hiive allows content creators to instantly transform the referral links* they share into an online store. Creating a better shopping experience for their audience (and more revenue for them).
*Currently only Amazon referral links.
After creating an account, creators add products to their store by pasting as many referral links as they like at one. Valid URLs are matched with regex, so the inputted text can include description copy, spaces, and random symbols.
If the referral link doesn't work, the product can be inputted manually. But where's the fun in that?
This presented our first serious roadblock, as Amazon has measures in place to prevent this kind of activity. But we found a work-around by passing (legitimate-looking) headers with our HTTP GET request.
A custom hiive URL is created for each store. Now creators can share a single neat link, instead 20 ugly blue referral links cluttering up their content.
We built a hiive API to return the products currently available in a creator's store. We periodically call this API to instantly add new product cards to the store as they're added to the database.
When a user clicks 'BUY', they're taken to the original referal link containing the creator's unique referral key, so they still earn their commission.
Using WebSockets and flash cards, creators are notified each time a product is added, deleted, or an unsupported link was submitted — in real time.
Users can leave reviews, 'like' products, and rate them out of 5 bees. Yes, bees! 🐝
Users can also browse top categories, top creators, and the top products (based on likes). This was designed to help users discover new creators and products they may otherwise never have encountered.
Users can browse every creators on hiive at a glance and easily visit their stores.