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Deanna Buoniconti

Giving Gifts + Fixed Subscription Start Dates

New Features in Simplero

This week we have brought another popular feature request to you all!  You can now set  Subscription prices with a fixed start date!  Just below the access field, you will find "Let the period run until a fixed date".  You can enter the date you wish the subscription to start charging on.  We hope this little feature update helps you all in your Holiday sales & product gift giving! 

Did you know you could do this?

With Christmas and Holidays just a few weeks away, many of you may have customers who want to purchase courses as gifts for friends and family. Did you know you Simplero allows a purchase to be gifted to someone else? On the order form there’s an option to check a box saying “This is a gift”. When checked, we ask when it should be delivered, and optionally offer to pass along a note to the recipient. We don’t reveal the giver, so they need to put that in the note if they want the recipient to know. Once a gift is purchased, it is not considered active until the time & date it’s being delivered, which is chosen by the giver. Until then, it’s in a pending state, waiting for the gift time/date to be released to the participant. Once that happens, the participant will get a gift email, any immediate auto-responses, and possibly login information if there’s a space involved with the product. 

Read more about how to utilize this awesome feature here

 

Join us for Office Hours!

We are excited that so many of you have been joining us for Office Hours! If you are a new Simplero customers, Office Hours is face to face time with us, answering questions about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account. We had another great Office Hours yesterday and hope you'll join us next weeks with your great questions!

You can sign up here for Danish Office Hours covering Upsells & Order Bumps this Thursday at 10am Danish time!
Our next English Office Hours will be all all about Landing Pages, sign up here!

 

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

Deanna Buoniconti

New Landing Pages!

New Landing Pages

This year much of our work on Simplero has been focused squarely on one thing: design and user experience. We've overhauled the administrative interface, added a new, gorgeous website to your Simplero account to replace the old product catalog, and replaced the ageing Spaces with the new Membership sites. The last big piece of the design puzzle missing is landing pages. Or, was. Today we're releasing all new landing pages that are both stylistically and functionally in line with what you've come to expect from your Site and Membership sites:

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The new landing pages are available by going to the Marketing section in your administrative panel and clicking Landing pages. One important change to how landing pages work is, that they're no longer tied to just one list or product. Instead, landing pages are now truly standalone, and you can have signup forms for multiple lists, link to the order forms of multiple products and basically have whatever content you want in whatever structure fits your content the best. In other words: landing pages just got taken to a whole new level.

When creating a new landing page, you can choose from a number of ready-made presets that you can use as a starting point and customize from there. Building a landing page now works just like you've come to expect it from your Site and Membership sites: with the themed editor, constructing your landing page from all the sections you already know:

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To make the new landing pages work, we've added a few new sections to the available sections that you can also use on pages on your sites: signup forms, countdown timers and pricing tables. The first allows you to easily add a signup form to any of your lists directly on a page. The second allows you to encourage people to take action with a countdown to a specific date. And, the third allows you to easily build gorgeous pricing tables showcasing different tiers of your product on the same page:

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We're super excited about rounding up this long journey of updating Simplero, and we're equally excited to soon be undertaking the next step in this journey, which is now made possible with these piece in place: making Simplero fully customizable. Given what we've seen from your work with the Site and Membership sites, we truly cannot wait to see what you guys build with the new landing pages!

Webinar Jam Integration

Keep voting for the Simplero Webinar Integration if you have a Webinar Account! Do you use WebinarJam?  Webinar Jam has a Feature Request Page to vote on integrations! Will you help us out by voting for Simplero here! We would really appreciate it!

Join us for Office Hours!

We are so excited to have you all joining us for Office Hours! We love getting to interact with you all and help answer your questions. If you are a new Simplero customer, Office Hours is face to face time with us, answering questions about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account. 

You can sign up for English Office Hours here! Or, if you would like to sing up for Danish Office Hours, you can sign up here

Did You Know You Could Do This?

Love Simplero? Want to share what Simplero does for you and how you use Simplero for your business? We would love for you to write a Blog post! Once you post it (or if you have posted one), come back HERE and let us know!  To show our appreciation, we will  be doing a monthly drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card! Exciting right? We can't wait to hear about your thoughts on Simplero! 

