Well, we are up to release number 11 now. That has just flown by hasn't it?
This time around the major thing that we have put live (which we are very happy about) is Automated Payments. Automated Payments allows the advertiser to pay you through Paypal directly without you having to send a manual invoice. It is all automated. Have a look at the Product Tour if you can't picture what I mean.
To set this up, you need to open the Administration Interface, edit your website, and tick the box that says "Allow advertisers to pay with Paypal". So now, all you need to do is "Approve" an ad, and everything after that is automated.
Other things that we have been working on are:
- Bonuses: these are a way for you to reward your advertisers for spending more. They are the opposite (in some ways) to a discount. Instead of taking less money if the advertiser purchases a month of advertising, you take the same amount of money and give them some bonus days. Look for these in the Administration Interface.
- You can now email your past advertisers through a very convenient interface inside Igloo. Select all the advertisers that you want to email, and then edit the message and then each advertiser will be sent an individual message.
- You can now create multiple websites, if you want to host advertising on multiple sites. There is now a convenient (and obviously named) create website link that will be shown underneath your current website.
- We have updated the styling of the lightbox that appears on your website when an advertiser clicks "advertise here". I hope you like it.
- We have put up a Product Tour, to hopefully expain better what it is that Igloo does.
- Lots of other small changes.
So now we are going to be working on:
- Automated/scheduled payments for Igloo users. This will free us up for more interesting things than managing payments.
- Resize advertisement image when it is uploaded, if it is not the correct size (and warn the advertiser that it occurred)
- A registration system that does not depend on Google. We are starting to think that potential users don't like being confronted with a Google login page when they are not expecting it.