We’ve had to withdraw this tool – IFTTT refused to play nicely with the approach we used. The random selection that made sure everyone shared different products just didn’t work out properly and very little was actually being shared after a handful of days.
To those of you who tried it, we’re sorry it ended up this way.
You can leave your exisiting pins / tweets / shares. They’re all fine and may actually lead to success in the “long tail” – ie over a period of a few months or longer. See Wikipedia’s entry for long tail.
Update: We’ve done this now for both the Zazzle and Society6 Nifty CPanels
If you’re doing a promoting session where you want to promote the same select few products down more than one social media channel, until we added this update what you’d have likely done would be to open tabs for each of the speed-sharers and then flicked between those tabs, speed-sharing as you go.
With the new all-in-one speed sharer, they’re combined into one. No more flicking back and forward between tabs. It may seem like a small thing but it saves lots of time when you need to promote this way.
Examples of when you’d be using this approach
You’ve done a bunch of designing and you want to get your newest stuff “out there”, coordinated across your social media channels.
You’re having a little bit of a promotion campaign for a a few tightly-focussed product designs and you want to share in a coordinated way across your social media channels
Why is this coordination important?
When you coordinate across your channels in this way, it increases the chances of your share being seen by more people (ie a few from Facebook, a few from Twitter and some from Pinterest).
If you’re focussing on attracting potential custom by including a promo code, coordinating across the channels can boost your results.
Coordinating in this way can also give each product a little bit more prominence in search engines.
So, we hope you enjoy the time-saving you gain with this. 😎
For example, it’s now in the run-up to graduation season. Anyone serious about promoting will already have one or two niFTTTy Schedules going for it. So here’s how to get them to start using promo codes.
As soon as Zazzle tells you about a graduation promo, all it takes is a quick tweak to get those IFTTT applets to use the promo code and encourage sales.
Here’s how you tweak your applet to use the promo code you get from Zazzle. Let’s say it’s PROMOCODE
Make sure you don’t accidently press return – it’s vital that the feed url is one long, unbroken line.
You’ll also want to mention it in the description. Don’t forget to say when it ends (maybe give the time as well). Make sure you put the details before the EntryTitle so it doesn’t get cut off!
to change things back when the promo ends.
Use them as you manually promote, too
Don’t just use them on your nIFTTTy schedules, use them when speed-sharing, sharing slideshows or sharing product grid pages.
Here’s where you set up your promo code – once entered, all links generated by any of the Nifty tools will use it – regardless of whether it’s valid at Zazzle or not.
Has this motivated you to take advantage of Zazzle’s promos? Well, why are you still here? 🤪
Since this post was published, there have been some updates. We’ve now re-written it as a tutorial. See it here
We’ve done something for you that helps to get your friends, family and faithful followers to pin your designs on their Pinterest. A bit of virality!
The specially worded appeal to them is all done in the text that accompanies the image when it’s shared. It’s not so easy to explain, so here’s what one looks like when tweeted:
How could any of them refuse that? Of course, you’d say something different than I did, something aimed at friends, family or faithful followers.
How you get yours
Use the Nifty Promo Control Panel as usual to set up the products to use. When you’re ready….
In Step 2, choose the individual product page sharer:
the individual product pinner page opens….
then just select the browser’s address bar contents and copy it. It’s a hugely long line of gibberish – but important gibberish, nonetheless!
You’re now ready to put it into
a tweet or a reply to one
a Fb status update or a reply
as the url to use for a new pin on Pinterest
However you choose to share, you’ll get a lovely-looking end result with text designed to appeal to those who support indy artists, as well as friends, family etc.
Here’s what it looks like when pasted into a status update on Facebook:
The text “Help an indie artist by using this Speed-Pinner” is designed to encourage in a non-pushy way.
The text underneath is derived from the storeid and any search terms used, followed by “designs – or tap/click any to buy from Zazzle and help even more!”. It’s designed both to include appropriate detail and, again, make an appeal to the viewer’s better nature. You can see how much space is reserved for that text and where it gets cut off. That’s Fb for you 😉