Welcome!

iPhone Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Jnan Dash, Ram Sonagara, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

ElfYourself® Gets More Social and Mobile...and Goes Live!

New ElfYourself Live Channel on YouNow.com Lets Users "Elf" Themselves During Live Online Broadcasts; ElfYourself Mobile App to Launch in Mid-December

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The most loved viral holiday website in history, ElfYourself.com® is back and is coming to life on new social and mobile platforms. OfficeMax® Incorporated (NYSE: OMX), a leader in office and facility supplies, technology and services, has launched its popular free holiday eGreeting site with a new ElfYourself Live experience that allows users to "elf" themselves while chatting with friends, family and people across the globe during live online broadcasts on YouNow.com.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/55691-officemax-elfyourself-social-and-mobile-goes-live

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121121/MM08522)

In mid-December, the first ElfYourself mobile application will launch for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch to help holiday revelers create, share and view ElfYourself eGreetings on-the-go. Create and share a holiday eGreeting at no charge through the app, with the option to purchase additional dances for $.99 each.

"We're taking the ElfYourself franchise to new places with real-time social media interaction and a new mobile app to help people spread holiday cheer anytime, anywhere," said Michael Lewis, executive vice president and president of retail at OfficeMax. "Over the past six years, ElfYourself has become a holiday tradition, and we look forward to bringing it back this season bigger and better than ever before."

Get Your 60-Seconds of "Elf" Fame

Participate in a new real-time holiday experience at ElfYourself Live, a dedicated channel featured on YouNow.com where your one-minute video starring you will be broadcast online in front of a live global audience. A new form of social television, the YouNow ElfYourself Live channel will spread holiday cheer by "elfing" the stars of each live video with superimposed ElfYourself hats and ears. Fans can visit www.younow.com/elfyourself to view, comment, and vote on their favorite broadcasts live, and top-ranked broadcasts get more air-time on the channel.

"We are thrilled to bring the ElfYourself holiday tradition to our rapidly growing social television network," said Adi Sideman, CEO of YouNow. "YouNow is a new social entertainment experience, where anyone can broadcast and be part of the live programming, and viewers decide who gets to stay on air. The combination of social video, real-time communication and the video platform brings new excitement to the ElfYourself experience. We are thrilled to be working with OfficeMax on this cutting edge social video campaign."

Free Holiday Calendar from OfficeMax

Also new this holiday season, OfficeMax is giving a free personalized gift to everyone across the U.S. who "elfs" themselves. Each person who creates a personalized holiday eGreeting will receive a promotional code to pick up a free1 year-at-a-view calendar featuring their personalized elves at OfficeMax stores nationwide.

Custom Holiday eGreetings with Five Dance Themes

This season, OfficeMax tapped Oddcast, Inc. to produce the web and mobile app versions of ElfYourself featuring five customizable dancing elf videos, each with a holiday twist on popular themes including Hip Hop, Soul, 80's, Charleston and Classic. Customize your ElfYourself holiday eGreeting with up to five photos and share via email, Facebook and Twitter as well as embed into websites and blogs.

Expanded Selection of Personalized Holiday Gifts

Shoppers can turn their custom "elfed" photos into personalized holiday cards, gifts and stocking stuffers for purchase at OfficeMax. Choose from an expanded selection of custom gifts including smartphone cases, water bottles, ornaments, puzzles, playing cards and more. To order, present your ElfYourself.com eGreeting promotional code at any OfficeMax store throughout the U.S. or visit the OfficeMax ImPress® Print Center holiday store.

Most Loved Viral Holiday Website in History

Since ElfYourself debuted in 2006, people in all 196 countries across the seven continents have used the popular holiday website to create more than 470 million customized videos. Consumers have spent the equivalent of 7,124 years on ElfYourself.com during the 2006 to 2011 holiday seasons. To join in the holiday fun, please visit ElfYourself.com.

About OfficeMax

OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE: OMX) is a leader in integrating products, solutions and services for the workplace, whether for business or at home.  The OfficeMax mission is simple: We provide workplace innovation that enables our customers to work better.  The company provides office supplies and paper, in-store print and document services through OfficeMax ImPress®, technology products and solutions, and furniture to businesses and consumers.  OfficeMax consumers and business customers are served by approximately 29,000 associates through OfficeMax.com; OfficeMaxSolutions.com and Reliable.com; more than 900 stores in the U.S. and Mexico; and direct sales and catalogs. OfficeMax has been named one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies, and is the only company in the office supply industry to receive Ethics Inside® Certification by the Ethisphere Institute.  To find the nearest OfficeMax, call 1-877-OFFICEMAX.  For more information, visit www.officemax.com.

All trademarks, service marks and trade names of OfficeMax Incorporated used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of OfficeMax Incorporated. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

1 While supplies last. Calendars will be created when promotion code is presented at OfficeMax ImPress Print Center at OfficeMax stores throughout the U.S.

