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Multiple Languages

New

We've just rolled out our Multiple Languages feature to all premium plan users. This feature allows you to build one campaign, and serve that campaign in several different languages at one time.

To use this feature, simply hover your campaign and go to Options > Add Language. Please note: you cannot run an A/B tests and use the Multiple Language feature on the same campaign.

Once you begin adding languages to a campaign, they will appear in your dashboard below your original campaign:

From the user side, they would see:

And finally, when switching languages:

This feature allows you to do a lot of nifty things as well, like having separate images for each language, and even sending email notifications in different languages.

Dashboard Speed Improvements

Update

We've pushed a few improvements to the dashboard and live feed which will improve load times within the dashboard. Accounts with several campaigns will see noticeable improvements in speed.

Audience Segments

New

We've just rolled out Audience Segments to all premium plan users. You can now segment your entrants from one or all of your campaigns based on a variety of parameters, including entries, referrers, and signup source. You can access segments in your dashboard under the new tools menu.

Use Cases:

  • Finding your biggest fans or ambassadors based on those with the most entries or most referrals across all of your campaigns

  • Find your top referring source across all campaigns

  • Segment your entrants based on sources, and create email specific lists based on source

  • Identify your super fans and award them for their continued support of your brand

RTL Support

New

We've just rolled out RTL (right to left) support which can be found under the formatting section:

Admin Mode Update

Update

One of the most commonly asked questions we receive is "my campaign is not set to launch until X date, why can people still see my entry form?"

This is a common misconception— if your campaign is set to "live", and has not yet started (e.g. starts in 5 days from now), no one can see the entry form but the admin of the account.

So if you are logged into your ViralSweep account and look at your entry form, it will appear as if it is live because you are the admin of the account. For all others viewing the campaign though, they will see the 'waiting' state, which tells them the campaign will not start until X date.

We've updated campaigns for admins to include a helpful message at the top of the campaign as a reminder that only you can see the entry form.

Daily Entry Change For Bonus Entries

Update

We've made an update to the way our system works when it comes to awarding daily entries for bonus entries.

A few weeks ago, we updated how we handled the daily entry feature. Previously, if you entered at 1PM in your local timezone, then you would need to come back at least 24 hours later in order for the form to reset so you could enter again to earn your daily entry. We changed this so that daily entry now resets at 12AM in the timezone that has been set for the promotion. So if the promotion timezone is set for EST, and you entered at 1PM EST on Monday, you could return to the same page at 12:01AM EST Tuesday morning and re-enter for your daily entry.

We have now applied this same change to bonus entry actions that offer daily entry (Visit Website and Twitter Tweet). The daily entry option for these bonus entries will reset at 12AM in the timezone that has been set for the promotion.

A/B Testing

New

We've just rolled out A/B testing to all premium plan users. You can now create several variations of your promotion, split traffic between variations, and see which variation is performing best in terms of conversion.

Accept photos & videos in a single contest

Update

We've updated our contests to now allow both photos and videos to be accepted into a contest, rather than having to create a separate contest to collect photos, and a separate contest to collect videos. Both videos and photos can now be displayed in the gallery at the same time as well.

A user will still only be able to submit a photo or a video with their entry (not both). When adding both video and photo uploads to your entry form, we automatically combine the fields like this:

The entrant can toggle back and forth between photo/video and decide which one they want to upload.

Pass Data Through Redirect URL

New

You can now pass entrant data through our redirect upon entry feature.

When a user enters your promotion and you have the redirect upon entry feature toggled on, their browser will be redirected to any URL you indicate.

If you'd like to pass their name, email, or phone number through the URL, you can do so using the following format:

http://yoursite.com/?email=[EMAIL]&first_name=[FIRST_NAME]&last_name=[LAST_NAME]&phone=[PHONE]

Question Action Changes

Update

We've updated the 'Question' social action to now support different question types. Instead of just an open-ended question, you can now have people select answers from radio fields or drop down menus.

Daily Entry Changes

Update

We've made an update to the way our system works when it comes to daily entry.

Previously, if you entered at 1PM in your local timezone, then you would need to come back at least 24 hours later in order for the form to reset so you could enter again to earn your daily entry. So this would mean you would have to return to the page at 1:01PM or later in order to re-enter for your daily entry.

We've just changed this so that daily entry now resets at 12AM in the timezone that has been set for the promotion. So if the promotion timezone is set for EST, and you entered at 1PM EST on Monday, you could return to the same page at 12:01AM EST Tuesday morning and re-enter for your daily entry.

This change will also soon be applied to social actions that accommodate daily entry as well.

