Study The Past And Divine The Future - 2018 In Review

Welcome to 2019!

Urban Studio Living Space Beauty Shot

At the beginning of a new year, it’s common for businesses to take a look back at what their followers liked (and didn’t like) in social media posts shared during the year just ended.

In so doing, they can gain insight into what resonated - and didn’t - with their current and (hopefully future) customers, and use that analytical data to guide their future social media marketing efforts.

Well, we’re no different. The purpose of this post is to share our top 5 social media posts from 2018 for each of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Orbital Deck Interior (Animated)

Orbital Deck Interior (Animated)

What the results tell us is that video is popular (no surprise there) and there is still a lot of interest in our unique 3D living spaces, which is great.

In each table below, we list the posts in reverse order, include an excerpt from the post, and provide a link to the actual post so you can see it in its native habitat.

Take a look at where we’ve been, and follow us on the journey to where we’re going next. It’s going to be exciting.


Instagram is our most active social account; here are our top five posts from 2018:

Instagram Content Post Excerpt Date Published
#5: Contemporary Showroom Living Space Preview Video Got things you'd like to sell? Display them in these Contemporary Showroom spaces. 🏬 🖼️💲 July 13, 2018
#4: Kitchen Furniture - Mixer Contemporary Furniture: Mixer 🍪🎂 March 4, 2018
#3: Orbital Deck Living Space Unlike what you often see on film, your science fiction-themed spaces don't have to be dark and foreboding. September 2, 2018
#2: Space Captain's Quarters Living Space Never be ashamed to fly your science fiction freak flag high. 👩‍🚀👨 September 29, 2018
#1: Urban Studio Living Space The Urban Studio living space is both spacious and functional. Not that there's anything wrong with that. 🏡 🖼️❤️ July 16, 2018

Twitter is our second most active social network, and the one where we share the most content - a mixture of company-generated materials along with shared links from other relevant resources.

Our top five tweets for 2018:

Twitter Post Post Excerpt Date Published
#5: Small Credenza (Red/Brown) Storage with style ... that's what we offer with these threepieces from our Retro Furniture collection. Add them to your favorite living space(s). 🗝️🗃️ June 7, 2018
#4: Space Captain's Quarters Preview Video Scifi is not just for geeks. Never be afraid to fly your #sciencefiction freak flag high. Especially not in #3D. 🚀 July 18, 2018
#3: Kitchen Furniture - Waffle Maker Paula Deen once said: "Life is too short to wonder where you hid your #waffle maker." Never fear ... 🥞🍳🥓 October 28, 2018
#2: Canopy Bed - White One of our styles of sleeping 💤 accommodations is this ornate #colonial canopy bed. 🛏️⠀ November 12, 2018
#1: Orbital Deck Preview Video The Orbital Deck is the roomiest and most colorful of our three available #scifi spaces. Check out this #video flythrough. 🚀 December 1, 2018

Finally, there’s good(?) old Facebook. Our top five Facebook posts from 2018:

Facebook Post Post Excerpt Date Published
#5: Urban Gallery Preview Video Watch this video 📹 of our Urban Gallery living space and imagine how cool your favorite photos 📷 🤳 would look there. July 9, 2018
#4: Landscaping Furniture - Potted Yucca Plant Add decoration to your living spaces with items from our Contemporary Furniture Landscaping Collection, like this Potted Plant - Yucca. 🌵 August 2, 2018
#3: King Bed - Dark Mahogany Mix and match furniture styles from our Colonial Collection to assemble your own bedroom suite. 🛌🏻 ⠀ August 28, 2018
#2: King Bed w/Tufted Headboard Egowall users have access to dozens of contemporary furniture objects 🛋️, so if you're a fan of that style 🛌, we can help you out. 🎮 December 3, 2018
#1: Studio Lot Living Space We have three ☘️ similar but uniquely different studio spaces 🏠 available for you to consider. May 16, 2018

So that’s the story of 2018, and now it’s on to a new year and all the challenges that brings.

In the meantime, to see the rest of our furniture collection and to experience the fun of creating a space that shows the world your interests and accomplishments, sign up for a free Egowall account today.

It's time to Be The Real You™.

It’s Halloween. Everyone's Entitled to One Good Scare.

Just like clockwork, October is here and the rest of the holiday season is just ahead.

Let’s ignore the presence of Christmas decorations in some of our finer retail establishments and focus on the first of the trinity of upcoming American holidays.

You may be seeing Halloween decorations out and about in your neighborhoods, and they’re sure to increase in number as we get closer to the end of the month.

