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Forbes is reporting today what BYO Booth users have known for years, that Hashtag Printing is hot!  Author, Lauren deLisa Coleman may be preaching to the choir when she says, “ It seems that any and every gathering worth its digital weight is incorporating the hashtag printing station”, but the fact that this is being published on such a mainstream, i.e. non photo booth software related website can only mean one thing for photo booth operators…More people looking to book hashtag printing for their events!

The article focusses on Hashtag Printing as a part of corporate activations and attributes its popularity with what it calls the “Hashtag Printer Effect”

“As focused as an attendee may be on speed-networking, dart-in film viewing, and drive-by panel listening, people will stop and actually take a photo at a designated location if they know that once they place that photo on Instagram or Twitter with a previously assigned hashtag, they can also obtain the same photo from a station in their hands within just seconds. Call it the Hashtag Printer Effect which, although such printers have been on the scene for a bit, seems to be growing in popularity and a making its way as an emerging trend just the last few months.”

Coleman goes on to describe how Hashtag Printing is a win-win for clients as it encourages user interaction with their brand on Instagram & Twitter, while offering the incentive of a free takeaway photo.

“The whole scenario is rather ingenious because the technology encourages social media exposure of an event and/or brand while also offering a printed souvenir from the event. The prints, themselves, can even be branded. More importantly this is about technology driving engagement and impressions. Case studies involving names from Acura to the University of Michigan can range from a reach of a few hundred thousand to half a billion!”

Although the article only talks about corporate events, something all photo booth operators strive for, Hashtag Printing is increasingly popular at other events like weddings and mitzvahs.  Anywhere with young people with phones, or basically pretty much everywhere.

While reported last year as an area-to-watch, it seems that the hashtag printing phenomenon will become a bonafide hit. This could be due in large part to the fact that a large part of the Millennial demographic gravitates toward experience. Millennials, for the most part, are on social media platforms. 

While reported last year as an area-to-watch, it seems that the hashtag printing phenomenon will become a bonafide hit. This could be due in large part to the fact that a large part of the Millennial demographic gravitates toward experience. Millennials, for the most part, are on social media platforms. Thus, capturing experience via social is a a winner. 

So if you haven't checked out BYO Booth hashtag printing software yet, now's the time, while it's hot!


Categories: BYO Booth

It's official.  The Mirror Booth craze is everywhere and more and more people are taking the DIY approach, building their own hardware and using Social Booth for their Mirror Booth software. Take long time Social Booth Customer, Selwyne 'Get Bizzy' Browne from Real Time Slomo Video Booth in Barbados.  He was busy building his own DIY Mirror Booth when we announced the new Mirror Booth features in Social Booth.  It was perfect timing for Selwyne, who immediately put the video host animation playback and signature features to good use.  Despite Social Booth coming with built in animations, Selwyne, a professional video editor was also able to also create his own custom animations to create a unique experience for his guests.  He has built both a full size and a table top Mirror Booth and plans to offer both for sale in the near future.  


Where are you located?
Barbados, in the Caribbean. 

How long have you been in the photo booth business?
About 2 years. We started with a Slomo booth, using a BlackMagic URSA recording high speed footage, editing and emailing clips on the spot. Then we went into photo booths because of the number of request we kept getting. 

When did you start doing Mirror Booths?
We were watching the tech for about a year now, but could not get into it because the upfront cost of an off the shelf mirror booth was just too high. I'm a DIY type of guy, and as soon as the curtain was pulled back, I made my move and built my own. We had our first booking with our mirror booth in December, 2016. Since then we have done about 25 events and added another mirror booth that we shipped off to Trinidad and Tobago. 

What made you choose Social Booth for your Mirror Booth over other software?
Although we have not been in the industry for very long, we have done a lot of events and we always update our service every 6-12 months. We are very aware of what our market wants. So after testing other photo booth software, Social Booth had exactly what we needed, plus the developer listens and is so on top of what people want. If a new feature is needed, in a few blinks it's there. So naturally when mirror booths became the thing to have, Social Booth already had the ability to play animations using the host feature as well as being able to add a signature. It made perfect sense. 

