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This February our focus was to give you more control on your app settings. So, we focussed on the customizability of Applozic SDKs and exposed some methods to give you a lot more flexibility.
What’s New on iOS
Your favorite actionable messages got better: We have seen a lot of interest in actionable messages since its launch. In fact, it has been one of the hot-sells. So when we thought of giving you more control, we decided to start with your favorite feature.
Programmatically disable CTA Button: You can now disable the CTA buttons on the actionable messages based on roles. So, now when there are multiple users present in a conversation thread you can ensure who can click on the CTA buttons.
Cruise control on UI: To give you more control on the UI, we have made two major enhancements: 1) A message key will be sent to your backend when the CTA button is clicked 2) We have exposed our APIs so that you can update the message metadata As a result of these changes, whenever the CTA button of an actionable message is clicked your system will be informed of it. So that you can programmatically update the UI of the message across all devices.
In addition to these we have made the following enhancements:
🖼️ For users with no profile image, you can now change the colour of the default user icon character. Steps here >>
🐛 As usual, squashed all the bugs that were hampering your experience.
What’s New on Android
👁️🗨️ Added a setting to hide the group subtitle
A sneak peek into what’s cooking under the hood:
Email Message Rendering: Our aim is to make your in-app messenger an omnichannel platform. As the first step towards it, we are optimizing the messenger to render email messages.
Message Clubbing: In our efforts to make a modern UI that your users will love, we are working towards a UI enhancement to club together consecutive messages from the same user.
That is all from February! The biggest resource we have is YOU. Please continue to help us with your honest feedback by sending all your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will love to listen and connect back.
Meet Sam, who loves to shop online due to a quality guarantee and deals on offer. However, for the last few months, he is not loving it anymore. Shopping online is not saving those extra bucks that it used to do. So we sat with him to understand what has changed. So here is the outcome of the discussion – The products he wants to purchase now have a high demand – He is missing offer timings due to his strict schedule and limited period offers.
Is this your story or of your customers too? Imagine, you are the marketplace owner where Sam goes for shopping. So, instead of giving Sam a generic experience, you decide to give him a personalized one. You focus on retaining users like Sam and nurture these important relationships to generate the missed out revenue.
But how can you do so? Won’t be it too complex? No, it won’t be. It can be made simple – Integrate real-time chat options which can provide deals to select visitors and also help them connect with you/your seller in seconds.
A number of websites today offer the option “ to chat with a live sales representative” which sometimes comes up as a pop-up while the user is browsing, making it annoying for users and resulting in high closure rates.
This is a great idea to engage and know what your users are doing to offer them exclusive deals over the chat window. But with annoying pop-ups, this is irritating users. So, have a real-time chat window integrated for live shopping deals.
Here are some interesting hacks which your users might follow as well to get a good deal from on your marketplaces-
Meanwhile, you can do the following
Offer Dynamic pricing A unique strategy which will allow sellers to offer different prices to different customers on the basis of demand, user behavior, and market factors. This will allow sellers to understand user profiling and created customized strategies for each persona going forward
Extend Coupons/Offers If you find that the user has reached out to you with expired coupons, you can always extend it as an offer of good gesture. This will add that “human touch” which is often missing in the online buying journey.
Upsell/Cross Sell All of the e-commerce websites have an inbuilt section “Frequently Bought Together”, however, users hardly trust it. In fact, 74% of online shops struggle in personalizing real-time offers which are now must for selling more products to the user. This is only possible if we integrate real-time chat and invite users to discover deals by having a conversation as we have in offline stores.
Your buyers can also enjoy
Unique Deals and Variants on Offer Let them speak to your sellers and get a deal which may not be on offer. It can also be customized to meet their needs in real time. It’s all about bringing that connect between a buyer and a seller. Your buyers can also know about other product variants which are on available. They also get a personalized offer or use an expired deal.
Social Commerce None of us prefer to shop alone but we have this lonely experience when we are shopping online. Imagine having the same offline experience where you are shopping during the online shopping carnival and you have your peers with you. With real-time chat options, you involve them and have that useful conversation.
