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Magisto: A Video Editing App

Magisto

 

Recently we’ve been talking a lot about technology, and exploring different apps on the market to share with you guys! We all know and use apps like Instagram & Facebook, but in the world we live in today, there are tons of other options out there for ways to promote your business and do something a little different. Which brings me to the reason of this post: Magisto.

A few months ago, a customer sent us a video of a photoshoot he did in which our flowers were being designed into a cool fairytale inspired design. When I first watched the video, I wondered how just anyone can throw an awesome video like this together without having the proper editing software and skills. Then I looked into Magisto, the app Rafael used, and discovered that it CAN be done, and it’s super easy!

Magisto gives you a simple platform to upload a slew of short videos and images from your camera roll, choose a theme, a song, and a length, and violá! With a few clicks, Magisto creates an awesome slideshow style video just like that.

These videos are great for capturing a feeling or a vibe, or in this case, a quick demo of a floral arrangement set to music. They have also recently come out with Magisto for Business, which I believe gives you  more options and ways to incorporate speaking in the video.

While doing a little research on Magisto, I stumbled across this blog post covering a few more video creation apps on the market… take a look! And check out the video below created by Rafael Reyes of AJ’s Urban Petals in Houston, TX. Thanks for sharing, Rafael, and if anyone else decides to give one of these apps a whirl, send us your videos! We’d love to see what you come up with.

 

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Florist App Comparison

Florist App Comparison

 

As floral designers, I think it’s pretty safe to say that many of you fall more on the right-brain side of the spectrum. I’m definitely not speaking for everyone – for all of you that have figured out that balance, more power to you! But for you right-brainers, your creativity is what drives your business, and is probably why many of you ended up in this industry. That being said, running a business is probably not the strong suit of every floral designer out there… I mean, who wouldn’t rather geek out over flowers than spreadsheets?!

Well, we felt it was our duty to do a little research of our own, and provide our awesomely creative customers with the knowledge of what products are out there to better help run and organize your business. Yep, believe it or not, there are apps and software you can download to help streamline all those pesky contracts, order forms, and proposals you deal with on a daily basis.

We selected these seven programs to compare, but we’re sure there are more out there, and would love to hear what you’re using in the comments below! And if you already know about some of these programs, which are your favorites?

 

 

Details

 

Florist App Comparison: Details Florist App Comparison: Details

 

Features:

 

  • Enter customizable contract terms, payment and pricing
  • Access recipes for bouquets and arrangements
  • Find out the cost of a particular bouquet or arrangement by simply uploading an image of the arrangement
  • Creates notations of ever interaction, email and call
  • Tracks payments and due datesKeeps track of recipes, blooms and inventory
  • Historical pricing reports
  • Customizable percentages and markups
  • One-on-One Training and Sales/Support Staff
  • Multiple User options
  • Privacy settings
  • Beautiful Design & Professional User Interface
  • Referral Program
  • Patents pending
  • Vast rental collection for Event Florists to not only manage flowers, but also chairs, chargers, linens and furniture rentals

 

Florist App Comparison: Details

Florist App Comparison: Details

Florist App Comparison: Details

 

If you’re interested in signing up for Details, be sure to use our invitation code MAYESHDETAILS, here!

 

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FloraQuote

 

Florist App Comparison: FloraQuote Florist App Comparison: FloraQuote

 

Features:

 

  • Quickly prepares and edits quotes and contracts in a fraction of the time it takes to do it manually
  • Customized pricing sheets
  • Creates wholesale-ready supply lists and utilizes pre-set wholesale flower lists
  • Creates delivery requirements reports

 

*EDITED TO ADD: Since we posted this article, the FloraQuote website has been taken down

 

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HoneyBook

 

Florist App Comparison: HoneyBook Florist App Comparison: HoneyBook

 

Features:

 

  • Automates custom proposals, contracts and invoices to save time and improve client experience
  • Effortlessly tracks clients, conversations (and changes) all in one place
  • Use e-signature and online payments to close deals quickly and easily
  • Set yourself apart with a branded client experience and real timecollaboration tools
  • Streamline your collaboration with creative peers

 

Florist App Comparison: HoneyBook

Florist App Comparison: HoneyBook

 

HoneyBook is offering Mayesh customers a 20% discount when you sign up – click here to use our discount!