 

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

Deanna Buoniconti

Vote for Webinar Jam Integration!

Webinar Jam Integration

Do you use WebinarJam? If you do, and have an account, we need your help! Webinar Jam has a Feature Request Page to vote on integrations! Will you help us out by voting for Simplero here! We would really appreciate it!

Join us for Office Hours!

We are so excited to have you all joining us for Office Hours! We love getting to interact with you all and help answer your questions. If you are a new Simplero customer, Office Hours is face to face time with us, answering questions about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account. 

Please note there will be no Office Hours this weekend due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. You can sign up for the coming dates for either English Office Hours here! Or for Danish hours here

New Features in Simplero

This week there are no major additions to Simplero, as we've been working hard on the last leg of updating your presence on the Web using Simplero: landing pages. While you wait though, we of course want to tease you a little bit with a preview of what you can expect:

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Cooler still, some of this functionality will also be available on your pages on your main site and membership sites. We're super excited about rounding up the design update!

A Note from the Team

The Simplero Team will be enjoying some time with family and friends during Thanksgiving Weekend (US Holiday), Thursday, November 23rd - Saturday, November 25th. A longer than normal response period in replying to tickets may occur during this Holiday weekend. Thank you for understanding – we're truly thankful to be working with every one of you!

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

Deanna Buoniconti

Holidays, Sales & Coupons and Membership Site Search

Join us for Office Hours!

We are excited that so many of you have been joining us for Office Hours! If you are a new Simplero customer, Office Hours is face to face time with us, answering questions about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account. We had another great Office Hours yesterday and hope you'll join us next weeks with your great questions!

Office Hours are Thursday, November 16th at 4pm PST / 7pm EST and you can sign up for the date you want to attend right here!

Danish Office Hours will be held Thursday, November 16th at 11am Danish time. Sing up here!

Please note that due to Thanksgiving, no office hours will be held next week, so if you have questions in preparation of one of the busiest days of the year for online businesses, make sure you join us this week.

Did you know you could do this?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a great time to offer a sale or discounted price for your users. Did you know that Simplero offers a few different options for creating special price rates? We offer campaign pricing, which you can set for your discount to any user who visits your order form! We also offer coupons which can be set for each individual product or global coupons which can be used across your product catalog. Lastly, we also offer secret pricing so that you can set up unique prices points for individuals or group of individuals. We encourage you to set up any sales broadcasts now before the busy sale weekend ahead. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to decide on a game plan and create genuine emails for your users! 

Interested on how to set up one of these special prices for your Black Friday or Cyber Monday Sale? Check out this guide with step by step instructions! 

New Features in Simplero

When we released the new Membership sites, a number of features were still in the pipeline being polished and made ready for prime time. Following hot on the heels of the features we've been releasing the last month or so, the most requested feature we hadn't gotten to yet is an obvious one: search. Well, guess what? The wait is over!

Membership site search 

Search is enabled on all membership sites and covers both your pages, courses as well as blog and forum posts. All you need to do is add a link to the search in either your main navigation by adding it just like you'd add a page, or by adding a Searchlink to the footer navigation of your site.

A Note from the Team

The Simplero Team will be enjoying some time with family and friends during Thanksgiving Weekend (US Holiday), Thursday, November 23rd - Saturday, November 25th.  A longer than normal response period in replying to tickets may occur during this long weekend due to the Holiday.  Thank you for understanding – we're truly thankful to be working with every one of you!

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

 

Deanna Buoniconti

Sample Membership Sites and Updated Subscriptions Interface

Join us for Office Hours!

We are loving our time with all of you at Office Hours! It has been great meet you all Face to Face and share the ins and outs of Simplero and helping you make the most of your business. We love the positive feedback we are getting from these sessions! If you have thoughts to share, we would love to hear from you.  So just hit the reply button and drop us a note to tell us what you think about our Q&A Times!  For those of you new to Simplero and not familiar with what I am talking about, Office Hours is face to face time with us! It is a time for us to answer the questions you may have about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account. Missed it this week? No problem! We next week still has spots waiting for you to sign up for!

