (if that's possible), the Help Desk team has started creating Video Tutorials to answer member requests related to features or functionality in the LDSJournal system. All tutorials will be posted in the Help Center on the LDSJournal Web site, but you can also access the video tutorials from our YouTube channel by visiting http://www.youtube.com/ldsjournal

If you have any specific tutorials you would like to see, please contact the Help Desk and we'll do our best to get your tutorial into production.
Here's a video tutorial explaining how to add Footnotes (photos) to your journal entries.

LDSJournal Gold goes live!

This update has been a long time coming, but we've released the LDSJournal Gold service and the response from members has been tremendous!

The main differences between the basic FREE account and the LDSJournal Gold service is with Gold, members can synchronize email addresses with their account and email journal entries with photos attached directly into their LDSJournal account. For members that access and compose email messages from their mobile devices, this feature will come as a welcome upgrade. We've also pulled all of the third-party ad locations, increased storage up to 2GB and given users the ability to export their LDSJournals to PDF. The cost of the Gold service is $29.95/year and all Gold subscribers receive a 10% discount on printed hardbound journals.

We're very excited about the Gold service and we're even more excited about new features we will be adding to the Gold service very soon. To see the promotional email that we've been sending to our members, please click the link below:

http://www.ldsjournal.com/newsletters/2010MAR10/