[New] Smash Balloon Integration for Epic Social Media Feeds

Bradley Stevens   2

Updated on April 30, 2024

Ever wish that your website visitors were as absorbed by your site as they are scrolling their social media feeds?

Well, what if I told you there’s a way you can effortlessly leverage the magnetism of social media on your site with almost no additional effort required?

Enter the game-changer: Thrive Themes proudly announces its seamless integration with Smash Balloon, the best social media feed plugin for WordPress.

Transforming Social Engagement into On-Site Conversions

Smash Balloon home

Being seen on social media isn’t enough. What matters is what you do with that visibility -- how you strategically funnel that engagement back to your website, where you're in control

We've preached this for years now, that you should build your audience on your website and in your mailing list, rather than relying entirely on a social media audience that can be lost with a single terms-of-service update.

On your website, you are in charge of:

  • What your visitors see and how it’s presented
  • The journey you want to lead people on
  • The calls to action you use to progress people through your funnel
  • Retargeting pixels, scripts and analytics tracking

And much, much more.

On social media, you just don’t get a say in this. But that’s not to say that it should be ignored. Social media, when done right, is a massive component in capturing attention that will help you to grow your business.

Instagram feed example

So, surely the ultimate combination is taking the beneficial elements of social media— the user generated content, social proof, beautiful images, engaging videos, and more— and being able to seamlessly showcase it on your website.


Casting a Broad Net Then Narrowing the Funnel

As a business owner and website creator, your relationship with social media should be strategic and purposeful. You use it to cast a broad net: to market, to advertise, and most importantly, to guide potential customers from the endless depths of social media to the focused environment of your website. 

But here's the twist: platforms like Instagram and Facebook are designed to keep users scrolling within their ecosystem, not lead them to your site.

That's where Smash Balloon changes the game. 

Integrated with Thrive Themes, Smash Balloon allows you to embed your social media content directly on your website. This isn't just about showcasing social proof or creating a buzz; it's about leveraging your social media presence to keep your website as the central hub of engagement.

Signup example with Smash Balloon

The Engagement of Social Media with the Control of Your Website

People are scrolling through social media because they want to be there, to be entertained, to get a glimpse of what's happening around their world.

Your goal is to drive them back to your website, but there’s a disconnect, because you’re trying to take them away from something they’re perfectly happy doing.

So what can you do?

With Smash Balloon, you can bridge the gap by replicating and continuing their social media experience throughout your site. 

  • Seamless User Experience: By integrating Smash Balloon with Thrive Themes, you ensure that visitors transitioning from social media to your website encounter a seamless, cohesive brand experience.
  • Show, Don't Tell: This is an important principle in marketing and by integrating live social feeds on your site, visitors see real-time engagement, making your website as dynamic and updated as your social platforms.
  • CTAs at Your Fingertips: Unlike on social media, where CTAs can get lost in the noise, your website can now directly guide visitors to sign up, buy, or learn more, with no distractions.

You’re providing the same social media experience but now you’re in control.

Making Social an Essential Part of Your Website

With Thrive Themes and Smash Balloon, it’s incredibly easy to add live social media feeds to your website. Even better, you’re in control of every element, with advanced customization options and automatic updates. 

1. Getting Set Up with Smash Balloon

Smash Balloon offers free and paid plans that allow your social media feeds to sparkle on your website. 

Smash Balloon plugins

In just a few clicks, you can showcase powerful content from a wide spectrum of social media and review platforms:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • TikTok
  • Yelp Reviews
  • Google Reviews
  • Social Wall combining posts from different platforms

Beginning with the Basics: The Free Tier

Smash Balloon WordPress Download

You can start your journey at no cost with Smash Balloon’s basic plans. Ideal for getting your feet wet, the free tier allows you to:

  • Showcase Basic Feeds: Display your latest social media activity directly on your website, giving your visitors a peek into your brand's vibrant social life.
  • Leverage Social Proof: Even with the basic setup, you can harness the power of social proof, showing prospective customers and followers that you’re active and engaged on social platforms.

The free options are designed to get you started with ease, offering a straightforward way to inject life into your website, build trust, and start the conversation about your brand online.

Unlocking More with Smash Balloon’s Premium Plans

Smash Balloon Social Wall

When you’re ready to transform your website into a social media powerhouse, the premium tiers await. With advanced features, customization options, and dedicated support, the premium options are where the truly spectacular begins to unfold:

  • Enhanced Feed Customization: Go beyond the basics with tailor-made feeds that blend seamlessly into your site's design, enhancing your brand identity.
  • Interactive Features: Engage your visitors like never before with interactive elements, from shoppable feeds to real-time updates, turning passive viewers into active participants.
  • Reliable Performance and Support: Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with priority support and enhanced reliability, ensuring your site’s social feeds remain vibrant and accessible at all times.