This is the only time of year when neighbors proudly display pumpkins, skeletons, tombstones, spiders and (especially) cobwebs. Maybe you’ve already dressed up your own home for the occasion.

Coffin

Did you know that you can do the same thing in Egowall?

We have more than fifteen assets for you to add fun seasonal décor to any of your living space(s).

Jack-O-Lantern - Scary

The available Halloween-themed objects - several of which are shown at right (click any of them for a larger view) - are:

  • Candy Bowl

  • Cemetery Gates

  • Coffin

  • Flying Bat

  • Hanging Bat

  • Swooping Bat

  • Scary Black Cat

  • Standing Black Cat

  • Happy Jack-O'-Lantern

  • Sad Jack-O'-Lantern

  • Scary Jack-O'-Lantern

  • Tombstone - Crumbling

  • Tombstone - RIP

  • Tombstone - Skull & Crossbones

  • Web Floor Mat - Large

  • Web Floor Mat - Small

  • Web Floor Rug

To see photos of the rest of our spooky assets, check out our Instagram feed or our Facebook page.

Tombstone - Skull and Crossbones

In the game itself, you'll locate these holiday objects in the "Miscellaneous" section of the Furniture shopping category for each applicable living space style.

Add one or all of them to your inventory and use them to boo-tify your living space(s) for the season.

After you've done that, we'd like to see what you come up with. Share your favorite sites here in the comments.

Whether you are going to a costume party or staying home to dole out too much candy to trick-or-treaters, we hope you have a fangtastic holiday.

And don't forget to #BeTheRealBoo at all times.

And if you happen to live in Haddonfield, please be very careful.

Images On The Half Shell - Best of 2018 So Far

Source: Justin Snow (Flickr); licensed via Creative Commons

Having passed the halfway point of the year, it's appropriate to self-assess our marketing efforts and see what images in our Instagram feed have resonated with our community.

In this post, we will identify and discuss the five Instagram posts that garnered the most engagement in the first half of 2018.

All of these images were originally shared between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

Links to the original posts are provided below.


Number 1: Urban Studio Living Space

The Urban Studio is one of sixteen living spaces available to Egowall users.

These four beauty shots illustrate the spaciousness and flexibility of the space. Nestled in an urban center, this space's open floor plan allows it to serve many purposes.

The Urban Studio space will serve you well if you want to showcase your interest in fine furniture, photography, or any work of digital art you may have imported into the game.

Original post: June 16, 2018


Number 2: Contemporary Furniture - Mixer

The Mixer is one of nearly 40 pieces of kitchen furniture and appliances you can decorate any living space.

Perhaps this post was popular because it made folks think about those long ago adventures baking cookies with their moms.

Or maybe they were really into baking right now and they wanted to make sure everyone knows how much it reflects who they really are.

Then again, it could have just been that it looks pretty cool. Because it does.

Original Post: March 4, 2018


Number 3: Construction Collection

Egowall's furniture library features hundreds of pieces in multiple styles, any of which can be used to create a space that represents The Real You™.

But depending upon how creative you are feeling, on any given day that might not be enough.

Using our construction assets and building tools, you can assemble nearly anything that you can imagine within a space.

And if you're really feeling adventurous, you can even create whole new spaces.

Original Post: March 5, 2018


Number 4: Landscaping Collection - Potted Plant - Yucca

Once you've decorated with furniture and photos, you might want to make the space a bit warmer or more inviting.

Nothing does that better - in real life or online - than plants and other greenery.

You'll find more than seventy (70) flowers and landscaping decorations available for enhancing your space(s).

Most are designed for use with the Empty Urban Lot and Outdoor Sandbox.

But if you want to bring them inside one of the prefabricated spaces, go crazy with it.

Original Post: May 5, 2018


Number 5: Science Fiction Furniture Collection

We've never been reluctant about professing our love here for science fiction.

Commensurately, our scifi-themed furniture offerings (nearly 60 of them) are among our favorite items in our catalog.

The pieces illustrated at right and the rest of their brethren are specifically designed for use in these three living spaces:

  • Orbital Deck,

  • Space Crew Quarters, and

  • Space Captain's Quarters

But honestly, these pieces are so attractive, you can get away with placing them in any style of living space.

Original Post: January 29, 2018


That's the first half of 2018 in the books ... on to the rest of the year.

We've been exploring some new tools for creating content to share on our Instagram feed in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for that. 

In the meantime, to see the rest of our furniture collection and to experience the fun of creating a space that shows the world your interests and accomplishments, sign up for a free Egowall account today.

