Kingsumo Giveaways Version 1.7.1 Released – New Integrations Available!

Grab the champers, because this update is worth celebrating!

Your favorite giveaway plugin now integrates directly with Zapier giving you access to countless Email Marketing Services not available until now. Some of your top requests now available include:

  • Infusionsoft
  • Mailer Lite
  • Simplero

To benefit from this and other updates, install the latest version of the plugin today.

CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS ON INTEGRATING WITH ZAPIER

Changelog

Version 1.7.0:

  • Zapier integration (!) – Now users can integrate with countless email marketing services.
  • Update JavaScript libraries and compile into a single, minified file.

Version 1.7.1

  • Fix for ‘From’ email address showing “WordPress”

Installation

To update to the latest version follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin
  2. Scroll down and select Installed Plugins from the Plugins menu
  3. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the installed plugins.  If you have 1.6.0 already then you are already up to date! otherwise proceed to step 4.
  4. Click Updates Available from the top of the Plugins list
  5. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the available updates and click update now

For more information or help see the frequently asked questions or drop support@kingsumo.com a line.

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How to Integrate with Zapier

We recently launched version 1.7.0 which now allows you to integrate directly with Zapier, giving you access to countless other integrations. Some of the most commonly requested email marketing service integrations now available are: Infusionsoft, Mailer Lite, & Simplero.

To start taking advantage of these integrations, follow the instructions below.

1. Log in to Zapier

2. Click “Make a Zap!“

Zapier Step 1

3. Select “Webhooks by Zapier”

Zapier Step 2

4. Select “Catch Hook” –  Then Click Save.

Zapier Step 3

5. On the “Pick off a Child Key” field, leave blank and click “Continue”.

Zapier Step 4

6. Copy the trigger URL.

Zapier Step 5

7. Paste & save in KingSumo settings (bottom of Services tab).

Zapier Step 6

8. Go back to Zapier and click “I did this”.

 Zapier Step 7

9. Zapier will now be waiting for trigger. Go back to KingSumo and enter an email in the “Test Integration Configuration” field and click “Add Subsubscriber”.

Zapier Step 7.1

9. Go back to Zapier and it should now show the confirmed action.

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10. From this point you can hook up any service you want to that hook.

Zapier Step 9

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How To: Integrate KingSumo Plugin with ActiveCampaign

This week we announced that Kingsumo now integrates with yet another popular CRM, ActiveCampaign, making growing your email list that much easier. In case you’re unsure how to hook up your ActiveCampaign account, to your Kingsumo plugin, check out this quick how-to below:

 

  1. Set up your desired list in ActiveCampaign.Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 3.30.03 PM
  2. Go to My Settings > Developer inside ActiveCampaign.Screen_Shot_2017-04-13_at_3_30_41_PM
  3. Grab your API Url & API Key.
  4. Head to your WP Admin Dashboard, and go to KingSumo Giveaways > Options > Services.Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 3.28.34 PM
  5. Scroll down to the ActiveCampaign Integration section.activecampaign integration
  6. Input your API URL & API Key.
  7. Click Save.
  8. Then, from the dropdown select which ActiveCampaign list you’d like to push contestants to.
  9. Click Save again.

*Note: you can select a different list for each giveaway, within the giveaway editor, or you can use the global default list selected in step 8.

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Kingsumo Giveaways 1.6.0 released – Now Integrates with ActiveCampaign

New version of Kingsumo is now available!

For ActiveCampaign users, this is very exciting news, because the plugin now includes integration with your CRM of choice. To benefit from this and other updates, install the latest version of the plugin today.

Changelog

  • Added ActiveCampaign Integration! *cue confetti*
  • Sharing an embedded giveaway will now bring you to the page where the giveaway is embedded as opposed to the dedicated giveaway page.
  • Fixed issue with GetResponse integration.

Installation

To update to the latest version follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin
  2. Scroll down and select Installed Plugins from the Plugins menu
  3. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the installed plugins.  If you have 1.6.0 already then you are already up to date! otherwise proceed to step 4.
  4. Click Updates Available from the top of the Plugins list
  5. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the available updates and click update now

For more information or help see the frequently asked questions or drop support@kingsumo.com a line.

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KingSumo Giveaways 1.5.3 Released

We have released an update for the KingSumo Giveaways WordPress plugin. We recommend all users install the update to avoid incompatibilities and benefit from conversion tracking updates.

