How is it the 9th of December already?! It’s time to decorate your Christmas tree and your website!
Are you planning any special holiday-themed promotions this year? Do you want your website to look a little more festive? Create fun Christmas popups with our newly added holiday icon set! The new icons are already available in your dashboard. To add one of these fun images to your popup, simply open the Appearance tab, click to Add image and then click Add from gallery. Find step-by-step instructions on how to add an image to your widget here.
🎄 Holiday popup ideas 🎄
If you don’t have any specific promotions in mind yet, here are some ideas for holiday widgets you can add to your website.
Over the last several years Google has been taking measures to improve the user experience of mobile users. One of the changes introduced earlier this year was the “intrusive interstitial” update. We know some of you have been worried about being penalized for using GetSiteControl widgets, so let’s discuss what this update means and how you can make sure your website doesn’t violate Google’s guidelines.
According to Google, an intrusive interstitial is a popup, banner or overlay that can interfere with the user experience on mobile devices. Simply put, Google doesn’t like popups that take up most of the mobile screen.
Since some of GetSiteControl widgets fit this description, we decided we needed to provide our customers with an option that would let them comply with the guidelines on interstitials.
[NEW] Google-friendly mobile popups
While Google’s official guidelines and definitions are rather vague, they do say that to comply with the guidelines, interstitials should “use a reasonable amount of screen space”. Now you have the option to make your GetSiteControl widgets do just that. Simply check the option Enable unobtrusive mobile view on the Appearance tab and your popups will take no more than 30% of the screen when viewed on mobile devices. If you want to see how your widget will look like on an actual mobile device, switch to the mobile preview using the buttons under the preview window.
Important things to remember:
There seems to be no reason to panic even if you do use classic popups. In Google’s own words, “this new signal is just one of hundreds of signals that are used in ranking. The intent of the search query is still a very strong signal, so a page may still rank highly if it has great, relevant content.”
The update only affects popups on mobile devices, desktop popups are not affected.
Today we would like to introduce a couple of recently released features requested by our customers. If you are subscribed to our newsletter you would have heard of these features already. If you are not yet subscribed and would like to receive email updates, click the Subscribe tab on the right.
Now, here is what’s new.
Target visitors by language
We have added one more targeting option to help you show the right messages to the right audience. You can now choose to show widgets only to visitors speaking a certain language. If you have a multi-lingual website or if you know your visitors speak different languages, you can now make your widgets speak the same language as they do.
If you are using GetSiteControl widgets on your website, chances are high you capture email leads with at least one of them. The most obvious way to collect emails is to use the Subscribe widget but you can also collect your visitors’ contact details with a Contact widget or Survey widget. Collected emails are stored in your dashboard and can be downloaded as a spreadsheet at any time. But if you are using a third-party app to send newsletters, downloading the list from GetSiteControl and then uploading it manually to your email marketing app is a bit cumbersome. Third-party integrations allow you to avoid that extra work. Simply choose what app you want to send emails to and GetSiteControl will be automatically adding them to your mailing list.
Do I need to pay extra?
If you are a Plus or Pro customer, the new integrations are already included in your subscription plan! You can enable any of these new integration options in the Site settings section of your dashboard. If you are a Free customer and want to integrate your widgets with one of these third-party apps, you will need to upgrade your plan.
That’s all for today but there are more new features coming your way very soon, so keep your eyes peeled 😉
Two days ago GetSiteControl was featured on Product Hunt! If you are familiar with Product Hunt you’ll know that being featured is an important milestone in the life of a tech company. If you haven’t heard of Product Hunt, it’s one of the best websites on the Internet to discover new tech products, so definitely worth checking out.
We are happy to report that the response from the Product Hunt community was very positive. On the day of the launch, we received 20 positive reviews (and no negative ones!), 20 comments and about 200 upvotes. We also made it to the Popular section!
Have you noticed GetSiteControl website has undergone a little makeover? Check out our new home page if you haven’t seen it yet. In addition to refreshing the home page design, we have also updated all the individual widget pages to make them easier to understand and navigate. Here is an example!
Our aim was to try to communicate our message clearer, make it easier for everyone who visits our website to understand what it is that we do and how GetSiteControl tools can help them increase engagement on their websites. With this objective in mind we’ve tried to remove unnecessary clutter and organize elements according to importance to visitors.
We have also updated the main website colors to increase contrast and make the design pop. We really like the new subtle animation that adds a bit of interest without being too distracting. Do check out our new product pages if you’ve got a minute - Subscribe, Contact, Promo, Survey, Chat, Follow, Share - and feel free to tell us what you think!
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Today we’d like to talk about exit intent technology and show you how you can use it to improve your website’s conversion rate. Exit intent popups are an incredibly popular marketing tool and that’s because they are very effective. Unlike traditional popups that jump right at you as soon as you open a page, exit popups are less intrusive and do not interfere with website browsing. And they still do the job!
So, what’s an exit popup?
An exit popup is a modal window that’s shown to website visitors right before they close the page. The technology is based on mouse movement tracking and triggers the popup when the visitor’s mouse is reaching to close the tab or browser or to go to another site. You’ve probably seen these popups many times. They offer discounts or free shipping, invite you to subscribe or share the site on social media, offer free downloads or ask you to leave feedback. There are so many possible ways to use exit intent technology and today we are going to share five examples that you can easily implement on your own website using GetSiteControl tools.
Today we’d like to announce an exciting update for those of you who prefer to use live chat to communicate with your website visitors. GetSiteControl Chat widget can now be integrated with Slack! Slack is a team communication tool used by thousands of teams and millions of users. If you are not yet familiar with Slack, check it out!