It's time to Be The Real You™.

Use Timeless Photos To Showcase Your Favorite Adventures

Timely vs. Timeless

Last fall, this blog featured a living space that showcased photos taken during the State Fair of Texas (which is simply the best state fair in these United States, but we digress).

Those photos told a timely story of what it was like to attend the 2017 fair.

It's the type of post that gathers interest in the time of year (autumn) that the fair is held. But some might not really consider it as relevant at other times and not be interested in visiting it.

How Giraffes Drink

With that in mind, we have created a new evergreen showcase space - one that does not become dated soon after publication.

That means including photographs and an accompanying story that are timeless.

Hopefully it will be one that people will want to see whenever they happen to discover it.

A Little Background

Recently our family took a once in a lifetime (probably) trip to Africa, where we visited South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

This Is a Termite Mound. Be Very Afraid.

The junket was organized by Road Scholar, which seeks to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel.

It offers more than 5000 learning adventures in 150 countries and all 50 states, and serves more than 100,000 participants per year.

The trip we selected was "African Safari: A Close-up on Wildlife," a 15-day, 14-night adventure in which we and fifteen other people

  • stayed at hotels and game lodges in three different countries,
  • took more than a dozen open-air game drives at all times of the day and night
  • observed and experienced unique cultural activities
  • ate amazing food that we didn't even know existed
  • got up close and personal with lions, elephants, giraffes, and more
  • felt the spray from Victoria Falls, one of the world's great natural wonders
  • learned about termites, animal social behavior and the local history and geography

Between two SLR cameras and two smartphones, we took more than 1500 photographs to document our experience.

Sharing Our Favorite Photos

The Southern Africa Showcase 2017 living space (seen below at right) feature seventeen of our favorite pictures from the trip.

Southern Africa Showcase Living Space View #1

Included are a mix of animal photos, landscape shots and pictures of the general surroundings we encountered.

We have so many good images to share that we plan to update the living space regularly.

By doing so, we want to make it much like a real art gallery, with rotating exhibitions.

We know that many of you have exciting pictures of vacations or other family activities that you could showcase in a similar way.

Southern Africa Showcase Living Space View #2

Southern Africa Showcase Living Space View #2

It is our sincere hope that this article inspires you do to sign up for a free Egowall account and do exactly that.

Once you have created it (them?), share the link(s) for your showcase(s) in the comments below and on other social media platforms.

It's time to let the whole world see The Real You™.

We hope you will visit our Southern Africa showcase now and again in the future to tell us which photos are your favorites. Please leave comments on the pictures when you drop by.

If you have any questions about the trip itself, just leave a public note or private message in the space and we will be happy to get back in touch with you.

And if you're interested in a different way of exploring the world around you - especially areas that you likely would never otherwise see, we recommend that you check out the offerings at Road Scholar.


NOTE: We have no business relationship with Road Scholar and were not compensated in any way for the comments and recommendations included in this post. We just think they have a great product and treat their customers very well.


Memories - Just Like Trix - Are For Kids

What a child can do in cooperation today, he can do alone tomorrow.
— Lev Vygotsky

Who Are You - Really?

A lot of what we do here in the blog and on our social platforms is to illustrate how adults can use our unique 3D living spaces to showcase their interests, experiences and accomplishments.

Your home - and the furniture, photos, art and other décor that you use to decorate it - provides a pretty accurate a picture of what you are really about.

And we think our game is the best spot for you to do the same thing online.

That's what we mean when we invite you to Be The Real You™ with Egowall.

But What About The Kids?

We also want to give that opportunity to your children, who have their own interests and accomplishments to share.

To that end, we have approximately seventy (70) furniture and decor items specifically designed for use in kids' rooms.

Items in our Kids Collection are split among the following themes:

  • Jungle (33)

  • Military (3)

  • Pirate (6)

  • Princess (18)

  • Sports (9)

If you look at the images at right for examples of the craftsmanship of our kids furniture items.

Show Me More

Each weekday for the next two weeks we are showcasing images from our Kids Collection on our Instagram feed.

This week, we focus on sports-themed furniture objects and next week we will follow up with a look at five beautiful items you can in our Princess collection.

So if you don't already subscribe to us on Instagram, please do so to make sure you don't miss these posts.

We encourage you to create spaces for your children and work with them to decorate their rooms with the things that will show their friends who THEY really are.

Sign up for a free account (note that all account holders must be age 13 or over) today and start documenting your - and your child's - memories with Egowall.

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
— Charles R. Swindoll