How to Keep Employees Engaged

ChicExecs Senior Director of PR & Operations, Kristen Wessel shares the ways you can encourage a motivating work environment from team outings to in-office activities.

“By providing employees with a special treat, they’re not only happy to be acknowledged and rewarded, but also get a nice boost of energy from an afternoon crash,” she explains referring to one idea, surprising your team with a food truck coming to the office.

Read the full article here.

 

ChicExecs Secures ErgoErgo on SheKnows

Our latest feature is for our client ErgoErgo on SheKnows!

The ErgoErgo active sitting stool made the list of must-have items in the article “Everything Moms Who Work From Home Need to Stay Sane.”

Check out ErgoErgo for this accordion-style ergonomic stool that’s a flexible alternative to a desk chair. Additionally, it keeps your core tight and hips relaxed as you work.

Congratulations ErgoErgo!

The ChicExecs Team

ChicExecs Secures Tossits on AskMen

Our latest feature is for our client Tossits on Best Company!

Tossits garbage bags made the list of “Best Smart Cleaning Gadgets” for the convenient way to say goodbye to car garbage.

Check out Tossits for the bag you simply hang it on the back of a headrest and when needed and throw dry or wet trash right in. They’re made from 100 percent recycled plastic too!

Congratulations Tossits!

The ChicExecs Team

 

 

ChicExecs Secures Art 4 All in Outside Magazine

Our latest feature is for our client Art 4 All in Outside Magazine!

Featuring the art of Abby Paffrath, the Art 4 All’s Fish Print Beanie was featured as a must-have for women’s fishing essentials.

Check out Art 4 All  to experience this artist’s unique collection of accessories focusing on outdoor landscapes and wildlife.

Congratulations Art 4 All!

The ChicExecs Team

 

The Best Photo Editing Apps

The Best Editing Apps for Photos

Every year the cameras in our phones get better and better. Nonetheless, you may still feel the need to edit photos for Instagram. If the amateur photographer in you isn’t feeling like a pro just yet it might be time to invest in a photo editing app. These days anyone and everyone has a phone with a decent camera and knows how to use basic filters so it’s important that your photos stand out. Check out some of these top photo editing apps to help you create stunning photos and get your social media accounts the attention they deserve.

Afterlight 2

Filter fans will rejoice over this app. Choose from an extensive library of filters or use the lighting and color correction tools for precise hues. If you’ve ever used version 1.0, you might notice some changes. Afterlight 2 is a complete overhaul of the original, completely redesigned and redeveloped.

Key Aspects:

  • Create your own filters
  • Zoom while editing
  • Frame your photos with any color or background image
  • Curve tool lets you adjust brightness, color, contrast and shadows
  • Selective tools for hue, saturation and lightness (HSL)
  • Tools for textures and effects

Price: $2.99

iOS & Android app available? Afterlight 2 is available for iOS but only the original version of Afterlight is free to install right now for Android. 

VSCO

With this app, not only do you get editing tools, you can access a whole community of photographers with a membership. The yearly membership also provides some extra photo and video editing tools along with bonus tips, tricks and tutorials. If you’re wondering what VSCO stands for, it’s an abbreviation for Visual Supply Company. 

Key Aspects: 

  • Edit with 10 presets
  • Contrast, saturation and grain tools included
  • Free content to explore photography

With Membership:

  • Edit with 130+ presets
  • Presets for vintage film looks by Kodak, Agfa, and Ilford 
  • Border and HSL tools
  • Video editing tools
  • Weekly photo challenges
  • Bonus member content

Price: Free for basic app, $20/year for membership

iOS & Android app available? Available for both

Lightroom

The makers of Adobe Photoshop made sure you had an app for that well-known desktop program. You can capture and edit photos with this program. The range of Lightroom features depends upon how much you want to pay. While the basic app is free, you can pay extra for additional editing, organizing and storage features or choose an Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud Plan to work with photos across your devices.

Key Features:

  • Take photos in raw format
  • HDR mode to capture brightest and darkest images
  • Five presets allow you to see the effects as you take a photo
  • Edits range from simple one-tap presets to advanced adjustments and corrections
  • Edit color, exposure, tone, and contrast with the tone curve
  • Copy and apply favorite edits across photos
  • Rate and flag photos

Premium Features:

  • Selectively adjust any part of a photo
  • Auto-tag photos
  • Back up original photos on the Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Import and synchronize photos to Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Access to Lightroom web galleries 

Price: Free for basic app, $4.99 for premium features, Adobe Creative Cloud Plans range from $9.99 to $19.99.

iOS & Android app available? Available for both

Colourtone

Using the Colourtone app is the easiest way to apply professional quality filters to your photos and videos. Created by a professional photographer, choose from a variety of preset collections and adjustment settings to selectively edit photos and videos. There’s also an in-app camera that pre-applies the filters.

Key Features:

  • Twelve different adjustment settings 
  • Built-in gallery for the import of photos and videos
  • Reset button to revert to the original image
  • Compare button to see before and after filter effects

Price: Free for basic app. Collection prices range from $0.99 to $3.99

iOS & Android app available? Available for both

Facetune

Known as the original selfie editor, make this your go-to app to retouch and add some artistry to your selfies and portraits. From crooked smiles to skin blemishes and bad hair days, this app has the tools to improve your appearance while applying enhancements to photos overall.

Key Features:

  • Perfect smiles
  • Beautify Skin
  • Enhance eyes or correct red eye
  • Edit hair
  • Reshape facial structure
  • Add makeup
  • Light editing
  • Blur backgrounds
  • Create mirrored image
  • Add textures and custom frames

Price: $3.99

iOS & Android app available? Available for both

 

ChicExecs Secures PoolCandy on Buzzfeed

Our latest feature is for our client PoolCandy on Buzzfeed!

PoolCandy’s glitter-filled inflatable ottoman was featured in their roundup of great items for dorm room decorating.

Check out PoolCandy for the glitzy ottoman that inflates and deflates in minutes and packs flat when you need extra dorm space.

Congratulations PoolCandy!

The ChicExecs Team

ChicExecs Secures Pure Daily Care in Woman’s World

Our latest feature is for our client Pure Daily Care in Woman’s World!

Pure Daily Care’s Ionic Facial Steamer made the list of “25 Relaxing Gifts for Moms in Need of Some Serious Pampering.”

Check out Pure Daily Care for the facial steamer system that revives and refreshes skin while treating mom to an at-home spa experience.

Congratulations Pure Daily Care!

The ChicExecs Team