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April 2, 2019 - No Comments!

Viral Loops Product Update: What’s New From March

The 1st Q for 2019 came to a glorious end!

This is an opportunity to express our gratitude for your support and update you about the things that changed inside Viral Loops the previous month.

We managed to have some major updates regarding requests from our users, and I can say that we are really excited about it.

Here's what's in for Viral Loops users, from March and on 😁

🧗 API calls for leaderboard/waitlist.

This creates some new API calls for running campaigns with the Leaderboard Giveaway / Startup Pre-launch templates. See the documentation for the new API calls.

👁️‍🗨️ Messenger Giveaways onboarding.

This changes the campaign creation process for Messenger Giveaways. Check it out and give us your feedback!

🐞 Bux Fixes.

Navigating to "Last" page of participants.

This fixes the bug where the users could not go to the last page of their participant’s list in the Campaign Dashboard.

Editors accept line breaks.

This fixes the bug where some text editors in the Campaign Wizard did not accept line breaks. The user would press enter but the text would still stay in one line. For example, this happened on the pre-filled email sharing text.

CSS characters in Shopify campaign page.

This fixes the bug where some CSS in the Referral Page in Shopify campaigns would not render correctly and the style was not being applied properly.

Copy icon in popups inside the wizard.

This fixes the bug where the icon was not being displayed on the “click to copy” button in the Campaign Wizard for the Tempting Giveaway - Leaderboard Giveaway - Startup Pre-launch templates.

Handle shop/update Webhook for Shopify.

This fixes issues that would come up if the user changed something on their Shopify store, such as changing the store URL, closing the store etc.

March 5, 2019 - No Comments!

Viral Loops Product Update: What’s New From February

February was 3 days shorter than most of the other months, so we had to make our best to do everything we planned to do.

We managed to have some major updates regarding requests from our users, and I can say that we are really excited about it.

Here's what's in for Viral Loops users, from February and on 😁

💳 New billing/subscription pages.

We like things to be as simple as possible, and with this new version of our subscription/billing pages, our users have a clear view of their active plans, as well as their subscription history.

If you're on our trial version, you can view the remaining participant and your options for upgrading your subscription.

Subscription status & upgrade options for users on the trial version of Viral Loops.

Subscription status & upgrade options for users with an active Viral Loops plan

In addition, we made a small makeover to the tab where you can change your billing info.

Billing info tab both for people on the trial version, or with an active Viral Loops Plan

💬 Shopify users can run Messenger Giveaway campaigns.

This allows users that signed-up from the Shopify App Store to create Messenger Giveaway campaigns.

These users can see the templates page with 2 templates, Messenger Giveaways and Viral Loops for Shopify.

If they click the first one, a campaign is created. If they click the second, it takes them to their existing campaign.

🎯 New Shopify Widget!

Updating the widget for Shopify stores, was heavily requested it from our users.

We listened, and I think we made a great work to rise up to your standards.

You can see how it looks on our demo store.

Sign-up state on Desktop.

Sign-up & Sharing state on Mobile.

February 7, 2019 - No Comments!

Viral Loops Product Update: What’s New From January

January has been one hell of a ride! 🎢

We worked pretty hard to please everybody, and I think we managed to move one step forward from where we stood at the end of 2018.

Here's what's in for Viral Loops users, from this month and on 😁

💬 New Template: Viral Loops for Messenger.

You've probably already heard about it, but here it is again!

Viral Loops for Facebook Messenger is the best way to grow your audience with Messenger Bot Giveaways.

We took all the knowledge we had on Messenger bots and created a seamless referral marketing experience.

Your audience will be able to participate in your campaigns from inside Facebook Messenger and directly invite their contacts.

Start running your viral giveaways via Facebook Messenger now!

We've also created an amazing case study about how one of our clients got 35K leads in 20 days with a viral Messenger giveaway. Make sure to give it a look.

New Features.

👁️‍🗨️WhatsApp as a sharing option.

WhatsApp is now available as a sharing option in all templates. Enable it in the sharing options of your Campaign Widgets.

User-uploaded image: Screenshot 2019-02-07 13.54.57.png

It works exactly like the rest of our sharing options, like email, Tweet, Facebook share, etc.

