Monetize your community with your online store. It’s a fantastic way to add the social spark to your store or create a store for Your Community. Either way, it’s a win-win. It’s a fantastic way to monetize your site. Is your community revolving around motorbikes? Why not sell them some gear. Gaming? Sell them games. Gardening? Sell them shovels. I mean, the world is your oyster and the sky is the limit. Unless your community is for travellers in which case you can even sell them hot-air ballon trips.
But let’s get to it, shall we?
We’re starting with two main activities that users can do in a store. That is actually buying something and leaving a review of a product. There are two settings added to User Profile > Preferences > Activity Settings section. Both are ENABLED by default so make sure to announce that to Your Community that whenever they make a purchase, there will be a corresponding post created on stream.
The post that is created upon purchase looks, works and behaves perfectly with PeepSo stream. It uses WordPress embeds. It takes the WooCommerce product right from your store and showcases it beautifully within the post. When just one item is purchased it just embeds that one. When more than one are purchased at the same time, they are shown in a slider which can be navigated easily.
Why? Because if I see that my friend has purchased something, i might want that too! And that’s the point. The biggest adventage of using embeded products is that it’s really easy to just buy that product. It’s that social pressure that gets you the sale. The phrase: made a purchase can be adjusted in the integrations configuration in the backend of your site: PeepSo > Configuration > WooCommerce.
Since only one review can be made at a time, each post can contain just one. Just like with a purchase post, it embeds the WooCommerce product right from your store. Above that we’ll have the full text of the review and a the 1-5 number rating from WooCommerce is translated to stars. The phrase: wrote a review can be adjusted in the integrations configuration in the backend of your site: PeepSo > Configuration > WooCommerce.
Welcome to unified shopping experience where users, except when visiting the store, don’t have to leave the social aspect of your site. Store navigation has been added to User Profiles in PeepSo. Orders and Cart menus are available in PeepSo Profile Widget as well as in the dropdown on PeepSo Toolbar.
Users can set their shipping and billing addresses right in their profiles in PeepSo. When you go to profile > About you’ll see that there’s a new tab called Addresses.
Orders are a bit more complex than that, since this is one of the most important aspects of the shopping experience. That’s one of the reasons they are put in a separate tab in profiles. Orders come with three views, those are: Orders, Order Tracking and Downloads (if you’re selling digital goods).
This consists of pretty much 2 views, the actual Cart and Checkout. Both are rather self-explanatory.
There is a number of settings to go with the WooCommerce Integration. The basic settings like available tabs display in User Profiles and or course the settings for the activity stream posts. You as an admin can decide whether posts will be created when someone purchases or reviews a product. Of course users do have the option to override those settings in their own profiles too. So if they don’t want the community to know they either purchased or reviewed something, they have the option to not have those posts created on their behalf.
Additionally, you are in control of the action text that’s shown on stream when a purchase is made or review written. It doesn’t have to say: made a purchase or wrote a review. Simply change the settings there and it’s done.