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More poll customizations: End dates, hide results, etc.

Graham Archer 3 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Nicholas.farnsworth1 18 hours ago 3

Hey all, I'm thinking we could really benefit from a few new options with polls. Some details:


1. It'd be really nice to be able to put an end date on a poll. It just seems like a basic functionality, and I know several people up-voted the idea before: https://help.bloxcms.com/knowledge-base/applications/settings/urls/custom_properties/article_5fd6d870-2bdc-11e5-93e5-034d9f275a7e.html


2. Can we have the option to NOT show results (and maybe show a field after someone votes — "Check back Aug. 8 to see the winner."). That'd allow for us to do some really cool stuff that's not currently allowed. You could have votes for an athlete of the week, person of the year, etc. and not risk people not voting because someone is out to a 2-to-1 lead early, etc.

+16
Under review

Closings Application

Jason Schaefer 7 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Mike Stickler 20 hours ago 34
Since business/schools/daycares/etc closings is a issue that all newspapers/media have to deal with it would be nice to have a built in way to have approved businesses input/update closings/delayed starts within BLOX.
+1
Under review

Export custom user fields

Maureen Reinert 5 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by W. Rags. 21 hours ago 5

Does anyone know how to export the custom fields that we are adding when our users register. I see the data on the Custom tab of the users' accounts, but when I export the users to a csv file the only fields that are exported are

screenname email account_type firstname lastname createtime authtime country address municipality region postcode phone gender birthday

There's nothing in the TN documentation about this. The documentation tells you how to add a custom field to the registration form, but it's not much good if we can't export that information.

0
Answered

Can we get weekly reports of form submissions/transactions emailed?

Nick 5 years ago in BLOX CMS updated by Carl Appen 3 weeks ago 3

We've got a payment form set up on our site. The marketing team wants weekly spreadsheet emailed with info from that week's submissions. Is that possible?

Answer

We can set up forms to be sent in real-time (rather than in bulk). There is an email tab in the properties of the form that allows you to add an email address, and they will get emailed with each form.


If you need help with this, please contact our Customer Support team. =) Thanks!

0
Answered

Question about the Hammer.

Marshall Hopkins 1 month ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 1 month ago 1

When using the "Hammer" headline in an article, is there a way to turn off the title?

Answer

Hi Marshall!

There is not a way to turn off the headline now. However, note that the headline is still used in many places throughout the site, such as on some auxiliary block, search results, social media, og tags, etc. So, I would think of the hammer headline as an extra graphical highlight, but you still need a good main headline.

0

Infolinks programmatic: any experiences or opinions

Ian Greaves 1 month ago in BLOX CMS 0

Anyone have any experience integrating Infolinks as a programmatic provider. Or any opinions on Infolinks as to value, user experience. Am looking into using them to augment our AdSense for remnant ads

0
Completed

Webinar | Insider best practices for elevating your 2020 election coverage with BLOX CMS

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 2 months ago in BLOX CMS updated 2 months ago 1
Webinar recording now available.

At our September customer webinar, Christine Masters, director of BLOX CMS, shared expert tips and tricks for using our industry-leading tools and tech to win on election night ‘20.

Topics included:

  • Easily updating tabular data throughout election night.
  • Displaying interactive maps and graphs with embeddable widgets.
  • Using TownNews Content Exchange articles, images, and videos to supplement your homegrown election coverage.
  • Keeping your visitors engaged with push notifications—even when they aren’t on your site.
  • Showcasing fast-changing news and data with Update blocks.
  • . . . and much more!

Ready to get started? Watch it now.

+4
Under review

Social Media Tagging From Notifier

sara 3 months ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 3 months ago 3

Wondering if there is a way to tag people/businesses in Facebook posts from the Notifier?

1. What problem(s) does this idea solve? Why do you need this idea implemented? 
We regularly post things for our advertisers and they like it when we tag them in it. With the app now we are having to post individually to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc... and the notifier (especially for stories that are under the calendar or classified sections that don't auto-feed into the notifier) Being able to post to all of these outlets in one spot saves a lot of time. But at the moment we cannot tag the people or businesses our stories are about from notifier. 

2. How often would you use this feature? We would use the feature 3-10 times a day.

3. How many people in your organization would use this feature? Three of us that do social media would use the feature. 

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Feature Request: Upsell Reporting

Carl Appen 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

There should be reporting options for Upsell Manager. 


Right now, BLOX has stock reports for 

-Orders by category through Ad-Owl

-Transactions and Revenue through Forms 

-Subscription revenue by service 

-CPM reports from Ad Manager


Yet there is not a way to set up or see a report of Upsells. 