Join the demo campaign and test it out!

🐞 Bugs

We also gave some time to fix some bugs that our customers faced with their campaigns:

  • Fixed: Sometimes you’d get infinite redirects when logging-out.
  • Fixed: The widget preview in the user settings page (with the GDPR options) would not load sometimes.
  • Changed: The set color for the Referral Count Widget was getting displayed after participation. The widget now has the same set color before and after.
  • Fixed: The welcome popup in the Shopify Dashboard would appear every time. Now the sees it only the first time they go there.
  • Fixed: In Shopify campaigns, the CTA in the referred welcome email and the CTA of the normal welcome email both used the same URL. Not anymore!

That’s all for this month.

Keep being awesome.

January 30, 2019 - No Comments!

Viral Loops for Messenger is LIVE on Product Hunt!

It’s always a bummer when you want to use 2 things and there is no way to do so.

Recently, we had a prospect that wanted to use Viral Loops for a viral giveaway. Great!

They wanted to do it through Messenger. Ouch!

I thought that we don’t offer that option; It’s possible”, Thomas said.

And we’ve built it.

Today I’m really happy to announce Viral Loops for Messenger, powered by Manychat. 😻

Now you can run a viral giveaway entirely through Facebook Messenger. This is awesome just for the fact that people are extremely familiar with Messenger- which also helps a lot with the engagement rate.

Since Product Hunt is always the first place we present anything new, we have a special offer for the community:

The 1st 100 people that sign up for Viral Loops for Messenger will get 50% off FOR LIFE! 

(This offer applies only to new Viral Loops customers. Existing customers with an active plan can use the template from inside their dashboard.)

Viral loops for Messenger on Product Hunt

What is Viral Loops for Facebook Messenger?

Things are pretty straight-forward; Viral Loops for Facebook Messenger is the best way to grow your audience with Messenger Bot Giveaways.

We took all the knowledge we had on Messenger bots and created a seamless referral marketing experience.

Your audience will be able to participate in your campaigns from inside Facebook Messenger and directly invite their contacts.

 Does it work?

Remember the giveaway they asked us to build in Messenger?

It was an utter success!

Here are some results:

  • 34819 Messenger subscribers in total.
  • 1208 out of the total, subscribed during the pre-launch.
  • 31515 out of total participate in the giveaway, with a conversion rate (from a subscriber to a participant) of 90% 
  • 1232 total unsubscribes.
  • 15383 participants came from a referral.

If you want to learn more about the details of this Messenger viral giveaway campaign, you can read our case study.

35K leads in 20 days with a Messenger referral.

Do you want to run a Viral Giveaway via Messenger?

As I wrote in the opening paragraph, Viral Loops for Messenger is LIVE on Product Hunt.

Viral loops for Messenger on Product Hunt

Come say hi, and follow the link on the page to start building your Messenger Viral Giveaway. You'll get all the installation instructions directly through your Messenger inbox.

It's pretty easy!

Reminder:

The 1st 100 people to get Viral Loops for Messenger from Product Hunt, will get 50% discount FOR LIFE!

(This offer applies only to new Viral Loops customers. Existing customers with an active plan can use the template from inside their dashboard.)

Until the next time,

Keep being awesome.

December 27, 2018 - No Comments!

Viral Loops Product Update: What’s New For December

Hey everyone, 👋

Merry Christmas and happy holidays. 🎅

We worked on some stuff this month and wanted to let you know. 😁

So here they are!

💬 New Template (coming soon)

It's an idea that has burrowed our brains for a long time, maybe even from our first steps as a company.

Referral Campaigns through Facebook Messenger.

Pre-register and get early access!

New Shopify Features

🎚 Enable/Disable the sharing options

You can now choose which sharing options you want to be displayed on the floating Ambassador Widget.😉 See the example below.

🎨 Add custom CSS in the Referral Page

Merchants can add custom CSS in their Referral Page (at their own risk 😈). To do so, edit the Referral Page from the Campaign Wizard and find the option in the sidebar on the left:

📱 The Referral Page is now responsive

The Referral Page is now responsive so your customers can keep referring their friends when they visit your store from a mobile device.