Zapier Integration Approved for Global Use

Update

We released an integration with Zapier about 3 months ago. This was invite only, but now the integration has been approved for global use and is available to any Zapier user on both our business and premium plans.

https://zapier.com/zapbook/zapier/viralsweep/

As a reminder, this integration allows you to connect your ViralSweep campaigns to Zapier, and then send your data to any app that Zapier supports.

Daily Entry for Visit Website Action

Update

We've updated our 'Visit Website' action which now allows you to award entrants with bonus entries on a daily basis for coming back and visiting the URL you indicate.

A good use case for this is if you have a specific page that is constantly changing on a daily basis and you want people to check it out each day, then you can award them with bonus entries each day for visiting that link.

CSS Editor Styling

Update

Previously, you just had a blank text field to write CSS into but we've made updates to the styling of our CSS editor, which should make it much easier to write and edit your own CSS.

Expand A Social Action By Default

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You can now expand a single social action by default when a user enters your promotion. This allows you to encourage people to complete a specific action, since it is automatically showing as soon as someone enters your promotion.

You can toggle this on or off on any action during the setup process. Each action now has an 'expand by default' checkbox that you can tick off. We label the action that will expand for users so you know which one will expand if you have many actions.

New Social Action: Twitter Retweet

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We just added a new social action that allows you to encourage users to retweet an existing Tweet. Simply copy a link to the tweet that you want users to retweet and add it to the system. This action awards bonus entries when users click the retweet button, since Twitter's API no longer tells us when someone has actually posted the tweet.

New Social Action: Download App

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We just added a new social action that allows you to encourage users to download your app from either the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store. This action awards bonus entries when users click through to the app store. There is not a way to know if the user has actually installed the app or not, so entries are awarded on click.

Asynchronous Loading

Update

We've pushed an update to all of our install codes to now support asynchronous loading. Moving forward, all new campaigns will utilize asynchronous loading.

If you already have a promotion that went live before today, you can simply grab the updated code from your dashboard and drop it into your site to overwrite the old code.

Facebook One-Click Installation + Mobile URL's

New

We've rolled out a new one-click installation with Facebook that allows you to easily install any promotion to a page tab. Previously we recommended you install a 3rd party app, but we've now brought this installation in house, so it just requires one click from your dashboard to install to any Facebook page.

In addition, we supply you with a shareable URL that works for both desktop and mobile users. As you may or may not know, Facebook page tabs do not work on mobile, however, using the shareable URL we provide you with, people on desktop will be taken to your page tab, and people on mobile will be taken to the promotion landing page.

Bulk Import Entries

New

For premium plan users, you can now bulk import entries right into our system. Simply download our template file, fill it in with the appropriate information, and import it back into our system. 

A great use case for this is if you accepted entries in person at an event, or have paper entries from a nationwide promotion that you need to add to your online promotion. 

Aweber Tagging 

New

While we've always previously passed a tag to Aweber containing 'viralsweep', you can now pass in any other tags you want when connecting your campaign to your Aweber account. Simply choose an Aweber list, then add your tags in the box and separate multiple tags with a comma.

Photo and Video Contests

New

Today we are rolling out a new contest system that will allow you to run both photo and video contests. If you are on any paid plan you will see the option to create a new contest within your account.

Our contest app will allow you to collect, curate, and display photos and videos in a beautiful gallery. The contest app comes complete with moderation features, an embeddable gallery, voting capabilities, and more. 

Learn more: https://viralsweep.com/contests

Video Training: https://viralsweep.com/library

Facebook Pixel Integration

New

We've just added a new Facebook Pixel integration that makes it super easy to add your Facebook Pixel to your sweepstakes. 

As you may know, Facebook recently updated their pixel. Moving forward, you use just the pixel on all of your pages, as well as add in any 'standard events' (add to cart, add to wishlist, complete registration, lead, purchase, etc) to the code manually.

We've simplified the process for you -- you no longer have to paste your Facebook Pixel into ViralSweep, nor do you have to modify any of the Facebook Pixel script to track leads. 

Simply input your Facebook Pixel ID and we automatically add the pixel to your sweepstakes to track pageviews. 

If you want to track successful entries as a 'standard event', simply toggle the box to Yes, and we will automatically add the pixel to your sweepstakes so that it registers as a Lead when someone enters the sweepstakes.

Share via Whatsapp

New

We've now added the ability to share via Whatsapp on mobile devices. This can be found under the share with friends social action.

The button to share via Whatsapp will only appear on mobile devices on your campaigns, so you will not see it on desktop. 

New Themes Feature

New

We just released a new feature called Themes. With Themes, you can easily change the color of your sweepstakes just by choosing from the available themes in the library -- no coding or developers required!

This feature has limited availability on the starter plan (access to only light and dark themes), while on the business and premium plans you have access to the entire theme library, as well as the ability to create your own custom theme. 

