Whether you have a custom Showit website or a Showit template, it is a great idea to embed a form from your email marketing system on it in order to deliver freebies or grow your email list. I’m going to take you step by step on how to embed a Flodesk form on a Showit website. If you don’t have Flodesk yet, use my affiliate link to get 50% off your first year!
Determine how you want to deliver your freebie
There are a few different options on how to deliver your freebie once someone signs up on your website.
- The freebie will pop-up in a browser window to be saved
- Finish the freebie delivery via email
Either way, you can use the Showit media library to get a link to send to your customers.
TIP: Make sure when you bring your freebie into Showit you are naming it a friendly name. You don’t want your document name to be rheaitehrt2342343.pdf for example 😉
Upload the document into your Media Library, and then hover over the corner until you see the link icon and click it. This will be copying a link for you to use to deliver it to your visitor!
Create Your Form in Flodesk
When you log into Flodesk you will have some options to use templates. You want to click the Flodesk icon in the top right corner to start.
- Then go to Forms at the top, and then New Form
- Now you want to select the Inline Form, and then choose the very first template that shows called Ribbon Banner. A basic, stripped down form is what you want since all of the design elements can be created in Showit!
You are now going to design your form!
Design Your Opt-In Form in Flodesk
Choose the segment
The very first step is going to be selecting your segment. Think of the segment as a way you are going to target emails in the future. In this example, if someone is signing up for a freebie that teaches people how to style their hair, you want to set the segment to “Styling”. This way, you can target all emails that relate to how to style your hair to the people that signed up under this freebie.
Strip Down the Form
We want to completely remove all of the text around this form. Again, this is because when you embed your Flodesk form onto your Showit site, you want Showit to be the design and Flodesk to be the form only.
- Click the text in Subscribe and the text below, and delete
Format the Flodesk Form Fonts and Colors
The next step is formatting the form to match your brand as far as fonts and colors. If you click in one of the input boxes, you will see options on the right to customize these fields.
THE FIELDS TAB
This is where you can indicate which fields are required.
THE FONT TAB
Update the font and the colors of the text in the input fields.
THE STYLE TAB
Where you can customize the input boxes themselves (shape, borders, etc.)
Now you want to click the Subscribe box to bring up different options relating specifically to this box.
A Very Important Step – Making the Form Transparent
This is a very important step in the Flodesk form creation in order for the form to look perfect and native to your Showit website. You want to click anywhere in the form (not in an input box or submit box), and go to the Form Settings on the right. Make sure the Canvas Color AND Background Color are Transparent by choosing the white box with the red diagonal line across it.
In this same area you can click the Message tab to customize the message visitors will see after they click Submit on your form. You can choose a message that is already created, or click Custom to write your own message.
After your form is designed, you can click Next in the top right hand corner.
Review the Flodesk Settings
The first two questions that pop up are completely up to you. I’m going to jump to the last one which reads “After this form is submitted”. This is what will happen when someone submits the form.
- Display Success Message: this will display the message you set up during your form design. You would use this option if you were going to deliver the freebie via email.
- Redirect to a URL: this would be where you would place the link to the freebie (from Showit). You would use this option if you wanted the freebie to pop up in a browser immediately after they entered their information.
After you make this decision, click continue to get to the code!
Embed Your Flodesk Form into Showit
You will have two codes – a header code and inline code. You are going to copy both of these codes. Lets jump back into Showit for the next steps!
When you’re in Showit, go to the bottom of the page and hover over square icon and select Embed. Double click in the Embed box to bring up the Edit Code box.
- Go to Flodesk and copy your header code, then come back to Showit and paste this code into the box
- Go back to Flodesk and copy your inline code, then come back to Showit and paste it after the first code
When you embed a form into Showit, you want to make sure you Preview it and not just rely on the Showit Editor to see what it looks like. Sometimes the form looks completely different ‘live’, and…don’t forget mobile! When you add the embed box it will be just dropped anywhere, so be sure to resize it and fix it there too.
Test Your Embedded Form LIVE!
Be sure to fill out the form on your site and make sure everything comes through how you like it. This is your chance to really WOW someone that could pay for your services later, so impress them!
Also, be sure to set up automations in Flodesk as well. Everyone that submits their information through your Flodesk form will be going to a segment, so now is your chance to set up automations to send email sequences, etc.
Does this sound like a lot of work? I get it! If you need a pro to just get it done for you, check out my Showit Design Assistance service. I can also help you if you make a comment or email me directly!
Pst – if you don’t have Showit yet, use my referral link and you will get a FREE MONTH of Showit!