It’s time for the taco truck review, the show where I catch you up on everything that was released last week at AppSumo!
There were six deals – let’s go ahead and dive through them.
Re:plain is a chat management platform that connects with Facebook or Telegram whilst a chat widget is installed somewhere else, like your website. All interactions happen only inside the said social platforms.
If that sounds appealing to you, the plans are very generous. Stacking options are here, where you can get one to three codes at $49 a code. You can get 10 websites, 30 websites, or unlimited websites with a single, double, or triple stack.
From a page that kind of looks like a toy store in my opinion are power-ups. Power-ups are add-on features you can get for your tool. Some to mention are conversation ratings, custom forms, chat history, and click-to chat link.
Bottomline: you can pass this if you’re not a Facebook or a Telegram user. You have to be in those sites in order to get anything out of it.
Buy this if you think this is an interesting platform. I’ve never really seen anything that does this sort of integration with Facebook. Go ahead and stack if you’re always on Facebook anyway and it is a good channel of communication for you.
Paldesk falls into the helpdesk category of software. It is similar to LiveAgent, which also has a previous lifetime deal. Unlimited stacking of codes is allowed, where you’ll get two additional agents for every purchase. Otherwise, all other features are the same for all codes.
Paldesk isn’t necessarily a complete knockoff of LiveAgent, as there are unique features here that I really like. For one, you can build pop-ups in Paldesk, so you can set up some pop-up notifications in your website. In my video, I demonstrated putting a pop-up to alert visitors about my merch store.
Another is the feedback widget. Just like typical ones you see on some websites, it appears at the side of the screen. Guests will then be able to send feedback about your website when they want to. Not as elaborate or sales-driven as a tool like Endorsal, it’s just purely meant to get people’s reaction to the content that they’re looking at.
There’s also the Connect Facebook option, where we can connect our Facebook page, so that we get messages from our Facebook business account into Paldesk itself. Kind of the exact opposite of what Re:plain did.
The Connect Email option lets us connect our email, just like a traditional helpdesk, where people can submit questions and where we can distribute those questions among agents to get the answers.
There is also a knowledgebase option, which you can organize by categories.
A chatbot is also present. The user interface is not too bad. They have the flow and you can see how the questions connect based on answers. However, it is kind of underwhelming, as we only have a text node. There’s no way to even link someone out to something else inside of the chatbot. So for me, the chatbot aspect to it is not very interesting.
The Live Chat and connect to business profile options are some staples in helpdesks. There are other features that resemble LiveAgent’s, including Phone, Audio, Video, Viber, and Kik, which are all coming soon. Worth noting also are the dedicated apps available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.
Bottomline: pass on this if you already have LiveAgent or another helpdesk solution and you’re happy – there’s no reason to move platforms.
Buy this one if you don’t have anything and you’re looking for a helpdesk option.
Paldesk is a pretty decent looking option. It’s got a lot of room to grow (some features are still in the works). Actually, Paldesk is easier to customize than LiveAgent. It wasn’t as tedious in terms of changing the colors.
You should also stack on this one if you want to grow to more than two operators (even if you already have LiveAgent). Remember that LiveAgent limits us to only two operators and if you wanted more, you’d need to spend some monthly amount.
It’s only a single purchase for $99. No stacking needed and you’ll get unlimited use. It’s kind of similar to Depositphotos, where you can search through stock photos that they have.
The big difference lies in JumpStory’s TextMatch search option. The idea here is that you can paste a bit of your article in JumpStory’s interface and it would automatically find images for your content. During my video’s test search, I wasn’t really able to find relevant images for the article snippet I pasted (the text description about Depositphotos brought me results showing picture frames and other random stuff).
Bottomline: The photography inside of JumpStory is more on the Pexels side of things than it is on the Depositphotos. You should just pass on JumpStory – I don’t think it’s good for about anyone. You can do a better job by going over to Pixabay or other sites if you need stock photos. But go ahead and buy it if you’re a complete LTD crackhead.
QuuuPromote is kind of the feeding engine of Quuu. (Over Black Friday, Quuu was on AppSumo’s Black Friday list. Quuu helps you discover content so that you could post it on your social media platform of choice.) Now if you’re creating content, you can sign up to Quuu and it will be able to showcase your content to other Quuu customers for potential sharing.