There are currently 12 preset themes to choose from, as well as the ability to create a custom theme. We will be adding more themes to the library very soon. You can start using this feature immediately by clicking edit on your campaign, clicking customize on the left side, and choosing Themes.

Themes Library

Create a Custom Theme

Zapier Integration (Invite Only)

New

We've released a new integration with Zapier today. This is available on our business and premium plan, and you will find the integration under the integrations section.

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to Zapier, and then send your data to any app that Zapier supports. 

A couple example use cases:

  • Get notified in Slack when you get a new sweepstakes entry
  • Send yourself an email when you get a new sweepstakes entry
  • Get an SMS when you get a new sweepstakes entry
  • Add new entries into your email service provider (if we don't already integrate with them)
  • Save new entries into a Google Sheets spreadsheet
  • ...the list goes on!

Our integration with Zapier is currently invite only. If you want to use it, simply shoot us an email and we'll send you an access link.

Lightbox Triggers

New

We've just released lightbox triggers today, which allow you to change the behavior of the lightbox.

There are 3 different settings you can now use:

1) Time Delay

Set a time delay on the lightbox so it will only appear after the amount of time you set. The current default is that it appears on page load.

2) Exit Intent

You can now use exit intent with the lightbox, which will cause it to show up when we detect a user is leaving your page.

3) Display Control

You can control the cookies that are set by the lightbox, which allow you to show the lightbox once only, every visit, or a specified interval (input the # of pageviews that must occur before the user sees the lightbox again).

These new settings are available to all users on our business and premium plans. To access them, simply go to the formatting section and click on lightbox when setting up your campaign.

New Emma Integration

New

We've released a new integration with Emma today. This is available on all paid plans and you will find the integration under the email integrations section.

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to your Emma account and automatically send entrant names and email addresses right into any Emma list.

Multiple Users *Beta*

New

Today we've released a beta of our multiple users feature on all premium plans. This feature will allow you to add multiple users to your account, and set specific permissions for those users. At the moment, there are three different permissions you can set for a user:

Admin - Full access to the brand; can modify billing details and even add users.

Editor - Limited access to the brand; can build and edit campaigns, export and view data.

View Only - Restricted access to the brand; can only view campaign entrants, analytics, and winners.

This feature can be found by clicking the gear icon and navigating to Account > User Management.

New Maropost Integration

New

We've released a new integration with Maropost today. This is available on business and premium plans and you will find the integration under the email integrations section.

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to your Maropost account and automatically send entrant names and email addresses right into Maropost.

New Ontraport Integration

New

We've released a new integration with Ontraport today. This is available on business and premium plans and you will find the integration under the email integrations section.

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to your Ontraport account and automatically send entrant names and email addresses right into Ontraport.

New VerticalResponse Integration

New

We've released a new integration with VerticalResponse today. This is available on any paid plan and you will find the integration under the email integrations section.

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to your VerticalResponse account and automatically send entrant names and email addresses right into your VerticalResponse lists.

New Mad Mimi Integration

New

We've released a new integration with Mad Mimi today. This is available on any paid plan and you will find the integration under the email integrations section.

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to your Mad Mimi account and automatically send entrant names and email addresses right into your Mad Mimi lists.

Partner Network

New

We'll soon be launching our partner network which will allow you to search for and find brands to work with on your next sweepstakes. 

The network will start in invite only mode, and we will be manually approving brands to join. To apply for the network, simply visit http://app.viralsweep.com/partner

Integrations Section

Update

We've combined several of our integrations into a new integrations section, rather than having each integration separate as it was previously. This currently includes Google Analytics, Webhooks, and Bit.ly, and will soon include more integrations. 

Mobile Image Positioning

Update

Under the formatting tab when building your campaign, we allow you to change the position of your images so they can be on the left, right, top or bottom in relation to the entry form.

We've now added a mobile option, so you can set the image to be either on top or on the bottom of the form on a mobile device, while you can set the image to be in a different position on desktop.

Events Mode

New

We've just released a new "Events" setting under our spam filter that now allows you to easily run a promotion while at an event, like a tradeshow. The best use case for this feature is if you are having people enter from a single device (like an iPad) or at a kiosk.

The Events setting will automatically allow all entries to be accepted from the same device or IP address, and it will also disable cookies so that you can automatically refresh the page after someone enters in order to get back to the entry form. 

Please note that this feature disables cookies, so users will not be able to earn bonus entries for performing social actions while at the event.

Newsletter Subscribe Checkbox

New

We've added a new field under our forms section called Newsletter Subscribe. When you add this to your form, it will add a checkbox to the campaign and we will tell you if people checked off this box to subscribe to your newsletter. 

