Saturday, 16 May 2020

Product grid made with Nifty

Jungle party time for kids!

Thursday, 13 February 2020

The Nifty Product Stager Video Maker

Here's an example video made with the Nifty Product Stager Video Maker.

The videos are made in High Definition and look fabulous on social media, Pinterest and YouTube. And what's more, each finishes with a great call to action, as you'll see below.

You can pick, personalize and securely buy at Zazzle 
any of those shown in the video above, here:

If you're a Zazzler, you can make your own video of your most popular products using this demo link in only a couple of clicks. It's really easy, just type in your store name and click as directed.

Sunday, 5 January 2020

How, in 2 clicks, to get a video of your Zazzle store's most popular products

This is my second post showing off the new video capability of the NiftyToolZ. I've learned from the first post that square ones work best / are easiest to place on Blogger.

To get one in just 2 clicks for your Zazzle store and with the minimum of fuss, visit this link and type in your store name.

There's lots more you can do but this is the beginner's way.

The tool also gives you a link to go with your video. Here's the link for this one. You'll get a nice surprise when you visit it!
You'll see that your visitors are able to choose and buy any of the products shown in the video - without additional distractions from Zazzle on the way to adding it to their basket!

Testing the new video maker from Nifty

This is my first test

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 🤪

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.