This document lists the different types of sharing and, where applicable, links to the full document explaining that specific type of sharing.
ShortStack's Share Feature
There are two types of sharing native to ShortStack: sharing the entire campaign, and sharing the content of an individual widget. Both methods require that you first add at least one Share Widget to your campaign. To learn how to set up both of these methods, please visit the documents to enable sharing on the campaign, or enable sharing for individual widgets.
Manually Sharing the Campaign's URL
You can share your campaign to Facebook, Google+, and other services that support Open Graph by pasting the campaign's URL into a Status Update, Post, etc. This works best for Custom Published campaigns because you have control over the link details (Open Graph Meta Tags) that these platforms usually insert automatically.
When you Custom Publish a campaign, you can change the title, image, and description that appear along with the URL. To do this, visit a campaign in the Campaign Builder, click on the Settings icon in the top-left, select Sharing from the menu, and fill out the fields. For further instructions, see the Campaign Settings help doc.
If you share the URL to Facebook, and Facebook doesn't pull in the data that you entered, use Facebook's Debugger tool to see what values they are serving for your campaign URL. Read the Working with Installed Campaigns article for more information.
Note: Changing the title, description, and image does not alter your previous posts. You will have to create new posts to see the updated title, description, and image.
Do not share the Facebook generated URL for your campaign (https://www.facebook.com/…). This URL is not mobile friendly and you have no control over the link details that Facebook inserts. Always share the campaign URL.
Show Share Prompt Upon Form Submission
Enabling the share prompt upon form submission displays a share prompt to the entrant so that he or she can share the content of the Form Widget to their Timeline. Read the Form Widget article for more information.
Note: ShortStack does not automatically post a person's contest entry or vote to his or her Timeline. To do so would require use of the Allow Prompt, which ShortStack does not serve because of the high abandonment rate associated with it.
Show Share Prompt After Voting
You can show the share prompt to a user after he or she votes. Doing so requires adding Code Widget to your campaign and using a code snippet from the ShortStack Code Library.
- Visit your campaign in the Campaign Builder.
- Make sure sharing is enabled in the Voting Widget.
- Add a Code Widget to your campaign.
- Click the Library in the column of menus at the left-hand side.
- In the Public Library on the left-hand side, click Show Share Dialog After Voting and then click the blue Add to Code button.
- Click the blue Save & Exit button.
- Publish the campaign, or click Publish Changes.
- Test your campaign to make sure the Share dialog is displaying properly.
Encourage Sharing with Refer-a-Friend
You can reward your contest entrants by giving them extra points (extra chances to win) when they share your promotion with their friends. Read the Refer-a-Friend article for more information.
Trigger the Share Prompt in a Popup
You can use the Action Widget to open the share dialog of a widget that has sharing enabled. Read the Action Widget article for more information.
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Changing the Campaign Name (Custom App 1) and Icons in the Share Prompt
To change a campaign's name and icons (the 16x16 pixel small icon and 75x75 pixel large icon) in the share prompt, you must Custom Publish the campaign. All campaigns that you Quick Publish are named Custom App 1 in the share prompt, and you will not be able to add custom icons. If you have already Quick Published your campaign, uninstall it and re-install it using the Custom Publish method.
Note: The campaign URL WILL CHANGE if you uninstall and re-install it, so make sure you update everything (blog posts, Status Updates, etc.) to the new campaign URL.
Read the Working with Installed Campaigns article for full instructions.
"Share to Win" Contests are Prohibited
A Share to Win contest is prohibited by the Facebook Promotion Guidelines, which states: "Personal Timelines must not be used to administer promotions (ex: "share on your Timeline to enter" or "share on your friend's Timeline to get additional entries" is not permitted)."