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Last updated: 14 Feb 2020 / 4:34 PM / GMT

In the following guide, you will get more familiar with the Assets section of the InPlayer Dashboard.


The Assets section is going to be where you’ll do most of your work.

It has three tabs: Assets, Packages and Vouchers.

The Assets tab

InPlayer, as a digital monetization tool, uses assets as a way of protecting your digital content.

A simple way to understanding assets is to think of them as the box you put your content in to protect it.
So, you create your asset, you put your content in it, you set a price for it, and you put the asset on your webpage.
With that, the only way for anyone to get to your content is to log into the asset and purchase a pass. Once they do, instead of seeing the asset, they will see the content fully displayed in the same spot where the asset used to be. Everything happens within the same page.

Navigating the Assets tab

Starting at the top, you can see some basic info about your assets:

  • the number of published assets,
  • the number of published packages,
  • the number of sales made

Next, you have the button for creating a new asset. We’ll get to that in a moment.

Under that, you have the search bar, along with the option to choose whether to view a list of the active or deleted assets.

To use the search bar, first select the filter you wish to use for your search, and type in your search. You can use one of the following filters:

  •  id
  • title

So, if you wanted to find the asset with the title Big Band Night, you’d click on the search field, select the title filter, type in Big Band Night, and press Enter.

Finally, you have the main part of the Assets tab, which is the table where you can see the basic details about your assets.

To open an asset, just click on the  button on the right, under the Actions column in the asset’s row.

Creating an Asset

Creating an asset is a quick and easy process.

Since we offer multiple types of assets, make sure to check out this section to learn about how to create the asset best suited for your setup.
Note that the HTML asset is our universal asset and you can use it to protect pretty much any web-based content.

If you can’t seem to find the guide appropriate for your setup, feel free to contact on support@inplayer.com.

The Packages tab

Right next to the Assets tab, you will find the Packages tab.

Our platform offers the ability to combine multiple assets into a bundle, which can then be sold under one price.
We call these bundles Packages.
Once the customer purchases a package, they will automatically have access to all assets that have been placed in that package.

Note that packages themselves are not embedded on a webpage.
The asset is still the thing you need to embed on your page because that is where the actual content is located.
The package only serves to bundle multiple assets under a single price.

When a customer clicks on an asset that is a part of a package, the package price will appear in the asset’s price options, and by selecting it, the customer will get access to all assets that are part of the package they’ve just purchased.
To access the assets, the customer will need to navigate to the place on your website where the assets have been embedded.

Navigating the Packages tab

On the right, you have the search bar, along with the option to choose whether to view a list of the active or deleted packages.

To use the search bar, first select the filter you wish to use for your search, and type in your search. You can use one of the following filters:

  •  id
  • title

So, if you wanted to find the package with the title Big Band Night, you’d click on the search field, select the title filter, type in Big Band Night, and press Enter.

Under the search bar, you have the main part of the Packages tab, where you can see all the packages you’ve created.

This is also where you create new packages, by clicking on the Create new package button. We’ll get to that in a moment.

To open a package, just click on it.

Creating a Package

The package creation is almost identical to the asset creation.

To create a package, click on the Create new package block.

Enter a name for your package. This will appear on the final payment form on the paywall, as well as the notification emails your customers will receive.

Click .

Your package is now created and saved.

On the new page, you can set up the package properties.

Just like in the asset section, the right side of the screen is where you can set everything up, and the left side provides a preview. However, since the package itself will not be embedded on your webpage, the preview is more for your own convenience.

Package Preview

In the Package Preview section, you can set up the preview image, title and description. Note that the Description and Image will not appear anywhere on your webpage. They are more for your own use for easier package management.

The Title however, will appear on the final payment form on the paywall, as well as the notification email your customers will receive.

After setting everything up, make sure to click the  button in the bottom right corner.

Price Options

In the Price Options section, click and set up the pricing.

The section is divided into two tabs: General Info and Additional Info.

