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EzCapper Elite Version Demonstration of Multicapper and Monitor Capabilities

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We have posted a video of how the Elite Version can be used as a multicapper version and the ease of how everything is setup.  It is the most powerful version we have and we are constantly adding new functionality:

Also note that we include monthly email leads for this version of our software on a monthly or yearly subscription.

New Functionality:

Nov 2013 – Added a functionality that allows handicappers to edit the access plan expiry by themselves.

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November 26th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Enabling your Access Plans and setting your new customer’s plan expiration.

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Our EZcapper systems have what are called Access Plans which are basically the same thing as the pricing menu.  With our system we assume that your plans which are marketed to your clients are set based on price and duration.  Here’s how it works.

Step 1. When you determine your pricing for a particular package the package should be good for a number of days.  Set this up in your backend under Access Plans.  This will then show up under the front end of your Website under Access Plans.  If you do not know how to setup your Access plan with paypal refer to http://blog.ezcapper.com/creating-a-paypal-button-to-accept-money/

 

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Step 2.  Once somebody makes a purchase via Paypal for a particular plan you will know how long that plan corresponds to.  Say you create a 7 day plan for $99.  When you create the button you can call the button a “7 day – $99” plan.  When a customer pays for this plan you will get a confirmation with the details in your registered Paypal email.

Step 3.  Once you know the customer pays you need to login to your backoffice and then activate your customer for the duration corresponding to the plan.  Login and go to the “Manage Customer Accounts” section and search for that particular customer.  Once you find that customer you can find in their profile details the expiration date of the plan.  Set this date forward according to the date corresponding to the duration of the plan he has purchased.  On that specific date the customer access will expire.  On the same details page you can also set which pages the customer has access to according to sport type.  By default he has access to all pages.

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July 21st, 2013 at 6:23 am

Confused about Units – How to calculate including examples

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I get a lot of customers who ask about the unit system.  I’ve included screenshots so please click multiple times on the images below and you will see a full screenshot.

  1. Example 1.  Moneyline bet Twins vs Royals. The Capper picked the home team, Royals, at -113.  The pick was wrong so the units would be set at a loss of 113 or Down 113.  This means that based on a standard bet of $113 to win $100 (@ -113), as he picked the favorite he lost $113.
  2. Example 2.  Moneylinie bet Yankees vs Angels on 6/4/2011. The away team (Yankees) were the favorite (-140).  This means that for every $140 you bet on the Yankees you would win $100.  As the Yankees won the game the unit result is +100 or UP 100.
  3. Example 3:  Runline situation on 5/13/2011, Pirates vs the Brewers. The capper picked the runline (-1.5, +135) on the home team.  This means (in baseball, hockey runline is always +/- 1.5),   This means that the home team must win by 2 runs or more and the payout would be $135 for every $100 risked (or wagered). As Milwaukee won 5-2 , then beat the Pirates by 3 which exceeds the (-1.5) runline.  Therefore as that condition is met, the payout of +135 is in play.  As you can see on the grading form , the Unit results is up 135 Units.

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October 14th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Where do confirmation emails from new customers go and how do I forward these confirmation messages?

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Every time a user signs up on your site a confirmation message should be sent to your system admin email address.   This system admin email address was provided to you in the confirmation email sent when your site was delivered to you.  Most of the sites were setup with the email admin@website.com or info@website.com.  You should receive confirmations in this email.  Instructions to access this email are provided in the same confirmation message.  Our domain registrar and email service provider of choice is Godaddy.

  1. Some of our customers use a free email such as gmail to manage their emails.  If you wish to have Gmail retrieve your messages from Godaddy then see this great article:

    http://ttrumble.com/setting-up-your-go-daddy-imap-or-pop-email-address-on-mail/
  2. If you don’t use Gmail but use a regular email client then see this valuable article:
    http://help.godaddy.com/article/4715
  3. If you wish to have your email forwarded to another account then read this article:
    http://help.godaddy.com/article/1725

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Reference:

Here’s what the confirmation email looks like that you should receive.

From : [Website name as set in Site Settings] [system admin email]
Subject : Hello stonkse, welcome to [Website name as set in Site Settings]!

Hello [first name],

This email serves to inform you that your [Website name as set in Site Settings] account has been created successfully. Please log into your account using the email address and password you have provided to start getting winning picks today!

Thank you for registering,

[Website name as set in Site Settings] Customer Service Staff

For comments, questions, or suggestions you can email us at:
[system admin email]

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November 24th, 2010 at 7:58 am

Slow Website Pages? Try this fix

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The reason why some of our clients are having problems with updating web pages is that over time constant editing of the web page has added a lot of unnecessary code to the website.  To fix this all you need to do is to remove via the HTML editor the bad code and the page will be working again.

