It’s time for the taco truck roundup, the show where we talk about everything that was released at AppSumo last week!
This is a WordPress plugin (providing social buttons) so if you’re not a WordPress user, this one won’t likely be of interest to you.
Its Plans and Pricing is quite simple. You’ll get all of the features for a single code, all five sites included. For two codes, you’ll be able to use it on unlimited sites.
Simple Social Buttons is from the same company that created LoginPress. LoginPress’ free version actually just crossed 1 million installs, so they certainly have some experience with creating WordPress plugins.
In my video, I’ve set up Simple Social Buttons on my demo website. This is actually, as the name implies, super easy to set up. The Settings tab looks like this:
You can edit the visibility of your social buttons by simply dragging and dropping them to be either “active” or “inactive”. Pretty slick, huh? As for the social buttons’ designs, you can choose among the selections displayed. You can also style the colors here and that’s coming later.
Now I think this is a good time to mention that there is a free version of this plug-in available on the WordPress repository. But it does have some limitations and one of those limitations is in the color palette. You can’t style the free version, so if matching the color palette with your website is important too, you probably have to grab the AppSumo code.
You can also edit the social button positions, as demonstrated in my video. More styling settings can be found at the lower part of the settings page, which you can choose to either include or not. Some to mention are display social share counts, intro animation, color settings, hide on mobile devices, and more.
Aside from the settings tab is the Advanced tab. With displaying the social share counts, you have to do a little extra configuration and you can do that in the said tab. For Twitter shares, you’ll have to follow the three-step instruction in this page, including connecting with the Twitter website twitcount.com. For Facebook shares, you’ll have to “make an app”. I will say that making an app on Facebook is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but WPBrigade, the company behind this plug-in, did a really nice job of putting together a five-step process for this.
Having done this through Thrive Themes before, I can say that it’s definitely much easier using WPBrigade. For some reason, they have far fewer steps than it was required in Thrive Themes.
Now what don’t I like about this plugin? Well, some of the options are a little bit too simplified. For example, if I choose the circle buttons, I can’t use another style of button somewhere else on the page. (I’d prefer to use the elongated buttons in-line but then have the circle buttons for the sidebar.)
I would also like the ability to display the buttons on particular pages. Down on the Post Type Settings section, I can only choose from the options Home, Post and Page when it comes to website pages. So I won’t be able to specify one or two pages that I want to show the buttons on. It’s kind of an all-or-nothing type of situation.
(Update: Correction – there IS a way to show/hide the social buttons on a particular post or page. I mention that in TTR episode#3. Simple Social Buttons actually has a feature that allows you to toggle this off on the actual content page itself, a feature that is similar to Social Snap‘s. Check out the episode to learn more.)
Bottomline: Should you buy Simple Social Buttons? Well obviously, that depends on whether you’re using WordPress and if sharing online is important to you.
But I’ll give you a bit of a different take on this. I think when I see those social buttons on websites, subconsciously, it validates the website for me. It’s like visiting a website that has a really nice design. You think, well, these people could be legit because they’re trying to promote their content on social networks.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this is going to generate sales for you. It’s just one little step to make the website feel more valid/authentic. So I would definitely recommend adding some social aspects to your website somewhere because it shows that you’re on other platforms and you’re not just a magical abyss on a website and there’s no other way to reference you online. Add those social contacts, whether you use this plug-in or something like Elementor Pro.
I actually think it’s really easy to just flip one button and have the icons show up and I can see that appealing to a lot of people. But what you’re giving up in return is the ability to position them exactly where you want on the page. If you notice on the sidebar, I had to choose left or right but I couldn’t choose top or bottom, so I’m really limited to kind of the presets here without getting into some CSS and that defeats the purpose of Simple Social Buttons. I also can’t display in-line with the content, so something like a shortcode would be really nice for that inline display and not just staying at the top or the bottom of the page.
Buy: So cut to the chase Dave, should we buy this? Well probably if you’re not using Elementor and you don’t have any other platform like Social Warfare that can do the same thing for you, I think it’s worth it to spend the 39 bucks to get it up on your website.
Just as Shorby steps out, ContactInBio drops right in without breaking a sweat.
For its plans, ContactInBio, an Instagram bio tweaker, is very similar to Shorby in a lot of ways. However, in my opinion, not quite as polished and we’ll see that in a second. You’re looking at 35 pages – that’s essentially a client’s website for 49 bucks. That doubles (i.e., 70 pages) for two codes. You get unlimited pages with three codes, so it only takes that to something like an unlimited agency style platform.
From the main dashboard, you can see a few stats about how many people are visiting your pages.
You can also create a new page (for each client) by hitting the plus button. At a glance, it looks like a standard drag-and-drop page builder, yet it’s really not. I’ll just say, right out of the gate, I wasn’t super impressed with this platform. The UI is really clunky and it’s kind of weird to maneuver.
For one, if I choose an option from the left (for example, a background) and then configure it from the right, I have to scroll quite far down from what I’m currently working on. It’s also kind of weird that I’m choosing what they call a background on the left side, but then over on the right side, they call it a theme. These and more are kind of signals to me that this is a brand new platform. Maybe it was created to fill the Shorby type of niche – to create some competition for them in a hurry.
You’d also see in my video the parameters for the buttons, where I can select if they would be rounded, outlined, or outlined for social media buttons (not too sure what it means).
In the Design section, I can upload a profile image (where I met some glitches upon applying my changes), edit my account name, and more. It’s also puzzling why there’s a separate “add profile picture/logo” section when that functionality is already placed in the Design section.