🗣 Track referred purchases from everyone

Referred purchases are now tracked for any customer in Viral Loops for Shopify, regardless if they have joined the campaign or not.

It used to be that for a referral purchase to be counted, the invitee had to join the campaign and then make a purchase using the same email address they used to join the campaign.

This has now changed and a referred purchase is counted regardless if the invitee joins the campaign.

The invitee does not need to join the campaign from the widget or Referral Page for the referred purchase to be counted. However, to be counted as a referred subscriber (→ for the Milestone rewards), the invitee has to join the campaign.

This is available in the following templates: Refer a Friend — Milestone Referral — Viral Loops for Shopify — Online to Offline

Other New Features

🐦 Twitter OpenGraph tags

Open Graph tags are now supported for Twitter sharing. The user can set these up in the Campaign Wizard (wherever they are editing the sharing options) and when a participant shares their unique link (vrlps.co format) on Twitter, the rich content will be displayed for the link:

🎁 Reward redeemed webhook

A new webhook is available for the Milestone Referral template and the Refer a Friend template. This webhook is fired when the user approves a pending reward from the Campaign Dashboard.

When the user approves a pending reward, a webhook can be fired.

The webhook is set-up automatically at the Webhook integration settings in the Integrations step of the Campaign Wizard:

The endpoint URL is where you want the webhook to be fired.

This is useful if you want to do a specific action when a reward is approved. For example, you could use this webhook to do some action in Zapier when a reward is approved, eg. send an sms to the recipient of the reward, add the participant in a spreadsheet or even use some service like Tango Card to send gift cards to participants that reach a milestone.

✉️ Campaign emails are now edited with markdown

Last but not least.

Something I know you’ve been waiting for.


You can now edit your campaign emails using markdown.

The following are supported, at the moment, from the UI of the editor:

- Bold (**bold text**)
- Italics (*italics text*)
- Strikethrough (~~strikethrough~~)
- Links [this is a link to Google](https://www.google.com)

🐞 Bugs

  • Use vrlps.co redirector instead of the actual landing page
  • MailChimp Integration Fix
  • Editors no longer loading at the bottom of the page
  • Milestone reached webhook issue with “user”
  • Rewards is empty in milestoneReached webhook

That’s all for this month.

Keep having fun,
George from Viral Loops 🎅

December 20, 2018 - No Comments!

Referrals through Messenger? YES, LORD!

This is going to be huge!

This is what my gut's saying.

It's an idea that has been revolving around our heads for a long time, maybe even from our first steps as a company.

Referral Campaigns through Facebook Messenger.

What's so special about it?

I will answer the question, with a question: "What do you check more often, your email or your messenger inbox?"

I bet the latter.

If you don't use Messenger at all, you're a sick person and I'm afraid of you; I'm joking of course.

What is Viral Loops for Facebook Messenger?

Things are pretty straight-forward; Viral Loops for Facebook Messenger is the best way to grow your audience with Messenger Bot Giveaways.

We took all the knowledge we had on Messenger bots and created a seamless referral marketing experience.

Your audience will be able to participate in your campaigns from inside Facebook Messenger and directly invite their contacts.

Our pre-launch campaign for this product is made by using the product itself. In other words, by subscribing to the pre-launch, you'll also have a chance to see the product in action.

It's like a live demo!

Get early access to Viral Loops for Messenger.

BTW, this template is meant to be for giveaways. That means that we also had to do a giveaway.

What's the prize?

Every week (until the official launch), we are giving 1 lucky person FREE lifetime access to Viral Loops for Messenger!

Viral Loops for Messenger pre-launch

From the moment you subscribe for the pre-launch, you get rewarded with 1 participation for the drawn lottery.

If you want to increase your chances to win you'll have to invite as many of your friends as possible, as for every successful referral you make you'll be rewarded with 10 more participations.

Viral Loops for Messenger pre-launch

Viral Loops for Messenger pre-launch

Why you need this.

You should as yourself; "what is the only thing that you spend every day, and it's never going to come back?"

TIME!