This checkbox is also directly tied into our email integrations section. For example, if you connect your sweepstakes to Mailchimp and you use the Newsletter Subscribe checkbox, then we will NOT send a user's email address into Mailchimp unless they check off the box. 

Instagram API changes

Update

Instagram is now rolling out changes to their API that they announced back on November 17, 2015. These changes will go into effect June 1, 2016. Their API changes completely eliminate our ability to track and award entrants with bonus entries for following you on Instagram.

As a result of these changes, the Instagram Follow action will now award an entry after a user visits your Instagram page, then comes back to the app and clicks a button to complete their action. 

We are rolling out these changes between today, May 31, and tomorrow June 1. 

If you already have the Instagram action added to your promotion, it will still function the same way, but entrants will be awarded for visiting your Instagram page instead of following your Instagram page.

Share via SMS 

New

We've now added the ability to share via text message on mobile devices. This can be found under the share with friends social action. 

The button to share via sms will only appear on mobile devices, so you will not see it on desktop. 

Bit.ly Referral URLs

New

For business and premium plan users, we've added the ability for you to use bit.ly for the referral URLs for your campaign, instead of using our default swee.ps URLs. To activate this, simply follow the steps to get your bit.ly access token and input it into our system in order to start using bit.ly in place of our URLs.

Dedicated Sendgrid Accounts

New

For our Premium plan customers, you will now be able to receive your own dedicated Sendgrid account that sends out our email notifications and refer-a-friend emails. This dedicated account allows you to view analytics on these emails, and see things like sends, opens, clicks, bounces, spam reports, and more.

Webhook Feature

New

We've added a new webhook feature for our Business and Premium plan customers. This will now allow you to post your entry data to any endpoint that you want. 

To learn more about using this feature, see our Webhook Documentation 

Device Analytics

New

We've added a new tab under analytics called technology, which will show you a breakdown of your pageviews, unique views, and entries coming from desktop and mobile devices.

Content block form field

New

We have added a new form field called Content Block. This form field will now allow you to add additional text anywhere on your form. 

For example, if you want to include abbreviated rules or information about a privacy policy/terms at the bottom of your entry form, you can now do this by adding the content block field, and then inputting your text. 

When setting this up, you will have the option of putting the content block above or below the enter button. 

Live Feed (Alpha)

Update

We have started rolling out an alpha version of the live feed which you will see on the right hand side of your dashboard. The live feed will provide you with an overview of your campaign, so you can quickly see things like new entries, referrals, new followers, and more. 

We will slowly be making changes to the live feed to improve it and we will be adding more data points to it soon. 

New Snapchat Social Action

New

We've added Snapchat to our list of social actions, so you can now have users follow you on Snapchat. To add this action, simply click on Snapchat > Follow under the Social Actions section when setting up your campaign. 

On desktop, when a user goes to complete the action, this is what they will see. To follow you, they simply open snapchat on their phone and hold their finger on the screen to scan the snapcode. Your account will pop up and they can immediately follow you.

For users that are entering from a mobile device, there will just be a button that they will tap that will launch Snapchat on their phone and they will immediately be prompted to follow you.

New ConvertKit Integration

New

We've released a new integration with ConvertKit today. This is available on any paid plan and you will find the integration under the email integrations section.

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to your ConvertKit account and automatically send entrant names and email addresses right into your ConvertKit forms.

New Sailthru Integration

New

We've released a new integration with Sailthru today. This is available on our business and premium plan and you will find the integration under the email integrations section.

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to your Sailthru account and automatically send entrant names, email addresses, phone numbers, and birthdays right into your Sailthru account.

New Listrak Integration

New

We've released a new integration with Listrak today. This is available on our business and premium plan and you will find the integration under the email integrations section.

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to your Listrak account and automatically send entrant names and email addresses right into your Listrak account.

New Vero Integration

New

We've released a new integration with Vero today. This is available on all paid plans and you will find the integration under the email integrations section. 

This integration will allow you to connect your campaigns to your Vero account and automatically send entrant names and email addresses right into your Vero account.  

Custom Share Text

New

When using the share action, you have the option to select which networks you want to allow users to share on. When choosing a network, a box will appear allowing you to customize the text that gets shared. By default we will pull your sweepstakes title, description, and images to populate the share text, however, if you want to customize this, you can now do so using this feature.

Enjoy!

Export Analytics

New

You can now export your analytics by clicking the export button on the analytics section.

We're starting a changelog

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Today we're starting a public changelog so you're always up to date with all the changes, improvements and fixes that are made in ViralSweep.

Even though we work on ViralSweep all the time, sometimes it may seem that not much is happening. This changelog is here to improve that very important part of the communication between you and us.

You'll always receive an update when we change something, or if needed all thing's we've changed is available on our public changelog page.

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