Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tip: Smart App Banners To Promote the IBM Connections Mobile Experience

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Here's a tip to accelerate the deployment of the IBM Connections Mobile app on your sites. You may have seen some sites like LinkedIn recently add a banner suggesting users they launch into

A quick search on the web yielded this page on Apple's site with instructions on how to add a smart banner to promote a particular mobile app. Reading the instructions, I found out that all it takes is 1 line of code. You know I had to try it!

I went in to our blog on, added the 1 line of code and voilá ! You can see the results in this screenshot from my iPad. To test it out, click here from your iOS device.

If the user doesn't have the app installed, they will be prompted to download it directly from the App Store.

To do this on your deployment:

  1. Follow the instructions here to customize page.jsp. The instructions are specific to header.jsp but it's the same process
  2. Open page.jsp with your favorite text editor
  3. Add the following line to the <head>

    <meta content='app-id=450533489' name='apple-itunes-app'/>

  4. Save the file
  5. Restart
Try it out and let me know how it goes.
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