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SOC App Demo From My Smartphone!

I FINALLY figured it out!

For YEARS, since the SendOutCards (“SOC”) app was first introduced, I have been wanting to show people how the app works from any smartphone. But I could never figure out a way to easily demonstrate the app, without having a few tools or equipment I wasn’t particularly interested in acquiring at the time. Yet, I KNEW, having a way to easily demo the app by video would save everyone time, and would be especially helpful when trying to show it to someone who is no where near me, or who may even be across the country or around the world.

This morning, I discovered (by pure accident) that I could easily accomplish what I have been wanting to do since I first saw it done with technology and equipment I did not have years ago!

Do you know how GEEKED and EXCITED I was?! And Still AM?

Below is my 12th video demo attempt.  It will give you an idea of what all the excitement about the SOC app is about.

If you are on your phone, here is the link for the optimal viewing of the same video below: https://fccdl.in/o53fvF1m5

If watching from your computer, however, you can use the icons on the far right of the video below (they allow you to center and enlarge the video, as well as make it go Full screen).  And the Escape (Esc) key will take you out of Full Screen so you can finish reading how I accomplished this.


Loom Screen Share
(Explains how best to view the video above)



It’s Like Magic!

I realize that I love making screen share videos because I can talk about what I’m looking at on the computer screen to help someone else. Being on camera, you looking at me talking to you, means I need a topic that doesn’t involve my computer screen. I’m not particularly excited by that. LOL

So, from my Android LG Stylo 4 phone, I downloaded the FreeConferenceCall (“FCC”) app. I use that platform for my online meetings and am really loving its ease of use. Same link, all the time.

It only requires a quick download of the viewer file for those watching or participating and it can be opened, saved or run immediately (recommended if you’re trying to join an online meeting at the time you get the join link). And you don’t need to sign up to have your own FCC account to watch someone else’s online meeting. Just click a join link like mine:

So after downloading the FCC app, I wanted to see whether I could record what I saw on my phone because that’s the only way I can show someone SOC if we’re not in the same room or neither of us have the time to do it.

I successfully recorded right away on the first attempt and was THRILLED!

But I didn’t want my face on camera because I wasn’t yet camera-ready. Besides, and as already stated, my favorite videos to record are of what I see on my computer screen, and now, my phone!

However, my excitement turned to impatience and finally frustration because it took 10 more failed attempts to record my phone screen to show the SOC app because I kept missing a critical step.  And there were NO recordings!

FINALLY, I realized that it wasn’t enough to turn my video on or off (I could see myself in the top right corner of my phone) or even press the Share Screen button between the Phone and Video icons.

The critical step I missed was failing to “Start Recording”!

It is an option under the hamburger menu (the 3 horizontal lines in the top left of my phone).

And that obvious step is NOT readily visible from the main screen where the Phone, Share Screen and Video icons are.

“Stop Recording” is also under that same hamburger menu so you will actually HAVE a recording once you end the meeting!

DUH!  {Insert Facepalm Here} … LOL

Anyway, it is not a perfect demo, but I hope you saw . . . and could see . . . the endless possibilities when you get your own free SOC app. You can click the first banner in the right sidebar (from a computer you should see it), or simply go to http://GreetingCardsFromHome.com.

If you’re on your phone when you click that link, you’ll be taken to the Play or iTunes Store to download the SOC app.

However, if you are on your computer when you click to that link, you’ll be taken to my referral site online where you can still send 2 cards to someone you care about. My gift to you. It’s my treat and pleasure!

The Holidays Are Approaching

It was 11 years ago when I bought my first domain name, and around the same time, my son was preparing to leave for Marine Corps Recruit Training. Too many of our military members will miss yet another holiday season and with the contentious climate that America finds itself still living through, reaching out to others in kindness ought to be a paramount priority for everyone!

Anyway, a LOT has changed over the past 11 years, and I wanted to share two personal stories related to a company I joined weeks before my son left for boot camp. I had no idea what had been offered to me or how it would enhance my life.

A Missed Birthday

My son arrived on Parris Island a few days shy of his 20th birthday and I had no mailing address to send him a birthday card. We were NOT on the best of terms back then, but I did want to wish him a Happy Birthday. It was because of a volunteer organization I discovered online shortly after he left, MarineParents.com, that I learned that parents of recruits had unknowingly been drafted, and our primary daily responsibility (aside from praying for them) was to write letters to our recruits. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.

You have NO idea what a challenge that was for me in the beginning! But here’s how things went and where they stand TODAY:

Son's Promotion
October 2009 Promotion

(When you click the image, you can listen to the replay from October 28, 2017)

Mom’s Christmas Card List

The other story is about my Mother and Christmas. She was the dedicated wife of an Army officer, and an avid Christmas card sender during his 20 year career and beyond. I remember the various dining room tables wherever we lived at the time, being covered with boxes of Christmas cards, envelopes, stamps, pens, and pages of at least 300 handwritten addresses! My Mom would spend days and nights hand addressing every envelope, and signing her yearly greeting from the Johnsons inside every card. And then we would visit the post office to get them all mailed before the ‘rush’. Seriously, Mother started in November because she didn’t believe in late Christmas cards. 🙂

And she absolutely HATED receiving Christmas cards that had news about someone passing away since last Christmas. Invariably, there were cards with that sad news, but they, along with the hundreds of others, hung on our door frames and adorned our tables and mantles as Dad handled the rest of decorating the house for Christmas, and sometimes, the holiday parties hosted by Mom.

Fast forward to 11 years ago . . . I taught Mom how to use SendOutCards (“SOC”) to send her Christmas and birthday cards. She even sent a few to my son, her first grandchild.  She simply chose the card she wanted, typed her name and left the rest to me when it came to sending her personalized Christmas cards . 🙂

Of course, the number of mailing addresses had naturally dwindled over the years, but having those addresses made it almost painless when I had to notify relatives and friends that Mom passed a week after her 80th birthday in May 2015.

I still clearly remember thinking of her as I hand-addressed every 11″ x 16″ manila envelope to relatives and friends and inserted her Memorial and her remaining family’s contact information.

And while I wrote, various images of Mom at a table years ago flashed through my mind.  And I smiled knowing she would so approve of people learning of her passing at any time other than at Christmas, in a greeting card.

Again, I AM SO Thankful for SendOutCards being in my life. Their service has been absolutely life-changing and priceless.

Do You Mail Greeting Cards?

Before the internet, people typically mailed their greeting cards.  Nowadays, sending REAL greetings card through the mail has become a lost art.  Instead, people send ecards or texts wishing others whatever.

At SOC, we believe in acknowledging and celebrating the people in your life while they are living.  So who do YOU know that has a birthday?  Or, how are you getting your holiday cards done this year?  Spending big bucks by having a big box store do them for you?  SendOutCards has THOUSANDS of pre-designed cards for ALL occasions:

But the BEST cards are the ones you create by adding your own photos to the inside of any card, or if added to the front, you will be creating a unique, one of kind card limited only by your imagination.  And our cards are typically less than ones you buy from a store.

Click HERE to See How Much It Cost to Send a Card

Of course, you are invited to TRY SOC FOR FREE by sending someone you know a card.  When you go through the short guided video tour, you will be creating a card to mail and will finish by creating your free account, my compliments.  And of course, you can then send cards easily from your smartphone!  (If you sign up from your phone first, be sure you use my ID:  27748; otherwise, start from the website so you can be walked through how to send a free card on me).

If you have any questions, I AM happy to help answer them. Of course, you can also watch the replay of that 2017 Virtual Event HERE.