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Using Countdown Plugins with Icegram

All About Countdowns…

‘Minute to Win it’ how many of you have seen this game show? Assuming a majority, you will probably agree to the fact of how exciting, thrilling a timer or a countdown can make a situation. It is seen that, a timer not only excites the person that’s subjected to the timer but also the one that’s set it.

Cutting the long story short, I simply want to emphasize on how a countdown can thrill your audience and then compel them to act before time runs out!

For an e-commerce stores, countdowns have proved to be very handy and have grabbed tons of eyeballs. Here are a few examples of how countdowns have been used over the years..

  • Show a special offer for a particular period of time.
  • Run a contest
  • Show a teaser/promote a new product
  • Conduct a launch

Countdown + Icegram

Wondering if you can setup a countdown with Icegram? Absolutely yes! you can. Here are some examples

Popup

Countdown in Icegram Popup
Don’t just give away coupons. Set a countdown in a popup and watch it sell 🙂

Action Bar

Make visitors take an action sooner by putting a Countdown in the Action bar
Make visitors take an action sooner by putting a Countdown in the Action bar

Overlay

Grab eyeballs using an Overlay and make them take action by inserting a Countdown in it
Grab eyeballs using an Overlay and make them take action by inserting a Countdown in it

Step by Step guide to integrate Countdown with Icegram

Step 1: Lookout for Countdown plugins

Honestly speaking, there are LOTS of Countdown Timer plugins  available for WordPress  (both the free and the paid). Here’s an exclusive list I went through.

Step 2: Choose the most suitable Countdown plugin

The features I used to determine the best Countdown Plugin were:

  • Available as a Widget
  • Available as a Shortcode
  • Very easy User Interface and Settings page.
  • Sleek, Stylish and Modern designed Countdown Timers.
  • Possibility of adding Multiple Countdowns at different places.

My recommendation: Countdown Timer Plugin

Step 3: Integrate the Countdown plugin with Icegram

  1. Install Countdown Timer Plugin on your website
  2. Get the shortcode of the plugin
  3. Copy the shortcode and paste it in the message body of the Icegram campaign.

Note: A countdown plugin can only be integrated with Icegram if it provides the shortcode functionality. Also, the methods used to find the shortcode differs from plugin to plugin.  Hence the way of integrating them can be different in different cases.

Over to You

Any issues? Any suggestions? Tried these or any other countdown plugins? Do let me know your experience below..

Here is a  step by step walkthrough that can help you do the same.

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