Changelog

  • Update for users seeing ‘0 entries’ on share page. Now users will see “Your number of contest entries will display once you have confirmed your email address. Please check your inbox to confirm now.” when “only confirmed entries are eligible to win” is selected by contest owner.
  • Ensured max 25 lists are pulling from mail chimp (vs. 10 lists).
  • Fix Conversion Tracking: Now only outputs the contents of the “conversion script” immediately after an entry as opposed to on every visit.
  • Update to shortcode so embedded contest height can be specified For ex:
    [ giveaway id=3 height=800 ]
  • Fix bug for shortcode not working on sites not using permalinks.
  • Fix bug for shortcode when giveaway id is not specified.
  • Fix 500 error for some users when clicking “Services” tab or “Add New”.

Installation

To update to the latest version follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin
  2. Scroll down and select Installed Plugins from the Plugins menu
  3. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the installed plugins.  If you have 1.5.3 already then you are already up to date! otherwise proceed to step 4.
  4. Click Updates Available from the top of the Plugins list
  5. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the available updates and click update now

For more information or help see the frequently asked questions or drop support@kingsumo.com a line.

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KingSumo Giveaways 1.3.6 Released

We have released a security release for the KingSumo Giveaways WordPress plugin. We recommend all users install the update to to ensure no-one is gaming the system for extra entries.

Changelog

  • Add a test functionality for email service integrations.
  • Fix an issue using < in answers.
  • Fix a security flaw allowing users to game the system — all users should update.

Installation

To update to the latest version follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin
  2. Scroll down and select Installed Plugins from the Plugins menu
  3. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the installed plugins.  If you have 1.3.6 already then you are already up to date! otherwise proceed to step 4.
  4. Click Updates Available from the top of the Plugins list
  5. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the available updates and click update now

For more information or help see the frequently asked questions or drop support@kingsumo.com a line.

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KingSumo Giveaways 1.3.2 Released

We have released a feature release for the KingSumo Giveaways WordPress plugin. We recommend all users install the update to enjoy all the features Giveaways has to offer.

Changelog

  • Add CampaignMonitor integration.
  • Upgrade mailcheck to resolve .com.au (and other) issues.
  • Add CSS Hero integration to customize template.
  • Add ability to override integration lists on a per-giveaway basis.

Installation

To update to the latest version follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin
  2. Scroll down and select Installed Plugins from the Plugins menu
  3. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the installed plugins.  If you have 1.3.2 already then you are already up to date! otherwise proceed to step 4.
  4. Click Updates Available from the top of the Plugins list
  5. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the available updates and click update now

For more information or help see the frequently asked questions or drop support@kingsumo.com a line.

What is CSS Hero?

CSS Hero allows you to customise the look and feel of most WordPress themes, plugins and now KingSumo Giveaways without any knowledge of CSS.  KingSumo users can get 40% off CSS Hero with the discount code KINGSUMO40

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KingSumo Giveaways 1.2.1 Released

We have released a feature release for the KingSumo Giveaways WordPress plugin. We recommend all users install the update to enjoy all the features Giveaways has to offer.

Changelog

  • Add GetResponse email integration.
  • Add confirm URL to CSV.
  • Add referring email address to CSV.
  • Add number of entries to CSV.
  • Add og:url to template (template changed).
  • Add canonical URL to template (template changed).
  • Add optional hyperlinking to 3 images.
  • Add optional Google reCaptcha support.

Installation

To update to the latest version follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin
  2. Scroll down and select Installed Plugins from the Plugins menu
  3. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the installed plugins.  If you have 1.2.1 already then you are already up to date! otherwise proceed to step 4.
  4. Click Updates Available from the top of the Plugins list
  5. Find KingSumo Giveaways in the available updates and click update now

For more information or help see the frequently asked questions or drop support@kingsumo.com a line.

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12 reasons why you should do a giveaway

Giveaways are important and people love them. If you ever get a wildfire going, you can’t stop it, and that’s a good thing when it comes to brand exposure. The power of referral is the gas to the task and if you do it right, people will come. They’ll join and possibly even buy from you one day. That’s the power of the giveaway. But let’s say you’re not convinced. Let’s say you think that the whole thing is total sham.

You think that it will not work because you’re attracting the wrong kind of people. Or that it gives you a bad image. Whatever reason that maybe, I want to blow it out of the water and share with you my reasons why you should in fact do a giveaway.

1. You get more exposure for cheaper

People love giveaways and naturally will share it with softwares such as King sumo. Full of excitement these guys will share and talk about it. Emotions are how humans spread a message.

