TTR #3 – WPFomify, Harmonizely, Social Snap, & WP Content Pilot Pro

It’s time for the Taco Truck Roundup, the show where we talk about all of the deals released on AppSumo in the last week!

This week started off awfully slow. I was a bit worried there that no episode was coming for you guys.

However, AppSumo came through and on Wednesday, they released three WordPress deals all in a single day. Then they followed it up with an appointment scheduling platform on Thursday.

So we have a lot to talk about!

WP Content Pilot Pro

WP Content Pilot Pro

Just as the name suggests, WP Content Pilot Pro is a WordPress plugin. It goes out to other sites, grabs content, and then reposts it on your own website.

Now you might think it’s a piece of junk to throw away. Who would want to regurgitate other people’s content? However, I’ve got a use case and we’ll get into that in a moment.

Their deal features a pretty generous offering. $39 gets you five sites. You get an additional five sites for each code that you stack. However, once you reach four codes, you get the unlimited sites, which is great news.

I’ve got the plugin installed on my demo site, where I ran a “campaign”. A campaign is essentially how they grab in content for you. As you edit a campaign, you need to select a campaign type. Options include Reddit, Quora, Twitter, SoundCloud and more sources.

campaign type

If you’re an affiliate marketer, you might have some use for things like ClickBank, Bestbuy, and Amazon. You could grab products to share on your affiliate marketing site to try to generate some revenue.

An example of a use case is the idea of Ted from our Facebook group. Ted has been busy with a similar plugin recently where he grabs content pieces related to a specific niche and tests those on a throwaway blog. It’s all automated as he goes crazy posting as much as possible. Then he sees what he can rank for.

So this is supposed to be an alternative to keyword research. We’d want to find out how much stuff we can rank for on a garbage blog and use that information to create good, original content in the future.

I love this idea and it’s kind of getting past the guesswork of keyword research. If you’ve been doing SEO for long enough, you’d know that regardless of how much of a sure thing something seems, you never really know until you produce the content – on whether it is actually viable to rank for. So that’s a great use case there.

In the video, I demonstrated how to go about a campaign’s settings in WP Content Pilot Pro.

You have to set the url from where you want to post; campaign target, which is the number of articles it grabs before the campaign shuts off; campaign frequency, set in hours (1 to 24 hours); and readability score, if you’re particular with the articles’ readability level. So if the campaign target is 5 and the campaign frequency is 1, that means it will grab five articles per hour.

Down to the Post Settings is where you can customize the display of the post on your website. It’s very much like using personalization tags on an email marketing platform. You can choose what details to display like title, content, and author name by incorporating the Template Tags into the Post Template section as shown below:

template tags

post template

For example, the campaign we’ve created here will automate the process of grabbing content from Reddit, then fitting that content as required in the Post Template field. You can customize the template further by adding your text and spacing.

Now we’re not trying to be deceptive here and claim this as our original content. At the bottom of the template, it automatically indicates where it originally came from, such as Reddit. But then you still want to be careful in doing this as people could complain about violating intellectual property rights if you’re scraping original articles. If you’re promoting something like Amazon products, they’re not gonna mind.

Moving on, you can choose what type of post you want the articles to go into. For example, if you’re scraping particular products, you could have a custom post type set up for, say, tech products. That would go right into that custom post site. Still, note that the default setting is a standard WordPress blog post.

You can set the status of the posts to be something that’s not public (options include public, private, draft, and pending). I think it’s really important if you’re trying to use this not as a keyword generation tool. For that, you might set it to draft or pending mode. When the article comes in, you can check it out and maybe proofread it before it gets regurgitated onto your site.

There are other usual WordPress stuff, where you can set the content categories, tags, post authors, and more. Some advanced settings are also here to do things like limit the number of words of the title; the content; and the minimum word count requirement.

To give you an idea of what the fetched content pieces look like, you can check the Posts section of the WordPress dashboard. Here, you can see the content posts which have the settings you expect.

Bottomline: As I’ve already mentioned, WP Content Pilot Pro has some really interesting use cases. However, if you’re not doing much SEO or affiliate marketing, just pass on this one. Buy: But if you’re into those things, heck, 39 bucks for a single code is definitely worth a shot here.

Social Snap

Social Snap

I was kind of surprised to see Social Snap over on AppSumo. We just had a plugin that was very similar in last week’s episode of the Taco Truck Roundup, where we looked at Simple Social Buttons.

This one is another WordPress plugin offering social media sharing buttons. However, it’s a little bit more complex, particularly deeper integrations and features.

For its plans, you get 15 sites per code. Unfortunately, the real bummer here is that even if you stack to the max, there are no other features that get unlocked. So you’ll never get unlimited sites. The maximum number of sites is 75.

After installing Social Snap on a WordPress site, the first thing you’d want to do is go to the social sharing section. This is where you’ll set up your default social networks (e.g. Facebook and Twitter). I also really like the features such as email, print, copy link, and SMS.