OfficeMax Media Contact
Nicole Miller
630.864.6069

SOURCE OfficeMax, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
The Industrial Internet revolution is now underway, enabled by connected machines and billions of devices that communicate and collaborate. The massive amounts of Big Data requiring real-time analysis is flooding legacy IT systems and giving way to cloud environments that can handle the unpredictable workloads. Yet many barriers remain until we can fully realize the opportunities and benefits from the convergence of machines and devices with Big Data and the cloud, including interoperability, data security and privacy.
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Cloud Expo 2014 TV commercials will feature @ThingsExpo, which was launched in June, 2014 at New York City's Javits Center as the largest 'Internet of Things' event in the world.
"People are a lot more knowledgeable about APIs now. There are two types of people who work with APIs - IT people who want to use APIs for something internal and the product managers who want to do something outside APIs for people to connect to them," explained Roberto Medrano, Executive Vice President at SOA Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Media announced that Splunk, a provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, has launched an ad campaign on Big Data Journal. Splunk software and cloud services enable organizations to search, monitor, analyze and visualize machine-generated big data coming from websites, applications, servers, networks, sensors and mobile devices. The ads focus on delivering ROI - how improved uptime delivered $6M in annual ROI, improving customer operations by mining large volumes of unstructured data, and how data tracking delivers uptime when it matters most.
DevOps Summit 2015 New York, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that it is now accepting Keynote Proposals. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long development cycles that produce software that is obsolete at launch. DevOps may be disruptive, but it is essential.
Wearable devices have come of age. The primary applications of wearables so far have been "the Quantified Self" or the tracking of one's fitness and health status. We propose the evolution of wearables into social and emotional communication devices. Our BE(tm) sensor uses light to visualize the skin conductance response. Our sensors are very inexpensive and can be massively distributed to audiences or groups of any size, in order to gauge reactions to performances, video, or any kind of presentation. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Jocelyn Scheirer, CEO & Founder of Bionolux, will discuss ho...
We’re no longer looking to the future for the IoT wave. It’s no longer a distant dream but a reality that has arrived. It’s now time to make sure the industry is in alignment to meet the IoT growing pains – cooperate and collaborate as well as innovate. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, will examine the key ingredients to IoT success and identify solutions to challenges the industry is facing. The deep industry expertise behind this presentation will provide attendees with a leading edge view of rapidly emerging IoT oppor...
“With easy-to-use SDKs for Atmel’s platforms, IoT developers can now reap the benefits of realtime communication, and bypass the security pitfalls and configuration complexities that put IoT deployments at risk,” said Todd Greene, founder & CEO of PubNub. PubNub will team with Atmel at CES 2015 to launch full SDK support for Atmel’s MCU, MPU, and Wireless SoC platforms. Atmel developers now have access to PubNub’s secure Publish/Subscribe messaging with guaranteed ¼ second latencies across PubNub’s 14 global points-of-presence. PubNub delivers secure communication through firewalls, proxy ser...
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective storage designed to handle the massive surge in back-end data in a world where timely analytics is e...
"There is a natural synchronization between the business models, the IoT is there to support ,” explained Brendan O'Brien, Co-founder and Chief Architect of Aria Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at the 15th International Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies, will examine why IT must finally fulfill its role in support of its SBUs or face a new round of...
The BPM world is going through some evolution or changes where traditional business process management solutions really have nowhere to go in terms of development of the road map. In this demo at 15th Cloud Expo, Kyle Hansen, Director of Professional Services at AgilePoint, shows AgilePoint’s unique approach to dealing with this market circumstance by developing a rapid application composition or development framework.

ARMONK, N.Y., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --  IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is bringing a greater level of control, security and flexibility to cloud-based application development and delivery with a single-tenant version of Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service. The new platform enables developers to build ap...

Building low-cost wearable devices can enhance the quality of our lives. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Sai Yamanoor, Embedded Software Engineer at Altschool, provided an example of putting together a small keychain within a $50 budget that educates the user about the air quality in their surroundings. He also provided examples such as building a wearable device that provides transit or recreational information. He then reviewed the resources available to build wearable devices at home including open source hardware, the raw materials required and the options available to power s...
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and assessments, including a decade of leading incident response and digital forensics. He is co-author of t...
The Internet of Things promises to transform businesses (and lives), but navigating the business and technical path to success can be difficult to understand. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, demonstrated how to approach creating broadly successful connected customer solutions using real world business transformation studies including New England BioLabs and more.
The Internet of Things is not new. Historically, smart businesses have used its basic concept of leveraging data to drive better decision making and have capitalized on those insights to realize additional revenue opportunities. So, what has changed to make the Internet of Things one of the hottest topics in tech? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Gray, Director, Embedded and Internet of Things, discussed the underlying factors that are driving the economics of intelligent systems. Discover how hardware commoditization, the ubiquitous nature of connectivity, and the emergence of Big Data a...