Embed Code and Lead Gate Updates

We've just rolled some new updates to our embed code and lead gate.

Embed Code

You can now add the zoom/shrink button to both your embedded booklets and your lightbox fullscreen booklets. This means a viewer can zoom and pan your pages scaled in and out both on your website page and when they open it in the fullscreen lightbox view.

You can also choose to open your embedded booklet either as a lightbox or as a new tab in the browser. By default it opens as a lightbox that fills the entire screen with an opaque black background. When you choose to open the fullscreen view in a new tab, it opens it with all the microsite customization for your booklet that you did in the DESIGN tab.

To configure these settings, go to the PUBLISH tab > Select EMBED ON WEBSITES > then toggle on the menu options for Magnify Buttons and Fullscreen Open Fullscreen As Tab.

Lead Gate

The lead gate that requires a viewer to enter some personal information before being able to view your content now has a new field. You can now select to collect the customers Business Name. To add the business name requirement, you can do the following:

Open your booklet in the DESIGN tab > Tap POPUPS > LEAD GATE > check the box beside Business Name.

Google Forms and Fullscreen

We've released two new features for your simplebooklet microsites: Google Forms integration and Fullscreen views from your embedded simplebooklets.

Google Forms

You can add a Google Form to your simplebooklet page. This places a custom labelled button on your page that when pressed, opens your Google Form in a lightbox window. Your visitor can fill out your form and the information will be captured to your Google account and recorded in your simplebooklet lead activity. You can have multiple forms on a page and across pages.

Adding a Google Form

First, you want to create your form in your Google drive account. Once it's created, you can add it to your simplebooklet microsite from the EDIT tab.

  1. Select the Integrations Menu, then select Google Forms.
  2. Log into your Google Account
  3. Select your Google Form from the pulldown select menu.
  4. Label your button.
  5. Add your form to your page.

Your form button will appear in the middle of your page. You can then drag it anywhere on your page and use the style tools to give it a border color, drop shadow and more custom design features.

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Preview your booklet to see the form in action as it appears in a lightbox overlaying your page.

Fullscreen

The fullscreen button in the embed menu now keeps your visitor on your site. Previously, it would trigger a new browser tab to view your booklet. Now, when a visitor taps the fullscreen button, your booklet will open in a lightbox overlay that covers the entire screen. They can flip through your simplebooklet and then tap the escape key and return to your page.

Additional Updates

As always, we continue to make improvements to the user interface, with updates to the dashboard and microsite tools and functionality.

New Replace Booklet Tool

We've released a new feature to make replacing the booklet in your microsite much easier. This has been a frequently requested features. It will allow you to do the following:

  1. Replace the current booklet with a new booklet.
  2. Keep all the customization you did on the microsite in the DESIGN tab.
  3. Keep the Weblink and embed code working on all locations.
  4. Keep the historical analytics and stats captured on this microsite and continue to build on them.

This is very useful if you:

  1. Have a weekly flyer that you want to update on a regular basis but keep the weblink address unchanged.
  2. Update a presentation or slide deck that keeps the same weblink and all of the microsite design features.
  3. Work on your booklet in Google Slides or Google Docs and use the Add On to update the microsite version of your slides or docs.
  4. Update a directory with new content while keep the weblink the same.

There are two ways to replace the simplebooklet in your microsite.

  1. From your dashboard, tap the replace button of the microsite you want to replace. You will be asked to upload a new file which will be converted and placed in your microsite.
  2. From Google Slides or Google Docs in your ADD ON menu, you can use the make a microsite to replace the slides or doc in a microsite you already created with the same document.

So, now instead of having to upload the same file and make a brand new microsite and configure it all again, you can just replace the booklet in the microsite you already have.

This should make it much easier to manage your various microsites on simplebooklet.

Page Narration and More

We've just released a big update to bring more engagement to your booklets; per page narration.

Page Narration

What this means is you can now record up to a 2 minute audio clip for each page in your simplebooklet. This audio can either be triggered by the person reading your page or you can set it to auto play on page open.

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Page narration means you'll be able to:

  1. Narrate a powerpoint, slides, or keynote presentation to give your audience context to what's on the slide.
  2. Highlight content on a page that you think is relevant.
  3. Expand on the content on a page.
  4. Reveal information that is complimentary to the page being viewed.
  5. Turn a brochure or flyer into an audio book like experience.

Check out this example to see page narration in action.

Also, we'll be sending you a new monthly email that highlights the organic traffic your simplebooklet has generated through Google searches. It will give you a good sense of how effective your SEO enhancements in your booklet are in driving discovery of your content through Google.

Collaboration and Team Members

You can now work together on simplebooklet. Connect to other PRO account holders or create team member accounts in your BOSS and BUSINESS plans.

There are two ways to collaborate on simplebooklet.

Team Member Accounts

If you are a BOSS or BUSINESS plan, you can make team accounts and manage all content created in that account. As the Administrator, you own this account. You provide your team member account with their login credentials and can delete their account at anytime. The team member does not pay for their account.

Connected Accounts

Any account can be connected in simplebooklet. Each connected account is independent of the other account and gives access or gains access to the other account. PRO plans and higher can request access to another account. Free plans can only give access to their current account dashboard. Each account requires it's own subscription to collaborate with one another.