2. It gives you a great self image (a giver)

Anytime you give to an atmosphere it comes back. It’s just laws of nature and the more you do it the more good that will come back. So even if you don’t make a single cent during the campaign, something good will come out of it. A good image is priceless and a giveaway can in fact help you with that.

3. People love winning free stuff

This one is self explanatory, but people love the idea of getting something for nothing. Actually ran a test here during this article. For whatever reason, people randomly type “free” into Google. I guess to see what’s free out there? Not free iPad or free smartphone, but just the word “free”. Here’s how many do that:

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 4. A cool way to launch a podcast, blog etc.

It’s been a marketing strategy for a while but businesses are starting to do it. I’ve even see some major restaurants (like Zaxby’s) just giveaway meals to everyone the first week or so. In the middle of city. So thousands of dollars were being spent in free food. But guess what? That restaurant has more customers now than they know what to do with.

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5.You can grow your email list with one

A guy grew his email list up to 200k emails with Kingsumo and he’s doing very well with his nice email list. It’s a great way to build traffic and grow profits.

6. More people will share this than a blog or a product page

Blogs are important because they attract traffic, but if you want to put a match to it. Consider doing a giveaway. You can usually get twice the exposure with a giveaway than a blog post and sometimes way more than that.

7. Shows you how demanding your prize (your product) is

You know iPads are in high demand, because giveaways explode when you offer them. What about your product though? How much is it in demand? Consider doing a giveaway, it will show you how demanding it is. You base this on the response that you get.

8. You’re rewarding your community

If you have a blog, people feel grateful when you give back. Everyone community needs high maintenance and if you don’t take care of them, they’ll soon fall off. If your open rates are falling, and comments are fading, consider a giveaway. This really helps with that.

9. Engagement will rise with you and potential customers

With emotion comes engagement and very crucial when building connection with our customers. According to Inc, 6 emotions can make that happen. You will be engaging many emotions with a giveaway and that’s nothing but good for you if done right.

10. Gives you another backlink to your site

By creating a page that is linked by others with a flow traffic, it could definitely help with rankings. As more people share, and more people come to visit, the more links that will be made.

11. It’s a great way to gather leads as a local business also

If you’re trying to gain exposure this is a great way to do it. As people are exposed to your brand it brings questions. Half the battle is simply showing that exist. Giveaways help with this to get you out there. Some even do monthly giveaways for this reason. If you’re a local company looking to attract leads, offer your service as a giveaway. For every email you collect, consider that person as a lead. You turn that email into a lead by sending it valuable information over a period of time.

12. Helps you learn your target audience

As your email list grows from the giveaway you will notice your audience. Soon they will read your blog and comment. They will be emailing you and telling you about their problems. Soon you will know their voice and who they are. When you know your audience the rest falls into place.

Another thing about giveaways is that it shows you how accepting the world is of your product and company. If you can’t get people to sign up for a free product, how will you get them to sign up for a paid product? So consider these reasons when debating to do a giveaway. They work and it could give you the boost you’re needing. What’s stopping you from doing a giveaway now?

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Epic Guide To Becoming A Famous Blogstar

You’re wanting to be a famous blogger with the godzilla size of an email list. You’re looking at your blog views and no one is reading the blog post about your happy puppy. The internet is getting more crowded at the speed of light and you’re feeling lost. What can you do? Keep reading.

I’ve got a game plan here (based on research) that could give you an idea of what a successful blogging strategy looks like. This post consist of email list growing, guest posting, and connection building. Make no mistake, it all starts with the list.

Let’s get started.

How To Grow Email List

When your list is pretty healthy, and it contains thousands of people, all it takes is one click. That click could retrieve traffic like thunder and have your views rolling like mighty waves.  But you must consider why anyone would even give you such sacred information such as an email address. You must consider the exchanging purpose in which they do this.

Here’s a few reasons why they would give you an email address:

  1. Stay connected with you
  2. Get amazing deals in real time
  3. Learn your strategies as you come out with them
  4. To download an amazing resource that is only available delivery via email

They must get something in return that will blow their mind. But how can you offer something to people who don’t even know you exist? You must get in front of a bigger audience and direct them back to you. You do this by guest posting.

Once you have guest posted with your link, the traffic will come, and your website will capture the emails. Hopefully your blog is built to do this. Once you capture those emails, now you have an audience. Do this every week and soon your traffic will gain speed.

