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We’ve been busy little bees this month

You asked for an easy and quick way of staging your products to make attractive, compelling and oh-so-clickable images for your social media promoting.

We can hardly believe it ourselves but we’ve managed to make and release a new Nifty tool to let you do just that in this important run-up to the holiday season.

Here’s a few examples of what you can make in just a few clicks, drags and drops:

A really great bonus is that you get given a link to use with your new graphic that takes the visitor to a product grid page where they can click to see and buy what they like!

And, of course, this is all free! So cool 😊

Main benefits

  • Free!
  • Easy to use, in-built templates for social media
  • If you can click, drag and drop, you can use it
  • Super fast to place your product images with the magnetic template placeholders!
  • Zazzlers: start from your Nifty Promo Control Panel to select what you want to promote. When you’ve done that, the product stager is in Step2
  • Society6 storekeepers: start from your Nifty Promo Control Panel to select what you want to promote. When you’ve done that, the product stager is in Step2
  • Other POD storekeepers: as there’s no Nifty Promo Control Panel for you, start the tool directly. Don’t worry – it’s easy to get the product images you want – see the help in the Add your own images panel in the pre-staging area

Features

  • Stage for you to work on to create your design
  • Background, Image and Foreground layers to keep you organized
  • Add frames, text and images using the pre-staging area
  • Design grid with snap-to
  • Template Library: use the in-built templates – available at the best sizes for various social media to start you off
  • Resize, squish and rotate anything you’ve added
  • Arrange within layers with buttons to send-to-back, bring-to-front, back-one and forward-one
  • Make your own templates you can use over and over again
  • In-built templates include magnetic image placeholders – drag and drop a selected image near one and it’ll resize and rotate to match, then snap into place
  • When you save your template, images will become magnetic placeholders when you next load!
  • Edit frames and text you’ve added to the stage with the editing panes

a screenshot of the full tool showing the stage and pre-staging area
the full tool showing the stage and pre-staging area

Other things we’ve been up to

We’re in the process of adding a News panel at the bottom of every Nifty tool to make it easy for you to keep up with updates. We’ll make another blog post when we’ve got more to say about it.

Society6 nIFTTTy Scheduler now has auto hashtagging

With auto hashtagging, your automated pins / shares / tweets will now be much easier for people to find – and that means more reach and more referral commision and sales for you!

When the scheduler picks up the product to pass to IFTTT, it now also gets the product name and the first five tags (if there are that many) recorded against the design and adds them to the end of the title as hashtags.

Here’s what one looks like on Pinterest:

a screenshot of a Pinterest pin showing the automatically added hashtags
automatically added hashtags

If you want to try it with your store, pop over to the Society6 Nifty CPanel, put in your storename and choose the nIFTTTy Scheduler in Step2.

Remember, you’ll need an IFTTT account and you’ll need it to be connected to your Pinterest account. That’s all there is to it – happy automated promoting with Nifty!

To advance to 50/50 referral commission sharing, don’t forget to put in your curator id when your in Nifty putting in your store id.

New image frame type for Pinterest in nIFTTTy Scheduler

We’ve added a new image frame type for use on Pinterest with your nIFTTTy schedules. Here’s an example of what one looks like:

a screenshot showing an example of the new image frame in use
example of new image frame type

The frame is in a 6×9 proportion as recommended by Pinterest. The frame colour follows that of the included design. The text at top and bottom is chosen at random from a few we’ve made available.

Here’s where you select it in the nIFTTTy Scheduler:

a screenshot showing the new image frame type choice in the nIFTTTy Scheduler
choosing the new image frame type in the nIFTTTy Scheduler

Improved nIFTTTy Schedule setup when filtering

We’ve improved things when you use filtering in what you’re scheduling. When you are, you’ll see a new button count remaining after filtering.

When you click it, behind the scenes Nifty works out how many are left after applying your filter(s) and then fills in the box with the answer.

The absolute maximum that Zazzle lets you get at is 1000 and so filtering will always get you fewer than that.

screenshot showing new button you get when using filters
a new button appears when you’ve set up filtering in Nifty

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The geeky bit – please feel free to ignore 🙂

It’s important to make sure that Zazzle has at least as many available as the number you put in the how many to schedule box. When you’re not filtering, max possible is the way to go (unless you want fewer for some reason).

It’s important because it’s used to create a list of numbers representing the products to be scheduled. If there’s more in the list than there are products available, then you’ll end up not getting a pin / share for each missing one.

It takes the scheduler no time at all to get the size of the list of numbers to make except when you’re filtering. It just takes too long to work out how many are left after filtering each time IFTTT runs your applet (aka connection). Going that way, IFTTT would time out and therefore would fail to pin / share.

And that’s why, when you use filtering, it needs to be worked out ahead of time with that new button.

New Nifty for Zazzle’s Promoter Program

Great news! The version of the Nifty tools suite that supports the new Zazzle Promoter Program has now been released!

How it will work

The new Nifty Promoter Program Membership works as follows:

  • You pay for your Nifty Promoter Program Membership and
    • register the stores covered by your Zazzle Promoter Program account
    • register the account’s Associate Id
  • When you use Nifty with that Associate Id (aka referral id) and promote products from your registered stores, all links created will be ‘clean’ – that is, no referral id, tracking code or promo code will be included
  • When you use Nifty with that Associate Id (aka referral id) and you promote from the marketplace, links for products from your registered stores will be clean, all others will include your referral id, tracking code and (if set) the promo code

Earnings

✅ Clean links will earn you a whopping 35% self-referral commission
✅ Links with your referral id and tracking code will earn you the usual 15% referral commission
✅ Your Promoter Program account will not be eligible for the Volume Bonus program

Note that the way it works is determined by Zazzle. The above is all based on answers we’ve received from them about the Promoter Program workings.

What will you be able to do with Nifty as a member of the Promoter Program?

Now the new Nifty has been released you’re be able to:

✅ Automatically pin many dozens of your links on Pinterest daily (with or without classy image frames)
✅ Share shareable slideshows of your products on social media (they won’t ‘slide’ until the image is clicked and the visitor gets taken to the slideshow page on the Nifty website)
✅ Use the speed-sharer to get your links onto social media real fast – all with hashtags created from your product’s tags
✅ Share the speed-sharer on social media so others can speed-share your links on their social media!
✅ Share links on social media to shareable pages of your product grids on the Nifty website – for those without web sites
✅ Make widgets for slideshows, scrollers, speed-sharers, product grids – and more – for your blogs and websites (yes, even free WordPress sites!)

Of course, you can still do all of the above with products from other artists and earn the 15% referral commission but we wanted to focus on the Promoter Program. But don’t worry, Nifty automatically creates the right sort of link depending on whether or not the product being promoted is yours.