Sign up here for Office Hours next Thursday November 16th at 4pm PST / 7pm EST

Or if you are in Denmark, you can sign up for this Thursday November 9th or 16th, both at 11am Danish time/ CEST.

Did you know you could do this?

We are excited to bring to you some sample Membership Sites! Needing some creative inspiration? Not sure exactly how to set up a new Membership Site? Check out this guidewith videos of two different membership sites to give you some great ideas!

New Features in Simplero

We've recently received a lot of feedback that the page for your contacts to manage their subscriptions seems cluttered or downright confusing to some of your contacts. We've made a number of changes to this page, but we've honestly not been super happy with it thus far, echoing some of your frustrations. This week, however, we think we've gotten a lot closer to what it needs to be with the next iteration that's now live on all accounts:

New subscriptions interface for contacts

Instead of a soup of links and buttons to give your contacts the choice to unsubscribe from everything or – the nuclear option – never be contacted by you again, it's now a simple, clear layout presenting the three options. You'll also notice that the design is a lot more compact than previously, which we hope will help everyone get a better overview of their subscriptions. We hope this little update will help alleviate some of the usability issues you've been reporting – why don't you let us know what you think? Try clicking the Unsubscribe or manage subscription link at the bottom of this email to see it for yourself, and hit reply to let us know your thoughts!

Make it a great day!
—The Simplero Team

Deanna Buoniconti

Selling a Downloadable Product and Ridding Duplicate Automation Flows

We are loving our time with all of you at Office Hours! It has been great meet you all Face to Face and share the ins and outs of Simplero and helping you make the most of your business. We love the positive feedback we are getting from these sessions! If you have thoughts to share, we would love to hear from you.  So just hit the reply button and drop us a note to tell us what you think about our Q&A Times!  For those of you new to Simplero and not familiar with what I am talking about, Office Hours is face to face time with us! It is a time for us to answer the questions you may have about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account. Missed it this week? No problem! We next week still has spots waiting for you to sign up for!

Sign up here for Office Hours next Monday November 6th at 10am PST / 1pm EST7pm Danish time!

Or if you are in Denmark, you can sign up for this Thursday November 9th at 11amDanish time/ CEST.

Did you know you could do this?

Here at Simplero we want support you and help you create a successful business. That goes beyond just creating a really great platform for you to sell your content and engage with your audience – we also want to inspire you with ideas on how to plan and run your business as well.

Today, we wanna share a quick guide on a very common scenario in a content sales funnel: selling a simple, downloadable product. When it comes to giving free content to create a lead magnet, what is the best way to do that? E-books, PDFs, MP3s, and videos all make great opt-in give-aways to encourage people to join your list, but giving away all your content for free is not a sustainable business model, if you are looking to make any money (read more about that here!) So, rather than giving all your hard work away for free, why not consider giving a preview or small piece of that work away as an opt-in but then upselling those people on an e-product? The complex part in that might seem to be actually selling that product, but with Simplero, it's super easy. Read our quick guide on selling a downloadable product!

We also wanted to mention again that you can boost you integrations with Zapier and either using pre made Zaps, or create some of your own! Check out Zapier's latest write up about Simplero here!

New Features in Simplero

This week once again sees a few new updates to Simplero. First off, you can now stop duplicate flows for an automation, if you've somehow wound up with multiple flows for the same contact unintentionally and don't want to do all the work manually (really, who does?) Go to any automation and click the number in the right hand sidebar showing the number of Active flows to see a list of all the flows currently active in the automation. If any of them are duplicates, you'll have the option to click the Stop duplicates flows button in the upper right hand corner.

In addition to this, you can now finally easily perform bulk actions for membership sites on your contacts, just like you're used to for your old spaces. Simply select one or more contacts in the list of contacts, and in the Select action... dropdown you can now give access to a membership site or content on a membership site with a few simple clicks, the same way that you can for triggers.

Keep up the awesome work!
—The Simplero Team

Calvin Correli

Movement

I had the pleasure recently of speaking with Joy Duling, creator of The Movement Summit, about how to engage with your customers, so they will be with you for the long haul.