This is what Viral Loops for Messenger buys you.

Seriously, all you'll have to do is to have the concept of your referral giveaway in mind.

You'll be able to copy/paste all the custom bot fields needed. All you have to do is:

  • Use your token.
  • Change the number of participations for each new entry & successful referrals.
  • Insert some keywords that trigger possible automated flows (e.g. show the number of participations the user has).
  • Craft a compelling copy that will communicate the value of your giveaway!

That's it. Not joking!

So, don't waste any more of your precious time;

Get early access to Viral Loops for Messenger, and I'll see you soon!

 

 

November 30, 2018 - No Comments!

Viral Loops for Shopify is LIVE on Product Hunt!

We made 3 product launches on Product Hunt, the past year alone.

How do we feel about it?

F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!

How do some other people feel about it?
Some of them were diggin' it. Others... not so much.
10x Growth In 2018? Part 2

Comments that speak the truth, don't really hurt me.

Yes, we are very grateful for Product Hunt's sole existence, as it gives us access to thousands of people.

And, HELL YES we are riding the wave over and over again since it works!

Will we ride the wave again? We just did!

Viral Loops for Shopify is live on Product Hunt!

I'm not asking you to upvote, comment on Product Hunt.

I'm asking you to review it. Go try it, and see for yourself 😎
Then, you can upvote it, or leave a comment.

What is Viral Loops for Shopify?

The name gives it away.

Viral Loops for Shopify is the best version of Viral Loops, but for Shopify stores.

By plugging Viral Loops into your Shopify store, you can reward brand/store ambassadors for spreading the word about you.

Ambassadors get rewarded either for every sale they refer or for email subscribers they bring.

You can use both features simultaneously, or whichever you prefer 🙌

If you want to see what are the steps of setting up a campaign, you can watch the tutorial we made about it:

If you don't own a Shopify store, send our Product Hunt link to a friend that might be benefited from it.

That's all from me 🙌 🖖👌

Keep being awesome,

Peace!

November 1, 2018 - No Comments!

Viral Loops Product Update: What’s New For November

Hey there, friends! 🖖

This is our latest product update. 😁

We’ re announcing new features, major upgrades and also minor bug fixes and UI improvements.

So, here's what's new:

Features

1. Reward images for all reward types, in Shopify campaigns

In the Milestone Rewards of a Shopify Campaign, Shopify users were able to upload reward images only for “Free Product” rewards.

It looked like this:

Viral Loops product update nov.2018

 

Now they can upload an image for every type of reward, even if it’s a discount reward.

Viral Loops product update nov.2018

2. A new way of exporting participants

This fixes issues our customers have had in the past where they didn’t receive the export email.

The export CSV now sends an email to the user’s email address with a link to download the CSV file.

The file is no longer getting attached to the email.

Viral Loops product update nov.2018

3. The Referral Page is now embedded in the Shopify Store

For those of you that use the Viral Loops story for Shopify, The Referral Page is now a  dedicated page in a Shopify store.

It is created automatically when the app is installed, so it looks just like any other page in the store.

Viral Loops product update nov.2018

Shopify users can also change the URL of the Referral Page (only the last part, after /pages/):

Viral Loops product update nov.2018

In the Referral Page, the store's customers can join the campaign and see their sharing options, coupons won etc.

Shopify users can edit the Referral Page from the editor in the Campaign Wizard. They have to edit the Joining and the Sharing states of the page by selecting the relevant buttons in the sidebar.

Viral Loops product update nov.2018

 

4. The Shopify widget only accepts valid email addresses

This fix makes the button on the Shopify widget stay disabled until the customer adds a valid email address.

That's all from us. 💪

Good times ahead!
Savvas & the rest of the Viral Loops Team 😎

September 28, 2018 - No Comments!

How to promote your Viral Loops affiliate link

Before I proceed with giving you my tips for promoting your Viral Loops affiliate link, I feel the urge to thank you for being part of our community.

This affiliate program became a reality due to a bunch of amazing people promoting our product on their blogs, YouTube channel, or social media accounts.

In case you haven’t already, join our affiliate program.

It’s very important for us to reward every single one of you that contribute to our company’s growth.