When accounts collaborate, one account can access, edit, and manage all aspects of the simplebooklets and collections in that connected or team member account. The connector account can also copy a booklet from their account into the connected account.

Updates for March 1st, 2019

We've released a number of new updates to simplebooklet for March. We hope you enjoy them.

Unsplash Images

You can now add royalty free images to your simplebooklet pages. From the EDIT tab, tap the IMAGES tool and search for photos that would compliment your content. You can use these images in any of your microsite booklet pages.

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These are beautiful photos provided by some very talented photographers and are free for you to use how you like in your simplebooklet.

Etsy and Shopify Products

Do you have an Etsy or Shopify store where you sell products? If so, you can now add those products to a booklet page. This allows a customer looking at your simplebooklet to purchase the product right from your page. It's a great way to:

  • Show off a product or two.
  • Create a more dynamic emotional response in your customer about your product.
  • Reaches visitors in multiple digital channels (social, email, website).

Read all about this new feature in our latest case study.

Check out this booklet as well to see a shopify product brochure in action. Tap here

Analytics

We've updated the analytics page for your simplebooklet. With an easier to understand set of graphs and layout, you'll quickly get insight into the reach and engagement of your simplebooklets. Even better, we're now tracking all click activity on your microsite, so you can better understand how customers are engaging with your content.

Notifications

We've updated the email notifications you receive from simplebooklet. You can now receive emails whenever someone shares your booklet on a social network, in email, or grabs your embed code. You'll also get notified whenever a customer completes a form or your lead gate.

New Subscription Plans

We've released new subscription models for specific customer types. We have received a lot of requests from Tourism Bureaus, Client Agencies, Franchise Businesses, and Dealership Networks to provide a white label version of simplebooklet. This allows the business to offer sub accounts in their existing simplebooklet account, offer a branded login page, and more. As the Primary account administrator, you can see what is produced and promoted by your linked accounts, while also deploying simplebooklets to some or all of these sub accounts. It's a great way to manage simplebooklet microsites across multiple clients or teams.

UI Clean Up

Yep, a few little more updates to the user interface to hopefully make it easier to use and know what to do next.

We've got some great stuff getting prepped for rollout in the month of March.

Thanks, Scott

Updates for February 1st, 2019

Search

Help out your customers with our new search tool. This new search feature appears in your simplebooklet nav bar and allows your customer to keyword search your pages.

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Visibility

You've got 4 new settings for the visibility of your simplebooklet microsite:

  • Public Anyone can see your simplebooklet microsite.
  • Link Only Your microsite is hidden from search engines.
  • Password Only those with a password can view your microsite.
  • Paused Only you can see your microsite.

Set the visibility for any of your microsites right from your simplebooklet dashboard.

Design Wizard

We want to make sure your simplebooklet looks the best, so we've introduced a design wizard to help walk you through the most critical features you need in a microsite. You can activate it from the Design tab or whenever you convert a file.

Valentine Backgrounds

Not only have we updated our microsite background tool to be much easier to use and select a background, we've also updated it with new Valentine's backgrounds. Great for your holiday themed simplebooklets.

Google Slides, Powerpoint, and Keynote

Learn about the value of putting your presentation slides up on their own microsite to effectively influence your customers. Read about it here

Card Flip and Focus Transition

We rolled a few more transitions this week. These can really enhance the reading experience of your content on your simplebooklet microsite. They are Card Flip, Vertical Card Flip, and Focus.

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Try them out and see if they work for your content. You'll find them in the DESIGN tab under the TRANSITIONS menu. Select the single page presentation and then choose the transition.

Tri Fold Transition

We just rolled out a few new transitions. The big one is the tri fold transition. This will take your tri-fold brochure in PDF format and turn it into a proper tri fold flip just like you do when you hold one in your hand.

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Take a read through our posting on the value of putting your offline tri fold brochures online.

Read Article

Google Docs and Slides Apps Integration

We've just released a big update to integrate your Google Docs, Slides, and Drive account with your simplebooklet account. You can now turn any slide or doc you have in your Google account into a simplebooklet microsite right from Google Docs and Google Slides. You can even edit the file in your new microsite.

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This gives you a lot more authoring options for your content. Use the templates in Google Docs and Slides to start your new brochure, flyer or newsletter, then import it to simplebooklet and voila, you have a microsite you can share, post, pin, email and promote all from a unique, branded web address.

Get it for Google Docs

Get it for Google Slides

It's easy to start using this feature:

  1. Sign into your Google Docs or Slides account.
  2. Tap the ADD-ON menu option.
  3. Search for the Simplebooklet add-on and install it.

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Now, with any Doc or Slide open that you'd like to convert into a microsite:

  1. Tap the ADD-ON menu.
  2. Select the Simplebooklet add-on.
  3. Select the "convert to microsite" option.

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You'll be launched into your simplebooklet account and we'll automatically start converting and optimizing your slide or doc to be an impressive microsite.

Here are a couple of examples of a Doc and Slide file being converted to a microsite.

Product Brochure Google Doc

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What your doc looks like as a microsite on simplebooklet.

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Presentation Google Slides

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It's the easiest way to get a website going for your product, service, or event when using Google Docs and Slides.

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