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It this blog post, we will feature our Countdown calendar. It is a side functionality that is addressed to the same audience as the wish list service.
A countdown calendar works pretty much like wish lists in Wishimply. Every WishSimply user can create their own free countdown calendar for any event and share it with a specific group of people or make it public for anyone to see.
The countdown calendar is designed to support all of those gift-giving parties that are the highlights of your lives (or any other events, for that matter). You could, for example, make an old-fashioned advent calendar for counting the days to Christmas. A couple to be married could set up a countdown calendar leading to their wedding day with pictures from their time together. Or, why not count the days to the beginning of holidays or the start of a big holiday trip.
When setting up a countdown calendar, the first thing to specify is the last box, as that is the big event that is on the top of the mind. After that, you add the rest of the boxes.
Let's see how to do it with a few slideshare slides before we go on to discuss some details.
Every box has space for an image, text and a link. The text and link are optional fields. They will be displayed if they are filled in. If not, there will be no trace of them. An image will always be displayed. If you don't add a image for a box, it will show a default image.
There is a 'Preview' button that can be used at any point to see how the countdown calendar would look and work for the recipient. That also means that if some boxes have their opening date in the future, they cannot be opened in preview mode. If you want to see how those boxes would look when they are opened, then you will need to temporary adjust the last date. Just go to the settings and change the date and all dates for all boxes will be updated. Once you have verified that everything looks good, change the last date back to the correct date and the other boxes will follow suite automatically.
Brands can also use the countdown calendar as a marketing tool. The calendar has a place for a small logo. If it is added, it will be displayed, but if not, it is not as if something was missing. The calendar will look just fine, whether you add a logo or not.
An example use case: You could create a countdown calendar for a campaign that runs across several days. Every calendar box could contain e.g. a special offer for that day. The offer could be described in the attached image or in the text field, and the link field could be used to direct users to the webshop or whatever website you may want them to visit. Then, you make the calendar public and use your email marketing tool or social media platform to share the link and invite your customers / prospects to go see the calendar.
A user can only have one countdown calendar at any one time. Once the final date has passed, the calendar slot can be re-used.
The calendar can only count down a maximum of 50 days, as we think that that should cover most use cases. (Hell, who can wait longer, anyway?)
This presentation is also available in Slides.com and speakerdeck.com and slideserve.com
What are you waiting for? Go and make yourself a countdown calendar by clicking here.
This post continues our How-to series, in which we have previously presented videos on 'How to make a wishlist', 'How to share a wishlist' and 'How to easily add items in WishSimply from any site'. The videos are available in Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and Veoh.
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