Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Add Your Events & Promotions to Your Website

Home Page

Your website's home page is obviously a great place to start when featuring events and promotions. The home page is what everyone sees. It is where your most important information is and might be the only page someone sees.

Great options for your home page:

  • The List Widget - Very popular for the home page. It is simple and always shows your next X number of upcoming events. Another popular strategy it to put a link to a full calendar page right above or below your home page list widget.
  • Portrait Slider Widget - This is a bold statement and can span the whole width of your home page. The items in this slider widget are larger and very eye catching. When using this widget it is highly recommended to add images to your events to get that bold/visual appeal.
  • Landscape Slider Widget - Similar to the Portrait Slider Widget but smaller in size, this widget is a great alternative if you do not want to take up as much vertical space. Again, the idea here is eye catching featured items.

Website Sidebar

Many websites have a sidebar. This is a very common element of a website. For sidebars, the list widget is the most popular item. The List Widget offers the ability to show off your upcoming events and promotions across your website with a small feature on your sidebar. You can make it as small as you want, showing off just 3 or so upcoming happenings.

Calendar Widgets

Full Calendar Pages

Widgets are great, but don't forget about a full calendar. For organizations like schools and churches, calling attention to your full calendar is a great idea. This is one of the top reasons people visit your website. They need to see what is going on.

Now, if you are a small business or restaurant, you may not want to call as much attention to your full calendar. But, it is still good to have. People like to see what is upcoming. Placing links/buttons next to your widgets that send people to your full calendar is a great way to utilize it without throwing it in people's faces.

You can see samples of all the views and widgets here: http://squareberry.com/features/online-calendars/web-calendars-widgets/

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Send Customers to Mobile Pages with QR Codes

The Mobile Management Area allows you to create mobile websites for your organization. Each page you create for your mobile site can be linked to directly using a QR code. QR codes allow people to easily and quickly reach your web page by scanning the code with their mobile device.

Utilizing QR Codes to Boost Your Mobile Brand

At the top right corner of the edit screen for each mobile page is a button "Link & QR Code to This Page". Click on this button to get a QR Code for the page you are currently editing. You can easily download the QR Code at that time.

Calendar Pages

Calendar pages are always great to utilize. Add a QR Code to your restaurant menu, in a local publication or on a mail-out. You can quickly send people to your events/promotions page on your mobile site to help draw them in to your location. Calendar pages help you carry people from printed material to mobile-friendly site, from mobile site to real world events and promotions.

Contact Forms

Your printed advertisement, brochure or mail-out can quickly be given an easy call-to-action by utilizing a contact form. Add a QR code on your printed material that links to your contact form. This allows anyone who sees your ad or brochure to instantly contact you via contact form/email. This can help generate leads, generate sales and get registrations.

Photo Galleries

QR Codes are perfect for enhancing printed materials. Local newspapers, magazines and publications can utilize mobile photo galleries and QR Codes to take their printed items to another level.

Start by creating a photo gallery page type. Upload photos related to the article or topic you are covering in the publication. The QR code can then be placed on your printed publication next to relevant information/articles. Now, people reading your publication can easily scan the QR Code and get a touch-friendly photo gallery on their mobile device to enhance their reading experience.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Adding Interactive Polls to Your Mobile Website

Listen&Count Polls

Listen&Count allows to to create interactive polls to ask questions, gather feedback and make your social/mobile marketing more interactive. With Listen&Count you specify keywords that will be tracked on Twitter, SMS and/or a Website Poll Widget. Any responses with one or more of these keywords are counted and tracked in your account.

Adding a Listen&Count Page

Start in the Mobile Content area, click "Add Page", and then "Create New Page". Select the "Listen&Count Poll" page type. You can name the page and change the menu icon, like any other mobile page type. For Listen&Count Poll pages, you have two options: "Use Current/Latest Listen&Count Poll" or "Use a Specific Listen&Count Poll".

The first option uses the current/latest Listen&Count Poll that you have created. This means, the page on your mobile website will automatically update to show new/fresh Listen&Count polls that you create. If you create polls that have an End Date, they will no longer display on your page after reaching the end date. A newer poll with a later end date will then replace it. If you have no dated poll created, it will then display the most recently created poll with no date range.

Selecting this option allows you to create pages like "Weekly Poll" or "Latest Poll' which will automatically update to show new polls you are creating in your account. There is no need to keep coming back to the Mobile Management Area, you can easily create new polls and they will automatically be displayed on your mobile site.

Use a Specific Listen&Count Poll

If you select the second option, a drop down appears allowing you to select any of your existing polls to display. The selected poll will show up from that point on and will continue to display until you change it. This setting is useful for permanent/ongoing polls with no end date, or polls you want to display for a long time without being replace by other polls.