How To Grow Email List With Guest Posting

You have heard about the power of guest posting I’m sure, but yet it’s not working for you. You’ve been guest posting, but you haven’t gotten anything in return. You know why? You didn’t research the blog you was writing for and the benefits it would bring.

You must get in front of big audiences to get big results. If you’re not getting 10-50 emails from the incoming traffic, you need to guest post for a bigger blog.

Example of good size blog:

  1. 300+ shares and above
  2. 50,000+ on email list
  3. 100,000 on Twitter

You determine size of a blog by it’s share numbers, number of comments, the size of email list and so forth. Remember people can buy fake followers, and lie about the size of the email list. If other big bloggers are talking about them, good chance the blogger has a large outreach.

Also don’t forget the epic Google tool: Google Trends.

With this tool you can get a feel of each blog’s power of outreach. It will also show the traffic power they have also.

Let’s go ahead and name some big sites in a list:

  1. LifeHacker
  2. Entrepreneur
  3. Business Insider
  4. Forbes
  5. Mashable
  6. Problogger
  7. Search Engine Journal
  8. Smart Passive Income

These are some big blogs here. Yeah I know, I didn’t name them all, but this is to give you an idea of big blogs. Guess what they all have in common? The editor. If you can get to the editor and show your work, good chance you can write for them. That’s if your work is actually good.

Did I mention the hardest thing you can do when it comes to writing for big blogs? Getting to the editor:) Catch-22 I know. He’s not giving out his email to just anybody.

Their is many walls before you reach the editor also. These “walls” are in fact people, and they’re known as the contributors. Build connections with the contributors and soon you’ll have a path to the editor. How do you do this though? Based on Neil Patel’s experience and mine, this is what I came up with.

13 Steps To Becoming A Famous Blogstar

  1. Find your blog that you want to write for
  2. Find articles that are related to your niche
  3. Figure out who the contributors are
  4. Search the contributors name’s online
  5. Follow them
  6. Like and favorite their stuff (let them see your name)
  7. Email them when you find an article they write amusing
  8. Comment on their stuff
  9. Get them responding
  10. Ask to be introduced to the editor (1-2 months later)
  11. Wait for editor’s email
  12. Submit your article
  13. Become famous:)

This may look easy, but in reality it’s not. Most people don’t even get past step #9. That’s why you must follow many people.

It all comes down to research, patience, and pitch. After a while you’ll learn the gut feeling. When I say this, you will soon know when the right moment has arrived to pitch. Why? You’ve done it so many times before.

How Twitter Helps

On your mobile phone, with the Twitter app, you will have the option to favorite them. After you click “Follow” on their profile, a yellow star will pop up next to the follow button. Click it. You will now receive every tweet they make. I stay on top of these people I want to build connection with and this is a great way to do it. I favorite their tweets. I read their articles. I learn who they are. So when it’s time to write them an email, I include information only a friend would know. Information like where they live, their favorite hobby, favorite game, and favorite book. All of these things are keys to unlocking a friendship that will never die.

How Google Drive Helps

I also use Google drive to organize my plan. I open up a spreadsheet and start typing out the names I’m interested in following. Next to those names I’ll include their blog, social platforms, and etc.

Next to that column I put down my actions I have made, like how many comments I have made on their blog, how many times have I retweeted their stuff and so forth. I do this to show myself how much time I have invested in each person. You can also put down how many times they have responded.

Based on replies you can guess who would be in favor in helping you one day reach the editor. See each blogger as an account, a “time account”. Once you put enough time in that account you may soon be able to cash out. Cash out as in an interview, a guest post, or a connection to a major lead in business.

How money get involved

The benefits to landing on a huge blog is many. Besides traffic, growing the list, and recognition, you can also make money doing it. By writing for one company you may get a job with another. It’s happened to me. People pay $100-$300 per article based on content and who you are. I talk about this in my article How Your Blog Can Make Money With Zero Views.

On top of that, the traffic will rise and that’s when sponsorships and affiliate marketing comes to play.

Final Thoughts

Never before could you get paid to demonstrate your skills in which produces more clients for you. It’s amazing and I love it! But money shouldn’t be the main reason you write, it should be about solving problems for the reader. It should be about growing that email list!

Show that you have answers, and that you’re always there to help. By doing this in every blog post, you’re basically advertising your name and showing the world you have what it takes.

One day that traffic will turn into something larger than yourself. It will be a community who will forever take care of you. So don’t let money be the driving force, instead let the problems they face drive you. Let it drive you to solve those problems and to build one more connection today. That’s how you become the famous blogstar.

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