Kicking off with Smash Balloon's Guided Setup Wizard

Smash Balloon setup wizard

Once you’ve installed the Smash Balloon plugin, getting setup couldn’t be easier. 

Just log in to your social media profiles, and Smash Balloon will take care of all the hard work. Your feeds will be connected in just a few clicks, and then the setup wizard will guide you through the customization steps. 

  1. 1
    Choose your feed
  2. 2
    Select a theme
  3. 3
    Pick a design template
  4. 4
    Decide what information to display
  5. 5
    Edit to your heart's content

It’s your social media feed, but now you’re entirely in control. 

2. Create Your Page or Template in Thrive Themes

With our new Smash Balloon integration, you can seamlessly incorporate your social media into your templates, pages, and posts built from the Thrive Visual Editor.

Simply create a page with Thrive Architect, or if you want your social feeds to automatically appear across your website, edit your templates in Thrive Theme Builder

Choose landing page template

Don't forget to choose one of our amazing templates as your starting point!

Just search for Smash Balloon in the elements tray (it will only appear once you have Smash Balloon installed), then drag-and-drop the widget where you want it to appear on the page. 

Smash Balloon integration for Thrive Apprentice

An options box will appear in the left-hand sidebar allowing you to choose between the different social platforms and select different feeds. 

Once you’ve selected your feed you’ll be able to see it in real-time and edit your page to create the perfect fit for your posts, images, videos, and more. 

3. Effortlessly Showcase Your Social Media and Review Feeds on Your Site

Imagine your website transforming into a buzzing social hub, where every tweet, Instagram story, or Facebook update isn't just a post but a lively conversation starter. 

Where every 5-star review posted on sites like Yelp or Google was proudly showcased on your site without you having to lift a finger.

Reviews feed

Smash Balloon will automatically update your new website social feed with your latest content, which gives you effortless social proof on tap. 

You focus on growing your social engagement and Smash Balloon and Thrive Themes will make sure it’s perfectly showcased on your site. 

4. Put Your Conversion Boosting Credentials to Work

This integration is a big step towards making your website a living, breathing extension of your social presence.

Facebook feed example

It brings an air of authenticity and trust that’s invaluable to any website. 

The door to integrating your social feeds into your website is now wide open, inviting you to step into a world where:

  • Setting up is as easy as pie: Forget the dread of coding. A few clicks and your social media life blooms across your website.
  • Customization is your new best friend: Tailor your feeds to fit the look and feel of your site, crafting a seamless visitor experience that screams 'you'.
  • Reliability is not a worry: With Smash Balloon's sturdy backbone, your social feeds will keep shining on your site, despite all the changes that occur on the social platforms.
  • Crank up Engagement: Bridge the gap between website visitors and social followers, turning passive scrolling into active interaction.
  • Conversions are supercharged: Good social proof is one of the very best ways to supercharge conversion rates. 

Social media is impossible to ignore. It’s an attention-grabbing, persuasive tool that everybody is familiar with, but with our Smash Balloon integration, you can harness some of that power and keep it right there inside your website.

Investing in Social Growth

Smash Balloon’s premium plans aren't just about adding flair to your website; it’s about strategically leveraging social media to boost engagement, trust, and ultimately, conversions. 

Here’s how the premium tiers differ to their free offering.

If you decide the premium tiers are valuable to you and your business, you'll see that you can:

  • Drive Engagement: Enhanced features encourage visitors to interact with your content directly on your site, increasing the time spent on site and the likelihood of conversion.
  • Amplify Social Proof: By showcasing a wider array of social interactions, reviews, and updates, you're building a stronger case for your brand’s credibility and appeal.
  • Seamlessly Integrate: Save time and resources with easy integrations that eliminate the need for custom coding, allowing you to focus on what you do best.

Whether you start with the free tier to get a taste of what’s possible or you leap straight into the premium offerings, integrating Smash Balloon into your Thrive-made website opens up a new range of possibilities for engagement and growth.

Fire Up the Social Machine with Smash Balloon

Are you ready to grab control from the social media platforms and place the user journey firmly in your own hands? To enjoy the full benefits of your social content?

Then check out Smash Balloon’s free plugins in the WordPress plugin directory, or explore the benefits of the premium tiers.

Follow the simple setup wizard, and then you'll find the new Smash Balloon element available in Thrive Architect.

How do you use social media on your site? Let us know in the comments!

by Bradley Stevens  April 23, 2024


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