I love that Joy has taken this approach with her summit. Technology and marketing are just not the things that are going to make the difference to the people that matter: Your customers. Your tribe.

The summit starts on Monday, and has participation from a number of inspiring teachers. Check out their thoughts on inspiring and engaging your audiences from their first hand experiences.  You are all invited, and it's free! I haven't been this excited about a summit in quite a while.

Check it out here

Awarepreneurs Interview

Also check out my interview with Paul Zelizer on his podcast Awarepreneurs as we chat about some of my own personal daily habits as well as the details about why I created Simplero! (iTunes)

Calvin's Random Links from around the Interwebs

Making Progress.

Mincing ginger and garlic. I didn't know that a spoon was the best way to peel ginger.

Dan Barber: How I fell in love with a fish. This talk is FUNNY! And insightful! Did I mention it's funny?

With love, 
–Calvin

Deanna Buoniconti

Customizing Sales Funnels + Membership Site CSS

Join us for Office Hours!

Thanks to those of you who have joined us for Office Hours! We love getting to meet you all Face to Face and share the ins and outs of Simplero and helping you make the most of your business. If you have feedback, and want to share,  please hit the reply button and drop us a note to let us know what you think about our Q&A Times!  For those of you new to Simplero and not familiar with what I am talking about, Office Hours is face to face time with us! It is a time for us to answer the questions you may have about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account. Missed it this week? No problem! We have a few options for you!

Sign up here for Office Hours next Thursday November 2nd at 4pm PST / 7pm EST

Or if you are in Denmark, you can sign up for this Thursday October 26th as well as November 2nd both at 11am Danish time/ CEST . 

Did you know you could do this?

Using an automation is a great way to nurture your email list and create a sales funnel.  This is the perfect time to share about who you are and what you offer. Utilizing triggers and tags with conditions can eliminate users who have already purchase a product so they don't continue receiving marketing emails. This guide and video will show you how to set up a basic sales funnel using an initial automation as well as breaking up the automation into different groups and moving them through your sales process.  

Creating urgency when selling your product is also an important option to have when selling your products.  We have a few great ways you can stir up excitement with a sale! Check out this great guide on both expiring links as well as count down timers for your broadcasts! 

New Features in Simplero

With a lot of you embracing the new Membership sites as well as the Simplero Site, we've been getting a lot of questions about and requests regarding customizing the look and feel of your site beyond that which you can do in the theme customizer. Both the Membership sites and the Site were built with this in mind to give you absolute control by being able to edit both the CSS, HTML and JavaScript of a theme. However, we have a few more pieces we want to have fall into place before we make this fully fledged editing available, so that we avoid everyone having to go back and apply the same changes. In the meantime however, we've now made it possible to add your own customizations on top of the theme's CSS, to at least make the simplest of changes possible. To edit the CSS of your theme, go to the Theme menu item for a Membership site or Site and in the dropdown to the right of the Customize button you would usually click to customize the theme, you can now choose to Edit custom CSS:

Edit custom CSS for site themes

The CSS editor supports SCSS like you're used to from other parts of Simplero, making it easy to write concise CSS. While we're super excited to soon add the ability to edit your theme fully, we hope that this intermediate step can help with some of your work in making your business look truly you.

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

Deanna Buoniconti

Take Your Multi-Level Access to the next Level & easily provide people an overview of their content!

Join us for Office Hours!

We just want to thank you all for joining us for Office Hours and making them so wonderful! We love sharing the ins and outs of Simplero and helping you make the most of your business. If you have any feedback you would like to share, you are always welcome to hit the reply button and drop us a notes to let us know what you think about these Q&A Times!  If you are a new to Simplero and don't know what I am talking about, Office Hours is face to face time with us! It is a time for us to answer the questions you may have about your account, using Simplero in general or specifics. These office hours are free and they're designed to be heavy on the Q&A - we want to get you the answers you need to get into action with your Simplero account. Thank you to those of you who joined us yesterday for our English/US Office Hours session! Missed it this week? No problem! We have a few options for you!

