Email Notifications on Purchases App

We've just rolled out Email Notifications for our Purchases App. This will allow you to send an email to users who make a purchase on your store and show them how many entries they earned for that purchase, as well as how many entries they have in total (based on all purchases made for that sweepstakes period).

In addition, if you are using our new raffle tickets feature, the raffle ticket numbers generated for that purchase will be included in the email.

The parameters that can be used in the email include:

[ORDER_ID] - The order number for the Shopify purchase.

[ORDER_ENTRIES] - Total number of entries earned on this purchase.

[TOTAL_ENTRIES] - Total number of entries earned in the sweepstakes based on all purchases that qualify.

[TICKET_NUMBERS] - Raffle ticket numbers that were generated for the purchase.

[END_TIME] - End time of the promotion.

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Design Templates

We've just introduced a new Templates feature that will make building your campaigns quicker and easier.

This feature has been added as Your Templates under Styles.

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Templates will allow you to modify all the fonts, icons, colors, borders, buttons, and more on your campaign, and then save all those changes as a template that you can simply apply to other campaigns with the click of a button.

For example, say you built a sweepstakes and completely restyled it top to bottom. Then you want to create an Instant Win using the same exact styles. All you have to do is apply your previously saved template to the Instant Win.

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Once saved, you can apply that template to any of your campaigns:

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In the future, we'll offer a presest library of templates you can pick from to make styling your campaign as easy as clicking a button.

Domain Authentication for Email Notifications

We've just rolled out domain authentication for our Email Notifications feature. This will allow you to authenticate your domain so that when ViralSweep sends these email notifications, they will now come from your domain instead of on behalf of your domain. This will greatly improve email deliverability and keep emails out of spam boxes.

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Simply input your email address into the From (Address) field, then click Authenticate and it will provide you with records to add to your domain.

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Once the records are added to your domain, we will verify them automatically and you'll be all set.

Soundcloud support for contests

Our contest app and gallery now support Soundcloud tracks.

Just grab the link to any Soundcloud track and it can be submitted through our contest form.

Soundcloud tracks will display as an embed in our gallery like this:

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Our contest app can now support content from Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, TikTok, Twitch, Vimeo, or YouTube.

Purchases App Now Supports Phone Number Checkouts

Our Shopify purchases app now supports phone number checkouts.

Previously, it only supported checkouts through Shopify with those who used an email address.

Now, if someone checks out with a phone number, we'll add them as an entry into your sweepstakes.

Phone numbers will appear under the entrants tab as an email address, like:

Referrals app name change

Our Referrals app has been renamed to Milestones to better align with the goals that this app helps customers achieve.

Hashtag App Changes

We've made a few significant changes to our hashtag feature.

1) Pricing has been updated to now allow for 3 hashtags on the Business plan (previously 1) and 6 hashtags on the Premium plan (previously 3) at any given time.

2) To now use the Instagram hashtag feature, you must connect an Instagram Business account. If you do not have an Instagram business account, you can convert your account to one by following these steps:

3) To now use the Twitter hashtag feature, you must connect a Twitter account.

4) The Twitter hashtag feature is now restricted to only fetching the last 7 days of content. We will no longer fetch content from Twitter that is older than 7 days.

5) You can manually add Twitter or Instagram posts that were not returned to us via the API (there are several reasons why this can happen) using the Add submission feature under the Moderate tab.

Countdown timer

We've added a countdown timer option that will allow you to show a countdown rather than just how many days/weeks are left.

To enable this feature, go to edit > design > campaign details > enable live countdown.

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The timer will appear in the footer of your campaign like this:


Background images on widgets

We've introduced a new feature that now allows you to add background images behind embedded widgets, rather than only being able to show background images on our full page style.

To access this feature, simply upload a background image to your campaign, then in the settings box to the right, choose widget and enable it. Once enabled, you can go to edit > design > layout > widget to change the width of both the widget, and the background.

Please note: The background is responsive, so if you are embedding the widget into a content area that has a small width, less of the background will be seen.

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Entry Count Preview Added Back!

In an effort to provide everyone with the best of both worlds (because we've heard everyone loud and clear that this is a feature that will be missed), we've added the entry count previews back into dashboards, but in a way that provides everyone with enhanced dashboard performance.

Instead of automatically trying to load the entry counts on every single promotion every time you log in, they will only load when you click the View Entries button in the top right corner.

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Once clicked, an up to date number of entries for each promotion will load and appear:

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This allows your dashboard to load faster every single time you log in, while still allowing those who want to see an overview of entries on every single campaign to have access to that information.