Background:

We have a number of upsell packages that users can buy. Some are standard on BLOX, like highlighted "news" releases and "Enhanced" business listings. Others are custom for our audience, like a Calendar option to buy a spot on a daily briefing podcast. Upsells are great for us. They're user-friendly and drive passive, engaging revenue. 

Problem:

There is not an efficient way to appropriately allocate revenue. 

Example: 

A pr firm contributes a press release and buys a $60 upsell to feature it for a day. Our Accounting Manager gets an email notification from BLOX and sees $60 deposited in PayPal. A similar process would happen for every other Upsell. At the end of the week, they have to use some combination of PayPal, Outlook and Upsell Manager in order to allocate the revenue appropriately. 

With reporting options similar to, say, Forms' Top Products, our Accounting Manager could receive a weekly report of Upsell Revenue by Type. Then they could consolidate bookkeeping based on which packages were purchased. 

Problem: 

There is not an efficient way for leads to be identified. 

Example: 

a local physical therapist buys a listing on the daily Health newsletter every Friday for a month. Our Sales Manager would have to recognize the pattern based on the newsletters or irregular email notifications.  

With reporting options similar to, say, Editorial's Published, our Sales Manager could receive a monthly report of (newsletter) Upsells by Business. Then they could assign a rep to call that physical therapist and pitch them a contract that includes the daily Health newsletter. 


Reporting options would also make it much easier to identify and react to trends. Example: We could see that venues have begun opening up if music-related upsells become more frequent. That would tell us to promote the Arts section more or test additional Calendar upsell options. 

Would upsell reporting help anyone else? 

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Adding moderators to Facebook comment plugin

Jenna Duncan 3 months ago in BLOX CMS 0

We keep getting the runaround from FB/Town News but we have no idea how or where to add additional moderators to the Facebook comment plugin on our news website. Anyone have any ideas on how to do this? The person who set up the integration left and we haven't been able to figure out how to actually delete spam comments from news stories. When we asked Facebook, they gave us script that Town News said it doesn't have in the system. 

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Under review

Confusing users with an admin login link?

Bob Rose 4 months ago in BLOX CMS updated by Kevin M. Cox 3 months ago 8

The latest Flex release said: "We are adding a new "admin link" to login screens which will be used by TownNews staff only."
So now, when users go to log in, they see an Admin login link ... thinking maybe that's where the log in to administer their account (change passwords, billing, etc.). When they click they are taken to or blox admin panel, where their login efforts will be unsuccessful. 

Question: How does having the Admin Login link their help users?
If we really needed it... couldn't we hide it somewhere on the site less prominently, or use lotame to only expose it to admins?

0
Under review

How to not display "updated" status above article

John Smitty 3 months ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 3 months ago 3

Hi guys,

Quick question. Say there was an article you didn't want to show the "updated" status for next to the date. Is there a way to selectively hide that for a particular article? And if so, how? For instance, in Blox, there's a function for the paywall bypass, where we type in under 'custom properties' "subscription bypass" and "true" - can someone please let me know if there's something like this for not showing if an article was updated?

Thanks for your time.
John

Answer

Hi John!

Can you describe a little more about your use case? For example, if you're just making a small text change, and don't want to declare it as a real update, you can use this feature: https://help.bloxcms.com/article_1918d444-1034-11e8-bec3-4b39d1d4d4c7.html

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Answered

Is there a way to show the number of votes cast in a poll?

Sam Watson 3 months ago in BLOX CMS updated by Christine Masters (Director of BLOX CMS) 3 months ago 1

Unless we are missing something, there does not appear to be a way to display how many votes have been cast in a poll. The results only show the percentages. Is there a setting to show the actual votes?

Answer

The counts are there, they are just hidden by default. You can use CSS to display them or move them around:

.tnt-chart-bar text.tnt-chart-count {
    display: block;
}
.tnt-chart-bar text.tnt-chart-percent {
    display: none;
}

If you display both, they will essentially be on top of each other, so you'll have to use CSS to move one of them around.

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Completed

Webinar | The top 10+ new BLOX CMS features and additions of 2020 (so far)

Cherry Wolf (Marketing specialist) 3 months ago in BLOX CMS updated 3 months ago 1

Webinar recording now available

From new integrations and functionality, to design layouts and blocks, we’re constantly working to improve our products. At our August customer webinar, Christine Masters, product director for BLOX CMS, showed off the recent BLOX CMS features and updates you need to know about.

Topics included:

  • Reinvigorating your site with new design features
  • Improving your subscription conversions with promo codes and special rates
  • Increasing open rates for push notifications with emojis
  • Using Fotomoto photo sales to drive more revenue from your original photography
  • . . . and much more!

Ready to get started? Watch it now.