From a business perspective, you can see that Quuu is winning in both collecting and sharing content, but how about the QuuuPromote customers? The results have been kind of haphazard – some people absolutely love this platform, but others say it hasn’t given them any results at all.
So this is definitely a “your mileage may vary” type of situation, where you have to find out if your niche is a good fit for a platform like QuuuPromote. If you are a little bit more obscure like I am, it probably won’t be very beneficial to you.
For each code you buy, you’ll get 25 credits for promoting content over on QuuuPromote. You can stack unlimited codes if you want to go too crazy on this.
Bottomline: Pass on QuuuPromote if you are a little bit more obscure, you have a strange niche or maybe you’re just not creating a lot of content.
You should probably buy this if you’re a little bit more mainstream and you think your articles would be helpful to a lot of businesses (if they only knew you existed!). Stack to the moon if you’re a crazy SEO expert and you just want to drive tons of traffic and you really know what you’re doing when it comes to promoting content.
Promo Republic is a social media management tool to help you post on places like Instagram or Facebook. It has been on AppSumo several times before. Buy a single code and you’ll get 30 social profiles.
A double code will get you 45 profiles. You’ll also get an extra team member and unlimited template downloads per month. Some extra features are also unlocked. The workspaces feature allows you to essentially manage clients within their dedicated pages. Then we get the graphics editor which is kind of like a Stencil or Canva type of editor. Time Slots lets you schedule posts in particular time slots.
The Content Calendar gives you an overview of the social media posts you’ve lined up in your schedule. Other than that, it has tabs like post suggestions and upcoming events. You might find some of the tabs’ content redundant.
The graphics editor (that you’ll get only if you stack two codes) pretty much gets the job done for social media graphics. It certainly isn’t Photoshop, but its tools like the text and color editors are working well. You can also start from scratch or use one of the ready-made templates. I do like the feature where I can send my image to Facebook’s ad manager so I don’t have to go through the process of downloading and re-uploading it (especially useful if you’re doing a lot of Facebook ads).
The workspaces let you toggle between different clients that you’re currently working on. You’ll be able to see the social accounts that you’ve got linked up on the left sidebar. Adding a new workspace is also simple.
Bottomline: Promo Republic is another social media manager so you can pass on this one if you already have ContentStudio or SocialBee (and not even using its full potential).
Go ahead and buy it if you missed those other deals. This is a really good one. I definitely say it’s up there with those other platforms I just mentioned. The image editor is probably a little bit better than what we’ve seen in some other social media platforms. So I definitely think that is a perk, especially if you’re doing some ecommerce. You should also probably stack for two codes because it’s worth getting those extra features.
Gigrove is an ecommerce platform that lets you sell products as well as booking time.
You can stack this one very, very high and there are some complicated features that come about. You’re going to get 50 gigs of storage for every code that you buy. You’ll get 50 products for the first code, 200 products for the second code, and then unlimited for three codes and higher. You can see they’re trying to push you over to the unlimited plan.
Then as far as team members go, it’s one, four, and unlimited, respectively, in the stacking of codes.
After three codes, the plan turns into an agency plan, where you’ll get extra features. Not only do we have the branded emails but we also got advanced analytics and five sub accounts. If we go up to five codes, we’re gonna get another five sub accounts and another five for each additional code.
Gigrove as an interface is based on WordPress and WooCommerce. I don’t think that’s a positive. We’ve taken out the best parts of WooCommerce and WordPress, as well as the extensibility and the customisation that we can do to those platforms. So if I wanted to add, say, CartFlows, well I can’t.
Also, I think if you were to start an ecommerce platform from scratch, you probably wouldn’t make it look and feel like WordPress (it is not necessarily the most beautiful thing to look at). You can see Gigrove’s interface is just kind of hard to see.
Know that here, we can find tabs we usually see inside of WooCommerce in terms of inventory, shipping, and more. We can enter in weight, product policies, and other advanced information for managing goods.
Bottomline: I didn’t go in-depth with my Gigrove review, but I gave you a glance of its backend. I’m gonna tell everybody “pass” – I don’t think it’s a good long-term solution. Right now, I just can’t recommend starting a new store on a platform that isn’t extensible. We’re also not sure how it would handle big traffic. WooCommerce, meanwhile, is traditionally something that you could tweak in order to handle a large volume of customers.
That was the very first episode of the taco truck review! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did!