22 Aug 2007 Finally Somebody Moo’d

MOO logoDo you have a Flickr account? If you do, you can have between 1 and 100 of your photos printed on the back of fashionably under-sized business cards, packaged and delivered to you from MOO for just $20. The process is completely automatic and can be done from either your Flickr account or the MOO website. Pretty cool.

Imagine the possibilities with a microstock agency. Someone likes the idea but doesn’t have their own photos. Or they want cards printed with photos relevant to their business. $20 for the mini-business cards and $1 for each separate photo they choose from the microstock agency. Bargain!

Fotolia announced a partnership with MOO yesterday, much to my delight. To my disappointment, the partnership doesn’t enable you to choose which photos to have printed on your cards. Instead, they’re offering four different themed sets of pre-specified photos: flowers, puppies, kittens and skies.

Let’s hope they take the partnership further and enable MOO customers to choose any photo from the Fotolia portfolio. Until then, if you want such a product you can manually buy the photos (at any microstock agency) and upload them to MOO yourself. In addition to mini business cards, MOO also offers stickers and notecards printed with your choice of photos.

  • john
    Posted at 00:14h, 23 August Reply

    interesting development and ill be interested to see what revenue paths Moo will move into and who will work with them. good heads up on the fotolia. i think veer would be a great candidate to be the next partner in line for Moo.

    do you know of any other online services like Moo that would be good for some partnerhips like the fotolia one?

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 09:18h, 23 August Reply

    Yep, LuckyOliver partnered with Blurb who do a similar thing but with books. Looks like a great service and from what I can tell it’s another runaway success.

  • john
    Posted at 16:02h, 23 August Reply

    blurb looks a bit like Lulu. i like the direction though that LO took. will be interesting to see if publishers will use the photos from LO in their books. thanks for the headsup.

  • designalldone
    Posted at 16:28h, 26 August Reply

    This would be fantastic – I think it really needs someone like iStockphoto to team up with Moo and pull something like this off.

    Since iStock is a haven for designers, I think it would have a chance to be really popular: choose maybe 5 photos/vectors from iStock and have them printed on the back of a batch of business cards. The Photographer could get a set percentage, depending on the number of cards ordered.

    On another note, that’s the first time I’ve heard of Blurb, the site looks fantastic – I’m already tempted to design/print my own book!! Thanks for the link.

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