New Features Launched: AirDrop and BCC

We’re happy to release two new features for Hula Booth that have hit the App Store this week: AirDrop and BCC. Keep reading to learn more about these two features.

We’re happy to release two new features for Hula Booth that have hit the App Store this week: AirDrop and BCC. Keep reading to learn more about these two features.

AirDrop

AirDrop is a service included on Apple devices for the quick and easy sharing of files. If you have any Apple devices, you’ve probably used this feature before to quickly transfer files between them. We’re actually using it to write this blog post: all the app screenshots were taken on our iPad and sent via AirDrop to our MacBooks.

So why is AirDrop great for photo booths? Well, it means that photos can be shared extremely fast to guests with iPhones. The photos don’t need to be uploaded for text messaging sharing or attached to emails, and then downloaded on the guests phones. Another added benefit is that AirDrop works without an internet connection.

Being an Apple service, it will only be available to guests on an iPhone, which is a bummer. But the good news is a lot of people do use them (62% of mobile visitors to this website are on iOS). Guests using other phones, such as Android, can share with email or text messaging per usual.

How AirDrop works on Hula Booth​

AirDrop on Hula Booth

Turning on AirDrop sharing is easy: just toggle it on.

Enabling AirDrop Sharing

BCC

When sending an email from your email account, you have the ability to cc (carbon copy) or bcc (blind carbon copy) to other email addresses. BCC is invisible to the user who the email is sent to. For example, if this email was sent:​

Sending an email with a bcc address.

The recipient, will not see the bcc email address.

Receiving a bcc email (you can't see the bcc address)

In Hula Booth, we have added a new field for email sharing called BCC which adds a bcc to all emails sent.

Enabling bcc mode and ready to enter in a bcc email address.

Why is this handy? Well, there are many reasons, but here are some two that may suit your photo booth business.

1. Send a copy of all email shares to yourself

We're not sure that this is useful, but you can receive a copy of all the email shares to if you enter in your BCC email address as the bcc.

Perhaps you want to collect all the email addresses manually (we have an event report which has this data), or have a copy of all photos in your email account (why not use our cloud sync?).

2. Use Zapier to automatically build your mailing list.

This is a great reason for using a BCC address: the automatic building your email marketing list by using Zapier. What is Zapier? Well, it integrates thousands of apps, meaning we can integrate Hula Booth with your email marketing software (e.g. MailChimp, MailerLite, AWeber, and many more).

To do this, we set up a Zap. We use "Email Parser by Zapier" to get the email recipient, and then use your email marketing software connection to automatically add them to your mailing list.

Some examples

There are hundreds of other potential combinations, so best to explore Zapier and get thinking!

Both AirDrop and BCC will be available in Hula Booth v1.1.4 rolling out to the App Store very soon.
Haven't got Hula Booth yet? Download it here.
We’re happy to release two new features for Hula Booth that have hit the App Store this week: AirDrop and BCC. Keep reading to learn more about these two features.

AirDrop

AirDrop is a service included on Apple devices for the quick and easy sharing of files. If you have any Apple devices, you’ve probably used this feature before to quickly transfer files between them. We’re actually using it to write this blog post: all the app screenshots were taken on our iPad and sent via AirDrop to our MacBooks.

So why is AirDrop great for photo booths? Well, it means that photos can be shared extremely fast to guests with iPhones. The photos don’t need to be uploaded for text messaging sharing or attached to emails, and then downloaded on the guests phones. Another added benefit is that AirDrop works without an internet connection.

Being an Apple service, it will only be available to guests on an iPhone, which is a bummer. But the good news is a lot of people do use them (62% of mobile visitors to this website are on iOS). Guests using other phones, such as Android, can share with email or text messaging per usual.

How AirDrop works on Hula Booth​

AirDrop on Hula Booth

Turning on AirDrop sharing is easy: just toggle it on.

Enabling AirDrop Sharing

BCC

When sending an email from your email account, you have the ability to cc (carbon copy) or bcc (blind carbon copy) to other email addresses. BCC is invisible to the user who the email is sent to. For example, if this email was sent:​

Sending an email with a bcc address.

The recipient, will not see the bcc email address.

Receiving a bcc email (you can't see the bcc address)

In Hula Booth, we have added a new field for email sharing called BCC which adds a bcc to all emails sent.

Enabling bcc mode and ready to enter in a bcc email address.

Why is this handy? Well, there are many reasons, but here are some two that may suit your photo booth business.

1. Send a copy of all email shares to yourself

We're not sure that this is useful, but you can receive a copy of all the email shares to if you enter in your BCC email address as the bcc.

Perhaps you want to collect all the email addresses manually (we have an event report which has this data), or have a copy of all photos in your email account (why not use our cloud sync?).

2. Use Zapier to automatically build your mailing list.

This is a great reason for using a BCC address: the automatic building your email marketing list by using Zapier. What is Zapier? Well, it integrates thousands of apps, meaning we can integrate Hula Booth with your email marketing software (e.g. MailChimp, MailerLite, AWeber, and many more).

To do this, we set up a Zap. We use "Email Parser by Zapier" to get the email recipient, and then use your email marketing software connection to automatically add them to your mailing list.

Some examples

There are hundreds of other potential combinations, so best to explore Zapier and get thinking!

Both AirDrop and BCC will be available in Hula Booth v1.1.4 rolling out to the App Store very soon.
Haven't got Hula Booth yet? Download it here.

Further reading

Hula Booth Update: V.1.4.0

Hula Booth V.1.4.0 is finally about to go live on the App Store and it's packed with new features!

We're Changing Our Billing System... Again

Hula Booth's billing system is changing once again, but this time it's out of our control.

We’ve got a lot of big plans

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