|Sun Apr 13 2014 17:45:24|
New Platform Inkfrog Open in Alpha
By: Julia Wilkinson
We were chatting the other day with Greg Sisung, founder and CEO of inkFrog, and learned they are in the alpha stage of launching a whole new platform, which they call "inkFrog Open."
"We actually have a brand new platform called '"inkFrog Open" releasing very shortly," said Sisung during the interview. "It's the first "new" platform to be released in the eBay space (that I know of) in many years," he said. He added that it was built from the ground up, taking into consideration the 15+ years of experience that he and his team have in the space.
"It's going to be pretty incredible, and I can't wait for sellers to start using it," said Sisung.
So how can curious sellers who want to be "early adopters" get in on the fun? "If there are any adventurous sellers who would like to try a very early release of it, sign up at open.inkfrog.com/signup/beta and then login at open.inkfrog.com," said Sisung. But, he cautioned, "Please note this is a very early release (and could be considered an alpha release) - so use it with that understanding."
What's new in the inkFrog Open platform? InkFrog had already added multi-channel selling with its "Highwire" product, which allows sellers to list not only on eBay, but also Facebook, Google, Mobile and their own storefront. See below for more details about inkFrog Open from Sisung himself.
[Update 4/14/14: Sisung tells us inkFrog open will actually be "eBay only" and does not include other channels: "We are keeping it specific to eBay (for now)," he said. He added: "It's got everything an eBay lister/manager service should have, only it does everything better. Think of it like the BMW of listing/management services. It's also got some very unique functionality and features."
He also gave us this new intel about inkFrog Open:
- 1st - "It has very powerful sync capabilities. Every item you create or launch is stored in the inkFrog Open Library (think of it as in the cloud) - Any revision to any of your library items will sync the revision across the platform and across eBay. This includes if the item is live on eBay.
2nd - "It's got very powerful search and filter capabilities. Finding, managing, and launching your listings is extremely quick and easy. The platform allows you to custom create/save your searches so sellers can quickly find the listings they need - and it allows them to customize this based on their specific workflow.
3rd - "It's got one of the most robust eBay messaging apps built in - thus, customers can keep in contact with their customers without ever leaving the platform. The messages are threaded so you can follow the message flow and keep your discussions in context.
4th - "It's got powerful image managing and uploading capabilities, including the ability to import images directly from Dropbox.
5th - "It's named "inkFrog Open" because it's open to developers. We will soon have custom apps which are built specifically for the platform - new developers can build apps directly into it using an Open API. The API is currently open to some select developers, but shortly it will be open to the world.
6th - "We have some other top secret surprises that are coming out with Open shortly after release. It's going to be big news, but we will keep it private for now."]
OK, so that's all the scoop you're getting for now!
Are you curious to try the inkFrog Open product? Are you or have you been an inkFrog customer? Let us know by leaving a comment here, or tell us about your experience. (You can report bugs or other problems to firstname.lastname@example.org).