How do you create your own animations?
I am a film maker. I shoot and edit so I used Adobe After Effects and do what ever I want. I have so may different animations already it's not funny. I may consider selling some. 

Are you planning to sell mirror booths?
We had so many requests, so yes that's definitely our next move as we plan to fully customize your mirror depending on your market. 
We have the vanity size as well as a full mirror option. 

How can people find out more about your company?
We gare launching our website soon, but for now our Facebook page has a lot of info on the many experiences we offer. 

What is a Mirror Booth?

A Mirror Booth goes by many names, magic mirror, or selfie mirror.  It is basically a photo booth where instead of the users seeing themselves via the live view of the camera, they see themsleves by looking into a mirror.  The physical mirror booth is often set up as a full length mirror with a frame, although smaller table top mirrors have begun to hit the market.  The mirrors tend to play animated prompts to encourage the guest to pose and to display cute, funny sayings after each shot.  The mirror booths are usually composed of a PC, mirror booth capable photo booth software, like Social Booth, a large flatscreen monitor and an IR touchscreen overlay. Many DIY Mirror Booth manufacturers also build some sort of box or exnclosure for the equipment.

Looking for the source files to make your own mirror booth animations?  You can find it here.


Categories: Social Booth News

Digital Trends has a great article about hashtag printing with BYO Booth.  Author Andy Boxall describes using hashtag printing at a wedding. “Here’s how it works. Say it’s your wedding, and you and all the guests want to take and share photos of the happy day. That’s great, but why wait until after it’s all over to enjoy them? What you need is a way to print them out, plus wouldn’t it be cool to have your own hashtag for the day? That way, everyone could follow along, and pictures wouldn’t get lost out in the ether.”  

That's hashtag printing with BYO Booth in a nutshell.  It's the disposible camera at the reception table for the smartphone generation.  Crowdsourced photos with instant gratification.  Andy then goes on to describe the rest of the hahstag printing process, “It sits in the corner, connected to the Internet, and monitors Instagram and Twitter for your special wedding hashtag. When it finds tagged pictures, it fires up the printer and spits out your own real-world copy of the photo. On the big touchscreen, an ever-updating grid of thumbnail pictures shows all the photos taken already, which can be tapped, enlarged, viewed, and even printed again. Everything is customizable, from the look of the printer and its stand, to the software and the hashtag, and even the surround on the photo itself – making it part of the whole party experience.

Check out BYO Booth Hashtag Printing Software.


Categories: BYO Booth News

Video Host Animation + Sign Your Photos

Social Booth now comes with built in Mirror Booth features.  Check out the video below to see how you can use the built in Attract Mode and Video Host Animation to create a Mirror Booth experience.  You can even sign the photo at the end of the session!
Download the latest version of Social Booth to get the new mirror booth features.
Looking for the source files to make your own mirror booth animations?  You can find it here.


Categories: Social Booth News

The printer is one of the most essential pieces to a successful photo booth experience. If your printer is not working at an event, that means you can’t print the photos, and your customers probably won’t be too happy. The good news is that there are several tips you can follow to make sure your printer is working properly. Hopefully if you follow all this advice, then your printer won’t malfunction in the middle of an event.


  • Always plug the USB cord for the printer into the same USB port on your computer.
  • Turn on the printer before you turn on the computer.
  • Make sure your printer’s default settings are set correctly in the computer’s device and printer setting.
  • Make sure that the Windows setting are correct and the printer is set as default.
  • Take the ribbon and the paper out of the printer before you transport it.
  • Empty out the printer’s scrap tray.
  • Let your paper and ribbon warm to room temperature before use.
  • You’re going to have left-over paper when the ribbon runs out.
  • Print at least one test print after switching media.
  • Carry some extra cables.
  • Carry an extra printer.
  • Use layouts that match your printer.