*As of January 2017, Honeybook no longer offers the $500 lifetime payment option

 

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Lobiloo

 

Florist App Comparison: Lobiloo Florist App Comparison: Lobiloo

 

Features:

 

  • Create custom floral designs with a simple drag & drop interface. Saves price per stem as well as the ability to upload rental items & hard goods, and florist’s personal floral galleries
  • Estimates your cost and creates wholesale order forms and design recipe forms from your custom designs
  • Track clients through the pending to active stages (including payments and communications), save client images and Pinterest pages, and easily communicate with imagery to client
  • Ability to upload any props, linen images, tables, etc., to make applicable for full event planning as well as floral design
  • Browse and search an expansive flower library by color, season and type
  • Customizable to your brand

 

 

Florist App Comparison: Lobiloo

Florist App Comparison: Lobiloo

Florist App Comparison: Lobiloo

 

Lobiloo is offering Mayesh clients their first three months free after becoming a paid user within the program. Please use the following code: THREEMONTHSFREE

 

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RisoEvent

 

Florist App Comparison: RisoEvent Florist App Comparison: RisoEvent

 

Features:

 

  • Creates proposals and contracts, and allows you to quickly edit any aspect of a proposal/contract and generate revised version
  • Creates unpriced event summary similar to a contract designed to be shared so all other vendors are aware of the timelines and expectations, and have all necessary contact info
  • Includes library of your custom arrangements or catalogue pieces
  • Vendor & user catalogues for rentals, floral products & food
  • Creates automatic shopping lists for rentals, floral products & food, grouped by vendor
  • Business Status Board shows the status of all current and future jobs
  • Cost of Goods calculator with a choice of formulas
  • Shows weather statistics for events, as well as automatic directions to venues via Google Maps
  • Integrates with Google Calendar – may be shared with vendors for coordination purposes
  • Interview feature that allows users to set a budget and tracks actual costs against budget
  • Customization features – Logo & company colors included on contracts and summaries; Contracts include user specific Terms & Conditions and user-specific Disclaimers

 

Florist App Comparison: RisoEvent

Florist App Comparison: RisoEvent

 

Mayesh customers will receive an extended Free Trial of 90 Days instead of the usual 60 days. Free trial is not a limited version, it includes full software and may be used to create and track customer events. Please tell them we sent you for the extended trial!

 

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StemCounter.com Floral Design Software

 

 

 

Features:

 

  • Creates instant professional and customizable proposals, with optional credit card fees built in and multiple venues – click here to view sample proposal
  • Embeds links in the proposal to your accounting software for payment processing
  • Payment scheduling, recording and processing
  • Small starter inventory with completely custom product libraries for professional florists
  • Printable recipe sheets with notes and photos for each arrangement
  • Automated stem counting
  • Automated shopping lists – Wholesale cost and Final on each arrangement; Leftovers calculated in shopping list
  • Creates profile for each client with any contact notes as well as events connected for recurring clients
  • Event templates to quickly create a new event
  • Multiple markups for different events or arrangements and multiple tax rates
  • Multiple Currency / Date Preferences for International Users
  • Drag and drop from Pinterest
  • Quickbooks Integration
  • 60 Day Risk-Free Trial – use the software for up to 60 days with no risk. If it is not a fit, receive a full refund!

 

Florist App Comparison: StemCounter.com

Florist App Comparison: StemCounter.com

Florist App Comparison: StemCounter.com

Florist App Comparison: StemCounter.com

 

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Ularas

 

Florist App Comparison: Ularas Florist App Comparison: Ularas

 

Features:

 

  • Creates estimates, proposals and contracts from florist-specific templates, and submits them to your client in a PDF form
  • Create arrangements for events in item-by-item detail, selecting items from a full floral library of commonly used flowers, customizable to your needs
  • Order all recipe items necessary to your upcoming wedding or event from a single screen
  • Enter a “target price” for weddings or events while creating estimate, and software will notify you when your estimate total goes above budget
  • Customizable to your company – logo, font colors & types, emails and PDF documents sent to clients will consistently portray your company identity

 

Florist App Comparison: Ularas

Florist App Comparison: Ularas

Florist App Comparison: Ularas

 

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Here are two other floral apps that act as your resource library to plants & flowers, simply purchased on your Apple App Store or GooglePlay.

 

Info Flowers

  • A simple & efficient search engine which allows you to search by text entry, color, availability, flower shape & care tips
  • Advanced search mode allows you to search by more possibilities, including wedding flowers, seasonal flowers, fragrant flowers, etc.
  • Simply share information by Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp or Pinterest

 

Flowerbook

  • Expansive flower library with many search options, including variety, type, color, and by season
  • Camera Color Picker allows you to scan any type of color, and Flowerbook gives you the nearest flower result to match with that
  • Each flower is matched to a color guide, and includes product information, whether there is limited availability, seasons available and where it is grown
  • Built on up to date information and integrates new industry information when it arrives
  • Introduces new products as they appear

 


 

*Post has been updated to reflect current pricing & features

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Mayesh Floral Forum: App & Tech Trends

Floral Forum: App and Tech Trends

 

Ah, the wonderful world of technology. In this day and age, as small business owners, it is crucial to use technology to both run and organize your business, as well as market yourself on social media. There are so many apps and tech trends out there that it can be hard to keep up, so we asked our tech savvy panel what some of their favorites are!