Under General Info, set up the following:

  • In the Price description field, enter the price description that will appear on the paywall, together with any individual asset prices you might have set up for the assets you are going to put in this package. Make it concise so that your customers know exactly what they are buying.
  • In the Payment type field, select one of the available payment options:
    ppv – This is a one-time payment which grants access that expires after the end of the specified period counted from the moment of purchase.
    The access period can be selected from the drop-down menu.
    You can pick one of the premade periods, or use the custom period option.
    When using the custom period option, you can specify the exact date and time at which the customers’ access will expire. This is very useful for doing presales since the customers’ access will expire on the date you’ve set up, regardless of when they’ve purchased their pass. An alternative way to set up presales is by using the Schedule start option from the Additional Info tab. More on that below.
    subscription – This is a recurring payment that is renewed automatically. Access is granted at each renewal.
    The renewal period can be selected from the drop-down menu.
    *Note that once you set the payment type for an asset, you cannot change it. You can change the other payment fields (access period duration, price, etc) but not the payment type. If you wish to set a new payment type, you will need to set up a new price option.
  • In the Amount field, enter the price.
    The minimum price is £2.99, or the equivalent converted amount in all other currencies.
    The currency can be selected from the drop-down menu. If you wish to use a currency that is not in the list, you can contact us at support@inplayer.com and we’ll make sure to add the currency for you asap. We support all currencies that are listed here.

Under Additional Info, you can set up the following settings, depending on whether you are setting up a ppv or a subscription price option.

For ppv:

  • Schedule start
    This is the date and time at which the customer’s access period will start after they’ve purchased the asset. Until that time, they will see a message informing them to come back on the scheduled date.
    This is a useful option for setting up presales. You can select the access period from the Payment type section in the General Info tab, and then set up when will that access period begin. It works for both the pre-defined access periods (24 hours, 48 hours, etc), and for the custom period.
    If you leave the Schedule start field blank, the customers will get their access right after purchasing.
  • Geo-restriction
    With this option, you can restrict the price option to specific countries.
    You can choose to either include (whitelist) or exclude (blacklist) a single country, or use a country set you have created previously.
    You can learn more about setting up country sets here.

For subscription:

  • Free trial
    With this, you can set up a free trial period.
  • Additional fee
    With this option, you can set up a one-time fee that will be charged when the customer purchases the subscription, as an addition to the regular subscription fee. The fee will only be charged once, together with the first subscription charge.
  • Geo-restriction
    With this option, you can restrict the price option to specific countries.
    You can choose to either include (whitelist) or exclude (blacklist) a single country, or use a country set you have created previously.
    You can learn more about setting up country sets here.

After setting everything up, make sure to click the  button in the bottom right corner.

Manage assets

Here you can add the assets you wish to include in the package. You can add as many assets as you want.

To add an asset, just drag and drop it from the left to the right side.

As soon as you add all the assets, your package is complete. No need to save anything in this final step.

Deleting a Package

To delete a package, just open it and click the  button at the top right.

You can always bring a deleted package back by going to the Packages tab, selecting inactive from the drop-down menu next to the search field, and just clicking on the package you wish to reactivate.

When you go back to the active packages list, you will find the package there.

The Vouchers tab

The final tab in the Assets section is the Vouchers tab.

A voucher is a code that allows your customers to get a discount on a payment.

Navigating the Vouchers tab

Starting at the top, you can see some basic info about your vouchers:

  • the number of vouchers,
  • the number of times a voucher was used,
  • the average conversion rate

Next, you have the button for creating a new voucher. We’ll get to that in a moment.

Below that, you have the search bar.

To use the search bar, first select the filter you wish to use for your search, and type in your search. You can use one of the following filters:

  •  id
  • code
  • name
  • discount

So, if you wanted to find the voucher with the code Discount80, you’d click on the search field, select code, type in Discount80, and press Enter.

Finally, you have the main part of the Vouchers tab, which is the table where you can see some basic details about your vouchers.

To open a voucher, just click on the  button on the right, under the Actions column in the voucher’s row.

Creating a Web Voucher

Web vouchers can be used for purchases done via a web browser, using a Credit Card, PayPal or Direct Debit as payment methods.

One thing to keep in mind however, is that a 100%  voucher cannot be used for a ppv  (one-time, pay-per-view) payment via PayPal. This is due to a limitation in PayPal’s system. For subscriptions, on the other hand, a 100% voucher can be used via PayPal with no issues.
To create a web voucher, click on the button, and then on Web Voucher.

You will be presented with the package creation page.

In the Name field at the top, enter a name for the voucher. This will be the title that will appear in the voucher list. The customer will not use or see this.

In the Voucher Details block, set up the voucher.

Set the voucher Code.
This is the code the customer will need to enter to get the discount.
You can set up a custom code or a randomly generated one.

Set the Discount percent.
This is the discount the customer will get by using the voucher.
You can set it up to 100 which means a customer will not have to pay anything at all.
Note that you only need to enter the number of the discount percent, without the % sign after it.

Set the Discount period.
This one is only applicable for subscription payments.
once – gives a one time discount on the first payment for a subscription.
forever – gives a permanent discount for all future payments for a subscription.
repeating – gives a discount for a set number of payments for a subscription.

