Here are a few of the more significant changes and opportunities we see, and how technologies like URLgenius can help you take advantage of these latest enhancements.
The iOS camera - now with built-in QR scanning
Apple views the iOS camera as a powerful input tool for enabling augmented reality and visual search. This has led to an underreported and long-anticipated change to the iOS camera: it now offers an automatic ability to scan QR codes. In fact, the built-in QR code scanner is turned on by default in iOS11 camera settings. We see this as a game changer. As a marketer you already know that scanning QR codes has historically required installing a special QR scanning app, which likely slowed consumer adoption of QR technology. Literally overnight, this has changed.
700 million active iPhone users around the world can now scan a QR code simply by swiping open their camera and pointing at the code. This creates a tremendous opportunity for marketers to connect with their mobile consumers by providing QR shortcuts that organically link physical locations and materials to responsive mobile websites and/or mobile app content.
The settings page of every URLgenius link contains a QR code. When you create a URLgenius link, you can now more easily use the QR code to test the behavior of the link with your iOS device. You can also download URLgenius QR codes for use in other digital or offline marketing channels. Now that QR code scanning will be more accessible that ever for iOS users, you should use your URLgenius QR codes in printed materials, retail displays or anywhere your consumers and prospects are likely to engage with your app.
When your visitors scan URLgenius QR codes, they can be taken beyond the home page to a feature or page deep in the app when the app installed on their device.
Shortened cookie duration for Safari
Safari’s shortened cookie duration makes URLgenius deep linking to your mobile apps more important than ever in efforts to create a seamless consumer journey. To capitalize on this advance in cookie management, marketers need to avoid mobile web logins whenever possible and from every marketing channel including email, paid search and display advertising. This is especially important when reaching current and potential mobile app users who are known to engage more and spend more compared to website visitors.
Improved open-app behavior from Safari
URLgenius patented technology lets marketers optimize these settings to keep the fallback redirect duration minimal while giving app users enough time to confirm the app-open. This creates the best user experience by allowing users enough time to make a choice between mobile app or web while not seeing an app-open modal that’s been deactivated.
In addition, unlike other deep linking technologies like Universal links, URLgenius supports deep linking from the embedded browsers such as those used in Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Deep linking to the New York Times mobile app is a great example of this unique URLgenius capability.
Take advantage of iOS 11 today
iOS 11 presents exciting new opportunities for mobile marketers to reach and engage consumers. Talk to us about your brand’s strategies for tapping into the iOS camera as a QR search tool, or how platforms like URLgenius can enable more of your consumers to bypass engagement barriers like mobile web login prompts.