Now, unlike Simple Social Buttons, this actually has multiple ways to set up. The easiest one is just authorize the Social Snap application to access your Facebook content. This comes with a bit of a caveat, as these tokens expire about every two months. So it’s not the most reliable way to do this if you’re looking to set and then forget about it.

The best way to do it is to set up your own app (just like what was required somewhere in Simple Social Buttons).

Once you’ve gone ahead and configured your networks, then it’s time to display your buttons. Buttons for your selection include the floating sidebar, inline buttons, on media buttons, share hub (a little widget that you can expand to show all sharing options), and sticky bar.

The sticky bar resembles a bar with all the social buttons (something you’d see on mobile versions of sites). This is not available in Simple Social Buttons. You can also customize it in terms of which pages it’s displayed, its entrance animation, the visibility of share counts and view counts, and more.

Note also that there’s a total share count option, where you can choose to display the share counts only when they reach a certain number.

I really like Social Snap’s user interface. It is much cleaner and faster to see what things are gonna look like than it was on Simple Social Buttons. I don’t have to toggle back and forth between previewing the widget on the site and then going back and making settings. I like this UI with the preview window – it was a very wise decision by the developer.

Some additional features that we didn’t see in Simple Social Buttons are having follow me (set up the social networks you want to have that button for), click to tweet (let people click a part of your content and easily tweet it), and social metadata (customize your Open Graph photo, Twitter card layout, and more) options.

Meanwhile, I’d like to clarify my review of Simple Social Buttons last week. I said there was no way to show/hide the buttons on a page by page or post by post basis. Well, Social Snap and Simple Social Buttons share a feature that allows you to customize this on the actual content page itself. We’re particularly talking about a “toggle off” button on a certain page.

disable share buttons

Lastly, upon creating a WordPress blog post, you can already use some Social Snap controls. Some of them are the social share, social follow, and click to tweet options. So when you want a part of your content to be automatically tweetable, you can set that here with the click to tweet command.

Bottomline: All of the advice that I gave last week on Simple Social Buttons, on whether you’d need a plugin like this on your website, still stands true.

You probably have another way to do this like your page builder or a popup plugin. However, if you want an easy way to get those items on your website, then I think it’s worthwhile to invest in one of these plugins.

Now which one should you get? Well, I would probably go with Social Snap first, unless I needed unlimited websites. (Pass: Having unlimited sites is not an option here in Social Snap, but it is in Simple Social Buttons.)

Buy: But everything else – regarding the user interface and the density of the features – there’s just a lot more that you can do with Social Snap so it feels like a lot better value to me.

WPFomify

WPfomify

WPFomify is a plugin I’ve actually used before it was even on AppSumo. This is a pretty high quality FOMO popup style plugin.

It’s priced really cheaply. A single site is $30. But if you stack just a second code, you get unlimited sites.

So before we even look at the WordPress backend, I think it’s important to look at WPFomify’s integrations. If you’re not able to display the popups from the platform you’re selling from, it’s really not gonna be of much use to you.

But I’m happy to report that WPFomify does a pretty good job here. It doesn’t just rely on Zapier like so many FOMO platforms that we’ve seen. You can find WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, Freemius, Google Reviews (local business owners represent), MailChimp, ConvertKit, WordPress, and some more.

Also, there are LifterLMS and LearnDash for those doing online courses. So when someone signs up for your course, you can showcase that with popups to be viewed by people who might be considering a purchase.

Getting started with WPFomify is really easy, following a four-step process.

WPFomify steps

The first step is to select a source. Here you need to pick your choices for the “I would like to display” and “from” fields. For example, you might want to display the Conversions Notification (so the popup would look like “someone bought from.…”). Meanwhile, your source could be a site like WooCommerce.

You can also have a popup for page analytics, if you like. For that, you can set the minimum and maximum value required for a page analytics pop up to appear. The output will appear like, “There are 235 people currently browsing this page,” where the numbers that appear are within the limits you’ve set. You can customize the display message too.

This goes the same for conversion analytics. Here, you can showcase how many people bought a product so far, while setting the minimum and maximum value allowed for display.

It would be really cool if it was possible to integrate with something like Google Analytics to grab that data indirectly. Right now, there’s no way to do that.

The second step is to set up our content. Much like we saw in WP Content Pilot above, we’ve got tags that we can include like {{name}}, {{title}}. {{time}}, and {{city}}, as we compose a sentence in our Notification Template. An example of a published sentence could be “Jane Doe purchased Dave’s awesome course at 5:00.”

step 2

We can also limit what to show in terms of product types purchased, product categories, or a custom url (e.g. a specific product page).

Moving on to step 3, we’ll decide how the popup is displayed. We can include a product image and a person’s gravatar image, if we like.

We can also set up our visibility in terms of which pages we’d want to show the popups on. I believe it’s rare to display them on anything other than a checkout page or a sales page. If the popups are all over the entire site, it will drive people nuts.

Under step 4, we’ve got more customization options, including position, show “close” button (to allow people to close the popups when they want), and hide on mobile (to hide popups on mobile, if they look intrusive).