Set the Usage limit.
This is how many times can the voucher be used.
The default is set as blank, which means a voucher can be used an unlimited number of times.

Set the Dates and Start and End times.
This sets the voucher validity period. Note that this is different from the content access period, which is controlled by the Access type setting in your asset or package.
Note also that the times are in UTC.
Once you set everything up, you can save the voucher by clicking  at the top right.

With that, your voucher has been created and is ready to be used.
However, note that in its current state, the voucher can be used by any customer, for every asset and package you have.
If you wish to limit the voucher validity and make it valid for only a certain asset, or package, or price option, or to make it so only a certain customer can use it, you can proceed to modify the other properties that will appear as soon as you save the voucher.

In the Voucher Assets and Voucher Packages blocks, you can select for which assets and/or packages can the voucher be used.
Just click on the  button next to the asset or package you want to add to the voucher.

You can even go one step further, and specify for which price options will the voucher be valid, in case your assets or packages have multiple price options set up.
To do this, just disable the All price options enabled slider, select the price option you want to enable, and click the  button on the asset.

In the Voucher emails block, you can choose to assign the voucher to only a specific set of customers, so that only they can use it.
To add a customer, just type in their email address and click the  button.

Note that a customer doesn’t have to exist in the database. You can set up the voucher now, and when the customer registered with the email you’ve entered, they will still be able to use the code.

In the Voucher Access Types block, you can make the voucher valid for only ppv or subscription price options.
If you want the voucher to be valid for both, just leave this option as is, i.e. select neither the ppv or the subscription types, which will make the voucher valid for both.

Creating an In-app Voucher

In-app vouchers can be used for purchases done via a mobile app.
To create an in-app voucher, click on the button, and then on In-app Voucher.

You will be presented with the package creation page.

In the Name field at the top, enter a name for the voucher. This will be the title that will appear in the voucher list. The customer will not use or see this.

Next, set up the voucher details.

Set the Discount percent.
This is the discount the customer will get by using the voucher.
You can set it up to 100 which means a customer will not have to pay anything at all.
Note that you only need to enter the number of the discount percent, without the % sign after it.

Set the Repeating Voucher cycles.
If you are setting up a one-time discount voucher, choose 1.
If you want the voucher to grant recurring discounts for a subscription, select the number of recurring discounts, i.e. cycles.

Set the Application.
Select either Android or iOS, depending on the platform on which the voucher will be used.

Set the Dates.
This sets the voucher validity period. Note that this is different from the content access period, which is controlled by the Access type setting in your asset or package.

Set the Item Type.
Choose whether the voucher will be used for an Asset or a Package.

After selecting an Item Type, select the asset or package, as well the specific price option of that asset or package for which the voucher will be applicable.

Note that, due to the nature of in-app purchases, you cannot have two in-app vouchers for the same price option of the same asset.
In-app vouchers act more like price options than regular vouchers, since there is no “code” the customer needs to enter to get the discount. Instead, the voucher’s discounted price exists as a regular price option that can be selected when someone is making a purchase.
This also means that you cannot use in-app vouchers to grant a discount to a specific customer or a group of customers. You can only have it as a discounted price that will be available to everyone.
Once you set everything up, you can save the voucher by clicking  at the top right.

With that, your voucher has been created. You will find the auto-generated voucher code in the Code column of the voucher list.

The next step is to create an introductory price (or introductory offer) for your product in your Android or iOS app.

Creating an Introductory price for Android

Go to your Google Play Console and open the subscription for which you wish to enable voucher purchases.

Click on the Introductory Price option.

Here, under Default price, enter the discounted price. Make sure to enter the actual discounted amount a customer will need to pay.

The local prices will be populated automatically.
When you’re done, click .

And with that, you are done.

Creating an Introductory offer for iOS

Go to your Apple Store Connect panel and open the In-app subscription purchase for which you wish to enable voucher purchases.
Click on the  button next to Subscription Prices and then on Create Introductory Offer.

Set up the countries where the offer will be available.

Set up the Start and End Dates.

On the next screen, set up the offer details.

Under Type of Introductory Offer, select Pay as you go.

Under Duration, set up the same number of repeating cycles you’ve set up in the InPlayer dashboard for the voucher.

Under Price, enter the discounted price. Make sure to enter the actual discounted amount a customer will need to pay.
When you’re done, click .

On the final screen, you will see the converted discounted prices per territory.
Click to complete the setup.

And with that, you are done.

Deleting a voucher

To delete a voucher, just open it, and click on the  button at the top right.

This concludes our guide.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us on support@inplayer.com.

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