There’s also a section called Sell, where you can enable Paypal, ask for delivery, and enable cash on delivery. The website preview didn’t show any sign of changes as I toggled on and off the commands here.
More interesting features are present. We’ve got things like music services, so if you’re a musician or a DJ who wants to promote your album, you can integrate easily with Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCloud, Amazon, and more.
These are thoughtful, forward-thinking features. However, if none of them work very well, then they won’t make sense. Say, the contact form. It’s really an important thing that we can add a contact form here, but where do the contacts go? There’s actually a lead section out in the back and all of the contacts are here, which I could then export to CSV or Excel. Obviously, we’d want to integrate this with some kind of email provider. But if we go over to the integrations section, we’ll only see an email signup form for MailChimp and that’s pretty much it.
Bottomline: Pass – so this is just a really underwhelming product. Should you buy it? Probably not. I think if you were able to get Shorby, be happy you have it. If you don’t have Shorby, what I’d recommend doing is just setting up a WordPress website and using Elementor to build out a page that’s dedicated to your link in your bio.
WooRise is a giveaway platform like KingSumo. It’s interesting that they named their product WooRise. It immediately reminds me of WooCommerce and WordPress. The first thing I did was literally just search for “WordPress” in their AppSumo page, but it doesn’t show up anywhere in the product listing.
However, when you log in to the dashboard, you can see right here that it is in fact running WordPress.
As for the plans and pricing, $49 (single code) gets you 5,000 entries per month. You can use this as an agency, for unlimited clients. So that’s a really nice upside.
The one downside is you’re going to be tied to what they call their grow plan and the grow plan doesn’t allow you to have a custom domain name. You can white label the software (remove the “powered by WooRise” icon) and you can embed the contest on to your own website so that you won’t actually see the WooRise domain. (Honestly, those things don’t really matter to people, I think, as much as agency owners like to think they do.) But just know that you can’t add your own custom domain here.
So you get five thousand entries more per code and you can stack up to a hundred thousand entries per month. You’re basically going to get all of the features for each level, except for the custom branding (removing the WooRise branding), which only happens at two codes.
WooRise’s dashboard resembles WordPress (basically they’ve reskinned the WordPress admin user interface). Here, you can see options to create a new campaign and choose a template. Some templates they offer are Instagram Giveaway, Facebook Contest, Coupon Unlock, Email Signup, and more. These can help you run some types of contests.
However, one of the things really important to me when I’m running contests is integrations. (What do I do with the data after I’ve completed the contest?) We’d run a contest not just to give away stuff, but also to grow our email list and contact people again. While here, integrations include ActiveCampaign, Constant Contact, GetResponse, Google Analytics, Zapier, and more.
So a couple of glaring omissions to me would be the lack of a Google Sheets integration as well as HTML forms. There are certainly dozens of email marketing platforms out there. We’re not all using the same kind, which makes it challenging. I don’t want to be relying on Zapier to integrate with everything.
In the video, I’ve demonstrated how I created a basic giveaway campaign. Since we’re using the Gutenberg editor (courtesy of WordPress), we can edit in blocks. We can customize the image and the copy for the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Form section is where you can create a form asking the information you need from people like name and email, as well as to agree to the rules of your campaign. Here you can also add social actions such as “visit link”, “Facebook visit”, “YouTube visit”, “LinkedIn Share”, and others in a drag and drop manner. Add also the fields you need, which cover standard, advanced, and pricing fields. This is basically a WordPress form builder – not exactly the nicest WordPress form builder, but that’s what you’re looking at.
When you come to the social sharing options, click on the disclosure triangle to open up more controls. You can edit the field label (e.g. revise the label “Facebook Share” to “Share this to Facebook”), put a description (like let the user know how the field should be filled out), and set whether this is required. Over in the Advanced tab, you can set up things like conditional logic (e.g. have the Facebook share show up after someone’s already shared on YouTube).
In the form settings tab, configure the layout of the form. Meanwhile, the confirmations tab lets you craft a short confirmation message such as thanking someone for participating. The notifications tab is where you can email people messages such as that they’ve entered the contest correctly or that the contest has ended.
There’s also a tab where you can pick settings to embed your form: sharing the campaign url (but that’s not really embedding); a WordPress plugin so that you can embed the contest on your WordPress site; the actual embedding code; and a Facebook integration to share the contest on Facebook.
There are also dedicated tabs to view everybody who’s entered your contest, promote the contest with social sharing buttons, and run a report to see how things are going, particularly regarding viewers’ engagement. If you’re doing this for clients, you’d notice in the report section that there’s no option to export their data for you to print it or save it as a PDF.
Lastly, the winners tab is where you can set your preferred number of winners (for example, top five winners). You could also export that out to a file.
Bottomline: I’m kind of indifferent to it. There’s so much competition in this niche that if you don’t already have any sort of contest plugin and you’re thinking about running a contest, my first pick would probably not be this one. I would recommend you start looking over at RafflePress first, which is a WordPress plugin.
After that, if you aren’t interested in RafflePress because it’s a little bit spendier, KingSumo is still over on AppSumo. That doesn’t have as many integrations as WooRise but it’s not based on a WordPress backend.
So there’s a difference between running a WordPress plugin and then using SaaS that’s based on WordPress. Something about that just doesn’t sit quite right with me at this point in time.
Pass: I’m gonna advise against WooRise, but you know what, my mind could be changed.
So that’s it for this week’s deals. Was anything interesting to you? I think I’m probably gonna be refunding all three of my codes. But you know, that’s how it goes sometimes.