Successful affiliate marketers, Mark Bishop, Radu Hahaianu, and Ankur Shukla have collaborated on the Shock Spots Lite plugin that promises to provide a jolt to your bottom line. Their responsive plugin enables the user to take advantage of the latest marketing method, native advertising, that may increase revenue and conversions five-fold. Can a simple-to-use plugin, requiring less than 5 minutes of work on the user’s part, provide a stun gun-like jumpstart to commissions? This Shock Spots review examines the Shock Spots product, determining whether this form of technology lives up to its name and purported benefits.
Shock Spots Lite Review – The Plugin’s Particulars
The plugin loads super fast and provides exceptional functionality. It combines an image with text that should not overwhelm the content, but definitely arouse notice, interest, and intrigue.
Each Shock Spot is rather modest in size. Laid side to side, the image and text extends about 245 pixels. The image takes most of the space, 143 pixels. The height of the image covers 113 pixels, and the text can go a little over that amount due to is call to action, ‘Read more.”
But your visitor will not miss the ad. In other words, don’t make the mistake that this mini-infographic should be larger. You don’t want to make it too obtrusive; it just needs to be big enough to galvanize the visitor’s attention and curiosity.
The ease of use is a major advantage offered by the plugin. You just upload it like any WordPress plugin, and just create a new Shock Spot.
You’re just going to upload any image you desire and crop it to fit within the above dimensions. You can see how it will look as you crop and change image positions. When you’re pleased with the look, you’ll then create an advertising message. You can create text up to 80 characters.
Once again, more text is not necessarily better. You’ll have to be judicious with your words to increase the chances of your visitors’ clicks.
Shock Spots Users – Think Like a CopyWriter
One measure of reassurance: this plugin can help even if your images are less than eye-catching and/or if your text is uninspiring.
But your results will be much more stellar if you select an image that pops and catches the visitor’s eye. It should relate to the content in some way, of course.
The text should further intrigue the visitor, prompting him/her to investigate further. Product creator, Mark Bishop, even told me that he sometimes purposely leaves out letters or does not finish the complete text so that the visitor may be more inclined to complete the loop – a human behavioral trait that sales psychology takes advantage of.
Another point of interest: The best Shock Spots come in pairs. While you can create one individual Shock Spot, you can optimize results with two. In this way, you’ll have an image with text aside another image with text.
Optimal results may materialize if you place these Shock Spots in the top third of your content. Of course, split testing and experimentation is necessary. See how placement affects the outcome. Moreover, continue to test images and text to determine the combinations that work best.
I did not ask Mark Bishop why he named the plugin, ‘Shock Spots Lite,’ but I’m guessing it’s because it’s intended to figuratively shock your audience into action.
There are Shock Spots OTOs that provide further guidance and direction on how to cleverly use the plugin. These center on becoming much more adept at creating ads – using pictures and sales expressions that will translate into sales.
Shock Spots Plugin Review – Piggybacking Off Native Advertising
Native advertising is taking the marketing field by storm. Powerhouse online sites, such as Yahoo, the Guardian, and the Telegraph are leading the Native advertising bandwagon.
What exactly is it? This form of advertising seeks congruence between ads and the platforms they appear on. The ads almost blend into the content or are viewed as a natural extension of it.
By matching the form and function of the platform, these ads are not viewed with the same disdain or cynicism as other types of advertising. They’re more likely to inspire a productive call to action and enable visitors to become more acquainted with a given brand.
Native advertising takes many forms – from advertorials to sponsored content to in-feed ads. Shock Spots are similar to the latter with commercial intent. But again, the visitor may interpret the ads as editorial in nature or offering informative insight, and not as in-your-face, give-me-your-money ads.
Shock Spots Benefits
There are several notable plugin benefits, highlighted below:
- It is very quick to set up and test its effectiveness
- Changes can also be implemented rapidly
- It uses native advertising strategies that should favorably impact your profit margins
- It should increase clicks and conversions – perhaps as high as 500%
- It can revitalize old, unsuccessful campaigns presented on posts, pages, and even videos
- It can make your site more visually appealing
- It can keep folks on your website longer (assuming internal linking), helping your site to rank better in the search engines
- It can showcase related articles or offers (for other campaigns) that may produce positive results
Are There Any Shock Spots Negatives to Report?
I was fortunate to be a beta tester and have experimented with Shock Spots. Initially, I found a little glitch here and there. For example, I was not able to create one Shock Spot without another blank Shock Spot appearing, simply indicating, ‘Read more.’ I also could not get the text to appear in a certain spot, relative to the image.
However, it seems as though these glitches have been fixed. The use of the plugin should be seamless, now devoid of any technical issues.
And while the plugin can truly support your marketing efforts, remember, your use of image and text will affect the outcome. Some thinking is required. Is that a negative?
Shock Spots Review – Final Determination of Shock Spots
Mark Bishop has made an art form of taking an effective trend, putting a unique spin on it with a personal touch, and then creating a product that simply works.
Native advertising has proven to increase clicks and conversions and this form of native advertising is no different. Favorable Shock Spots reviews are continuing to accumulate as users notice that the plugin is increasing revenue.
It’s definitely worth a try at the current price of $14. This is a small price to pay for the potential of dramatically increasing return on investment.
The OTOs have merit as well as they can ignite your earnings even more although use of the main product is not dependent on them.
Team Mark Bishop, you’ve done a very commendable job, and I’ll be shocked if this does not earn WSO f the day distinction. Shock spots are really hot spots, and will heat up and elevate your commission levels.