We can also add some timing options like have a delay before a popup displays or the next appears.

There also other behavior options like only display the last 30 conversions of the last seven days.

You can also tweak your design using the options for color scheme, borders, and more.

So I made a test conversion to see what the popups look like. They looked just fine. Nothing breathtakingly beautiful but if you’re looking for a simple way to get those FOMO popups on your website, WPFomify does the trick for a relatively low ticket price.

preview

Bottomline: This is not my choice for a FOMO style plug-in. Buy: However, at $39, it’s hard to compete with any of the other options out there because it’s so darn cheap.

People are talking about how a FOMO plugin actually increases conversion to some degree. So it’s probably worth investing in if you don’t have a FOMO plugin yet.

Pass: However, if you do have something that you’re liking, I don’t see any reason to move away from it to go over to WPFomify.

Harmonizely

Harmonizely

This is kind of a Calendly slash Book Like A Boss alternative. It allows you to schedule appointments with prospects to do weekly or monthly check-ins.

So if you don’t have any scheduling already like Book Like A Boss, this will be of interest to you.

For its plans and pricing, it is $49 per user and you can stack on unlimited codes. So that’s about one code for every person in your organization who needs to schedule appointments.

Note that currently, this doesn’t have any sort of payment processing built in. Both Book Like A Boss and the paid version of Calendly have that.

So if you’re using something like Stripe or PayPal to have people schedule appointments with you, you can’t do that yet with Harmonizely. They do say that payment processing is coming soon but we don’t want to buy roadmaps. We want to buy features that already exist because we’ve all been down that road before.

I’ve got my Harmonizely account set up for my demo. My url “harmonizely.com/dave” looks pretty great. We can find in the dashboard the statistics about appointments that have been booked.

Under My Meetings, this is where you can see your upcoming, cancelled, and past meetings.

Meeting Types is where you’d set up the different types of appointments you prefer.

You can edit a certain meeting in terms of its name, description, expected duration, url slug, location, and timezone.

edit meeting

You can also set the time, calendar reminders, additional questions you might want to ask, as well as confirm another’s availability automatically.

There is also a section called “Email Templates”. A peculiar name in my opinion since you’re simply adding some custom text (i.e., appointment information) to their existing template.

This is what an appointment looks like on the front end:

harmonizely appointment

We can customize all these colors and we can remove the Harmonizely branding but overall it’s very Calendly-esque. I don’t think that’s actually a good thing because it’ll be familiar to people who are booking appointments with you.

From here, I would input my preferred day, time slot, name and email address. In the video, I also customized an additional question about where we’d meet.

After completing the details, I just hit the schedule meeting button. Both the sender and receiver will get a notification sent on their email.

Integrations include Zapier and Zoom. I don’t personally need to see other platforms than these ones really. For one, Vectera has its own kind of appointment scheduler so I don’t think it’s critical for that platform.

Looking at the calendar integrations, this is where Harmonizely has the potential to shine but has some drawbacks at the moment.

I’ve connected my calendar through Outlook for my demo. However, if I tried to switch to Google Calendar, I encounter the following “temporarily disabled” message:

google temporarily disabled

Typically, you’d get a warning saying it’s unsafe but it will still have a checkbox that lets you confirm if you want to access a site.

As of the recording of the review video, Harmonizely is new enough with Google that it just doesn’t have the said option. So right now, you can’t actually connect to a Google Calendar. I’m sure that will be changed but if you need this immediately, buyer be warned.

The place where Harmonizely really shines is its CalDAV calendar integration. This is going to give you a plethora of other options like Zoho calendars being able to connect. Usually, this is kind of a roadblock for many other scheduling applications.

So if you’ve failed with other scheduling applications to integrate with your existing calendar, then you might want to give Harmonizely a check.

Their style editor lets you change the colors of your interface like those of the backgrounds, buttons, and text. I really like the fact that they’re doing this right on the scheduling screen so that I don’t have to go back and forth the pages.

The last thing I wanted to mention is that you can turn off the Harmonizely branding right over from the account settings option. When we look at our scheduling page, no longer will we see the Harmonizely icon in the corner. It will also be removed from any emails that are sent out.

Of course, you can also add a complete custom domain. So if you want to have “bookwithme.yourdomainname.com”, you can easily do that by setting up a CNAME record. They give you a three-step process to do that. I’m not going to elaborate the process here, but we’ve done that in a lot of others, so you can check those.

Bottomline: Buy: This is a really solid and clean looking scheduling platform. If you’re not already into something like Book Like A Boss, it’s really a viable option. I’m sure they’ll get over those initial hurdles of integrating with Google soon.

Pass: But I don’t know about how quickly they can incorporate Stripe and Paypal. Just keep in mind that this is definitely an earlier type of product. If you need something that works right away to start taking payments, this is not gonna be it for you.

That is it for this episode and it’s also it for 2019.

I want to thank everybody out there who’s supported this channel. I really appreciate it and I’ll see you in 2020!

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