For many users the way they generate a space is to select the space key.  Each time you enter the space key it generates code “&nbsp;” which is garbage.  Each time you enter a return key it creates a <P>.  The proper way to do it is by placing the cursor where you want it and to start typing rather than by positioning the cursor by entering spaces and carriage returns which generates more junk.

Click on the images below (click several times to expand) to see an example.

Access the HTML Editor

Access the HTML Editor

Example of JUNK code that can be removed

Example of JUNK code that can be removed

Example of JUNK code 2 that can be removed

Example of JUNK code 2 that can be removed

Example of JUNK code 3 that can be removed

Example of JUNK code 3 that can be removed

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November 11th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

How to set Free trial Days on your account

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When your clients signup for the first time and login their account is automatically, by default, set to expire. Our system sets the expiration date to the same date as the date they signed up on. Once your clients pay for a plan, you need to activate the client by searching for the particular client and setting their expiration date accordingly.

Now for some clients that wish to offer a free trial for all customers and do not wish to manually activate the client, we can set the default number of days to expiration to any number you wish. This will allow you to offer a free trial without needing to manually set the expiration date thus saving you plenty of time.

We can set this once a month for you for free, after that it is $5 to set it again.

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September 20th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

EZCapper X-Pro Version 5.0 Officially Launched

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We are nearly complete our new version of our software.  Right now we invite customer feedback on our Beta version which includes the following features:

Here are the new features:

  1. Bonus Code System – This is extremely handy for marketing and it allows our customers to create promotions with bonus codes (e.g. “NFL 3”) which will allow for free access for a certain number of days (set by you) only upon the entry of the promo code by the customer either on signup or after they login if they are a previous customer.
  2. Emailing of Your Picks to Customers directly –  This is going to be huge.  Basically customers can send to their customers immediately their picks directly to their customer base right from the backend.  You can choose whether to send or not.  This will save you a ton of time from having to export emails and sending them manually.  You can format the email directly in the html editor. (See Add New Pick)
  3. Customization of the confirmation email – When new customers register for the first time they currently receive a  standard confirmation.  This confirmation email is a terrific form of marketing and you can customize it to include messages to check out a promotion, signup for an affiliate program or whatever you desire.
  4. Option to directly accept credit cards –  Tired of using Paypal (we are sick of them too), then

The new version will be officially launched sometime in October after all the bugs are checked out!  Please test our beta version for feedback and let us know what you would like to see in future versions.

Some future developments we have planned:

  1. Mobile Integration
  2. Integration with CRM, Predictive Dialer.
  3. Integration with Google Analytics.

We will announce pricing on our new version shortly and will provide discounts to existing customers looking to upgrade.  Please leave feedback directly to this blog posting if possible.

http://demo3.ezcapper.com/

http://demo3.ezcapper.com/admincontrolpanel/

use : admin / admin123 to login.

***** update Oct 4th, 2010 *****

Software has been tested and officially launched.

Note the following:

  • Due to possible spam issues with the free picks automailer, the existing plan is limited to a maximum of a total of 250 emails per day.  Please note that this is a policy set by our ISP and not by us to prevent possible spam abuse.  Any emails beyond 250 per day will require the additional purchase of mail relays.  Each 250 above that will incur an additional monthly cost of $25 per month.  Each increase on the daily limit in increments of 250 will incur an additional monthly cost of $25 per month.
  • That is if you have 250 clients and you send one free pick,  your allowance will be hit for the day.  If you have 50 clients you can send up to 5 emails.  To increase this limit to the next level (each level allows an increase of 250 emails per day) will require an additional payment of  $25 per month.
  • For existing clients, if you wish to upgrade to the new version and do not require us to transfer the existing data from their existing sites to the new sites the cost will be $129.99 per month (if the upgrade orders is made prior to November 15th, 2010) and no setup or transfer fees would apply. We will help with the transfer of the image files but you will be responsible for the content files.  Beyond November 15th the regular price of $139.99 and a $50 setup fee would be required.
  • For existing clients who wish to transfer their existing data to the new system, this will incur a setup fee of $100.  Make the order prior to November 15th and the monthly price will be discounted to $129.99.  Unfortunately the setup fee cannot be waived since it may take 3 days of work to transfer all the files over and to reconfigure the site.

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September 16th, 2010 at 4:42 am

Accepting Subscriptions with your own Credit Card Processor instead of Paypal

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We know some clients are having problems with using Paypal.  Paypal as the market leader acts like a monopoly and we often are surprised at how poorly they treat their customers.  The solution to this is to start accepting client money by using your own credit card processor.