Thank you!

Now, let’s cut right to the chase.

You just received your Viral Loops affiliate link; now what?

You have to start promoting it. Looking at the greater scheme of things, you have 2 options for promoting:

  1. Free promotion.
  2. Paid promotion.

Remember that there is no right or wrong approach to this. You don’t have to go with only one of the 2 options.

The best practice is to put both into play.

Let’s see which are the best free promotion strategies for your Viral Loops affiliate link:

  • Blogging.
  • Vlogging.
  • Social Media.
    • Facebook.
    • Instagram.
    • Pinterest.

On the other hand, if you’re willing to spend some money to promote your affiliate link you can use:

  • Google Ads.
  • Facebook ads.
  • Native ads on blogs.

If you’re willing to use both paid and free strategies, you have to treat your promotions as an ecosystem.

That means that each particle of your ecosystem should reinforce another particle.

Viral Loops affiliates media kit

Before we dive deeper into each strategy, there’s something that you should always keep in mind:

When you’re posting your Viral Loops affiliate link (or any other affiliate link), you should let people know that it is an affiliate link.

Being open about this builds trust with people. Your goal should be to get them to buy through your link because they want to support you.

In addition, you have to keep in mind that our affiliate program doesn’t follow the “one-time commision” logic.

That means that you’re not going to just get paid when you bring a new customer to us; Instead, you’ll get a 30% recurring commision, for as long as those customers use Viral Loops.

So, you should not only look for ways that will bring you affiliate sales but also find ways to retain users in Viral Loops.

The more they stay, the more you make.

Let’s do it!

Free promotion strategies.

If you don’t want to spend any kind of money in promoting your affiliate link, content creation is the way to go.

Before I tell you about platforms, let’s see what kind of topics you can pick to craft your content:

  • Product comparison.
  • Marketing tools lists.
  • Tutorials.
  • Case studies.

As you probably know, Viral Loops is a referral marketing platform. That means, that the keyword “referral marketing”, is a low-hanging fruit for you.

However, referral marketing is a traction channel. That means it could be part of a bigger marketing strategy.

That means that you can craft content about how to market a specific product or service, and include referral marketing as part of the strategy.

I will not get into how you can conduct a keyword research in this document, as it would take ages. If you’re interested, Brian Dean wrote the best guide about it!

In a recent post, I wrote a bit on how you can use Pinterest as a keyword research tool in order to craft content for Pinterest.

  1. Click the link below.
  2. Press “Ctrl+F”
  3. Search for ”My gf hates Pinterest”
  4. Follow the process written.

Drive a tsunami of traffic to your Shopify store.

Remember!

You should craft content that will both bring affiliate sales, but also retain your affiliate user in Viral Loops.

OK; now that you have an idea on how you can get started with what your content will be about, I will give you a short framework on how to distribute that content. Ready?

  1. Compile your content in a very informative blog post and publish it.
  2. Use the blog post to write the script for a YouTube video.
  3. Shoot the video and publish it with your affiliate link in the description.
  4. Embed the video inside the original post.
  5. Add a link to your post in the description of the Youtube video (some people prefer to see things written).

By now, you’ll have 2 formats for the same topic. Now it’s time for further distribution.

Here are some popular options:

  • Email newsletter.
  • Facebook groups.
  • Instagram stories.
  • Pinterest.
  • Communities.

Email newsletter.

I always find that email subscribers are the most loyal subscribers to have and the harder to retain.

If you’re using email newsletters as a distribution channel, you already know what you have to do.

If not, start considering using it to send your new blog posts/video to your subscribers.

Facebook groups.

Facebook’s ever-changing algorithm is not really friendly for promoting content (unless you’re willing to pay). That’s the main reason that pushed a lot of people into Facebook groups.

In order to sell something, you first have to identify who your prospects are. If you do so, it will be easy for you to find relevant Facebook groups.

Now you have to:

  1. Join a group.
  2. Start engaging with other people’s content (mostly by commenting)
  3. Take your original post and edit it in order to fit the layout of a Facebook post.
  4. Add your video to the post.

