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Friday, November 12, 2010

Cool New Tools for You on

Just sharing a couple fun--and hopefully helpful--updates we've made to the tools available in Your Sonlight Account:

1. New Photo Tool
Easier to upload. Easier to manage. Easier to view all your past uploaded images. And remember: Even though the 2011 Catalog Cover Contest is over, if you submit a photo now it will be entered into next year's contest (ignore what the text on the page says about Aug. 15, 2010; I haven't figure out what to say between now and when the next catalog comes out).

Here's something even more exciting about this update: Sometime around April of next year, we're planning on using this New Photo Tool to have pictures and testimonials on product pages on the site. That way people who are considering Sonlight can hear more about the programs from you. How cool is that?

I'll tell you: Pretty stinkin' cool <smile>.

2. Improved Sonlight Badges
Head over to Your Profile. At the bottom of the page you will see your Sonlight Badges. They'll look something like this (without the cool Employee badge I get because I'm special <smile>):

Sonlight Badges

Up until a couple days ago, clicking on these little guys merely sent you to Not particularly interesting. We've updated it so now the link includes your Rewards ID so people who are new to Sonlight can save $5 on their first purchase and you earn Rewards Points.

Also pretty stinkin' cool.

That's all I've got for you at the moment. Enjoy these new tools this weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday!

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester


Taryn @ Hayes Happenings said...

hi Luke - I love the new changes. Just one question/request - could you upload some more badge image options for us? You see, the Sonlight logo is really huge and, on my blog theme, doesn't fit in the side bar nicely. If I adjust its size, the badge itself goes out of proportion/small. I'd love for an image where the Sonlight logo/header is the same width as the badges. Any chances you can create a badge option when there logo is centered and the same width as the badges?

Erin said...

I love the new badges! I have another question, though - how come, when someone clicks on a Rewards link, it goes to the Sonlight Rewards page? Could it be changed so that it goes straight to the main Sonlight home page? I think it could be confusing for a first time visitor to to come to a page about Rewards instead of the main site...

Just a thought! Thanks for all the hard work!!

Luke Holzmann said...

Taryn, that's a great point. And, after wrestling with the code, I've removed the big Sonlight logo from the set (which, really, it didn't belong there because it's not a badge <smile>). You can find other options for the Sonlight logo and more on the Widgets page:

Erin, if you're logged into your Sonlight account when you click the link, it takes you to the Rewards page. If you are not logged in--i.e. you're new to Sonlight--you get a welcome message that encourages you to create an account with the Rewards ID you just came from so you can save $5. Make sense? If you want to see what it looks like, sign out of your account and click your link <smile>.

Thanks for the suggestions and ideas! If you ever have ideas that could help us do things better, please share! Thanks <smile>.



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