Almost everyone on our panel mentioned the most popular apps: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & Pinterest. However, there were a few unique apps you may not have heard of that we’d love to share!

 

Floral Forum: App and Tech Trends

Shawn Michael Foley introduced us to one of his new favorite apps, TALNTS. TALNTS is a unique networking app intended to connect artists with other likeminded individuals. Shawn uses it to connect with photographers, models, and different industry professionals to possibly work or collaborate with. We all know how important networking is, especially as small business owners and independent professionals, and this app focuses specifically on that, down to your geo location. Sounds like a pretty cool and beneficial app to me – I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to check it out!

 

Floral Forum: App and Tech Trends

Two of our designers, Randi Eshelman & Carla Kayes, have both started using an app called HoneyBook. If you aren’t familiar, HoneyBook is a program designed for creative & event professionals to help streamline your wedding & event booking process. There are many awesome features to the app, including creating proposals, contracts and payment systems. You can customize the templates to your own specific branding, and connect the app to your website so everything comes through Honeybook.

Carla spoke very highly of the app: “I love HoneyBook. I signed up in December of last year and it has transformed my ‘office’ life and time spent on proposals & quotes… It looks beautiful & professional too! You can also link with other vendors on a particular job, and send referrals for jobs you are not available for. I highly recommend it!”

There are a number of these kind of programs out there, and it can be difficult to decide what will fit your needs best. So if you’re intrigued by HoneyBook but want to know all of your options before spending the money, we’ve done a little of our own research, and will be posting our findings in a more in depth blog comparing some of the apps in the next couple of weeks!

 

Floral Forum: App and Tech Trends

MileIQ is another one of Carla’s fave. It is used to record and make notes on any business-related drives, creating a log of those miles so that they can be claimed on your tax return. Chances are, many of you use your personal vehicle for work purposes, like driving to venues, meetings, and Mayesh, obviously 😉 But there is also a high chance that, as diligent as you try to be, not every last mile gets recorded. This app seems like such a convenient and helpful way to keep track of them, and make tax season just a little less of a headache!

 

Floral Forum: App and Tech Trends

Also suggested by Carla (you’re on roll, girl!) VSCO is a photo editing app for your phone. I, too, use it for all of the iPhone photos I post to Instagram, as it has a variety of clean, fresh filters and editing tools, and is super user-friendly. Carla says that it “really makes your phone pictures look like a professional took them with a great camera, and also lets your social media pages be cohesive in style & appearance. It’s so important these days to curate any image that you put on your business’s social media accounts!” I couldn’t agree more – keeping on brand is so important, as social media accounts really turn into your portfolio and a way for prospective clients to view your work and quickly decide if they want to pursue working with you or not.

While this is a nice little round-up of apps that are out on the market right now, we know there are more out there, and would love to hear what you’re using!

 

And a more specific tech question we’d love to ask you all – live video streaming, is anyone using it? Apps like Periscope & Snapchat have really gained momentum in the last year for professionals, and we want to know your thoughts on them, and if there is a place for them in the floral world!

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Teleflora’s Michigan Unit presents: Here Comes the Savvy Bride!

Teleflora's Michigan Unit presents: Here Comes the Savvy Bride!

 

Teleflora’s Michigan Unit presents: Here Comes the Savvy Bride! 

Featuring: Bert Ford AIFD, PFCI

Today’s bride is tech savvy, well read and knows what she wants! At this program, Bert will share tips and techniques for wowing your customers that will be sure to take your wedding business to the next level. Learn to sell and create the latest trends in bridal designs. Don’t miss this opportunity to maximize your profits and create exciting new designs.  Here are the details:

 

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

AGENDA:
Shopping 4:30 – 6:30pm
Registration & dinner 5:00 – 6:30pm
Educational design program 6:30 – 8:30pm

WHERE:
Mayesh Wholesale Florist, Inc.
35935 Ecorse Road
Romulus, MI 48174
(800) 221-4260

COST:
Teleflora members: pre-paid $20 / At-the-door $25
Non-members: pre-paid $25 / At-the-door $30

MISC:
Register by Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
Dinner is guaranteed for our pre-paid guests only
Cash or check only, thank you

REGISTER:
To register call or email:
Debbie Custer (734) 455-7377
debbie@wandcc.com

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