Guided Shopping We all love assistance while shopping as it simplifies the pain to discover and look around. With real-time chat options, marketplace owners can have a representative who can guide the buyers. You can also have a tripartite chat window in order to keep a check on quality and maintain uniformity across the board.
We know that the world is all about real-time/on-the-go today and customer experience, marketing is also following the same suite. Users are no longer interested to wait and wait for stuff to happen. They want things to be instant which simplifies their journey. A recent study by Adobe found the following inferences about real-time solutions. This study was done in collaboration with the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) on 235 North American marketers.
60% highlighted they struggle to personalize content in real-time, yet 77% believe real-time personalization is crucial.
Most agree that real-time marketing is “dynamic personalized content across channels” (43%)
Real-time Cross-Channel engagement (75%) and Web (69%) are very important, but most are still in planning stages.
Real-time Email is the highest rated channel- 80% find it very important, and over half are already leveraging it.
Real-time Mobile and Social lag behind Email, Web, and Cross-Channel for marketers.
Two-thirds of respondents are planning for real-time technologies.
More than 60% see the benefits of marketing effectiveness, customer experience, and retention.
So, we understand that real-time options are the way to go but none of us are actually creating that experience for our users. But why so? Is it the fear to create processes and digital assets from scratch, if that’s the case then you need to look around and discover readily to use plugin available to initiate your real-time experience. Have people chatting, know what they are focusing on and generate those insights which will draft your road map further. It’s that simple :). So, make your first move towards a faster, spontaneous and effective user journey today. If you struggle we will get some great guides for you today.
Release Notes is our monthly publication to update the community on the recent feature additions and product improvements. This is so that you can easily stay up to date on what’s new. Here’s what we launched in January’19.
We welcomed 2019 with the resolution to improve customer satisfaction and a goal to make sure not a single customer leaves us. So we took a few paces backward and dedicated the first month of 2019 to build the most wanted features based on your requests. Read on for more!🌟
What’s New on iOS🚀
Custom Message List View:
You can now create custom message lists with Applozic. This update is for users who have distinct users in their app and would like to populate separate views for each set of users. For example, if you are using Applozic for customer support chat, then you can populate separate lists for specific agents and also for assigned and unassigned conversations.
Vertical Layout – Quick Replies:
Did you dislike the horizontal layout of the Quick Reply buttons? If so then we have heard you and acted on it. We have changed the view to accommodate Quick Replies on a vertical layout. The current layout makes it easier to read and select the options.
Not using Quick Replies yet? It is a great time saver, engages users and improves message response rates.
✅ Users can now upload any type of file; PDFs, Docs, and others directly from iCloud and share it with their contacts.
✅ We have added an option that shows only specific file types from the gallery when a user is sending attachments. The application admin can enable it for specific cases when they are certain about the file types that application users will send.
Your favorite message bubble view just got better. Now you can change the color of the message bubble and all its internal elements like the text color, the button color and the color of all the icons.
Other Features & Enhancements:
💬 Now the Typing Indicator will be dismissed in 30 seconds if the user is still typing
📊 We added a message metadata option in the configuration so that if metadata is set, it will then be sent with all the messages. This will allow you to get more information about every user.
🆕 Added support for Submit button and Link button as rich messages.
🐛 Squashed a few bugs and made performance updates for a smoother experience
What’s New on Android 🚀
New & Improved Push Notifications:
Applozic now supports HTML formatting in Push Notification. So all your HTML messages will be rendered in the notification tray in their native form.
Improved File Handling and Attachments:
Just like in iOS, the option to filter out specific file types from the gallery while sending an attachment is also available on Android. So for users with a packed gallery, it becomes convenient to search for specific items.
Other Features & Enhancements:
⚡ More updates = increased SDK size? Not in our case! With the latest release, we made various optimizations to bring down SDK size by 500 KB.
🔒 You can now show/hide group subtitle for your users.
👨✈️ Application admin can update the metadata even for a logged in user.
Our top resource of ideas and fixes is your honest feedback. Please
continue sending all your great suggestions to email@example.com,