Last modified January 31, 2023 by Shelly Wolfe

Intro to in-app messages

Communicate directly with your customers while they’re using your app with Swrve’s dynamic, contextual in-app messages.

In-app messages displayed on television and mobile devices

Swrve’s in-app messaging service supports a variety of use cases to help you engage with your customers in a relevant and personalized manner.  Use in-app messages to:

  • Improve conversion – Send time-limited offers to users who have interacted with the app for a specific period of time, visited the shop at least three times, but not converted.
  • Assist users – Provide additional assistance to users stuck on a certain level for a particular time period (and leave those progressing nicely alone).
  • Permission opt-in – Increase opt-in rates by requesting device permissions such as push notifications, location, and camera access before triggering the system prompt.
  • A/B test message variants – Create up to 10 variations of your message content to test for best conversion (for example, background image, button text or position). For more information, see Localizing and A/B testing campaign content.
  • Personalize – Inject user-specific content into your message to ensure relevancy and drive conversion. For more information, see Campaign personalization.

Our new in-app message personalization feature also includes the option to insert dynamic images, text, and call-to-actions.

In-app messages with personalized text or personalizes images

The in-app messaging service integrates with all of Swrve’s existing analytic capabilities. Before you launch an in-app message (and even after you launch it), QA test alternative messages directly on your device to identify what works and what doesn’t. In addition, use a combination of audience filters and display triggers to specify the precise points at which messages are displayed and limit message frequency and repetition.

In-app messages vs. push notifications

The focus of in-app messaging is communication with users who already have your app open on their device. If you want to communicate with your customers while they’re outside of your app, use Swrve’s push notification service. For more information, see Intro to push notifications.

In-app messaging prerequisites

This article details the technical prerequisites your development team must complete before you can create in-app messages. It also explains how to configure app-level message trigger rules and deeplink URLs for your engagement actions.

Technical prerequisites

Before you can create your first in-app message, your development team must complete the following tasks:

  • Integrate the latest SDK – To deliver platform-specific in-app messages, integrate the latest Swrve SDK. For more details, see the relevant integration guide.
  • Configure deeplinks for custom actions – To include custom actions when a user interacts with your message, your development team must configure deeplinks during the integration process. For more information, see the platform-specific integration guides:
  • Test in-app messaging in the Swrve service – We recommend your development team test in-app messages on a QA device before you launch your first campaign. The QA test function is available on the QA block of the campaign builder. For more information, see Testing triggered campaigns.

SDK version support for new in-app features

The following table details the SDK version levels required for various features of in-app messages. If you include these features in your campaign content, the campaign does not display on devices running older versions of the supported SDKs, or on any devices running the Cordova, Roku, or Smart TV SDKs.

Feature Description iOS Android Unity React Native
Request Android device permissions, open app settings, and start Geo SDK Request Android device permissions, direct user to app settings, and launch Geo SDK location tracking permission request from an in-app message campaign. 8.5.0 10.9.0  N/A 4.0.0+
Send an update and update user profiles Capture supplementary data about the interaction by sending an event or updating a user property when the user engages with the campaign. 8.4.0 10.7.0  Coming soon 4.0.0
Message center Localize and A/B test your message center details and set a priority for your campaigns directly in the in-app message campaign builder. 8.1.0+ 10.2.0+ 9.0.0+ 4.0.0+
Animated images (GIF) Include animated content as your background and button images using GIF as the media (or MIME) type. 8.0.0 10.1.0 N/A 3.3.0
Pages Create multi-page campaigns that users navigate in either a linear manner through swiping or a non-linear flow with button clicks. 7.5.0 9.4.0 8.4.0 3.2.0
Alt text* Add alternative text to images and single-line text buttons for accessibility purposes. 7.5.0 9.4.0 N/A 3.2.0
Multi-line text box styling Apply custom or saved styles to multi-line text. 7.4.0 9.2.0 8.3.0 3.1.0
Message personalization Personalize button text, image URLs, and custom engagement actions. 7.0.0 8.0.0 8.0.0 2.0.0

*If you include alt text in your campaign content, the campaign still displays on devices running older versions of the supported SDKs and on any devices running the Cordova, Roku, or SmartTV SDKs, but the alt text is ignored.

Text styles and custom fonts

Support for custom fonts and text styles is available as of the following Swrve SDK versions: iOS 7.4.0, Android 9.2.0, Unity 8.3.0, and React Native 3.1.0. Any users on older SDK versions of your app will not receive in-app messages that include custom fonts or saved text styles.

Use the In-app message styles screen to upload fonts and create custom text styles. Apply the custom fonts and styles to your in-app message text elements to build completely customized messages that give your customers a recognizable, brand-specific experience.

To access the In-app message styles screen, on the Manage menu, select In-app message styles. For information on how to create and manage your text styles and custom fonts, select the help icon .
In-app message styles

Custom fonts

The Fonts section displays the fonts you have already uploaded. If you delete a font, it is no longer available to use in any new campaigns. All existing campaigns that currently reference the font remain unchanged.

Text styles

The Text styles section displays the text styles you have already created. The default style applies to all new and draft campaigns. When you create your in-app message campaign, you have the option to apply a saved text style or customize the styling of each text element.

Configure text style settings to reuse within your in-app message

If you edit an existing text style, Swrve only applies the changes to draft campaigns. Active and inactive campaigns continue to use the version of the style from when the campaign was activated. If you duplicate a campaign that references an old version of the style, Swrve creates the new campaign with a custom style that retains the settings from the duplicated campaign.

App-level message display rules

Use app-level message display rules to define advanced message display rules before creating your in-app messages. For example, specify a delay before message display, restrict the number of messages displayed per session, or limit the frequency of messages.

To configure message display rules:

  1. On the Settings menu, select IAM/Conversation display settings.
    App level message display rules for in-app message and Conversation campaigns.
  2. On the Messaging Display Rules screen, enter the required values in each statement:
    • The maximum number of messages a user can receive in any one session.
    • The number of seconds after app start-up that must elapse before the user receives an in-app message. Note: this rule is ignored for any in-app message that you configure to be deliverable when targeted users start an app session (that is, if you select when the user launches the app on the Schedule & display step of the campaign workflow).
    • The number of seconds that must elapse between in-app messages.
  3. To save your app-level display rules, select Save.
Message display rules are also configurable at the campaign level when you define the schedule and display triggers for your in-app message or embedded campaign. If you have configured rules at both the app and campaign level, Swrve applies the more restrictive of the rules. For more information about configuring display rules at the campaign level, see Campaign display triggers.

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