Monday, 21 October 2019

New Nifty Product Staging Tool for Zazzle, Society6 and other PODs

The Nifty tools just keep getting better! There's now a free staging tool that you fire up from the Nifty Promo Control Panel.
It makes it so quick and easy to create images for your social media - and you get given a link to use with it that links to the products you started with. Great for improving your sales!!
Here's what the Nifty Product Stager for Society6 looks like in use:

You first set up the products you want in the control panel. When you open the stager (in Nifty Step2) the images for them are pulled into the pre-staging area.
You then:
  • click the ones you want in your graphic and they are copied to the stage
  • you set up the frames that you want, one at a time, and add them to the stage
  • you do the same for any text and other graphics from external sources
You can change the layer order so that the right items are in front / behind and, when you're design is complete, you can take a screenshot.

There are three layers you can use:
  • background
  • image
  • foreground
These help you to keep your different design elements separate and there are buttons on the stage to let you switch the working layer.

You can even save your frames and text as templates to use on other design projects. Find out more about the product stagers on the NiftyToolZ website

Enjoy ðŸĪŠ

Sunday, 18 August 2019

New NiftyToolz support for free WordPress blogs

We've updated the NftyToolZ widgets so they work on free WordPress blogs.

All you have to do is paste the html you get from the Nifty Promo Control Panel and paste it into an html block on your WordPress blog / site.

Here's an example post demonstrating the available widgets:

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Sunday, 21 April 2019

New Nifty Z&S6 gifting free-for-all Facebook group

I've created a new Facebook group to give Zazzle and Society6 artists somewhere they can show off their designs to potential customers.

Only shares/posts made with the Nifty tools are allowed there and you're asked always to use NZS as part of the tracking code when using the Zazzle Nifty.

Get over to the Nifty Z&S6 gifting free-for-all group, join up and get sharing!

Here's links to Nifty (these open in new windows):

Friday, 19 April 2019

Pretty Sweary Things - feminine, elegant designs!

Minors, avert your eyes!

I love these Sweary mugs, pillows, totes and all sorts. Elegant yet sweary. Those mugs look like they could be perfect for the office, lol!

Which is your favourite? I bet you know the perfect 'lady' amongst your girlfriends who would delight in getting one of these!


Focus on: Speed-pinners / tweeters for Zazzle or Society6 stores

There's been lots of enhancements to the Nifty tools recently and ones that I've focussed on a lot in my NiftyToolZ marketing are the speed-pinner and speed-tweeter.

screenshot of a speed-pinner

Why focus on those?

It's that they seem to be the most instantly attractive to Zazzlers.

I see so many Zazzlers using Pinterest and Twitter for promoting, it made sense to focus on Nifty promo tools that work really well down those social media channels.

So my marketing focal points are
  • The "speed-pinner" and "speed-tweeter" names give great clues as to what they do
  • The promise (and reality) of being able to get one for your store in just four clicks carries a lot of weight

Most people think that getting something really useful must take tech-savvy skills and so can't be for them. Yet here's one they can get in only four clicks?

Their curiosity is engaged. And, heck, if it only takes four clicks why not just give it a go?

Get yours

You can learn how to get your speed-pinner in just four clicks.

Other benefits

There's a few more benefits with the speed-pinner, speed-tweeter and unmentioned speed-fb-sharer. They can really easily be
  • tweeted as a new tweet or in reply to one
  • shared on Facebook as a new post on your timeline, on your page, in a group or as a reply. 
  • (pinning on Pinterest, though, is a pain so we'll skip that)
The cool thing is that, when shared, the image and accompanying text of the share is designed specifically to encourage others to do some tweeting / pinning / fb-sharing for you - a multiplier effect.

Here's what a tweet of one looks like - remember this is the speed-tweeter itself being tweeted.

a speed-tweeter tweeted on twitter

I manually added the text and hashtags at the top of the tweet but everything else was done automatically.

Here's a link to that speed-tweeter tweet so you can see it for yourself (and maybe tweet some!)