Sign up here for Office Hours next Monday, October 23rd at 10am PST / 1pm EST / 7pm CEST and/or Thursday November 2nd at 4pm PST / 7pm EST

There will be no Danish Office Hours due to Fall Break.  But you can sign up for Thursday October 23rd or November 2nd both at 11am Danish time/ CEST.


Did you know you could do this?

Because Simplero is so flexible, you can create many different products using the same Space or Members site by autopublishing pages or restricting access on the module. Did you know that you could use the same space for different levels of a course or product you wish to sell? Simplero makes it incredibly easy to house all your related content in one place, and give access to various products! Maybe that means collecting mini course in one places for individual or bundled sales or a program with multiples levels of access! These are option available to you in created your content! Read more about how to do that in this guide!

We just announced last week an exciting new feature that can take your multi level access products to the next level! You now have the option to disable downloading media content for a product across not just in a space or membership sites, but also now in the product itself, rather than only being able to control this on a per-site basis. Read about how to restrict access in a product here.

New Features in Simplero

The response to and of adoption the new membership sites and courses has been nothing short of overwhelming, and we're super excited to see how quickly you all have filled all the content that has been created and moved over to new membership sites and courses. One pattern we've seen a lot of you use is to create entire course portals and provide members with an overview page that lists all the courses the individual member has access to. This is great if everyone gets access to all your courses at once. But, what if you give access to individual courses in different products or at different times, like you would by following the guide above? How do you then create an overview of the courses accessible to a member?

This week we've introduced a new section you can add to a page on a membership site that takes care of just this problem: the Course catalog section. Simply add this section to a page, and your members get an easy overview of their course material:

Course catalog

In addition to this we've made a number of minor additions and changes to the membership sites. First off, blog posts, forum posts and comments on membership sites now also feature full support from emojis as you know it across the rest of the platform. We know how much everyone loves emojis, so the fun of course shouldn't be limited on the new membership sites! tada In addition to this, you can now also auto-publish course content and membership site pages in autoresponders, making it even easier to provide drip access to your content in a product.

Make it a great week!
—The Simplero Team

Calvin Correli

Visualizing

 

I've been really excited about visualizing things recently. I suddenly remembered that when we moved to New York a couple years ago and struggled to find an apartment, Gay Hendricks did a visualization with us where we pretended it was a year from that day, and we were sitting in the perfect apartment, and we were thinking back at just how easy it all had been. Just a week or two after that, we were in fact sitting in our own apartment, and it had indeed been super easy!

These days I'm "reading" (aka listening to on audiobook) Warren Buffet's biography, The Snowball, and one scene struck me. A ten year old Warren Buffett is visiting the New York Stock Exchange, and gets to have lunch at the Exchange with an important-looking Dutch man, and at that lunch, the Dutchman has a custom-made cigar made for him on the spot.

Buffett is not terribly concerned about smoking it, but it becomes the symbol of wealth for him, and he decides to get so rich that he can afford that kind of frippery for himself.

That day, as he beheld the cigar man, a vision of his future was planted.

He kep that vision when he went back to Omaha, old enough now to organize his quest and pursue it all the more systematically. Even as he followed the pastimes of an ordinary boy, playing basketball and ping-pong and collecting coins and stamps; even as his family mourned his small, sweet grandfather, John Stahl, who died that year at age seventy-three—the first loss in his life—he worked with a passion for the future he saw ahead of him, right there in sight. He wanted money.

Needless to say, he got it.

I think we tend to underestimate the power of these visualizations. I know I do.

Their power comes from helping us get clarity, clean up cross purposes, getting our subconscious working for us, and ... signaling to the universe.

Try playing around with visualization. Feel how it feels in your body when you imagine your new reality. Notice where there's resistance.

And above all, keep it easy and fun, and remember to invite spirit to help out.

I firmly believe the Universe wants us to have all that we desire, it's just that we tend to get in our own way a lot.

Give it a go, and let me know what you find!

Calvin's Random Links from around the Interwebs

Love doesn't hurt.

The wage gap is a myth.

A DC pharmacist hints some lawmakers have Alzheimers. Wouldn't be surprising, honestly.

With love,
–Calvin

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