Instagram Stories

When Instagram ripped-off Snapchat’s feature, I got furious. Soon I started using it myself.

Instagram’s main algorithm follows the steps of Facebook, but stories are a great way to get engagement.

Here’s what you can do to promote your affiliate link with Instagram stories.

  1. Put your affiliate link on your Instagram bio.
  2. Create a series of stories based on your original post.
  3. Use one of the visuals provided by us, as your last story (prompting people to follow the link in your bio or swipe up).
  4. Save the series of stories in your Highlighted stories in order to keep them for more than 24 hours.

Pinterest.

Pinterest is a visual-oriented platform. That means that you need to make a great image for your post.

Your priority should be to rank as high as possible for your desired keyword in Pinterest search results.

Make sure that:

  1. Your post and description included the right keywords.
  2. You visual is stunning.

In order to rank, your pin will need engagement, which translates into “Saves” and comments.

Communities.

Most people just go and post their work in some communities, expect to get tons of traffic, eventually get 0 traction, and then say that communities are not worth it.

They are called communities for a reason. These are places where similar-minded individuals exchange value and opinions through conversation.

If you want to do great in communities, you first have to be part of the community. That takes time.

The next time someone tells you that communities suck for distributing content, tell them that you find their lack of patience and commitment, disturbing.

Paid promotion strategies.

Personally, I don’t like ads. It’s like renting space.

Owning assets is evergreen.

But algorithms are made by companies; companies need to make money.

Since you are into crafting content, your paid advertising strategy should revolve around promoting this content.

You can do it using Google ads, or Facebook ads and Facebook retargeting ads.

I’m by no means a paid advertising expert, but if you’re interested, make sure to read the following blogs:

Viral Loops affiliates media kit

Before you go.

Once again, thank you for being part of our community!

We wish you the best of luck with your Viral Loops affiliate link promotion.

In case you create a piece of content that you think we’d like, don’t hesitate to contact us. We may even help you with its promotion.

Keep being awesome,

August 7, 2018 - No Comments!

Viral Loops Affiliate program is here!

Over the course of the last two years, we had the pleasure to work closely with some of the best marketers out there.

Actually, some of them use our product so much that it's an inextricable part of the proposals they craft for their prospects.

The thing that always intrigued our team, is that these people never asked anything in return except making sure that their clients will face as little problems as possible.

But after a point, just serving the best product we could doesn't seem fair to us. You deserve more.

You are an extended part of our team. And we need more people like you.

After a storm of new features- like the Viral Loops Story for Shopify, I'm in the exciting position to announce our affiliate program!

What's in for you?

For every new billing account you bring to Viral Loops through your affiliate link you'll receive a 30% monthly recurring commission.

How does it work?

Joining the Viral Loops Affiliate Program is pretty simple. It's a three-step process:

  1. Fill our form with your personal information.
    We’ll generate your unique link and email it to you.
  2. Start promoting.
  3. Get to the bank.

 Note: We only accept PayPal for transferring your commissions. If you don't have a PayPal account, make sure to create one.

Details and terms

There are a few rules about our affiliate program, which tried to keep really simple. The reason we created these rules is to prevent abuse and protect our customers.

  • Payouts are currently made on the 2nd of each month.
  • Affiliate commissions are approved on the 1st of each month.
    There is a minimum delay of 30 days before approving pending commissions (to account for any refunds since we have a 30-day no-questions-asked refund policy).
  • Depending on when a commission is earned in a month, it can be pending for up to 60 days.
    e.g. If you earned a commission on August 5th, it along w/ all August commissions would be approved on Oct 1 (creating a 55-day delay) and paid on Oct 2nd.
    If you earned a commission on Aug 30, it would also get approved on Oct 1 (creating a 30-day delay) and paid on Oct 2nd.
  • Self-referrals are not allowed. The point is to get you to refer other people.
    This is not a way to get a discount on your own account.
  • Abuse, gaming, or shady behavior will get your account banned. Just play cool.
  • In some cases, we can give credit to an affiliate even if the customer didn’t sign up through their link by mistake. If you have a case like that, contact us first so we can help.
  • We reserve the right to change the terms at any time.

Let's work together! 😎