○ Help Panel
On the right hand side of the Product Submission Card is the Help Panel.
The Help Panel displays help for each topic. As you select topics in the Help Panel, the fields are highlighted and vice versa, as you click around in the various input fields, the topics help is shown.
○ Product Submission Panel
The Product Submission Panel, on the left hand side of the Product Submission Card, contains fields (described below) that need to be completed in order to submit your product to the Shop. Some of them are mandatory.
Let’s go through all the fields and how to fill them.
◇ Location Field
This field allows you to tell IMVU where in the catalog your new product should live and it will be where the product lives in your customers’ inventories as well.
The available categories are based on product type. For example, Furniture products are only allowed to go into the Furniture Section of the catalog.
Choosing the category that best suits the product you want to submit, help consumers to know which kind of product they are purchasing (a room, a piece of furniture, an item of clothing, or an accessory).
Some products have more than one drop down list for categorizing placement (as occurs in this guide).
For instance, in this case the product to upload to the Shop is an accessory, a pair of Female Sunglasses. Therefore, the chosen categories that best describe the product are “Female Accessories” and “Sol Sunglasses”.
◇ Product Name Field
Product names matter to a product’s relevance in catalog searches. So, chosen a clear name will have a good impact on sales.
In this case, the product name chosen describes the type and color of the glasses, “Berry Sunglasses”.
◇ Rating Field
Every product available for purchase in the IMVU catalog has a rating of General Audience (GA), Access Pass Only (APO), or Unsuitable for IMVU (UFI).
|GA||Goods available to all users.|
|APO||Goods available only to users who have purchased the Access Pass product.|
|UFI||Goods not available anywhere on IMVU’s website.|
Keeping in mind IMVU guidelines, the pair of sunglasses is rated as GA (General Audience).
◇ Profit Field
By typing a number in this field, you are setting how many credits you will earn once your product is purchased by consumers.
You can set any number in this field from 0 to 999,999.
As you type in the Profit field, the Total Price of the product is calculated on the fly.
For instance, if the value 150 is entered as Profit, the Total Price has changed its value to 587 which is the amount of credits that consumers will have to pay for purchasing your product.
◇ Product Image Field
This is the first thing about your product that your customer sees. This image is used in both the Shop and Inventory and it should represent the product you are trying to sell.
Using a good image that clearly highlights the product in context, can make your product more appealing to consumers. For example, the following images (animated and non-animated) meet the aforementioned IMVU guidelines and they make the product attractive.
Choose an image that makes clear what you are selling (glasses vs. hair in this case) and catches the eye of the customer by not having competing elements around it. On the contrary, the following two images illustrate a poor product image because it’s less clear exactly what the actual product is.
◇ Search Keywords Field
Many consumers search products in the Shop using keywords. Although this field is not required to submit your product, we encourage you to add keywords to help customers to find your product.
To add keywords, just type them in the Search Keywords field. Make sure they are comma separated.
You can add up to 12 words.
In this case, keywords such as mulberry, summer, sun, sunglasses, or beach will help customers that are trying to search for the product and it will pop up easier in the Shop.
◇ Controls Field
This field (which is optional) allows you to set whether your product is Visible, Derivable, Bundleable, and/or Display Only.
Check “Visible in shop,” “Allow derivation from this product” and “Allow inclusion in 3rd party bundles” to make your product (1) Visible in the Shop, (2) Derivable by other Creators, and (3) Eligible for product bundles.
◇ Required Fields
In order to submit a product to the IMVU Catalog, there are five fields that are required to fill: Location, Name, Image, Rating, and Profit.
There is a Red Bar at the bottom of the Product Submission Panel that will remain there until all required fields are completed.
When all required fields are completed, the Red Bar is replaced by the Fee Reminder (described below) and the product can be submitted to the Shop by clicking on the Submit to Shop button.
◇ Cancel Button
If you change your mind, you can either click on or the Cancel button to close the Product Submission Card.
◇ Submit to Shop Button
The Submit to Shop button is only available when you have correctly filled in the Required Fields. The moment you fill in those five fields, the Submit to Shop button is available.
Although the Search Keywords and Controls fields are not required, we encourage you to fill them in order to make your product easier to be searched.
Now, your product is ready to be submitted.