First step to processing credit cards on your own is to identify a credit card processing company.  We can introduce you to the right people who will handle this processing should you not be able to find one on your own.

We are working on a new version of our software and one of the features is the ability to process secure credit card information directly to the merchant for either automatic or manual processing.  To see this in action visit http://demo3.ezcapper.com/accessPlans.asp and login with admin / admin123 or view the images in this attachment.

If you want to implement this now, let us know.  We will bill you just 1 hour of integration time.

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September 6th, 2010 at 4:52 am

How to customize the confirmation email sent to New Registered Users

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Each time a new user signs up on your EZCapper site  they will receive a standard reply that goes as following:

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Subject of email: Hello [first name], welcome to [Your Site Name in our System as set in the backend of your site under Edit Web Site Settings]!

Body  of email:

Hello [first name],

This email serves to inform you that your [Your Site Name in our System as set in the backend of your site under Edit Web Site Settings]” account has been created successfully. Please log into your account using the email address and password you have provided to start getting winning picks today!

Thank you for registering,

[Your Site Name in our System as set in the backend of your site under Edit Web Site Settings] Customer Service Staff

For comments, questions, or suggestions you can email us at: [Your Email Address  in our System as set in the backend of your site under Edit Web Site Settings]

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Any modification to this standard form reply is not included in our standard setup fees.  To  modify this standard email contact us.  If you provide the exact text for us we can modify this for a $10 charge.  If you want a full HTML email we will need to bill for programmers time at $30 per hour.  It should take no more than 1 hour to setup in most circumstances.

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September 6th, 2010 at 4:31 am

How to add Videos to your EZCapper website in 15 minutes or less!

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Adding videos to your website is a very compelling marketing mechanism. Having clients see you in person creates a physical presence that conveys trust.  In my 10 years of marketing experience the one thing I can not underestimate is the value of videos in your website in generating credibility.  In particular testimonials from 3rd parties are a killer when it comes to helping convert customers.

Let’s go through the basic steps:

  1. Figure out what type of content you are going to put on your site. If you only want to make one video, make one introducing yourself and explain why customers should buy your service.  I do recommend that you make at least one video per week summarizing the previous week’s results.Having a real person communicate using a video in the About Us section of the website is invaluable to creating that necessary trust bond with your customers.  Make sure to apply the KISS rule – Keep it short and simple!  Make sure that you convey your points concisely and that the video lasts no more than 5 minutes!
  2. Learn how to make a video and upload it on Youtube. Adding a video on youtube is a form of promotion that will bring links back to your website.  In the video description make sure you put the link in the title or the video description in addition to a proper description.  People who are curious will dig deeper and look for the URL to find out more information.  All you  need is a cheap PC web camera that can be bought for $25.  Quality is not the issue when making videos as customers will accept lower than HD quality videos.  Some key points:
    • Watch how to make a video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exFI7NlFqNc .  This series of videos is very useful and shows you the basics of making a video.  You can also make videos with your cellphones and handheld video camera (preferably digital).
    • Create an account on Youtube with your site’s name as the username.  For example if your site name is “ABCCapper.com” then create a youtube username of “ABCCapper.com” or something similar so people can find you.
    • Promote your URL (ABCCapper.com) at every instance so people will copy and paste the link into their browser to visit your site.
    • See some sample videos from handicappers here:
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4ItE2o1GBc
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkNpfMWHRgI
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xVUOR26G18
  3. After you upload the video on youtube it will appear like this (see and click  image “Youtube Code”).    You will now take this video and put it on your EZCapper page:
    • Click on the <Embed> button and a box will show some code (I’ve put a box around it in RED in the Youtube Code image at the top of this article).  Copy this code and paste it into your HTML editor.
    • Access the page you want to put the video in your EZCapper website’s admin control panel.
    • Click on the HTML button on the page to access the HTML editor. (see html_editor image)
    • Copy the code from Youtube and paste it into the page.

  4. Once you have copied the code into the appropriate part of your code (see image pasted_code), save the page by selecting “Edit Page”
  5. Voila, you are now done!  View the page (finished_done image) and see your video in action.
  6. To remove the video just simply delete the code you added.

Check out this video by one of our clients:  http://pappysportspicks.com/

Other tips:

  • Adding videos requires NO knowledge of HTML or anything.  However if you need to know some basics of HTML check out this handy reference:  http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_primary.asp
  • Each video has a link to it.  Copy this link and paste it in cappers or other sports forums.  People will click on a video link with greater frequency than a link to a text page.  Conversion rates with videos are also far higher.

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August 24th, 2010 at 10:23 pm