Find out how to share your speed-pinner, speed-tweeter or speed-fb-sharer in the brief tutorial.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Learn about embedding a Zazzle slideshow on your website or blog

Embed Nifty's slideshow sharer pages on your own website or blog

I've tested it on Blogger, Weebly and self-hosted WordPress.

I've added a new section to the Nifty Zazzle Slideshow Sharer Page that's there to let you (or your visitors!) get the html code to embed the slideshow on your site or blog.

This is what the new section looks like:

It shares brilliantly on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook with the supplied buttons, too. The images when you share are linked to the slideshow. Cool!

A couple of other things:
  • The sharing buttons don't show up on Weebly but they do on Blogger and WordPress.
  • The in-built search will only search in your store, if that's the source for your slideshow. If the source is the marketplace, then that's where search looks. It'll also look there if your source was a collection.

Probably the coolest 😎 aspect about this is the search. Your efforts to get a visitor to your blog / site will more likely pay off when you keep them looking only at your products. Ok, when they click through to the product page, they might get diverted then. But at least while they're on your site / blog, you can keep them looking only at yours.

As usual, without a subscription, you automatically advance to 50/50 referral commission sharing by using your referral id. With a subscription, it's 100% to you.
Note: Because the slideshow is generated live by pulling afresh from Zazzle for each visitor, it also means that if you let your subscription lapse, all existing (and new ones you embed) will revert to the 50/50 approach. It's not planned that way, it's just the way it works for 'live' stuff.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Testing iframe for slideshow sharer page

Here's a Nifty slideshow embedded in an iframe.

It's a great way to show off your Zazzle product designs. This slideshow shows my Mother's Day designs. Tap/click any to personalize and buy.

Testing iframe for product grid sharer page

I was reading through the forum and someone mentioned how it was against Zazzle's terms of service to use iframes to display Zazzle pages.
That lead me to wonder about them for Nifty and came up with this:

Monday, 25 February 2019

Society6 Nifty tool set now complete
click the image to try it for yourself - 50/50 referral sharing with your curator id

I've continued to enhance the Society6 Nifty CPanel, bringing new tools on board and putting right some teething problems.

I'm happy to say that everything, apart from the embed-code widgets, is now working as it should.

I'll be working on the widgets next. In the next week or two.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Society6 Nifty CPanel resurrected in new home

We're pleased to bring you the resurrected Society6 Nifty CPanel!
When Yahoo withdrew its YQL service, it completely broke all the Society6 tools. It's taken time to get it (partially) rewritten and transferred to its new home. 
In this new version, the only source you can use is a Society6 collection. Up to 240 products, so get yours ready!
The first tools released are the S6 nIFTTy Scheduler and the Individual Product Pinner/Sharers and we'll bring back more as time goes on.
We're really excited that it's back because of the huge advantage with promoting Society6 gear when compared to Zazzle.

What is that massive advantage?

It's that the success rate is better than with Zazzle for any given effort.


If you've been promoting Zazzle designs for a while, you'll know there are many ways to lose a referral with them - there are lots fewer with Society6!
On the downside, Society6's cookie expires after 30 days as opposed to Zazzle's 45 days. And, even though Society6 gives only 10% referral (curator) commission, in the long run, there'll be a much better return on effort.
Well, that's the theory 😎 Keep an eye on this blog as time goes by to find out!

The small print

As usual, it's free to use on a 50/50 referral (curator) split. A little later there will be a membership option where the links will always use your curator id instead of for just half the time.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

New style for Nifty's Product Grid sharer page

We like to keep Nifty up-to-date and relevant in this wonderful, chaotic internet world in which we virtually live. This time, it's the turn of the product grid sharer page to come under the spotlight.

A big thankyou to the feedback that molded it into it's final form (second piccie, below). You know who you are, Dale, BK and Malissa - 💐💐💐

Ever since we built the product grid sharer page tool for Nifty, it's used the same layout. It was time for a freshen-up.
Compare the two. Here's the original:

the old layout for the product grid sharer page

...and here's the new layout:
click the image to see this new layout for real

I think you'll agree, it's a cleaner and fresher look and might tip the balance in helping you get a few more sales 👍

We've only just put this live - why not be one of the first to see it for real?

Enjoy 😎